BT to start offering 4G SIM Only plans
It was announced back in February that BT are buying mobile network operator EE for £12.5bn. (Though this is subject to approval, completion is expected in March 2016).
With the announcement that BT would be acquiring the EE network it would only be a matter of time until BT started their mobile division again.
Thus confirming that the multinational telecommunications services company was becoming a 'quad player', combining the triple play service of broadband Internet access, television and telephone with wireless service provisions.
They have so far announced three SIM-only tariffs with each having a 12 month term with 4G access and unlimited access to the network of 5 million BT WiFi hotspots nationwide - also included are unlimited texts and the BT Sport App through which football fans can watch Premier League football matches.
Hoping to entice new customer onto their service BT have priced their entry-level tariff at just £5, this will give the user 500MB of data, 200 minutes and unlimited texts. Moving upwards they are offering 2GB of data, 500 minutes and unlimited texts for just £12 a month.
At the top end BT are offering a whopping 20GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for £200 per month. Also BT have not restricted access to their deals to BT customers only, a non-BT can still take the same deal however they will be charged an additional £5 per month on-top of the original price.
This is a return to form for the telecoms company as back in the 1980s BT were one of the UK's mobile phone networking pioneers with their Cellnet service, a business that they later spun off and subsequently came to be re-branded as O2 and bought by Telefonica in 2005.
BT however are still the UK's biggest broadband provider, according to their latest figures they have 7.6 million customers signed up to their service.
BT Consumer chief executive John Petter has said, "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".
Currently the SIM-only deals are piggybacking off the EE network but BT intends to make good use of the 2.6 GHz radio frequencies that they bought as part of the 2013 4G auction. This will allow BT to boost their reception so that customers will receive better reception inside buildings by using special base stations called femtocells - BT are hoping to roll these out within the next 18 months.