BT jumps on 4G bandwagon

Broadband giant BT has announced it will return to the mobile space and provide customers with SIM-only 4G contracts

Broadband giant BT has announced it will return to the mobile space and provide customers with SIM-only 4G contracts.

Starting at £5 a month, the firm will provide SIM-only, 12-month contracts offering 4G data, minutes and texts, as well as access to its five million Wi-Fi hotspots.

Contracts range from 500mb of 4G data, unlimited texts and 200 minutes to 20GB of 4G data and unlimited texts and minutes.

Customers will also have free access to the BT Sport application, and can apply spending caps to ensure they do not go over their tariffs.

BT Consumer chief executive John Petter said this initiative is part of BT’s plan to re-establish itself as a “major player in consumer mobile”.

“Our customers are consuming increasing amounts of data and they want the best possible connection wherever they are," he said. "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.” 

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Existing BT broadband customers will be offered a discount when signing up for a 4G SIM, and can have a maximum of five discounted mobile plans as part of the same bill.

The firm has set out a roadmap to ensure “inside-out” 4G service in the future to ensure customers receive 4G connections wherever they are.

In February 2015, BT announced plans to purchase mobile network operator EE for £12.5bn, but will not reveal further plans until the deal is complete.

The acquisition has led to speculation of the firm de-coupling and potentially selling off its Openreach broadband business.

The broadband provider originally moved away from the mobile space in 2005 when it sold O2 to telecoms firm Telefonica.

At the end of 2014, the firms were in talks over BT buying the network operator back from Telefonica to bypass the need to develop its own mobile network from scratch.

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