Wednesday, 24 October 2012

4GEE: EXPENSIVE EXTORTIONATE?




















EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE = EXPENSIVE EXTORTIONATE?

The mobile network, Everything Everywhere have released their price plans for their LTE service and I can’t say that I am too happy about it! The pricing plan reminds me of when 3G was first introduced and considering we’re one of the last countries to receive LTE I think it’s a bit of a rip off!


Handset  500MB
 £36
1GB
£41
3GB
£46
5GB
£51
8GB
£56
HTC One XL 4G LTE Ready £149.99 £49.99 £29.99 £29.99 £29.99
Samsung Galaxy S3 4G  £149.99 £49.99 £29.99 £29.99 £29.99
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 4G  £179.99 £139.99 £89.99 £39.99 £29.99
Huawei Ascend P1 4G  £19.99 FREE FREE FREE FREE
Apple iPhone 5 16GB £179.99 £109.99 £49.99 £29.99 £19.99
Apple iPhone 5 32GB £269.99 £219.99 £149.99 £99.99 £29.99
Apple iPhone 5 64GB £379.99 £269.99 £219.99 £189.99 £139.99

Here you can see that the 64GB iPhone 5 looks like a less attractive prospect. I'm glad that Android smartphones have a microSD card slot to expand the storage capacity! 


STILL FEELING THE NEED FOR SPEED?
I have to tell you that at those prices I am definitely not! Well, just a little bit… I think when I am being asked to pay over £50 for a data plan it should be unlimited!

If you take a look at the pricing plan of T-Mobile’s 3G ‘Full Monty’ with the SIII LTE handset at £41 for unlimited data, text and calling you’d find it more appealing – I’m sure! I know I do!

Or take a look at Three’s ‘The One’ offers the 3G version of the SIII with an upfront cost of £29 and for £36 a month you get unlimited data, 2K minutes and 5K minutes for Three to Three calls!

HOW FAST IS 4G LTE COMPARED TO 3G?
Some tests have shown that 4G LTE isn’t that much faster. And here in the UK it’s just beginning with the Everything Everywhere network! Knowing how the UK operates with new technology, I reckon that 4G won’t get going properly before an estimated 18 months! Other networks have yet to throw their hats in the ring! It’s early days for 4G – very much so!

Another thing you have to ask is: How important is 4G when you’re out and about? If you are at home or at work I am pretty much certain that you’d be taking advantage of WiFi! How long do we spend on the move to warrant paying such high costs in this double dip (with sprinkles on top) recession?

It’s sometimes good to be first with new tech, but I might sit this one out!

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