12:13 PM – Last week, AT&T announced its new roaming partnership with Rogers Communications in Canada. AT&T customers traveling to Canada can hop on Rogers 4G LTE network, however the charges will be roaming. Today, AT&T has announced another partnership with United Kingdom’s top 4G LTE network provider Everything Everywhere (EE).
This is the first time travelers who go to United Kingdom will be able to use EE’s network while paying for roaming charges. Customers can use EE’s fast 4G LTE network to connect to loved ones back in United States. EE has also stated that they will be partnering up with other carriers around the globe to offer roaming to its customers.
EE has said that its network will be open to AT&T customers sometime early 2014. The company offers several different packages to customers, however neither company has announced what prices will be charged and when the exact availability will start.
One thing to keep in mind is that even though these 4G LTE agreements are taking place, your device may not support foreign operator’s network. For example, AT&T currently uses 700 MHz for their 4G LTE, while EE uses 1800 MHz frequency.
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Here is the press release for your reading pleasure:
EE FIRST TO OFFER SUPERFAST 4G ROAMING FOR VISITORS TO THE UK
· EE is the first UK operator to launch inbound 4G roaming for travellers on international networks visiting the UK
· First agreement with AT&T, with more to launch early next year
· EE customers set to benefit from 4G speeds when travelling abroad by the first half of next year
16th December, 2013 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced the first 4G LTE roaming agreement in the UK, with AT&T. EE is set to launch additional partnerships early next year.
EE is the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network, and will cover more than 160 towns and cities by Christmas. This makes EE the partner of choice for international operators looking to offer their customers the best voice quality and the fastest and most reliable internet experience when using their mobile devices in the UK.
With average speeds of 24-30Mbps in major cities across the UK, customers on partner networks will be able to fully unlock the potential of their smartphones abroad – allowing them to instantly load maps, search the best activities and restaurants and post updates on their travels to friends and family back home.
Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE said: “Technology is not just shaping how people book and research holidays; but what they look for when they are choosing a country to visit. From finding their way to local landmarks, to avoiding the Oxford street crowds by shopping on their tablet, tourists are increasingly looking for fast and reliable mobile experiences when they travel abroad.
With the biggest and fastest 4G network in the UK, we can provide our partners’ customers with the best mobile experience to stay connected when they visit the UK.”
The adoption of 4G LTE around the world is happening much faster than 3G as people rely on fast mobile internet to stay connected on the go. In order to unlock the full potential of 4G roaming, EE is working with our Rest of World partners on innovative new wholesale models to ensure customers have access to the data they need to stay connected abroad.[/learn_more]