Your Next Smartphone Might be Bought at the Post Office

By Gerald Lynch on at

The next time you head to the Post Office, it might not just be to pick up a missed parcel. Teaming up with EE, the Post Office has today announced that it is going to become a mobile provider, acting as an MVNO using EE's network infrastructure.

The Post Office already provides home phone and broadband packages, but come this Autumn smartphone contracts will be added to its list of services. 50 branches will initially get mobile service points, before rolling out to the entire Post Office chain.

"We believe we are in an ideal position to offer a genuine alternative with over a third [of customers] saying they would consider us as their mobile provider," said Martin George, Chief Commercial Officer at Post Office.

"This is a fantastic vote of confidence in the Post Office brand. It is a significant milestone in the Post Office’s journey of change and a testament to our continuing efforts to offer more essential services for our customers.”

While it's not yet clear which handsets or contract types the Post Office will offer, the change comes as part of the government's £640 million investment in the high street stalwart, which has already seen 2,200 branches revamped.