What to do before you cancel EE broadband
Before you start the process to cancel your EE contract, there are a few important steps to follow that’ll make the process easier, and perhaps save you money.
Check your contract
Before you kick off the process of cancelling your contract, it’s essential to review its terms. This will give you a better sense of what timelines and costs - if any - you can expect.
All EE contracts have a minimum contract term (new deals are 24 months, but older packages can be 12 or 18 months); if you haven’t hit your minimum term yet, you’ll most likely face additional charges for early termination. If you’ve already hit the minimum term, you’re likely in the clear for additional fees, but you still need to be aware of the timeframes for notifying EE of cancelling, and for returning equipment.
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Unless you no longer need broadband, you will want to get a new deal in place to start when EE ends. Otherwise, you may be left without broadband for weeks while waiting for a new service to come online, and you could face additional setup costs.
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How to cancel EE broadband
If you’re out of contract: cancelling EE for free
The best way – for your wallet and sanity – to cancel your broadband contract with EE is if you’ve already reached your minimum term; check your contract to verify. If you’re beyond the minimum term you can safely cancel without worrying about extra fees.
The easiest option is to simply switch to a new provider on the same Openreach (BT line) network used by EE. Then the new provider will handle the cancellation for you.
If you are not switching, or you are moving to a provider on a different network, you need to call EE on 0800 079 0544. EE does request a minimum of 30 days’ notice to cancel, so don't leave things too late. All EE contact details can be found on our EE customer service and complaints page.
Cancelling EE if you’re still in contract
If you’re still in your minimum term, you’ll need to follow the same steps above, but it will cost you a bit more. EE charges an early termination charge - called a Remaining Contract Charge - if you haven’t reached your minimum term.
EE broadband early cancellation fees
How much can you expect to pay for your Remaining Contract Charge? Well, this is all calculated with a variety of factors including your monthly charges, any discounts you have, VAT, the company’s cost-savings due to your early cancellation, and a 4% discount for early receipt of payment. It is a little confusing, but let’s break it down:
Monthly charges – discounts – VAT – EE’s cost-savings = £X
This is the amount you’ll have to pay for each month that’s within your minimum term.
Take the £X amount and multiply it by your number of months remaining then apply a 4% discount and you’ve arrived at your Remaining Contract Charge. Of course, you can always call EE and ask them what it will cost too.
Read EE’s help page to find more about the Remaining Contract Charge.
Frequently Asked Questions about cancelling BT
What is EE broadband’s notification period?
EE requires 30 days notice for cancellation.
Do I need to return my EE Wi-Fi router or TV box?
You must return your EE TV box, or there is a charge of £175; EE should send a free postage paid package for this. The EE router does not need to be returned.
Can I keep my phone number?
Your number can be transferred. Make sure your new provider is aware of this when you sign up.
Can I cancel for free if my EE broadband is too slow?
EE has signed up to the voluntary broadband speed code of practice, which means that if your broadband speed is slower than expected and EE is unable to fix it you have a right to cancel for free.