EE today announced a handful of new 4G plans that share the goal in offering customers with greater choice when it comes to 4G plans. Currently the UK mobile network operator is still the only provider of 4G in the UK, which is set to continue until spring 2013 when remaining UK operators will be able to launch respective upgrades. So what are the new plans at EE like?
The current plans and packages will remain (boo), but the company is offering two additional options for consumers that may appear slightly more inviting when it comes to upgrading to 4G. So what's the deal?
- New £31 per month 4G promotional plan to launch on 31st January
- New 20GB "super-user" 4G plan introduced from £46-per-month on SIM-only (limited availability)
- New 8GB plan for £41 per month
As a special promotion from January 31st to March 31st, the new £31 plan will be introduced as a 24-month contract. The package includes the usual unlimited UK call time and SMS allowances, along with 500MB worth of mobile data - the Lumia 820 can be picked up for just £29.99 on this plan. If you're not into 24-month deals, EE is also offering the package for 12 months at £41 per month.
The second new plan is a package sporting a whopping 20GB of mobile data, perfect for streaming on 4G (which the network primarily promotes, surprisingly). According to EE, only 1% of customers have displayed desired to use more than 8GB of mobile data. This evidentially does not include those who don't wish to pay a ridiculous amount of money for limited Internet access.
The 20GB plan will be available from today, on a 12-month SIM-only deal at the 'special rate' of £46 per month should consumers sign up between now and February 28th (£61 per month thereafter). As with other EE packages, unlimited UK call time and SMS is also included. If you're looking for a 4G smartphone too, the network is offering a new handset (with the same allowances) for £61 per month on a 24-month plan, if you sign up by the deadline (£76 per month thereafter).
As well as the above, EE is also putting forward a new 8GB plan for £41 per month. It's still quite a jump to afford 4G in the UK. We'd continue to recommend waiting until the remaining operators launch their own services and plans, which will drive down pricing. Also, the 4G rollout is still in its early stage of development. Coverage is restricted to a number of locations.
Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer at EE, had the following to comment on the new pricing:
It's stated EE will have 4G running in 35 towns and cities by the end of March.
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Still way too expensive to be of interest. Been spoilt by unlimited for too long.
Well, 3 UK has a 25 pounds offer (sim only) for "all you can eat" (that's tried and tested..!) data plan and thousands of minutes and sms included. 20GB plan is far from having me switch to you dear EE..!
EE Are Terrible i have a horrible experience with them with the constant dropping of calls and texts failing to send, not to mention there 4G isn't really that good, Love my 920 but hate my network, its a shame Nokia made it exclusive to them in the first place and i will be sticking with Windows Phone when i upgrade but changing operators
I switched from O2 to EE last year and havent looked back. Coverage where i am is on par with O2. I was expecting 4g to be just a gimmick but found it really is faster than my old network. its been weird getting used to unlimited calls, never had that before so taking some time to get used to just making a call and not worrying about "minutes".
Big plus is that when travelling to France over Xmas, data was automarically pay as you go, so very stress free. Unlike O2 were are was always in danger of going over their silly 15mb limit and constantly having to battlebto get charges removed. EE also track your data useage abroad, something O2 could never do.
Still way to expensive. What a shame. And then they dont give you the PAYG Offer for the Lumia920.
Existing 12 month handset and monthly plan customers get nothing! We're not eligible to upgrade. Only 12mth sim only or 24mth handset+line customers are :(
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