Mobile & Wireless

EE criticised for low data allowances on 4G

Wednesday 24 October 2012 | 13:03 CET | News

Everything Everywhere will provide handsets with its new 4G services at prices ranging from free for one handset model on a GBP 41 monthly deal, to an upfront payment of GBP 380 for a 64 GB iPhone 5 on the cheapest 24-month deal at GBP 36. Since announcing pricing, EE has been fielding a stream of criticism via Twitter for the low monthly data limits on its 4G service, TechCrunch reports. EE does not offer any unlimited data packages on any of its 4G tariffs. Asked why not, the company claimed that it is offering customers a choice of data packages to suit various needs, pointing to the fact that the majority of its (3G) mobile customers choose data packages of between 500MB and 1GB. 

EE is currently offering a choice of five 4G handsets, including Apple's iPhone 5, HTC's One XL 4G, Huawei's Ascend P1 4G, Samsung's Galaxy S3 4G and Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 4G, with Nokia's two forthcoming Windows Phone 8-based Lumias, the 920 and 820, due to be added later. The 16 GB iPhone 5 will cost GBP 180 upfront on the cheapest deal, while the Samsung Galaxy SIII will cost GBP 150 on the same tariff. 

With a 24-month contract, the One XL 4G and Galaxy S3 4GB will go for GBP 149.99 with the 500 MB tariff at GBP 36, GBP 49.99 with a 1GB tariff at GBP 41, or GBP 29.99 with a 3GB tariff at GBP 46, the 5GB tariff at GBP 51, and the 8GB tariff at GBP 56. The Ascend P1 4G will cost GBP 19.99 with the 500 MB package, or free with the other deals. 

The Galaxy Note 2 4G will cost GBP 179.99 with the 500 MB tariff, GBP 139.99 with the 1GB tariff, GBP 89.99 with the 3GB tariff, GBP 39.99 with the 5GB tariff and GBP 29.99 with the 8GB tariff. EE will also provide the iPhone 5 16GB for GBP 179.99 with the 500MB deal, GBP109.99 with the 1GB deal, GBP 49.99 with the 3GB deal, GBP 29.99 with the 5GB deal and GBP 19.99 with the 8GB deal.

The iPhone 5 32GB will go for GBP 269.99, GBP 219.99, GBP 149.99, GBP 99.99 and GBP 29.99 respectively, while the iPhone 5 64GB will price at GBP 379.99, GBP 269.99, GBP 219.99, GBP 189.99 and GBP 139.99 respectively.

EE will also offer 12-month contracts, with the same handset prices as for the 24-month contracts and higher monthly tariffs. The cheapest 12-month tariff will be GBP 46 per month (500MB), rising to GBP 66 for the most expensive package (8GB). The other 12-month tariffs are as follows: a 1GB data package costs GBP 51 per month; a 3GB package costs GBP 56 per month; and a 5GB package costs GBP 61 per month.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Apple / Everything Everywhere / HTC / Huawei / Nokia / Samsung
Countries: United Kingdom
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