Better yet, Vodafone 4G customers who take up a 24 month contract with a handset will also get access to either Spotify Premium (which usually costs £9.99 a month) or Sky Sports Mobile TV (usual price £4.99 a month) for no extra charge.

Whichever service you choose will be free for anything from six months to the full two years of the contract, depending on your tariff.

Much like O2, Vodafone is unable to provide 4G to the iPhone 5, but customers who purchased an iPhone 5 from Vodafone between the September 12 2012 and June 30 2013 will be able to return their handset to a Vodafone store and have 75% of their remaining line charges taken off to minimize the cost of an upgrade.

Similar deals are also available for those with a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

With sizable chunks of both the 800MHz and the 2.6GHz band, Vodafone should have the capacity to deliver a fast, reliable 4G connection to customers in both urban and rural locations.

Three's position

Three has finally announced it will be rolling out its 4G network in December 2013, which is a bit later than the Big Three. However, it will have an ace up its sleeve: no additional cost for 4G.

If you already have a 4G handset and a Three SIM then 4G speeds won't cost you any extra - all you'll have to do is install a software update from the network to activate it.

Those on monthly plans with all you can eat data won't see any caps imposed on their data limits either, meaning those running on the One Plan for £15 per month will get unlimited 4G data, and nigh-on unlimited calls and texts (providing they already have a 4G-enabled phone) which will massively undercut Three's rivals.

London, Manchester and Birmingham will be the first cities to get the 4G network, with the switch on set to "accelerate" in January bringing 4G access to over 1.5 million customers in the new year.

By the end of 2014, Three intends to have 4G coverage in 50 cities across the UK, and nearly the whole country covered by the superfast connection by the end of the following year.

This is thanks to the numerical network managing to nab some of the 800MHz spectrum to deploy 4G speeds to the rural parts of the British Isles, as mentioned above.

That combination of low prices and large data allowances could be enough to topple the scales in Three's favour and may, we hope, force the other networks to further lower their prices.

Getting 4G at Three's prices will mean waiting just a little bit longer, but in the meantime there's always the network's Ultrafast service, which is substantially faster than standard 3G.

However, long term things don't quite so rosy for the network, as with only a small amount of 800MHz and 1800MHz spectrum it may struggle to keep up with its customers data needs.

4G coverage: When will the whole of the UK have it?

Although all of the networks should have 4G services by the end of 2013, they will of course focus their efforts on major cities first in an effort to service the most users.

Ofcom's targets say that 4G must reach 98% of the population and 95% of the country by the end of 2017, but EE claims that it will cover 98% of the country by the end of 2014 and already covers 60% of the UK population, while O2 and Vodafone are both aiming to cover 98% of the country by the end of 2015, so UK-wide 4G coverage may be closer than you think.

EE is also upgrading its 3G network to DC-HSPA in an effort to improve speeds when 4G services aren't available, while customers of Three can fall back on the networks Ultrafast service.