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Iphone 5 will cost £180 on EE’s £36 4G tariff

Users vent about network's expensive price plans
Tue Oct 23 2012, 11:26
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UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE has shed more light on its 4G pricing, revealing the upfront costs of its first LTE smartphones.

EE lifted the lid on its 4G LTE price plans earlier today, revealing that customers will have to pay £36, £41, £51 and £56 per month for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB and 8GB monthly data allowances respectively.

Those not so keen on the network's tariffs aren't going to be very happy, as EE's pricing just gets worse. The network has now revealed that the Iphone 5 will cost £179.99 on its £36 24 month contract, a tariff that will get you around an hour of web access if EE lives up to it's promise of 30Mbit/s speeds.

Still, it's not so bad for those happy to sign up to EE's 24 month £56 8GB tariff, as the Iphone 5 will cost just £19.99 upfront.

Things aren't much better for those after a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the 4G network either. with EE asking for £149.99 for the handset on its 24 month £36 tariff, followed by £49.99 and £29.99 on its £41 and £46 contracts respectively.

There is some good news buried within EE's pricing sheet though, for those after the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE at least. The handset will cost just £19.99 on EE's cheapest tariff, and will be free on those over £41.

However, this slice of good news hasn't cheered up EE's angry customers, who have taken to Twitter to vent their anger at the network's pricing.

One not-so-pleased tweeter said, "Congratulations @EE on making your 'super-fast 4G network' irrelevant with your pricing structure."

Another would-be 4G customer adds, "#EE 4G pricing is a joke. £36 a month for 500mb of data," questioning whether the operator's pricing really hits that "sweet spot" that EE's CEO had promised.

Those with deep pockets who are not too disappointed with EE's pricing will be able to sign up from 30 October when the 4G network goes live. µ

 

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