EE to have 4G in 160 towns and cities by Christmas


Services switched on in 10 UK locations today, with a further 19 to be added in the next three weeks

EE will have 4G services in 160 UK towns and cities by the end of the year. It is switching on the service in 10 locations today, with another 19 added before Christmas.

The towns and cities that have gone live today are Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Darlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole, Portsmouth and Redcar, taking total numbers to 141 places.

Over the next three weeks, customers in Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon and York will also have access to 4G.

The operator said that with 4G plans starting at £18.99 per month with a free Samsung Android smartphone, and prepay deals from £10 for 1GB of data and 2,014 free minutes for the coming year, it is predicting a record breaking month of 4G sales in the run up to Christmas.

It launched its 4G services on October 30, 2012 and on September 9 announced that it had hit the one million 4G customer milestone – four months ahead of schedule. On October 22 it had added 493,000 customers in Q3 – up 72 per cent sequentially, – to take that base to 1.2 million.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “Smartphones and tablets on 4GEE are going to be a very popular present this Christmas as people across the UK continue to embrace mobile living and we make the superfast service available in even more places.”