O2 and Vodafone offer existing customers 'no contract' 4G upgrades

Existing customers with a 4G-compatible smartphone can upgrade to 4G without having to sign a new contract - unlike EE customers, who are tied in for at least 15 months.

O2 has unveiled its 4G tariffs and price details, and will join its rival Vodafone in letting customers to upgrade to 4G without signing a new contract.

Existing customers with a compatible smartphone will be allowed to switch to O2 4G when it launches on Thursday 29 August, 2013, and enjoy the 'superfast' mobile internet for the remainder of their monthly contract.

Vodafone will launch 4G on the same day and will also let customers transfer their existing contract. Both will charge customers who upgrade a few pounds extra per month for the 4G.

Compatible phones include the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z.

An O2 spokesperson told broadbandchoices.co.uk: "There's no charge for the transfer itself. Following the transfer, an extra monthly charge will be around £5 per month.

"The exact details will vary on a case-by-case basis - depending on the current tariff they're on. From launch day, we'll have an online 4G setup assistant allowing these customers to see the 4G plan they can transfer to, based on their current tariff."

EE, currently the only UK network to have launched 4G, makes existing customers sign a new contract - for between 15 and 24 months - when upgrading early to a 4G plan.

Here's a quick comparison of 4G price plans from EE, O2 and Vodafone:

Provider

Monthly cost

Data

Extras

EE

£21

500MB

EE Film, formerly Orange Wednesdays (weekly 2-for-1 cinema tickets)

£26

1GB

£31

3GB

£36

5GB

£41

8GB

£61

20GB

O2

£26

1GB

O2 Tracks, Priority Sports and exclusive online gaming

£31

3GB

£36

5GB

Vodafone

£26

2GB

Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium free for six months

£31

4GB

£36

8GB

O2 4G will be available from £26 per month, including unlimited calls and texts as well as 1GB of 4G data. Free access to 9,000 public O2 Wi-Fi hotspots will also be included.

This is almost identical pricing to both Vodafone and EE, although with Vodafone you'll get 2GB of data - plus it's unlimited for the first three months of the contract.

The cheapest 4G plan on the market is EE's £21 per month. However, it only includes 500MB of data, which could vanish quickly if streaming video or music.

Meanwhile, Three, the only UK mobile provider yet to announce its 4G plans, is expected to launch a superfast network before the end of this year.

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