EE SIM-only deals explained
EE says it offers 'Everything Everywhere' - and it comes pretty close to fulfilling that promise. It's the country's biggest mobile network, known for its excellent 4G, and has tons of extras and perks to give you the most for your money.
And all that applies for its SIM-only plans. Let's take a look at what you can get, and answer some common questions you may have about EE.
What SIM-only deals can I get from EE?
EE's got a decent range of pay-monthly SIM deals, both for your mobile phone and for mobile broadband devices - like tablets and dongles. You can read all about EE mobile broadband in our special guide, but here's what you can get for your phone.
All EE phone SIMs come with unlimited minutes and texts, but monthly data allowances vary. The smallest plan you can get comes with 250MB of data, while the largest has a healthy 40GB.
12-month and 30-day contracts are available, but only the 12-month ones are available to order online. Its 30-day deals are quite a bit more expensive too, and they're missing a lot of the benefits you get with long-term plans.
All EE SIM deals include 4G mobile internet - EE's speciality. Its 4G network covers more of the country than any other provider, and in some areas it's capable of reaching speeds up to a mega fast 60Mb.
Perks and benefits
With all 12-month SIM-only deals from EE, you can get the following benefits:
- Wider coverage than any other UK network
- Six months' free Apple Music
- Three months' free BT Sport, via the BT Sport app
- Wi-Fi calling - EE uses your Wi-Fi connection to make calls if signal is dodgy
- Tethering, limited only by your monthly data allowance
- EE Broadband customers get bonus monthly mobile data - up to a frankly insane 50GB extra per month
How to compare EE SIM-only deals
The comparison table above lets you see all the current SIM-only deals you can get from EE. For each one, you can see how much it costs, the monthly allowance you get, and the contract length. All you need to do is take a look and find the one that looks best for you.
Looking for a specific allowance or budget? Use the filters to narrow them down to only the ones that fit what you need. And if you're not totally sure that EE is the network for you, you can compare its deals alongside ones from other providers too.
When you find a deal you like, just click through and we'll take you to EE's website to find out more and sign up.
What's the cheapest EE SIM-only deal?
The cheapest SIM deal you can get from EE gives you 250MB data with unlimited calls and texts, on a 12-month contract. It costs £11 per month at the time of writing.
This deal is great if you mainly call and text, don't use a whole lot of mobile internet, and want the best coverage (and all those lovely EE benefits) at the lowest price. On the other hand, if you go online on the go a lot, it's not ideal - you'll only end up running out of data and spending a bomb on add-ons.
To find the cheapest EE deal that suits your use, we recommend filtering the deals on our comparison table and sorting them by monthly cost. You'll usually find that plans with lower allowances cost less, though this is also a good way to spot special deals. 12-month contracts are quite a bit cheaper than 30-day ones too.
Can I get an unlimited data EE SIM?
Sadly, no, you cannot get an EE SIM-only deal (or any EE mobile deal, for that matter) with unlimited data.
The maximum you can get with an EE SIM is 40GB per month - which, in all fairness, is still a very high allowance. That's enough to download about 20 Blu-Ray resolution films every month, or more than 3,000 MP3 files.
If you've got your heart set on a SIM with unlimited data, however, you may need to try a different network.
Is an EE SIM deal cheaper than a phone contract?
Generally, yes. It's almost always cheaper in the long run to buy a handset outright and grab a SIM-only deal to use in it - and in EE's case, you could save up to a few hundred quid on like-for-like deals by going SIM-only.
As a bonus, it also means you can switch your SIM plan for a cheaper one a lot sooner - at least a year earlier than you can with a contract.
Can I upgrade an EE SIM-only deal?
Yep - and EE has a good range of special upgrade deals for existing customers. If you're happy to stick with the provider, in fact, you can upgrade early: on a 12-month SIM you can upgrade to another EE plan after just six months.
You can switch to a different SIM-only tariff, or grab a contract on a phone. Sometimes its existing customer deals include money off top handset deals. For instance, when the Samsung Galaxy S9 first came out, EE users could upgrade and get £250 off.
Can I keep my number if I switch to an EE SIM-only deal?
Yes - it's almost always possible to keep your current phone number when you switch to a new network.
1) Choose a new SIM-only plan - compare deals and sign up to one that you like the look of. Your SIM will be sent through the post to you. While you're waiting…
2) Contact your current provider and request your PAC (porting authorisation code) - you can request your code in a few ways - online, via text and even by post if you're really old-school. If you phone, they may try to talk you into sticking with them, but stick to your guns if this happens. They'll send you the PAC as a text message within two hours.
3) Give the PAC to your new network - when your new SIM arrives, it will have a new number. To change it to the old one, contact your network and give them the PAC code. They'll take care of porting the number over. It could be as fast as one working day before the old number's transferred, but be aware that on occasion it can take a little more time.
It may sound complicated, but it's very simple in practice. If you want a bit more detail, check out our full guide to keeping your phone number:
What size SIM card do I need?
Good news - there's no need to worry about choosing the right size SIM card with EE. All of the network's SIM deals come with a 'multi SIM'. These contain all three sizes of SIM card, so all you need to do is pop out the one that you need and stick it in your phone.
Does my phone have to be unlocked to use an EE SIM?
Some phones are locked onto a particular network, and will need to be unlocked before you can use another company's SIM. Fortunately, this is really easy to do. To find out if your phone is locked, pop in a friend's SIM card - they'll need to be on another network obviously. If it works, then your phone is good to go - otherwise, you'll need to contact your current operator and ask them to unlock it.
Different networks have different rules on unlocking. Some examples are:
- Three - all handsets are unlocked out of the box.
- O2 - phones are locked, but O2 will unlock them for free when you're out of contract. Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) customers will have to pay though.
- Vodafone - phones are locked, but Vodafone will unlock for free.
- EE - phones are locked, but EE will unlock for free - so long as you're out of contract. PAYG customers must wait 12 months after purchasing to unlock.
Those are just the major networks. To find out more about unlocking your mobile, check our full guide:
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