EE offers 4G home broadband from £25 per month, with average speeds of 31Mbit/s and no need for a phone line.

In the UK, broadband that’s delivered through a 4G or 5G connection is rapidly becoming a feasible alternative to fixed broadband delivered through a phone line or cable.

EE’s 4G broadband service is known as 4GEE Home and gives you access to 4G home broadband from £25 per month. According to EE, average download speeds of 31Mbit/s are available on the service: something that’s comparable to a standard fibre broadband connection.

In this article, we’ll review EE’s 4G home broadband service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans and data allowances available, before looking at the included 4GEE Home Router in more detail. We’ll then look at the level of coverage you can expect in your area, before comparing EE’s 4G broadband service to alternative plans from Three and Vodafone.

EE 4G Home Broadband Plans

For many people, 4G technology can now deliver similar or even faster download speeds than traditional fixed home broadband.

In the UK, EE is now offering a 4G home broadband service with download speeds of up to 300Mbit/s. In practice, EE says you’ll get “average speeds of 31Mbit/s in some places”, claiming “that’s faster than standard fibre broadband”.

Customers wanting to sign up for EE’s 4G broadband service will need to choose a monthly data allowance for their service. At the low-end, it’s possible to get a £25/month plan with a measly 10GB of data (suitable only for very occasional usage or for use as a backup connection). Most users will want to choose a larger data plan with at least 100GB or 200GB per month.

There’s no upfront cost when taking 4GEE Home on an 18-month contract, as long as you choose a plan with at least 50GB of data per month. An upfront fee of £129.99 applies for the router when you choose the 10GB plan. Alternatively, one-month rolling contracts are also available with a £100 upfront cost for the router.

The following table shows a list of currently available price plans for 4GEE Home:

Data AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
10GB Data18 month contract£129.99£25/month
50GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month
50GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
You can get an extra 5GB of data added to your EE mobile phone or SIM card plan.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to get an unlimited data allowance on 4GEE Home. This is only possible on rival 4G & 5G home broadband services from Three (from £21/month) and Vodafone (£50/month).

Customers taking 4GEE Home on an 18-month plan can get an extra 5GB of data added to their EE mobile phone plan. The 5GB mobile data boost is only available if you have an EE Pay Monthly handset or 12-month SIM-only plan.

Your 4G broadband service will only work inside the UK as international roaming is disabled on 4GEE Home plans.

The monthly price of your 4GEE Home plan will increase every March in line with RPI inflation.

Wireless Router

Customers signing up for 4GEE Home will be offered an Alcatel router that’s custom made for EE. This is a 4G LTE router, allowing you to share an internet connection with up to 32 devices at one time. The router supports 802.11b/g/n/ac wi-fi technology (including dual-band wi-fi on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies). According to EE, this should give you up to “30 meters of wi-fi range”. You’ll also get two Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices to your network.

In terms of mobile connectivity, EE’s router supports up to Category 7 LTE speeds (up to 300Mbit/s download and 100Mbit/s upload). It has a built-in antenna that you can use, with a pair of SMA connectors for connecting an external antenna.

For most people, the included Alcatel router should probably suffice. However, it might be worth considering some alternative routers if you need more connectivity options. For instance, the Huawei B525 router is available for about £120 unlocked. It has 4 Ethernet sockets (versus 2 on EE’s router) and allows you to connect up to 64 devices over wi-fi (versus 32 on the EE router). For a more high-end router, the Huawei B618 (approx £250 unlocked) supports up to Category 11 LTE speeds (up to 600Mbit/s). While you’re currently unable to benefit from the extra speeds on EE’s network, it can help to future-proof your router somewhat. These routers can be combined with an EE SIM-only plan.

Show full specifications for 4GEE Home Router ↓

4GEE Home
(EE 4GEE Home Router)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £25/month
Data:10GB - 500GB
Contract Length:1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 7 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 50 Mbit/s 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 32 devices
Ethernet:2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other
Model:EE 4GEE Home Router
Colour:White
More Information:See shop.ee.co.uk

External Antenna

EE offers a professional installation service of their 4GEE Antenna for £100.

The 4GEE Home router has two SMA sockets for you to connect an external antenna. This can help you to get a more reliable connection and faster download speeds, compared to using the built-in antenna that’s inside the router.

If you like, you can buy an external SMA antenna from websites like Amazon. This can be set up manually to improve your coverage on the service. Our full guide on 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 run from the aerial to your router. You’ll need to be either the owner of your property or will require permission from the owner to use the 4GEE External Antenna.

Alternatives

4G Home Broadband

If you’re looking for an alternative 4G home broadband service, it’s also possible to consider the offerings from Three and Vodafone.

Three currently offers the UK’s best value 4G home broadband service. You can get unlimited data for £21/month on the HomeFi service (less than what you’d pay for just 10GB of data on 4GEE Home).

The following table shows a list of HomeFi price plans, available at the time of writing:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£21/month

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£26/month

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data1 month contract£59£31/month

As an alternative to the HomeFi, you can pay an extra £2/month to upgrade to the Huawei B535 router. This offers faster Category 7 LTE download speeds (up to 300Mbit/s), along with dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three WebBox
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£20/month
with special offer

Three WebBox
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£28/month

Three WebBox
Unlimited Data1 month contract£79£32/month

Alternatively, for an extra £4/month, the Huawei AI B900 router gives you a built in Amazon Alexa smart speaker. This allows you to use your router to listen to music and to control your other smart home devices.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£25/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data12 month contract£49£32/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data1 month contract£149£32/month

For more information, see our in-depth reviews of the HomeFi, the Huawei B535 and the Huawei AI Cube B900. You can use Three’s online coverage checker to see whether a 4G signal is available where you live.

Vodafone’s rival 4G home broadband service is known as Vodafone GigaCube. Prices start from £30/month for 100GB of data, increasing to £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for unlimited data. This is available on a choice of 18-month and 1-month plans:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data1 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£100£50/month
To show you the most relevant price plans, 3 similar plans have been hidden. .

See our full review of the Vodafone GigaCube for more information, or check the Vodafone coverage in your area.

5G Home Broadband

If you’re living in a 5G coverage area, you can also consider faster 5G-powered home broadband services. These are currently available in the form of EE’s 5GEE WiFi, Three’s 5G Home and Vodafone’s GigaCube 5G.

On EE’s faster 5GEE WiFi service, you’ll get a HTC 5G Hub router. Data plans are available from £50/month, but with just 50GB of data included each month:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

5GEE WiFi
50GB Data24 month contract£100£50/month

5GEE WiFi
100GB Data24 month contract£100£75/month

Three’s 5G-powered home broadband service offers unlimited data for £35/month. The service, which is currently available only to customers in London, offers super-fast 5G download speeds on the Huawei 5G CPE router. According to Three, average download speeds on the service should be around 100Mbit/s.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£35/month

Finally, Vodafone also offers 5G home broadband from £30/month to customers who have a Vodafone GigaCube 5G router. You’ll pay £30 for a 100GB allowance, £40 for a 200GB allowance or £50 for unlimited data. There’s also an upfront cost for your router, which depends on the data plan you choose and how long you commit to on the service:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data18 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data1 month contract£325£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data18 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data1 month contract£325£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£325£50/month

You’ll also get a Huawei 5G CPE Pro router (the same router that’s offered on Three’s 5G home broadband service).

For more information, see our full overview of 4G & 5G home broadband services in the UK.

Coverage

EE offers 99% population coverage (90% geographical coverage) in the UK.

At the time of writing, EE offers 99% population coverage and 90% geographical coverage on its 4G network. According to their website, they’re aiming to increase this to 95% geographical coverage by 2020.

Before signing up for EE’s 4G home broadband service, it’s strongly recommended you check the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on EE’s online coverage map:

Check EE Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

You can also use EE’s combined line checker for both 4G home broadband and broadband through a phone line. This will give you an estimated download speed for both types of broadband and will show you the price plans that are available in your area.

For more information, read our in-depth guide to the coverage on EE. You can also read about UK mobile network coverage more generally in the UK.

More Information

For more information on 4GEE Home, please see the official EE website. Alternatively, see our full guide to 4G home broadband in the UK.

Your Comments 16 so far

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  • 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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