Vodafone is set to go head to head with O2 when it launches high-speed broadband on the same day as its telecoms rival.
The mobile giant will offer 4G to its customers in London on August 29 and plans to extend the service to another 12 cities by the end of the year.
It announced the move after O2 confirmed its own roll-out last week and revealed plans to allow users super-fast music and film downloads. The network will switch on its fourth-generation mobile internet in London, Leeds and Bradford.
The Vodafone "Red 4G-ready" package will offer customers access to either the music streaming service Spotify or Sky Sports. It also promises unlimited UK data for the first three months.
Guy Laurence, chief executive of Vodafone UK, said:
"With 4G, speed is just the start: it's what you do with it that really matters. We are taking 4G into a new league by offering sport and changing the tune with all the music you could want. 4G is finally worth getting and there's plenty to look forward to."
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Google LG Nexus 5
The new Nexus 5 is based on the internals of the LG G2 - which means you get the same Snapdragon 800 processor, as well as the full version of Google's new Android 4.4 KitKat OS, which integrates SMS messages into Hangouts, freshens up the design and adds new features under the hood. The camera is still a little lacking, while the design is functional rather than beautiful, but at £299 off contract it's still a steal.
Samsung Galaxy Note III
The Note III is huge. It's got a 5.7-inch screen, though with the same 1080P resolution as the Note II. It adds a new leather back panel, which gives it an 'office' feel in line with the productivity-plus-stylus theme of the device. It also adds a Snapdragon 8000 quad-core processor, some new software enhancements and a few new S-Pen functions into the mix. If you're looking for a giant note-taking phone, this is still your best bet.
The 5C was rumoured to be Apple's 'budget' iPhone. It isn't - and not only because it isn't that cheap. The "proudly plastic" 5C comes in five colours (see what they did there) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/10/iphone-5c-uk-pictures-release-date_n_3899557.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-tech" target="_blank">but has the same internals, screen and camera as the iPhone 5.</a> It's essentially the same beautiful, high-end phone you already know and love, in a more colourful (and potentially divisive) design. As such it's hard to see how Apple won't sell a billion of them.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Though the S4 i<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/24/samsung-galaxy-s4-review-_n_3145186.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-tech" target="_blank">s in some ways an evolutionary upgrade over its wildly successful S3</a>, it's an extremely attractive, lightweight and high quality phone with a 5-inch HD screen, the fastest processor ever seen in a phone and <a href="http://gdgt.com/samsung/galaxy/s/4/" target="_blank">some interesting new features</a>, including a measure of 'eye tracking' controls and gestures that don't require you to touch the screen.
The HTC One is probably the most beautiful smartphone on the market - and is also the most intelligently designed. With twin, front-facing speakers it's the best choice for watching movies, and its 4MP 'Ultra Pixel' camera punches above its meagre pixel-count suggests.
Sony Xperia Z1
Sony's new flagship smartphone is an evolutionary development of the also-excellent Z. It keeps the same screen, the waterproof design and the nicely-tweaked version of Android, while upping the processor performance, improving the camera and smoothing out the rough (or rather sharp) edges of the Z's blocky design.
Nokia Lumia 925
<a href="http://gdgt.com/nokia/lumia/920/" target="_blank">The Nokia Lumia 925</a> has the same great design and attention to detail we've come to expect from Nokia, but with some crucial upgrades from the 920 including a thinner, all-metal design and an improved camera.
The LG G2 is an extremely high-end 5-inch, 1080p Android 4.2.2 smartphone whose major distinguishing feature is that it has three buttons on the back of the device, which are normally found on the sides. The G2 has its camera button and volume rocker on the rear, which for many people is enough to justify the purchase alone. It also has excellent battery life for this class of device.
Vodafone's 4G service will equip users with broadband that is around six times faster than standard 3G, the company said.
It will arrive in Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield before the end of the year.
The company plans to introduce indoor 4G coverage to 98% of the country by 2015. Prices for the new packages will be available on Monday.
O2 promised download speeds up to five times faster than on 3G when it announced its own plans last week. The new network will reach up to five million people at its launch and be rolled out to 13 cities by the end of the year.
O2 and Vodafone follow EE - which launched its own 4G network last year - in overhauling their networks to cater for soaring demand from data-hungry smartphone and tablet users.
Both companies have said packages will start at £26 a month.
Regulator Ofcom's auction of 4G spectrum in February raised £2.3 billion for the Government - less than forecast - with 3 owner Hutchison, BT and EE the other successful bidders.
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at comparison site uSwitch.com, said Vodafone's package provided consumers with "clear and tangible benefits" and suggested 02 could be "left behind in the 4G race".
"Vodafone has added some fuel to the 4G fire with its new plans," he said.
"As competition finally looks set to heat up, Vodafone has thrown down the gauntlet with deals that offer not only faster data speeds, but more mobile data and - most importantly - a great selection of extra benefits to really make the most of it."
He added: "At a time where many have been unconvinced by the virtue of super-fast internet on their mobile, the pull of having access to millions of songs or all the goals in the palm of your hand as part of your monthly tariff might just be too good to pass up."