Sharing plans to launch July 17, MasterCard-based mobile payments system on the way too

Mobile network EE, currently the only operator to offer 4G LTE services in the UK, has announced that its new "double speed" LTE services will officially launch starting tomorrow, July 4. Initially the new, faster service, which promises "headline" speeds of up to 80Mbps, will be available in some 12 towns and cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. (We've already seen speeds of between 50 and 80Mbps in London and Manchester as EE has been testing the new service.)

In addition, EE has today announced that its shared 4G price plans will become available from July 17, as will its new Pay-As-You-Go 4G mobile broadband plans. The shared plans can give users unlimited calls and texts, and a central pool of up to 20GB to share between devices, TheNextWeb reports. But the new shared plans won't come cheap — the 20GB option is set to cost £112 per month.

EE also unveiled a new mobile payment system in partnership with MasterCard. "Cash on Tap" will be usable at some 300,000 locations across the UK, the networks claims, for payments of up to £20. The Cash on Tap app will be available on NFC-enabled phones, so there's a good chance it'll come preloaded on EE's Android phones at some point.

EE recently passed 55 percent population coverage for its LTE service in the UK, bringing its total markets to 85. Competition is expected to hot up later this year, though, as rivals O2, Vodafone and Three launch their own 4G networks.


Reader comments

EE 'double speed' LTE officially launches July 4


How about launching normal LTE in other cities, rather than doubling the speed in cities who already have it? Grrrr!

StuMcBill your right. How about central Scotland, people do live outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow. Have 4g services where you have your shops.

Yeah, I'm in Aberdeen (arguably one of the major contributors to the UK economy due to Oil companies), and we don't have a sniff of 4G yet!!

Do your homework, the 20GB plan does not cost 112...but 51
Read the press release for yourself and fix this article please.

Oh, and while we're at it. Please add links to the original stories and the press releases. It makes things easier for people who want to know more.

Its still such a rip off. I wont be getting 4g until a rival network comes out to lower the price.

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Agreed with others, they need to expand LTE to places that need it as opposed to places that don't or already have LTE access. Either way, with the price promise made by 3UK to use their current pay as you go price plan with their 4G deals, I'll be switching to them come November.

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How much? Do they think this is America and that they can charge whatever they want and people will just bend over and take it? We do things differently here EE! Value for money and all that.

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