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EE Smart Plans Explained
EE Smart Plans come with a whole host of excellent value benefits, but make sure they're of use to you.
Earlier this year, EE introduced Smart Plans. These are basically enhanced versions of their standard mobile price plans but with some added benefits, which depending on how you use your phone will either be well worth looking at or not. Here we explain exactly what Smart Plans are and what they include.
What's the difference between a Smart Plan and a standard Essential plan?
EE have two main types of mobile price plans available - Essential and Smart. Both plan types include unlimited minutes and texts regardless of the price you pay per month, plus unlimited minutes and texts for use in 48 European destinations, including the EU. Both plan types have different data allowances available, so depending on how much date you use per month you can choose from 500MB up to unlimited data. Both plan types also currently include six months free Apple Music and three months free BT Sport (including the data use for these apps). Data Gifting is also included as standard, which allows you to share your data allowance with other family members on your EE account.
In addition to these items though, Smart Plans have some additional perks called Swappable Benefits. Swappable Benefits are a set of add-ons for your plan that you can choose when you first receive you phone and then swap them when you fancy a change.
What are Swappable Benefits?
There are six 'Swappables' currently available on EE plans, you get to choose one of them (which you can set up when you receive your phone) and you can swap it out for another if you want throughout the duration of your mobile contract. One pass won't cost you any extra a month, although if you want a second pass, you can choose to add it and pay for it on top of your included pass.
Amazon Prime Video
Yes, this is the same Amazon Prime Video that Amazon Prime customers get, so you get access to a whole load of films and TV shows, including Amazon Prime exclusives such as The Boys and American Gods. Ideal for the commute home or lounging on the sofa. However, if you've already got an Amazon Prime account, this particular perk won't be much use to you. If you haven't though, it's worth considering if you like your video entertainment, and there's a wide variety of stuff you won't find on Netflix, Sky or BT TV. You can choose it as one of your Swappable Benefits or add it to any plan for £5.99 a month.
Video Data Pass
A Video Data Pass covers any data you use watching shows, films and videos on Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video. These means those services won't eat into your data allowance. A couple of things to consider - if you have an unlimited data plan, this Swappable won't be of use to you as you have all the data you can eat anyway, and of course if you don't use any of these video streaming services or only ever use them over WiFi at home, then again, this ones not for you. However, if you have limited data on your plan and do use these services when out and about, or the kids like to watch shows whilst in the car, then this Swappable can save you some serious cash when it comes to data use, leaving you your data for other services such as email, social media, gaming and music streaming. Choose it as one of your Swappable Benefits or add it to your plan for £8.99 a month.
Music Data Pass
The Music Data Pass is for the music fans among us. Stream as much music as you like on apps such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer, without eating into your data. You’ll need a subscription to one of those services, but the data use is covered with this pass. Ideal if you listen to loads of music all day on your phone and you're not on WiFi. Choose it as one of your Swappable Benefits or add it to your plan for just £7.99 a month.
Roam Further Pass
Travelling further afield? The Roam Further Pass may be the one for you. It lets you use your data allowance in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. If you visit these counties often or are just holidaying there for a short period of time, it's worth adding this pass. Choose it as one of your Swappable Benefits or add it to your plan for £10 a month.
Sports fan? This is probably the pass for you. Unlimited BT Sport including Premier League games, UEFA Champions League, boxing, UFC and loads more. Especially great if you've got a nice, big smartphone display such as those found on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Huawei P30 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Gamer's Data Pass
Level up your gaming and play Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , FIFA and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes without eating into your data allowance. Plus, you can stream as much live gameplay as you like on Twitch, for those of you that fancy yourselves as the next Ninja. Choose it as one of your Swappable Benefits or add it to your plan for just £7.99 a month.
And there you have it, all the Swappable Benefits available. EE Smart Plans are available at Chitter Chatter now, and you'll find the latest phones here, available on Smart Plans and Essential Plans. And if you need any help choosing, just give the team a call or you can chat live online.