EE is offering unlimited data with a choice of 4G or 5G speeds, inclusive hotspot on up to 12 devices and 1,000GB of fair usage.
In the UK, EE is currently offering unlimited data on a range of Pay Monthly SIM cards and handsets. Currently available on price plans from £35/month, the unlimited data plans from EE allow you to download as much as you like without ever needing to worry about running out of data mid-month.
Compared to the unlimited data plans on other mobile networks like Three and Vodafone, there are a couple of limitations worth being aware of on EE. These include a limit on tethering to 12 devices and a 1,000GB per month fair usage limit. There’s also a 50GB per month download limit if you’re using your mobile phone abroad in Europe and a limit of either 100GB or 120GB to how much data you can gift each month.
In this article, we’ll review EE’s unlimited data plans. We’ll start by looking at the unlimited data plans available, including what you’ll get on each one in terms of download speeds and Swappable Benefits. We’ll then see how EE’s unlimited data plans compare to rival mobile networks, before looking at the coverage available and how to keep your current phone number.
- 1 EE Unlimited Data Plans
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Coverage
- 4 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 More Information
EE Unlimited Data Plans
Unlimited Price Plans
In the UK, EE now offers an unlimited data plan where you can download as much as you like. You can get unlimited data from £35/month.
At present, the following unlimited data SIM cards are available on EE:
If you choose an EE Smart SIM, you’ll get Swappable Benefits included in the price. There are two Swappable Benefits included on EE’s 4G Smart SIM and three Swappable Benefits included on EE’s 5G Smart SIM. Although both of these plans will cost you more than the basic 4G unlimited data SIM card, it may sometimes work out to be better value overall due to the inclusive Swappable Benefits.
As an example of what you can get with your Swappable Benefits, you could choose an Amazon Prime Video subscription (worth £5.99/month) or access to the BT Sport app as your inclusive Swappable Benefit. There’s also the Roam Further Pass which allows you to use your allowances abroad in an extra 5 destinations outside of Europe.
If you’d like a new smartphone and are happy to commit to a 24-month contract, you can get unlimited data on a range of handsets from EE. A range of handsets are available from manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Google, Huawei and others with the price of the unlimited data plan depending on the handset you choose.
If you have multiple lines on your EE account, you can use the Data Gifting feature to share data with your family members. You’ll get a 100GB giftable data allowance on most EE unlimited data plans (or 120GB if you choose a 5G Smart handset plan). Any data usage will reduce from your giftable data allowance (e.g. if you’ve used 40GB of data, your giftable data allowance will drop from 100GB to 60GB that month).
According to EE, all of their unlimited data plans are “un-throttled so you can access the fastest speeds that are available in the area”.
On 4G plans, you can access up to Category 9 LTE speeds on EE’s 4G network. In theory, this can go all the way up to 450Mbit/s download, though EE says their average download speed is currently 43Mbit/s on 4G.
If you choose a 5G unlimited data plan, you can additionally access EE’s 5G network on a 5G handset where coverage is available. In theory, download speeds can go all the way up to 1Gbit/s (1,000Mbit/s) on 5G, though EE says average download speeds are currently 203Mbit/s on their 5G network.
When comparing EE’s unlimited data plans to those on other mobile networks, it’s worth noting that Vodafone offers different tiers of unlimited data. You’ll pay different amounts for your plan based on the maximum download speed available (up to 2Mbit/s on Unlimited Lite, up to 10Mbit/s on Unlimited and uncapped download speeds on Unlimited Max).
If you choose an EE Smart plan, you’ll receive a set of Swappable Benefits included in the price. There are usually two Swappable Benefits included on 4G Smart plans and three Swappable Benefits included on 5G Smart plans.
The Swappable Benefits on your EE unlimited data plan can be selected from the following list:
- Amazon Prime Video: An inclusive subscription to the Amazon Prime Video service (worth £5.99/month). This allows you to stream TV shows and movies, both on your smartphone and on other devices like your smart TV and laptop.
- BT Sport: An inclusive subscription to the BT Sport mobile application. This allows you to watch the BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport ESPN and BoxNation channels (with live streaming, on-demand playback and more). If you choose a 5G Smart plan, this also includes HDR streaming.
- Roam Further Pass: This allows you to use up to 50GB of your data allowance abroad at no extra charge in 5 countries outside Europe (the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand).
You can change your Swappable Benefits once every 30 days. For instance, you can swap from an Amazon Prime Video or BT Sport subscription to the Roam Further Pass just before departing on a trip abroad. On your return, you could then swap it back the following month as the Roam Further Pass only delivers benefits when you’re abroad.
For customers not choosing an unlimited data plan, EE also offers three other Swappable Benefits (the Music Data Pass, Video Data Pass and Gamer’s Data Pass). These Swappable Benefits are not applicable when you choose an unlimited data plan as you already have unlimited data for use on any app or service.
Fair Usage Limits
EE says their unlimited data plan is for “personal, non-commercial use only”. As such, they are three important restrictions worth being aware of:
1. There’s a fair usage limit of 1,000GB per month (1TB per month).
EE has a fair usage limit of 1,000GB per month on all of their unlimited data plans for consumers. Customers using more than 1,000GB of data in one month may be moved onto a business plan:
Personal, non-commercial use only. We will consider usage above 1000GB/month to be commercial use and have the right to move you to a business plan.
2. Tethering and personal hotspot is limited to 12 devices.
It’s possible to use the tethering or personal hotspot functionality of your smartphone to share your unlimited data allowance with other devices. However, EE has limited this to a maximum of 12 devices with regular usage beyond this considered non-personal use:
If you regularly tether 12 or more devices, we will consider this non-personal use and have the right to move you to a more suitable plan.
3. International roaming is limited to 50GB per month.
If you’re travelling abroad to another European country, you can use up to 50GB of your data allowance abroad each month. Further usage beyond this 50GB limit will be surcharged at 0.36p/MB (£3.60 per GB).
If you have the Roam Further Pass as a Swappable Benefit, the 50GB monthly allowance will also apply in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Further usage beyond the 50GB limit will be charged at the standard roaming rate for that country (e.g. £4.80/day for 500MB of data in the USA).
Comparison to Alternatives
Besides EE, there are numerous other mobile networks also offering an unlimited data plan in the UK. On rival networks, you can get unlimited data from as little as £18/month, compared to the £35/month which is currently charged by EE.
The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of unlimited data plans that are currently available in the UK:
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If you’re looking for an unlimited data plan that has no fair usage limit, Three’s unlimited data SIM cards may be worth a look. Available from just £18/month, you’ll get unlimited data with 5G at no extra cost and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad at no extra cost in 71 destinations.
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage
EE offers 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks in the UK. This equates to roughly 90% geographical coverage, with EE aiming to increase this to 95% by the end of 2020.
Before signing up for an unlimited data plan on EE, we recommend using EE’s online coverage map to check the level of coverage available in your area.
Customers choosing a 5G-ready unlimited data plan can access EE’s 5G network on a 5G-ready smartphone.
On EE’s 5G network, it’s possible to access download speeds of up to 1Gbit/s (1,000Mbit/s). However, according to EE, average download speeds on 5G currently clock in at 203Mbit/s (approximately five times faster than 4G). There’s also more network capacity and a reduced amount of latency compared to 4G.
At present, 5G coverage is available on EE in the following UK towns and cities:
|Now Live||80 towns and cities are live on EE 5G (July 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 data connection with other devices (e.g. with your laptop or tablet).
On EE’s unlimited data plans, the use of tethering and personal hotspot is permitted. EE, however, does put an emphasis on this being for your “personal use only”. As such, there’s a limit of 12 tethered devices within the terms and conditions. If you regularly tether more than 12 devices, this would be considered “non-personal use”.
For more information, see EE’s unlimited data terms and conditions.
On EE’s unlimited data plans, you can use up to 50GB of data abroad each month at no extra charge.
For most EE customers, the inclusive roaming offer covers 48 European destinations as listed on the EE website. Customers choosing the Roam Further Pass as one of their Swappable Benefits on an EE Smart Plan will have access to a further 5 roaming destinations (the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand).
If you use more than 50GB of data abroad in one month, a surcharge of 0.36p/MB (£3.60 per GB) will apply in Europe. In destinations outside of Europe, the standard roaming rates for that country will apply (e.g. £4.80/day for up to 500MB of data in the USA).
EE says 4G roaming is available on 125 networks in 76 countries. On other mobile networks, international roaming will normally be restricted to 3G speeds.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re leaving another mobile network to join EE on an unlimited data plan, it’s a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.
Start by ordering your new unlimited data plan from EE’s website. Once you’ve done that, you can request a PAC Code from your old mobile network. This can normally be obtained through your mobile network’s website or app or by texting PAC to 65075.
Once your new phone or SIM card has arrived from EE, head over to this online form. Here, you can submit the PAC Code from your old mobile network. Once you’ve done this, 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 dropdown menu below:
Frequently Asked Questions
|How much do unlimited data plans cost on EE?|
|Can I use tethering or personal hotspot with unlimited data on EE?||
Yes. You can use tethering and personal hotspot with unlimited data on EE. However, as per EE’s terms and conditions, this is limited to a maximum of 12 devices on a regular basis. Using tethering or personal hotspot on more than 12 devices would be considered by EE to be “non-personal use”.
|Is there a fair usage limit for unlimited data on EE?||
Yes. There’s a fair usage limit of 1,000GB per month (1TB) on all of EE’s unlimited data plans. Customers who exceed this fair usage limit may be moved onto a business price plan.
|What download speeds will I get?|
|Can I use my unlimited data allowance abroad?||
You can use up to 50GB of data abroad each month when travelling to one of 48 European destinations. Beyond this, a surcharge of 0.36p/MB (£3.60 per GB) will apply. Customers with the Roam Further Pass can also use 50GB of data each month when travelling to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
|What coverage will I get on EE’s unlimited data plan?|
|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 new unlimited data plan.