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O2 & Vodafone 4G launch

Vodafone and O2 are both launching their high-speed 4G mobile data networks today. Both firms plan to have network coverage in 13 cities by the end of the year. Rival EE launched their 4G service last year.

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EE milks 4G headstart over phone rivals

Liverpool legend Ian Rush, star of the 1980s milk advert that gave Accrington Stanley FC national stardom, helped celebrate the EE launch. Credit: Bob Collier/PA

EE has had a 10-month headstart on phone rivals Vodafone and O2 after winning the right to launch 4G coverage in the UK.

EE's mobile internet service began in October and now covers 60% of the UK population.

The phone company yesterday crowned Accrington in Lancashire the 100th town in Britain to receive the "super-fast" service.

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