And then there were three.. erm.. probably best not to mention Three around Vodafone any more. That aside, Vodafone has announced that it’s switched on its 4G network for customer use in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong, meaning that you’ve got three 4G LTE providers to pick from in metro areas.
Vodafone’s big claim with regards to 4G coverage is that, because it holds spectrum in 20MHz contiguous bands, it’s able to deliver real-world speeds that, to quote from its release, are “outpacing competitors in all of the five mainland capital city areas today.” A bold claim — and there’s the obvious point that a network with fewer users on it will have less congestion than one with many users. As with other carriers, there’s no pricing regime change between 3G and 4G data on Vodafone, but I’m sure they’d be happy to slurp up your cash as you burn through more data — so be careful! It’s also worth noting that today’s switch-on is apparently only for the Vodafone faithful; apparently if you’re a new customer wanting some Vodafone 4G action, you’ll have to wait until next month.