EE Broadband: The best deals of 2019?
Looking for EE broadband deals? You’ve come to the right place! Whether it’s standard ADSL, superfast fibre or ultrafast fibre max, we’ve got the ultimate guide to EE home broadband plans, prices and download speeds.
EE home broadband
Although EE has an indisputable place among the mobile phone giants in the UK, it still has a relatively small share of the home broadband market. EE broadband lags far behind the telecoms big-hitters, such as BT and Sky, in terms of customer numbers. However, EE broadband offers prices, download speeds and network coverage to rival any of its competitors.
To help you see how EE broadband deals compare to other internet service providers (ISPs), here’s a snapshot of fibre broadband plans and prices from a range of providers across the market:
|ISP||EE Fibre||TalkTalk Faster Fibre||Sky Superfast||BT Superfast Fibre Essential|
|Average download speed||36 Mbps||38 Mbps||59 Mbps||35 Mbps|
|Price per month||£26.00||£22.45||£32.00||£29.99|
|Contract length||18 months||24 months||18 months||24 months|
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On balance, it’s clear that EE Fibre sits comfortably at the lower end of the price range for similar packages from other broadband providers. Let’s take a look at EE broadband internet plans in more detail.
Standard EE broadband
- Price per month: £20.00 for 18 months (then £32.00 per month), or £32 per month for 12 months
- Average download speed: 10 Mbps
- Upfront costs: £10.00 set-up fee
Standard EE broadband is not only the cheapest home internet plan from EE, we’ve found that it’s also one of the lowest-priced in the UK.
It’s a standard ADSL connection with download speeds that will be enough for streaming Netflix shows or catch-up TV on one device and basic browsing on another. If the level of internet usage in your home is lower than average, Standard EE broadband will certainly be suitable to meet your needs.
EE fibre broadband deals
ADSL broadband will be sufficient for some people but increasingly even small households require the faster download speeds that you can only get with fibre broadband.
There are various EE fibre broadband plans at different download speed and price levels. The exact deals that are available to you will depend on where you live but most people will find that there are several options to choose from. Read on for full details.
- Price per month: £26.00 for 18 months (then £37 per month), or £32.00 per month for 12 months
- Average download speed: 36 Mbps
- Upfront costs: £15.00 set-up fee
With an average download speed of 36 Mbps, EE Fibre will allow you to have several devices connected at the same time for downloading, streaming and basic browsing. This will be the perfect kind of broadband package for most family households with typical internet habits.
EE Fibre Plus
- Price per month: £30.00 for 18 months (then £42.00 per month)
- Average download speed: 67 Mbps
- Upfront costs: £0.00. Set-up is free.
The faster downloads speeds you get with EE Fibre Plus make it best suited for households with fairly heavy internet usage. For example, online gaming, making video calls on Skype and streaming films and TV shows all at the same time places a high demand on your broadband connection. If that scenario sounds familiar to you, you’ll need something like this EE Fibre Plus deal, which delivers consistently faster broadband than the cheaper fibre plans.
Ultrafast broadband: EE Broadband Fibre Max
The next generation of internet service provision comes in the form of ultrafast, fibre-to-the-premises broadband. This type of connection means that all those downloads that usually feel like they take forever, such as an Apple iOS update or downloading a two hour film, are completed in seconds rather than minutes. More and more ISPs are offering ultrafast broadband; here’s how the EE Fibre Max plan compares to some of its competitors:
|Ultrafast broadband deal||Price per month on 18 month contract||Average download speed|
|EE Fibre Max 1||£40.00 (£49.00 after contract ends)||145 Mbps|
|EE Fibre Max 2||£47.00 (£54.00 after contract ends)||300 Mbps|
|BT Ultrafast Fibre Plus||£49.99||145 Mbps|
|Sky Ultrafast 1||£39.00||145 Mbps|
With zero upfront costs EE Fibre Max delivers seriously fast fibre optic broadband at a competitive monthly price. However, as with most Ultrafast broadband services, the network coverage is still very limited and you might have to wait a while before EE Fibre Max reaches your postcode.
EE broadband and TV packages
First of all, EE broadband and TV is probably not what you’re thinking. Yes, EE broadband offers TV deals as an add-on to home internet but you certainly don’t get the full range of home entertainment that you would find with Sky TV or Virgin Media.
What you do get with EE broadband is an Apple TV 4K streaming box. Through it, EE customers can access various TV apps such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Now TV.
The Apple TV 4K box will give you some improvement in quality compared to previous generations of HD, similar to the upgrade in picture quality you get when you play a DVD in a Blu-ray player. However, to get the most out of it, you'll need a 4K TV set.
Right now, there is a special deal available to EE mobile customers: get EE broadband and Apple TV 4K with BT Sport for £35.00 per month on a standard ADSL broadband plan, or £41.00 per month on fibre broadband. You just need to have an EE pay monthly or sim-only mobile contract lasting at least 12 months.
What is 4K?Essentially, it’s the new HD; 4K televisions have ultra-high definition so the picture quality is clearer and better than ever. To make the most of this new technology you need a 4K television set – a big one, some experts say it should be at least 65 inches – and film or TV content that is delivered in 4K, such as some Netflix shows.
EE 4G home broadband
Had enough of paying line rental for a landline that you never use? 4GEE home broadband could be just what you’re looking for. Finally, it’s possible to get a home internet service with decent download speeds without forking out for line rental.
In some areas of the UK, where broadband speed is typically on the slow side, 4GEE routers could be the best option to deliver much-needed high speed internet through the 4G network. With an average speed of 31 Mbps, EE 4G can provide faster broadband than many regions can get through the usual broadband network.
Internet speed and broadband availability vary considerably across the country but no matter where you live, it’s indisputable that 4GEE is considerably faster than an ADSL broadband connection. 4GEE can even compete with many superfast fibre plans in internet speeds. Up to 32 devices can connect to a 4GEE router, although it has to be said that it probably can’t cope with such heavy use without suffering a noticeable slump in download and upload speeds.
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Here’s how 4GEE home broadband works:
- You sign up to either an 18-month contract or a one month rolling contract.
- The 4GEE router and SIM are delivered to your home.
- Insert the 4GEE SIM into the router.
- Switch the router on and connect your laptop, smartphone, tablets and any other internet-enabled devices.
There’s no activation fee to pay and no need to sit in all day waiting for an engineer to install the equipment. It’s simply a case of plug in, switch on and away you go! However, the drawback of 4GEE is the lack of unlimited data; you’ll need to keep an eye on your internet usage and be prepared to top up if you reach your download limit before the end of the month.
There’s a wide range of price plans and data allowances on EE 4G home broadband. This is just an indication of what’s available:
|Data limit||Price per month||Upfront fee||Length of contract|
|50 GB||£35.00||£0.00||18 months|
|50 GB||£35.00||£100.00||1 month|
|200 GB||£40.00||£0.00||18 months|
|200 GB||£40.00||£100.00||1 month|
|500 GB||£50.00||£0.00||18 months|
|500 GB||£50.00||£100.00||1 month|
Clearly, the flexibility of fast broadband on a one month commitment-free rolling contract doesn’t come cheap. The hefty £100 upfront fee is not balanced out by lower monthly costs than on the 18 month contracts since the price you pay per month is the same regardless of whether you’re on the full 18 month contract or the rolling contract. We should also warn you that on the one month rolling contracts, EE will put up prices every year in March in line with the Retail Price Index.
Give your EE 4G home broadband a helping handIf you’re on 4GEE and you want even faster broadband, you can boost your signal by attaching an antenna to the outside of your house. EE charges £100.00 for installing an external antenna; just make sure you have permission from the owner of the building!