EE launches without landline FTTC and G.fast services
EE has launched its without landline VDSL2 (FTTC) and G.fast packages, which means there is no need for voice line rental if you don't want it. Alas as was predicted when SOGEA was first trialled the savings are minimal at around £1/m and actually for those who want a landline to make voice calls, with the landline packages adding £8 or more to the monthly cost the prices have gone.
- EE Fibre (VDSL2/FTTC) 36 Mbps average speed without landline is £26/m. EE mobile pay monthly customers can knock £3/m off the price.
- EE Fibre Plus (VDSL2/FTTC) 67 Mbps average speed without landline is £30/m. EE mobile pay monthly customers save £3/m.
- EE Fibre Max 1 (G.fast) 145 Mbps average speed without landline is £39/m and £25 setup fee. EE mobile pay monthly customers save £4/m
- EE Fibre Max 2 (G.fast) 300 Mbps average speed without landline is £47/m and £25 setup fee. EE mobile pay monthly customers save £5/m
The price saving is minimal, but this is largely down to the fact the physical copper line needs to be retained, i.e. you need the physical wires to deliver the DSL over.
We did check a couple of FTTP areas and the Fibre Max products are still only G.fast based.
For people migrating to EE who have a voice and broadband service and want to retain the voice service, the extra costs of the landline mean the lowest priced partial fibre option is £34/m which for a 40/10 product is not competitive.
Hopefully the EE ordering service will make it clear what will happen to the landline and voice number, as we can see people just assuming their phone number will move to EE, when in reality the number will be left behind and switched off. Of course it should be possible to move an existing number to a cheap VoIP service, but this needs to be done before any broadband migration as for the number port to work it has to be a working number.
We don't know if there are options to add the landline voice parts at a later date, the way the technology is moving we would actually expect this to be possible but with the voice service delivered by a phone socket on the providers router if you pay for the voice option. BT Consumer has been shipping the Smart Hub 2 with a built in voice port for a while, but we have not seen the port arrangement of the latest EE hardware.