- Excellent coverage & fastest data speeds
- Free access to BT Sport & Apple Music Apps
- Data gifting & family plans
- Generally more expensive plans
- Limited loyalty perks
- Data rollover limited to PAYG deals
- Best coverage & fastest data speeds with 29 MB/S on 4G.
- Access to over 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK saving you data.
- Family SIM’s with 20% off additional plans and no strings attached 30 day plans.
- Only 12 month plans.
- Limited loyalty perks.
- No data rollover.
Network Coverage & SpeedsWhen it comes to network coverage and speed, both networks use the same network and their 4G, 3G, and 2G speeds are the same. The standard speed for 4G is about 30 MB/s and customers can enjoy double speed 4G at about 60 MB/s On EE, however, customers on an EE Max Tariff have the additional advantage of enjoying the 4G+ speed of 150 MB/s+ in some areas.
Voice Call QualityRunning on the same network both BT Mobile & EE offer 4G calling (known as VoLTE). The quality of the service is excellent with better audio performance and connection versus the other networks. Basically, you won’t experience any kind of problem on either 4G calling or Wi-Fi calling. Whether you make voice calls in rural or city settings, the quality will generally always be good.
TetheringIf you are looking to turn your phone’s internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot, you won’t have a problem with either EE or BT. However, this is not always a great idea since you are likely to burn through your data a lot faster. But still, tethering is never limited on either network, regardless if you are on a SIM only or phone contract and you can use as much data as you want on the connected devices.
International RoamingBoth networks allow you to enjoy roaming services free of any additional charges to 47 EU countries. Nonetheless, EE comes with an extra advantage of allowing roaming in non-EU countries like USA, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand at no extra charges on the 4GEE Max Pay Monthly plans. You don’t get non-EU calling on BT.
Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi HotspotsBoth networks offer Wi-Fi calling. This perk allows you to take calls over Wi-Fi and not over your regular mobile connection – the benefit of this is you can make and receive calls in locations where you may have poor 4G/3G connection but access to Wi-Fi. You’ll need to ensure your SIM is in a compatible phone to make a call via Wi-Fi. Most phones bought from EE and BT support the service but we recommend checking if your current phone is enabled for the service. In the case of Wi-Fi hotspots, you can access Wi-Fi hotspots on the London Underground at over 250 stations. On BT, however, there are over 5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots spread across the UK which are easily accessible once you have registered your device.
Data RolloverData rollover is a perk that allows you to automatically transfer your unused data to the following month. Unfortunately with EE this isn’t available on pay monthly contracts or SIM only deals but you do get access to data rollover with an EE PAYG Plan. BT Mobile doesn’t have data rollover available on any of its plans.
Multi Buy Discounts/ Family PlansThese days networks are offering family plans that provide great value to customers looking to get their household phone bills consolidated into one. BT Mobile offers a family SIM deal which means each additional SIM purchased comes at a 20% discount to the standard price. On top of this each of these SIM’s are on 30 day rolling contracts which mean they are commitment free! On the EE family Sim, you can now enjoy discounts of up to 10% on product deals such as phone contracts and tablets. In addition, you are promised 5GB extra family data when on Home Broadband. Customers also enjoy data gifting advantages where they are able to gift someone a part of their monthly data. EE offer customers discounts on additional plans purchased on their account. Any additional SIM, phone or broadband deal will be available at a discount of 10%. EE also offer ‘data gifting’ – this allows customers to share data between multiple plans on a single account. This gives customers to ability to move data between their different plan i.e. if you run out of data on your tablet you can transfer some from your phone’s plan. This is a great option for families to reduce the number of out of plan costs you get hit with.
Some networks are offering customer rewards applications which offer discounts with popular high street retailers & restaurants. Some of these rewards such as Priority with O2 offer early access to purchase tickets for gigs.Unfortunately neither EE nor BT have a reward app available to their customers at this time.
Other PerksA number of networks are offering additional perks to separate themselves from the growing telecoms market. For example, customers joining EE on specific pay monthly plans get access to the following perks.
- 6 months free Apple music
- 3 months free BT Sport Mobile access
- Unlimited Apple Music Streaming