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EE launches new smartphones and mobile hotspot devices

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

EE is launching two new own-brand smartphones and two 4GEE wi-fi devices.

The Harrier, due to be launched on 28 April, is EE’s second own-branded smartphone and will run on the Android operating system.

It will allow customers to access EE’s 4G network – capable of mobile broadband speeds up to 60Mbps – as well as to make calls and send texts over wi-fi.

Harrier from EE will be available for £199.99 on pay as you go and free on 4GEE plans from £21.99 per month.

The Harrier Mini is a more compact version of the Harrier handset. Similar in style to the Harrier, the Harrier Mini also features an Android Lollipop operating system.

EE claims the Harrier Mini will be the “most affordable way to utilise wi-fi calling when the service is activated on the device this summer, allowing EE customers to make and receive calls and texts in areas of zero signal”.

Harrier Mini from EE will be available for £99.99 on pay as you go and free on 4GEE plans from £16.99 per month.

'Big step forward'

EE is also introducing what it calls two new ‘4G wi-fi devices’ which will be available from early May.

The Osprey 2 provides customers with a 4G mobile internet hotspot, allowing up to 10 devices to connect at any one time.

It has a long battery life, allowing users to stream for more than 15 hours uninterrupted, and also acts as a portable battery pack.

EE is also launching the Osprey 2 Mini, a compact version of the Osprey which also allows up to 10 devices to connect at any one time and can be personalised with one of three coloured ‘bumpers’ that come with the device.

The Osprey 2 will be available free on pay monthly plans from £15 including 3GB of data, or £69.99 on pay as you go including 6GB data. The Osprey 2 Mini is available for free on pay monthly plans from £15 including 3GB of data, or £49.99 on pay as you go including 6GB data.

Pippa Dunn, chief marketing officer at EE, said: “Customer take-up of our existing EE-branded products has been phenomenal, so we’ve worked hard to create new feature packed devices.

“The Harrier and Harrier Mini are another big step forward and will allow even more people to benefit from a premium smartphone without the premium price – as well as provide access to a superfast 4G experience that only the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network can provide.”

EE’s 4G service is currently available in over 500 major towns and cities across the UK, as well as approximately 4,000 smaller towns and villages.

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