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EE was the first 4G network operator in the UK, and it's now hell-bent on staying the fastest. After launching its LTE-A network (aka 4G+) in central London last October, it's trialling new spectrum configurations that could boost speeds even further. If you haven't been keeping up with all the ne...

February 27th 2015 at 11:22am 0 Comments
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Some carriers use "small cells" to boost their coverage, because these relatively tiny transmitters are 1.) a lot cheaper, and 2.) more inconspicuous than their traditional counterparts. Verizon is one of those carriers -- in fact, it's planning to install 400 small cells in certain high-traffic a...

February 21st 2015 at 3:02pm 0 Comments
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In the future, you might be able to tweet, read your emails and stream music on the London Underground without using Virgin Media's WiFi service. As part of new proposals to boost the capital's economy, the UK government has revealed its desire to bring 3G and 4G connectivity to the entire Tube ne...

February 20th 2015 at 1:47pm 0 Comments
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You probably take Vodafone's 4G network for granted when on home turf, only to be saddened by slower speeds when travelling further afield. Well, Vodafone wants to make sure you get full use of your phone's LTE radio while abroad, and after announcing a bunch of new countries where 4G roaming is s...

December 11th 2014 at 1:40pm 0 Comments
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Three is a little different from the other major UK networks, because all of its contracts come with 4G coverage as standard. EE, O2 and Vodafone have dedicated LTE plans, allowing us to easily gauge the interest in its ultra-fast offerings, but for Three, where any customer can fall into a patch...

December 4th 2014 at 8:31am 0 Comments
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Having mobile internet access inside the Channel Tunnel is useful, but where are those faster speeds we were promised? Well, after expanding their 2G and 3G networks in March, EE and O2 are finally offering 4G connectivity on the Eurostar. Vodafone could soon get in on the action too, after the ne...

November 21st 2014 at 9:12am 0 Comments
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In its bid to get more customers connecting to its 4G network while they travel, EE introduced the Buzzard, a £49.99 plug-and-play mobile hotspot designed specifically for the car. Launched in April, the device came in two separate parts, making it difficult to store and plug in during your...

November 14th 2014 at 4:10am 0 Comments
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All of Britain's major mobile networks have been offering 4G for a while now, but because all have their own infrastructure, speeds and coverage can vary wildly. Each carrier is quick to boast their own statistics, but thanks to Ofcom's first ever 4G research report (which tested networks in five...

November 13th 2014 at 11:58am 0 Comments
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It's taken far longer than it should, but low-cost mobile operator GiffGaff has finally joined the 4G party. The O2-owned MVNO is now offering speedier goodybags alongside its interchangeable 3G tariffs, allowing existing customers (those who joined before October 29th) to upgrade at no extra cost...

November 12th 2014 at 6:54am 0 Comments
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The concept of national roaming first appeared back in June, when Culture Secretary Sajid Javid began advocating a system that would allow UK mobiles to switch networks in places where the carrier they're supposed to be on offers no signal. The idea is to rid Britain of so-called mobile "not-spots...

November 10th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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The UK's four main carriers may steadily be building up their 4G coverage, but regulators don't want to leave the future of Britain's superfast networks to chance. UK communications regulator Ofcom today announced that it intends to auction more 4G spectrum late next year (or early 2015), giving o...

November 7th 2014 at 5:21am 0 Comments