Vodafone and O2 launch 4G LTE networks in the UK

As planned, British carriers O2 and Vodafone have today launched their 4G LTE services, bringing to an end EE's effective monopoly over 4G in the UK. From today, O2 4G is available in London, Leeds and Bradford, while Vodafone LTE launch is limited to the British capital.

O2 offers data in 1GB, 3GB and 5GB bundles, starting at £26 per month on a SIM-only deal, and as part of a 4G launch promotion customers signing up for 3GB and 5GB will be upgraded to 5GB and 8GB respectively until Oct 31.

Vodafone, meanwhile, has 2GB, 4GB and 8GB 4G data bundles, with the option to get a temporary boost to unlimited data for three months through its "data test drive" program. 4G contracts with a device attached will start at £34 per month for 2GB and run as high as £57 for 8GB, depending on the device. Both operators are offering unlimited calls and texts on 4G plans.

Anyone jumping on the O2/Vodafone 4G bandwagon today?

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  • Already signed up to Vodafone on RedXL (8gb). Meant to be £52 but my gf gets corporate discount so I'm paying £41.40, 60p less than my old 2gb 3G plan. Have been getting full 4G signal as far out as Watford and the fastest speed I've tested yet is 46mb down and 20mb up on a HTC One. No complaints from me :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • Far too dear, in two-three years when I update to a new phone I'll be using three since they have no extra charge Posted via Android central app on my LG Google Nexus 4
  • Way too expensive. HSPA+ does me fine Posted via Android Central App on my Nexus 4
  • Is a bit expensive at the moment 4g is not even hear in Northern Ireland and no sign of it in the 6mths of it being launched hopefully by then it will be a bit cheaper..!! Posted via Android Central App
  • I have an unlocked lte handset, the Sony Xperia T, but O2 not extended this to Cardiff yet. Soon. However, only 1Gb/month, they're having a larf. Especially as I'm currently paying 17GBP/month for connection plus unlimited - I use about 2Gb Posted via Android Central App
  • 4G is a waste of time and money in the UK. Far too expensive and frequently not even as fast as Three's UltraFast 3G service. Three are supposedly not even going to charge extra for their 4G service when it's brought in, hope that causes these networks to stop being quite such greedy little.....people.
  • O2 and Vodafone data bundles suck but them launching 4G services on 800 and 2600 are welcomed!