What is 4G?

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What is 4G? And 4G+?

4G stands for fourth generation mobile phone technology: a superfast, high capacity network which makes doing things on your phone seem instant.

EE was the first UK network to offer 4G, and we're leading the way once again with 4G+. That plus sign means even faster speeds, as 4G+ enabled phones can receive data from multiple bands in the 4G spectrum. It's the equivalent of getting fibre broadband on your mobile. So you can do more of what you love, even faster.

How does 4G compare to 2G and 3G?

When 2G networks were built, they were suitable for calls and texts only. When 3G came along in 2003, it allowed calls and texts, but also had capacity to let you browse the internet.

With the rapid introduction of smartphones, 3G simply couldn’t handle the increased data consumption. So 4G was born. A network built from the ground up, with the space to handle loads of superfast data.

Just how fast is 4G?


Our 4GEE Essential Plans and 4GEE Plans give you access to speeds of up to 60Mb/Second. Our fastest speeds are accessed with our 4GEE Max Plans, which give you access to 4G+ and speeds of up to 90Mb/Second.

Check out the table below to see how speed improves the download time of a 5GB HD video.

Time taken to download a 5GB HD video  
4GEE Essential & 4GEE Plans
4GEE Max Plan
Up to 60 Mb/Second Up to 90Mb/Second
12 mins 8 mins

What makes EE's 4G network so special?

At EE, we recognise you want 4G coverage wherever you go, not just where you live. Which is why we’re pushing our network to more corners of the UK than ever before, bringing 4G to even more people and improving rural and indoor coverage.

While other networks talk exclusively about population coverage (99%, since you asked), we’re raising the bar to talk about geographic coverage too. And we’ve made it our ambition to roll out 4G to 95% of UK landmass by 2020.

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