EE is a mobile network and broadband provider, formerly called Everything Everywhere. It received a huge amount of publicity with the 2012 launch of 4GEE - the UK’s first 4G mobile service.
EE is the first UK provider to offer 4G mobile services services - the successor to 3G mobile communications - in the UK. It claims its speeds are up to five times faster than those of 3G connections.
Although Orange and T-Mobile both use the EE network to provide 3G services, their customers will have to switch to EE if they want to use EE's 4G network - known as 4GEE.
EE's 4G coverage was initially switched on in 11 UK cities including London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff, with an additional six cities to be added by the end of 2012. EE has said that 98% of the population will have 4G coverage by the end of 2014.
EE's mobile broadband packages allow you to connect your tablet or laptop to the internet wherever and whenever you want. Where 3G was not generally considered practicalfor internet-intensive activities such as streaming movies or online gaming, 4G should provide the necessary oomph to cope.
Such is the improvement in speeds, 4GEE may even allow some people to do away with the commitment of a home broadband contract.
Using mobile broadband
An EE mobile broadband connection means you can get online in a variety of ways:
- With a dongle to plug into your laptop or tablet
- With a mobile 4G-compatible Wi-Fi device
- With a sim that you put straight into your laptop or tablet
If you move out of a 4G area - which currently covers around a third of the population - you can still connect using 3G, but you'll be back to receiving slower connection speeds.
EE download limits
EE did come under fire for offering data limits that were considered insufficient in light of the superfast connection speeds offered by 4G.
As a result, EE increased the amount of data customers can use, either for an extra fee - an extra £5 a month for 5GB of data - or for free for customers on the largest package by increasing the limit to 8GB from 5GB originally offered.
EE will also let you check how much data you've used, and will let you know when your data is running low.