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Who uses EE's network?

15th August 2023

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There are currently three major MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) using EE's network. These are Lyca Mobile, BT Mobile, and Plusnet Mobile – though the latter two aren’t currently accepting new customers. On top of that, there are numerous smaller brands who also leverage EE.

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 a list of every EE MVNO, and more detailed information on the key ones, along with some of those with more unique or notable features.

Networks using EE
Network What they are all about View deals
BT Mobile No longer offer plans to new customers. Existing customers get discount on EE plans View deals
Plusnet Mobile No longer offer plans to new customers. Existing customers get discount on EE plans View deals
Lyca Mobile Great value 30-day plans with International calling included View deals
EcoTalk Protecting nature by using profits to purchase RSPB land View deals
1pMobile Great value Pay As You Go rates and bundles with cheap roaming abroad. View deals

1. BT Mobile

A good 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 relatively rare MVNOs that offers both 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, there’s access to 5 million BT Wi-Fi hotspots included, and if you’re a BT broadband customer you can get discounts on plans, while BT Halo customers can get double data.

Some plans also come with the BT Sport app (worth £10 per month) thrown in. You can find out more by checking out our BT Mobile Review.

There’s a major caveat to all this though, in that BT Mobile has stopped offering plans to new customers. So existing BT Mobile customers can keep using it, but new ones can’t sign up.

Also, while SIM Only customers can add additional SIMs to their account and make use of BT’s Family SIM service,  those with a smartphone on contract will have their next upgrade handled by EE.

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2. Plusnet Mobile

Only for existing 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.

You can find out more by checking out our Plusnet Mobile review.

However, much like BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile is no longer selling plans to new customers, so while you can continue using it as an existing customer, you can’t sign up.

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3. Lyca Mobile

The network for international callers

Lyca Mobile is an MVNO that’s focused on international calling, as most of its plans include international minutes to numerous destinations. So if you’re regularly calling abroad – or would like to be doing – then Lyca Mobile is the ideal fit.

That’s the network’s main selling point, but it also offers plans with unlimited data, it has short 30-day SIM Only contracts, and it offers 5G and inclusive EU roaming.

You can also Pay As You Go on Lyca Mobile, however at the time of writing it doesn’t offer the likes of Wi-Fi Calling or 4G Calling.

You can find out more by checking out our Lyca Mobile review.

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4. Ecotalk

The network for nature

Ecotalk isn’t a big MVNO, but it does offer something the others don’t – namely it will use money from your bill to fund land purchases at RSPB reserves.

This land will be given back to nature, so that roads, homes, and other things can’t be built on it, and the native wildlife species can thrive.

Beyond that Ecotalk is a fairly basic SIM Only network, offering a range of 1-month plans that all come with unlimited minutes and texts. However, at the time of writing it doesn’t offer 5G.

5. 1pMobile

Cheap and simple Pay As You Go and great value bundles

1pMobile has an incredibly simple proposition – Pay As You Go plans that cost just 1p per minute, 1p per megabyte and 1p per text.

That 1p rate also applies when roaming in 46 European destinations, and 1pMobile offers 5G in the UK. So it’s a very simple and very cheap network, that’s ideal for anyone who doesn’t want a contract.

You can find out more by checking out our 1pMobile Review.

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6. Other EE MVNOs

While we’ve detailed the bigger and arguably more notable EE MVNOs above, there are a number of other MVNOs that also use EE. They are as follows:

Airwave Smart Mobile, Anywhere SIM, Axis Telecom, CMLink, CT ExcelBiz, Delight Mobile, Digital Phone, Econet Mobile, Ecotalk, Family Mobile, Go Mobile, Lomo Mobile, Matrix Cellular, Natterbox, Now Mobile, Popit Mobile, Simple Call Mobile, Talk Home Mobile, The Phone Co-Op, Telecom Plus, To The Moon, Ubigi, and Vectone Mobile.

Editorial Manager

James has been writing for us for over 10 years. Currently, he is Editorial Manager for our group of companies ( 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk) and sub-editor at TechRadar. He specialises in smartphones, mobile networks/ technology, tablets, and wearables.

In the past, James has also written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media, Smart TV Radar, and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV. He has a film studies degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, and has over a decade’s worth of professional writing experience.

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