EE offers Pay As You Go Packs from £5/month with data rollover, a free boost every quarter and access to 4G coverage.
EE has revamped their line-up of Pay As You Go bundles with a range of new Pay As You Go packs from £5/month. You’ll get access to EE’s 4G mobile network along with data rollover and a free boost for each quarter you stay.
The most popular bundle on EE is their new £10 bundle which comes with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data. Light users can get 500MB of data for £5/month whereas heavy users can get up to 60GB of data for £30/month.
In this article, we’ll review EE’s Pay As You Go service including the bundles available and how they compare to other networks. We’ll also look at the coverage on EE and how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 Buying & Stopping Packs
- 3 Comparison To Alternatives
- 4 Handsets
- 5 Coverage
- 6 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 7 Frequently Asked Questions
- 8 More Information
Bundles & Pricing
In the UK, there are two ways to use EE’s Pay As You Go service:
- Buy a 30-day bundle or ‘pack’. You can convert your Pay As You Go credit into a 30 day allowance of minutes, texts and mobile data. This is the only way to use EE Pay As You Go if you’d like to access the internet and use applications on the go. You’ll benefit from data rollover and a quarterly free boost, but will need to top up your phone every month.
- Use traditional Pay As You Go at 35p/minute and 15p/text. If you don’t want to top up your phone every month, it’s possible to use EE Pay As You Go without buying a bundle. You’ll pay 35p/minute and 15p/text if you choose to do this. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to use mobile data on traditional Pay As You Go.
As you’re required to buy a pack before you can access the internet without using wi-fi, the vast majority of EE Pay As You Go customers choose to buy a 30-day bundle.
Pay As You Go Packs
EE currently offers a choice of eight Pay As You Go packs (sometimes referred to as Pay As You Go bundles on other mobile networks). With a Pay As You Go pack, you’ll convert your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day allowance of minutes, texts and mobile data.
The following six data-focussed packs are currently available from EE:
The £5 pack isn’t available to be ordered online but can be added to your EE Pay As You Go account once you’ve ordered and activated a Pay As You Go SIM card.
In addition to the six data-focussed packs, there are two talk-focussed packs. These come with a larger allowance of minutes and a reduced amount of data. You can choose from either a £1/week or £10/month talk-focussed pack:
for 7 days
for 30 days
It isn’t possible to buy a talk-focussed pack online – instead, you’ll need to add it after ordering and activating your SIM card.
Normally, any unused allowances remaining on your pack will automatically expire along with your bundle. The only exception to this is your mobile data allowance if you qualify for a data rollover.
Data rollover is only available to customers buying a 30-day pack. You must renew your 30-day pack within seven days of the previous one expiring. You can only roll over your unused data once and this only includes data remaining 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. The free boost will depend on the pack you’ve bought:
- 7-day packs: An extra 50MB, 10 minutes or 25 text messages.
- 30-day packs costing less than £10: An extra 100MB of data, 25 minutes or 50 texts per month.
- 30-day packs costing £10 or more: An extra 500MB of data, added automatically every quarter once you’ve opted in once.
The Free Boost loyalty bonus will be added to all of your subsequently purchased packs. Furthermore, you’ll get another Free Boost for every 3 months you stay on EE. This means your Free Boost airtime can continue to build up (e.g. you might have an extra 1GB of data after 6 months, an extra 1.5GB of data after 9 months, etc).
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, 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 pack is required.|
Outgoing phone calls have a minimum charge equivalent to 1 minute, so you’ll pay a minimum amount of 35p per call. Thereafter, you’ll be charged for phone 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. 1pMobile is an alternative that might be worth looking at: they offer coverage from EE and charge just a fraction of the amount (1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB). Alternatively, ASDA Mobile also offers coverage from EE and charges 8p/minute and 4p/text.
Buying & Stopping Packs
If you’re an existing EE Pay As You Go customer, the easiest way to buy a Pay As You Go pack is through the My EE website or app.
You can also buy a Pay As You Go pack by texting the relevant shortcode to 150:
|Bundle Name||Bundle Code|
|£5 Pack (with 500MB data)||Text PACK05 to 150|
|£10 Pack (with 4GB data)||Text PACK10 to 150|
|£15 Pack (with 8GB data)||Text PACK15 to 150|
|£20 Pack (with 15GB data)||Text PACK20 to 150|
|£25 Pack (with 30GB data)||Text PACK25 to 150|
|£30 Pack (with 60GB data)||Text PACK30 to 150|
|£1 Talk Pack (with 10MB data)||Text TALK01 to 150|
|£10 Talk Pack (with 2GB data)||Text TALK10 to 150|
You can text ALL PACKS to 150 to get a reminder of all the Pay As You Go packs available to you.
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 your current balance by texting BALANCE to 150. This will also tell you the remaining allowances in your current pack.
Upon the expiry of your pack, EE will try to automatically renew the same type of pack. For instance, if you previously bought the £10 pack, EE will try to renew another £10 pack automatically for you at the end of the 30 day period. If you don’t want this to happen automatically, text STOP PACK to 150. Alternatively, if you’d like to renew your Pay As You Go pack early, text NOW to 150.
If you aren’t currently an EE Pay As You Go customer, order a SIM card and choose a pack through their website.
Comparison To Alternatives
In the following section, we’ll compare EE’s Pay As You Go bundles to rival offerings from other mobile networks.
£5 per month bundles
EE’s cheapest Pay As You Go bundle is their £5/month pack which comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. In our opinion, this is a strong choice at the £5 per month price point, with EE’s allowances normally beating what is available on other networks.
The following table compares EE’s £5 pack to rival offerings on other mobile networks:
£10 per month bundles
At the £10/month price point, EE has a £10 pack with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data. Alternatively, the £10 talk-focussed pack comes with 400 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data.
On rival mobile networks like giffgaff and VOXI, it’s possible to get a much larger allowance for the same price. Both of them offer unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data (giffgaff offers coverage from O2 whereas VOXI offers coverage from Vodafone).
£15 per month bundles
On their £15 Pay As You Go Pack, EE currently offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 8GB of data.
£20 per month bundles
The £20 Pay As You Go Pack on EE comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 15GB of data.
A better value alternative is giffgaff’s £20 goodybag. This comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a massive 80GB 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. You can get a new Pay As You Go phone for as little as £10, with an initial top-up of £10 required. You can also buy an EE Pay As You Go smartphone from a retailers like Argos and Amazon.
If you already have an unlocked smartphone that you’re happy to use, simply order a Pay As You Go SIM card from EE’s website. If your handset is currently locked to another 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
On EE’s Pay As You Go service, you can access 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from the EE network. At the time of writing, this equates to 99% population coverage and approximately 90% geographical coverage.
Before joining EE Pay As You Go, we’d strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the EE website:
For more information, see our in-depth guide to the coverage on EE.
Coverage from EE is also available on some other Pay As You Go networks like 1pMobile and ASDA Mobile (often with substantially lower prices).
5G is the next generation of mobile network technology, offering benefits like increased network capacity, faster download speeds and a reduced amount of latency.
Whilst EE has 5G coverage in a number of UK towns and cities, it isn’t currently available to EE Pay As You Go customers. Instead, if you’d like access to 5G, you’ll currently need to be an EE Pay Monthly customer with a 5G Smart price plan.
Unfortunately, EE have not yet announced when 5G coverage will be made to customers on EE Pay As You Go. In October 2013, EE were the first UK network to offer 4G coverage on Pay As You Go. With 5G, VOXI was the UK’s first Pay As You Go network to launch a 5G plan in October 2019. We’re hoping EE will follow in their footsteps soon by making 5G coverage available to Pay As You Go customers.
When 5G coverage is made available to EE Pay As You Go customers, it will be available in the following UK towns and cities:
|Now Live||80 towns and cities are live on EE 5G (May 2020)|
Ashton-under-Lyne, Bath, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Borehamwood, Bransholme, Bristol, Bury, Cardiff, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Chesterfield, Clevedon, Clifton, Clydebank, Coventry, Dartford, Dinnington, Dudley, Edinburgh, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Guildford, Hamilton, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Huddersfield, Hull, Inchinnan, Kimberley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Loughton, Maidstone, Manchester, Milnrow, Motherwell, Newcastle, Newton-le-Willows, North Shields, Northampton, Nottingham, Oldham, Paisley, Potters Bar, Rochdale, Rochester, Romford, Rotherham, Rugeley, Salford, Sheffield, Solihull, South Shields, Southend-on-Sea, Staines-upon-Thames, Stevenage, Stirling, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swadlincote, Sydenham, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Cross, Watford, West Bromwich, Westhoughton, Weybridge, Wolverhampton
|9 towns and cities planned|
Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester (2020)
For more information, see EE’s web page about their 5G rollout. Alternatively, see our full city-by-city guide to the rollout of 5G in the UK.
Tethering & Personal Hotspot
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet).
On EE Pay As You Go, you can tether or use personal hotspot without any restrictions to share a mobile broadband connection with other devices.
For frequent users of the tethering or personal hotspot feature, other mobile networks like giffgaff and VOXI may be worth considering as an alternative to EE. For the same monthly price, they both offer a larger data allowance which is normally more suitable for sharing with other devices.
On EE’s Pay As You Go service, you can use your mobile phone abroad in 48 European destinations at no extra charge. This includes all of the minutes, texts and data from your pack (up to a maximum of 50GB per month if your UK data allowance is more than this).
Outside Europe, it isn’t possible to use your Pay As You Go pack allowances. Instead, additional fees will apply using EE Pay As You Go. You can check these international roaming rates on the EE website.
On EE, 4G roaming is available on 125 networks in 76 countries. Most other networks offer 3G speed roaming.
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 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 can then request a PAC Code from your old mobile network. This will authorise the transfer of your phone number to EE.
Once you’ve 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 moved over. Your phone number transfer will then 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:
Frequently Asked Questions
|What bundles & packs are available on EE Pay As You Go?||
EE offers a choice of eight Pay As You Go packs:
Some Pay As You Go packs are not available to be ordered online (e.g. the £5 pack with 500MB of data). Instead, you’ll need to buy it through the My EE app or by texting the relevant shortcode to 150.
|What are the standard Pay As You Go rates on EE?||
If you don’t have an active Pay As You Go pack or bundle, you’ll pay EE’s standard Pay As You Go rates of 35p/minute and 15p/text. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to use mobile data unless you have a Pay As You Go pack.
|How does EE Pay As You Go compare to rival networks?||
EE’s Pay As You Go packs tend to be less competitive than those offered on some rival mobile networks. For instance, EE offers 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data on their £10 Pay As You Go pack.
|What type of coverage will I get on EE Pay As You Go?||
You’ll get 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. You can check the availability of coverage in your area by entering your postcode on the EE website.
|Is it possible to access 5G on EE Pay As You Go?|
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. It’s easy to keep your current phone number. Simply ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. This can be obtained through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. You should then provide EE with the PAC Code after ordering your Pay As You Go plan.
For more information about EE Pay As You Go, please see the official EE website.