The first tablets are now available on EE’s high-speed 4G network, as the company has begun offering Apple’s new iPad mini and iPad with Retina display on a range of data plans.
With the EE brand emerging in Autumn as Apple readied its latest product line, the network formerly known as Everything Everywhere has moved quickly to secure Cupertino’s highly sought-after devices. The iPhone 5 was quickly confirmed as compatible with EE’s spectrum, and the recently-unveiled tablets have now joined the 4G party.
Both the iPad mini (pictured above) and iPad with Retina display are available on 24 month contracts at £25.99 a month for 3GB data, £30.99 a month for 5GB data, and £35.99 a month for 8GB data.
For Apple’s smaller tablet, the device cost ranges from £49.99 for the 16GB iPad mini on the 8GB monthly plan, to £249.99 for the 64GB model on the 3GB monthly plan. The larger iPad with Retina display has device costs ranging from £149.99 for the 16GB version on the 8GB plan, to £349.99 for the 64GB tablet on the 3GB monthly plan.
"We're delighted to be launching the 4G iPad mini and iPad with Retina display," said EE's Chiefr Marketing Officer Pippa Dunn, who also revealed a special one-month offer from the company. "To celebrate the launch on the UK's only 4G network we will be offering customers the chance to try 4G free for a month on our EE £15.99 30 day SIM Only Plan, which comes with 5GB of data and Wi-Fi."
EE, the first operator to launch 4G services in the UK, touts network speeds “typically five times faster than 3G” on its refarmed spectrum. Customers can buy the new iPads from the 700 new EE retail stores across the UK, or from EE’s site.
For those baulking at the hefty contract sums on 4G but still rather fancy getting their hands on Apple’s new tablets, EE subsidiaries Orange and T-Mobile will be offering the devices on HSPA+ and DC-HSPA networks, starting from £21 a month.
To get a better picture of what the latest iPads have to offer, check out our review of the iPad mini and review of the 4th generation iPad. As for getting a taste of life surfing the 4G waves, read Riyad Emeran’s report on spending a week on EE using the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone.