EE launching SIM-only deals

With a rebranding exercise and rolling out the first 4G mobile data services in the UK, it’s been a busy few months for Everything Everywhere - now EE. Now, the carrier is planning to enter in to the world of SIM-only plans for consumers.

All their plans are 12 month only deals. This is probably so they don’t need to offset the cost of the handset against a longer tie in period. With the plans starting at 500MB at £21 per month, rising to 5GB at £36 per month, there should be enough there to satisfy the hardest of social networkers. Just don’t expect to do any heavy downloading on these plans.

Due on November 9th, there had been a delay in offering the contracts that could be “up to two weeks.” But EE have resolved their issues and are now able to offer the plans today! These are the same plans shown in the press pack at the EE launch.

The only thing lacking from the SIM-only offerings is a roaming plan, which is available on 24 month contracts for an additional £5 per month, giving the users unlimited roaming calls and texts in a lot of countries.

So if you like the thought of 4G and want to make the move to it, but are reluctant to swap your trusty Galaxy S III or have just bought a SIM-free LG Nexus 4, one of these plans might be for you.

Source and Image: coolsmartphone.com

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I pay £15 a month for unlimited 3G on Three. That's a 12 month contract as well. Even if you ignore the fact that I got £100 cashback on that (meaning the total cost is £80 for a YEAR of unlimited data, plus calls and texts - or about £6 a month), that's incredible value at ANY data usage. Thanks, but no thanks, EE.

At the end of the day EE's plans are useless, what's the point in paying £36 per month for 5gigs of data. Even there lowest plan of £21 a month for 500mb is double the price i pay for unlimited 3g.

I fail to see the point in better speed when you cant do much without going over your usage allowance.

3g is more than fast enough for me, i get 4-6 mbps at home and 8-10 mbps at work.

Sim only contract with Three for £9.90 a month, unlimited data, 200mins, 5000texts... more than enough for me.

As an EE customer who has been randomly charged for going over 6GBs over my 1GB allowance every month, I'm not interested. I don't know what exactly EE is classing as data usage since rebranding Orange and T-Mobile, but even things like system updates are being considered as usage. When I was with O2, I never met my 1GB cap and system updates were free, with no data being taken from my plan.

I use Wi-Fi 80% of the time due to being at university or home most of the time. The time in between that is spent on trains for about 30 minutes for three days. It just doesn't add up.

For data, I'd advise people going with 3. It offers unlimited data for £15. For me, I have a good 8 months of paying £68 for EE's ****, before I can jump the carrier bandwagon.

Zeikku said,
For data, I'd advise people going with 3. It offers unlimited data for £15. For me, I have a good 8 months of paying £68 for EE's ****, before I can jump the carrier bandwagon.

giffgaff is a good option as well. They do unlimited data for £12 a month, as well as unlimited texts & 250 minutes. No idea what else you get on 3, but it's probably identical.

To be honest 3G is great where i live, i can stream TV to my iphone using TV Catch Up when i am out and about, perfectly.

I also use my iphone as a personal hotspot for my laptop and its great for remote accessing someones machine on the quick,

I dont see a need for 4G at the moment for me.

Shikaka said,
To be honest 3G is great where i live, i can stream TV to my iphone using TV Catch Up when i am out and about, perfectly.

I also use my iphone as a personal hotspot for my laptop and its great for remote accessing someones machine on the quick,

I dont see a need for 4G at the moment for me.

I agree, I'm not going to bother paying out for both a new phone and extremely expensive data plans when HSDPA suits me fine already. Hopefully when they have some real competition from other networks the real fun will begin.

Sorry, but no. If I'm not getting a handset from them then I refuse to be locked in for 12 months. Why can't they offer 30-day rolling contracts like all the other networks do?

Edited by Ryster, Nov 20 2012, 11:50am :

TCLN Ryster said,
Why can't they offer 30-day rolling contracts like all the other networks do?

They can do what they like for now, as they're the only ones offering 4G.

Manish said,

They can do what they like for now, as they're the only ones offering 4G.

Of course that's true, but they should realise that once they're no longer in an exclusive position, people will remember EE's uncompetitive price plans and choose their 4G network accordingly.

SuperKid said,
Expensive just for a faster internet, what's the point.....?

I remember the same thing being said about 512k ADSL in the year 2000...

S_Herbie said,

I remember the same thing being said about 512k ADSL in the year 2000...

That's true but for many people upgrading wasn't necessary, we only feel the need to move away from slower speeds when the internet paradigm shifts like back then when we started getting higher res images and other bandwidth sucking media which pushed forward the demand for higher speeds. The only reason you would want 4G is because you want to watch youtube vids etc, otherwise there is no major difference. It will only stay fast through obscurity because I can tell you when there are a couple of thousand connected to one tower it will grind to a halt.

ingramator said,

That's true but for many people upgrading wasn't necessary, we only feel the need to move away from slower speeds when the internet paradigm shifts like back then when we started getting higher res images and other bandwidth sucking media which pushed forward the demand for higher speeds. The only reason you would want 4G is because you want to watch youtube vids etc, otherwise there is no major difference. It will only stay fast through obscurity because I can tell you when there are a couple of thousand connected to one tower it will grind to a halt.

Just youtube?

No Netflix, remote desktop, working "in the cloud", accessing you home media via the web, better quality maps when using Google Maps/etc, steaming music, to name a few?

MidTxWRX said,

Just youtube?

No Netflix, remote desktop, working "in the cloud", accessing you home media via the web, better quality maps when using Google Maps/etc, steaming music, to name a few?

I do most of those on 3G just fine, with NO CAPS