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EE to launch first UK 4G service on October 30th

EE to launch first UK 4G service on October 30th


10 cities at launch, 16 by the end of the year

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EE will set the UK's first LTE service live on October 30th. The network will launch in 10 cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Bristol, but will expand its coverage to 16 cities — or a third of the UK's population — by the end of the year. The carrier says its service will be five times faster than "typical" 3G speeds.

In a press release announcing the date, EE namedrops the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, HTC One XL, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE as "compatible" launch handsets. It's not immediately clear if all of the devices will be available at launch, as Nokia has previously indicated a November release date for the Lumia 920.

Update: EE has corrected its press release to no longer refer to the compatible smartphones as "launch" handsets.