With EE set to flick the switch on the UK’s first 4G LTE network on 30 October, and having released the details of the phones it would be offering, it was about time it made the tariffs official too. Sure enough, with just a week to go, EE has let eager early adopters know how much they’re going to have to pay for a high speed data connection.
The company has made things easy, as all the tariffs come with unlimited calls and texts, leaving you to choose how much data you need each month. There are five options in all, starting with a measly 500MB for £36 per month. However, serious customers will want to look at the following plans instead, if they’re truly going to make use of that extra speed:
- 1GB = £41
- 3GB = £46
- 5GB = £51
- 8GB = £65
All these are 24-month contracts, and obviously need the price of the phone added onto the top. EE offers the iPhone 5, Galaxy S III LTE, One XL, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE and the Galaxy Note II LTE, and all vary in price. The Ascend P1 is the cheapest of the bunch, and is free on all but the 500MB plan, while the iPhone 5 is the most expensive, as a 16GB model will set you back £179 on the same tariff.
The phones get cheaper as your monthly costs go up – no surprise there – and EE says that’s the benefit of 4G costs, on average £5 extra per month, over Orange’s 3G contracts. This is certainly true of the iPhone 5, as the 1GB plan on 3G is £36 per month.
EE also offers 4G subscribers a few little extras too, including a free movie download each week (that doesn’t count against your data allowance), and a choice of either live streaming TV, two weekly game downloads or access to a music streaming service.
For those who already have a compatible iPhone 5, EE has a similar selection of tariffs as SIM-only deals, ranging from £21 for 500MB to 5GB for £36, plus it offers a £99 switch over if you have a 3G version of one of its phones and want to change to a 4G plan.
EE’s 4G switch-on happens on 30 October, and will only be available in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. Other cities will come online before the end of the year.