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Do you plan to get a 4G smartphone?


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With EE (Everything Everywhere) set to be the first mobile network to provide 4G in the UK, we want to know what your plans are.

Let us know in our poll.

Poll: Do you plan to get a 4G smartphone?

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Forum Editor

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Joseph Kerr

Imagine yourself trying to watch a video on your tablet device in the depths of the countryside - using the 3G service currently available via your mobile phone network. You might be lucky, and get a decent download speed, or you might find, as many people do, that there just isn't enough bandwidth available to stop the video stuttering and stopping as the download stream is buffered.

Do the same thing with a 4G device and your download speed will be blindingly fast by comparison; up to 48Mps in some of the pilot tests that have been carried out so far.

4G is going to be so good and so fast that it may just be the answer for people who are currently struggling to get a decent broadband service from their ISP. For them, a 4G tablet could do what their main computer can't.

Of course, speeds will vary, and it remains to be seen how 4G performs when the networks are running at full loads. The fact remains however, that it will be much faster than 3G.

None of which will bother anyone who just wants a phone for calls and texts.

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Woolwell

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FE - Regrettably 3G isn't currently available in all "depths of the countryside" and it is doubtful that 4G will be either. The coverage in the South Hams of Devon is fairly poor.

But 4G is such a step up that I will move when it is available,

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bremner

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Woolwell

A little north of you with the same issues and intention.

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Joseph Kerr

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Thanks FE.

I may be interested one day. I currently have my first properly smart phone, which I use now and then for a brit of internet reading and the odd youtube video; very short things. If I use it for a few of those things in a day, my battery really suffers.

I have a tablet (nexus 7) but that is mostly a toy for me that sees little use at the moment (I spent a while setting up a couple of email addresses on it a few weeks ago and stuffed it up and that annoyed me so I've been sulking until I get round to sorting the issue).

I may have a small laptop soon (someting with laptop spec and netbook-ish size hopefully) too.

My contract on my phone is up next summer so I've given my next move very little thought. Mind you, I gave my last purchase no thought really, it was almost an impulse buy as that's just what they had when I took my basic text and phone only handset in with a vague notion of modernising.

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Algerian peter

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My mobile can hardly receive or send a phone call from home. So no to 4G

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interzone55

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Forum Editor

I live right next to the M6, with an O2 3G mast within eyesight, but no 3G on my O2 phone as it's blocked by a tree.

If a single tree can stop the 3G signal dead, I doubt 4G will make much headway into the countryside, it'll stick to metropolitan areas just like 3G.

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Matt Egan

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alan14 the O2 mast near our office is on top of the British Library. I can see it from my desk. A few years ago my colleague Andrew Harrison moaned at O2 about the poor coverage in this area, and we watched as a man dutifully climbed up and made the mast higher. Coverage is still awful, and we are in central London. It is such a lottery. I get a much better signal in my home 30 miles outside of London than I do at my desk in the centre.

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"I get a much better signal in my home 30 miles outside of London than I do at my desk in the centre."

That's not an unusual experience - I can't get a signal on my T-Mobile/Orange phone in an office in Covent Garden. At home, nine miles from central London as the coughing crow flies I have to stand in my hallway to make a call because my house is on the wrong side of an incline, yet I get a strong signal at my son's house, deep in the Hertfordshire countryside.

There's a summit conference taking place today between the major network operators and the regulators. It's to discuss the auctioning of the 4G spectrum, and it has been brought forward because of unhappiness about the way that 'Everything Everywhere' (T-Mobile/Orange) was given permission to launch 4G before anyone else, using its existing bandwidth. The government wants to avoid appeals being launched against Ofcom's decision, so today's meeting is likely to end with a promise that the 4G auction date will be brought forward.

It's all good,as the saying goes, and should result in a big chunk of cash for the government to spend,and 4G being available to more people sooner than anticipated.

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Matt Egan

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Quickbeam

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Will 4G on a pad device acting as a home router be good enough to replace my existing Virgin land cable to wireless Virgin hub?

Most of my surfing now is not on a desktop PC compared to a year ago, so I envisage that the home PC will only need online updating capability.

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