TeliaSonera, the Scandinavian operator that yesterday said it would launch the world’s first commercial Long Term Evolution network, today released cheap introductory prices to hook folks on its new network. TeliaSonera will charge just SEK4 (56 cents) a month in Stockholm until the first of July for access to its blazing fast mobile broadband.
After the introductory honeymoon ends, Swedes will have to shell out the equivalent of $83 per month for 30GB of data. In Olso, TeliaSonera will charge NOK1 (17 cents), with the price rising to the equivalent of $120 per month on April 1. Initial subscribers in both cities will also get a free Samsung USB modem that works on LTE networks only, as well as a free upgrade to the first dual-mode modems available in the second quarter of 2010. The prices in both countries are a great way to get folks onto the network and compensate for the lack of multimode devices.
Speaking of multimode devices, telecommunications gear vendor Ericsson (s eric) and ST-Ericsson, its joint venture with STMicroelectronics (S stm) and a wireless chip powerhouse, said today they’ve successfully achieved mobility between LTE and HSPA networks, with a dual-mode device. Such devices will be essential in the coming years before LTE coverage is widespread. Otherwise, an LTE device becomes a brick when it leaves the coverage area.