Round-up: EE's 4G phones and prices

Round-up: EE's 4G phones and prices

Summary: T-Mobile and Orange's parent EE has now revealed tariffs for its 4G network in the UK. Here's a look at the operator's line-up of 4G phones, how they compare and what it will cost you to get one.


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  • People who want to get onto EE's 4G LTE network, the first of its kind in the UK, have a choice of seven phones being sold through the operator's Orange and T-Mobile stores.

    These handsets are Apple's iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE, HTC One XL, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820.

    EE has now revealed how much customers will pay for phones and services on its 4G LTE network, scheduled to go live next week.

    All phone prices depend on the level of data package taken. For 500MB, the cost is £36 a month, while 1GB is £41, 3GB is £46, 5GB is £51, and 8GB is £56.

    Here's a look at the specs plus prices for each of the 4G handsets, based on a 24-month contract with EE.

    Apple's iPhone 5

    Kicking off with Apple's iPhone 5, the 16GB model costs £20 on a £56-per-month plan with 8GB of data - the highest data allowance available. Alternatively, customers can pay £180 up front for the phone on a £36 contract with 500MB, the lowest level of data on offer.

    As for specs, the iPhone 5 has a four-inch Retina display, a new 1.3GHz A6 chip and uses iOS 6. It comes with 1GB of RAM, up to 64GB of onboard storage and has a four-inch display. Promised battery life is eight to 10 hours.

  • Samsung Galaxy S III LTE

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE costs from £30 on an £56 monthly contract with 8GB of data - the same as the iPhone 5.

    However, the smartphone comes in at £150 on a 500MB of data, £36-a-month deal - £30 less than Apple's handset.  

    The Galaxy S3 LTE comes with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 720p display - the biggest of all the pure smartphones on offer. It has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

    It supports microSD cards up to 64GB, and on-board storage can be up to 64GB, for a maximum capacity of 128GB.

    Image: Ben Woods

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE

    The Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE is available from £30 when customers sign up to the 8GB of data/£56 a month plan.

    If they go for the 500MB/£36 tariff, they pay £180 for the device - the same as the iPhone 5.

    The Galaxy Note II LTE, with its 5.3-inch display, is sized somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet.

    The idea of the hybrid is that it is easy to take notes on, so it comes with a stylus — the S Pen — to use some of its features, rather than finger swipes.

    The Note II LTE has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1.5GHz quad-core chip. It comes with 16GB built-in memory and supports a microSD card up to 32GB.

    Image: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Topics: 4G, Mobility, Smartphones, Telcos, United Kingdom

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