Latest Offer: 160GB of data for just £20 a month!
EE’s best selling plan is a 5G ready 160GB data plan with unlimited texts & minutes for just £20. It’s a 24-month basic plan. It may not contain any extras, but you’ll be getting the most 4G and 5G coverage, as well as fastest 4G data speeds in the UK!
This deals comes with 6 months of free Apple Music, and 3 months of BT Sport.
EE is the UK’s largest mobile network operator and you can enjoy six months of free Apple Music if you grab a pay monthly contract from them. On top of that, even existing EE customers can benefit from this offer.
Another great thing about this deal is you won’t be using your data allowance while streaming music on Apple Music during the six month free period. You get to decide when you want to start your free subscription, which is another added bonus in our book. Apple also gives away three months of Apple Music for free from time to time. If you time them right you can get up to a 9 month free Apple Music subscription. However, when you get the free subscription directly from Apple, you’ll use your regular data when streaming music on the app.
We love this deal, because you’d pay £9.99 for Apple Music under normal circumstances, but at the same time EE is a costlier option compared to all the other UK operators. Adding £10 a month to your already heavy bill might not be the best idea, once your free subscription is over.
We think 6 months free Apple Music is a great deal, if you’re already considering EE; if not there might be some better SIM only contracts offering free streaming or subscriptions on other providers.
- Six months of free Apple Music.
- Data-free usage during this period.
- Fastest 4G data speeds.
- Best UK coverage.
- Great extras and benefits.
- Most plans are significantly pricier than competitors.
- Your data spending habit will change and you might end up facing larger bills later.
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How do I Get Free Apple Music on EE?
All EE pay monthly mobile customers are eligible for this deal, all they have to do is text MUSIC to 150, reply YES to the follow up text, and get the offer. EE will send your further instructions on how to activate your free Apple Music subscription. You can also add this free deal to your account via My EE, just tap on the add-ons section and activate your deal.
EE will also cover the data you’ll be spending while streaming music on Apple Music, so you won’t have to worry about your data balance. You can start your six months of free Apple Music whenever you want. After the offer ends, the Apple Music subscription will cost £9.99 per month.
Alternatively, you can pick Apple Music as your Swappable Benefit and enjoy the music for the entire length of your mobile contract, provided your plan comes with a Smart Benefit.
Keep in mind that, if you already have an Apple Music subscription you will need to cancel it first. You can’t get this offer through EE, when you already have an existing subscription to the service.
How Does Six Months of Free Apple Music Work?
First of all, it really is a free offer; there is no catch. You can cancel your subscription at any given time. Even if you’re charged for the service at the end of your free offer, you can get your money back, provided you cancelled it before the seventh month.
You’re eligible for this deal if you’re on a 30-day, 12-month or 24-month SIM only plan. EE’s official website says only 30-day and 12-month contracts are eligible, but it looks like it’s outdated. You can get six months of free Apple Music on all pay monthly mobile contracts on EE, including their 24-month contracts.
During this period EE also offers data-free music streaming on Apple Music, which is great, but once your subscription is over you might end up missing that freedom. Then again, this could be one of the main reasons EE are offering this deal in the first place. You can stream or download music without using your data allowance, but you must have some data allowance remaining in your plan.
You’ll need to link your Apple ID to your Apple Music membership with your email and password. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you’ll have to create one first.
EE also says “You might be billed for two Apple Music items in the first month you start paying. One charge is pro-rata for the rest of the billing period and the other is an advance charge for your paid subscription.” so make sure to keep this in mind when the free period is coming to its end.
How to Cancel Apple Music?
You can cancel your Apple Music subscription at any time by texting STOP MUSIC to 150, or alternatively you can do it through My EE.
EE will text you in the final month of the free offer and let you know that your free subscription is ending. If you wish to continue, the network will move your plan onto a paid subscription onwards. The cost of Apple Music (currently £9.99) will automatically be added to your pay monthly plan. If you cancel the free service within the six months, you’ll continue to have free access to Apple Music until the next renewal date.
We’d like to remind you once again, that the data you use after the offer has ended will come out of your regular allowance.
Data-free Apple Music streaming is available when you’re roaming abroad in EU countries. If you’re roaming in a country that isn’t included in your EE plan, you must purchase a data add-on in order to stream music on Apple Music.
Network Coverage & Data Speeds
2G, 3G, 4G Coverage
EE offers the best network coverage for 4G, 3G and 2G. Their voice call quality is also head and shoulders above their competitors, but it seems like Vodafone are closing the distance. The network offers over 99% population coverage, but then again so do other operators. What makes EE unique is their 4G geographical coverage is above 95% and they’re still improving it.
As for 4G data speeds, EE once again ranks as the best mobile operator in the UK with download speeds around 36Mbps and upload speeds are also around 10Mbps, per Open Signal’s October 2020 test results. Vodafone & Three share the second place with 22Mbps download speeds, and O2 ranks as the slowest carrier among the main four.
EE’s pay monthly plans also include features like 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling. If your handset supports these two features, you can stay connected in even more areas. EE may be the best 4G operator in the UK, but we still strongly recommend checking out their coverage map before signing up for a long term deal. Switching to a new mobile network can be hard once you sign up, and you might end up having to pay a penalty fee for cancelling your mobile phone contract early.
When it comes to 5G coverage, EE are doing okay, but they’re not as competitive in this area. They have the most 5G coverage per location, and their 5G network is live in 125 cities and towns in the UK. However, Three’s 5G is live in over 154 cities and towns at the time of writing.
On top of that, according to OOKLA’s latest 5G test results EE are offering the slowest 5G download speeds. Their average 5G data speeds are around 135Mbps. Meanwhile, Three’s 5G download speeds average around 200Mbps.
In order to get connected to a 5G service you’ll need a 5G ready smartphone and a pay monthly price plan. You must also be in an area with EE’s 5G network of course.
Half Cooked’s Overall Breakdown
No matter how you look at it, this is a great offer with no hidden catches. You simply get 6 months of free Apple Music that gives you access to over 60 million songs that you can stream or download. On top of that, during this period it’s completely data-free streaming so long as you have some data remaining in your monthly allowance. The only downside to this offer is you might miss not having to worry about eating up all your data allowance once the offer ends.
Half Cooked’s overall rating for EE Mobile’s free Apple Music: (5 / 5)
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can get free Apple Music on EE?
All EE pay monthly customers are eligible for the six months of free Apple Music offer.
Can I cancel my Apple Music within six months?
Yes, you can cancel this free subscription at any time. The add-on costs £9.99 from month seven and on.
Will Apple Music drain my data allowance?
No, during the free period the app never uses your regular data allowance. The only exception occurs if you don’t have any data left in your plan.
I already have an existing Apple Music subscription, can I get this offer?
Yes, but you must first cancel your current subscription and then activate the free offer on EE.
What happens after the six-month free offer?
You can either cancel the deal or pay £9.99 a month and keep using Apple Music. Alternatively, if your plan gets you a Smart Benefit, you can use it to get free Apple Music subscription.