Vodafone to launch 4G network on August 29


Operator will cover 13 UK cities by the end of the year, with plans costing £5 more than 3G 

Vodafone will launch its 4G network on August 29. It will initially go live in London, before launching in an additional 12 cities before the end of the year.

These are Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Tariffs start at £26 a month, with the 12 month SIM-only deal providing unlimited minutes, texts and 2GB of data. Paying £31 a month will provide customers with 4GB of data, while 8GB will be provided for those paying £36 a month.

Deals on 24-month contracts with a 4G-ready device start at £34 a month. There are three plans, with the other two priced at £39 and £44, that come with the same allowances as the SIM-only deals. There are also Wi-Fi allowances from 500MB to 3GB for each plan.Vodafone will offer the Samsung Galaxy S4 free from £34 a month with 2GB of data and six months of premium content.

There are also three plans on 12-month contracts that come with the same allowances, starting at £52 a month. These each come with 1GB of free Wi-Fi. All will come with Vodafone Data Test Drive, which provides unlimited data for the first three months.

In addition, anyone signing up to a 4G tariff can either choose to have either Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium included for the first six months. They will then be charged £4.99 a month for Sky Sports Mobile TV or £9.99 a month for Spotify Premium.

The 4G-ready price plans will be available in-store, online and by phone from August 12, in time for customers to view the start of the new Premier League football season.

All customers will also benefit from ‘5 Star Care, providing them with services such as the ability to back up the vital contents of their phone, wipe it if it’s lost and a replacement handset if their own is being repaired.

In February, it was announced that Vodafone had spent £802 million in acquiring spectrum of 2x10MHz in the 800MHz band and 2x20MHz in the 2.6GHz band, plus an additional 25MHz of unpaired spectrum in the 2.6GHz band. The operator is currently investing £900 million in its network this year.

Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence said: “With 4G, speed is just the start: it’s what you do with it that really matters. We are taking 4G into a new league by offering sport; and changing the tune with all the music you could want. 4G is finally worth getting and there’s plenty to look forward to.”