EE knocks a fiver off its cheapest plan, adds 20GB contract option at £61PM

EE knocks a fiver off its cheapest plan, adds 20GB contract option at £61PMOrange and T-Mobile’s tag team, Everything Everywhere (or ‘EE’ for short), hasn’t exactly made the best of its head start in UK 4G. All told, it’s probably fair to say it’s a super-expensive mess.

On the plus side(ish), EE has listened to its customers, and will soon offer a £31PM plan, while the maximum data option has been cranked to 20GB - the latter costing a whopping £61PM on contract.

The £31PM plan will run as a “special promotion” (a fiver off, essentially) between January 31 and March 31, and applies to a 24-month contract with the usual unlimited texts and calls, and 500MB of data.

While the press release mentions only the HTC One SV LTE and Nokia Lumia 820, a quick call to the EE press office confirms you’ll be able to grab any of EE’s 4G range at £31PM, with the upfront cost varying accordingly.

There’s also mention of a £41PM 12-month plan, though presumably that’ll see the upfront cost increase a fair whack.

EE has also bowed to the demands of “fewer than 1% of 4G customers” that feel 8GB isn’t enough to last a full month, with a monstrous 20GB offering. As of now, you can go SIM only at £46PM over 12 months (£552), or grab a contract at £61PM on a 24-month plan (£1,464). Wow.

Read more about: OrangeT-mobile

Add a comment
17 comments

AhmadCentral  Jan. 23, 2013 at 18:34

probably worth mentioning that the £61pm 20GB tariff is for a limited time and will be increasing in price to £76pm from Feb 28th

mightyforest  Jan. 23, 2013 at 18:53

hopefully once the other networks jump on 4g hopefully rental will drop to more sensible price, at the min i cannot see the benefits

DylanWatkins  Jan. 23, 2013 at 18:53

The service is absolutely terrible

"All I can do is apologise – there is a network issue at the moment and I cant give an exact resolution date – if you send me the mobile number we provided ill cancel it down" - ie they would cancel the contract due to the lack of 4G service. In central london this is crap

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 23, 2013 at 20:25

probably worth mentioning that the £61pm 20GB tariff is for a limited time and will be increasing in price to £76pm from Feb 28th
I saw that earlier, and they wonder why their uptake has been crap haha :p. They seriously count £61 per month for limited data as a "deal". I can burn through 20GB in a day, quite easily.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 23, 2013 at 20:38

probably worth mentioning that the £61pm 20GB tariff is for a limited time and will be increasing in price to £76pm from Feb 28th
I saw that earlier, and they wonder why their uptake has been crap haha :p. They seriously count £61 per month for limited data as a "deal". I can burn through 20GB in a day, quite easily.


There is only one way i can think of that you'd be able to download 20GB in one day, if you know what i mean ;) :P

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 23, 2013 at 22:01

probably worth mentioning that the £61pm 20GB tariff is for a limited time and will be increasing in price to £76pm from Feb 28th
I saw that earlier, and they wonder why their uptake has been crap haha :p. They seriously count £61 per month for limited data as a "deal". I can burn through 20GB in a day, quite easily.


There is only one way i can think of that you'd be able to download 20GB in one day, if you know what i mean ;) :P

Purchasing and then downloading 1080p films from iTunes...?

AhmadCentral  Jan. 23, 2013 at 22:07

Yes.


:p

Pondlife  Jan. 23, 2013 at 23:26

Downloading a third of my music from my Google Music Acct?
Downloading half of the photos in my cloud storage?
Reinstalling apps from Google Play on new device?

Richardz  Jan. 24, 2013 at 12:50

These prices are obviously extortionate but I've got to admit, if was in charge at EE I'm not sure i'd be doing anything differently.

They've got a monopoly on 4G atm so why would they not skim off the top of the market whilst they can. They know that they could make more in the short term by lowering prices but in the long term this is obviously the best option for them

B1zarr0Prim3  Jan. 24, 2013 at 12:52

Does anyone know if the 4G data allowance include any downloads made over 3G or is that a separate cost?
I've not seen anything to clarify this.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 24, 2013 at 13:20

Does not matter if you download on 3G or 4G once you hit your limit that's it/

So for example if i am on a 1GB package and just use the 1GB over 3G, thats it, thats all you can use.

So that's why unless you're in a 4G area there is no point getting it. even then there might not be a point.

Pondlife  Jan. 24, 2013 at 14:19

These prices are obviously extortionate but I've got to admit, if was in charge at EE I'm not sure i'd be doing anything differently.

They've got a monopoly on 4G atm so why would they not skim off the top of the market whilst they can. They know that they could make more in the short term by lowering prices but in the long term this is obviously the best option for them


How is it better in the long term? Better to get customers from other networks while they can, get them in now and with even reasonable service hold on to many for some time due to peoples general inertia.

Though as they can't provide that good a 4g service in areas it's supposed to work in might be better that as few people are exposed to it as possible...

B1zarr0Prim3  Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:09

Does not matter if you download on 3G or 4G once you hit your limit that's it/

So for example if i am on a 1GB package and just use the 1GB over 3G, thats it, thats all you can use.

So that's why unless you're in a 4G area there is no point getting it. even then there might not be a point.


Lets say I live in a 4G area (my city is on the list for 2013) and I'm downloading "stuff" and I travel to an area that doesn't have 4G, will what I download on 3G be taken out of my 4G data allowance?

AhmadCentral  Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:22

Yes...

The allowance is for everything. No matter what connection you use, once you hit 1gb of data that's it. Same way it works on any other contract.

B1zarr0Prim3  Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:43

Thanks.
I think I may have read your previous response wrong. Thats why I asked again.
The EE website isn't too on this matter in the way they've worded it.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:12

Thanks.
I think I may have read your previous response wrong. Thats why I asked again.
The EE website isn't too on this matter in the way they've worded it.

Basically, you have (for example) 1GB of mobile data each month, 2G, 3G and 4G will all eat into that 1GB.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:56

No worries.

That's basically why if you read my responses to this thread-
http://www.mobot.net/ee-s-4g

i don't recommend it unless
A- You're in a 4G area
B- You require constant fast speeds for work/personal use
C- You don't mind paying more for less data.


The thing is that at the moment EE have a monopoly, 3G speeds can be quite fast anyway for 99% of things, and 3G contracts are usually much cheaper.

It's better to wait till the summer when every network has 4G and there is a bit more competition.

So unless you require a very fast upload speed 24/7 because you upload pictures/videos to work/home. or you need a fast download speed 24/7 to download work/personal things 24/7. Thats the only way i'd recommend it.

But it's bottlenecked due to lack of coverage, (so you may find that you're not on 4G most of the time) and due to lack of data. So if you require a lot of data then 4G is not for you tbh.

Email:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

Comment: