Three UK re-confirms they won't be charging extra for 4G LTE, Q4 launch on the table

From August 29, three of the four major carriers in the UK will have flipped the switch on 4G LTE. But, the one many are perhaps waiting for is Three – they'll be using some 1800MHz spectrum supported by the current iPhone 5 – and they've re-confirmed their plans for a Q4 launch, and that they won't be charging extra for it in a statement to Coolsmartphone:

We’re on track to launch in Q4 and we will offer 4G at no extra charge. When we switch on our 4G network well over a million of our customers will already have a 4G device, so they will get automatic and hassle-free access in 4G areas without the need to change plans or sim cards.

Everyone on Three with a 4G device will be able to enjoy our 4G services as we roll out the network across the country to add capacity to what is already the UK’s fastest 3G network.

Three already offers impressive speeds on their HSPA+ network, often coming close to EE's 4G LTE data speeds, so the excitement is understandable. As it stands, you should be able to continue using your iPhone 5 as always and when they flip the switch, 4G LTE will just magically appear. No new SIM, no new plan. If you're on the One Plan, like I am, that should mean unlimited 4G LTE data as well as tethering. Then of course, we should also have a shiny new iPhone by the time they're ready to launch as well. Who's holding out for Three instead of moving?

Source: Coolsmartphone

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Three UK re-confirms they won't be charging extra for 4G LTE, Q4 launch on the table

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This is great news. I also have The One Plan - I hope the overall monthly cost does't rise to compensate for the 4g.. Am guessing anyone buying a 5s may pay a premium in another way - perhaps over £40 for a new One plan.

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Also have Three, when there good there amazing, normally get 14-22mb on them which is great and better then all the other networks I have been on. However the lack of a 2g network makes things a little difficult in areas with poor coverage or big buildings, hopefully 4g will help with this.

The 800MHz spectrum Three got from the recent auctions should help with coverage indoors, but not on the iPhone 5. Because it doesn't work on that band in the UK :)

Can't wait myself - been a happy Three customer for nearly two years and never really had any issues with speed so 4G will be a nice little bonus. Just wish Three would do Visual Voicemail...grrr!

3 network comes highly recommended & their all you can eat data is 2nd to none. £15 a month gets me unlimited data, unlimited text & 300 minutes. Can't wait for 4g my last monthly data usage on 3G was 10.2gb it will be nice to get that speed.