EE

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 Broadband with Line Rental
£21.00 for 18 months
£31.00 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 £59.99
  • £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 with Line Rental
£27.00 for 18 months
£36.00 thereafter

£15.00 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 £59.99
  • £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 Plus with Line Rental
£31.00 for 18 months
£41.00 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 £59.99
  • £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 to some areas
  • Fibre products come with the Bright Box 2 router with the lastest 802.11ac wireless technology
  • Truly unlimited broadband - you don't have to worry about how much you download each month
  • Can be one of the lowest priced phone and broadband suppliers - good value if you live in the low cost areas and make a lot of calls, especially with 1000 monthly minutes for calls to mobile phones on some bundles
  • £50 early cancellation buy out offered if you're still within your contract and want to switch to EE

Possible downsides

  • No standalone broadband available - you have to take EE's line rental and at least their inclusive weekend calls in order to get home broadband. This might not be the best choice for you if you don't intend to make any calls
  • Longer contracts - EE's shortest contracts are 12 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

 

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

  • 12 months free Norton Security Premium worth £59.99

  • Bright Box 802.11n router as standard or 802.11ac Bright Box 2 with fibre

  • EE TV packages available, even if you're not a mobile customer

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

  • £23 discount if you pay line rental a year up front

3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 3771 customer ratings since 2017-10-18. 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 2018-10-11

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EE Broadband with Line Rental 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

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10Mb
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£262 £21.00
£31.00 after 18 months

£10.00 upfront cost

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EE Fibre with Line Rental More Info

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

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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36Mb
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months
£339 £27.00
£36.00 after 18 months

£15.00 upfront cost

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EE Fibre Plus with Line Rental 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

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67Mb
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£372 £31.00
£41.00 after 18 months

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EE Broadband, TV and Line Rental More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price!
Add Anytime calls from only £5 per month!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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£388 £31.50
£39.00 after 18 months

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EE Fibre, TV and Line Rental More Info

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

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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36Mb
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£423 £34.00
£44.00 after 18 months

£15.00 upfront cost

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EE Superfast Fibre, TV and Line Rental More Info

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

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£456 £38.00
£49.00 after 18 months

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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 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.3 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 3771 customer ratings since 2017-10-18

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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.

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As many other reviewers on here have said, EE broadband is awful. Foe example, if you're trying to watch a music video on youtube it will usually default to lowest available playback quality and even so will usually have to pause two or three times during playback to buffer for an average 4 minute track. Download speeds vary and are inevitably so slow as to be unusable at night, though they will occasionally reach 5Mb/s (according to windows) at random times of day and night, at best. But that is, of course, if you can actually connect in the first place to the box EE give you. Probably 50% of the time it doesn't even appear in your list of available networks (when using wireless, which is the only practical option for me). So there is the game of constantly re-setting the box until it decides to reappear. Some people on here have said EE is like going back to dial-up; I would say EE 'broadband' is worse than dial up - though slow, dial-up was more reliable than this crap. If you're thinking about EE as a broadband provider - don't.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Spondon EE  
EE broadband is an absolute disgrace! Everything you must expect from a quality ISP is completely missing with EE. You cannot log on, then downloads are super slow, you cannot watch a video/movie because it freezes, emails cannot be accessed, gaming is impossible and it is impossible to use more than one device at a time!!! Technical department is useless!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hyde EE  
I cannot find the words to describe my frustration and anger at how awful this company is and how useless and unusable EE broadband is. I have just managed to get it to work after 48hrs of no internet AGAIN! THIS IS THE 16TH TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED IN 4 MONTHS!! I sometimes cannot even log on. When it works....WHEN...it is appallingly slow and I often use my mobile phone instead. My previous ISP's gave me non of these problems. EE's service department always have an excuse buy no reason and the promises that where made to me when I signed up for this EE contract have nowhere near been met. I( will never use EE again. AWFUL COMPANY!!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Withnell Lancs EE  
Shocking braodband. Opted for fibre and it is slow and intermittent. HATE that I'm locked into a contract because it is nothing short of dire! I now use more mobile data.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds EE  
I am not usually a person that likes to write reviews but I felt that at this occasion EE deserved it, I have been wifh EE for 18months now, I was due for an upgrade an the person that helped me with this process was absolutely fantastic an honest about the deals they had an whether it was worth me paying extra or not, after upgrading I found that my internet was slow even though we increased the speed, got talking to them again an again the person I spoke to was extremely helpful, talked me through a few steps that increased out speed even better than before an she was super friendly an patient as at some point I didnt have a clue which plug goes were, I highly recommend EE for their customer service, boradband service an prices
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
london isleworth EE  
Total garbage company with the slowest broadband known to man. Add a price rise mid contract. Add to that rude incompetent and blatantly dishonest customer service. If anyone here seriously has a good word to say for EE broadband they must be working for the company. This many damming reports cannot be wrong. AVOID EE!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Liverpool EE  
If only I could give no stars or better still minus stars for this disgusting excuse for a broadband Internet service provider. Snail pace download speed. Totally unreliable. You can guarantee being unable to log on. Buffering and freezing video streaming is the norm and as for their joke of a service department.....just don't go there!!
AVOID EE LIKE THE PLAGUE.!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Crank EE  
Have no complaints with EE whatsoever. Great speed, helpful customer service (in this country). After being with Virgin for many many years, the last few with appalling service, EE have so far done us proud. Would definitely recommend.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
Stourbridge EE  
DO NOT GO NEAR EE BROADBAND!! I would It is appalling!! Crawling pace download speeds and utterly inept customer service. Frequently it is down. Dial-up speed downloads and uploads are impossible. Reviews here are correct, it is around the 1Mb/s internet speed. Laughable!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Nuneaton EE  
Completely useless. Loads of nonsense apps of no meaning or value. Slow response, ugly control box and cheap looking remote. Really clunky awful low resolution menu display. God knows how to get the free champions League football I was promised in the shop. My patience may not stretch to trying to contact someone about my dissatisfaction
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Riding mill EE  

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Loyal broadband customers pay £113 more than those who switch providers

Posted on 2017-04-12 13:46 in News EE Virgin Media Sky BT TalkTalk

Loyal customers who stick with their broadband provider end up paying on average 43% more than if they had switched.

Research by Citizens Advice has cast a light on the way the major providers hike their prices once a contract has ended. Customers who choose to keep their existing deal instead of shopping around find themselves paying an average of £113 extra each year in what has been dubbed a "loyalty penalty".

Citizens Advice analysed the cheapest broadband deals from the UK's five largest suppliers. They found that Virgin Media was the only one that did not bump its prices at the end of the initial contract period. The other four saw increases of as much as 67%.

  • BT - the price rises from £24.49 to £40.99 after 12 months. An increase of 67%, amounting to £198 per year.
  • TalkTalk - the price goes from £20 to £25.50 after 24 months. An increase of 28%, or £66 per year.
  • Sky - after 12 months the price rises from £18.99 to £28.99. An increase of 53%, or £120 per year.
  • EE - the price rises from £21 to £28.50 after 18 months. An increase of 36%, amounting to £90 extra per year.
  • Virgin Media - the cheapest deal is £32.25 per month for 12 months. The price doesn't rise at the end of the contract.

The report found that more than a third of customers didn't realise that prices could go up once their contract had ended. It also found that customers stay on the same deal for an average of four years, which ends up costing them as much as £594 extra.

Those over 65 or on lower incomes were significantly more likely to stick with a deal for more 10 years.

Time to switch

The study highlights the fact that it's more important than ever to shop around for the best broadband deal. Our Ofcom-approved price comparison service helps you find the best and cheapest packages available for your postcode.

Switching broadband providers is easier than you might expect. In most cases, your new provider will handle all aspects of the switchover. You should experience no loss of service, and you won't even need to inform your old supplier that you're leaving. Read our guide to switching broadband providers to see how the process works. 

Citizens Advice is calling for greater clarity in how providers advertise their services, and also to inform customers by text when the fixed price comes to an end.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said, “People often choose their broadband deals based on the price that works for them - but our evidence shows that many do not realise the price will rise after the end of the fixed deal. The government has rightly put energy firms on warning for how they treat loyal customers - the actions of broadband firms warrant similar scrutiny. Extra protections for vulnerable consumers are also a must.”

The moral of the story is clear: loyalty doesn't pay. Once your contract is up, find a new provider. There are some incredible deals to be had on both standard and fibre broadband, and if you're lucky you might even bag an awesome free gift at the same time.

So don't delay. Click here to visit our postcode checker and you can start saving money today.

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Sky Q Hub

Why getting a new router can speed up your broadband

Posted on 2016-11-22 11:35 in News Features Virgin Media Origin TalkTalk Zen EE Vodafone Plusnet Sky BT

If you find broadband speeds confusing, you're not alone. What speed broadband providers advertise and what you actually get are rarely the same thing. The ASA has recently announced that it will be taking steps next year to bring clarity to the entire issue.

But that's a way off. In the meantime there are steps you can take to ensure you achieve speeds closer to what you were expecting.

You may not know that your Wi-Fi router can have a massive impact on the internet speeds you get throughout your home. Since the provider supplies the router we tend to assume that they're automatically good enough. But that isn't always true - sometimes they're old or slow, and not capable of handling a superfast broadband connection.

In these cases, upgrading to a more powerful router can help speed up your broadband dramatically.

How a new Wi-Fi router can help

Let's start with the technical bit.

The performance of a router is determined by the wireless standard that it uses. The best modern routers use the latest standard, called 802.11ac. It's the fastest available, and it runs on the 5GHz band which is clean and interference free.

802.11ac superceded the 802.11n standard. This is much slower - perhaps half or even a third of the speed - and it commonly runs on the 2.4GHz band which is much more prone to interference from other electrical devices in your home. As a result, the signal is not just slower but it gets much weaker the further it travels.

The router as a bottleneck

Many broadband providers supply an N-rated router with their packages, and it may not be up to the job. Tests show that 802.11n routers have a real world top speed of 50-100Mb, at close range. At a distance of 20 metres, and with a few obstacles like walls and floors in the way, that speed can be slashed in half - or worse.

So, if you've got a high-end fibre package and are getting speeds of 50Mb or more, then an N-rated router simply won't cut it. Your broadband is faster than your router, and the router becomes a bottleneck. Even on an entry-level fibre deal, with speeds of 25Mb, you'll be pushing it. You might find you get good speeds downstairs, but that they fall off sharply in the bedrooms.

In both cases, upgrading to an AC-rated router is likely to give you a major speed boost. The exception is standard broadband. Here, the speeds top out at 16Mb, and in practice are usually somewhat slower. An N-rated router should be able to handle this.

An easy way to check if you're affected is to use our free Speed Test tool. Stand next to your router and run the test on your laptop. Then head to the furthest corner of your house and run it again. If there's a major discrepancy in your results then it could be a sign that you need to upgrade your router. (Or it could mean you need to find a better position for your router.)

Do you need a new router?

You can see why a slow router can mean you don't get the broadband speeds you were expecting. So do you need to upgrade?

When you're shopping for broadband deals, all our comparison tables have icons to show what kind of router you're getting. Click the More Info button to see whether there's an option to upgrade to a better router when you sign up.

What router do you get?

  • Many of the major providers now supply AC-rated routers with all their packages. This includes TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin, while Sky also provides the new Sky Q Hub if you are a TV customer.
  • BT, Plusnet and EE supply 802.11ac routers with their fibre packages, and N-rated routers with standard broadband. BT offers a paid upgrade for standard broadband customers, but the other two don't.
  • Origin customers get an N-rated router, and need to pay at checkout to upgrade to a faster AC-rated unit.

If you've been with a provider for some time it's possible you're still using an older N-rated router and aren't getting the fastest possible speeds from your broadband. In this case it's worth checking with the provider to see if they'll swap your router for a newer model for free. Some may give you one in exchange for you signing a new contract. Just make sure you know exactly what you're getting, and that you aren't charged or placed on a new contract without knowing.

Lastly, a handful of providers, including Plusnet, Zen and Origin, allow you to use own router, so you can shop around and check independent reviews to get the best model for your needs.

The router is a frequently overlooked part of the broadband service. It's natural to assume that broadband problems are the fault of the provider, but the reality is that if your router is too slow you can easily be cutting your internet speed in half without even realising.

Give your router a quick check now to see if you would benefit from an upgrade.

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EE Buyers Guide

Can I get EE?

EE, is primarily known as a mobile provider but also provides a widely-used fixed line home broadband service. EE was formed when the T-Mobile and Orange mobile phone networks merged. EE's home broadband service is a combination of Orange's home broadband service and a new superfast fibre service. We also list EE's mobile broadband service separately in our Mobile Broadband section.

EE's home broadband products are not exclusive to its mobile customers, anyone is able to sign up, and when you do you'll qualify for the same perks as EE mobile customers.

EE's standard phoneline broadband is available in some form at all BT telephone exchanges. However EE have focused their best features and pricing on areas where they're installed their own equipment in the telephone exchange. This means that customers who live in more rural or remote areas may pay significantly more than the advertised headline prices, experience harsher traffic management and download limits, and also won't qualify for special offer introductory prices. You can find out if you live in an EE coverage area by using our postcode checker.

The situation is a little different with EE’s fibre-optic broadband packages, these use the same fibre to the cabinet technology as BT Infinity. FTTC broadband has been rolled out to almost 90% of UK households, with urban and central areas tending to be upgraded first. Whether you can benefit from fibre speeds depends on whether your telephone exchange and your street cabinet have been upgraded. More exchanges and cabinets are upgraded every month. You can also use our postcode checker to find out if you live in a fibre network area and are able to get fibre broadband with EE.

What packages are available?

EE offer three different basic home broadband packages at a range of different speeds to suit your needs and budget:

  • Standard broadband averaging 10Mb
  • Fibre broadband averaging 36Mb
  • Fibre Plus broadband averaging 67Mb

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 only able to estimate fibre speeds if given a BT line rental phone number, but EE will give you an accurate estimate before you sign up).

These packages are all truly unlimited, meaning that they do not come with any download caps, allowing you to download as much as you like on your broadband connection without having to worry about incurring extra costs or having your service cut. There's also no traffic management limits so you shouldn't be artificially slowed down at peak times.

Standard broadband customers living outside EE's low cost area are subject to a 20GB usage allowance and a traffic management policy that slows down all audio and video stream and music and video downloads at peak times, regardless of how heavily you're using the network. These restrictions only apply to 10Mb average speed broadband, fibre deals are truly unlimited in all areas.

All home broadband packages come with a phone service complete with inclusive phone calls - standalone broadband packages are not available with EE. Free inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines come as standard but, for an extra cost per month, you can also choose free inclusive anytime and mobile calls to cover the entire week. You need to pay line rental with all of these packages, although you can save on line rental fees by paying for a year up front.

There is also the option to sign up for triple play EE TV products.  EE TV offers 70+ Freeview channels (some in HD), catch up TV, On Demand services, and the ability to use it with your smartphone or tablet for extra functionality.

Which package should I choose?

If you live in EE's low cost areas then 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?

Compare all EE home broadband deals

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.

  • Bright Box 1 or 2 wireless router - EE broadband customers receive a free award winning Bright Box wireless router to manage their internet at home. Fibre customers receive the Bright Box 2 with the latest wireless ‘AC’ technology allows 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.
  • Nortion Security Premium - EE customers get one year’s free use of Norton Security Premium, worth £59.99, providing anti-virus tools, firewalls, and parental controls, to help you monitor your connection and keep it safe.
  • Biggest 4G mobile broadband network - EE have made headlines being the first UK provider to offer 4G superfast mobile broadband, which can rival home broadband speeds in some areas. 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 24/7 online support - EE offer free online support around the clock and if you can’t get online, telephone support is also available, free within the hours of your call plan.

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 - EE was formed by Orange and T-Mobile and so brings 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 and Virgin Media 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 award winning Bright Box 2 wireless router which supports 802.11ac connections for faster speeds over longer distances.
  • Line Rental Saver - You can save £23 per year by paying for that year’s line rental as one lump sum instead of monthly, further lowering potential costs.
  • £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.

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.
  • 12 or 18 month contracts - EE’s contracts have a minimum of 12 months or 18 months for fibre and many special offers, 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 one-month contracts 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.
  • Complaint levels - In the months during and immediately after the rebrand from Orange Broadband to EE, their home broadband had a significant jump in customer complaint levels, as reported by Ofcom meaning that EE were the most complained about home broadband provider in the mid-2012 to mid-2013 period. Complaint levels have now reduced but are still significantly above the industry average. EE is currently the second most complained about provider (scaled by volume of customers) of the big 5, with only BT having more complaints per 1,000 customers.

 

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