The UK’s biggest 4G/LTE network, EE, has released details of their first own-brand phone called the EE Kestrel.
EE Kestrel, entry level 4G Phone:
Having been rumoured for a while, details have finally been released describing the plan behind the EE Kestrel and EE’s ongoing plans for own-brand phones. The Kestrel is the first in a long line of own-brand phones for EE, all named after English birds of prey. Whether they’ll all be at this price tag, though, is anyone’s guess.
The EE Kestrel is manufactured by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, and comes with a 1.2 Ghz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage (with a micro SD slot to expand), a 4.5 inch qHD screen (960×540 resolution) and a 5MP camera on the back, with a 1 MP camera on the front and has a 2,000mAh battery. The EE Kestrel will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI and is pre-loaded with EE apps, games and Amazon’s App suite, according to Engadget.
Whilst not spectacular in it’s specs, the EE Kestrel is designed to be an entry level 4G/LTE phone and because it’s a cat. 4 device, it means it will be able to take advantage of EE’s 4G ‘Extra’ plan where signal permits. The EE Kestrel will be available for £100 on PAYG, or for free on EE’s brand new 4G tariff from £14.
EE launches new 4G tariff starting at £14:
To go with the launch of the EE Kestrel, EE launched a new entry level 4G tariff which allows users to get a 4G phone for free on their new tariff.
The £14 tariff gives users 500 minutes, 500MB of data and unlimited texts with a choice of either EE’s new own-brand phone the Kestrel, or Alcatel Idol One Touch S for free on a 24 month contract.
The new tariffs predecessor, the £19 tariff, is now the second rung on the increasing scale and gets you double the minutes and 1GB worth of data.
As for EE’s ‘Extra’ 4G tariffs, there is no change, as they stay at £22 for 1000 minutes and 2GB of data, with £27 for 4GB being the next option. Remember that the ‘Extra’ plans will only work in areas where EE have the increased speeds available, so check your coverage first.