EE offers Pay As You Go packs from a £5 monthly top-up. You’ll also get data rollover & free Data Boosts.
In the UK, EE has launched their new Pay As You Go packs. Starting from £5 per month, the Pay As You Go bundles give you a one-month allowance of minutes, texts and 4G data. You can also benefit from data rollover, free data boosts and a 10% discount when you pay directly from your card.
On EE’s £5 Pay As You Go pack, you’ll get 250 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB of data. This increases to 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of data for £10 per month. For heavy data users, there’s 15GB data for £15, 30GB data for £20 or 100GB data for £30.
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 available on EE and how you can keep your current phone number when switching to EE.
|Prices From:||£5 per month|
|EE Pay As You Go Packs:|
|Pay As You Go Rates:||35p/minute
Mobile data requires a pack
|Coverage:||99% population coverage on 2G, 3G & 4G|
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 How To Buy & Stop 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, EE offers a Pay As You Go mobile service with no need for a contract or credit check. You can buy a one-month EE Pay As You Go pack from £5 which gives you an inclusive allowance of minutes, texts and mobile data.
If you don’t want to top-up your phone every month, you can also use EE Pay As You Go without buying a pack. However, you won’t be able to use 4G data. Calls will cost 35p/minute and texts will cost 15p each. For this reason, you’ll probably be better off getting a SIM card for low usage instead.
Pay As You Go Packs
On EE, most Pay As You Go customers now choose to buy a Pay As You Go pack from £5 per month. This requires you to top-up your phone every month to buy a one-month allowance of minutes, texts and 4G data.
At present, there are five different Pay As You Go packs available to choose from on EE:
When you go to EE’s website, you won’t be able to choose the £5 pack. However, you can order your SIM card on a different Pay As You Go pack before switching to the £5 pack when you activate your SIM.
If you set up direct card payments on your EE Pay As You Go account, you’ll get a 10% discount on your EE Pay As You Go Pack. This means, for instance, you’ll pay just £9 per month for the £10 Pay As You Go Pack.
With direct card payments, you’ll need to save your credit card or debit card details on your EE account. Payment will then be taken automatically for your pack each month unless you cancel the automatic renewal feature.
Normally, any unused allowances remaining on your pack will expire along with your bundle. The exception to this is your mobile data allowance which rolls over if you qualify for data rollover.
To qualify for data rollover, you’ll need to renew your Pay As You Go pack within seven days of the previous pack expiring. Only your core data allowance will be rolled over into the following month’s bundle. Any data that’s already rolled over will not roll over again, nor will your Free Data Boost allowance.
To give an example, you might have 5GB of unused data remaining on the £15 Pack which comes with 15GB of data. Subject to eligibility, the 5GB would rollover into the following month. This would give you a total of 20GB data (15GB plus the 5GB of rolled over data).
For more information, see the EE website for further details about how the data rollover works.
Free Data Boosts
If you’re using an EE Pay As You Go Pack costing £10 per month or more, you’ll get a 500MB/month Free Data Boost every 2 months. This is available for the first 12 months, meaning your monthly data allowance can increase by up to 3GB per month.
To give an example, customers on the £10 Pay As You Go Pack will start with 5GB of data per month. This will increase to 5.5GB after two months, 6GB after four months, 6.5GB after six months, and so on. You’ll eventually reach 8GB per month once you’ve been a customer on the plan for a total of 12 months. Thereafter, you won’t be able to earn any more Boosts. You will, however, continue to receive the extra 3GB of data per month.
If you choose the £5 Pay As You Go Pack, you won’t earn any Free Data Boosts on it.
For customers who were using EE Pay As You Go before August 2021, a different system was in place where you’d receive a Free Boost every quarter. According to EE, you’ll still be able to keep these boosts when you move to one of their new plans.
Out Of Bundle Charges
If you don’t have an active Pay As You Go pack, or if you’ve already used up the allowances included within it, you’ll pay EE’s standard Pay As You Go rates. At present, EE charges the following rates on Pay As You Go:
|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.|
If you’re looking for a Pay As You Go plan where you don’t need to top-up every month, there are far better options out there for light mobile users. For instance, 1pMobile also offers coverage from EE but with lower rates of just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB.
How To Buy & Stop Packs
If you’re an existing EE Pay As You Go customer, the easiest way to buy a Pay As You Go pack is using the My EE website or app.
You can also buy a Pay As You Go pack by texting the relevant shortcode to 150 as follows:
|Bundle Name||Bundle Code|
|£5 Pack (with 250MB data)||Text PACK05 to 150|
|£10 Pack (with 5GB data)||Text PACK10 to 150|
|£15 Pack (with 15GB data)||Text PACK15 to 150|
|£20 Pack (with 30GB data)||Text PACK20 to 150|
|£30 Pack (with 100GB data)||Text PACK30 to 150|
You can also text ALL PACKS to 150 to get a reminder of the Pay As You Go packs available to you.
You’ll need to make sure you have a sufficient amount of credit before you buy a Pay As You Go pack. If you aren’t sure how much credit you have remaining on your account, you can check your balance by texting BALANCE to 150. This will also tell you the remaining allowances in your current pack.
If you set up direct card payments with EE, you won’t need to manually purchase any packs. Instead, your pack will be purchased for you automatically each month with the payment taken from a registered credit card or debit card. You’ll also get a 10% discount (e.g. the £10 Pack would only cost you £9/month).
If you want to stop the automatic renewal of your EE Pay As You Go pack, text STOP PACK to 150. Alternatively, if you’d like to renew your Pay As You Go pack early, text NOW to 150.
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 pack costs £5/month and gives you 250 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB of data. Generally, you’ll get far better value when purchasing a bundle elsewhere (e.g. from ASDA Mobile which uses coverage from Vodafone).
The following table compares EE’s £5 pack to rival offerings on other mobile networks:
£10 per month bundles
For £10 per month, EE currently offers a Pay As You Go pack with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of data.
On rival mobile networks, you can get a lot more data for £10. For instance, giffgaff offers 10GB data for £10. You’ll also get an extra 1GB data from your third month onwards (giffgaff offers 5G coverage from O2).
£15 per month bundles
On their £15 Pay As You Go Pack, EE currently offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 15GB of data.
The following table shows a comparison of EE’s £15 pack to what is available on other networks:
£20 per month bundles
EE’s £20 Pay As You Go Pack comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 30GB of data.
The following table shows comparable Pay As You Go bundles costing £20/month:
For more information, please see our in-depth comparison of the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.
There are two ways of joining EE’s Pay As You Go service.
If you’d like a new mobile phone, you can buy one from the EE website. You can get a new Pay As You Go phone for as little as £15, with an minimum top-up of £10 required on it.
If you already have an unlocked mobile phone that you’re happy to use, you can simply order a free Pay As You Go SIM card from EE’s website. If your handset is 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’ll be able to access 2G, 3G and 4G coverage. At the time of writing, EE offers 99% population coverage and about 85% geographical coverage.
Before joining EE’s Pay As You Go service, we’d recommend double-checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on EE’s website:
For more information, see our EE network & coverage review.
5G is the next generation of mobile network technology, offering benefits like faster download speeds, more network capacity and a lower amount of latency.
Unfortunately, 5G coverage isn’t currently available to EE Pay As You Go customers. Instead, you’ll need to get an EE Pay Monthly SIM card. Alternatively, there are other networks that also offer 5G SIM-only deals, including giffgaff which offers 5G without the need for a credit check.
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 use tethering and personal hotspot without any restrictions. This means you can share a mobile broadband connection and your data allowance with other devices.
For frequent users of the tethering or personal hotspot feature, other mobile networks like giffgaff may be worth considering as an alternative to EE. For the same monthly price, giffgaff offers a larger data allowance which will normally be more suitable for sharing with other devices.
On EE’s Pay As You Go mobile service, you’ll be able to use your mobile phone abroad in 48 European destinations at no extra cost. This includes all of the minutes, texts and data from your pack (up to a maximum of 50GB per month).
Outside Europe, it isn’t possible to use your Pay As You Go pack allowances. Instead, additional fees will apply using your phone abroad. You can check the international roaming rates on the EE website.
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. This saves 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 you order the SIM card, you can then request a PAC Code from your old network.
Once you’ve receive the new SIM card from EE, you can head over to this online form. In the form, you can submit your PAC Code to EE. 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 currently offers a choice of five Pay As You Go packs:
The £5 Pay As You Go Pack can’t be selected online. Instead, you’ll need to order a free SIM card on another plan. When it arrives, you can switch the £5 pack using the My EE app or by texting PACK05 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 4G mobile data unless you have an active Pay As You Go pack.
|What 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 5G coverage available on EE Pay As You Go?|
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. It’s easy keeping 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 the PAC Code to EE after you order your new Pay As You Go plan.
For more information about EE’s Pay As You Go service, please see the official EE website.