3Ireland to offer 4G coverage from next week

3 Ireland is aiming to offer 4G coverage to the whole country by the end of the year as the firm announced that from Jan 27, bill pay and prepay customers will get free 4G access until Jul 31.

3Ireland to offer 4G coverage from next week

Chief commercial officer, Elaine Carey said: “We are thrilled to announce details of what will be the best 4G offer on the market for all users, and in particular the first and only 4G service in the Irish market for prepay customers.

“Three already leads the market for data usage on smartphones and having 4G will mean that our customers can do even more on their smartphones,” she said.

All 3 Ireland customers with compatible phones will be able to experience the next generation of speeds without changing their tariff or SIM, subject to coverage.

From Aug 1, bill pay customers can continue to get 4G access by purchasing an add-on for €4.99 per month and a prepay offer will be revealed in the coming months.

The company said that it can already offer significant coverage with 60% of Galway, Limerick, and Waterford covered and 40% of Dublin and Cork. It said that total population coverage will grow quickly over the coming months and through 2014.

4G will transform data speeds, making downloading apps faster, watching videos on smartphones smoother, and photo uploads dramatically faster than on the current 3G network.

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