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Best phones for 4G+

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Microsoft Devices Lumia 640 XL LTE


HTC One M9

Vodafone is rolling out a slew of upgrades to its 4G network, all under the banner of 4G+. While Optus and Telstra are using the 700MHz spectrum, Vodafone is going with the 850MHz instead. As a low-frequency band it'll offer similar benefits to 700MHz -- better coverage in buildings, lifts and even underground.

Vodafone has completed it's rollout of carrier aggregation for its 4G+ network. This is Frequency Division Duplexing across the 850MHz and 1,800MHz spectra.

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Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will both access the 850MHz and the 1,800MHz that comprise Vodafone's 4G+ network.

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Both of Sony's latest flagships, the 5.2-inch Z3 and the 4.6-inch Z3 Compact, work on the 850MHz band and the 1,800MHz band.

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It might be a little long in the tooth for some users -- we expect to have the Galaxy S6 announced in March -- but the S5 remains a solid performer for Vodafone 4G+.

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As one of the few Category 6 devices on the market, the Galaxy Note 4 will be able to work on the Vodafone carrier aggregation offering as it becomes available around the country.

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And, of course, the Galaxy Note Edge can also work on the Vodafone's FDD LTE-A as it's pretty much identical to the Note 4 in every way.

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Both the Galaxy S6 and the curved screen G6 Edge are category six devices working across all the available LTE networks and on carrier aggregation.

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If you're after your 4G on a budget then the Lumia 640 XL LTE might be right for you.

It doesn't support carrier aggregation, but for AU$399 you are getting a 5.7-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera and, of course, those lovely 4G speeds.

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Now that the 4G+ network has carrier aggregation up and running, category six device such as the G4 are going to be blisteringly fast.

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The latest of HTC's lineage to wear the One crown in the M9. The phone might not be a quantum leap forward from the M8, but it's compatible with Vodafone's carrier aggregation and is a pretty sharp looking phone to boot!

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