4G now covers half UK population as EE hits 50th town

4G now covers half the UK population as EE's super-fast Internet arrives in 13 more towns, taking the total to 50.

4G now covers half the UK population as EE's super-fast Internet connection arrives in thirteen more towns, taking the total to fifty.

4G EE hits the airwaves today in Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich.

EE says half of the population now has access to 4G EE, on phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE , Nokia Lumia 900 , BlackBerry Z10 , and iPhone 5.

EE says that total of 50 towns and cities will climb to 80 by the end of June. The goal is to cover 70 per cent of the population by the end of this year, and 98 per cent by the end of 2014. 

EE, the network formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, is the first British 4G LTE network. EE launched late last year, but has remained cagey about the number of people that have signed up . The network has also received some stick over the low data allowances in many of its price plans.

Rival network Three has taken a different tack, promising not to charge any extra for 4G speed. But EE has a headstart over rivals for a while yet, as other networks have only just bought their slice of 4G frequency from the government in the recent spectrum auction .

Are you covered by 4G yet? Are you tempted, or is EE too expensive? And if you have signed up, is it worth it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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