EE team up with AT&T to offer 4G roaming for visitors to the UK

By James Richardson on 17 Dec 2013 05:55 am EST

The good news is flowing today. UK carrier EE has just announced that they have entered into a 4G roaming agreement with AT&T, with other networks to follow. What does this mean for us BlackBerry users though? Unless I'm very much mistaken, you Americans on AT&T will automatically switch over to EE LTE when you pop over the pond. With all BlackBerry 10 devices being 4G enabled this is a great step in bridging the gap for travelers. 

Of course, LTE has been around in many regions, including the USA for some time but here in the UK it is still relatively new - with EE leading the way in terms of coverage. 

At least now visitors to Great Britain can benefit from the LTE speeds they are used to instead of relying on 3G. I tip my hat to you EE - nice work. 

Press Release


16th December, 2013 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced the first 4G LTE roaming agreement in the UK, with AT&T. EE is set to launch additional partnerships early next year.

EE is the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network, and will cover more than 160 towns and cities by Christmas. This makes EE the partner of choice for international operators looking to offer their customers the best voice quality and the fastest and most reliable internet experience when using their mobile devices in the UK.

With average speeds of 24-30Mbps in major cities across the UK, customers on partner networks will be able to fully unlock the potential of their smartphones abroad – allowing them to instantly load maps, search the best activities and restaurants and post updates on their travels to friends and family back home. 

Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE said: “Technology is not just shaping how people book and research holidays; but what they look for when they are choosing a country to visit. From finding their way to local landmarks, to avoiding the Oxford street crowds by shopping on their tablet, tourists are increasingly looking for fast and reliable mobile experiences when they travel abroad.

With the biggest and fastest 4G network in the UK, we can provide our partners’ customers with the best mobile experience to stay connected when they visit the UK.” 

The adoption of 4G LTE around the world is happening much faster than 3G as people rely on fast mobile internet to stay connected on the go.[1] In order to unlock the full potential of 4G roaming, EE is working with our Rest of World partners on innovative new wholesale models to ensure customers have access to the data they need to stay connected abroad.

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EE team up with AT&T to offer 4G roaming for visitors to the UK


It was my understanding that BlackBerry devices sold in the north American market have different LTE bands than the ones used in Europe, if that's the case this agreement will apply only to devices that can operate in more that one lte zone.

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That's what I'm wondering as well. It doesn't say anywhere in the press release that it will be free, so that means they will charge us an arm and a leg...

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LOL..."all the BlackBerry devices being 4G Enabled" hahaha...and I'm just here on my STL100-1. :-P

Mmm...CB10! Just the tip though...

Does this guy get paid by EE? They don't even sell the z30, why give them free advertising...

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Good to see AT&T stepping up. Just came back from a trip through parts of Central America and the Caribbean. My T-Mobile free 2G data roaming worked fast enough for basic browsing and the wi-fi calling worked perfectly for calls (no roaming charges). Really need something big to make me switch. 4G in the UK alone isn't going to cut it.

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Interesting. Will look into this since I'm on AT&T. Hopefully it's something affordable but highly doubt it.

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It's 3G HSPA+, not 4G. Marketing gimmicks. LTE is just HSPA+. If only people knew that, ahem, I meant less technical savvy people.

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