3 Ireland is to row back on plans for a €5 per month extra charge in a move that will bring relief to 2m mobile phone customers.
The operator says that it is postponing a planned monthly €5 4G charge until July 2016.
It had said that it would introduce the charge next month as part of a process where an 18-month "promotional period" expired. The bill hike was due to occur just as 1.5m former O2 customers were upgraded to 4G access on the network.
However, the operator now says that it is changing tack and will include 4G access free of charge to all of its customers for the next 12 months.
It also says that all 1.5m former O2 customers will be upgraded to 4G access next month, subject to coverage and handset capability.
4G gives mobile data speeds of up to 60Mbs on smartphones such the iPhone 6 or Samsung S6.