Three has started rolling out 4G LTE mobile broadband to customers with compatible devices.
The UK mobile operator is upgrading its network to 4G without charging its customers an extra penny. Three said it started making 4G broadband available to customers on 2 December. See also: What is 4G? A complete guide to 4G.
Unfortunately there is little detail about which users are getting the free upgrade. Three simply said it has begun rolling the service out to those with a 4G-ready device which they can then use when in an area with 4G coverage.
Three said on Twitter that only a few thousand customers in London are using 4G, so don't be too surprised if you haven't got it yet. We'll bring you more details as they are announced. See also: 4G vs 3G network hands-on speed test.
“The rollout will accelerate in January, with all customers with a compatible device able to access 4G at no extra cost by the end of Q1 2014 when they are in an area with 4G coverage.” said the firm.
Three said it aims to give 50 cities 4G coverage by the end of next year and 98 percent of the population by the end of 2015.
Dave Dyson, CEO of Three, said: “We are building a brand and network that encourages and enables customers to enjoy the mobile internet. Customers are using more data than ever on Three, far more than on any other network. As we add 4G capacity to the network, this experience will only get better.”
Three also announced that it is extending its 'Feel At Home' offer to the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. The scheme means customers won't be charged any extra for calls, messages or data when roaming in those countries – as long as they are part of a regular allowance. It now covers 11 destinations.