The Callow family from Douglas are celebrating this morning after winning a fantastic prize package to mark the launch of Manx Telecom’s 4G service.
From today, Isle of Man residents can take advantage of faster mobile broadband speeds.
And now Shaun, Catherine and their daughters, Lucy, nine, and Sophie, six, of Westbourne Drive, have the equipment to enjoy speeds up to seven times faster than those currently available with the company’s 3G service.
The competition, which attracted more than 100 entries, involved collecting coupons in last week’s Isle of Man Examiner and Manx Independent as well as answering this question: 4G technology is sometimes called LTE, but what does LTE stand for? The answer was Long Term Evolution.
Shaun, who works at Noble’s Hospital, was one of those who answered correctly and was delighted to answer a knock at his door at 8am to be told he had won prizes worth more than £2,800 – two 4G-ready Sony Xperia handsets, with one year contracts, and two Sony Xperia 4G tablet computers.
He was presented with his prizes by Sally-Ann Maiden of Isle of Man Newspapers and Voirrey Barron of Manx Telecom.
The family were almost never in the running to win the competition after Shaun had mislaid the coupon from the Examiner on Friday morning as they were preparing to leave for Liverpool to see the Giants.
Despite his wife’s concern that the family might miss the boat, a quick dash to Ballakermeen Stores put the situation right and the entry was posted at the Sea Terminal.
For anyone who hasn’t experienced the superfast speeds of 4G there is a live demo in Manx Telecom’s Strand Street store which shows a real-time comparison with 3G.
Customers will also find a range of more than 25 4G ready smartphone handsets in store.
For those who want to get on the new network, but don’t know if they need a new handset, SIM card or tariff, there’s an easy to follow step-by-step guide at www.manxtelecom.com/4g which will tell you everything you need to know.
Cycling superstar Mark Cavendish MBE is endorsing the new network in his role as a Manx Telecom 4G ambassador. The three-time world champion and multiple Tour de France stage winner was recently presented with a Manx Telecom 4G smartphone and will use the network when he’s at home in the island.