4G LTE Smartphones Hit Sweden First!By: Shawn Hess - March 5, 2012
Telia Sonera in Sweden was the first to add a 4G LTE network and that was in December 2009 so, it wasn’t a recent occurrence. Most people are connected to the network via USB modems, but today, they are happy to announce that they are going wireless with their network.
This makes them the first carrier in Europe to offer a mobile 4G LTE network. Samsung will be the one who provides the devices for this new effort via the Galaxy A II LTE. If you sign up for a new 2-year contract with Telia Sonera, the phone will only cost you about 650 Swedish Kroner or one hundred bucks (US Dollars).
The 4G LTE is the fastest network available but it currently only applies to the data portion for phone users. If you receive a call while utilizing the network, the device must disconnect and establish connection with the available 3G network. While Sweden is the first to launch this technology, it is not likely to speed quickly to the surrounding areas.
It looks like Sweden treats its citizens to the latest and greatest on a regular basis. I don’t know how many people will be jumping on this offer, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of additional costs involved. We’ll see how it works out for them.