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EE pay as you go packs explained

2nd October 2019

EE pay as you go packs explained

Smartphone tariffs can be expensive, but with pay as you go packs available from as little as £1 on EE they don’t have to be, and they become even better value over time as you can unlock ‘boosts’.

So if you’re looking to save or have the flexibility of not being locked into a contract then one of these could be for you and we’ve got all the details of prices, tariffs and terms.

What packs are available and how much do they cost?

EE has split its pay as you go packs into three different categories. They’re split according to their focus, with Data Packs giving you a generous helping of 4G data, Talk Packs focused more on phone calls and Everything Packs equipped with a bit of, well, everything.

Everything Packs

Everything Packs
Pack Data Minutes Texts
£5 Everything Pack 150MB 100 250
£10 Everything Pack 1GB 250 Unlimited
£15 Everything Pack 2GB 1,000 Unlimited
£20 Everything Pack 4GB 1,500 Unlimited
£25 Everything Pack 8GB 2,000 Unlimited
£30 Everything Pack 20GB 3.000 Unlimited

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There are six different Everything Packs available and they all last for 30 days and all come with 4G data. The cheapest costs £5 and gives you 100 minutes, 150MB of data and 250 texts.

That’s very limited, so if you want more (which you probably will) you can spend £10 and get 250 minutes, 1GB of data and unlimited texts. Or for £15 you can access 2GB of data, 1,000 minutes and unlimited texts.

If you’re a moderate user or above though then you’ll probably want at least the allowances of the £20 Everything Pack, which comes with 4GB of data, 1,500 minutes and unlimited texts.

Moving on up, £25 will get you 8GB of data, 2,000 minutes and unlimited texts, and at the top end there’s a £30 pack, which comes with 20GB of data, 3,000 minutes and unlimited texts.

Talk Packs

Talk Packs
Pack Data Minutes Texts

£1 Talk Pack

Lasts for 7 days

10MB 100 200

£10 Talk Pack

Lasts for 30 days

50MB 5,000 Unlimited
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Talk Packs come in just two different sizes, with the smallest of these lasting just 7 days and costing a mere £1. For that you’ll get 100 minutes, 10MB of 4G data and 200 texts, so it’s only really fit for incredibly light users.

For £10 you can get a 30 day pack which includes 5,000 minutes, 50MB of 4G data and unlimited texts. That’s great if you don’t need data, but most users will, in which case an Everything Pack or a Data Pack is a much better option.

Data Packs

Data Packs
Pack Data Minutes Texts
£10 Data Pack 2GB 100 Unlimited
£15 Data Pack 5GB 500 Unlimited
£20 Data Pack 10GB 750 Unlimited
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If you’re data hungry but less interested in calling and texting then a Data Pack may be for you, though note that despite the name these top out at less data than Everything Packs. There are three of these available and they all last 30 days and come with 4G data.

The cheapest is a £10 pack, which nets you 2GB of data alongside 100 minutes and unlimited texts. Note that for comparison you’d have to spend £15 to get that much data with an Everything Pack, but you’d also get far more minutes.

Next up there’s a £15 Data Pack, which comes with 5GB of data, 500 minutes and unlimited texts. Then at the top end you can get a £20 Data Pack which comes with 10GB of data, 750 minutes and unlimited texts. If you need a moderately high data allowance on EE this is likely to be your best option – but to max out you’ll need to spend £30 and get the top Everything Pack.

How do I buy a pack?

When you buy a new phone or get a new SIM card from EE you’ll have the option to pick one of the packs, but if you’re an existing customer (and aren’t currently tied into a contract) you can grab a pack by logging in to the ‘My EE’ section of EE’s site and clicking ‘packs’, or by selecting ‘packs’ in the My EE app, or by texting ALL PACKS to 150.

Once you’ve bought a pack a new one will automatically be added to your account every 7 or 30 days (depending on the length of pack you’ve opted for) and the cost of the pack will be taken from your credit. If you don’t have enough credit for a pack then EE will let you know, and you can either top up to continue benefitting or just switch to spending your remaining credit directly on calls and texts.

What other benefits do they have?

One big benefit of EE’s pay as you go packs is that they get better over time, by allowing you to add extra minutes, texts or data every three months at no extra cost.

These boosts get better every three months. For example, data boosts start at 500MB, but after 6 months you’ll get 1GB, then it will grow to 1.5GB after 9 months, etc.

To qualify for a free boost you need to buy three 30 day packs or twelve 7 day packs. The packs must all be the same length but there can be gaps between them and you can track your progress towards earning a boost by checking your account page or heading to the My EE app.

Once you’re eligible for a free boost you can choose it from the EE app, your account page or by texting ‘BOOST DATA’, ‘BOOST MINS’, or ‘BOOST TEXTS’ to 150 and it will be added when your next pack starts and will continue to be added to any pack after that as long as you stick to packs of the same length.

Sticking to packs of the same length also allows you to continue accruing extra boosts every three months, but as soon as you change the length of a pack you lose all of your boosts and all progress towards your next boost.

Most of EE’s packs also include data rollover, so if you don’t use all of your data one month it will roll over to the next one, giving you a second chance to use it.

By buying an EE pay as you go pack you’ll also be benefiting from being on the UK’s largest 4G network, which currently has over 99% UK population coverage.

Do I need to buy a pack if I’m on pay as you go?

No, you can spend your credit directly if you’d prefer, though you’ll need either a pack or an add-on to use data and in most cases packs present better value than paying directly for calls and texts. For reference, EE charges 35p per minute and 15p per text.

What else do I need to know?

EE’s pay as you go packs have no contracts, so you can change or remove packs at any time.

EE’s pay as you go plans include free roaming in the EU (but not beyond). They don’t currently offer 5G data though, despite EE’s Pay Monthly and SIM Only plans optionally coming with it.

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