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Until 4G is widespread I don't see lack of support as an issue.

EE is already available in 160 cities and towns in the country, which is widespread enough already, and considering the normal  life cycle of a phone of 2 years, about 95% of UK will have 4G by then.

And using the early start the government gave them as an opportunity to gouge everybody...

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People were still prepard to pay the premium to EE, indicating strong demand.

My current Vodafone plan gives me 4GB data + additional 4GB for Spotify Premium per month, on a £43 per month plan with free HTC One. I got 3 month half price line rental, and £150 cashback from Quidco. Once the 3 months half price rental is over, I will apply for 20% NHS discount on my line rental. 

The other network providers are catching up fast in coverage. O2 for example is already available in 144 cities and towns.

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Most of the other providers are scheduled to complete year end 2015.

Or in other words, if you buy a phone now, by the time its time to replace it (that 2 year life cycle you mention) it will be worth worrying about 4G support

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I'm in Sweden, so things are a little different. But I will be sticking with 3G. It plays Spotify flawlessly, gives me a solid (capped) 3Mbps which is enough for Netflix too.

The big advantage is that it's an unlimited tarrif, which was the norm with 3G over here. Now they have wasted all that money on 4G, the tarrifs are now down to around a max of 10GB, which is pitiful... 1 HD film on Netflix takes around 4GB.

 

 

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Most of the other providers are scheduled to complete year end 2015.

Or in other words, by a phone now and by the time its time to replace it (that 2 year life cycle you mention) it will be worth considering 4G

So you'll consider 4G only if it covers the remotest towns? No reason to do that. Simply check 4G coverage in your area. If a particular network provider does not provide 4G in your area, simply switch to another (same as broadband). 

Check what Ofcom says about 4G coverage:

Ofcom has designed the 4G auction in a way that will see mobile broadband rolled out to at least 98% of people in villages, towns and cities across the UK. This is for indoor coverage; however, given that it is easier to provide coverage outdoors, a network meeting this obligation is likely to cover more than 99% of the UK by population when outdoors.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: ‘As a direct result of the measures Ofcom is introducing, consumers will be able to surf the web stream high-quality videos and download big files on their mobile device from almost every home in the UK.’

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Even today, 3G coverage isn't 100%, yet it doesn't stop people from going for 3G.

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Most of the other providers are scheduled to complete year end 2015.

Or in other words, by a phone now and by the time its time to replace it (that 2 year life cycle you mention) it will be worth considering 4G

So you'll consider 4G only if it covers the remotest towns? No reason to do that. Simply check 4G coverage in your area. If a particular network provider does not provide 4G in your area, simply switch to another (same as broadband).

No of course not and no provider has good 4G coverage in my part of the world (and no i'm not in themiddle of nowhere)

I have a 4G phone, and provider, 4G just isn't any use to me ATM, since its only available in Cities/large towns and i can usually find reliable WiFi in them anyway.

My point is 4G is still very much early adopter territory, so wouldn't discount buying a phone just because it doesn't support 4G.

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Even today, 3G coverage isn't 100%, yet it doesn't stop people from going for 3G.

The fault of a greedy government ripping providers off for licenses and giving to many concessions WRT coverage etc in return.

4G will be better regulated (in theory).

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The problem is the networks don't tell you when 4G is going to be available in your area, they just "announce" that its happened

In the meantime I picked up a Moto G over Christmas to see what all the fuss was about and I'm loving it! 

 

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The problem is the networks don't tell you when 4G is going to be available in your area, they just "announce" that its happened

In the meantime I picked up a Moto G over Christmas to see what all the fuss was about and I'm loving it! 

 

Actually, they do. I knew in advance when EE's 4G was coming at my work place. Even Vodafone has already indicated that 4G is coming here in 3 months.

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bigboss wrote:

Sizzers wrote:

The problem is the networks don't tell you when 4G is going to be available in your area, they just "announce" that its happened

In the meantime I picked up a Moto G over Christmas to see what all the fuss was about and I'm loving it! 

 

Actually, they do. I knew in advance when EE's 4G was coming at my work place. Even Vodafone has already indicated that 4G is coming here in 3 months.

With regards to Vodafone - as I've just checked -  their coverage checker says "There is no 4G planned for this area".

This is Stratford-upon-Avon, not the sticks, but all the networks IME tell you nothing.

Edit: Unless you're possibly already on their network maybe.

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Yes, that's right. Vodafone's coverage checker told me 4G is planned within 3 months in my area.

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...I could also get 20% off vodafone via work scheme....IF I bought direct from Vodafone and applied within 1 month of new contract...

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In reply to JD.

Personally I'm looking at the non big name handsets running Android that are available via ebay. Big savings over the known brands and the same spec if not better in some cases.

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