EE announces 4G price plans: from £36 per month over 24 months

EE announces 4G price plans: from £36 per month over 24 monthsWe're just one week away now from EE's 4G LTE network officially going live, and we've finally been given the all-important info of what the jump to superfast 4G networking will cost you.

The cheapest deal will set you back £36 a month over 24 months for 500MB of data, with the handset itself coming in extra. EE reckons its 4G tariffs are 10-20% higher than the equivalent 3G deal.

You get unlimited calls and texts as standard across the board, with the tariff prices differing solely on the amount of bundled data you get as standard. The entry-level £36 gives you 500MB, while there are also £41 (1GB), £46 (3GB), £51 (5GB) and £56 (8GB) options for the more data-hungry.

Then you'll have to factor in a one-off up-front charge for your choice of 4G handset – unless, that is, you go for the Huawei Ascend P1, which comes free on contracts of £41 per month or more.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5 is the priciest handset on offer, with even the 16GB variant priced at £179.99 up front on the cheapest deal up to £19.99 on the top-tier £56 option.

If 24 months is too long for you, you can opt for just a 12-month deal for an extra £10 per month on those rates, while SIM-only deals will kick in from November 9 starting at £21 per month.

EE is also allowing T-Mobile and Orange customers who have taken out a new contract on any non-4G version of the available handsets over the past six months to upgrade to a 4G-ready device for a one-off £100 charge.

Along with its core tariffs and handset costs, EE has also announced a number of add-on services, including EE Films, which replicates the Orange Wednesdays 2-for-1 cinema tickets deal but expands it to also cover movie rentals and downloads, with prices starting at 79p.

Then there's Clone Phone, which protects your movies, music, contacts, photos and the like from being lost should you misplace your 4G handset.

Lastly, EE has also detailed its 4G mobile broadband offering: £15.99 a month gets you 2GB, while 3GB costs £20.99 and 5GB £25.99.

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CTPAHHIK  Oct. 23, 2012 at 10:30

Hmm, they are nuts. I'll stick with Three and unlimited internet @ £13/month

onlineo  Oct. 23, 2012 at 10:35

Hahaha

If I am after a 4g contract, do I want:
a) unlimited texts
b) unlimited calls
c) unlimited internet

This will certainly keep me from 4g for the next year or so unless they offer £300-400 topcashback!

jaybear88  Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:07

So faster downloads, lower usage allowance. That makes sense.....

Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:22

This is why they shouldn't let one company launch 4g ahead of the rest.
Nonsensical pricing from EE, yeah we can give you really fast 4g broadband we just don't want you to actually use it.
The clone phone thing makes it funnier, up to 16gb but you can't use 4g to back it up or restore due to costs of data. Genius.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 23, 2012 at 12:25

This is why they shouldn't let one company launch 4g ahead of the rest.

Pricing is good only if you need unlimited calling. Knowing T-Mobile your data usage will be capped after allowance is exhausted. Considering that only Three and T-Mobile are offering data plans in excess of 1-2GB pricing seems reasonable.
Even at high prices this option is welcome. Not for general consumer, but it does fill in a niche. Anyone looking for cheap unlimited internet there is GuffGuff with their excellent 2G network.

OFI  Oct. 23, 2012 at 13:02

What a disappointment.

So to move from my current T-Mobile Contract which gives me 3GB data a month they would expect me to pay an extra £21/mo?

What on earth is the point of the 500MB package?

Ok so i'd get unlimited minutes but I don't know anyone who is asking for that right now. Most people I speak to want data not pointless extra minutes.

I'd rather pay a few quid more for them to uncap HSDPA+ which is capable of far higher speeds than they allow, although I guess LTE wouldn't look so amazing then ¬_¬

universe1992  Oct. 23, 2012 at 13:18

Lol 500mb for 36 quid that's a joke I'd use that in a day, I'll stick with three thanks 3g does me fine

Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 13:26

This is why they shouldn't let one company launch 4g ahead of the rest.

Pricing is good only if you need unlimited calling. Knowing T-Mobile your data usage will be capped after allowance is exhausted. Considering that only Three and T-Mobile are offering data plans in excess of 1-2GB pricing seems reasonable.
Even at high prices this option is welcome. Not for general consumer, but it does fill in a niche. Anyone looking for cheap unlimited internet there is GuffGuff with their excellent 2G network.


Meh respectfully disagree, pricing is crazy as the point of 4g is fast internet and hence using it more for more things.
If you don't use the internet much doubtful you'd notice it's slightly faster.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 15:35

What a f*cking rip off, I'll be sticking with T-Mob and 3G until the market has some competition.

Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 17:17

I was guessing that might be your take on it.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 24, 2012 at 05:13

What a disappointment.

So to move from my current T-Mobile Contract which gives me 3GB data a month they would expect me to pay an extra £21/mo?

What on earth is the point of the 500MB package?

Ok so i'd get unlimited minutes but I don't know anyone who is asking for that right now. Most people I speak to want data not pointless extra minutes.

I'd rather pay a few quid more for them to uncap HSDPA+ which is capable of far higher speeds than they allow, although I guess LTE wouldn't look so amazing then ¬_¬

T-Mob uncapped their 3G speeds (quietly) about a month ago.

OFI  Oct. 24, 2012 at 21:46

Not that i've seen. Still get a ceiling at 3.9Mbps wherever i've tried.

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