Whilst the rest of the world plays catch up to the US in the 4G LTE stakes, the Portuguese are all set to have a party as Vodafone launch their 4G network in the country.
Vodafone last year won a total of 123MHz worth of spectrum in multiple bands however they have decided to launch the service on the same 2.6 GHz band that other Europeans use.
Sadly though, for the Portuguese, there are no handsets available as yet to take advantage of the new service however they are selling a USB modem which costs €160 up front.
As for price plans – there are only two:
€50 per month gets you unlimited data with your speeds capped at 50 megabits per second down and 25 megabits per second up
€60 per month gets you unlimited data, but with speed caps at 100 megabits per second down or 50 megabits per second up.
Have you noticed what they have done there? Instead of paying for data you are paying for speed just like your home broadband which seems a little unfair given that no one really needs those sort of speeds in a mobile environment yet (or do they?)