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EE deals share 4G with friends and family, plus PAYG data

EE is introducing family and friends 4G, as well as pay as you go mobile data contracts and doubled speed in selected cities.

You'll soon be able to share your 4G with friends and family, or just across your phone and tablet. EE is introducing shared data plans, as well as pay as you go mobile data contracts and doubled speed in selected cities.

EE has confirmed that speeds will increase in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield in coming weeks. EE reckons the average speed will climb to between 24 and 30 Mbps. Pay as you go data and shared plans will arrive in the next two months.

Pay as you go data deals will give you super-fast 4G Internet connection on your phone, tablet or dongle without committing to a long-term contract or a call plan.  

And under the new sharing plans you can share your 4G data across your different devices -- your phone and tablet, for instance -- or with different people. Couples and families or, hey, just good buddies, get to share your regular EE deal when you pay extra for a sharing bolt-on.

One of the most controversial aspects of EE's service has been the data limits included with each tariff, which you'll get through even faster when sharing with others. But the network says it's always reviewing usage and is likely to adjust limits accordingly. We'll keep you posted on the full details of the new deals when they're announced.

Where next? 

With 74 towns and cities already on the 4G map, the service will soon be extended to other across England, Scotland and Wales including Aberdeen, Bath, Brighton, Cambridge, Ipswich and Swansea.

And EE is next turning its attention to places where people hang out with lots of time to spend playing with their phones, including shopping centres, airports, and commuter routes. That includes rail lines in and out of London and other major rail lines, whether its via coverage of the area or a deal with train companies to put 4G kit on trains. EE hopes to end the frustration of losing signal every time you go into a tunnel.

EE is also eyeing up connected cars, envisaging Internet-connected jalopies as mobile femtocells -- so when you go on holiday to remote parts, you can still get a signal from your car. How very futuristic!

Have you switched to 4G? What do you think? If you haven't made the switch yet, what's holding you back? And who would you share your data with? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or on our double-speed Facebook page.