Despite a rather larger number of UK mobile providers, there are actually only four network providers. That is to say, there are only four providers who own and run their own network. All those other providers piggyback (lease capacity) from one of those four. EE is one of those four network providers – the other three being Vodafone, Three and O2.
EE claims to offer the UK's most comprehensive coverage and best data speeds. Rrecent research from independent, crowdsourced data company Tutelabacks this up, stating that EE offers the highest excellent consistent quality in common coverage areas across the UK, and the greatest relative coverage for both 4G and 5G.
EE also leads the way when it comes to 4G speed, according to Tutela’s report, averaging 31.1Mbps, with Three trailing behind in second place with 15.6Mbps, followed by O2 and Vodafone. However, when it comes to 5G speed, O2 leads the way, averaging 53.1Mbps, with EE only achieving third place (after Three) an average of 48.6Mbps.
With every provider, no matter the SIM you choose, there will be some desirable features that it either offers, offers but to a limited extent, or doesn't offer at all.
EE SIM-only contracts are 12 or 24-months long. If this doesn't appeal, EE also provides a good range of PAYG SIMs, including a sort of halfway house arrangement called 'Flex' – where you have a rolling 30-day contract and you can change the minutes/data/text allowances as you please every 30 days.
EE SIMs arrive as something called a 'multi-SIM'. A multi-SIM is three SIMs in one, a SIM, a micro-SIM and a nano-SIM. You just unclip/push out the one you need and pop it in your phone.
Any of the deals on this page will provide you with an EE SIM card, which will be sent to you in the post.
If you are on a 30-day deal, you can change your data, minutes and text allowances up or down every month, if you wish. If you have a 12 or 24-month contract, then you can increase your data allowance, but not decrease it.