Networks like 1pMobile, IQ Mobile and Plusnet Mobile piggyback on EE’s mobile network for coverage.
It isn’t always necessary to be an EE customer to get EE’s coverage on your mobile phone. This is because a number of other mobile networks also offer EE coverage. For instance, you can access a signal from EE when you’re using 1p Mobile or Plusnet Mobile. Both of them piggyback on EE for coverage.
In this article, we’ll look at mobile networks that offer coverage from EE. We’ll start by looking at the best value deals with EE coverage including SIM-only deals, unlimited data plans and Pay As You Go deals. We’ll then look at each network in more detail, including the specific features and benefits they offer.
|EE Coverage:||99% UK population coverage|
|Networks Using EE:|
Available in 160 UK towns and cities on:
|Best Unlimited Data Plan:||£28/month on EE
(with 5G coverage & 6 months of Apple Music)
|Best Pay As You Go Plan:||1p/minute, 1p/text & 1p/MB on 1pMobile
(no credit check and no need to top-up every month)
Overview Of Networks Using EE
If you’re using one of these alternative mobile networks, you’ll get the same coverage as customers on EE. However, you might have different features available on your plan and there might be other benefits (e.g. a more flexible tariff).
The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of mobile networks that use coverage from EE:
|Mobile Network||Plans From||EE Coverage||Key Features|
|1p Mobile||1p/minute, 1p/text & 1p/MB||4G & 5G||
|EE||£15/month||4G & 5G||
|IQ Mobile||£7/month||4G & 5G|
SIM Only Plans
If you’re looking for a low-cost SIM-only plan, it’s worth comparing EE’s SIM-only deals to what you can get on Plusnet Mobile:
- EE offers a choice of Essential, Smart and Full Works SIM-only plans. All of their plans come with 6 months of free Apple Music. In addition, you’ll get one Smart Benefit included on EE Smart plans and three Smart Benefits included on Full Works plans.
- Plusnet offers low-cost SIM-only plans from £6 per month. Their plans come on a one-month rolling basis for lots of flexibility. You’ll also get 2GB extra data per month if you’re a Plusnet Broadband customer.
The following table shows a selection of the best value SIM cards with coverage from EE:
6 months half price
You can compare the full range of available SIM-only deals using our interactive comparison tool.
Unlimited Data Plans
If you want an unlimited data plan, you’ll normally need to go directly to EE.
At present, you can get EE’s unlimited data plan from £28 per month. You’ll get one Smart Benefit included when you choose an EE Smart plan and three Smart Benefits included when you choose a Full Works plan.
6 months half price
6 months half price
For more information, see our full guide to unlimited data plans in the UK.
Pay As You Go Plans
If you’re looking for a Pay As You Go plan with coverage from EE, there are currently two main options:
- 1p Mobile offers a traditional Pay As You Go service with no need to top-up every month. You’ll pay just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. You’ll need to top-up with at least £10 of credit every 120 days but there’s no obligation to spend it. You’ll get access to 4G and 5G coverage from EE.
- EE offers a range of Data Pack bundles on Pay As You Go. This gives you access to 4G coverage on the EE network. You won’t, however, get access to other EE customer benefits such as Apple Music or BT Sport.
For more information, see our guide to the best Pay As You Go SIM cards in the UK.
Mobile Networks Using EE Coverage
In the following section, we’ll look at each mobile network that uses coverage from EE.
If you’re looking for access to EE’s 4G & 5G network on a Pay As You Go service, 1p Mobile offers a flexible Pay As You Go plan with no need to top-up every month.
There are no regular monthly charges on 1p Mobile. You’ll just pay for what you actually use at the rate of 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. Alternatively, smartphone owners can buy a one-month bundle such as 10GB data for £10 per month or 50GB data for £15 per month.
One important requirement of 1p Mobile is the fact you’re required to add at least £10 of credit every 120 days. Whilst there’s no obligation to actually spend this credit, your Pay As You Go balance would simply grow over time if you didn’t use up the credit.
1p Mobile is operated by Telecommunications Management Limited which is part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group. The network has been in operation since September 2016.
For more information, see our full 1p Mobile review.
You can get a SIM-only deal directly from EE for as little as £15/month. There are three different types of plan to choose from: Essential, Smart and Full Works.
EE Essential SIM cards are available from £15/month. This gives you an EE SIM card at the lowest possible cost, with a maximum download speed of 100Mbps (plenty for most people). You’ll also benefit from six months of free Apple Music on this plan.
EE Smart plans start from £26/month and come with a Smart Benefit included for the entire length of your plan. You can choose from options such as Apple Music, BT Sport or Netflix. You’ll also get EE’s fastest available speeds.
Meanwhile, EE’s Full Works plan is available from £43/month. It comes with unlimited data and 3 Smart Benefits included for the entire length of your contract. You’ll also get EE’s fastest available speeds.
It’s also possible to use EE on a Pay As You Go basis with no need for a contract or credit check. However, EE’s Pay As You Go Packs will only give you access to 4G coverage. You also won’t have access to benefits like Apple Music on your plan.
IQ Mobile offers SIM-only deals from £7/month, with access to EE’s 4G and 5G network included.
When you sign up for IQ Mobile, you’ll need to pay for the first 3 months upfront. After that, it’s a one-month rolling agreement so you can cancel at any time.
IQ Mobile is part of Gradwell Communications, which has traditionally focussed on providing business communication services. They offer inclusive EU roaming on all of their plans and promise “bespoke and personal service from a small expert team” based in Bath, Wells and London.
If you’re looking for a low-cost SIM card with 4G coverage from EE, you can get a Plusnet Mobile SIM card from £6 per month. This comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of data.
The following table shows Plusnet Mobile’s 1-month rolling plans:
If you’re a Plusnet Broadband customer, the data allowance on your Plusnet Mobile plan will be boosted by an extra 2GB per month. This means, for instance, you’ll get 7GB data on Plusnet's £8 plan instead of the normal 5GB allowance which is available to other customers.
If you’re not a Plusnet Broadband customer, you can get Plusnet’s home broadband service from £21.99 per month. You can also get up to a £75 reward card for signing up. For more information, see our guide to Plusnet broadband and Plusnet full fibre.
The following table shows the key things to know about Plusnet Mobile:
For more information, see our Plusnet Mobile review.
There are also a number of very small mobile networks that offer coverage from EE. They include Ecotalk, RWG Mobile, Utility Warehouse and Your Co-op Mobile. There are also a number of specialist mobile networks for calling abroad to another country such as CMLink, CTExcel and Vectone Mobile.
Some of the other mobile networks offering coverage from EE include the following:
In the past, there were several other mobile networks that also offered coverage from EE.
From March 2015 to October 2022, BT Mobile offered coverage from EE, with a £5 per month discount for BT Broadband customers. BT Mobile is no longer available to new customers.
Until 2021, Virgin Mobile offered 4G coverage from EE. They now offer 4G & 5G coverage from O2 on all of their plans.
In the past, ASDA Mobile also offered coverage from EE. However, they now offer Vodafone coverage to their customers.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Who uses the EE network?|
|Will I get the same coverage on another mobile network that piggybacks on EE?||
You’ll get access to EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G network if you’re using another network that offers coverage from EE. This means you’ll be able to get a mobile signal in the same places you can get a signal from EE.
On the 5G-ready plans from 1pMobile, EE, and IQ Mobile, you’ll also have access to EE’s 5G network.
|What coverage does EE offer in the UK?||
EE currently offers the following coverage in the UK: