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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.

Comments

And, as is often the case, the out-of-contract prices are buried away in the legal small print which take the base costs to: Fibre £37/m; Fibre Plus £42/m; Fibre Max 145 £49/m; Fibre Max 300 £54/m

  • tdw42
  • about 1 month ago

  • MCM999
  • about 1 month ago

I think for those of us who can't get fibre, the price is largely irrelevant. I would happily pay £150/mo for 300 Mbps if somebody would let me have it.

  • jimwillsher
  • about 1 month ago

None of those services is true fibre (FTTP).

"I would happily pay £150/mo for 300 Mbps if somebody would let me have it."

At that price you're almost into leased line territory, try linebroker.co.uk

Otherwise, if you're in an FTTC area but getting slow speeds, try FTTPoD. You can get a free desktop quote (which unfortunately is pretty random), then pay £250+VAT for a guaranteed quote. If it comes to say £8000+VAT and you spread it over 5 years, then it's in the right ballpark. You have to pay rental for your chosen FTTP service on top, but after the first year you can use any provider.

  • candlerb
  • 30 days ago

"At that price you're almost into leased line territory,"
That very much depends on your location - a 300Mbps leased line comes in at well over £600pm in my area (and FTTPoD is not available at any price).

  • sheephouse
  • 30 days ago

Using linebroker.co.uk for 300 speed gives me a range of £572/mo to £1220/mo.

No option for FTTC/FTTP/FTTPoD.

  • jimwillsher
  • 29 days ago

Remember that the linebroker prices are for businesses, so VAT will be on top. If there was an option for 300Mbps for £150pm (+VAT) I too would take it, or even a decent superfast option for under £100pm. Still, while 4G is the only option at least I'm spending less than £50pm.

  • sheephouse
  • 29 days ago

I have a number free broadband connexion - via microwave. It was fairly easy to migrate my BT number to VoIP because my ISP, Boundless, had a package with a VoIP company. Ridiculously cheap call rates. There was an interim when VoIP was a temporary number until the BT line cease

  • rjohnloader
  • 25 days ago

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