EE’s Shared Plans: Share Your 4G Data With Other Smartphones & Tablets

October 23rd, 2014

EE’s Shared Plans allow you to have up to five devices on one combined plan. Share your 4G data allowance with other smartphones and tablets and get one combined bill for all of the usage.

EE Shared PlansCustomers on EE with more than one device can sometimes save money by signing up to a Shared EE Plan. By bringing multiple devices onto one combined plan, you’ll be able to share your data allowance across the multiple devices. You’ll also get one combined bill for all of the usage.

Shared 4G plans start from £7/month for a data-only SIM card (perfect for tablets and mobile broadband) and £12/month for a smartphone SIM card (complete with unlimited calls and unlimited texts).

You can order a shared 4G plan when buying any Pay Monthly handset from EE’s website (during the checkout, tick the box under ‘Add a 4G SIM to your existing device’). You can also buy one of the recommended sharing bundles listed on EE’s website.

How ‘Shared Plans’ Work

At present, many families have a separate mobile contract for each and every person in the household. Many individuals also have separate contracts for their tablets and for mobile broadband. With the growing number of mobile-connected devices, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of all the separate bills. Having totally separate contracts is also inflexible as the data allowance on each individual contract can only be used from one of the devices.

EE’s shared 4G plans attempt to bring a solution to this problem. By bringing multiple smartphones and devices under the umbrella of one plan, it’s now possible to get a single combined bill for all the mobile usage from your connected devices. With a shared 4G plan, the monthly download allowance can also be pooled across multiple devices (it would no longer matter which of the devices you were using the data on as all of the data consumption is taken from the same allowance).

Shared 4G Plans - Share with Family and Multiple Devices

There are two ways of using a Shared Plan on EE: either having all of your family’s smartphones on one combined bill (left) or adding extra devices such as your tablet or laptop (right).

With EE’s Shared Plans, you’re now able to have up to five devices using the same plan. Members of your family joining the plan would all benefit from unlimited calls & unlimited texts and would share the same pooled allowance of data on all of their smartphones. Everyone will continue to have their own individual phone number and content restrictions (i.e. parental controls) are still applied on a per-handset basis. If the pooled data allowance runs out in a given month, everyone in the group is sent a text message and with the permission of the bill holder, is given the ability to purchase extra data.

Pricing

Leader Plan

Before you’re able to start a shared plan, you’ll need a qualifying contract to act as the Leader plan. The Leader plan should normally belong to the main bill payer (the data allowance from this plan will be shared amongst the other devices in your group). To qualify, the Leader must be on a EE Pay Monthly contract of 12 months or longer. The contract must have at least 750MB of data per month and must include unlimited minutes. Currently, Leader-compatible plans start from £24.99/month with 2GB of 4G internet.

You can use the Broadband Data Boost offer in conjunction with Shared Plans. Broadband Data Boost gives you a free upgrade to 10GB of data per month when you also subscribe to EE Home Broadband.

Sharing with Other Smartphones

Smartphones from EETo share your data allowance with other members of the family, it’s possible to get a Smartphone Sharer plan.

If you already have a smartphone that you’re happy to keep, you can move it to EE and you can add it to your plan for only £12/month on a 12-month contract. This will give you a SIM only deal where you can slot the SIM card into an existing unlocked smartphone. The Sharer SIM card gives you unlimited calls and texts as well as allowing you to access the pooled allowance of data. For a shorter commitment, there’s a £17/month Smartphone Sharer SIM where you’re only on a 30-day contract.

If you’d like to buy a new smartphone on an EE Sharer plan, deals start from £23/month. See the shared plan deals page on EE’s website for more information. There’s a free content add-on included when buying a new smartphone on a Sharer Plan.

Sharer Plan for Smartphones Contract Length Monthly Price
Smartphone SIM Only (For Existing Handset) 12 months £12/month
Smartphone SIM Only (For Existing Handset) 30 days £17/month
With New Handset 24 months From £23/month

It isn’t necessary for all your smartphones to be 4G-enabled: you can still use an EE Sharer plan from a 3G-only smartphone.

Sharing with Tablets & Mobile Broadband

EE Tablet and Mobile BroadbandIf you’d like to add a mobile broadband SIM card, it’s £7/month on a 24-month contract and £8/month on a 30-day contract. The mobile broadband SIM card can either be used in a 3G or 4G tablet, in a USB mobile broadband dongle or in a mobile wi-fi hotspot. The SIM card will only give you access to data connectivity (it’s not possible to use the SIM card for calling and texting).

If you’d like a new mobile wi-fi hotspot, it’ll cost £11/month. For a new tablet, expect to pay £25/month or more.

Sharer Plan for Mobile Broadband Contract Length Monthly Price
Mobile Broadband SIM Card 30 days £8/month
Mobile Broadband SIM Card 24 months £7/month
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot 24 months £11/month
With New Tablet 24 months From £25/month

Please note that instead of using a shared plan, you can often save money by tethering or using a portable wi-fi hotspot. With portable wi-fi hotspot, your smartphone will directly share the 4G internet connection with other devices such as a tablet or laptop. As you only have one SIM card for the smartphone, it won’t be necessary to pay the extra £7 or £8 per month for the mobile broadband SIM card. The disadvantage of doing this is that your connected devices must be together in one place. Additionally, using the portable wi-fi hotspot will also reduce the battery life on your handset.

Getting a Shared Plan

When ordering a Pay Monthly smartphone via EE’s website, you’ll be given the option to take out a shared plan during the checkout process. Under the ‘Shared Plans’ heading, you’ll be able to “add a 4G SIM to your existing device”. Providing your tariff meets the minimum requirements (unlimited minutes and at least 750MB of data per month) you should be given the option to either add a smartphone or a mobile broadband sharer SIM card.

Shared Plans in EE Checkout

There’s an option to add a Shared Plan during the checkout process.

If you’d like to order two new devices, EE has a dedicated page on their website with a list of Sharer Bundles and recommended deals. For instance, you can currently get a 16GB iPhone 5s and a 16GB iPad Air for £75.99/month plus £29.99 upfront.

Finally, if you’d like to add a Sharer plan to an existing contract with EE, you’ll need to either visit an EE store or contact Customer Services. For Customer Services, dial 150 from your EE handset (or 0800 956 6000 from any other handset).

Sharing on Other Networks

Vodafone Red PlusIn order to take advantage of EE’s shared plans, you’ll need to switch all of your devices over to the EE network.

Customers on Vodafone can take advantage of the Vodafone Red+ tariff if they’d like to share data with other Vodafone devices. The Red+ tariff works in a very similar way to EE’s Shared Plans but allows you to have up to 10 devices sharing one plan. On Vodafone, you can share a maximum of 13GB per month (EE allows you to share up to 50GB of data across your five devices).

At present, other networks including O2 and Three aren’t offering the option of shared plans.

Coverage

EE Coverage MapEE has 99% population coverage across the UK. They provide this in the form of 2G, 3G and 4G network coverage. There’s also double-speed 4G coverage in parts of the UK. EE’s 4G coverage currently reaches 75% of the UK population. They’re hoping to increase this to 98% by the end of the year.

Before adding a new device to your EE plan, it’s worth checking the EE online coverage map to make sure service is available where you’ll be using the new device. 3G-only devices will also work on EE but will not have access to the faster 4G network.

Check EE Mobile Coverage »

Switching to EE: Keep Your Current Phone Number

Every member of a Shared Plan on EE will continue to have their own individual phone number. If a member of your plan is moving from another network, they’ll be able to transfer their existing phone number over to EE.

Transfer Phone Number to EEIn order to transfer a phone number to EE, the first step is to contact your old network and to ask them to provide a PAC Code (a Porting Authorisation Code). The PAC Code will authorise the transfer of your phone number to EE.

After receiving the PAC Code from your old mobile network, follow the instructions above to set up a Sharer plan on EE. Once the new phone or SIM card has arrived through the post, you can head over to this online form and submit the PAC Code to have your number moved over. Your number transfer will normally be scheduled for the next working day after completing this form.

For a step-by-step guide on moving your phone number to EE, please use our PAC Code Finder tool:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to EE

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More Information

For more information on shared 4G plans, please see the EE website. When ordering a new phone, you’ll be given the option to “add a 4G SIM to your existing device”. You can also see a list of recommended bundles for sharing on EE.

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 3 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. Ann said:

    Please be very very careful when signing up to a “shared” plan. I signed up to one with EE and expressly told them that I did not want my monthly bills to exceed £30. My last 2 bills have been in excess of £60 and the reason they gave was that they had given me this “free” sim to share my data. This “free” sim was costing me £9.99 a month plus vat and inwasntbeven using it.

    I tried to cancel and was told that since I had signed up for the data sim my 12 month contract had now infact been changed to a 24 month contract but no one has bothered to tell me!

    I am going to report them to the ombudsman for mis-selling!

  2. David said:

    When you say Ipad mini = £26 are you saying that you also get a brand new ipad? If so i think it could be a good idea to maybe take another look. From your information lets just say currently you pay £46 a month for your 24 month contract regardless if you want 10gb or 20gb you would still be charged for a basic 24 month plan which isn’t important, what is would be people like me who do use WiFi hotspot to connect my ipad every time i am away from WiFi sucks the battery out of any device sharing however for an additional £26 (for 12 months) you get to have a brand new ipad to share your data allowance with therefore totalling £312 a year if you subtract the cost of the ipad which is apparently £250 then you re sharing your data for £62 a year then divide that by how many days you would use your ipad without creating a hotspot.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. There’s a 24 month commitment when adding a tablet to share your existing plan (so £26/month is actually £624 over the length of the contract). Assuming the iPad Mini is worth £319 (or £419 if you were planning to buy the 4G version anyway), you’d be paying a premium of £305 (or £205).
      The 12 month contract only applies if you’re adding a SIM card to your existing plan (in this case, you wouldn’t receive a new device).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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