VIDEO: City scheduled to receive a 4G upgrade by 2013
DERBY will be connected to the latest 4G mobile phone network by the end of the year, following launch of the service in 11 cities yesterday.
Super-fast 4G products are now available in 11 cities across the UK, while a further five, including Derby and Nottingham, will have access by the end of the year.
EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, launched its range of 4G products and services in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Southampton and Manchester.
The 4G network, which offers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, will be available on Apple's iPhone 5 as well as devices from HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei.
It allows uninterrupted on-the-go access to the web, downloading of high definition movies in minutes and the streaming of TV programmes without frustrating buffering.
The launch comes amid criticism of EE's 4G pricing plans, which will hit customers on certain tariffs with additional charges if they exceed download allowances. The cheapest EE tariff offers just 500mb worth of downloads each month – the equivalent to two one-hour programmes on the BBC iPlayer. Any more costs extra.