EE Flex Plans allow you to use your phone with no contract, from £10/month with Data Rollover and Free Data Boosts.
EE is now offering Flex Plans from £10/month, which promise to combine the “flexibility of Pay As You Go with the ease of Pay Monthly”. The Flex Plans allow you to use your phone on a contract-free basis, with the ability to change your plan at the end of each month.
Behind the scenes, Flex Plans work on a pre-paid basis, just like other Pay As You Go bundles. However, a condition of the tariff is you’ll need to set-up a recurring monthly top-up, with money taken automatically from your credit card or debit card. The plans start from £10/month for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of 4G internet.
In this article, we’ll review the EE Flex Plans, including features of the tariff like Data Rollover and Free Data Boosts. We’ll then compare the EE Flex Plans to tariffs from other mobile networks, before looking at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.
- 1 Pricing & Bundles
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Network & Coverage
- 4 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 5 More Information
Pricing & Bundles
EE Flex Plans
EE is now offering a range of Flex Plans, from £10/month on a pre-paid basis:
In order to take advantage of a Flex Plan, you can order a Flex SIM card from the EE website. You’ll then need to set up a recurring monthly payment from either your credit card or debit card to get started on the plan.
Flex Plans last for a period of 30 days, after which any unused allowances will automatically expire (aside from any data that’s automatically rolled over). You can change your Flex Plan at the end of each month if you’d like to increase or decrease your allowances.
At the end of each 30 day period, you’ll be given the opportunity to roll over unused data into the following month. For instance, if you have 0.5GB (500MB) of unused data remaining on the £10 Flex Plan, your allowance the following month will be increased from 2GB up to 2.5GB.
Unused data can only be rolled over into the following month, and cannot be rolled over multiple times. It also isn’t possible to roll over data from your Free Data Boosts, as this is excluded from the offer.
According to EE, your data allowance each month will be used in the following order:
- Rollover data from the previous month
- Core pack allowance
- Free Data Boosts
If you leave a gap of more than 7 days before renewing your Flex Plan, your data rollover from the previous month will be lost.
Free Data Boosts
Another benefit of EE’s Flex Plans is you’ll receive a free data boost for every 3 months you remain on the plan. The free data boost gives you 500MB (0.5GB) of extra data per month, with it being possible to accumulate more data boosts over time.
To give an example, customers on the £10 Flex Plan start from 2GB of data per month. After 3 months, this is boosted up to 2.5GB per month. After another 3 months (so after 6 months in total), this is further boosted up to 3GB per month. After 1 year on the £10 Flex Plan, you can expect to receive 4GB of data per month.
As a condition of using EE’s Flex plans, you’ll need to set up a recurring payment from your credit card or debit card.
If you prefer topping up manually, or topping up using another method such as paying in cash, it won’t be possible for you to have an EE Flex Plan. Instead, you should choose one of EE’s standard Pay As You Go packs. Alternatively, you can choose another mobile network like ASDA Mobile that gives you more flexibility on how to top-up.
Flex Add-Ons & Rates
If you use up the inclusive allowances on your Flex Plan, you can top-up your Flex SIM card to buy one of the following add-ons:
|100 minutes||£3 for 7 days or
£5 for 30 days
|100MB data||£1.50 for 7 days|
|500MB data||£3 for 7 days or
£5 for 30 days
|1GB data||£7.50 for 30 days|
|3GB data||£15 for 30 days|
|5GB data||£20 for 30 days|
As an alternative, you can also use your phone at EE’s standard Pay As You Go rates:
|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 is required for data.|
In our opinion, EE’s Pay As You Go rates are some of the most expensive available in the market. If you envision yourself needing to use these rates on a regular basis, you’d be far better off choosing an alternative network with lower prices.
Comparison to Alternatives
£10 per month bundles
EE’s £10 Flex Plan comes with 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet.
On other mobile networks, you can get substantially more data with even more flexibility from £10/month. For instance, ASDA Mobile also offers 4G coverage from EE and gives you 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet. Alternatively, giffgaff offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet with O2 coverage for £10/month.
£15 per month bundles
EE’s £15 Flex Plan comes with 2000 minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of internet. On rival networks, you can get substantially more data (e.g. 8GB of internet for £15/month on giffgaff).
£20 per month bundles
EE doesn’t currently offer a £20 Flex Plan. However, other mobile networks do have an offering at the £20 price point, such as unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB of internet on giffgaff:
£25 per month bundles
EE’s £25 per month Flex Plan comes with 3000 minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of internet. The £25 Flex Plan compares as follows to rival mobile networks:
£30 per month bundles
EE’s £30 Flex Plan comes with 3000 minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB of internet. This compares as follows to rival mobile networks:
For a more in-depth comparison, please see our full guide to Pay As You Go bundles in the UK.
Network & Coverage
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage
EE offers 99% population coverage, including on 2G, 3G and 4G.
Before joining EE on their mobile network, it’s worth double-checking to make sure you can receive coverage in your area. To do this, enter your postcode on EE’s online coverage map:
For more information, see our guide to mobile phone coverage in the UK.
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).
You can tether on all EE Flex Plans using your inclusive data allowance.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re switching from another mobile network to an EE Flex Plan, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number.
To start off, you should order your Flex SIM card from the EE website. Once you’ve done that, contact your old mobile network and ask them for a PAC Code. This will authorise the transfer of your phone number to EE.
When your new Flex SIM card arrives from EE, submit your PAC Code through this form on EE’s website. Once you’ve done that, your phone number transfer will normally be scheduled for the next working day.
For a step-by-step guide on moving your phone number to EE, please select your current mobile network from the drop down menu below:
For more information about the EE Flex plans, please see EE’s official website.