BT back in consumer mobile market

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Telecoms giant BT has launched its move back into the consumer mobile market with a range of SIM-only 4G plans.

It announced tariffs starting at £5 a month as a “reward” for its broadband customers, who can add a mobile plan to their existing bills.

Customers can also opt for a £12 a month plan that comes with 2GB of data and 500 minutes, or a £20 a month deal with 20GB and unlimited minutes.

Non-BT broadband customers will pay £5 a month more for each tariff.

All three deals are SIM-only, meaning customers will need their own handsets, but BT is giving those signing up to a plan a £50 voucher to redeem against its range of 4G phones.

The deals also offer free BT Sport via the app.

BT said today’s announcement was the first in its consumer mobile strategy, which would develop over the coming years.

It took its first big step back into the mobile phone market in July with a new business service aimed at delivering fixed line and mobile calls to the same handset.

Chief executive Gavin Patterson had repeatedly said that the firm would launch a mobile service for the wider public by the end of the current financial year.

BT has agreed terms to acquire mobile operator EE for £12.5 billion. BT’s mobile offer will run via a partnership with EE agreed prior to the takeover negotiations.

BT said it would reveal more details about what it will be able to offer customers after the deal is completed.

BT Consumer chief executive John Petter said: “These great value deals are a thank you from us to loyal BT Broadband homes. We are offering customers a new type of great value mobile deal that offers more than just data, minutes and texts.

“Our customers are consuming increasing amounts of data and they want the best possible connection wherever they are.

“It’s our ambition to meet this demand by combining the power of our fixed fibre service with wi-fi and the convenience of mobile.”

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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