In preparation for the launch of their 4G LTE service on October 30th, EE today confirmed the pricing of devices and services on their network. All deals will include unlimited calls and texts, while deals above and including the £41 tier will get an additional media service from a choice of Deezer, 2 Gameloft games per month or live mobile TV from up to 20 channels. A £10 surcharge is applicable to any plan to reduce its length from 24 to 12 months, and existing Orange and T-Mobile customers who have signed deals in the last 6 months may make the switch to an LTE-enabled device for £99 plus any applicable change in monthly cost.
The reception to the tariffs has been hostile from many consumers, with some accusing EE of abusing their temporary monopoly on LTE in the UK and others pointing out that the late timing of this announcement allows for the costs to be buried while many customers sleep. As more networks introduce LTE services over the next year prices will undoubtedly be cut down, but until that point EE’s stranglehold on the market will ensure that the price you have to pay for the fastest data connection in the UK is not a cheap one.
Contract pricing with devices
All plans include unlimited calls and texts.
|Monthly cost||Plan length||Data|
Subsidised device pricing (plus 24 month contract)
|Device||£36 (500MB)||£41 (1GB)||£46 (3GB)||£51 (5GB)||£56 (8GB)|
|Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE||£179.99||£139.99||£89.99||£39.99||£29.99|
|Apple iPhone 5 16GB||£179.99||£109.99||£49.99||£29.99||£19.99|
|Samsung Galaxy S III LTE||£149.99||£49.99||£29.99||£29.99||£29.99|
|HTC One XL||£149.99||£49.99||£29.99||£29.99||£29.99|
|Huawei Ascend P1 LTE||£19.99||Free||Free||Free||Free|