EE offers 4G home broadband from £35 per month, with average download speeds of 31Mbps and no need for a phone line.

If you’re looking for an alternative to broadband through your phone line, EE now offers a 4G-powered home broadband service.

EE’s 4G home broadband is available from £35 per month, with an average download speed of 31Mbps (depending on location). You’ll get a 4GEE Home Router 2 device that allows you to connect up to 64 devices to your home wi-fi network.

In this article, we’ll review EE’s 4G home broadband service. We’ll start by looking at how it works, the plans available from EE and how they compare to EE’s regular home broadband. We’ll then look at the 4GEE Home Router 2 in more detail and the optional 4GEE Antenna installation service. Finally, we’ll compare EE’s 4G home broadband to rival plans available from other networks.

Prices From: £35 per month
Contract Length: 18 months or 1-month rolling
Average Speed: 31Mbps average download speed
Will vary based on the signal strength & coverage in your area
Router: 4GEE Home Router 2
Coverage: 99% of UK households (check your postcode)

EE 4G Home Broadband Plans

If you’re living in an area where you’re not able to get decent broadband through your phone line, 4G home broadband services can be a good alternative to traditional broadband.

In the UK, EE now offers 4G-powered home broadband plans from £35 per month, with a range of download limits available between 100GB per month and fully unlimited data. You’ll get a 4GEE Home Router 2 included in the price and an average download speed of 31Mbps (dependent on location).

The following table shows EE’s 4G home broadband plans:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
18 month contracts

4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£50£35/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£50£45/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£50£50/month

4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£55/month
1 month contracts

4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£150£55/month

For access to the best value plans, you’ll need to sign up on an 18-month contract. However, a shorter 1-month plan is also available if you want the added flexibility or if your broadband service is only for short-term usage.

In 2019, the average UK household consumed 315GB of data per month on their home broadband connection (up from 240GB per month in 2018). Continuing the same rate of growth, the average data consumption is now likely to be in the region of 450-500GB per month. For this reason, we’d strongly recommend choosing an unlimited data plan if you’d like to use 4G broadband as a replacement for your current home broadband service.

EE’s 4G home broadband plans also include a mobile data boost if you have an EE Pay Monthly plan. Customers with a 5G phone plan will get a 20GB data boost. Meanwhile, customers with a 4G phone plan or a 12-month EE SIM-only deal will get a 5GB data boost on their plan.

4GEE Home vs EE Fibre Broadband

If you’re able to get EE’s fibre broadband service where you live, it will normally give you better performance at a lower price than on 4GEE Home.

At present, you can get EE’s fibre broadband service from just £27.50 per month (£25 per month if you’re an EE Pay Monthly mobile customer). This includes an unlimited data allowance which will otherwise cost you £55 per month on 4GEE Home.

If you choose EE’s standard home broadband (which uses copper technology), this is available at an even lower price.

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
EE Standard
10Mbps download18 month contract£10£23.50/month
£21 for EE pay monthly
mobile customers
EE
EE Fibre
36Mbps download18 month contract£0£27.50/month
£25 for EE pay monthly
mobile customers
EE
EE Fibre Plus
67Mbps download18 month contract£0£31/month
£28 for EE pay monthly
mobile customers
EE
EE Fibre Max 100
145Mbps download18 month contract£25£39/month
£35 for EE pay monthly
mobile customers
EE
EE Fibre Max 300
300Mbps download18 month contract£25£47/month
£42 for EE pay monthly
mobile customers
EE
EE Full Fibre Max 900
900Mbps download18 month contract£25£60/month
£54 for EE pay monthly
mobile customers

See all EE fibre broadband deals →

If you choose EE’s fibre broadband service, you can add Smart WiFi for an extra £10/month. This gives you an EE Smart Wi-Fi Booster Disc along with an upgraded Smart Wi-Fi Router and a portable 4GEE WiFi Mini hotspot. Unfortunately, the Smart WiFi service is not currently available to customers with 4GEE Home. For more information, see our EE Smart WiFi review.

In our opinion, where the 4GEE Home service really comes into its own is in the following situations:

  • If you’re unable to get decent speeds on fibre broadband from EE. If you aren’t able to get EE’s fibre broadband service, or if the speeds available are very slow where you live, you might be able to get better speeds and performance when using 4G broadband instead.
  • If you want greater flexibility (e.g. on contract length or location). If you sign up for EE’s fibre broadband service, it’ll be fixed to your home location for another 18 months. On the contrary, EE’s 4G home broadband is much more flexible. You can get it on a one-month rolling contract, or you can simply pick up the router and bring it to another location.
  • If you want to get online more quickly. With fibre broadband, it normally takes around two weeks to get your service set up. With 4GEE Home, your router is dispatched more quickly and you simply need to plug it in at the wall to get online.

For more information, see our in-depth EE broadband review.

EE 4G Broadband Speeds

According to EE, an average download speed of 31Mbps is available on their 4G home broadband service. However, it’s important to remember that this can vary substantially depending on the 4G signal and 4G coverage available where you live. In theory, it’s possible to get speeds of up to 300Mbps on the service.

To get an idea of the speeds that might be available, you can use EE’s online broadband availability checker. This will show you all of the broadband plans available where you live and the speed expected on each plan.

An external 4G antenna can often improve the speeds and reliability of your 4G home broadband service.

4GEE Home Router 2

Customers signing up for EE’s 4G home broadband service will now receive the 4GEE Home Router 2. This replaces the original 4GEE Home Router which was offered to 4G broadband customers until early 2021.

The 4GEE Home Router 2 connects to EE’s 4G mobile network in the background. Using the 4G signal, it will then produce a wi-fi network for your other devices to connect to.

According to EE, the 4GEE Home Router 2 will allow you to connect up to 64 devices to your network at the same time. It also offers up to “30 metres of wi-fi range”. There’s support for dual-band Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11b/g/n/ac). You’ll also get four Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices to your home network.

In terms of mobile connectivity, the 4GEE Home Router 2 has support for up to Category 7 LTE speeds (300Mbps download and 100Mbps upload). It also has a built-in antenna you can use, or there’s a pair of SMA connectors for attaching an external antenna if required.

The following table shows the technical specifications of EE’s latest 4GEE Home Router 2:

4GEE Home
(EE 4GEE Home Router 2)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £35/month
Data:100GB - Unlimited
Unlimited Data:£55/month
Contract Length:1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 7 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbps download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 100 Mbps upload
4G Bands:LTE bands TBC
External Antenna:Yes, 2x SMA connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devices
Ethernet:4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other
Dimensions:24.0 x 15.5 x 2.95 cm
Weight:440g
Model:EE 4GEE Home Router 2
Colour:White
More Information:See shop.ee.co.uk

Compared with the original 4GEE Home Router, the new 4GEE Home Router 2 supports twice as many devices at the same time. It allows you to access wi-fi connectivity on up to 64 devices whereas the original router only supported up to 32 devices. In addition, the 4GEE Home Router 2 has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, compared to the 2 ports available on the original 4GEE Home Router.

External Antenna

EE’s 4G home broadband has two SMA sockets allowing you to connect an external antenna. This can help you to get a more reliable connection and faster download speeds, compared to using the antenna that’s inside the router.

If you like, you can buy an external SMA antenna from websites like Amazon. Our guide on external 4G antennas will tell you what to look for when buying your own antenna.

Alternatively, EE also offers a professional installation service of their 4GEE Antenna for £100. According to EE, the 4GEE Antenna will be “positioned on an exterior wall of your property”. A 5m cable will then run from the aerial to your router.

You’ll need to be the owner of your property (or you’ll need permission from the owner) to use the 4GEE External Antenna.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for an alternative 4G home broadband or 5G home broadband service, the best value plans are currently available from Three Broadband.

On Three, you’ll pay £17/month for unlimited 4G home broadband or £24/month for unlimited 5G home broadband. Their 4G service is available in around 25% of UK homes and their 5G service is available in parts of 194 UK towns and cities.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£17/month

Three 5G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£24/month

See all Three Broadband deals →

Three also offers a range of a shorter 12-month and 1-month rolling plans.

It’s also possible to get a 4G home broadband service from the following providers:

  • 4G Internet is a specialist provider of 4G home broadband, making use of 4G coverage from Vodafone and O2. You can get unlimited 4G home broadband from £39.99/month. They also offer a professional 4G antenna installation service for £399.
  • BT offers 4G home broadband with unlimited data from £45 per month. They make use of EE’s 4G network for this. On BT, you can choose from two different plans with a maximum download speed of either 15Mbps or 30Mbps.
  • Vodafone offers 4G and 5G home broadband on their GigaCube service. Plans start from £30 per month for 100GB of data. If you choose the GigaCube 5G service, you can get unlimited 5G data for £60 per month.

For more information, see our in-depth guides to 4G home broadband and 5G home broadband in the UK.

Alternatively, if you’re simply looking for a 4G-based backup for your fibre broadband connection, you can get this through BT’s Hybrid Connect or Vodafone’s 4G Broadband Backup.

Coverage & Availability

EE’s 4G home broadband service makes use of a wireless 4G connection instead of a phone line or cable connection to your home. For this reason, you might still be able to get high-speed 4G broadband even in places where you aren’t able to get a fibre broadband connection.

At present, EE’s 4G network covers 99% of the UK’s population and around 85% of the UK’s landmass. Before you sign up for the service, it’s important to double-check the availability of coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on EE’s online coverage map:

Check EE Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

If you prefer, you can also use EE’s combined coverage checker for both 4G broadband and fibre broadband. This can check the availability of both types of broadband, showing you the speeds and data plans available on each one.

For more information, see our guide to EE broadband and our guide to EE’s mobile coverage in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does 4G home broadband cost on EE?
It’s currently possible to get EE’s 4G home broadband service from £35 per month (for 100GB of data). If you want unlimited data, you’ll need to pay £55 per month.

It’s worth comparing this against other 4G home broadband deals and other 5G home broadband deals also available in the UK. For instance, Three Broadband charges only £17/month for unlimited 4G home broadband.

How much will I pay for the 4GEE Home Router 2?
You’ll need to pay an upfront fee to get your 4GEE Home Router 2. There’s a £50 upfront fee on a 18-month contract and a £150 upfront fee on a 1-month rolling plan.
What speeds will I get on EE’s 4G home broadband?
According to EE, there’s an average download speed of 31Mbps on their 4G home broadband service. In practice, the speeds you get will depend on your location and the quality of 4G coverage you’re able to get.

The 4GEE Home Router 2 can support up to Category 7 LTE speeds (up to 300Mbps download and up to 100Mbps upload).

How many devices can I use with EE’s 4G home broadband?
You can connect up to 64 devices to your 4GEE Home Router 2 using wi-fi (this includes your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV or other smart home devices). Additionally, you can connect 4 devices to the router using a Gigabit Ethernet connection.
Does the 4GEE Home Router support 5G?
No. The 4GEE Home Router 2 only supports 4G technology. If you want access to 5G, you’ll need to get 5G home broadband instead. Three’s 5G home broadband is the most popular service, currently costing £24/month for unlimited 5G data.
What coverage will I get on 4GEE Home?
EE offers 99% population coverage and 85% geographical coverage across the UK. You should use their online coverage map to see whether 4G is available in your area. You can also use EE’s combined line checker to see the fibre broadband and 4G broadband plans in your area.

More Information

For more information about EE’s 4G home broadband, please see the official EE website.

You may also find it useful to read our EE broadband review and our overview of 4G home broadband services in the UK.

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  • Ken,
    Very interesting thread. We have EE 4G and the Home Router, and we had EE come and install their 4G antenna as well. We then use the Devolo Magic 1 mesh network to have a network all round the house. Through the mesh the wifi is all on the 2.4Ghz frequency from the router, and the download varies massively, sometimes it averages 16Mbps, other times it can be less than 3Mbps or even 0Mbps for Upload. I am guessing this is why the internet still drops a lot. EE suggested I download and app called Coverage Map, when I run tests on that it shows that even when the signal strength averages 16, it literally goes from 0 to 31 which might explain why the internet keeps dropping. If i run the same App through my iphone EE 4g I am getting 71Mbps as an average.
    If I change to a better Router, like the huawei b618 do you think that might help? Also, will i be able to plug the b618 into the Devolo mesh?
    Nick

    • Hi Nick,
      Thanks for your comment. To be honest, it sounds like you might have an unstable 4G connection, so I’m not sure changing the router is going to make very much of a difference here. You’d normally be better off trying out a different antenna, or setting it up to point in a different direction or at another mast. However, it sounds like you’ve already had a professional installation from EE, so I’m unsure whether this is still worthwhile. My recommendation would be to feedback to EE on the poor/unstable connection you’re having and to see whether they’re able to do anything else with the antenna that might improve your reception.
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!
      Ken

  • I am currently using Huawei B 315 Router and BT 60GB data sim for home broadband – nearest mast within 1 mile – 25 – 100Gb d/l
    Can I use a VPN ( ExpressVPN) will there be problems or increased data usage?

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, it should be possible to use a VPN. With regards to data usage, I don’t think there’s appreciable difference with VPN switched on (it might be a little bit more, but the overhead shouldn’t really be anything more than around 10% more data).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi Ken

    Told I can get up to 31mbs download speed with 4G EE router and external antenna in Northleigh Devon. Looking to buy a house there but slow broadband is a big issue with BT guaranteeing only up to 1mbs and no plans to upgrade in the foreseeable future. Mobile coverage also rubbish as EE only provider in the area with good 4G outdoors and patchy indoors. I know it’s probably a difficult question to answer but should I take a leap of faith and give it a try? House is very expensive and in the middle of nowhere so I don’t want to be left out in the wilderness (so to speak) without decent connection! Any advice would be very much more appreciated.

    • Hi Maria,
      That’s a very good question! Given the amount of money you’ll be spending on the home, I’d definitely recommend you try it out in person (e.g. perhaps using an EE SIM card in your 4G mobile phone when you next go to view the property). I certainly wouldn’t rely on EE’s coverage checker here, especially as the 31Mbit/s figure is an average for the whole of the country.
      Ken

  • Hi Ken, recently got the EE 4g router and have an unlimited data sim in it. I have noticed that the download speed via the 4g router v my iPhone (both on EE) differs greatly. The iPhone, using the same server on speed test gets over 150 mbps and the router gets only 35-40 mbps using the same test server. I even have the external poynting antenna attached which doesn’t improve things. Do you have any idea why this big speed difference exists? Something to do with the modem CAT of the router v iPhone ? Is there any way I can improve this say buy a different higher performance unlocked router?

    Thanks in advance
    Paul.

    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s unfortunate that you’re getting much better speeds on an iPhone than through your 4GEE Home Router. The LTE Category is certainly one possible explanation – e.g. I believe the iPhone 11 supports up to Category 16 LTE (up to 1Gbit/s), whereas the 4GEE Home Router only supports Category 7 LTE (up to 300Mbit/s). It may not be the only explanation, however, e.g. it might be worth testing out different positions for your antenna to see if this helps you to get a better download speed. Alternatively, I know a couple of people have had good success with the Huawei B618 (a Category 11 router) but it’s a fairly expensive buy at £240 and there’s no guarantee it will necessarily improve the download speeds for you.
      Ken

      • Paul Lambi replied:

        Hi Ken, thanks for the information. I have done some more research and also now purchased the B618 router after your recommendation and having seeing others also taking about it in forums. Very happy to report that thanks to the CAT 11 modem and the 4 x MIMO in the 618, our stats have now jumped to:

        110 download and 37 upload
        The fastest I’ve seen is 164 down and 40 up, but that was at 6am this morning.

        The router also reports using a 4G+ connection and has good noise levels in the stats. Strangely the connection was worse when I used the external antenna, but that’s down to losing 2 of the antenna when using an external .

        Overall very very happy with the night and day difference this has made, thanks to better hardware in the 618 vs the EE Alcatel.

        Thanks again for your help!

        Paul

        • Peter Cumming replied:

          Hi Paul,

          I’ve found this thread incredibly helpful but I don’t quite understand what you mean by…

          “Strangely the connection was worse when I used the external antenna, but that’s down to losing 2 of the antenna when using an external.”

          Is the network signal more powerful (ie. better download/ upload speeds) when you’re not using the external antenna?

          • Hi Peter,
            Thanks for your comment. I’ll just jump in and add my response here, but feel free to add further to this @Paul!
            The Huawei B618 uses 4×4 MIMO. This means it uses 4 internal antenna to improve the maximum possible speeds available on the router (more info here, albeit a fairly technical document). However, when you use an external antenna on the Huawei B618, it only supports 2×2 MIMO (as there are only 2 TS9 connectors on the device). Therefore, the maximum possible speed is slower when you use an external antenna, though you can sometimes still be better off overall due to having a stronger & more stable signal.
            Ken

  • Allan Simcock said:

    Do the internal aerials improve performance I am getting conflicting reports from my suppliers i can buy these from amazon.your advise will be appreciated.

    • Hi Allan,
      Thanks for your comment. There’s more information here in my guide to 4G home broadband antennas but unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to your question. Having an antenna can often help to improve the coverage & speeds on your home broadband service, but so much of it depends on your home & nearby networks, as well as where you decide to place the router. As a rule of thumb, an external antenna should give you the best results, with an internal antenna sometimes also helping as well.
      Ken

  • So I’ve just been through the cancellation with EE and obviously they tried to keep me as a customer. The best deal they could offer me involved a new 18 month contract and a new router had to be delivered. This sounds like madness to win considering I already have a router. They have no option currently to keep your own router and just start a new deal. Clearly they have not thought this through. I was an early customer and probably they dont have many other customers like me coming to the end of their deals. The new deal was only for 200g too which I regularly use up now. If they had offered me something with unlimited data, without a new router and with less commitment that 18 months I would have taken it.

    • Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for your feedback. Have you considered using one of EE’s unlimited data SIM cards with your existing 4GEE Home Router? You can get unlimited data from £34/month, though it does have a fair usage limit preventing you from regularly using it on more than 12 devices at the same time.
      Ken

      • Hi Ken, with this method. If using own unlocked 4g modem and connecting to my local network (google wifi). Could EE see all of the devices connected through the routers or would they just see the two routers connected?

        • Hi there,
          Great question! I don’t believe EE can see all of the individual devices that are connected to your network. On some of their unlimited data SIM cards, they do say you can only have up to 12 devices tethered at the same time. However, I’m not very clear how they actually determine this and whether they actually enforce it (or whether it’s simply a T&C they have).
          Ken

  • I’ve had my 4GEE home broadband bow for nearly 18 months and its been great. Can I use a different SIM in this Alcatel Router once my contract has finished or do you lock these to EE? If it is locked how can I unlock it?
    Thanks

  • My new 4GEE router will only receive Mail (in Apple Mail) and the technical advisor told me yesterday (after much consultation with colleagues) that this router cannot send mail. It is only possible with “home broadband” rather than the mobile router you show on this page. Is this right? I have to go into my website on the internet to send mail now. I was with Plusnet, with a tiny router and the SMTP name “relay.plus.net”.

    • Hi Pat,
      Thanks for your comment. EE doesn’t provide their own POP/IMAP/SMTP email server for use with 4GEE Home. However, this doesn’t stop you from using another email provider like Gmail or Outlook.com. For instance, if you sign up for Gmail, they’ll give you IMAP and SMTP access. This will allow you to send emails using your favourite email client when using 4GEE Home.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      • Thank you for the explanation that there is no EE SMTP server provided. However, if I use my gmail account, will I still have to log in to Gmail on the internet as I do with my website? Or can I use it with Apple Mail on my iMac? Could 123Reg provide me with an SMTP address? I need to keep my email address as it is linked to my website and part of my business. Sorry for all the questions but it is wonderful to hear from someone who knows what they are talking about instead of helpless helplines.

        • Hi Pat,
          Thanks for your comment. You can set up Gmail to work with the Apple Mail client on your Mac (use the IMAP/SMTP settings in order to do this). Alternatively, like you said, it’s possible that 123Reg will also provide you with a SMTP server that you can use. If they’re hosting your domain & website, I imagine this is a service should they offer.
          Ken

  • Please also bear in mind the built-in failure after a minimum period of time on the Alcatel EE 4gee router. It could easily fail just after your contract expires meanng you haveto buy a new contract rather than rool over on a 30 day. My second EE Alcatel has just failed and I’m out of contract. EE dont want to know unless I sign up again. They cant even tell me if it is the sim or router that has packed up…….. They have tried insisting I take the router to my nearest ee shop 25 miles there for it to be sent away to be tested…………………….meanwhile no connectivity

  • Would there be an issue in putting one of the new EE unlimited sims on a sim only contact into the 4g router. Is it still compatible?

    • Hi James,
      Thanks for your comment. I haven’t tried this myself, but I don’t see why there would be any problem with doing this. The only thing to be aware of is EE’s fair usage policy which only allows you to tether 12 devices. This might make it slightly less suitable for use as in your home broadband router.
      Ken

    • Ian Pawson replied:

      I have done this with a TP-Link router and it works ok. You can even send and receive sms messages via the web interface.

      The main problem I have is that EE use carrier-gradate NAT so the ip address you are given is NOT visible to the internet. Thus incoming data connections are not possible! For example this stops me from remotely viewing my security cameras.

    • Hi B,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can optionally use an external antenna to boost the strength of your 4G signal. This will help to improve the speed and reliability of your 4G home broadband connection (though it won’t do anything for your 4G mobile phone).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Information is moot now.
    EE are now offering unlimited for both 4g and 5g at costs lower than the ones stated.
    £30 I believe.
    Unfortunately for me I’m stuck with three. Would pick up an ee unlimited over three any day.
    It’s all changing fast in the mobile wifi world.
    Only o2 is the odd one out.

    • Hi Mike,
      Thank you for the heads up about this! I don’t believe that EE is offering this on home broadband just yet (it’s only on their smartphone SIM cards). Should they release an unlimited data plan for home broadband, however, we’ll update this page to reflect the latest available deals!
      Ken

  • I note the EE router has only two ethernet sockets. Am I right in thinking this can be overcome just by using a 5- or 8-port unmanaged switch (such as Netgear GS108) and connecting the router and other devices to the switch?

      • Tim Dawson replied:

        Thanks, Ken.
        Although the issued router is fairly basic, it would seem a good way to start with 4GEE, and then move on to a more capable router once the service has been proved. I’m thinking particularly of needing a guest network.
        It’s good that the EE router can take an external antenna.
        Tim

  • Edward McKenzie said:

    Avoid EE fixed wireless broadband.
    It is more often down than up. EE have no interest in resolving the issue. They quite simply don’t care as long as you are paying. After 8 months of appalling service and non existent customer service, I have finally cancelled.
    No questions asked, no attempt to communicate and resolve. They just accept the cancellation!

    Do not be tempted with a service they cannot provide. Look elsewhere.

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