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New Survey Finds Most UK Respondents Not Ready to Spend on 4G Mobile

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 (8:44 am) - Score 506
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The results from 749 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk’s latest reader poll found that just 15.3% would currently be willing to pay extra for a faster 4G based Mobile Broadband service, while the rest either said “no” (48%) or were simply undecided (36.5%). Mobile operator EE will launch the first national UK 4G service before the end of this month.

The study similarly revealed that 77.7% were already making use of an existing 3G mobile connection to surf the internet via a Smartphone, USB Dongle (Modem) or similar kit. On top of that 82.2% claimed to already be familiar with the forthcoming 4G technology, which is intended to deliver even faster mobile internet speeds and lower latency connections.

Do you use a MobileBroadband (3G) service (Internet access via Smartphones or USB Modems etc.)?
Yes – 77.7%
No – 22.2%

Are you familiar with the future superfast 4G (LTE) service?
Yes – 82.2%
No – 17.7%

Would you pay extra for faster 4G MobileBroadband?
No – 48%
Maybe – 36.5%
Yes – 15.3%

Many appear to remain sceptical about whether or not 4G will be worth the money, which is understandable because the service has yet to launch and most consumers will need to see the benefits in action before choosing whether or not to make the jump. Similarly it’s often better to wait for more competition to emerge, which is likely to occur after Ofcom’s auction of the 4G-friendly 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands in early 2013.

Until next year there will only be one operator (EE) delivering 4G via just the 1800MHz band. Many of the early handsets are thus predicted to be thirsty for your phones battery life, won’t necessarily offer the best performance and could suffer due to only limited coverage.

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Bob

    I would be willing to spend more on the service if I could guarantee a decent service level. As it currently stands I am out of a 3G coverage area more often than I am in one (including cities), and GPRS is pretty useless for anything other than basic text push email. If I could have equivalent coverage in 3G or 4G that we currently “enjoy” with 2G services, then I would be willing to pay more, as I shall be able to make more use of the data services.

    When it comes to mobile, in fill is far more important than head line speed. In filling with cloud wifi hot spots is not a solution.

    We need more mobile masts using Picocells, and with BT’s new Ethernet over FTTC, the cost of the last mile drop could be drastically reduced, so operators could put up new towers, increasing both coverage and speed.

  2. Avatar DanielM

    “faster mobile internet speeds and lower latency connections.”

    I have seen the faster internet but not lower latency. infact the latency am getting on hspa+ is better than the latency seen in 4g tests (60ms+)

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