EE launches UK’s ‘most affordable’ 4G smartphone with WiFi calling


Harrier and Harrier Mini devices available from April 28 and is follow-up to EE Kestrel

EE has unveiled two new smartphone including what it claims is the cheapest 4G smartphone with WiFi calling available in the UK.

The EE Harrier and Harrier Mini are both 4G ready smartphones that can connect to EE’s double speed network and also use its WiFi Calling service.

The Harrier comes with an 1.5GHz octa-core processor, a full HD 5.2 inch screen, and runs on the latest version of Android (Lollipop). It has a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2,500mAh battery.

It features CAT 4 chipset technology which ensures users are able to access EE’s 4G double speed network, offering real world download speeds of up to 60Mbps (with theoretical maximum download speeds of 150Mbps).

The Harrier will cost £199.99 on pre-paid or free on 4GEE plans from £21.99 per month. It will be available to small business customers as well and will go on sale on April 28.

Harrier Mini 2

The UK’s biggest operator has also launched the Harrier Mini 2, which it says is the most affordable smartphone in the UK with access to WiFi calling. EE Harrier Mini 1

At 4.7 inches, the Mini is a compact version of the Harrier and, like it’s larger sibling, runs on the latest version of Android. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and sports an 8MP camera.

The Mini will come out on the same date as the Harrier and will cost £99.99 on pre-paid tariffs, or free on 4G plans from £16.99.

“Customer take-up of our existing EE branded products has been phenomenal, so we’ve worked hard to create new feature packed devices,” said EE CMO Pippa Dunn.

“The Harrier and Harrier Mini are another big step forward and will allow even more people to benefit from a premium smartphone without the premium price – as well as provide access to a superfast 4G experience that only the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network can provide.”

Osprey 2 and Osprey Mini 2

EE also unveiled its follow-up to 4G WiFi device the Osprey which was released last year. The Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini provide up to 10 customers with 4G mobile hotspots. Osprey 2 & Osprey 2 Mini

The Osprey 2 comes with a 5,150mAh battery that EE claims will allow up to 15 hours of uninterrupted usage. It can also be used as a portable battery pack, allowing users to give their smartphones or tablets a charging boost.

It is available for free on £13 per month tariffs, which gives 3GB of data, or for £69.99 on pre-paid with 6GB of data.

The Mini version can also connect up to 10 people but also can be personalised with three coloured “bumpers” that come with the device. It costs the same as the Osprey 2 on pay monthly deals but £49.99 on pre-paid. Both devices are available to consumer and B2B customers.