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:
|Service||Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|18 month contracts|
|100GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£35/month|
|200GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£40/month|
|300GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£45/month|
|500GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£50/month|
|Unlimited Data||18 month contract||£50||£55/month|
|1 month contracts|
|500GB Data||1 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 £24 per month (£24 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.
|Service||Average Speed||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|10Mbps download||24 month contract||£10||£23.50/month|
£21 for EE pay monthly
|36Mbps download||24 month contract||£0||£24/month|
£24 for EE pay monthly
EE Fibre Plus
|67Mbps download||24 month contract||£0||£31/month|
£27 for EE pay monthly
EE Fibre Max 100
|145Mbps download||24 month contract||£25||£35/month|
£35 for EE pay monthly
EE Fibre Max 300
|300Mbps download||24 month contract||£25||£42/month|
£42 for EE pay monthly
EE Full Fibre Max 900
|900Mbps download||24 month contract||£25||£54/month|
£54 for EE pay monthly
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.
- 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:
(EE 4GEE Home Router 2)
|Home Broadband Plans|
|Data:||100GB - Unlimited|
|Contract Length:||1-18 months|
|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|
|Wi-Fi Devices:||Up to 64 devices|
|Ethernet:||4 Gigabit Ethernet ports|
|Dimensions:||24.0 x 15.5 x 2.95 cm|
|Model:||EE 4GEE Home Router 2|
|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.
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.
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.
On Three, you’ll pay £14/month for unlimited 4G home broadband or £22/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.
|Service||Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
Three 4G Hub
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£0||£14/month|
Three 5G Hub
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£0||£22/month|
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.
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:
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.
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 £14/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?|
|What coverage will I get on 4GEE Home?|
For more information about EE’s 4G home broadband, please see the official EE website.