Three has announced that it will offer 4G services from December as it looks to steal the headlines from O2 and Vodafone, which have now started switching on their network across the UK.
The firm said that it would begin the rollout in London, Birmingham and Manchester and then intends to cover 50 cities by the end of 2014. Three said 98 percent of the nation would be covered by 2015 with its network. The operator also reiterated its intention to give customers 4G services at no extra cost.
Three has the added benefit of using the 1800MHz spectrum, which it was given by EE, so it can offer 4G for the iPhone 5, unlike O2 and Vodafone.
However, both firms will be hoping the new iPhone from Apple, expected to be unveiled soon, will support their networks at 800MHz and 2.6GHz so it can entice customers to its network with Apple's latest device.
Vodafone and O2 switched on their networks on Thursday, with services live in London, and in Leeds and Bradford for O2 as well. Both firms are offering deals starting from £26 a month, with a number of bundles around sports, music and games packages on offer.
All the firms will be hoping to start chasing down EE's lead in the 4G market, as the firm has had almost a year's head start after Ofcom gave it the approval to go live with 4G from October 2012. This has seen it sign up 687,000 customers to the service in this time, and many businesses too.
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