You can now get 5G connectivity for the price of 4G. The future is here.

EE has launched new pay monthly plans that include 5G as standard at no extra cost, significantly bringing the price of 5G down for UK customers.

The new Essential and Smart Plans simplify the choice and open the door to 5G connectivity for more people, as they replace 4G as the standard connectivity speed on the EE network.

In fact, there are now only three 4G tariffs left on the EE network – Essential 15GB, 90GB and 125GB – while the rest are all 5G ready and better value than ever.

To get full access to EE’s 5G network, you need to get yourself a new Essential or Smart Plan on a 5G-enabled mobile phone, like Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, and use it in one of the ever-expanding UK towns and cities where 5G has been switched on.

New Plans Bring Exciting New Perks

Don’t let the name fool you – EE’s Essential Plans come with more than just the essentials. While they’re not quite as feature packed as the new Smart Plans, they now almost all include 5G as standard.

That’s in addition to all the perks that EE’s already loved for, like free subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple News+ (for iPhone users), the new BritBox streaming service and of course BT Sport.

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Your monthly cost tends to be lower on EE’s Essential Plans, with data amounts also starting at more introductory levels aimed at the occasional user, with 500MB tariffs available.

All the buzz and excitement are surrounding EE’s Smart Plans, though, which of course are also 5G ready. In all cases. They too include the same perks listed above on EE Essential Plans, with the added inclusion of EE’s new Reserve Data service, as well as a Swappable Benefit of your choosing.

Reserve Data is a new feature on Smart Plans that kicks in once you use up your normal high-speed data allowance (unless you have an unlimited plan, they don’t run out of course), giving you access to reserve data at no extra cost, so you can continue using your mobile.

Your Reserve Data clocks in at 2Mbps, and while that’s considerably slower than EE’s high-speed data, it’s fast enough for most of your day-to-day apps like Google Maps, Facebook and Spotify. Plus, it’s essentially free data, so who are we to complain?

Like we mentioned, the new Smart Plans also include what EE call a Swappable Benefit. It’s an extra benefit to keep EE customers happy and entertained, choosing from Amazon Prime Video, BritBox, BT Sport Ultimate, a Video Data Pass – for streaming on certain apps without using data – and a Roam Further Pass for roaming in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the EU.

Choosing the Right 5G Mobile

As the 5G prices drop on EE with the launch of its new plans, and the industry moves ever closer to total 5G adoption, you’re probably eying up a new 5G mobile phone to accompany it.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G are Samsung's latest phones, packed with cutting edge features and exceptional cameras.

If you’re looking for a work-orientated device or enjoy artistic pursuits, then Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, with its S Pen, is an excellent choice. Alternatively, if you want to jump on the 5G wagon while saving a few pennies, last year's Samsung Galaxy S10 5G ticks all the right boxes.

You can break into the wonderful realm of 5G at the lowest price by picking the Huawei P40 5G. Alternatively, you can stand out from the crowd by choosing Oppo Reno 5G, or LG V50 ThinQ 5G.