London 4G mobile phone services from EE in time for Christmas
HI-TECH 4G mobile phone services are being switched on in London ahead of a full-on launch in time for Christmas.
The new era for mobile phones has begun with Orange and T-Mobile owner Everything Everywhere, which has been renamed as EE, unveiling its plans to launch the country's first superfast 4G products and services.
The 4G network, which offers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, will be available on HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei devices, as well as "one more to come", which is widely expected to be Apple's iPhone 5.
EE's competitors, including Vodafone, 3 and O2, have threatened legal action over telecoms regulator Ofcom's decision last month to allow EE to launch 4G on its existing network.
The 4G services will allow uninterrupted access to the web on the go, high-definition movies to be downloaded in minutes and TV to be streamed without buffering.
London is one of four cities being switched on initially for the company's engineers to begin live testing and systems integration in readiness for the customer launch.
EE said 4G will be available to its customers by Christmas in 16 cities.
The group plans to roll out the service to further towns, cities and rural areas next year, with population coverage of 70 per cent and rising to 98 per cent in 2014.
Quoted on the BBC, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I barely understand it, but information will spout unstoppably from these gizmos. It will bring huge advantages to anyone living or working in London."