If you’re still on the fence between signing a new contract with your carrier or hopping on a prepaid plan, then you should absolutely check out this brilliant deal that lest you change monthly fees to better fit your usage and, most importantly, your budget.
That’s right: you don’t have to agree to a fixed-rate 18-month or 24-month plan. Instead, you can choose your own tariff. Before you get too excited you should know the deal is only going to be valid in one European country. But other mobile operators should copy this approach as well.
Many years ago when the UK subsidiaries of Orange and T-Mobile decided to merge, they came up with the most annoying carrier name known to mankind, Everything Everywhere (EE), but that’s not the point of this post. EE is the carrier in question, one of the most important mobile players in the UK.
EE’s flexible plan that combines the best of both pay-as-you-go and pay-monthly worlds is called exactly what you expect, the Flex plan.
Available right away in the region, the plan costs as little as £10 per month, which nets you some 2GB of data, 1,000 minutes and unlimited texts for 30 days, and goes all the way up to £30 per month, which ups the data to 20GB and the voice minutes to 3,000. Each additional gigabyte of data would cost you £7.50.
Additional perks include free roaming in the EU, the rollover of unused data to the next month, with data probably being the main reason to switch between different tariffs, as well as 500MB of extra data for every three months that you don’t change your monthly fee.
As the Mirror explains, you’ll have to tie a debit card to your plan, so that the carrier draws the monthly fee automatically, but you get to decide how much to pay from the EE mobile app.
So what’s the catch? Well, being that humans are lazy, not having to worry about topping up the credit each month is great for consumers who prefer prepaid deals. Furthermore, there’s no contract so you can stop paying at any time. Even better, the Flex plans offer better perks than similar prepaid options, as long as you’re willing to spend at least £10 for your mobile needs each month. Pricing for prepaid plans starts at £5.
EE, meanwhile, gets a customer who happens to be a better asset than pre-paid clients, though still not as good as a real pay-monthly subscriber; or a guaranteed monthly revenue of at least £10.00.
Customers in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain can now take advantage of iTunes carrier billing as more carriers now support this handy feature.
Numerous UK Apple Watch Series 3 owners are reporting the are having issues activating the LTE functionality on British carrier EE.
Apple Watch Series 3: LTE Plan Prices on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell, EE, and Deutsche Telekom
Apple Watch Series 3 is available with built-in cellular capabilities, allowing you to make phone calls, send and receive text messages, stream music, get directions with Apple Maps, use Siri, and more without a paired iPhone.
The freedom comes at a cost, however, as Apple Watch Series 3 models with cellular are priced $70 higher than those with Wi-Fi and GPS only. Also, to access LTE, the watch must be added to your phone bill as an additional monthly charge.
Here’s a breakdown of how much participating carriers plan to charge. Some carriers have yet to announce their plans.
Verizon said it allow customers to add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $10 per month. Verizon will reportedly waive its $30 activation fee, and is offering the first three months of service for free. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via Verizon’s NumberShare feature.
AT&T has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $10 per month. AT&T is offering a $25 activation fee credit, and a $30 service credit for adding an Apple Watch, within three bills. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via AT&T’s NumberSync feature.
T-Mobile has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to a plan for $10 per month with AutoPay. T-Mobile will reportedly waive its $25 new SIM card kit fee, and is offering the first three months of service for free. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via T-Mobile’s DIGITS feature.
Sprint has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $10 per month. Sprint will also offer a special introductory three-month cellular plan trial. The carrier has yet to specify whether its activation fee of up to $30 per line will be waived as well, but it would seem likely.
Bell has announced that customers will be able to add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $5 per month. There is a one-time $10 activation fee. Bell will also offer a special introductory three-month cellular plan trial. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via Bell’s NumberShare feature.
Bell will not support the Apple Watch’s cellular capabilities in Manitoba or Saskatchewan due to the carrier’s lack of VoLTE in those provinces.
EE has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible SIM only or pay monthly plan for £5 per month, with the watch and iPhone sharing the same phone number. The carrier hasn’t confirmed if it will be offering an introductory three-month trial, or if there will be an activation fee.
Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
Deutsche Telekom has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for up to €4.95 per month, with the first six months free of charge. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via Deutsche Telekom’s MultiSIM feature. The carrier didn’t specify if there is an activation fee.
Apple Watch Series 3 models will be available to order starting tomorrow, September 15, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. In-store availability begins September 22. LTE-enabled models start at $399 in the United States.
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EE will be the exclusive mobile network in the U.K. to offer a tariff for the new LTE-capable Apple Watch Series 3 when it begins shipping later this month.
Announced at Apple’s media event on Tuesday, the latest version of the smartwatch contains an eSIM that can connect to a 4G LTE network so users can make and receive calls on their wrist, while watchOS apps can make use of the mobile data connection while untethered from an iPhone.
According to the BBC‘s Dave Lee, the EE tariff for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be £5 per month for existing EE iPhone contract holders, with the calling function on the watch using the same number as the owner’s phone.
EE customers will be able to sign up for the new tariff when the Series 3 Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order on September 15, costing £399 with cellular connectivity and £329 without. Orders for the new watch are expected to arrive on September 22, which is the official launch date of the device.
EE boss @MarcAllera says the tariff for the cellular apple watch will be £5 a month
— Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) September 12, 2017
Apple only mentioned EE as a U.K. carrier for the Apple Watch Series 3 during its media event yesterday, but it’s likely that other U.K. networks will offer their own tariffs as the market for the LTE smartwatch matures.
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