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Who uses EE's network?

4th June 2021

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There are currently two MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) using EE's network. These are BT Mobile and Plusnet Mobile. Note that at the time of writing, Virgin Mobile’s 4G customers will also be using EE’s network, but 5G customers use Vodafone and the company is in the process of switching everyone over to Vodafone, so by the time you read this that switch may well be complete.

Being an EE MVNO means using the same core network infrastructure, so you'll get the same coverage as you would on EE direct, although you won't always get the same maximum speeds, and not all MVNOs offer 5G.

But the advantage to choosing an MVNO is that they are often significantly cheaper and offer interesting extras not available on EE direct. Below you’ll find details of every EE MVNO.

Table of Contents

1. BT Mobile

A great choice for existing BT broadband customers

BT Logo

You could almost as well say that EE uses BT’s infrastructure as the other way around, since BT owns EE. That means there should be a level of synergy between the two networks that most MVNOs can’t offer.

Beyond that intangible benefit, BT has many of the same selling points as EE, including very high 4G speeds and a 5G service in the same places as EE.

And BT is one of the rare MVNOs that offers Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE (Voice over LTE). Plus, you can use as much of your allowance as you want for tethering, free European roaming is included, the network has high data limits, and if you’re a BT broadband customer you can get discounts on plans, while BT Halo customers can get unlimited data. Some plans also come with the BT Sport app (worth £10 per month) thrown in. Note however that there’s no Pay As You Go service on BT.

2. Plusnet Mobile

Lower prices and even better value for Plusnet broadband customers

Plusnet Logo

Plusnet Mobile is also owned by BT, which means it falls under the same banner as EE. It’s a less ‘premium’ service than either BT Mobile or EE though.

That means prices are typically lower, despite it offering just as good 4G coverage, and if you’re a Plusnet broadband customer you get extra data for your money. Tethering is allowed too, however data limits are low and more premium extras like VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling aren’t offered. 5G also isn’t offered yet at the time of writing, though we’d expect it will be added sooner or later.

You’re also limited to SIM Only plans – there’s no Pay Monthly or Pay As You Go. Still, as a basic service Plusnet Mobile shines.

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