EE offers 5G SIM-only deals such as 5GB data for £20. You’ll get 6 months of Apple Music included along with access to EE’s 5G network.
In the UK, EE currently offers 5G SIM-only deals from £15 per month, with more than 50% population coverage on 5G.
At present, the most popular 5G SIM-only plan gives you 5GB data for £20 per month. You’ll also get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 6 months of Apple Music included. If you like, you can upgrade to a 5G Smart plan from £26 per month to get a Smart Benefit included such as Apple Music, Netflix or BT Sport Ultimate.
In this article, we’ll look at EE’s 5G network and the 5G SIM-only deals that are currently available on EE. We’ll also look at the features included on EE’s 5G SIM cards like Apple Music, Smart Benefits, Data Gifting and Stay Connected Data. Finally, we’ll take a look at how you can keep your existing phone number when you switch to EE.
EE’s 5G Network
Back in 2019, EE was the UK’s first mobile network to launch a 5G service. In the three years since, they’ve expanded their 5G network to cover more than 50% of the UK’s population. You can enter your postcode on EE’s website to check the availability of coverage in your area.
At present, EE claims to be the UK’s best 4G & 5G network, with the fastest download speeds on average and the best 5G performance according to an independent RootMetrics analysis. According to RootMetrics, the average download speed on EE’s 5G network was 147Mbps in H2 2021.
Nowadays, you’ll get access to EE’s 5G network on a range of SIM-only deals from £15 per month. To get access, you’ll need to be using a 5G-ready phone like the iPhone 13, the Galaxy S22 or the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
EE 5G SIM Only Deals
If you already have a 5G-ready phone, you can get one of EE’s SIM-only deals for access to their 5G network.
At present, EE offers the following SIM-only deals from £15 per month. You’ll get complete access to their 4G and 5G networks when using any of these SIM cards.
Our recommended deal is the 5GB data plan for £20 per month. This gives you a massive 5GB data per month, along with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and access to 5G.
If you like, you can upgrade this to an EE Smart plan from £26 per month. When you upgrade, you’ll get a Smart Benefit included for the entire length of your contract such as access to Apple Music, Netflix or BT Sport Ultimate.
EE 5G SIM Features
6 Months Apple Music
On all of EE’s 5G SIM-only deals, you’ll get 6 months of Apple Music included. This is worth £9.99 per month and it allows you to stream more than 90 million songs on-demand without any adverts. You’ll also get curated playlists, song lyrics and live radio stations in the Apple Music app.
Your Apple Music subscription will allow you to listen to music on any compatible device including your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You can also stream Apple Music on your PC or on a compatible smart TV. If you’d like to listen to Apple Music in the car, it’s compatible with CarPlay technology.
For the 6 month duration of your free Apple Music membership, EE will cover any data you use through the Apple Music app. This means it won’t count towards your normal monthly download allowance.
If you’re an iPhone user, you can also opt-in to receive 6 months of free Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade on EE.
If you choose an EE Smart SIM-only plan from £26 per month (such as the £26 EE Smart plan with 5GB data), you’ll get a Smart Benefit included for the entire length of your contract. You’ll be able to choose from the following options:
- Apple Music: Get an inclusive subscription to Apple Music for the entire length of your contract (worth £9.99 per month). You’ll get ad-free access to more than 90 million songs on-demand.
- Netflix: Get an inclusive Netflix Basic subscription for the entire length of your plan (worth £6.99 per month). You’ll be able to stream thousands of shows, movies and documentaries on any device that’s compatible with Netflix.
- BT Sport Ultimate: Watch BT Sport on your mobile phone in 4K Ultra HDR quality (worth £10 per month). With this benefit, you’ll be able to watch live sporting action from the Premier League, Champions League, Bundesliga, WWE, UFC, boxing and more.
- Roam Abroad Pass: If you choose EE’s Roam Abroad Pass, you’ll be able to use your mobile phone at no extra cost when you travel to 47 European destinations and 5 other worldwide destinations (the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand). This is subject to a fair use limit of 50GB data per month.
- Video Data Pass: The Video Data Pass allows you to stream online video from 12 selected apps and services without it counting towards the download limit on your plan. This includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and more.
When you account for the Smart Benefit that’s included, the EE Smart SIM-only plans can offer better value than the standard SIM-only plans. For instance, both Apple Music and BT Sport are worth around £10 per month. Alternatively, if you choose a Netflix subscription, this is worth £6.99 per month.
If you add multiple lines to your EE account (e.g. for a family member or for another device), you’ll be able to gift spare data between your devices or SIM cards. For instance, you can gift spare data to your partner or your children. Alternatively, you can move spare data from your smartphone SIM card onto another device like your tablet or dongle.
In addition to data gifting, you’ll get a 10% discount on every line you add to your EE family account. You’ll also get a 1GB data boost for every line you add, along with EE’s standard customer benefits like six months of free Apple Music.
If you have EE’s unlimited data SIM card, you’ll get a 100GB giftable data allowance each month.
Stay Connected Data
If you run out of data on your EE SIM-only plan, you’ll stay connected at speeds of up to 0.5Mbps. This is roughly equivalent to the speed of a basic 3G connection and it should be enough for doing things like browsing the web and using instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp. You’ll also be able to use applications like Spotify and Google Maps. However, things like large downloads can take a long time. You may also not be able to stream HD-quality video online.
In our opinion, EE’s Stay Connected Data is a really neat feature as it gives you the reassurance that you’ll never be disconnected in the middle of the month. If you’d like to restore full-speed data, you have the option of buying a data add-on. Alternatively, you can receive a data gift from someone else on your EE family account.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re switching to EE from another UK mobile network, it’s a straightforward process keeping your current phone number.
Once you’ve activated your new EE SIM card, you’ll be able to head over to this online form. Here, you’ll be able to submit the PAC Code that has been issued by your old network. Your phone number transfer will then be scheduled by EE, normally for the next working day.
For a step-by-step guide on how to move your phone number to EE, please select your current mobile network from the drop down menu below: