EE is offering unlimited data with a choice of 4G or 5G speeds, inclusive hotspot on up to 12 devices and 600GB of fair usage.
In the UK, EE is currently offering unlimited data on a range of Pay Monthly phones and SIM cards. Currently available on price plans from £37/month, the unlimited data plans from EE allow you to download as much as you like without 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 some important limitations worth being aware of for unlimited data on EE. This include a limit on tethering to 12 devices and a 600GB 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 Smart 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 £51/month on a new Pay Monthly phone, or from £37/month on a Pay Monthly SIM card:
If you choose an EE Smart or EE Full Works plan, you’ll get Smart Benefits included in the price. On the iPhone, you can choose from a inclusive subscription to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade or the BT Sport app. Meanwhile, on Android devices, you can choose from an inclusive subscription to either Amazon Prime Video, Britbox or the BT Sport app. 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 other 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. For instance, if you use 40GB of data, your giftable data allowance will drop from 100GB to 60GB. For this reason, it’s normally advantageous to gift your data as soon as your allowances refresh. This will allow you to get the maximum benefit from the Data Gifting feature.
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 450Mbps download, though EE says their average download speed is currently 43Mbps on 4G.
If you choose a 5G unlimited data plan, you can also access EE’s 5G network on a 5G handset where coverage is available. In theory, download speeds can go all the way up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) on 5G, though EE says average download speeds are currently 203Mbps on their 5G network.
If you use more than 600GB of data in one month, EE says they reserve the right to “apply traffic management controls to deprioritise your mobile traffic during busy periods”. Unfortunately, they haven’t given any concrete figures on what this is likely to mean for the download speeds on your service.
The Smart Benefits on your EE unlimited data plan can be selected from the following list:
- Amazon Prime Video (Android plans only): 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.
- Britbox (Android plans only): An inclusive subscription to BritBox (worth £5.99/month). This allows you to watch on-demand entertainment including dramas, comedies, documentaries and more from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
- Apple Music (iPhone plans only): An inclusive subscription to the Apple Music streaming service (worth £9.99/month). This allows you to stream more than 60 million songs without advertising.
- Apple TV+ (iPhone plans only): An inclusive subscription to the Apple TV+ video streaming service (worth £4.99/month). This includes Apple Original series.
- Apple Arcade (iPhone plans only): Play more than 100 games with no adverts and no in-app purchases (worth £4.99/month).
- 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).
For more information, see our guide to Smart Benefits on EE.
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 600GB per month.
Since the 2nd September 2020, EE has a 600GB per month fair usage limit on unlimited data plans for consumers. Customers using more than 600GB of data in one month may have their speeds reduced, or may be moved onto a business plan:
We will consider usage above 600GB/month to be non-personal use and have the right to apply traffic management controls to deprioritise your mobile traffic during busy periods or to move you to a business plan.
EE’s 600GB fair usage limit is currently the lowest of any UK mobile network offering an unlimited data plan. On rival mobile networks like Three, you can get unlimited data from £18 per month with no hidden fair usage limits.
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. This is substantially cheaper than the amount being 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 1Gbps (1,000Mbps). However, according to EE, average download speeds on 5G currently clock in at 203Mbps (approximately five times faster than 4G). There’s also greater 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:
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Altrincham, Ashford, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bath, Belfast, Belshill, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Borehamwood, Bransholme, Brentwood, Bristol, Bury, Cardiff, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Chester-le-Street, Chesterfield, Chorley, Clevedon, Clifton, Clydebank, Coventry, Cumbernauld, Dartford, Dinnington, Doncaster, Dudley, Edinburgh, Epsom, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Guildford, Hamilton, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Huddersfield, Hull, Ilkeston, Inchinnan, Jarrow, Kimberley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Loughton, Maidstone, Manchester, Milnrow, Minster, Motherwell, Newcastle, Newton-le-Willows, North Shields, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Paisley, Plymouth, Pontefract, 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 Abbey, Waltham Cross, Walt
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Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, 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 600GB per month on all of EE’s unlimited data plans. Customers who exceed this fair usage limit may see their download speeds being reduced, or 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.