After bashing out the details of its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, today sees UK telecoms giant BT launch its own mobile network. BT Mobile will offer three 4G SIM-only plans from as little as £5 a month -- provided you're already one of its BT Broadband customers.
BT's broadband customers will get "exclusive access" to the network's best deals, at rates 50 per cent lower than those signing up without an existing BT Broadband deal in place. Each SIM-only contract is set for a 12 month term, with BT also selling 4G handsets from £99 at its BT Shop.
The first tier of pricing offers 500 MB of 4G data, unlimited texts and 200 minutes for £5 a month if you are a BT Broadband subscriber, rising to £10 a month if not.
Tier two lets BT Broadband customers bag a 4G data offer of 2GB, with unlimited texts and 500 minutes for £12 a month, or £17 a month for customers who don’t have BT Broadband.
The third and priciest plan ups the 4G data allowance to 20GB, with unlimited texts and minutes, for £20 a month if you have BT Broadband, otherwise £25 a month.
As many as five members of a BT Broadband household can benefit from the discounted rates. Clearly aimed at families then, BT Mobile will offer bill-capping options, parental controls and the option to jump between plans without taking out a new contract.
All plans also come with free BT Sport streaming from the BT Sport app, with BT acting as an MVNO to leverage EE's network infrastructure, and access to five million public BT Wi-Fi hotspots.
The launch follows news that O2 and Three UK have agreed terms of a £10 billion merger, ready to take on the combined might of BT and EE by becoming the UK's largest network. [BT Mobile]