Gadget fans and on-the-go internet addicts are celebrating as superfast 4G services are rolled out across Manchester today.
Network giants Everything Everywhere, the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile, have launched the fastest mobile internet across 11 UK cities to operate on a number of smart phones.
Excited users of Apple’s iPhone 5, HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei will be able to download content five times faster than 3G and long queues are already forming outside of tech shops as customers rush to sign up to the service.
However, many users have complained about the expensive pricing of tariffs that EE have been able to set having been given exclusive rights to 4G ahead of their rivals.
Some customers waiting to join 4G told MM: “I paid more than £600 for my iPhone and now I’ll have to pay an extra £600 per year to have 4G but it’s worth it… I’ll just cut back on holidays.”
EE have launched 4G in Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Southampton and intend to extend the product to Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle and Nottingham by the end of the year.
They will hold off their major rivals O2, Vodafone and Three until next spring – prompting their competitors to threaten Ofcom with legal action after handing EE the exclusive contract.
EE deals start from £36 a month for 500mb of data – enough to download half a 90 minute film – and go up to £56 a month for 8GB of data.
Many customers have raised concerns about not being able to sign up to unlimited data packages yet.