Three will roll out its 4G network across eight towns and cities in December, adding to the LTE services already available from rivals EE, O2 and Vodafone.
According to an update on the Three website, the mobile operator's 4G network will debut in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Reading. The coverage will also bring LTE access to Oldham, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton in December.
The operator also plans to make its super-speed mobile services available in a further 42 cities next year, including Brighton, Liverpool, Oxford and York. By the end of 2015, Three said its 4G network will cover 98 percent of the population.
Although Three will be the last major UK network to switch on 4G services, the firm has a major advantage over rival operators as it will be offering high-speed 4G connectivity at no extra cost.
"We think everyone should enjoy the wonders of 4G, with no catches," Three notes on its site. "So when we start rolling out 4G, we'll nudge up our customers who have a 4G-ready device at no extra cost. No hefty price tag. No extra charges. No expensive new phones or contracts. And no fuss."
Those who already have a 4G-ready device and are located in an applicable area will be able to access the network once a free software update has been installed, without needing to sign up to a new contract.
However, the lower cost of Three's 4G networks could also see users getting reduced speeds. Three said that its 4G speeds will reach around 14Mbps, while EE is promising speeds of between 24Mbps and 30Mbps.
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