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4G network available in nine more UK towns and cities

EE, the first network to provide a 4G service, has announced 4G is being switched on in nine new towns and cities across the UK, taking the total to 37.

The 4G network is now available in:

  • Barnsley
  • Chorley
  • Coventry
  • Newport
  • Preston
  • Rotherham
  • Telford
  • Walsall
  • Watford

EE said it hopes its 4G network will cover at least 72 towns and cities by summer 2013 and reach "well over half of people in the UK".

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iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy III users have access to 4G network up to seven times faster than 3G

4G will only be accessible to those with phones like iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE.

Until today Britain has used 2G and 3G networks to connect phones and tablets to the internet on the go. 4G allows users to download more quickly with promised speeds 5-7 times faster than today's 3G by 2014.

UK's first 4G network arrives at Leeds and Sheffield

The long-anticipated 4G network goes live in 11 cities across the country today, including Leeds and Sheffield.

EE (Everything Everywhere) is the first UK provider to give customers access to the network. By Christmas, 16 cities will benefit from the fast connection covering 20 million people.

EE tariff prices will range from £36 for 500mb of download data up to £41 for 8GB of data.

Other cities to benefit from 4G today are:

  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Cardiff
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Southampton

Cities that will have access to 4G by Christmas are:

  • Hull
  • Nottingham
  • Belfast
  • Derby
  • Newcastle