Starting today, mobile phone users in the UK can purchase smartphones that are capable of connecting to the 4G LTE network of wireless carrier EE.
announced last month plans to bring 4G services to the country in the near future, and is currently getting closer and closer to achieving that goal.
However, with the service yet unavailable, users can enjoy only 3G speeds on the carrier’s network (in fact, on the networks of Orange and T-Mobile UK, the operators that jointly created EE), SlashGear reports
Three handsets were made available for users interested in taking advantage of 4G LTE speeds when they arrive in the country, namely the HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
All three devices are currently up for order via Orange and T-Mobile and will benefit from immediate access to the networks of the two companies.
In the coming weeks, however, those who purchase any of these will also be able to connect to the 4G services offered by EE, at least this is what the carrier promises.
One XL, Galaxy S III and Ascent P1 LTE
are only the first smartphones that will hit shelves at the operator with support for the LTE connectivity.
Soon, the carrier will launch Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphone as well, the largest Android-based handset commercially available at the moment. The phone will become available for purchase only starting with October 15th.
Moreover, Apple’s new iPhone 5 will also provide support for the network, just as EE announced back in September
, even before the iconic device landed on the market.
Users should also know that they will be able to easily switch to an EE service agreement once the new network is up and running, all without having to pay a termination fee, should they want to end a current Orange or T-Mobile contract.
EE plans an aggressive expansion of its 4G service in the UK, with one third of the country’s population expected to enjoy coverage by the end of this year, and over 70 percent able to take advantage of the faster speeds before the end of 2013.