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EE announce 4G pricing, service launches 30th October

Orange and T-mobile customers living in 10 cities around the UK will be the first to be able to swap to EE's 4G service from 30th October.

EE formerly Everything Everywhere and owner of the Orange and T-Mobile brands has released detail of their 4G tariff. It will operate as it's own brand but they'll capitalise on their existing customer base through upgrades from Orange and T-Mobile.

The service launches on the 30th October in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and of course, London. They promise coverage to Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham, Newcastle and Southampton by the end of the year.

EE say their "4GEE” service will be around 5 times faster than 3G with anticipated average speeds of 8-12 Mbps.

Their Tariffs start from £36 per month for unlimited calls and texts and 500MB data rising to £41 for 1GB, through to 8GB for £56 per month (that's £672 per year) on a two year contract. Phone pricing is still to be confirmed but as a guide, Orange charge an upfront £109.99 for the base 16GB model iPhone5 on a £36 per month contract with 1GB (of 3G) data.

If you want to protect your 4G ready phone against theft, breakdown, loss and accidental damage, Orange will charge you £12 per month (£144 per year) with a £50 excess. Checking MoneyMaxim's mobile phone insurance service, similar cover can be bought for under £70 per year – only that policy will cover up to 5 gadgets with a combined value of £1000.

For those happy to wait until 4G has found it's way out of the major cites, great deals can be had on 3G phones. How about an HTC Desire C with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB internet for £8.75 per month? If you're not too bothered with the latest technology you can have a Samsung C3050 with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB internet for 63p per month!