EE offers three types of bundle on Pay As You Go: Everything Packs, Data Packs and Talk Packs. Bundles start from £1 per week and include a quarterly free boost.
Customers on EE Pay As You Go have a choice of three different types of Pay As You Go bundle. Known as ‘pay as you go packs’, the bundles will convert your Pay As You Go credit into either a 7-day or a 30-day allowance.
The most popular type of pack is the Everything Pack. This is an all-round bundle for regular users with a smartphone. For instance, the £10 Everything Pack comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. Other types of pack include the Data Pack for customers who mainly want data, and the Talk Pack for customers who mainly want minutes. Customers continuously buying a pack every month can qualify for a quarterly ‘free boost’.
In this article, we review EE’s Pay As You Go service. We’ll start by looking at the different types of pack and how they compare to the bundles available on other mobile networks. We’ll also look at the coverage on EE and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.
Stop Press: ASDA Mobile offers low cost Pay As You Go bundles with coverage from EE. You can get 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data for £10/month until the 23rd May 2019 (this normally comes with 3GB of data). This is six times as much data as you’d get on EE’s £10 Everything Pack, and three times more data than you’d get on the £10 Data Pack.
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 A Cheaper Alternative
- 3 Buying & Stopping Packs
- 4 Comparison To Alternatives
- 5 Handsets
- 6 Coverage
- 7 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 8 More Information
Bundles & Pricing
EE is one of the UK’s largest Pay As You Go mobile networks. Their Pay As You Go offering is based around the concept of packs: time-limited bundle allowances that you purchase from your Pay As You Go credit.
At present, there are three types of pack currently available from EE:
- Everything Packs (from £5/month): The most popular type of pack for all-round usage. An Everything Pack gives you a set allowance of minutes, texts and mobile data for which you’ll have 30 days to use.
- Data Packs (from £10/month): Data Packs start from £10/month. They give you a larger allowance of mobile data, with a small number of minutes and unlimited texts. Compared to an Everything Pack bundle, this is a better option for heavy data users who rarely make phone calls.
- Talk Packs (from £1/week): The option for lighter users who don’t have a smartphone. You’ll mainly get an allowance of minutes and texts, along with a very small allowance of 4G mobile data.
If you don’t want to top-up every week or every month, EE’s Pay As You Go service isn’t ideal. Whilst in theory, it’s possible to use the service without buying a weekly or monthly pack, you’ll pay fairly high rates of 30p/minute and 12p/text. Furthermore, it isn’t possible to access the internet without buying a pack so it won’t be possible to use many of the features of your smartphone.
If you’d like a more flexible alternative, we’d recommend considering ASDA Mobile instead. ASDA Mobile offers 4G coverage from EE with the ability to use a traditional Pay As You Go service. The rates on ASDA Mobile are 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB: a fraction of what EE charges on their own Pay As You Go service.
For users wanting an all-round bundle with inclusive minutes, texts and data, EE’s Everything Pack bundles normally offer the best value usage. The Everything Pack bundles start from £5/month, increasing up to £30/month depending on how much data you require.
EE’s most popular Everything Pack costs £10/month and comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data.
The following table shows a list of Everything Packs on EE:
Unused allowances will expire after 30 days along with your pack. The exception to this is your unused data allowance which can roll over a maximum of once if you renew your bundle within 7 days of the previous one expiring.
For customers wanting a larger data allowance in place of minutes, EE also offers a choice of two Data Pack bundles.
For £10/month, you can get a Data Pack bundle with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data. This increases to 500 minutes and 5GB of data on the £15 Data Pack.
The following table shows a list of Data Pack bundles available from EE:
As previously, your unused allowances will expire along with the bundle, except from data which can roll over into the following month (to qualify, you’ll need to renew your Data Pack within 7 days of the last one expiring).
For users who don’t have a smartphone, Talk Packs can offer a decent allowance of minutes and texts. For instance, the £10 Talk Pack comes with 5000 minutes and unlimited texts. You’ll also get a token allowance of 50MB of data (0.05GB). This isn’t really suitable for usage on a smartphone, unless you’ll restrict yourself to only using the internet over wi-fi.
For light users, EE also has a £1 per week Talk pack giving you 25 minutes, 50 text messages and 10MB of data (0.01GB).
The following table shows EE’s line-up of Talk packs:
for 7 days
for 30 days
Typically, your bundle allowances will automatically expire if they remain unused at the end of the 7-day or 30-day bundle period. The only exception to this is your mobile data allowance if you qualify for a data rollover.
Data rollover is available to customers who have either an Everything Pack or a Data Pack. You must renew your 30-day pack within seven days of the previous one expiring. You can only roll over your data once and this only includes data from your core allowance (excluding any Free Boost allowances).
Quarterly Free Boost
If you renew your pack every month for 3 months, you’ll get a Free Boost loyalty bonus in the form of extra airtime. This free boost will depend on which pack you’ve bought:
- £5 Everything Pack: An extra 100MB of data, 25 minutes or 50 texts per month.
- Other 30-day packs (£8 or more): An extra 500MB of data, 50 minutes or 250 texts per month.
The Free Boost loyalty bonus will be added to all of your subsequently purchased packs. Furthermore, you’ll get an additional Free Boost for every 3 months you stay on EE. This means your Free Boost airtime can continue building up (e.g. after 6 months, you might have 1GB of additional data per month).
Out Of Bundle Charges
If you don’t have a Pay As You Go pack or if you’ve already used up the allowances included in your pack, you’ll pay EE’s standard Pay As You Go rates. At present, EE charges the following rates on their Pay As You Go tariff:
|Voice Calls||35p/minute (any network, any time)|
|Calls to Voicemail||35p/minute|
|Calls to Special Rate Numbers||44p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
|Text Message (SMS)||15p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||40p|
|Mobile Internet||Not available: a data add-on or pack is required.|
Outgoing phone calls have a minimum charge equivalent to 1 minute, so you’ll pay a minimum of 35p per call. Thereafter, you’ll be charged for calls on a per-minute basis where the length of all phone calls will be rounded up to a full minute. To give an example, an outgoing phone call lasting for 61 seconds will be charged by EE as a 2-minute call (2 x 35p = 70p).
With charges of 35p/minute and 15p/text, EE is one of the UK’s most expensive mobile networks for Pay As You Go usage. Rival networks like ASDA Mobile, which also offers coverage from EE, charge just 8p/minute and 4p/text. This is less than one-third of the rates charged on EE Pay As You Go.
A Cheaper Alternative
For a better value alternative to EE Pay As You Go, we’d recommend ordering a free SIM card from ASDA Mobile. ASDA offers a lower-cost mobile service with the exact same coverage you’d get on EE (including high-speed 4G data).
On ASDA, you’ll typically get much larger allowances for the same monthly price. For example, EE offers 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data on their £10 Everything Pack. Meanwhile, ASDA Mobile currently offers 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data (with a double data offer until the 23rd May 2019).
Alternatively, you could save money by buying a lower cost bundle. Until the 23rd May 2019, ASDA is offering 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data for £7/month. This is £3 cheaper than EE’s £10 Everything Pack, and comes with 50 extra minutes along with twice as much data.
The following table shows 30-day bundles available from ASDA Mobile:
For light users, ASDA Mobile is also a better value option if you want to pay as you go without the commitment of buying a bundle every month. ASDA charges just 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB (whereas EE charges 35p/minute and 15p/text).
Buying & Stopping Packs
If you’re already an EE Pay As You Go customer, you can buy a pack by texting the following shortcode to 150:
|Bundle Name||Bundle Code|
|£5 Everything Pack||Text EP5 to 150|
|£10 Everything Pack||Text EP10 to 150|
|£12.50 Everything Pack||Text EP12 to 150|
|£15 Everything Pack||Text EP15 to 150|
|£20 Everything Pack||Text EP20 to 150|
|£25 Everything Pack||Text EP25 to 150|
|£30 Everything Pack||Text EP30 to 150|
|£1 Talk & Text Pack||Text TTP1 to 150|
|£10 Talk & Text Pack||Text TTP10 to 150|
|£12.50 Talk & Text Pack||Text TTP12 to 150|
|£15 Talk & Text Pack||Text TTP15 to 150|
|£1 Data Pack||Text DP1 to 150|
|£10 Data Pack||Text DP10 to 150|
|£15 Data Pack||Text DP15 to 150|
Alternatively, you can buy a bundle through the My EE app or website. There is also an automated service for buying your bundle available when you call 150 from your EE handset.
You’ll need to make sure you have a sufficient amount of credit before buying a pack. If you aren’t sure how much credit is remaining on your account, you can check by texting BA to 150.
If you currently have an active pack on your account, you can text AL to 150 to check your remaining allowances. Alternatively, you can also check this through the My EE app or website.
Upon the expiry of your pack, EE will try to automatically renew the same type of pack. For instance, if you had previously bought a £10 Everything Pack, EE would try to automatically purchase another £10 Everything Pack for you at the end of the 30 day period. If you don’t want this to happen automatically, you should text STOP PACK to 150.
If you aren’t currently an EE Pay As You Go customer, you can order a SIM card and choose a pack via this link.
Comparison To Alternatives
In the following section, we compare EE’s Pay As You Go bundles to rival offerings from other networks.
£5 per month bundles
EE’s cheapest Pay As You Go bundle is their £5 Everything Pack with 50 minutes, 250 texts and 150MB of data.
For the same monthly price, ASDA Mobile (which also offers 4G coverage from EE) provides 125 minutes, 2000 texts and 500MB of data (250MB outside of the double data offer). For an additional £2/month, this is boosted up to 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data.
£10 per month bundles
At the £10/month price point, EE has a £10 Everything Pack with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. Alternatively, the £10 Data Pack has 100 minutes and 2GB of data.
For the same monthly price, ASDA Mobile will give you much better value. You’ll still be getting 4G coverage from EE but you’ll get a much larger allowance for the same price. For £10/month, you’ll get 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data (3GB outside of the double data offer). Compared to the bundles from EE, this is at least three times as much data and more than twice the number of minutes.
£15 per month bundles
On their £15 Everything Pack, EE currently offers 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data. Alternatively, the £15 Data Pack has 500 minutes and 5GB of data.
For the same monthly price, you’ll get 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 12GB of data on ASDA Mobile’s £15 bundle (6GB outside of the double data offer).
£20 per month bundles
The £20 Everything Pack comes with 1500 minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data.
A better value alternative is giffgaff’s £20 goodybag. This comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB of data (with 4G coverage from O2).
The following table shows comparable Pay As You Go bundles from £20/month:
For more information, please see our full comparison of the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.
There are two ways of joining EE Pay As You Go.
If you’d like a brand new smartphone, you can buy one from the EE website. A Pay As You Go handset is available from as little as 79p, when you top-up your new Pay As You Go account. You can also buy an EE Pay As You Go handset from a third-party retailers like Argos and Amazon.
If you already have an unlocked smartphone that you’re happy to keep, simply order a free Pay As You Go SIM card from EE. If your handset is currently locked to a different network, you may find it helpful to read our guides on unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
2G, 3G and 4G Coverage
At the time of writing, EE offers 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G network. This equates to approximately 90% geographical coverage, with the ambition to increase this to 95% by 2020.
It isn’t actually necessary to have a 4G-ready handset to join EE as the service is also compatible with 2G and 3G handsets. However, we’d strongly recommend using a 4G handset if possible to get the most from the service.
Before joining EE Pay As You Go, we strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the EE website:
Other mobile networks, including ASDA Mobile, may offer the exact same coverage as EE but with lower Pay as You Go prices.
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with other devices (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). On EE Pay As You Go, you can tether without any restrictions to share a mobile broadband internet connection with other devices.
For frequent users of tethering and personal hotspot functionality, both ASDA Mobile and giffgaff are also worth considering. As they both offer larger data allowances than what is available on EE, they’re generally more suitable for use with this feature.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re switching from another mobile network to EE’s Pay As You Go service, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number. By moving your phone number to EE, you can save yourself the hassle of having to telling everyone a brand new phone number.
Start by ordering your free SIM card on the EE website. You’ll need to have an EE SIM card before the transfer can take place. After ordering the SIM card, you should then contact your old network to ask them for a PAC Code. The PAC Code will authorise the transfer of your phone number to EE.
When you receive the new SIM card from EE, you should head over to this online form. In the form, you can submit your PAC Code to EE to have your number switched over. Your phone number transfer will then normally be scheduled for the next working day.
For a step-by-step guide on moving your number to EE, please select your current mobile network from the drop down menu below:
For more information about EE Pay As You Go, please see the official EE website.