It’s either the future or a gimmick, but one thing’s for sure. The inexorable spread of 4G mobile internet is showing no signs of slowing, as another swathe of the country signs up for quicker connection speeds.
Originally launched in major cities such as London and Manchester last autumn, the UK’s nascent 4G network has now expanded to encompass nine more large towns across England, bringing the total of 4G cities in the UK up to 27.
The following towns and cities can now benefit from faster mobile connections, if they’re convinced by EE’s Kevin Bacon-laden advertising campaigns, which have been inescapable for the last few months:
- Hemel Hempstead
- Sutton Coldfield
EE is also claiming that the following places will be hooked up to the new high speed network by the end of March, bringing greater connectivity to Yorkshire and the Midlands:
- West Bromwich
Opinions are still split on the benefits of 4G, as expensive contracts have proved to be a stumbling block for large numbers of potential consumers. Until the new network becomes affordable to the majority of mobile users, businesses will have to assume that smartphone visitors to their websites are using the slower, less reliable 3G network – and design their sites accordingly.
Zuckerberg Denies a Mobile Future
No matter how your customers are connecting to the web, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that they’ll be doing it with a Facebook phone.
The company’s long-rumoured handset appears to just be hearsay, if angry denials from Mark Zuckerberg are to be believed. When pushed on the claims that Facebook’s been developing a smartphone for a number of years, the company’s founder explained that a Facebook phone is “not the right strategy”:
“We’re not going to build a phone. It’s not the right strategy for us to build one integrated system… Let’s say we sell 10 million units – that would be 1 per cent of users. Who cares?
The big thing for us is we’ve one billion people using our products and we need to make Facebook really good across all of the devices that they use – and we’re going to keep on pushing to get kind of more integrated with the system.”
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook Kingpin
Hopefully this means that an upgrade to the long-derided Facebook Android app is in the works. But we won’t hold our breath.