Update 24th June 2015: It looks like this offer is back in stock. I was able to claim a second one for a family member.

 

From today UK customers of EE can claim a free rechargeable battery pack. Sounds like the kind of deal that is too good to be true, there has to be a catch. There is, and it is only a small one. The offer is only open to EE customers who have had an account for at least 3 months. It does not matter if you are a Pay Monthly customer or if you are a Pay-As-You-Go customer, this offer will be open to you if you have been using your number 3 months or more.

To claim your offer all you have to do is text the word ‘POWER’ to the number 365. Within a few minutes you will recieve a reply back containing a code that you can take in to your local EE store and walk out with their EE branded Power Bar. Once the charge is used up you are able to charge it back up yourself at home, or you can take it into any EE store and they will replace it with a fully charged one for you.



EE Power Bar launches (1)

The full press release is below if you want to read it in detail. Really the only thing that matters is the specs of the Power Bar:

EE Power Bar specifications:

Capacity = 2600mah – which is enough to charge a typical smartphone once
The EE Power Bar is rechargeable and has a guaranteed life of 500 charges
It features charging indicator lights that will show how much charge is in the power bar
It features an LED torch
It includes a micro USB lead that will be used to charge bar but also to charge the phone form the bar
It takes approximately 4 hours to charge the power bar from flat to full

If you are able to take advantage of this offer there is no reason why you should not. Non EE customers can also take advantage of this offer if they are willing to pay £20 for the Power Bar. Personally I do not think that is a good deal. But free is free and not something to passed up.

Source: EE
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

London, 2 April 2015 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, has announced the launch of EE Power – a free portable smartphone charger with unlimited swaps in store – available to all active* customers on mobile and broadband plans in the coming weeks. The innovative scheme is designed to ensure that EE customers stay charged at all times with ‘never ending power’. EE Power is the latest initiative to demonstrate the brand’s commitment to reward all new and existing customers and forms part of EE’s plan to become the number one network for service.

From launch, EE customers will be able to pick up a free Power Bar in any EE store by requesting a unique code via text. Once the EE Power Bar has been used to charge a device, customers can recharge the portable battery themselves or, if out and about, they can swap it for a fully-charged replacement bar at any EE store nationwide – for free and as many times as they like.

It has been just over two years since EE introduced 4G to the UK and network usage has grown exponentially in this short period. Video streaming and social media engagement now accounts for over 50 per cent of all data use on EE’s network as customers access more content on the move. However, this increased activity comes at a cost to battery life and recent research2 shows that there is a genuine consumer need for more power –

Nearly 60 per cent of UK smartphone users claim their battery doesn’t last a full day
Over half of all smartphone users wish there were more ways to charge their phone in public places – this rises to over 70 per cent of 18-24 year olds
Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer EE, said: “Almost everyone’s experienced the frustration associated with running out of battery and it always seems to happen when you need your phone the most. With EE Power, we’re trying to help by giving our customers a Power Bar that can simply be swapped for a fully charged one at any of our stores, at any time, for free.”

All eligible* customers, including small business and corporate customers, can get their free EE Power Bar when the promotion launches in the coming weeks by texting ‘POWER’ to 365 to receive a promotional code. Texts cost 35p and customers can collect their free EE Power Bar by redeeming this code at any EE store across the UK. Each Power Bar typically gives one full smartphone charge per use.

For more information about EE please visit www.ee.co.uk

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Notes to editors:

About EE Power & Power Bars

*We are making EE Power and Power Bars available to all EE Customers with a 30 day, 12, 18 or 24 month plan, whether for mobile or fixed line and broadband services. Pay As You Go customers can also participate, however, before qualifying for the offer they must have been with us for at least three months. Terms & conditions apply.

To obtain the free to hire Power Bar, mobile customers must text POWER to 365. Broadband customers must text JOIN plus your EE landline number to 60005 and follow the instructions provided. Texts cost 35p. This mechanism is required to enable EE to (i) verify the customer is an existing customer; and (ii) provide a redemption code that customers provide to our retail agents when collecting the Power Bar.

Non-EE customers participate in EE Power, to join they just have to pay £20.

EE Power Bar specifications:

Capacity = 2600mah – which is enough to charge a typical smartphone once
The EE Power Bar is rechargeable and has a guaranteed life of 500 charges
It features charging indicator lights that will show how much charge is in the power bar
It features an LED torch
It includes a micro USB lead that will be used to charge bar but also to charge the phone form the bar
It takes approximately 4 hours to charge the power bar from flat to full
2 YouGov Poll commissioned by EE of over 2,000 GB adults, February 2015