What is EE? EE is a new network provider/brand by the holding company of Orange and T-Mobile, Everything Everywhere, which is owned 50/50 by France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom. What's the big deal? The EE network will share the existing infrastructure of Orange and T-Mobile, which currently covers 98.29% of the UK Population with 3G signal. In addition to this, in the same way Three was created to make use of (at the time) new 3G technology, EE will make use of 4G LTE technology under the product name of 4GEE. 4G you say?! Tell me more! Last week EE turned on 4G LTE in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol for testing, and plan on also having 4G running in Belfast, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton by the end of the year. They have said that they plan to cover 70% of the UK population with 4G signal by the end of 2013. Their plan is to compliment all of their 3G network with 4G by the end of 2014, meaning that 98% of people in the UK will have 4G in time for the iPhone 6! All in all, this roll-out of 4G is planned to cost them £1.4 Billion! Why is no-one else offering 4G yet? When Orange and T-Mobile combined networks at the end of 2010, they had lots of spare spectrum to go around. Too much in fact, and they were told they had to sell some to Three, which they did, but they still had some left over, and a ruling from Ofcom allowed them to start using that spectrum for LTE signal. Everyone else has to wait until next summer, when spectrum freed up from the digital switch-over becomes available to purchase. That's right, your snazzy new 4G LTE is going to use the same spectrum that you used to use to watch Blue Peter as a child. Other network providers are not happy about all this, but appeals have ruled in favor of EE. Okay, done! Sign me up! Soon! EE are going to announce their plans and products "In the new few weeks". Anyone with a new iPhone 5 on Orange or T-Mobile, will be given the option to shift over to EE so they can take advantage of their 4G network. What's the damage? The information currently going around is that having 4G will cost "Less than £10 extra a month". Keep an eye on www.ee.co.uk where you can sign up for more info when it's available. If there is the need, I will keep this thread up to date. Finally, a quote from Boris Johnson talking about 4G in London. "I barely understand it, but information will spout unstoppably from these gizmos." Thanks Boris. ---------- I am currently on a 1 month SIM only contract with O2, but I am fed up with their rubbish signal where I work, so I am going to switch to EE when they launch. I'm not going to go for 4G right away, the closest pre Christmas place to me in Bournemouth is Southampton, which I go to rarely. However by being with EE, I will keep an eye out, and add 4G as soon as it's available a bit closer to home. Hopefully in the early part of 2013 (fingers crossed!).