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EE prices first LTE phones and tariffs in the UK

EE prices first LTE phones and tariffs in the UK

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EE has finally revealed tariff and handset pricing information for its LTE network, due to officially launch in the UK on October 30th. Those hoping for unlimited data will be disappointed, with the company instead opting for different data allowances depending on the monthly cost of your contract. All the tariffs come with unlimited calls and texts on a standard 24 month contract, with the following pricing options available:

£36 (500MB) £41 (1GB) £46 (3GB) £51 (5GB) £56 (8GB)
Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE £179.99 £139.99 £89.99 £39.99 £29.99
Apple iPhone 5 16GB £179.99 £109.99 £49.99 £29.99 £19.99
Samsung Galaxy S III LTE £149.99 £49.99 £29.99 £29.99 £29.99
HTC One XL £149.99 £49.99 £29.99 £29.99 £29.99
Huawei Ascend P1 LTE £19.99 Free Free Free Free

Anyone looking for more data will either have to purchase additional add-ons when running low, or move up to the £60 business tariff which features 16GB of data. Regardless of how much data you have, you can use it however you see fit, with VoIP access and tethering supported across the full range of tariffs. Customers hoping to avoid eating into their precious data will also be able to access BT's Wi-Fi hotspots littered across the UK at no extra cost as part of their plans.

Those hoping for a less restrictive 12 month contract will have to add an extra £10 per month to their chosen tariff. Customers wanting to bring their own handset, meanwhile, will be able to do so from November 9th, as EE will also offer 12 month SIM only plans. The company says that those will be £15 cheaper than the 24 month plans, with prices starting at £21 per month. MiFis will also be made available, starting at £15.99 per month for 2GB of data.

Those hoping for unlimited data will be disappointed

EE also let slip details of how existing Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to move over to an LTE tariff. Anyone who has joined the networks recently and obtained a 3G handset such as the Galaxy S III or HTC One X will be able to swap to the equivalent LTE model for a one-off fee of £99. Those still locked into their contracts will also have the chance to switch early. Customers will still have to pay for the final months of their plan, but EE will apply a 33 percent discount on the remaining balance provided you've been with either network for six months or longer.

Finally, the carrier is offering some additional incentives to entice customers over to its LTE service. Those paying £41 or more will be receive a free add-on, with choices including music streaming provided by Deezer, two free mobile games per month, or live mobile TV supporting up to 19 channels. As if that wasn't enough, EE is launching its own on-demand Film service. It's a standard content store accessible across mobile devices, but with an added twist: customers will be offered a coupon every week that will let them watch any title in the store for free. Fans of Orange Wednesdays will also be pleased to know that EE will offer an identical service, allowing customers access to two movie tickets for the price of one every Wednesday in cinemas across the UK.