EE now offers 5G as standard on most plans, along with extras

27 May 2020


EE has just made 5G a lot more affordable and accessible, as it has started offering it as standard on all of its Pay Monthly handset plans, and on all of its Smart SIM Only plans.

That means whether you opt for a premium Smart handset plan, or a more affordable Essential one, you’ll be getting 5G at no extra cost, while on SIM Only you won’t get 5G with all plans, but will with all Smart ones.

EE isn’t the first network to do this – Three for example offered 5G as standard on all of its plans on day one, but EE is typically seen as an even more premium network, so it’s a big move.

You will of course still need a 5G phone to take advantage of it, but there are plenty of them now available, with EE stocking the Samsung Galaxy S20 range, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G, and a number of other 5G handsets.

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Swappable benefits and extra data

And while the move to making 5G a standard feature is the big news here, it’s not the only change EE is making. The network has also announced that BritBox has been added as one of its swappable benefits on Smart Plans (those being benefits that you can choose one or more of depending on your plan, and swap them every month if you want).

Perhaps more excitingly EE has also added Reserve Data to its Smart plans. This allows you to keep using data at a greatly reduced speed once your allowance is up, so you’re never cut off from the likes of WhatsApp and Google Maps.

With all this, EE’s 5G network should be more tempting than ever, but it faces stiff competition from the likes of Three, Vodafone, O2, and even BT Mobile, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, and VOXI – all of which have 5G services of their own.

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