Vodafone set to launch 4G service on 29 August with Spotify or Sky Sports included

Vodafone has announced it will be switching on its 4G service on 29 August, the same day as rival O2.

As an extra incentive for consumers to opt for Vodafone Red 4G, the company are throwing in either Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV with all plans.

Similarly to O2, Vodafone's 4G launch will be geographically limited, with the service being available only in London on the date. O2's 4G network will be available in Leeds and Bradford as well as the capital.

For those who already have a 4G enabled phone, SIM only deals will start at £26 a month with a twelve month contract. Phone inclusive plans will start at £34 a month for a 24 month contract.

Existing Vodafone Red customers will be able to upgrade their tariff to 4G for an extra £5 a month without entering into a new contract.

All plans will include unlimited data for the first three months as part of Vodafone's 'Data Test Drive' system, which allows users to track their data usage and up their tariff at the end of the period if need be.

The company is not offering any long term unlimited data plans however, with the highest cap being 8GB a month on Vodafone Red 4G XL, something that has disappointed consumer groups.

Three, the only 4G bandwidth holding network yet to announce its launch date, currently stands alone in promising an unlimited data plan.

Vodafone plans to launch 4G in Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield before the end of the year, and bring indoor 4G coverage to 98 per cent of the UK over the next couple of years.

Users opting for the SIM only plan or the basic Red 4G plan will get Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV included for the first six months of the contract, whilst Red 4G L and Red 4G XL customers will get the deal for the duration of the plan.

EE is currently the only 4G provider in the UK. The company recently announced that its 4G network now covers 60 per cent of the country and revealed plans to bring the service to 98 per cent of the population by 2014.