Testing out 4G speeds on the EE network
EE, the new brand for mobile operator Everything Everywhere, offered a sneak preview of 4G speeds yesterday.
I was given the Huawei Ascend P1, HTC One XL and the Apple iPhone 5 to test out the speedy mobile broadband, which the company is soon to make available in the UK.
Additionally I was given an iPhone 5 locked to 3G to compare speeds. So for the purpose of this test, the white iPhone 5 is on the 4G EE network, while the iPhone 5 in black is on the 3G EE network.
And generally the 4G speeds did impress, check out my video tests below:
4G vs 3G on Apple devices
Testing 4G on Android devices
Streaming YouTube on 4G vs 3G
Downloading Angry Birds over 4G on a HTC One XL
Downloading the Amazon app over 4G on a Huwaei P1 Ascend
However, during my experiments I discovered that downloading anything through the iTunes store was taking an unusual amount of time on 4G. I found that it was taking up to three minutes for a single song and the seconds seemed to increase rather than decrease on the download bar.
This is quite likely that the handful of Apple devices EE was using to demonstrate 4G speeds were all connected to the same account which was being used by five different people at the same time. It could also be an Apple/4G compatibility problem - Apple failed to provide comment by the time of publication.
So while there are claims that upgrading to 4G will be seamless, I don't think we can expect not to have a few bumps in the road.
EE announced in September that they were about to begin rolling out super-fast 4G mobile broadband in the UK. EE have announced today that it will launch 4G in ten UK cities on the 30th October.
EE has announced that from today, 4G ready handsets including the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE will be available to buy on Orange and T-Mobile 3G price plans. Once the superfast EE network launches in the coming weeks, Orange and T-Mobile customers with 4G ready handsets can then choose to move across to the new 4G EE network or remain on the existing 3G network.
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