EE debuts SIM-only 4G taster plans, adds 12 more towns to LTE network

The UK's first major 4G network has been extended to a handful of towns, while EE has started offering 30-day SIM-only plans giving users a bit of LTE data without a full-on contract.
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EE has taken the wraps off a 4G taster product: a series of 30-day SIM-only plans.

The five plans, announced on Wednesday, all come with unlimited UK calls and texts, and data bundles of between 500MB and 20GB.

For the smallest data limit, users will need to pay £23. A 1GB limit is available for £28, 3GB for £33, 5GB for £38 and 8GB for £43. The most expensive option, with 20GB of data, will come in at £63.

EE also revealed a further expansion of its 4G network on Thursday, with another 12 towns now able to get its LTE services.

Ashton-under-Lyne, Chatham, Gillingham, High Wycombe, Merthyr Tydfil, Oldham, Oxford, Rochester, Runcorn, Sale, Stafford and Wigan are all now covered by EE's 4G network, the operator said.

Thursday's additions bring the total number of towns and cities under EE's LTE umbrella to 74 — home to roughly 50 percent of the UK population between them.

The operator, the first to launch widespread 4G coverage in the UK in October last year, hopes to cover 98 percent of the population by the close of 2014.

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