Rumour: EE is Prepping a Low-Cost, Own-Brand 4G Smartphone

By Gerald Lynch on at

Just because the data costs come at a premium doesn't mean the accompanying 4G-ready mobile hardware has to, too. It appears EE is looking to use this principle to attract further customers to its super-fast network, with Engadget reporting that the network has its own cheap-as-chips LTE handset waiting in the wings.

The site has got hold of an image reportedly of the EE smartphone, revealing it to be an Android device with a light EE-reskin theme laid over standard Android. A trio of soft keys sit just below the display, while an EE-branded chrome backplate -- pictured just to the right -- presumably sits on the rear.

Other than that, spec details are slim. Engadget reports that the handset will take advantage of Cat 4 connectivity to eke the most out of the network's theoretical top speeds, with a potential release some months away for less than £130 for the handset on a £19 a month contract. Cheaper than the Alactel One Touch Idol S then, which would make the EE phone the network's most affordable 4G handset to date. [Engadget]