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In the U.K., EE, Vodafone and O2 are currently the major carriers to offer 4G to their customers. Three is the only major network left to flip the 4G switch. They had announced that they would be launching 4G in December and that it would come with no extra premium to its customers. It seems that they have launched it ever so quietly. With no big fanfare, press release or public announcement, Three has launched 4G in London, Manchester and Birmingham. What's more it doesn't seem to be for all customers within those areas.
Browsing through tweets between Three and its customers, it looks as though 4G is available to several thousand customers within the three initial launch cities. Three are hoping to rollout 4G to 1.5 million of its customers, with 4G capable handsets, by February 2014. The reason for the slow, staggered rollout is to make sure it goes smoothly.
In addition Three are adding some extra locations to where their customers can roam for free, with the USA included - fantastic news.
Commenting on Feel at Home, Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three, said: “We want customers to get the most out of their devices at home or abroad. High roaming charges stop people enjoying their phones while they’re away and Feel At Home is the antidote to that.
“Adding the USA to the mix is great news for our customers and shows our commitment to giving them the best experience in what is a popular destination. We plan to add more countries to the mix soon.”
Three is extending its Feel At Home proposition to the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. Feel At Home allows customers to use their UK allowances to use data, text, call home and receive calls from home when abroad in certain countries. Feel At Home now operates in 11 destinations around the world.
If you're a Three customer in those cities, are you getting 4G? Make some noise in the comments