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EE now has unlimited data phone plans

The competition between the mobile providers means there are now three of the major providers with unlimited data plan options with EE being the latest operator to join Three UK and Vodafone.

The new unlimited plans are available on both the 4G or 5G networks and start at £34/m for a 4G Phone SIM with no handset i.e. bring your own unlocked mobile to the party. For those who happen to have an 5G handset lying around (rare we presume) the 5G SIM only plan is £44/m.

For those with the money there are new phone bundles e.g. the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is £84/m with unlimited 5G on a 24 month contract. The Huawei P30 pro is cheaper at £69/m with an unlimited 4G plan or you could have an iPhone XR for the same monthly cost on a 4G unlimited plan too. The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G seems to retail SIM free for £999, so buying the handset outright and opting for a SIM only plan looks to be cheaper (£1,815 versus £2,016 based on a 24 month term) if you can afford the upfront cost of the handset.  

The 4GEE Home Router does not seem to have embraced unlimited yet though pricing has come down so the 500GB service on a 12 month contract is now £50/m rather than £70/m. 

Comments

Typo - "is not £50" should be "is now £50".

I am off to the EE store today to pick up one of these to stuff in my 4G modem.

  • DanielCoffey
  • 24 days ago

Foxed typo :-)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 24 days ago

My experience of EE has started very well. I had a leisurely chat with the Store staff about my current FTTC broadband and described the 4G equipment I was wanting to use and the amount of data I expected to need.

They reduced the up front cost of the B525 which I had to take to get the (prior to today's Unlimited) SIM and discussed where to start on the scale and how to shift if I wanted more or less data over time.

Today they have happily accepted that I want to change to the new offer sim and can do it in the shop there and then. Really good service!

  • DanielCoffey
  • 24 days ago

Don't be surprised if they block the SIM card or cut the internet off if they detect that you're using a mobile hotspot on a SIM card that is meant for a phone most providers like three the offer unlimited data have a list of of devices that are mobile hotspots and will automatically throw up the no tethering allowed

  • leexgx
  • 24 days ago

Just noticed the website says this is for 4g unlimited sim card for £32 (not 5g)

The 5g unlimited data sim is £44

Both are 12 month contracts so is this correct 4g only (vodafone do 5g sim unlimited 1 month rolling for £32 or £30 if 12 month)

  • leexgx
  • 24 days ago

Lee - neither three or any other operator can throw up a 'no tethering allowed'. Customers may use their data allowances as they see fit. This changed last year after Ofcom started investigating them.

  • CarlThomas
  • 24 days ago

Well I am back from the store with my new Unlimited SIM - no trouble at all.

The Sales team did have to go through to Head office since the deal was "too new" to be on the store computers yet. Once the new SIM was added to my account I was put through to Cancellations to stop the old one at the end of the month since it was a 1 month contract.

Sure I have some overlap with the two SIMs now but I will use the capped one to show my neighbour what he could get in his own house if he too dumped the slow landline.

Popped the new SIM into my outdoor router and it came up perfectly first time.

  • DanielCoffey
  • 23 days ago

I've had an EE SIM in my Teltonika RUT950 router for a couple of years now, with 500GB, and I'm paying £50 already (due to a deal I negotiated). It's fantastic - 60Mb synchronous at times, versus the 11Mb I can get via landline. So much so that I have cancelled my landline and ADSL.

Great news that the baseline price is now £50 for unlimited (I rarely use more than 300GB).

  • jimwillsher
  • 23 days ago

Only downside for me is this came a mere week after having to pay the £100 for a 4gee router I didn't need as they weren't allowed to sell the plan as sim only.

Oh and its a shade cheaper per month, Had assumed this might happen so didn't sign for the 18 month contract.

  • Swac3
  • 23 days ago

I Wonder when O2 will be releasing there's

  • Jake4
  • 23 days ago

Called EE and "upgraded". So my £51.34 monthly charge for 500GB is now £34/month for unlimited. I call that a result.

Add on to that £10/month for my AAISP L2TP connection to give me a static, routeable IP.

I reckon £44/month is good value for practically unlimited data (AAISP is 1TB/month), public IP and up to ~60Mb/s download/upload. I'm on a Market 1 exchange with no sign of fibre, an EO line, and our postcode is not covered by the DSSB rollout. R100 is still years away too.

  • jimwillsher
  • 23 days ago

I too have phoned EE today, re-checked the "Unlimited" bit of the offer in the context of a 4G fixed wireless unit (all still OK), so went ahead and ordered a SIMO for £34/month.

I'm looking around at what hardware is best (Huawei B525 seems a common choice for the "serious user") as the EE SIM is posted and on the way.

Like jimwillsher, I've given-up on anything to do with BDUK and R100 now. It has just been too long for any firm information, the gainshares are not happening in rural Scotland, and I will need to take a rain-check in 12months time on my own Market_A exchange

  • p6resthome
  • 22 days ago

If you had taken the previous x00Gb + Modem offers from EE you would likely have been given a B525-23a which is perfectly fit for purpose for the frequencies EE uses. It ships with their own firmware of course that phones home automatically for updates.

I was pretty impressed with how well it did indoors given the amount of metal in the insulation of my home but it can be fitted with a pair of external antennas such as the ones by Poynting.

I am using an external antenna and external modem and passing all that to my own router. Feel free to PM if you want to talk about that.

  • DanielCoffey
  • 21 days ago

p6resthome take a look at the 4G-RUT950 & 4G-XPOL-A0001 Kit from Solwise. The RUT950 is a rock solid router, I've never ever *had* to reboot it, and it has absolutely tons of features. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • jimwillsher
  • 20 days ago

Thanks for the advice above re- equipment. I went for a Poynting XPOL-A0001 antenna as a basis for the signal/s I'm likely to be seeing here (on the edge of the service plan-view still reported by EE, and with hills in the way of line-of-sight). For the modem I have gone over the top for several reasons and ordered a Draytek Vigor 2862Ln, which kills a lot of birds with one stone. One "dead bird" was a boot-failed Billion 8800NL ADSL modem from Thursday last week, which needs replacement for fail-over purposes. The EE SIMO is excellent standalone as it is.

  • p6resthome
  • 19 days ago

What is missing from theis news 'article' is that there are different tariffs, but speeds are banded depending on which one you opt for.

  • Alucidnation
  • 19 days ago

Does anybody know if this deal is available to small business customers.
I can't find it on the EE website.

  • Billgaer
  • 18 days ago

Be AWARE that Vodafone are now throttling the suited on unlimited MAX plans.
I was on PAYG, and, achieved an average of around 20Mb/s, ordered a phone - including SIM deal - and my speeds were less than 3Mb.
Thought it was just a one off, cancelled the contract, and, then ordered a 12month SIM only plan.... EXACT same thing.
I'm afraid this, coupled with their dire customer service, means they are a major provider to avoid.

  • Mikefiera
  • 18 days ago

Vodafone does have some throttles but the more you pay the less the throttle, it is possible they've got you on the wrong account or you ordered the wrong package.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 18 days ago

@Alucidnation what's your basis for the statement re: speeds and tariffs? These are my current speeds, going via an L2TP connection, and I'm on the cheapest package @ 34/month

PING ms 40
DOWNLOAD Mbps 46.05
UPLOAD Mbps 19.80

  • jimwillsher
  • 17 days ago

Anyone got a sensible suggestion. Took out 500gb 4gee contract days before this was announced tried asking to be moved across livechat were adamant this was for phones only & wouldn't replace the 4gee sim.

Nearest store is 30 miles away, worth making a trip or has anyone got a better suggestion?

Thanks

  • rich44
  • 8 days ago

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