LONDON, October 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
EE, the UK's most advanced digital communications company, today announced the introduction of the best value 4G plans in Europe*.
Reinforcing EE's position as the number one UK network for speed, great value and innovation - a series of 4GEE plans launch on the 30th October, designed to provide customers with a solution to meet all their superfast mobile needs. The move will allow customers across the UK to benefit from EE's award winning network, which is continuing to roll out at an unprecedented pace, and is already available in an unrivalled 117 towns and cities - reaching over 60% of the population.
Expanding the availability of superfast 4G to more users, EE is introducing the UK's most affordable 4G pay monthly handset packages, as well as the UK's first 4G pay as you go handset plans - developed to offer customers more flexibility and choice. A new converged 4G and home broadband bundle will also be available, as well as new 4G powered home broadband plans for areas of the UK not served by superfast fixed broadband - enabling even more customers to benefit from the 4G revolution.
Meanwhile, for those wanting the ultimate smartphone experience, EE is introducing '4GEE Extra', a series of pay monthly handset plans that combine the UK's biggest 4G mobile data allowances, world leading speeds, and a variety of great benefits. EE has also developed two new 4GEE mobile broadband plans for tablet super users so they can make the most out of their device's connectivity when on the move.
New 4GEE and 4GEE Extra plans for business customers are also available.
Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE said: "One year after launch, we've extended the world's fastest network across 60% of the United Kingdom. But we want to bring the power of 4GEE to even more people.
"That's why this month we are launching new plans for light users, super users, regular users, data sharers and Britain's mobile workforce up and down the country.
"Whether they want the flexibility of pay as you go, the UK's most affordable monthly plans, or to make the most from their smartphone with the world's fastest speeds and biggest data bundles, EE is the number one 4G network."
Realising 4G for all
1) UK's first 4G pay as you go handset plans
EE is set to make superfast 4G available to the 40% of mobile users who want the control and flexibility of pay as you go, with the UK's first 4G pay as you go handset plans. All 4GEE handsets currently available to pay monthly customers will be available on pay as you go, including the forthcoming Alcatel One Touch Idol S (from £129.99). From launch until 31st January 2014, every customer who buys a 4GEE pay as you go handset from an EE shop or ee.co.uk will receive an additional, one off, 10GB of mobile data, completely free, to get them started.
A range of 30 day bundles (from 100MB to 10GB), and text and call options will be available. Those who take out a data bundle greater than 2GB will benefit from EE's fastest 4G speeds as standard.
EE will also launch a Christmas pay as you go promotion. Until 31st January, all pay as you go customers on EE** can receive 2014 free minutes, to use throughout the whole of 2014.
2) The UK's most affordable 4G pay monthly handset plans
As a result of its unique double speed network, a new two-tiered approach to 4G pay monthly handset plans is being introduced. The move will see the launch of a range of entry-level 4GEE 24 month handset plans, offering UK consumers the most affordable way to take out a 4G pay monthly handset plan. The plans, which offer download speeds up to 30Mbps, and average speeds of 12-15Mbps***, complement the growing range of entry-level 4G smartphones and start from just £18.99 per month. For full package details, please see the table at the bottom of the release.
3) Converged 4G and home broadband bundle
EE is also launching a unique converged bundle for all 4GEE pay monthly handset customers, which will see their mobile data allowances increased to 10GB each month for no extra charge when they sign up to EE's unlimited home broadband service. This means customers can get 10GB of 4GEE data from just £18.99 a month. On selected mobile plans, it increases to 20GB.
4) The UK's first 4G powered home broadband
Finally, in November, EE will extend the reach of 4G even further, by introducing 4G powered home broadband products and plans tailored for areas of the country not served by superfast fixed broadband technology. This will offer huge benefits to rural areas and reaffirms EE's commitment to bringing 4G to as many people as possible. Further details on the plans will be announced in due course.
For the ultimate 4G experience
1) '4GEE Extra'
For those who want the ultimate 4G smartphone package, EE is introducing 4GEE Extra - a series of 24 month handset plans starting from just £26.99 per month. As well as unlimited UK calls and texts, 4GEE Extra customers will benefit from:
The world's fastest 4G speeds
The biggest UK 4G mobile data allowances
Inclusive roaming calls and texts in 30 international destinations incl. USA & Australia****
Superfast support with fast track customer service
2) 4GEE Mobile Broadband
Two new super user 24 month 4GEE mobile broadband plans are also being introduced to the existing range. For £36 per month, customers will be able to take out a 20GB mobile data bundle, while for £50 per month they can take out a 50GB mobile data bundle.
Furthermore, all new 4GEE customers on pay monthly or pay as you go mobile broadband plans of 4GB of data or more will receive EE's fastest network speeds as part of their plan.
Added benefits only on EE
All new 4GEE and 4GEE Extra customers on pay monthly handset plans with unlimited calling minutes (starting from £23.99 per month) can choose from a range of inclusive add-ons which include unlimited access to 25 million music tracks with Deezer, 17 leading UK TV channels, or a catalogue of top-rated games. The same customers can also access EE's Shared 4GEE Plans, allowing them to share their text, voice and data allowances with up to four other users.
Network: keeping one step ahead
EE continues to offer customers across the UK an unrivalled mobile network experience, with its double speed 4G network available in 20 cities. The EE 4G service is available in 117 towns and cities, covering more than 60% of the population.
To further extend its mobile data leadership, in November EE will reveal more details on plans to trial the latest 4G speed technology, offering speeds up to 300Mbps in London this year, with wider rollout planned for 2014. The EE network is already the joint fastest network in the world, and this move will make the network the number one for speed.
Further details on the trial will be announced in due course.
Notes to Editors
*Best Value - EE is the only network to offer double speed 4G with the biggest data allowances, affordable price points and a wide range of inclusive benefits in its plans - these include Deezer, 2-4-1 cinema tickets and Clone Phone Lite
**Available to Orange and T-Mobile new and upgrading pay as you go customers as well. Customers will receive 168 free minutes a month, every month for a year, when they top up £10 each month. The minutes can be used to call any UK network, landline or your voicemail, at any time, and are in addition to customers' existing allowances.
***Customers on regular 4G plans in a double speed area will enjoy average speeds of 24-30Mbps.
****Available on all plans taken out between 30th October until 31st January
EE is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers, businesses, government and the wholesale market. With more than 15,000 employees and 600 retail stores, EE serves more than 27 million mobile and broadband customers on EE, Orange and T-Mobile plans.
EE runs the UK's biggest and fastest mobile network, having introduced the UK's first and only superfast 4G mobile service in 2012. In September 2013 EE's 4G coverage reached more than 60% of the UK population, with plans to cover 98% of the population by 2014. EE's 2G coverage today reaches 99% of the population and 3G reaches 98% of the population. EE's superfast fibre broadband service covers 54% of the UK population, and ADSL broadband service covers 98.7% of the population.
EE has received extensive independent recognition including being ranked the UK's best overall network by RootMetrics®, and Best Network for Business at the 2013 Mobile Industry awards.
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