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Vodafone Launch 4G Sort Of ..

vodafone-logoVodafone is rolling out a 4G service starting today.

The 4G network is available in a limited number of Irish towns and cities:

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.

But the company isn’t going to make the 4G network available to their mobile phone customers yet.

For some reason they’ve only enabled the 4G offering for “mobile broadband” but not for smartphone users.

And if you want to use it you need to be on a special 4G plan.

This is all a bit odd, but quite similar to what the other mobile operators have done with their 4G launch plans.

However, if you’re an Irish iPhone user and you turn on your phone in the US you get full access to 4G, so I’m a little confused as to why they’re forcing users to opt for a specific 4G plan

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