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4G Coverage

It may have taken a long while Ofcom and the mobile networks ever-so-slowly worked out the logistics, but 4G high-speed mobile internet access has finally hit our shores and is rapidly being rolled out across the country. As we are still in the early days at the moment, coverage is fairly sparse compared to 3G and 2G mobile services as the networks are frantically upgrading their infrastructure and hardware to be able to provide 4G services. It will also take some time for EE’s competitors to catch up with their head start.

It’s been interesting to see the strategies that each of the different networks have used both in terms of pricing and, in particular, the urban areas they have chosen to start offering super high-speed internet access to.

At the moment, only the main mobile operators are offering 4G access but we expect that the virtual operators who piggyback on their networks will soon be launching their own 4G services. Another thing to be aware of, is that there are different frequencies upon which 4G transmissions can be transmitted. If your phone doesn’t support all of them, it’s worth checking out which frequencies your particular network uses to see whether your handset will be compatible.

As the regions with 4G coverage is changing so rapidly, please sign up to our newsletter or keep checking back to this page for the latest updates and news regarding 4G services going live in the UK.

Network 2G Signal 3G Signal 4G Signal Frequencies
3 99% 93% 79% 800MHz, 1800MHz
O2 99% 98% 78% 800MHz
Vodafone 99% 89% 68% 800MHz, 2600MHz
Orange 99% 98% 93% 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz
T-Mobile 99% 98% 93% 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz
Giffgaff 99% 98% 78% 800MHz
EE 99% 98% 93% 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz
Virgin Mobile 99% 85% 98%
ASDA Mobile 99% 98%
Family Mobile 99% 98%
Lebara 99% 89%
TalkMobile 99% 89%
Tesco Mobile 99% 98% 78% 800MHz
Tru 99% 89%
Vectone 99% 98%
LycaMobile 99% 98% 93% 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz
Delight Mobile 99% 98%
Dialog Vizz Mobile 99% 89%
GT Mobile 99% 98%
iCard Mobile 99% 89%
Now Mobile 99% 98%
Stan Mobile 99% 98%
Samba Mobile 99% 98%
Ovivo Mobile
Bemilo 99% 89%
Green Mobile 99% 89%
White Mobile 99% 93%
Mobile by Sainsbury’s 99% 89%
Allpay Mobile 99% 89%
Banana Mobile 99% 98%
C Mobile 99% 98%
The Co-operative Mobile 99% 98%
Freedomtalk Mobile 99% 89%
RSPCA Mobile 99% 98%
Talkxtra Mobile 99% 89%
Wildlife Mobile 99% 89%
Econet 99% 98%
Kontakt Mobile 99% 89%
Lomo Mobile 99% 98%
Simple Call Mobile 99% 98%
Smart Pinoy 99% 89%
Talk Home Mobile 99% 98%

 

Three

3

79% – 800MHz, 1800MHz

3’s 4G service launched at the end of 2013. The first regions to get 4G coverage will be:

Birmingham, London, Manchester and Reading.

The next regions to get 4G coverage will be:

Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Kingston Upon Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Stockport, Swindon, Watford and York.

In 2015 it will launch 4G in:

Bangor, Swansea, Newport, Bath, Canterbury, Chester, Hereford, Lancaster, Lincoln, Salisbury, St Albans, Sunderland, Wakefield, Winchester and Worcester.

 

O2

O2

78% – 800 MHz

O2 currently offer 4G coverage in the following regions:

Antrim, Bradford, Birmingham,Bridgend, Brighton, Burnley, Coleraine, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Liverpool, Livingston, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Pontypool, St Albans, Sittingbourne and Tamworth.

 

Vodafone

Vodafone

68% – 800 MHz, 2600MHz

Vodafone currently offers 4G coverage in the following regions:

Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, London, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The next regions to get 4G coverage will be:

Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Coventry, Dudley, Edinburgh, Epsom, Ewell, Folkstone, Gateshead, Glasgow, Hatfield , Hove and Hastings, Hemel Hempstead, Huddersfield, Jarrow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Maidstone, Newbury,Newcastle, Nottingham, Oldham, Pontefract, Portsmouth, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Staines, Stourbridge, Swinton, Southampton, Tunbridge, Wakefield, Walsall, Watford, Wells, West Bromwich.

 

EE

EE

93% – 800 MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz

EE currently offer 4G coverage in the following regions:

Aberdeen, Accrington, Aldershot, Altrincham, Amersham, Antrim, Armadale, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Ashford (Kent), Ashton-Under-Lyne, Aylesbury, Bangor, Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Belper, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Billericay, Bingley, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford , Braintree, Brentwood, Bridgend, Brighouse, Brighton, Bristol, Burnley, Burton Upon Trent, Caerphilly, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Castleford, Coalville, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carrickfergus, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Chester-Le-Street, Chorley, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Colchester, Coleraine, Coventry, Crawley, Cumbernauld, Cwmbran, Darlington, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Dumbarton, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, East Grinstead, Ellesmere Port, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Gateshead, Gerrards Cross, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hamilton, Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hitchin, Houghton-Le-Spring, Horsham, Huddersfield, Hull, Ilkeston, Ipswich, Jarrow, Keighley, Kenilworth, Kirkby, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Livingston, London, Londonderry/Derry, Loughborough, Luton, Lytham St Annes, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlow, Merthyr Tydfil, Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Neath, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newport, Newry, Newton Abbot, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Omagh, Oxford, Paignton, Peterborough, Peterlee, Plymouth, Pontypool, Poole, Pontefract, Portishead, Portsmouth, Port Talbot, Preston, Ramsbottom, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redhill, Reigate, Rhyl, Richmond, Rochdale, Rochester, Rotherham, Runcorn, Sale, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Shipley, Sittingbourne, Skelmersdale, Slough, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, Southport, South Shields, Stevenage, St Albans, Stafford, Staines, Stockport, Stockton-On-Tees, Stoke, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thame, Tonbridge, Torquay, Totton, Tunbridge Wells, Wakefield, Wallasey, Walsall, Walton-On-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-Super-Mare, West Bromwich, Widnes, Wigan, Wimborne Minster, Windsor, Woking, Wolverhampton, Worksop, Wishaw, and York.

4G is also available in these airports:

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood, and Blackpool.

In addition, these cities have “Double Speed” 4G:

Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

 

Orange

Orange

93% – 800 MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz

Since Orange are owned and run by EE, their 4G coverage is the same and is available in the following regions:

Aberdeen, Accrington, Aldershot, Altrincham, Amersham, Antrim, Armadale, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Ashford (Kent), Ashton-Under-Lyne, Aylesbury, Bangor, Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Belper, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Billericay, Bingley, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford , Braintree, Brentwood, Bridgend, Brighouse, Brighton, Bristol, Burnley, Burton Upon Trent, Caerphilly, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Castleford, Coalville, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carrickfergus, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Chester-Le-Street, Chorley, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Colchester, Coleraine, Coventry, Crawley, Cumbernauld, Cwmbran, Darlington, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Dumbarton, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, East Grinstead, Ellesmere Port, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Gateshead, Gerrards Cross, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hamilton, Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hitchin, Houghton-Le-Spring, Horsham, Huddersfield, Hull, Ilkeston, Ipswich, Jarrow, Keighley, Kenilworth, Kirkby, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Livingston, London, Londonderry/Derry, Loughborough, Luton, Lytham St Annes, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlow, Merthyr Tydfil, Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Neath, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newport, Newry, Newton Abbot, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Omagh, Oxford, Paignton, Peterborough, Peterlee, Plymouth, Pontypool, Poole, Pontefract, Portishead, Portsmouth, Port Talbot, Preston, Ramsbottom, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redhill, Reigate, Rhyl, Richmond, Rochdale, Rochester, Rotherham, Runcorn, Sale, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Shipley, Sittingbourne, Skelmersdale, Slough, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, Southport, South Shields, Stevenage, St Albans, Stafford, Staines, Stockport, Stockton-On-Tees, Stoke, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thame, Tonbridge, Torquay, Totton, Tunbridge Wells, Wakefield, Wallasey, Walsall, Walton-On-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-Super-Mare, West Bromwich, Widnes, Wigan, Wimborne Minster, Windsor, Woking, Wolverhampton, Worksop, Wishaw, and York.

4G is also available in these airports:

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood, and Blackpool.

In addition, these cities have “Double Speed” 4G:

Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

 

T-Mobile

T-Mobile

93% – 800 MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz

Since T-Mobile are owned and run by EE, their 4G coverage is the same and is available in the following regions:

EE currently offer 4G coverage in the following regions:

Aberdeen, Accrington, Aldershot, Altrincham, Amersham, Antrim, Armadale, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Ashford (Kent), Ashton-Under-Lyne, Aylesbury, Bangor, Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Belper, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Billericay, Bingley, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford , Braintree, Brentwood, Bridgend, Brighouse, Brighton, Bristol, Burnley, Burton Upon Trent, Caerphilly, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Castleford, Coalville, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carrickfergus, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Chester-Le-Street, Chorley, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Colchester, Coleraine, Coventry, Crawley, Cumbernauld, Cwmbran, Darlington, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Dumbarton, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, East Grinstead, Ellesmere Port, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Gateshead, Gerrards Cross, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hamilton, Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hitchin, Houghton-Le-Spring, Horsham, Huddersfield, Hull, Ilkeston, Ipswich, Jarrow, Keighley, Kenilworth, Kirkby, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Livingston, London, Londonderry/Derry, Loughborough, Luton, Lytham St Annes, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlow, Merthyr Tydfil, Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Neath, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newport, Newry, Newton Abbot, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Omagh, Oxford, Paignton, Peterborough, Peterlee, Plymouth, Pontypool, Poole, Pontefract, Portishead, Portsmouth, Port Talbot, Preston, Ramsbottom, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redhill, Reigate, Rhyl, Richmond, Rochdale, Rochester, Rotherham, Runcorn, Sale, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Shipley, Sittingbourne, Skelmersdale, Slough, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, Southport, South Shields, Stevenage, St Albans, Stafford, Staines, Stockport, Stockton-On-Tees, Stoke, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thame, Tonbridge, Torquay, Totton, Tunbridge Wells, Wakefield, Wallasey, Walsall, Walton-On-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-Super-Mare, West Bromwich, Widnes, Wigan, Wimborne Minster, Windsor, Woking, Wolverhampton, Worksop, Wishaw, and York.

4G is also available in these airports:

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood, and Blackpool.

In addition, these cities have “Double Speed” 4G:

Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

by Jon M

21 Responses to “4G Coverage”

  1. Daniel @ Find Return 6 May 2015 at 09:29 Permalink

    I live in a small village and we have brillaint 4G coverage, infact its as fast at my home broadband speed!

  2. Sean Oldham 21 February 2015 at 11:37 Permalink

    According to EE’s website they boast that they will have double speed 4g across greater London by June 2015. As this is only a few months away now is anyone in the greater London area getting the faster speeds yet?

  3. Sunjay Bhogal 19 December 2014 at 15:48 Permalink

    I would like to point out Three does not offer 2g, this article is rubbish.

  4. Usama basit 15 December 2014 at 22:22 Permalink

    Hi. Is there 4G coverage for Lyca mobile in area code nn1 1ag? Because I got a lyca connection for myself and another one for my wife. And activated the internet bundle which works perfectly outside our apartment but not in our apartment. Any thoughts?

  5. Alister 25 September 2014 at 14:14 Permalink

    The O2 link via the logo goes to Orange not O2

  6. audrey 14 September 2014 at 17:58 Permalink

    hi when will 4g be available in Bracknell Berkshire on three

  7. Justin Lock 11 September 2014 at 09:55 Permalink

    How has White Mobile achieved 93% 4G coverage?

  8. Andy 14 August 2014 at 11:53 Permalink

    Hi, just thought I would point out that T Mobile and Orange do not offer 4G, you have to upgrade to EE first

  9. Ronnie 20 July 2014 at 16:28 Permalink

    No,I wouldn’t think so Emily.
    Not unless the mobile mast Engineers have took out a television mast by mistake 😀

    • Roger 20 August 2014 at 17:02 Permalink

      Three possibilites:
      1. Interefernce from a 4G phone mast. See the website at800.tv for advice about free interference filters for your aerial. But I don’t think WsM has the potentially interfering 800MHz band 4G as yet.
      2. There’s been a retune. Unlikely to lose all channels but see ukfree.tv or freeview.co.uk for info – I think last Mendip retune was in 2013. And you should get both Mendip and Wenvoe signals (120+ channels) anyway.
      3. Something broke – aerial, coax cable, set-top box or TV. Can you borrow a portable TV to try out with your aerial/STB installation? Or drag your TV/STB to a friend’s house to try it out on their aerial?

      Calling out an engineer should be your last resort as you may be able to buy a set-top box for less.

  10. emily 20 July 2014 at 11:11 Permalink

    Ive lost my tele signal completely ive go no tv channels do 4g have anything to do with this. I live in weston super mare.

  11. Ronnie 14 July 2014 at 18:36 Permalink

    Next to no 4G coverage my friend.

  12. Ronnie 14 July 2014 at 07:17 Permalink

    Glasgow has citywide coverage now on the 3 network.Great stuff,but South Lanarkshire where I live has none.sigh.

  13. iar1980 10 May 2014 at 10:40 Permalink

    Hi, This webpage is out of date, any chance on updating it?


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