Networks like 1pMobile, IQ Mobile and Talk Home Mobile piggyback on EE’s 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 coverage from EE.
For instance, you can access EE’s mobile signal when you’re using a SIM card from 1p Mobile, IQ Mobile or Talk Home Mobile. This is because the three networks piggyback on EE for coverage.
In this article, we’ll look at the 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 mobile 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 from:
|Best Unlimited Data Plan:||£27/month on EE
(with 5G coverage & 6 months of Apple Music)
|Best Pay As You Go Plan:||
Overview Of Networks Using EE
Besides EE themselves, there are three other mobile networks that you can join to get coverage from EE. These networks are 1p Mobile, IQ Mobile and Talk Home Mobile.
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 available (e.g. more flexibility or inclusive international calls).
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||£14/month||4G & 5G||
|IQ Mobile||£7/month||4G & 5G|
|Talk Home Mobile||£5/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 1pMobile, IQ Mobile and Talk Home Mobile.
- Talk Home Mobile offers 5G coverage from EE, with no contract and no credit check required. They also offer discounted introductory prices, allowing you to pay as a little as 1p/month for the first 3 months. The Talk Home Mobile plans are flexible so you can change or cancel at any time.
- EE offers a choice of No Frills, Essential, All Rounder and Full Works SIM-only plans. On their All Rounder and Full Works plans, you’ll get an Inclusive Extra with your plan such as Apple Music or Netflix.
- 1pMobile and IQ Mobile also offer 5G coverage from EE with no credit check required.
The following table shows a selection of the best value SIM cards with coverage from EE:
£0.01 for 3 months
£3 for 3 months
£4 for 3 months
£6 for 3 months
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 £27 per month. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the All Rounder unlimited data plan with one Inclusive Extra, or the Full works unlimited data plan with three Inclusive Extras.
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 three 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.
- Talk Home also offers a traditional Pay As You Go service with no need to top-up your phone every month. You’ll pay 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB on this plan. You’ll need to use your mobile phone for a chargeable activity at least once every 90 days.
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 basis, 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 rates 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.
At present, you can get a SIM-only deal directly from EE with prices starting from £14/month.
There are four different types of SIM-only plan that you can choose from on EE: No Frills, Essential, All Rounder and Full Works.
On EE’s No Frills SIM cards, you can pay as little as £14/month for your plan. This will have a maximum download speed of 25Mbps (equivalent to 4G speeds):
For download speeds of up to 100Mbps, EE’s Essential SIM cards are available from £17/month. With Essentials, you’ll also get Stay Connected Data, along with Data Gifting if you have multiple EE SIM cards on your account.
EE’s All Rounder plans start from £26/month and come with a Smart Benefit for the entire length of your contract (e.g. Apple Music 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 for the entire length of your contract. You’ll also get EE’s fastest available speeds on the Full Works plan.
It’s also possible to use EE on a Pay As You Go basis with no contract and no credit check. The disadvantage is that 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.
Alongside their SIM-only plans, EE also offers a range of 4G & 5G phones on a 24-month contract. For more information, see our guide to EE’s Pay Monthly plans.
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.
Talk Home Mobile
In the UK, Talk Home Mobile offers low-cost Pay As You Go plans with access to 4G & 5G coverage from EE. Their plans usually start from £5/month, with no contract and no need for a credit check.
During May 2023, there are some exclusive introductory discounts available for new customers joining Talk Home Mobile. These offers can bring the price of your plan down to as little as 1p/month for the first 3 months:
Because there’s no contract, you can change or cancel your monthly Pay As You Go plan at any time.
It’s also possible to get a traditional Pay As You Go plan on Talk Home Mobile. On their Penny Pro plan, you’ll pay just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. There are no regular monthly charges but you’ll need to use your mobile phone for a chargeable activity at least once every 90 days.
For more information, see our Talk Home 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 other countries 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:
Frequently Asked Questions
|Who uses the EE network?||
In the UK, the following mobile networks offer coverage from EE:
Alongside these, there are also a number of very small networks such as Ecotalk, RWG Mobile, The Phone Co-Op, Utility Warehouse and Vectone Mobile.
|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, IQ Mobile, and Talk Home, 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:
For more information, read our full guide on EE’s network and coverage. We also have in-depth reviews of 1p Mobile and EE.
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Have you looked at RWG Mobile based in Wales, only support 4G at the moment but prices look good
Dave L said:
There’s HMD Global as well: https://www.hmdglobal.com/consumer-hmd-mobile
Dave L said:
Here are some more EE MVNOs:
• Moblox | https://moblox.com/mobile
This was previously White Mobile (see https://whitemobile.com/) and was bought by Piers Linney (BBC Dragons Den) and rebranded.
• Popit Mobile | https://www.popitmobile.co.uk/
• Velotel | https://velo.tel/
Aimed at cyclists. With cycling memberships and giveaways.
• Zevvle | https://zevvle.com/
All the above boast free EU roaming.
I haven’t used any of these providers, so I’m not advocating them over any other. I’m just aware as to their existence and sharing that information. I think Orange and T-Mobile can be removed from the above list.
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