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Three to launch its 4G service next week

The service will be available to users in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick and Waterford and is expected to grow over the next few months.

THREE HAS ANNOUNCED it will be introducing 4G to customers on 27th January.

The company will be providing 4G services to both billpay and prepay users for free until the end of July.

After that period, billpay customers will be required to purchase a €5 add-on to their bill if they want to continue using the service. Prepay users will get a separate offer which will be revealed in the coming months.

The service will begin by covering 60 per cent coverage in Galway, Limerick and Waterford as well as 40 per cent in Dublin and Cork, and the company expects overall coverage to grow “quickly” over the coming months.

The company has eleven smartphones supporting the service including the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and the Nokia Lumia 925.

Three is the third mobile provider to bring 4G service to Ireland. Eircom was the first to introduce it for both eMobile and Meteor back in September while Vodafone launched its 4G service at the beginning of December.

Originally, Three was going to launch its service before Christmas, but postponed it as its deal to buy O2 for around €850 million is still being processed by the Competition Authority. When completed, the deal will mean Three will control 37.5 per cent of the Irish mobile phone network.

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