eircom has launched Ireland’s first 4G mobile service, offering superfast mobile data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than previously available.
Users can expect peak speeds will reach between 20 to 25Mbps, and in technical trials the operator has clocked speeds of more than 60Mbps.
eircom says it is spending €330 million over the next five years on its 4G network.
4G is now available from Meteor and eMobile as part of both bundled and standalone offerings.
The service is only live in Dublin, Carlow and Athlone.
eircom says rollout will continue to other urban areas including Cork, Galway and Limerick. “By the end of December 2013, 43% of the population will have 4G service,” says the firm.
eircom also says there will be no price premium charged for 4G services provided by Meteor and eMobile. “To encourage customers to see just how fast the service is for themselves, 4G users have access to free unlimited 4G data until March 2014.”
You need a 4G handset and a 4G SIM card to use of the service.
The Meteor Smart Essential plan available from only €49 per month, includes unlimited calls and texts, plus 3GB monthly data allowance, and 4G phones from free. 4G data is unlimited and free until March 2014.
The eircom Bundle with eMobile Unlimited Data for €69 per month for new customers, which includes 4G mobile, superfast eFibre and home phone. Existing eircom customers can add 4G mobile for as little as €24 per month for the first six months. This also includes unlimited 4G data until March 2014.
Business customers can choose an eircom business bundle from €60 ex VAT per month that includes 4G mobile, eFibre superfast broadband and a fixed line. Business customers have unlimited 4G data until March 2014.
eMobile’s Business Unlimited plan with a free 4G smartphone is €30 ex VAT with unlimited calls and texts and 15GB of data. This also contains unlimited 4G data until March 2014.
Vodafone will follow
Vodafone Ireland says 4G will be available in five cities and 26 towns across Ireland before Christmas with a 4G data offering available from mid-October.
The company will have a 4G Data offering in the market from mid-October for customers in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Limerick and “large towns in the South East and South West of Ireland”. 4G smartphones “and a supporting range of devices will be announced and available before Christmas”, says the firm.
“4G services on smartphones will be available at no extra cost for personal customers on Vodafone Red and Vodafone Super Red and business customers on Red Business and Red Business Super. 4G prepay from Vodafone will be available in 2014,” says the company.
Cities: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny.
Other locations in the South East and South West of the country: Carlow, Tralee, Wexford, Midleton, Ballincollig, Mallow, Cobh, Killarney, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, New Ross, Carrigtohill, Macroom, Mitchelstown, Bantry, Blarney, Kanturk, Bagnelstown, Thomastown, Kenmare, Bunclody, Newmarket, Dunmanway, Lismore and Rosslare Harbour.