EE offers Pay As You Go packs from £5 per month. You’ll also get data rollover & up to 3GB extra data with Free Boosts.

In the UK, EE offers Pay As You Go packs from £5 per month. Available on a 30-day rolling basis, the plans are available with no contract and no credit check. You can also benefit from data rollover, along with a Free Boost every 2 months and a 10% discount on Subscription Packs.

At present, you’ll get 5GB data on EE’s £10 Pay As You Go Pack. This increases to 15GB data for £15, 30GB data for £20, and 100GB data for £30. All of EE’s Pay As You Go packs come with 4G coverage. For access to 5G, you’ll need an EE Pay Monthly SIM card from £15 per 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 available on EE and how you can keep your current phone number when you switch to EE.

Plans From: £5 per month
EE Pay As You Go Packs:
Key Features:
Pay As You Go Rates: 40p/minute
20p/text
Mobile data requires a pack
Coverage:
  • 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G & 4G
  • 5G coverage is not available on EE Pay As You Go

EE Pay As You Go Plans

In the UK, EE currently offers a range of Pay As You Go plans with no contract and no credit check required. You can buy a 30-day 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’s Pay As You Go service without buying a pack. Calls will cost 40p/minute and texts will cost 20p each. obile data is only available when you have a pack. For this reason, you’ll probably be better off getting a different SIM card for low usage.

Pay As You Go Packs

Most of EE’s Pay As You Go customers will now choose to buy a Pay As You Go Pack from £5.

Each month, you’ll need to top-up your SIM card with some Pay As You Go credit. This is then exchanged for a 30-day allowance of minutes, texts and 4G mobile data.

There are five different Pay As You Go packs available to choose from on EE:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
EE250500250MB£5.00
EE500Unlimited5GB£10.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£20.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£30.00

When you visit 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 (e.g. the £10 pack), before switching to the £5 pack when you activate the SIM card.

Subscription Packs

You’ll get a 10% discount when you set up monthly card payments on your EE Pay As You Go account. This is also known as ‘Subscribe to Save’.

To give an example, the 5GB Subscription Pack is available for £9 per month (reduced from £10 per month) when you set up automatic monthly card payments.

To take advantage of the Subscription Pack discount, you’ll need to save your payment card details inside your EE account. The payment will then be taken automatically for your pack each month, unless you cancel the automatic renewal. You’ll also benefit from Data Rollover and Data Boosts like other Pay As You Go customers.

Out Of Bundle Charges

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If you don’t have an active Pay As You Go pack on your account, you’ll pay EE’s standard Pay As You Go rates instead.

At present, EE charges the following rates on Pay As You Go:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 40p/minute (any network, any time)
Calls to Voicemail 40p/minute
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 44p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 20p
Picture Message (MMS) 40p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Data 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 users. For instance, 1pMobile offers 4G & 5G coverage from EE with Pay As You Go rates of just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB.

EE Pay As You Go Features

Data Rollover

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. Your unused data can only be rolled over for one month. In addition, this isn’t possible to roll over your Free 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 of unused data would rollover into the following month. This would give you a total of 20GB data (the original 15GB plus the 5GB of rolled over data).

For more information, see the EE website for further details about how data rollover works.

Free Boosts

If you remain on an EE Pay As You Go Pack costing £10 per month or more, you’ll get a Free Boost every 2 months. The Free Boost will increase your data allowance by 500MB per month.

Your Free Boosts will accumulate every 2 months, until you have a maximum of six Free Boosts on your EE Pay As You Go account. This means you’re able to get a maximum of 3GB of additional data every month (6 x 500MB = 3GB data).

To illustrate, customers on the £10 Pay As You Go Pack will start off with 5GB data per month. This will increase to 5.5GB after two months, 6GB after four months, and so on. Once you’ve been a customer for 12 months, you’ll get a maximum of 8GB data per month. It isn’t possible to earn any more Boosts on top of this but you’ll continue benefiting from the increased allowance for as long as you remain a customer on the plan.

The £5 Pay As You Go Pack isn’t eligible for Free Boosts.

For customers who joined EE Pay As You Go before August 2021, a different system was in place where you’d earn a Free Boost every quarter. According to EE, you can keep these boosts when you move to their latest Pay As You Go plans.

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 through 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’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.

To see a reminder of the Pay As You Go packs that are available to you, text ALL PACKS to 150.

If you set up direct card payments with EE, you won’t need to manually purchase your pack. Instead, your pack will be purchased for you automatically each month, with the payment taken from your registered credit card or debit card.

If you’d like 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 £5 Pay As You Go pack gives you 250 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB of 4G data. Generally, you’ll get far better value when you purchase 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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedNo data£4.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£5.00
EE250500250MB£5.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£7.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£8.00

£10 per month bundles

10 Pound Note

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 20GB data for £10. You’ll also get an extra 1GB data from your third month onwards. giffgaff offers 4G & 5G coverage from O2.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£10.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited7GB£10.00
EE500Unlimited5GB£10.00

£15 per month bundles

15 Pound Notes

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited60GB£15.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited35GB£15.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00

£20 per month bundles

20 Pound Note

EE’s £20 Pay As You Go Pack comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 30GB of data.

For a better value alternative, consider giffgaff’s 100GB data plan. This is available for £20 per month and gives you access to 5G coverage on O2.

The following table shows comparable Pay As You Go bundles costing £20/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£20.00
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited200GB£20.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited50GB£20.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£20.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£20.00

For more information, see our in-depth comparison of the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.

Handsets

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.

If you already have an unlocked mobile phone that you’re happy to keep, you can simply order a free 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.

Coverage

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:

Check EE Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

Unfortunately, 5G coverage is not available to customers on EE’s Pay As You Go service. For alternative options, see our guide to 5G Pay As You Go plans.

If you’re using a compatible smartphone, you’ll also get Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling on EE Pay As You Go. WiFi Coverage Boost is also available as long as you’ve topped up by at least £5 in the past 30 days.

For more information, see our EE network & coverage review.

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.

International Roaming

On EE’s Pay As You Go service, you’re able to use your mobile phone abroad at no extra cost in 48 European destinations. This includes all of the minutes, texts and data from your plan (up to a maximum of 50GB per month).

In July 2021, EE introduced a £2 daily charge for Pay Monthly customers to use their mobile phone in Europe. This £2 per day charge does not apply to Pay As You Go customers who will continue to receive free European roaming.

Outside Europe, it isn’t possible to use your Pay As You Go pack allowances. Instead, additional fees will apply using your mobile 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 will save you 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 number transfer can take place. After you order the SIM card, you can then request a PAC Code from your old network.

Once you’ve received the new SIM card from EE, you can head over to this online form. In the form, you’ll be able to submit your PAC Code to EE. Your phone number transfer will then be scheduled, normally 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:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to EE

Select your current mobile network:

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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:
  • £5 Pack: 250MB data, 250 minutes & 500 texts
  • £10 Pack: 5GB data, 500 minutes & unlimited texts
  • £15 Pack: 15GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts
  • £20 Pack: 30GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts
  • £30 Pack: 100GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts

The £5 Pay As You Go Pack can’t be selected online. Instead, you’ll need to order a free SIM card on a different plan. When it arrives, you can switch to 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 40p/minute and 20p/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?
Unfortunately, it isn’t currently possible to access 5G coverage on EE’s Pay As You Go service. You’ll need an EE Pay Monthly SIM card from £15 per month for access to 5G. Alternatively, there are other mobile networks that also offer 5G SIM-only deals.
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.

More Information

For more information about EE’s Pay As You Go service, please see the official EE website.

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  • Hi Ken, I am a light user of a EE PAYG sim card. In order to keep the card “active”, I must use it once in a while. Recently, I can only make a call (a charge of 35p a minute), but strangely I can’t send out a text (15 p per message). Is that correct that I must now buy a pack in order to text? Or, the failure of texting is due to a technical issue?

    Thanks.

    Louis

    • Hi Louis,
      Thanks for your comment. As far as I know, it should still be possible to send text messages without having a pack. It might be worth double checking the SMS text messaging centre settings on your phone – more info here.
      Ken

  • Agreeing with Ten Yen’s observations here. After topping up the minimum of £5 and texting TALK01, I got a reply saying “just so you know, you’re currently on one of our older packs that aren’t available to buy anymore…” I definitely wasn’t informed before and why on earth would I have gotten the “you need £1 credit for you next £1 Talk Pack” prompt this morning if you stopped offering this? There’s no mention anywhere online that this was discontinued either. I am not happy.

  • Coincidental update? Or has EE silently (at least to my 3xSims on Talk01 (and previously dp1) dropped their 1ukp offering…. anyone else been left in the lurch by this un-announced change?

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