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Google Daydream View VR headset is £9 a month when you buy a phone from EE

Tuesday, February 20th 2018 by Steve McCaskill

EE’s superfast 4G network makes it the ideal platform on which to enjoy some virtual reality (VR) content, so it’s letting customers spread the cost of a Google Daydream VR2 headset over 11 months.

New and upgrading customers can get their hands on the device by picking a phone, a price plan and then up to three accessories when they are at the basket stage on EE’s online store.

The Daydream costs £99 outright, but EE will add a £9 charge to customers’ monthly bill over a period of 11 months. This means EE is not charging any interest nor demanding an up front contribution, but it is worth pointing out that some other retailers are selling the unit for £70.

But that would require stumping up the cash in one go and possibly without access to the EE 4G network.

The Daydream VR2 is an updated version of Google’s first generation headset and plays VR content from your smartphone. Place your handset into the device, slip it on your head and play games, watch movies, and access Google applications such as YouTube and Google Earth.

A more complete VR experience

The headset differentiates itself from the competition by placing a strong emphasis on comfort. It is made from soft, breathable fabric, while the face pad can be washed by hand so you can easily clean it and hygienically share it with friends.

Google has been pushing VR heavily, both with its Daydream range of devices but also the cheaper ‘Cardboard’ viewer which offers an introduction to VR and is used by companies as a promotional tool. Daydream offers a more complete VR experience.

EE is the UK’s largest operator both in terms of subscriber and coverage, with its 4G network covering 99% of the population and 86% of the geographic area of the UK. It has committed to increasing this to 95% by the end of the decade.

It offers all the latest handsets, including the top of the range iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8, as well as devices from other Android manufacturers such as Huawei and Sony.

EE has a range of price plans under the ‘Essential’ and ‘Max’ banners. Essential Plans offer unlimited minutes, texts and different data allowances, while Max plans have the fastest 4G speeds of any UK network, access to BT Sport, and inclusive roaming in countries like the USA, Canada and Australia.

All pay monthly customers, regardless of whether they're on an Essential or Max plan, also get calls over wi-fi, free EU roaming and six months of free Apple Music.

The cheapest SIM-only deal is £14 a month for 1GB of data, while the most expensive is £35 a month for £40. All are subject to a minimum term of 12 months.

Customers who also sign up for EE’s home broadband service get a mobile data boost of between 5GB and 50GB.

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