O2 has announced plans to roll out its 4G network on August 29, making it the second UK carrier to offer 4G services.
It’s almost a year after Everything Everywhere announced its 4G services in the UK after receiving Ofcom’s approval, and is already offering 4G services in 95 cities.
O2 has announced the 4G network will be available in London, Leeds and Bradford from August 29, which would cover 5 million people. It also plans to roll out its 4G network in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh by the end of the year.
Unfortunately, O2’s iPhone 5 customers won’t be able to use the 4G network as its using 800 MHz spectrum, which is not compatible with iPhone 5. Telefonica UK’s chief executive, Ronan Dunne told BBC that he “would be frankly gobsmacked if their roadmap didn’t address that issue”, suggesting that future iPhone models will be compatible with their network.
O2 has said its basic 4G tariff will start at £26 per month. Everything Everywhere’s basic tariff starts at £21 per month for voice and data, or £15 per month just for data. It is not clear if O2’s cheapest plan includes voice and data, so we will be able to compare the tariffs as soon as we get more details.
Vodafone and Three have also announced plans to launch their 4G network in the UK by the end of the year.
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