EE Home Broadband Buyers Guide

Unlimited home broadband products from EE with discounts to their mobile phone customers

  • Truly unlimited usage available in most areas
  • Truly unlimited fibre broadband services available
  • Competitive phone bundles, including inclusive calls to UK mobiles
  • £50 early cancellation credit if you choose to leave your current provider early

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EE Standard Broadband with Landline
£22.50 for 18 months
£32.00 thereafter

£10.00 upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 5GB data boost for existing EE pay monthly mobile plans!
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • Free Bright Box wireless-n router
  • Free 1 year Norton Security Premium worth £79.99
  • £50 early cancellation credit if you're still in contract with your current provider
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • 18 month contract

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EE Fibre Broadband with Landline
£27.00 for 18 months
£37.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 5GB data boost for existing EE pay monthly mobile plans!
  • Free Bright Box 2 wireless-ac router
  • Free 1 year Norton Security Premium worth £79.99
  • £50 early cancellation credit if you're still in contract with your current provider
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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EE Fibre Plus Broadband with Landline
£30.00 for 18 months
£42.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 67Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 5GB data boost for existing EE pay monthly mobile plans!
  • Free Bright Box 2 wireless-ac router
  • Free 1 year Norton Security Premium worth £79.99
  • £50 early cancellation credit if you're still in contract with your current provider
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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EE are now offering £50 early cancellation credit if you choose to leave your current provider early and switch to EE Broadband. Just claim on the EE site after you've switched and provide evidence of paying additional fees to cancel before the end of your previous contract.

Reasons to choose EE

  • Fibre packages available - speeds averaging 67Mb available in some areas
  • Ultrafast fibre rolling out in some areas - Fibre Max 2 has an average speed of 300Mb (but has very limited availability)
  • Fibre products come with the cutting edge Smart Hub router with the lastest 802.11ac wireless technology
  • Truly unlimited broadband - you don't have to worry about how much you download each month
  • Free mobile data - get 5GB or 20GB free mobile data when you take a SIM and broadband plan together, or if you're an existing mobile customer with a pay-monthly or SIM-only plan
  • £50 early cancellation buy out for switchers - offered if you're still within your contract and want to switch to EE

Possible downsides

  • No standalone broadband available - you cannot get EE broadband without taking line rental from them, too
  • Longer contracts - EE's shortest contracts are 18 months, this may not suit your needs if you intend to move house or will only use the service at certain times of the year
  • Older wireless tech on standard broadband - you get the old Bright Box 1 router, supporting 802.11n wireless tech, on standard broadband deals

 

Features at a glance

  • 10Mb average speed standard broadband, 36Mb average for Fibre and 67Mbps average speed for Superfast Fibre

  • 12 and 18 month contracts available

  • Truly unlimited downloads

  • Free activation and equipment, or £50 new line engineer charge if you require telephone line installation

  • 12 months free Norton Security Premium worth £79.99

  • Bright Box 802.11n router as standard or 802.11ac Smart Hub with fibre

  • Apple TV 4K packages available for EE mobile customers

  • Competitive range of phone packages including inclusive mobile calling on some bundles

  • £50 early cancellation credit if you choose to leave your current provider early and incur exit charges when you switch to EE Broadband (must be claimed)

  • 5GB monthly data boost to your EE mobile plan

  • EE Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.2 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 2079 customer ratings since 2019-08-09. See more EE customer ratings and reviews.

This page relates to EE home broadband, EE mobile broadband packages are listed separately

Details last checked on 2020-07-27

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EE Standard Broadband with Landline More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + 5GB mobile data boost!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£280 £22.50
£32.00 after 18 months
Price will rise each April in line with the Consumer Price Index

£10.00 upfront cost

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EE Fibre Broadband with Landline More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + 5GB mobile data boost + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£324 £27.00
£37.00 after 18 months
Price will rise each April in line with the Consumer Price Index

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EE Fibre Plus Broadband with Landline More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + 5GB mobile data boost + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£360 £30.00
£42.00 after 18 months
Price will rise each April in line with the Consumer Price Index

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EE Standard Broadband with Apple TV 4K and Landline More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + 5GB mobile data boost!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£430 £35.00
£47.00 after 18 months
Price will rise each April in line with the Consumer Price Index

£10.00 upfront cost

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EE Fibre Broadband with Apple TV 4K and Landline More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + Includes BT Sport + 5GB mobile data boost + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£468 £39.00
£52.00 after 18 months
Price will rise each April in line with the Consumer Price Index

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EE Fibre Plus Broadband with Apple TV 4K and Landline More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + 5GB mobile data boost + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£504 £42.00
£57.00 after 18 months
Price will rise each April in line with the Consumer Price Index

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  • Line Rental

Details last checked on 2020-07-27

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for EE.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.5 stars
  • Speed
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars

Based on 2079 customer ratings since 2019-08-09

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Been with EE for over 3 years for internet, I started on a basic £17pm package on an 18 month contract. My speeds were/are abysmal, topping out at 15mbps on a good day but this was manageable. Once my contract was up, I started to pay £22pm on a rolling contract (OK, I guess new customer deals not applicable for me anymore) that's fine. Forward to January 2020, without informing me at all, my monthly price had shot up to £32pm.... For 10mbps! The problem with this is not only am I paying fibre optic prices for low speeds, but they didn't even tell me. Currently, its July 2020 and I have over £100 of debt on my account! I explained it to them but they seemed disinterested. I set up a payment plan to clear the balance. However, immediately after getting off the phone to them, I realised my speeds had been restricted to less than 1mbps (pretty much unusable) I called them up to discuss this and they said there was nothing they could do. Believe me when I say: Never trust this provider. They will over charge, increase bills without telling you and restrict your already weak Internet service. I don't know how they continue to get customers with this business model. Absolutely the worst ISP I've ever had contact with, avoid at all costs. They will rip you off, especially once you are a loyal customer. I'm pretty disgusted with them and I'm writing this on as many review websites as possible so more people are aware of their scams. Beware!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Aylesbury EE  
Probably the worst isp in the history of humanity.

They will take your money, sell your details on to third parties, and in return... nothing. You want to connect to the internet? Tough. This is EE, an internet service provider that does not provide internet service. Just a stupid box with a flashing yellow light. How this is legal I do not know...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London EE  
Connection just drops randomly, usually at night when we need to use it most. EE of course say there's absolutely nothing wrong, sometimes they'll send us a new router which doesn't help, because the problem is obviously on their end.

I honestly cannot comprehend the stupidity of these people, though it feels more like malice at this point.

If you are reading this, AVOID EE!!

I repeat - AVOID EE!

They are the worst isp in the entire world. I'm barely 25, yet I'm already turning grey because these people are stressing me out so much. Daylight robbery. These people are nothing short of criminals.

To summarise: EE are the worst isp in the world. Avoid them like the plague.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
wales EE  
So slow and constant buffering. Have to constantly reset the box to get wifi to work. Ignored by customer service
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
croft EE  
We were promised a smooth change over by EE. It did not go to plan. They blamed Open Reach for the problem. When I spoke to 4 different customer service reps about their promise, I was either brushed off or spoken to very rudely. If you are thinking of going with EE dont bother. I literally just received a text from them to say they will provide an uodate in 5 days time, no need to call them! Really disgusting.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cheshire EE  
Absolutely terrible. When you test the broadspeed, the readings are usually quite good, but they are not backed up by the actual experience.
The connections drop randomly and stop in the middle of something. Some websites simply become unaccessible for a few seconds to a few mins and then reconnect. Totally unreliable. Really regreted signing with EE for broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Ponteland EE  
Only had this broadband provider for about 2 weeks but I have had good experiences with them so far! We chose them because they kept on calling us about switching to them and persuading us. We initially said that we’d wait around until September to decide whether we would stay with Post Office or move to EE, but because Post Office has been intermittent and lockdown and everything, along with the inability to play Roblox properly, we made the decision to switch in June and not in September.

I like that it’s faster, much more faster than PO who I’ve had to use for years.
Minimal drops of connection occurred from the broadband end. Only two so far from the router’s end and they happened on the first day (it was the first day so it’s understandable)!
It does drop a little bit in some apps but I just close them out of the app switcher and open them up again and it works fine! Might be the iPad but I do not know.

Not intermittent yet but it’s still early days. I would recommend this lot for your broadband but I wouldn’t recommend Post Office! I’m glad that mum chose this broadband!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Not disclosed EE  
Not the best as I have never recieved the speed I am paying for. Been told it will be looked into but as of late nothing has changed.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Hailsham EE  
Wireless connections are throttled can't even reach 1 Mb and I'm paying for the 2nd highest tier (top tier not available in my location). The customer service is generally nice but do not purchase this broadband as it a bad quality product. Suggest NOW TV as a provider as its far superior. (I have personally only experience 2 providers)
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wallsend EE  
Good company to deal with twice had a problem it was sorted within days
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
Saffron walden EE  

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Out of contract customers

Out of contract broadband users to save £270 million a year

Posted on 2020-07-31 12:08 in News Sky BT Plusnet EE Virgin Media TalkTalk

Coming to the end of your broadband contract? You could be set to take your share of a £270 million saving following a new agreement between Ofcom and some of the industry's biggest brands.

The deal will see EE, Plusnet and Sky join BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media in cutting prices for vulnerable customers when their contract ends.

On top of that, EE, Plusnet, Sky, BT and TalkTalk have also all agreed to make New Customer pricing available to their existing users when they upgrade. It guarantees them access to the most attractive deals.

The changes will result in price cuts worth £270 million each year for the UK's nearly nine million out-of-contract customers, slashing the half a billion pound excess they normally pay.

The measures are the latest part of the industry watchdog's ongoing plan to ensure that everyone gets the best deal on their broadband by avoiding the often hefty price rises that follow when a user's initial contract period ends.

The benefits of signing a new deal or switching providers are well known. Yet as many as 40% of all users are still on an out-of-contract deal, paying an average of £56 a year more than they should be.

Ofcom found that Virgin Media have the highest proportion of out-of-contract users, at a massive 61%. Sky and Plusnet are also above average, with 42% still on old deals.

But EE's out-of-contract customers pay the most, at an average of £7.90 extra each month - or nearly £95 per year.

Research shows that older and vulnerable users are the least likely to switch, so they've been a large focus of Ofcom's campaign. Only last week they called on the industry to treat vulnerable people - including those with disabilities, health or financial problems - more fairly, to identify them more quickly, and to increase staff training.

Ofcom say that around a million vulnerable customers should save as much as £70 each per year as a result of these new rules.

Don't pay more than you need to

Other Ofcom rules came into force in February that require your broadband supplier to contact you when your deal ends. They now need to tell you how much you'll be paying if you remain on the same deal, compared to what you could pay if you took on a new contract. But you still need to act on it.

Even if you're happy with your current supplier, you shouldn't simply remain on your old deal. Do that, and the price will go up. If you're willing to sign a new contract with them you'll be able to get a much better price. You might even get other perks, too, like a new router, a speed guarantee, extra data on your mobile plan, and so on.

If you're open minded about switching, use our postcode checker to see what broadband deals are available in your area. Prices rise by as much as 50% when your contract ends, so you should be able to find a far better price than what you would pay if you did nothing.

Make sure you factor in the value of rewards like cashback. And remember that this is also your chance to bring several services together in a single bundle. Getting TV, mobile and landline calls from one provider will often bag you a better deal than if you get them all from different companies.

Sound like a plan? Then compare then best broadband deals now.

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How to claim your free broadband rewards

How to claim your free broadband rewards

Posted on 2020-07-17 16:26 in Features BT John Lewis Plusnet EE Virgin Media Sky NOW Broadband TalkTalk

A lot of broadband suppliers offer freebies to tempt you to sign up, and some of them are really worth having. They can range from cashback and bill credit, to shopping vouchers, and sometimes even tech gadgets. They change all the time, so if you're on the hunt for a new deal it's worth keeping an eye out for what's around.

But the important thing to remember is that you very often have to claim your reward separately. And you normally only get a short window in which to do so - miss it and you'll miss out!

We've got a full guide to broadband rewards and free gifts if you want to know more. Or if you just want to know how to claim your swag for many of the main providers, here's what you need to do.

How to claim Plusnet rewards

Plusnet regularly offer cashback, gift cards and reward cards to new customers. They'll send you an email within 10 days of your signing up with a link to claim your reward. You then need to claim it within two months, and should get it around 10 days later.

How to claim BT rewards

A lot of BT Broadband deals include a BT Reward Card as their special offer. This is preloaded with a cash sum that you can spend in most places that accept Mastercard payments. You can claim up to three months after your broadband is activated, and it should arrive within 30 days. Visit https://www.bt.com/manage/bt-reward-card/ to start your claim.

How to claim Sky Broadband rewards

Sky Broadband offer a range of sweeteners at various times, including a pre-paid Mastercard and high street vouchers. You get 90 days to claim your reward. If you're eligible, head over to sky.com/claim and log in with your Sky ID to start the process.

How to claim John Lewis Broadband rewards

Rewards from John Lewis Broadband include e-gift cards that can be spent at John Lewis or Waitrose. You don't need to claim this one - it should be sent via email within 60 days of the activation of your broadband service, so keep an eye on your inbox.

How to claim NOW Broadband rewards

NOW Broadband don't offer as many extra perks as other providers, but when they do have them they'll send the info on how to claim via email. You should get this within two weeks of your service being activated.

How to claim EE rewards

EE Broadband regularly offer cashback or Amazon gift cards as a reward for signing up. If you're eligible for one of the gift cards you'll be sent an email with instructions on how to claim it after your broadband goes live.

How to claim TalkTalk rewards

When TalkTalk offer rewards, they're normally either e-gift cards for specific stores or vouchers to be spent on the high street. Look out for an email with all the details, and you should receive your reward within 90 days of activation.

How to claim Virgin Media rewards

Virgin Media rewards can include bill credit, tech products or even wine, and you don't normally have to claim. The credit will be applied to your bill automatically, and any free gift will be sent out within 28 days of installation of your Virgin service.

To see what free gifts are available right now, take a look at the best broadband deals available today.

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EE Home Broadband Buyers Guide - Is EE right for you?

Can I get EE?

EE broadband uses the Openreach network so is available countrywide. You should be able to get it in all but the most remote areas.

Coverage extends to over 95% of UK homes, with the same service and price being available whether you're in a major city or a rural village (although speeds will, naturally, vary). Use our postcode checker to see if EE is available where you live.

EE are best known as a mobile network. You don't need to be an EE mobile customer to sign up to their broadband services, although you will get some added benefits on your phone plan if you are, such as a 5GB boost to your EE mobile data allowance. In addition, you can get good EE mobile broadband deals in our mobile broadband section.

EE was bought by BT in 2016. There are plans to merge the networks of the two companies over the next few years, starting in 2020.

What packages are available?

EE offer three core home broadband packages, with different speeds to suit your needs and budget.

  • Standard broadband - unlimited broadband with an average speed of 10Mb. It comes with the older Bright Box 1 router
  • Fibre broadband - the entry level fibre package offers unlimited usage and an average speed of 36Mb. It includes the cutting edge Smart Hub router, with fast 802.11ac performance
  • Fibre Plus broadband - the high-end fibre deal has unlimited downloads and an average speed of 67Mb. It also comes with the latest Smart Hub router

All three deals come on 18 month contracts, although a more expensive 12 month contract option is available for 10Mb average speed standard broadband. Line rental is included in the price - there's no option to buy without line rental - and there's no setup fee. If you're an EE mobile customer with a SIM-only or pay monthly deal you'll also get 5GB of free mobile data added to your plan each month.

You can add a call plan from around £5 per month for weekend calls. There is also the option to sign up for EE TV products. EE TV offers 70+ Freeview channels (some in HD), catch up TV, On Demand services, and the ability to watch on your smartphone or tablet.

Speeds are given as averages because they can vary depending on a range of factors such as how busy the service is (peak times such as evenings are busier than late at night) and how far you are from either your local telephone exchange (for standard) or your street cabinet (for fibre), with longer distance decreasing your broadband speed. The average speed is in fact the median, achievable by at least 50% of EE users on the same product during peak time hours of 8pm to 10pm. You can use our postcode checker to find out your likely distance from your nearest exchange, and estimate how fast your package could be (we're currently unable to give fibre speed estimates for most postcode areas, but EE will give you an accurate estimate before you sign up).

On top of these three offers, EE have two extra plans that run on the new G.fast service for ultrafast broadband. These are Fibre Max 1, with an average speed of 145Mb, and Fibre Max 2, averaging 300Mb. Both come with a bonus 20GB per month data added to your mobile plan. However, the G.fast rollout is a long-term project and coverage in early 2019 is limited to just over a million homes. The plan is to cover 5.7 million homes by the end of 2020.

Which package should I choose?

All of EE’s home broadband packages are truly unlimited, so you don't need to worry about choosing a download cap. Instead, you should focus on the difference in broadband speed - and whether it is worth paying for a faster connection.

If you're close enough to the telephone exchange to enjoy them, EE’s standard broadband speeds averaging 10Mb would be more than enough for most online activities such as using social media or e-mail, or even heavier uses like gaming, video calling or streaming TV and films, and so may be sufficient for many Internet users, especially those who live alone.

You may benefit from faster internet speeds is you do a lot of online gaming, watch a lot of streaming TV and films or regularly download a lot of large files, especially in larger households where more than one person might be doing these things at any one time. The faster speeds available with fibre also help prevent slowdown when a lot of people are using one connection - especially if these people are heavy Internet users. This can be the case for student flats or homes of large families.

Ultimately is a trade-off between cost and speed - and there is no point paying for more than you need.

The other factor to consider is whether you use your landline enough to benefit from inclusive anytime and mobile calls, or whether the standard evening landline calling option will be sufficient.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How far do you live from a BT telephone exchange, and will this be a problem for your standard broadband speeds?
  • How many people will be using your broadband connection at any one time, especially for heavy downloading, streaming video or online games?
  • Is the extra expense of fibre broadband really worth it for you?
  • Will you save money on calls by opting for the anytime and mobile calls option?

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What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Smart Hub or Bright Box 1 wireless router - EE broadband customers receive a free wireless router to manage their internet at home. Fibre customers receive the latest Smart Hub with the fast wireless ‘AC’ technology that enables it to provide strong coverage around your home using hyperfast speeds and the best frequencies to avoid interference from any other devices. It supports multiple devices, is quick and easy to set up, and it's backwards comparible with 'N', 'G' and 'B' rated wireless devices and wired connections. Standard Broadband customers get the older Bright Box 1 router. This supports the slower 'N' technology, although will still be fast enough to deliver your broadband service at top speed.
  • Nortion Security Premium - EE customers get one year’s free use of Norton Security Premium, worth £79.99, providing anti-virus tools, firewalls, and parental controls, to help you monitor your connection and keep it safe.
  • Biggest 4G mobile broadband network - EE were the first provider to offer 4G superfast mobile broadband in the UK and are now following suit with the rollout of their 5G network. 4G can rival home broadband speeds in some areas, while 5G is putting ultrafast broadband through its paces. Those combining their home broadband package with mobile deals can therefore benefit from high-speed broadband on the go as well as at home.
  • Free support by phone and online - EE offer free online support around the clock with their comprehensive guides and Ask the Community option. If you need telephone support, this is also available for free between 8am and 9pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm on weekends.

What are the benefits of EE?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Wide range of mobile options - As the UK's largest mobile network, EE bring a great deal of mobile phone expertise to the table. You can get your home broadband packaged with landline deals, mobile deals and even phones themselves, all together in one convenient package. Only TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Vodafone of the big ISPs offer similar levels of mobile options with your home broadband.
  • Truly unlimited broadband in all areas - EE’s unlimited broadband is truly unlimited for customers, meaning you can download or upload as much as you want each month without being artificially slowed down.
  • Advanced technology wireless router for fibre - Fibre customers receive the cutting edge Smart Hub wireless router which supports 802.11ac connections for faster speeds over longer distances.
  • £50 Early Cancellation Credit - If you're still within your contract for another supplier and want to switch to EE early, just claim on the EE site after you've switched and provide evidence of paying additional fees to cancel before the end of your previous contract, and they're provide you with £50 bill credit to cover some of that cost.
  • TV options - When you sign up you can also choose to take the EE TV service. The basic services consists of the freely avaiable Freeview channels with a set-top box that allows you to record shows and access on-demand and catch-up services. These come through a combination of your TV aerial and your broadband service. You can augment this with subscriptions to premium channels including Sky Sports.
  • Vastly improved complaint levels - Having been one of the most complained about broadband providers just a couple of years ago, Ofcom data for late-2019 shows that EE now receive the fewest number of complaints among all the big providers.

What are the drawbacks of EE?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • No standalone broadband - EE do not offer any standalone broadband contracts, meaning that you have to get your home broadband with phone service and line rental. This is only really an issue for those who do not plan to use a landline or do not wish to change phone provider - especially given EE’s free inclusive weekend and evening calls.
  • 18 month contracts - EE’s contracts have a minimum of 18 months for fibre, which can be a problem for those who have short tenancies or do not want the commitment of a year-long contract. The lack of shorter deals is not necessarily a problem however, as the long contracts can be a plus to those who live in one place and do not wish to renew on a regular basis. 12 month contracts for standard broadband are often significantly more expensive than their 18 month equivalent.
  • Older wireless tech on standard broadband - For a standard broadband product averaging 10Mb, you'll be provided with the older Bright Box 1 router, supporting 802.11n wireless technology. This tends to have poorer range that the 802.11ac tech used in the EE Smart Hub routers and tend to achieve slower connections further from the router.
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