Maybe you have the iPhone 4S, you may have the original Samsung Galaxy SIII, you might even have the new iPad in addition to your phone. If you are happy with your current devices why should you have to splash out on the iPhone 5, the Galaxy SIII LTE or the speculated new iPad which supports EE’s 4G network? The answer is you don’t.
Many consumers will be disappointed by the fact that their current device is not supported on EE’s 4G network, or any UK 4G network in the future for that matter. Upgrading from the iPhone 4S to a 5 may make sense, it is the next generation of the iPhone so it would be understandable why some users would upgrade. But for the Galaxy SIII owners, there is no real benefit in changing over to the SIII LTE other than of course 4G compatibility.
The same goes for new iPad owners. There has been speculation this week that not only will Apple release a mini iPad (which is reported to be WiFi only) but they will also release a version of the new iPad which is compatible with EE’s 4G network. Again no real benefit of changing your device other than to access the new high speed mobile network.
When the EE 4G network launches, the Huawei E589 Mobile WiFi device will be offered. This device will connect to the EE 4G network, it then allows you to share the mobile connection with any WiFi enabled device. What this means is have the E589 in your pocket and you can connect to the 4G network on your 4S, on your SIII or on your iPad. In fact any device which is WiFi capable can use the E589 as a personal, mobile 4G router.
OK, so you will obviously be paying for a 4G contract for the E589 so how does this help? Well firstly you can connect all your devices, your laptop, your phone, your tablet. Secondly, if you are paying for a 3G contract for your phone and a 3G contract for your iPad, cancel your iPad contract (effectively making it WiFi only) and use the money you have saved towards your E589 contract. Your iPad is mobile again, your phone can now access 4G over WiFi and so can your other WiFi devices.
In summary, just because your mobile or tablet does not have 4G capabilities, it does not mean it cannot access the 4G network.