Say what you will about the sorry state of broadband in the US, we were one of the first to have large-scale LTE networks available to the public. It took about a year for mainland Europe to catch up, and the UK is still in the very early stages of getting their high-speed networks started. Everything Everywhere (EE) has taken the lead on the tablet front, offering the very first LTE tablet to United Kingdom wireless users: Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1. Plans start at £25.99 per month for 3GB of high-speed data.
On the cheapest plan, the Note 10.1 LTE will cost £249.99. Step up to the £30.99-a-month 5GB plan, and the price drops to £199.99. For 8GB of LTE data at £35.99 a month, you'll only spend a hundred quid for the tablet. Now, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a love it or hate it device: our own Ron Amadeo panned it pretty hard in his extensive review, but we know there are plenty out there who tolerate the tablet's hardware flaws for the S-Pen functionality. The LTE version of the Note 10.1 should be basically identical to the WiFi version, with necessary changes to the radio and possibly the processor. EE states that their tablet has a quad-core processor, but whether it's the Exynos 4 in the original Note 10.1 or a more LTE-friendly Qualcomm model is still up in the air.
EE will also be offering the Nexus 7, but don't get your hopes up - it's not the 3G version. Instead, they're pairing the standard WiFi model with a Huawei hotspot. Details on that deal, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, can be found at the link below. Both tablets will begin sales online and in retail stores this weekend.