So far the headlines surrounding EE's great 4G LTE revolution have tended to revolve around smartphones and the things you can do with them using 4G, rather than 4G mobile broadband, and what you can do with your 4G dongle. Could well be the word “dongle”.
But anyway, EE does indeed offer 4G mobile broadband, but disappointingly the deals offered up initially topped out at just 5GB a month, and were pricier than the already-high phone deals. Well both those problems have now been fixed.
Largely unnoticed, EE has this week adjusted its 4G mobile broadband deals, and from today you still pay the same basic tariffs but get a higher monthly allocation of data for your money.
Before, you had a choice of tariffs costing £15.99, £20.99 and £25.99 per month (over 18 months), which gave you 2GB, 3GB and 5GB data respectively to play with. That 5GB monthly maximum, however, was the same as offered by T-Mobile and Orange's 3G mobile broadband deals, and so hardly fell in line with the image of 4G ushering in a brave new world of high-octane data consumption.
The revised deals, though, still cost the same but now deliver 3GB, 5GB and 8GB of precious data respectively. In percentage terms, that's 37.5% to 50% more data depending on the package, but more importantly it raises the data ceiling to the same 8GB limit EE offers with its 4G phone price plans.
Bear in mind you still have to pay for the dongle itself, which will cost a one-off £49.99 on the cheapest plan or £29.99 on the 5GB deal. 8GB/month customers get it thrown in free.
Existing subscribers will have their monthly data allowance increased automatically to fall in with the improved allowances.
EE has also now introduced another way of getting into 4G through one-month SIM-only mobile broadband plans, which give you the option for a 5GB shot of data for £15.99 a month, plus the first month is free of charge providing you sign up before December 23.