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News: EE aims to cover the entire UK with 4G

The UK mobile network EE said this week it will increase coverage over the UK by expanding 4G to more than 95 percent of the country by 2020. In 2015, EE signed a deal with the government to replace its Airwave network and also said it would eliminate zones of no coverage for consumers at the […]

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Three launches new 40 GB mobile broadband plan, but is 40 GB enough?

Mobile phone company Three UK has recently added a new option for anyone looking to sign up for mobile broadband. There is now a 40 GB data plan, costing around £45 a month, double the previous allowance of 20 GB (which admittedly only cost between £21 and £23 a month). There are several limitations however, as […]

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News: Tesco Mobile ranked best mobile provider, EE left trailing​

The UK mobile market is undergoing huge changes at the moment, with consolidation rife and operators trying to attract more customers while also rolling out faster and more reliable 4G networks. Last month, Carphone Warehouse announced its new iD mobile network, BT is in the process of buying EE, and Three is acquiring O2. Meanwhile Satmetrix, the leading […]

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4G networks in the UK – the state of play

With the rapid adoption of 4G networks across the world, people in the UK now have access to some of the fastest mobile download speeds on the planet. The move from 3G to so-called next generation networks (which netted the government £2.4 billion in the license auction) seemingly took forever and, despite differences in opinion about the term 4G, it’s undeniable that network speeds are […]

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My device of 2013: EE’s 4G Huawei MiFI hotspot

I’ve been meaning to get this one blogged for a little while. I was giving some thought over the Christmas period to my best device of 2013. (And I should point out: Although I’ve used the word ‘device’, I also mean the accompanying service.) EE’s 4G service has been nothing short of phenomenal. I’ve been […]

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Why I was having trouble with Vodafone 3G: They’ve clearly put all their efforts into 4G!

Over the last half of the year I have become increasingly frustrated at the service level Vodafone have been offering on my iPhone’s 3G data connection. It’s been really difficult to get much done without depending on WiFi. It was so bad at some points that I was mentally planning my data communications according to […]

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If iPhone 5S is selling so well, why is it in stock?

A question that is bothering me. I walked by the EE store in Islington this afternoon and saw this sign outside: Isn’t that meant to be impossible in the first week of an iPhone launch?

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EE really lucked out with their 4G launch didn’t they?

Every time I walk by a standard operator shop that isn’t EE, I have to cringe. I can’t avoid it. That’s because, invariably, the shop window is currently advertising the Samsung Galaxy S4. And unless you’re EE, you need to cover your promotions with the text, “4G ready”. Seriously embarrassing for any mobile operator. 4G […]

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I downloaded a movie in about 10 minutes from EE Film

Those who’ve been reading MIR for a while will recall that I recently bought an iPad Mini. I ordered a £15.99 monthly SIM from EE to power the connection. And when I signed up, I ticked the box to find out more about their EE Film offering. I installed the app a few days later […]

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Working on EE’s 4G mobile hotspot: I’m having a great time

I’m writing this in Richmond, United Kingdom. Some people think that Richmond qualifies as “London” but I fear those people are misguided. It’s nine miles from the Houses of Parliament or 10.7 miles from Threadneedle Street (for the Bank of England). It’s not London. BUT it’s got 4G. Richmond is one of those lucky areas […]

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35 days to get an iPad Mini on EE’s 4G service…

Both EE and Vodafone appear to be having serious stock problems with the iPad Mini. This is a bit of a problem for me as I was thinking of getting one from either firm; although on balance I reckon EE is my preference at the moment. Although I’m disappointed EE don’t have any stock I […]

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I downloaded 1.62gb on EE’s 4G network in 21 minutes

Just how good is Everything Everywhere’s 4G service? Very good. With just two bars of service and well inside my office in Richmond I was able to download 1.62gb in just 21 minutes. Very smart indeed. I wondered how EE’s MiFi device would handle two iPhones each trying to download TV/movies from iTunes and set […]