Why go for an EE pay monthly mobile phone deal?
A powerful network
There are numerous reasons why a customer would be advised to take out a pay monthly mobile phone contract with EE, but perhaps the best reason is the performance of EE's 4G network. On more than one occasion, studies have found them to be the best mobile network in terms of overall performance, as well as in terms of speed, texts, data, reliability, and calls. This means that customers can be assured that they'll have access to a very capable network.
While actual speeds always vary, EE assert that their 4G network is capable of download speeds of 60Mb. This exceeds what can be delivered by all but the highest tier of Openreach-based home broadband packages, and while it requires ideal conditions to be delivered, even the average speed of their 4G network is higher than what can be achieved via a standard ADSL broadband connection.
Variety of handsets
Not only that, but with EE customers get to choose from a very wide variety of different handsets. These include all the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung and Sony, as well as enduring classics and more economical options. With such choice, EE accommodate most kinds of customers, including those who want a powerful phone so that they can remain connected and active at all times, as well as those who just want something convenient for checking social media and taking photos.
Given that EE's network has a reputation for being powerful, it's a good thing that they allow tethering, which is something that not all providers do. Tethering essentially permits users to create a wi-fi network using their phone and its data allowance. This is great if you happen to be out with your laptop somewhere that doesn't have wi-fi, and what makes it better for EE customers is that there's no cap on the amount of monthly data that can be used by other devices.
Things to remember
How much data allowance do I need?
While the vast majority of EE pay monthly mobile phone plans come with unlimited calls and texts, there aren't any that come with unlimited data. Fortunately, the various deals that EE offer do present a wide variety of different data allowances, with some providing as much as 40GB of data.
Of course, such a high quantity of monthly data might be unnecessary for some people, so it's worth a customer taking a moment before choosing a deal to consider just what exactly they want to use their package for. If they use their phone’s data allowance mostly for emails, web browsing and social media updates, then one of the smaller allowances should be fine for them. However, if they're a little more dependent on their phone and use it to stream media, for example, then they may be better off going for a package with a higher allowance. Naturally, this would involve paying more, so it's also necessary for them to work out a budget beforehand, and to decide how much they're prepared to spend each month.
Depending on the phone being chosen to accompany an EE pay monthly deal, customers will have to pay an upfront cost. Some mobile phones require no upfront charge to cover them, while others can set customers back a non-negligible amount of money, so customers are advised to look through all the available options and make sure they have a clear idea of what everything will cost overall.
With an EE pay monthly mobile phone deal, contracts are all normally 24 months. As such, customers can't leave their deal before the two years pass without having to pay an exit fee, which can sometimes be quite expensive. However, as with EE's broadband packages, customers have a 14-day cooling off period, allowing them to cancel with no questions asked in the event that they have second thoughts.
EE are currently aiming to cover 100% of the UK population with their network. Unfortunately, coverage is not quite complete at the moment, since even though the vast majority of areas are covered, there are a few minor areas that aren't. As a result, it's worth a customer using EE's coverage checker tool to see whether their postcode falls within the provider's network. Otherwise there's an outside chance they may end up being disappointed.
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