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Three's 4G Will Arrive By December, at No Extra Cost

By Kat Hannaford on at

Finally! Three, the network which promised not to charge any extra for its 4G than what you'd normally pay for 3G (maybe because they know their coverage for just London, Birmingham and Manchester can't match EE, Vodafone and O2's initial roll-outs), has confirmed they can indeed roll 4G out before the end of the year after all. In fact, they're promising that they'll reach 50 cities by the end of 2014.

Really though, that's no match to EE, who just yesterday switched on 4G for their 100th location, Accrington, nor Vodafone's 12 cities and towns by 2013's end, or even O2's 10 locales.

Nonetheless, if you're one of the 1.5m Three customers who happens to live in London, Birmingham or Manchester, and already owns a 4G-enabled device, you can hardly thumb your nose at it. Being given extra 4G speeds -- even if they don't always reach you -- at no extra cost, and without the need for a new contract or even keeping your beady eye locked to your data consumption (unlike the other networks, Three is offering All You Can Eat 4G) , is no bad thing.

In case you haven't wandered over to Three's store for a little peek at the 4G phones it offers, some of the handsets you can pick up from the big manufacturers are the HTC One for £32/month with a £29 upfront cost and 24-month contract; a Nokia Lumia 925 on a 24-month contract for £30/month, and of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 for £33/month on a 24-month contract.

Looking forward, Three is promising that its 4G population coverage will "reach 98 per cent by the end of 2015," and while we're not quite sure what that means exactly, if 4G manages to tickle just a few of their customers occasionally, then for no extra cost that's certainly a bonus.