EE creates action cam with SIM card slot to showcase 4G
EE has entered a market that appears unusual for a mobile operator and that is the action cam, so you can stream live your epic encounter with a shark, or just your daily commute, some interesting copyright issues may arise if people start streaming concerts live too.
GoPro cameras are the normal go to brand, but none have a 4G SIM card slot allowing you to stream directly from the camera and another innovation is a wrist watch that comes with the camera to allow to control the device and works as a live viewfinder.
Price plans during the launch period phase will vary from a free camera with an extra £10 on top of your existing mobile phone plan and share the data allowance on your existing plan. A pay monthly option where the camera costs £49.99 and options for a 2GB through to a 10GB plan are available, or if pay as you go appeals the camera on its own is £299.99 (bundles with 2GB data) or £399.99 with a 24GB data bundle.
The camera appears to stream video via a new video sharing app called skeegle and there is no information on whether any other upload options are available e.g. to stream other online streaming services. The camera features 64GB of built-in storage that is used for recording 1080p footage, with the maximum streaming resolution being 720p. If that stream is running at 2 Mbps that will use around 1GB of data per hour, there is likely to be various quality options available, so exact data use will depend on how the encoding is handled by the camera. Though no matter what settings you use it would be expensive to use one of these cameras to recreate SpringWatch in your own back garden.
A reminder too that the 100GB data of free 4G data SIM offer is still running over at EE, you simply need to order the special edition SIM and top up with a £10 1GB data pack. The competition to win Glastonbury tickets finished at the end of May.