O2 already offers customers a way to upgrade their smartphone early by separating out the cost from the main tariff, and now EE is the latest network to offer a similar scheme. The LTE carrier has launched Swap, a way for people to upgrade their phones to new 4G models for a small amount of cash.
EE will allow people to pay a simple one-off fee depending on the tariff that they move to. Anyone taking on the network’s top £51 a month tariff, for instance, will pay just £49 to swap their phone over, but the cost will increase on less expensive monthly plans. Here’s the full breakdown:
There’s a pretty big caveat too: there are only a limited amount of smartphones that you can trade in. EE says that it will only accept the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, the Galaxy Note 2, and the HTC One. And those handsets will need to be in good condition too. The network lays out how devices must be “in good working order, with no significant dents, scratches, or cracks on the screen.”
You won’t be able to change your phone straight away either. EE says that you’ll only be able to take advantage of Swap once you’re six months into your contract. And since you’ll be signing a new 24-month contract, then you’ll have to wait another six months before swapping out your phone again.
Anyone who wants to jump onto a Swap contract can do so in one of EE’s retail stores. The plans will be made available starting from September 17th.