Samsung Galaxy Note 2 formally given UK LTE

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We have some great news for those of you patiently waiting for the UK 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Right now, the standard 3G version is available through multiple carriers, but we’ve just had a solid release date confirmation for when the 4G LTE version on EE will be launching.

Everything Everywhere are in the process of launching the UK’s first 4G LTE service across the country and now the Galaxy Note 2 will be the latest handset to gain 4G support in the UK, along with the Galaxy S3 and other selected handsets such as the HTC One XL.

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In a new press release, EE has said that the Galaxy Note 2 LTE edition will be available for purchase from October 15, although there’s no indication at the moment whether the LTE version will be priced the same as the standard edition – highly unlikely we would say.

Picking up the 4G LTE edition will offer consumers speeds which are apparently five times faster than what is currently offered on the standard Galaxy Note 2. Also up for debate is what frequencies the device will run on, which is crucial in deciding what network to opt for.

If Samsung has built the device in a way that it only supports the 1800MHz frequency, then the Note 2 is only going to be compatible with the Everything Everywhere 4G network, and also Three’s network in the UK when it becomes available, as noted by Recombu.

Is 4G LTE really worth splashing out the extra cash though in the UK? Considering that 3G reception still remains poor in a lot of areas in the UK, we would say very much so – if the rollout reaches all of the major cities and counties in the UK. After all, there is no point picking up this LTE version if Everything Everywhere hasn’t even covered the area where you live.

Everything Everywhere has directed consumers to the 4GBritain website in finding out which areas are supported, but unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a clear cut guide on which areas will be 4G capable when the Note 2 LTE goes live on October 15. Since we are already approaching this date soon, expect further news on pricing and availability next week.

Are you interested in picking up the 4G LTE Note 2 in the UK, or are you going to wait until the 4G network is more established?

  • drogen24

    I bought the 3g version on monday because i didnt know how long this would be, not happy :(

    • setnaybalu

      I knew that they will come out very soon, thats why I didn’t buy it when I was on Samsung store at last Sunday. My wait is almost over ;)

    • ark2

      Drogen24, don’t get too upset.
      A couple of things to consider when deciding between 3g and LTE version. 4g antenna requires alot more juice, which will obviously take its toll on the battery. Furthermore, O2 and Vodafone (maybe 3) will be upping their 3g speeds above the early speeds of LTE. Don’t ask me how! LTE are suggesting early speed of 20mbps, extended 3g are suggesting 30-40mbps. Bandwidth however may still be an issue, LTE achieves better bandwidth values and 3g will remain close to what it currently is. Then consider that America which already has LTE and has been running for a while, is still not reporting speeds max speeds above say 50mbps. It’s meant to be 100mbps.
      So buy a 3g SGN2 and benefit from more efficient battery with current speeds and the possibility of better, or Wait for LTE version, maybe pay more, maybe get more allocated data, eat more battery, guarantee very good speeds in the 6 or so cities it rolls out in with reported 98% coverage by 2014.
      (I got all that info from various sources online, so research it yourself if it sounds questionable)
      Personally, I’m going to go for the 3g version. I use my mobile device a lot on wifi where i have access to power. It’s rare I need very fast speeds when outside of wifi, prefer my device to last longer on a charge. Take a 24 month contract which will terminate end of 2014, can make a more informed decision as to whether I change networks then.

      • drogen24

        You sir, have made me feel so much better. I tip my hat to you

  • andie

    almost bought as didnt know,glad i do now:)

  • ark2

    Drogen24, don;t get too upset.
    A couple of things to consider when deciding between 3g and LTE version. 4g antenna requires alot more juice, which will obviously take its toll on the battery. Furthermore, O2 and Vodafone (maybe 3) will be upping their 3g speeds above the early speeds of LTE. Don’t ask me how! LTE are suggesting early speed of 20mbps, extended 3g are suggesting 30-40mbps. Bandwidth however may still be an issue, LTE achieves better bandwidth values and 3g will remain close to what it currently is. Then consider that America which already has LTE and has been running for a while, is still not reporting speeds max speeds above say 50mbps. It’s meant to be 100mbps.

    So buy a 3g SGN2 and benefit from more efficient battery with current speeds and the possibility of better, or Wait for LTE version, maybe pay more, maybe get more allocated data, eat more battery, guarantee very good speeds in the 6 or so cities it rolls out in with reported 98% coverage by 2014.
    Personally, I’m going to go for the 3g version. I use my mobile device a lot on wifi where i have access to power. It’s rare I need very fast speeds when outside of wifi, prefer my device to last longer on a charge. Take a 24 month contract which will terminate end of 2014, can then make a more informed decision as to whether I change networks then.

  • j

    Vodafone just told me that the EE 4G network will run on 1800 MHZ, and that this frequency may be too high for adequate use inside buildings. The rep said that Vodafone are going to introduce a 4G at 900MHZ sometime. I’m not a techy person so whilst his explanation sounded plausible he may just be favouring Vodafone to keep my business. Either way, I’ve found out that the 4G network with EE will be installed in 10 cities, then another 4 by Xmas 2012 and my city is not on the list. Therefore I am getting the 3G Note II version and waiting 24 months on contract for an upgrade, when hopefully the line rental costs of 4G will be more competitive as more phone companies join the bandwagon.