- March 5th, 2012
- Carly Page
Sweden has become the first country in Europe to get 4G smartphones, it has been announced, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE.
This news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Sweden – along with Norway – were the first countries to get LTE (Long Term Evolution) in 2009. However, it has taken the country three years to get its hands on its first 4G smartphone, which has now landed as the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE (pictured).
Part of the explanation for the lack of 4G phones is that European operators haven’t been as aggressive as their U.S. counterparts when it comes to rolling out LTE, according to Geoff Blaber, analyst at CCS Insight. However now that the Galaxy S2 LTE is available, Bengt Olsson, head of communications at TeliaSonera, said LTE’s popularity in Europe will grow.
According to a Samsung spokesperson, the Galaxy S II LTE is on the way to stores now, and Tele2 will get it first, followed by TeliaSonera soon after. The handset will be free on a 24 month 649 Swedish kronor (£61) contract, which will also get customers 3000 minutes, 3000 texts and 10GB data – which could make for cheap calls to Sweden.
That’s not too bad considering the handset’s specs, which include; a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video, a 2 megapixel webcam, NFC and 16GB of included storage.
There’s no sign of 4G LTE coming to the UK just yet, but Everything Everywhere – the merger of networks Orange and T-Mobile – are promising to roll it out later this year.