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EE opens its broadband packages to all

Matt Brian, @m4tt

After initially limiting connections to mobile customers, EE is throwing its broadband packages open to everyone. With BT and Virgin Media firmly in its sights, the company has slashed the cost of its internet bundles, allowing customers to sign up for a 17Mbps connection for just £2.50 a month. Don't expect them to stay that low, though, as EE will hike prices after the 12-month promotion expires. Once it does, the £2.50 and £7.50 tiers rise to £9.95 and £12.95 respectively. Getting fibre broadband is also cheaper for a time, starting at £5 for a 38Mbps connection, but increases sharply to £19.95 after just three months.

EE doesn't run its own lines, so you'll be required to pay the £15.75 monthly line rental on top. However, it's attempting to sweeten the deal by throwing in free weekend calls and removing download caps. For those signing up to its top-tier fibre package (£20 per month for the first three months, rising to £34.95 thereafter), EE stretches speeds to 76Mbps, throws in unlimited landline calls, 1,000 mobile minutes and international calls to 30 countries. If you're already midway through a contract, EE wants to lure you away by offering a £100 buyout of your existing deal, but only if you upload a copy of your final bill to the EE website.

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