Better late than never: EE opens up SIM-only 4G deals
Operator EE, the only large-scale 4G service provider in the UK, has finally started offering would-be customers SIM-only data plans that don't include a handset upfront, lowering the cost to get on 4G.
"We're really pleased to announce our super-fast 4GEE SIM-only plans have launched today for customers. They are available initially to buy online or over the phone through our customer services team," an EE spokeswoman said. "They will also soon be available in store, and we'll confirm a start date very shortly."
The SIM-only tariffs, available for 12-month durations only, are around £15 cheaper than equivalent two-year deals that include a handset. For example, the entry-level 500MB contract costs £21 per month, compared with £36 per month. Two years of SIM-only plans would add up to £504, while a phone-bundle subscription would cost £864, not including the upfront cost of the handset.
Unlike phone-bundle deals, which come with up to 8GB of data use per month, the SIM-only plans max out at 5GB at a cost of £36. Those with handset contracts pay £51 per month for 5GB of inclusive data.