Everything Everywhere, the combined venture of T-Mobile and Orange, is finally bringing 4G to the UK under the brand “4GEE”. We don’t know exactly how that’s supposed to be pronounced, but we do know that the service is already in testing in a number of locations around the UK.
So, if you’re lucky enough to be in one of the cities pioneering 4G, you might be wondering exactly what kind of smartphone kit you can get your hands on to exploit this new technology. Thankfully, EE are offering a little something to suit all tastes, with Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices all present and correct. Here’s a quick round up.
The iPhone 5
Firstly, there’s the new Apple iPhone 5. Revealed just days ago, Apple’s latest is their first to offer 4G connectivity and is arriving just in time for the launch of LTE in the UK. The iPhone 5 is also the first iPhone to offer a 4” display, expanded from the 3.5” of earlier models, and with a lightning -fast A6 chip, this is a truly cutting-edge smartphone.
The Android Options
EE are offering a trio of LTE-enabled options for Android lovers. First up is the sleek HTC One XL, a handset that’s visually identical to HTC’s One X. Beneath the hood there are some differences, though, as the One XL offers LTE connectivity but replaces the One X’s quad core processor with a dual-core unit.
Next is Huawei’s Ascend P1. With a bright 4.3” screen and a dual-core processor, this is a powerful smartphone that’s likely to be a more affordable option, as Huawei are still working on building their brand in the UK.
Finally, there’s the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S3. This phone needs little introduction, but it’s worth noting that those who select Samsung’s top-selling Galaxy S3 will get to show off with a 4G exclusive chassis colour – Titanium Grey.
The Windows Phone Options
Nokia’s two new Windows Phone 8 smartphones will both be available on 4GEE – the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. The 920 is the flagship model, with a polycarbonate unibody construction, a 4.5” display to enjoy those slick WP8 interfaces through, and a PureView camera. The 820 is similar but smaller with a 4.3” display and swappable covers.
So those are all the options you’ll have when 4G launches in the UK, but we expect plenty more to be offered as the technology becomes established. At Best Mobile Contracts we’ll be keeping track of all the developments and looking forward to the day when 4G is on all smartphones!
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