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Phones 4u’s LIFE Mobile hits UK in March with EE’s help (but no 4G)

Phones 4u’s LIFE Mobile hits UK in March with EE’s help (but no 4G)

UK mobiles retailer Phones 4u will launch a new network, LIFE Mobile, in March 2013, using EE's network as its backbone, though subscribers will miss out on 4G support initially. The deal, EE's 25th MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) agreement, will at first offer only 2G/3G support to subscribers, presumably since the 4G carrier wants to keep its LTE goodness as an exclusive feature itself.

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EE paring back store saturation: 78 locations to close

EE paring back store saturation: 78 locations to close

UK 4G network EE will close 78 stores across the UK, the carrier has confirmed, as it pares back unneeded retail floorspace following the harmonized rebranding of T-Mobile and Orange locations. The shuttering will affect more than 10-percent of EE's total retail locations, the FT reports, after the common branding led to some EE stores being just a few paces apart.

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UK 4G bidders revealed: Vodafone, O2, Three & EE all want airwaves

UK 4G bidders revealed: Vodafone, O2, Three & EE all want airwaves

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the seven bidders in the UK 4G spectrum auction, with the process itself set to kick off in January 2013 and networks potentially switching on midway through next year. Vodafone, Hutchinson 3G (aka Three), and Telefonica (aka O2), are all among the bidders, as well as Everything Everywhere which is currently the only UK network to offer commercial LTE service through its EE brand.

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EE confirms next UK LTE roadmap

EE confirms next UK LTE roadmap

EE has confirmed the next phase of its LTE rollout, with seventeen more UK towns and cities set to get high-speed mobile data by March 2013. The new locations will also be developed in tandem with increased network coverage in existing locations, with EE saying 4G density is "being increased on a daily basis"; in addition, it continues to upgrade its 3G network to support DC-HSPA.

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iPad mini 4G hits EE’s LTE from £50

iPad mini 4G hits EE’s LTE from £50

Apple's 4G-blessed iPad mini has gone on sale with UK carrier EE today, with the 7.9-inch tablet subsidized down to £50 ($80) if you're willing to commit to two years of LTE. The iPad mini WiFi + Cellular is offered with 3GB, 5GB, or 8GB of LTE data per month, priced at £25.99, £30.99, or £35.99 per month respectively. Alternatively, there's a cheaper way to get online at LTE speeds if you're willing to pay full-whack for the tablet.

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EE’s delayed LTE SIM-only plans go on sale

EE’s delayed LTE SIM-only plans go on sale

UK 4G carrier EE has finally begun offering its SIM-only plans, having delayed the launch of the off-contract LTE packages following tardy testing troubles. The new plans - which rely on users bringing their own 4G-compatible device, such as the unlocked iPhone 5 Apple stores offer in Europe - offer a monthly discount on the regular charges, though exactly how much you save depends on how willing you are to tie yourself to the carrier.

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EE delays UK LTE SIM-free option after testing drags

EE delays UK LTE SIM-free option after testing drags

UK 4G carrier EE has postponed the launch of its SIM-free plans, frustrating unlocked iPhone 5 owners in the process, after delays in the testing procedure. Originally expected to go live for new sign-ups today, the SIM-free plans will now :be delayed by a few days," EE told Coolsmartphone, pushing the launch back into early next week, though not as bad as the carrier previously warned.

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