For train commuters, it’s a familiar story - you’re tired after a hard day at work, you’ve managed to get yourself a seat, and now you want to relax on the journey home by shutting out the world and watching a film or TV show on your phone. Ace.
Then, just as you get to a good bit, you lose your internet connection and you're enforced to look at your shoes for entertainment. Gah.
However, with the launch of EE's next-generation 4G+ mobile network, overcapacity problems on crowded trains, which occur when passengers try to use the internet at the same time, could soon be a headache of the past.
The new technology connects devices to two separate 4G signals simultaneously, doubling the capacity and removing overloading meltdowns. Basically, it won't matter how packed your train is - you're still going to be able to watch Snow, Sex & Suspicious Parents on the way home.
Impressive as that may be, EE's CEO also reckons 4G+, which is now live in central London and will be available in Greater London by June 2015 and Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and more cities after that, makes the UK a world leader in mobile networks again.
Olaf Swantee said: "Just two years since we were behind every developed market from the US to Japan; we've invested in innovation, driven competition and given people in London a mobile network that's faster than almost any other in the world, and even faster than most fibre broadband available here."
The new network will offer theoretical speeds of up to 300Mb, but in real life it's likely to offer speeds of up to 150Mb and regular speeds of 90Mb, which is still five times faster than the average home broadband speed in the UK. Woof.
You need a particular type of device, known as CAT6, to be able to get the increased speeds, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 'phablet' and Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone.
However, if you're on EE and live or work in central London, you'll benefit from the increased capacity no matter what device you've got as long as it's 4G-compatible and not more than a couple of years old.
Source: The Guardian