Over the past few years we've seen networks slowly realise that people would prefer to have broadband that comes from magic beams in the air, rather than a cable installed by an engineer with a six month backlog. Relish did it, then Three bought Relish and launched their own version. EE also decided to get in on the action, and now the company that owns EE has decided its a great idea. So now you can pay BT to deliver you mobile broadband as well.
This 'groundbreaking' idea comes as part of BT's Best Connected plan, which aims to find the best ways to keep customers connected with the best service and experience. So the plans include 12 month contracts that let you pop a SIM card into your tablet or laptop and enjoy 4G connectivity. There's no mention of any routers included with the plans, so my guess is that you'll have to source one for yourself. Otherwise this will just end up being your standard tablet data contract, and they're nothing special.
There are four plans available, with 3GB of data for £15 a month, 6GB for £17, 15GB for £22, and 30GB for £28. Obviously BT broadband customers will get the best deals, having £5 knocked off the various plans that are available, and if you're a BT Plus customer you'll get double data. Anyone on the 6GB plan or higher will get free access to BT Sport, and there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all customers who aren't happy with whatever service they get.
Pete Oliver, Managing Director, Marketing, BT said:
“We’re working to give our customers the best connections, service and experiences in the UK - and our new mobile broadband plans will keep them connected with superfast 4G on the move. Whether they’re streaming their favourite shows and movies to keeping the kids happy on those long car journeys, our first 4G mobile broadband plans will keep our customers connected while providing great value, along with great benefits like free BT Sport on many of our plans and double data for our BT Plus customers”.
So if you want your internet to come from the sky, and you're happy with a usage cap, you've got another option. It beats having to rely on cables, I suppose, assuming you get good signal where you live.