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EE has revealed its 4G tariffs today – a week before the launch of the first 4G network. The 4G mobile operator launches on October 30 and initially will grant 4G mobile coverage in ten major cities. EE has both SIM only and phone plans, plus broadband, but it has not got payg SIM cards on offer.
All of the phone plans come with unlimited texts and calls and the only difference is the monthly data allowance. SIM only plans start at £21 (500MB) and go up to £36 a month, for which you will be given 5GB. However, SIM only plans are only good for people that have 4G compatible phones bought at Orange or T-Mobile, or iPhone 5. But remember that only iPhone 5 model A1429 works with EE’s network. Phone plans start at £36, for 500MB, and go up to £56 for 8GB of data. In addition, customers will need to pay for a 4G phone.
In comparison to 3G tariffs it seems that 4G plans are substantially more expensive, although, we need to remember that it should deliver unprecedented speed and as any novelty the prices are higher at first.
iPhone 5 is out and as usual the new Apple device hypnotized consumers and is again in record demand. Brits will be able to get their hands on the new smartphone from Apple on September 21, but the pre-order has been open since September 14. However, the demand is higher than supply and queues in front of Apple stores are already forming with the first people lining since September 13 as people hope to get the device on the launch day.
Getting the phone from Apple is the biggest one-time expense as you will have to pay between £529 and £699 (depending on phone’s internal memory). However, you will get an unlocked phone without a SIM card in which you could insert, for example, your PAYG SIM card. But remember that to use iPhone 5 you need a nano-sized SIM card, so make sure that you have exchanged your SIM card before getting the phone. Another possibility to get the iPhone with a PAYG SIM card is going with O2. You will still have to lose more than 500 quids to get the device, but the mobile operator promises to sell them in their retail outlets from day one. It is a great improvement as iPhone 4S was virtually unavailable in PAYG deals for 2-3 months after the launch.
Another way of seizing iPhone 5 in the UK is signing a contract. The Apple phone is on offer at T-Mobile, Orange, Three UK, Vodafone and O2. All of these operators have iPhone on 24-month-long contracts and while some of them also have 18 month packages (T-Mobile) or 12 month contracts (Vodafone) it seems that only 2-year-long deals have acceptable conditions.
For example, the most balanced deals on T-Mobile and Orange will cost £36 per month plus around £110 for the 16GB phone. Obviously for that price you will get virtually unlimited amount of call time, texts and data. An additional advantage of going with T-Mobile or Orange is that you can move to EE, with its 4G mobile coverage, when it launches without paying any penalties fees for cancelling the contract.
Three UK offers iPhone5 with its The One Plan (unlimited data, 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and minutes to Three) for £36 a month plus £79 upfront for the device. There is also the Ultimate Internet 500 plan (unlimited data, 500 minutes, 5000 texts) for £34 a month, but that saves you only 48 quids during 2 years. A nice deal is the nano SIM-only deal which would tie you with 3 UK only for 12 months but you will have to get the phone on your own.
Vodafone is more suitable for those people who want an iPhone but can’t afford paying any money upfront. Their most expensive deal will cost you £47 a month for a free phone, unlimited texts and minutes and 2GB of data. Sounds not so bad, but in reality you are paying around 200 pounds in comparison with other providers over the period of 2 years.
Finally, O2 besides its PAYG SIM card offer has also contracts. Basically what you choose is a On & On 24 month contract that gives unlimited texts and minutes plus 1GB of data and then decide how much you want to pay upfront. If you want the phone for free you will need to pay £46 a month, but if you have £249.99 to spend then you will only pay £26 a month for the next 24 months. Surprisingly, the last deal is the most economical in the long run as it sums up to £847 all together. In comparison the £46 a month O2 deal is £1104 in total.
The 4G network has been on everyone’s lips for quite a time. Finally, thanks to Ofcom and Everything Everywhere Brits will have 4G mobile coverage before Christmas. We have been waiting for it for some time, but now as 4G coverage is just around the corner the big question is who needs it and how 4G mobile coverage will enhance the mobile phone experience.
First of all, 4G network will bring greater download speed that is available now when you have 3G mobile coverage. Thanks to the expected speeds of something between 8 and 30 Mbps true live streaming without buffering will be reachable by everyone. The first 4G network, EE said that their network will “bring speeds five times faster than 3G to the UK”, but it is hard to say whether it is nothing more than a catch phrase to lure customers.
Second, 4G mobile coverage uses a spectrum that can travel further. This means that 4G network is a chance for rural areas to have access not only to fast smartphone connectivity but it also will spread the Internet to those parts of the country that used to have problems with that.
Finally, while EE will set up its 4G network and bring 4G mobile coverage to main British cities this year, not everybody will be able to use. There is only a handful of handsets on the market that has 4G connectivity. EE, the first British 4G network, will initially sell only six devices for 4G, including the newest addition to Apple family – iPhone 5.
The headlines of telecom news have recently been full of info about Apple’s twists and turns of the patent war with Samsung and rumours about an upcoming new addition to its smartphone family, iPhone 5. Samsung has lost the suit and paid a fortune for using Apple’s patents and since then the Cupertino company has been claiming patents on everything it can. iPhone 5 rumours are all over the Internet and this week Apple announced that they will show the new phone on September 12.
However, a Chinese manufacturer was faster than late Steve Jobs’ company. The phone that has been released in China is called GooPhone i5 and without any subtleties it has all the features and rumours which iPhone 5 is supposed to have that leaked into the Internet. The mobile phone looks like a bigger iPhone 4S with 4 inch display and even a smaller connector – exactly as expected of the new Apple phone. GooPhone i5 features a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that works at 1.4 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and a screen resolution of 1280×720. Obviously, the phone isn’t running on iOS but instead it uses Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Chinese mobile phone producer did not only made a knock-off of the upcoming Apple smartphone but also filled for patent. If it works, than the phone design will belong to that company and Apple might blocked from selling its iPhone 5 in China, as long as it looks similar to GooPhone i5. This will have some bleak consequences for Apple as China is becoming the biggest smartphone market in the world.
If you want to see the GooPhone i5 check the video below.