O2 recently announced that it will be rolling out its LTE service towards the end of the month, and Vodafone has just announced the same. Big Red will be offering SIM-only LTE plans starting from £26 a month – that will net you 2GB of data – although anyone on an existing contract will be able to upgrade to the new superfast speeds for an extra £5 a month.
Vodafone is already selling several LTE capable handsets – including the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 925, and BlackBerry Z10 – and is committed to offering more going forward. The network intends to officially flip the switch on its LTE network starting from August 29th, but anyone wishing to sign up in advance can do so both instore and online starting from August 12th.
The network will be offering extra data over its current Red 3G plans as well. Vodafone says that 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB plans will all be made available on 12 month, 24 month, and SIM only contracts. Prices will vary depending on the amount of data and the length of the contract.
The additional speed bump over 3G won’t be the only incentive that Vodafone is offering either. The carrier will be including unlimited data for the first three months on new LTE plans, as well as a choice between a Spotify Premium subscription or 150 hours of Barclays Premier League content through Sky Sport’s mobile TV service, both of which will be free for the first six months.
Vodafone is offering 4G through USB dongles and Wi-Fi hotspots too. The company will be offering its Vodafone K5006 donel for £29 on a 12 month contract, costing £20 a month while serving up 4GB of data. Monthly contracts will be available too, and anyone already equipped with a dongle will be able to choose plans with up to 10GB of data. Naturally, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot will also be available. Customers who pay £39 for the hotspot upfront will gain 4GB of data for £20 a month on a 12 month contract.
There is some bad news though: Vodafone’s LTE service will only be initially available in London. The network says that additional cities will follow before the end of the year, with the initial wave set to include Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield.
If you still need an exact breakdown of pricing, then simply take a look at the tables below. They include both 12 month and 24 month contracts, as well as 12 month SIM only plans.