Samsung’s latest flagship is now available for pre-ordering in the UK, right on the scheduled date that was announced a couple of days ago. Major retailers Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and Amazon are now taking pre-orders, and so are carriers Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three, with the SIM-free price starting from as low as £559.99. (more…)
AT&T has been signing lots of deals with international carriers lately, most recently with Rogers in Canada. Now AT&T users who travel to the UK can use EE’s 4G LTE service. Usually you can only use 3G and HSPA services when traveling, but now people who rely on fast data speeds can benefit.
A deal for EE users traveling to the US has also been reached in turn, starting sometime in 2014. Unlike the AT&T and Rogers deal for Canada, AT&T has not announced how much they will be charging for this service. But for comparison, AT&T’s plans with Rogers were as follows:
- $30 per month for 120MB of data
- $60 per month for 300MB of data
- $120 per month for 800MB of data
These roaming plans are absolutely terrible for users, in both price and data amount. But if you want a no hassle option of using your phone overseas, you can use these plans. But if you have an unlocked phone, I recommend you use a local SIM card and accompanying plans in the country you are visiting (unless you’re on T-Mobile and are fine with EDGE).
EE also has not announced how much their roaming fees will be, but they probably will be expensive as well. But EE has announced that, throughout 2014, they will be announcing more deals like this, so customers of EE should be on the lookout for more deals. So will you enjoy being able to use LTE overseas in the UK and the US soon?
The moment you jumbo-sized Android smartphone lovers have been waiting for roughly 12 months now has finally arrived. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the sequel to the best phablet yet, has been “Unpacked”, looking awesome albeit not as game-changing as some expected.
Why buy it?
Sans fingerprint recognition technology, with a smaller display than it was initially tipped and an overall spec sheet that resembles a little too much every high-end Android released of late or due to go on sale soon, the Note 3 is bound to get its fair share of haters.
Yet something tells me the number of GNote 3 aficionados will overwhelm and ultimately squash the skeptics. It’s not intuition, nor is it any kind of sixth sense I might have about the way the mobile tech world works.
It’s just cold facts and numbers. Like 3 GB of RAM. Or 8.3 mm thin profile. Or 151.1 mm height, which is an incredible 0.1 mm more than Note 2’s measurement, all while the “next big thing” rocks a usable screen real estate larger with 0.2 inches.
The cherry on top of it all is a dazzling faux-leather back, which might just silence the ridiculous ongoing plastic vs. metal debate. Hoping that you’re now more decided than ever to upgrade (or get on the GNote bandwagon for the first time ever), here’s everything we know about the thing’s pricing and availability:
Galaxy Note 3 in US – where, how much, when?
Five is the number of carriers stateside already confirmed to sell the 5.7-incher, with the known details at this time summarized as follows:
- Verizon – The exact date when shipments are to start seems the only standing enigma as far as Big Red is concerned, with pre-orders live as of today, September 6, 9 AM EST, and pricing set at $299.99 with two-year pacts and $699.99 outright. America’s number one network will also reportedly sell the Note 3 bundled with a Galaxy Gear smartwatch, for a total price of $599.98.
- AT&T – Though still behind Verizon in number of subscribers, Ma Bell is continuously stepping up its game when it comes to big releases. Hence, the Note 3 is up for pre-orders already, with an October 1 ETA. The on-contract price tag is the same (i.e. $299.99), but oddly off-contract the 5.7-incher costs a tad more – $724.99.
- T-Mobile – There are no words on a launch date with Magenta, nor have pre-orders been opened, but on the bright side the pricing structure is very attractive. You’ll be able to score the Note 3 “in the coming weeks” for $199.99 upfront, plus 24 monthly payments of $21 each.
- Sprint and US Cellular – We’ve bundled these two together because they insist on being secretive, meaning they’ll likely come late to the launch party. Probably sometime in mid-October, with pricing starting at $300 with carrier agreements.
Can’t possibly wait until next month? Have fat bags of money just lying around? Then maybe you’ll be interested to know Negri Electronics has the Note 3 up for pre-orders starting at a hefty $780 price with estimated availability beginning September 28.
Canada availability and pricing
Although we’ve always had the sense Canada was viewed as a key market for Samsung, the Koreans are unexpectedly shy about Note 3’s prospects up north. As of yet, we essentially only know the name of the Canadian operators set to carry the device (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Mobilicity, SaskTel, Videotron and WIND Mobile).
No words on an exact release date, nothing on pricing and the only ETA Sammy is ready to reveal is a horribly vague “later this year”. Not cool, Samsung, not cool at all!
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 EuroTrip – dates, costs
It’s near guaranteed Samsung’s latest spearhead will take the old continent by storm in the following month or so, but I’m afraid, with the exception of UK and Switzerland (?!?), everyone else has been left hanging for now.
- EE UK – Up for pre-orders in a 4G LTE-enabled flavor in physical stores starting less than 24 hours ago, the Note 3 is to go live online soon, but the exact launch date is still kept under wraps. As far as pricing goes, you’ll need to cough up £149.99, pen a customary 2-year contract and pay an additional £31 a month (which however includes unlimited calls, texts and 2 GB of data).
- Orange – Also available on pre-orders here, the Note 3 goes for an upfront fee of £120 with £42 monthly plans.
- T-Mobile – The other sub-branch of the EE giant offers the 3G-only phone for £140 with £42 plans.
- O2, Three, Vodafone – Just like in America, the latest member of the Galaxy family will be available with all major networks, but these three are more timid, so they don’t have pre-orders live as of now, nor have they announced pricing details or release dates. Based on rumors and speculations, they should however kick shipping into gear around the same time as their competitors, which will be by the end of September.
- Unlocked-Mobiles – The third-party retailer doesn’t only take pre-orders already, but it also pinpoints a Note 3 commercial release date: September 29. The phablet is of course far from cheap (£598.97 outright), albeit it’s not preposterously expensive either… considering.
- Phones 4U – September 25 is when the seller estimates the first phones will be out and about, with pricing starting at £0 upfront (with £47 Orange or Vodafone plans). The deal sweetener is that if you pre-order the thing online, you get a free flip case, £120 worth wireless speakers, plus a £100 discount on subsequent Galaxy Gear purchases. Not bad!
- Switzerland – This is by far the weirdest part of our roundup today, but, believe it or not, we know the recommended retail price of the Note 3… in Switzerland. It’s 939 CHF unlocked and SIM-free, which is roughly 1,000 US bucks. Ouch!
Whilst most of the mobile networks in the UK are still lagging behind many other 4G capable networks, Everything Everywhere, or EE for short is still the first and only UK network to have 4G.
The likes of Vodafone and O2 seem to be very close to releasing a 4G network to the public, but EE have managed to double their spectrum, which will allow them to give their customers even faster speeds. This increase will allow double bandwidth for a total of 12 different cities instead of the originally planned ten.
These twelve cities are Derby and Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.
If you’re in any of the twelve cities and are currently using the 4G EE network, expect to see a speed increase very soon as EE have made these changes today.
Previously we reported that the upcoming BlackBerry Q5 was available for pre-order in the UK SIM free. While having a device that isn’t subsidized by any network has its advantages, primarily being able to use it on various networks, the price is a bit on the high side. Those looking to get this model on a plan will be pleased to know that Orange, T-Mobile, and EE are now taking in pre-orders.
Orange is offering the BlackBerry Q5 for free at plans starting at £26.00 a month. This already comes with 400 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data.
T-Mobile is offering the device for free starting at £26.00 a month which comes with 300 minutes to any network at any time, 500 texts to any network at any time, 1 GB data, unlimited Blackberry email, and unlimited Wi-Fi access at the London Underground.
EE is is offering the Q5 for free starting at £31.00 a month. This already comes with unlimited calls and texts but only 500 MB of data. The good news though is that you will be able to use the 4G capability of the device on EE.
All plans will come with the standard 24 month contract.
There’s no indicated specific date as to when this model will arrive on the three networks but since they are already accepting pre-orders then it’s definitely going to be released soon.
The BlackBerry Q5 sports a full keyboard just like the BlackBerry Q10. While the Q10 targets the higher end of the market the Q5 is a mid-range device that’s more likely to be picked up by the budget conscious consumer that wants to have the BlackBerry OS 10 experience without paying a high price.
BlackBerry Q5 Technical Specifications
- 3.1 inch LCD display
- 1.2 GHz dual core processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 8 GB internal storage
- 5 MP rear camera
- 2 MP front camera
- 2100 mAh battery
- 4G connectivity
We know how difficult it is looking for a free smartphone but if ever you are in the UK area you have the chance to get one. How does owning an HTC One SV sound? This midrange device is now being offered by EE for free when you get a new contract and the best part of this is that it can use the 4G network of the company.
HTC One SV Technical Specifications
- Operating System:Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Display: 4.3 inches Super LCD2, 480 x 800 pixels, 217 ppi, 16M colors
- Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Storage: 8 GB expandable via microSD up to 32 GB
- Camera: 5 MP 2592х1944 pixels autofocus LED flash rear, 1.6 MP [email protected] front
- Features: Beats Audio sound enhancement
- Battery: Li-Ion 1800 mAh
EE is offering this device for free under their 4GEE plans as long as you subscribe to at least a 24 month plan. There are 5 choices available under this plan each with unlimited minutes and texts with the only difference in the data usage.
Here’s a breakdown of each of the plans
- 500 MB Plan £36.00 A MONTH
- 1GB Plan £41.00 A MONTH
- 3GB Plan £46.00 A MONTH
- 5GB Plan £51.00 A MONTH
- 8GB Plan £56.00 A MONTH
Each of these plans comes with great benefits offered by the company such as
- Superfast 4GEE which allows you to stream movies and games to your device
- EE Film which allows you to download without incurring any extra charges
- Fast Track service that allows easy access to a company representative
- Inclusive add-on allows access to 18 million songs
- Usage of any BT Wi-Fi hotspot
- Clone phone
Is getting the HTC One SV a good deal? At midrange specs this device will definitely be able to serve you well for the duration of its contract. If you’ve been planning to sign up for a contract then why not get a new smartphone in the process as well.
Remember HTC’s mid-range 4G LTE One SV smartphone for European and Asian countries? It’s making it’s way over to the United Kingdom today, and has first surfaced on online retailer Clove Technology’s website. The device is unlocked and without a SIM for £350. Both white and blue color models are available.
Under the hood of HTC’s One SV is a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 chip, 1 gig of RAM with a 4.3-inch SuperLCD2 display. The device also has 4G LTE data network capabilities. As for camera technology, the One SV is packing a 5-megapixel HTC ImageSense camera. The One SV is disappointingly not running Jelly Bean, as it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. HTC has not said whether the device will be receiving the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or even the latest release of Jelly Bean, 4.2.1.
For £350 the One SV isn’t a bad device, especially considering that it is touting LTE capabilities. In the coming weeks HTC’s One SV will be headed to EE, which is the United Kingdom’s only LTE provider. Albeit there is no mention of the One SV on EE’s website. All we know right now is that the One SV is headed to EE from HTC’s One SV press release sent out a while back:
HTC is delighted to announce that EE will be a partner for the HTC One SV. With 4G LTE capability, the HTC One SV represents a powerful option for customers to take advantage of EE’s mobile network. The combination of the HTC One SV’s outstanding performance and EE’s superfast 4G network make for an ideal partnership. Details on the HTC One SV from EE, including availability and pricing will be announced in due course.
Hopefully the One SV’s sales aren’t hindered with EE being the only LTE carrier in the United Kingdom.
Anyone over in the United Kingdom looking to snag themselves a HTC One SV anytime soon? Sound off in the comments section below!
Well, we haven’t heard a lot about HTC’s plans for the mid-ranged segment ever since it announced the One V along with the One X and the One S. Although HTC was launching devices like the Desire X, Desire V etc in some markets, there wasn’t a lot of them to brag about. It’s the same with any manufacturer of late, to be honest. But HTC seems to have lined up most of its mid-ranged devices for the holiday season. Hot on the heels of the launch of the One VX on AT&T, the company has now announced the One SV in the UK. The device carries forward the HTC One legacy with most of the design elements from the One S clearly visible. The highlight of the device however is that it features 4G LTE to run on UK carrier EE’s networks. EE stands for Everything Everywhere and is the regions first carrier to bring 4G LTE service. The HTC One SV will be launched in the next few weeks apparently. The device will be sold in Pyrenees Blue and Glacier White variants, which for the regular user would be just blue and white.
The rest of the specs of the device are pretty moderate, with a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) display, a 5MP camera with HTC ImageSense along with a front facing 1.6MP snapper which is ideal for self portraits with its f/2.2 lens. The One SV also features a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 chip and 1GB of RAM as well. Internal storage is a meager 8GB, but not to worry as there’s a microSD card slot for easy storage expansion. The device runs on Android 4.0.4 which is a little disappointing, as you would expect most HTC devices to come with Jelly Bean by now.
There’s no word on when HTC will roll out the update or if it even will, but since it has the hardware to handle anything with a breeze, we don’t think it should be much of an issue. 4G LTE on EE is an added bonus, and should go a long way in making the device a success in the region. Sadly there’s no word on the pricing either, but since it’s a mid ranged device, we don’t expect it to be priced too steep. We’ll know more as the days progress. It’s good to see 4G LTE making some noise outside of the U.S too, and slowly more and more regions should get the network.
EE has just recently begun rolling out their 4G LTE network to cities all over the UK, but it seems that they might have encountered a bump in the road for some of their potential customers as the carrier has just recently announced that they are behind schedule to launch their SIM-only tariffs. For many customers in the United Kingdom, there was the expectation that EE’s SIM-only tariffs would be available starting today, but EE at the last minute has highlighted the specialized plans that won’t be ready for what could be a few week from now. There is a lot of disappointment, but the issue is most likely because the 4G LTE spectrum is a whole lot more complicated than the 3G spectrum. The differences in wireless spectrum is most likely the reasoning for the delay in these plans, but EE had something else to say on the matter. Here is there exact statement on why the tariffs were delayed:
The launch of SIM only plans (due Nov 9) will be delayed by a few days as a result of our comprehensive testing process over-running slightly. We know many customers are anticipating these plans and apologise for this short hold up. However they will be reassured that we are determined to offer the very best service possible.
EE also released another statement:
Our 4GEE SIM only plans will now be launching within the next two weeks. We know many customers are keen to get their hands on our SIM only plans and we are looking forward to offering them as soon as our testing process is complete. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
I hope this delay isn’t going to cause a whole lot of inconvenience for the EE 4G LTE customers. There are a lot of you that are really wanting to take advantage of EE’s new LTE market and the LTE-compatible Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Just two more weeks guys. Two more weeks. Hopefully EE won’t experience anymore issues with these new plans.
Did you plan on getting a SIM-free tariff today? Do you think that EE should warn in advance instead of last minute? Let us know in the comments below!
source: Tech Crunch
EE is calling its new 4G LTE service 4GEE and it will be launching commercially starting this next Tuesday, which lands on October 30th. 4GEE stands for the services that are offered by EE’s LTE network, which will allow their users the standard calls and text and additionally mobile data speeds of around 8-12MBp/s, which is fantastic! Unfortunately the 4GEE services will only start out in the following United Kingdom cities: London, Manchest, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Glasgow. You’ll still be able to purchase the service throughout the country though. Thankfully six more cities will be added before Christmas comes around (Southhampton, Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham, Newcastle) with EE having plans to cover nearly 98% of the population by the time the end of 2014 comes around the corner.
All of EE’s LTE smartphone plans currently include calls and texts, and then the ability for users to simply pick a data allowance of their own choosing. The prices of these new plans will be starting at £36 per month, which starts you off with 500MB of mobile data, and will be going up until £56, which will get you a whopping 8GBs of data allowance. Additionally, free BT Wi-Fi access is also included in this plan. While EE hasn’t launched an unlimited plan just yet, the proposed plans are fairly expensive enough as they are.
To make use of their new 4GEE service, you are, of course, going to need an LTE compatible handset purchased directly from either Orange or T-Mobile, or even any of their partner retail stores. The only exception to that rule is the newly released iPhone 5, which if it was unlocked it would operate on the 4GEE network no matter where in the United Kingdom you got the handset from. Although, if you have recently purchased an Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III or even an HTC One X, EE would agree to upgrade your phone to an LTE version for a small price of £99. EE is not only launching its new 4G LTE service next week though, they will also be starting up their new corporate identity. Starting on October 30th, all existing Everything Everywhere, Orange and T-Mobile stores will be re-branded as EE stores.
Any existing customers will be able to keep their plans and will have the ability to continue using the 3G network provided by T-Mobile and Orange without any sort of change. It is important to note that starting on October 30th, the network identifiers will start showing EE.
To become a new EE subscriber, you are going to have to pick up one of their new 4GEE plans. Of course, as you can imagine this is quite an odd move as not many people have the correct phones to properly use the LTE network. Additionally, there are no EE plans without LTE connectivity and LTE coverage is very limited at the time being.
Will any of our readers over seas be picking up a new EE subscription?
source: gsm arena
Just six weeks ago, United Kingdom communications regular Ofcom had granted Everything Everywhere (now “EE”) the right to roll out their brand new 4G LTE service over their existent 1800MHz wireless spectrum. Starting later this month on October 30th, the new brand along with its 4G LTE services will finally be launching in the United Kingdom market. The carrier will be first deploying 4G LTE in 10 different cities, and then will increase by a number of six before the end of 2012. This equates to only one third of the current United Kingdom population. That’s not to worry about it though, Everything Everywhere has also revealed some longer-term plans to reach 98 percent of the United Kingdom by the beginning of 2014.
Olaf Swantee, the CEO of Everything Everywhere explains as follows:
Everything Everywhere has also announced quite a number of 4G LTE compatible devices. Among these new devices is the newly released iPhone 5, Samsung’s Android flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and then Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, the HTC One XL and finally, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. Everything Everywhere has essentially added the most popular and greatly discussed smartphone running Android, iOS and Windows 8.
Is anyone excited for the upcoming LTE service in the United Kingdom? I am. Even though I don’t live there, it’s really great to see the technology finally expanding over there. The UK has been stuck with small data limits while the rest of the world is high-rolling on unlimited data, 20GBs of data, 5GBs of data, and really, just more than the UK generally has. Now, that finally changes and users no matter what platform preferences will be able to take advantage of extremely fast data speeds.
Are you going to be switching your current 3G phones out for 4G LTE compatible phones?
source: beta news
Several different UK mobile network providers, the UK’s communications regulator Ofcon, and some other government officials have officially announced a deal that will be accelerating the roll out of 4G LTE services throughout the entirety of the United Kingdom. This new settlement means that carriers like O2 and Vodafone will have the ability to begin deploying their 4G LTE networks in early 2013, which is six months earlier than what was originally thought and planned. As you know, EE will be rolling out their 4G LTE service later this month, which still puts them ahead of the others despite this new settlement with the various UK carriers.
UK carriers EE (Everything Everywhere) had been previously granted permission to start using some of their existing 1800 MHz spectrum for 4G LTE network purposes and they were expected to start rolling that out this fall (and was confirmed for later this month, October 30th specifically). On the flip side of things, other UK carriers like O2 and Vodafone have been angry with this and were threatening to launch legal actions claiming the permission to use this spectrum for 4G services was improper and that Everything Everywhere was being given an unfair advantage (it’s not really a unfair advantage, just the fact that EE was pushing to get this rolling). Due to all of this, Ofcom has now agreed that they would be accelerating the approval process for 4G LTE services for other carriers after a planned January action of old analog television spectrum occurs in January 2013.
With this new agreement, Everything Everywhere has announced the imminent launch of their new 4G LTE, as stated above, it will be rolling out on October 30th. EE has indicated that their plans are to get this new service out to 16 different UK cities by the end of the year, and 98% of the UK by 2014. Other carriers will be behind with their deployments due to EE’s head start, but their deployments should now begin sometime in early 2013. Of course, with the agreement and the head start that EE is getting, the other carriers are going to be seriously lacking.
With the agreement, EE is anticipated to announce the imminent launch of their 4G LTE network. They have indicated they have plans to deploy the service to 16 UK cities before the end of the year and to 98% of the UK by 2014. Other carriers will be behind with their deployments which should now occur sometime in early 2013, but with the agreement the head start that EE gets will not be as great.
The new settlement means that the United Kingdom will at last be able to catch up with the many other countries around the world that already have 4G LTE services very established and in place. As Ed Richards, the chief executive of Ofcom, he notes, consumers are the big winners as they aren’t going to have to wait for “a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services.”
Any of our readers in the UK have any thoughts on this? Let us know!
source: talk android
United Kingdom mobile customers are getting really excited over the new and expanding LTE services that were just recently announced by EE (Everything Everywhere). Orange T-Mobile customers are currently required to transfer over to an EE LTE plan so that they can take advantage of the extra speed, but it seems that these customers are not the only ones that are seeing this transfer. While it might be a welcomed transfer, there are numerous users out there experiencing a lot of confusion.
Existing customers that were set up on an Orange or T-Mobile contract also happen to be seeing this transfer. In fact, it happened to one of Android Central’s devices which was followed up by some unfortunate issues with web browsing over cellular data. That said, it’s apparently messed up the signal on some of the handsets and/or the transfer wasn’t done properly. I say this because Android Central was able to ring up customer service where they were able to update some different settings to change over to EE and then they were back online. So, to me, it does sound like an issue with the transfer if settings were not updating properly. Android Central noted that you should keep that in mind in case you have some issues with the transfer also.
I can imagine that this is all apart of the EE (Everything Everywhere) re-branding. There’s no doubt that it is, because other wise, I don’t think they would be trying to transfer everything over. Then again, who knows how they’re trying to run this new LTE service. Whatever the case, it’ll be interesting to see how EE moves forward with their new LTE network service. It’s the first legit LTE network to launch in the United Kingdom, and has so far, proved to be very reliable and speedy. It’ll also be interesting to see how it’s competitors will respond to the network. With EE signing a deal with MasterCard concerning some of the NFC technology in the UK, along with EE getting its LTE service, I wonder how EE’s competitors are going to catch up. It just seems like EE has took a giant leap in terms of technology and has completely left their competitors dead on the road. Not only that, but since it’s the first LTE service in the UK, there’s no doubt that they will see a very large influx of customers.
It’s also been reported that this transfer is going to be continuous, so many customers should begin seeing this change fairly soon. Has anyone experience the change as of yet? Has it affected your cellular data at all or anything that hasn’t been reported on as of yet? If so, we’d like to hear about it in the comments below!
source: talk android
The age of fast connectivity is here for those that are living over seas in the United Kingdom. Everything Everywhere has announced both its new brand and model called EE (pretty clever name, eh?). The new EE brand brings something that everyone has been itching to get their hands on since it was first announced a while ago — the official launch of a true 4G LTE network in the UK. This new 4G LTE will bring as EE calls it, “super-fast” mobile service for their customers. While EE isn’t everywhere just yet, the company has firmed that the London, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham markets are now live and ready for usage. Other markets like Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton should have the 4G LTE speeds by Christmas of this year. To celebrate all of this excitement, EE is going to be launching 4G LTE capable handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One XL, and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE smartphones. I’m sure everyone is going to have a grand time with the coveted Samsung Galaxy S III handset on the blazing fast 4G LTE network.
Is anyone excited to see 4G LTE in the UK finally here? Let us know in the comments below!
source talk android