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£5 to £20 plans on BT Mobile as new service launches
Wednesday 25 March 2015 09:33:46 by Andrew Ferguson

As rumoured BT Mobile has launched with three SIM only plans, with a price range of £5 to £20 for existing BT Broadband homes. If you like one of their bundles but don't have BT Broadband there will be a £5 supplement to pay, all the pricing we are quoting is for BT Broadband customers. A page with the standalone pricing on it is available.

  • BT Mobile 500 MB Plan, 500 MB of 4G data, unlimited texts and 200 minutes of calls. Unlimited BT Wi-Fi. £5 per month on a 12 month contract.
  • BT Mobile 2 GB Plan, 2 GB of 4G data, unlimited texts and 500 minutes of calls. Unlimited BT Wi-Fi. £12 per month on a 12 month contract.
  • BT Mobile 20 GB Plan, 20 GB of 4G data, unlimited texts and unlimited calls. Unlimited BT Wi-Fi. £20 per month on a 12 month contract.

BT Broadband homes are allowed up to five mobile phones under these plans all on a single bill. While 4G data is the big promotion, the data will also work in 3G, Edge or GPRS areas too.

BT Sport is available via an app if using an app compatible handset, and even with the £5 supplement for non-BT Broadband customers, the entry level plan might be an attractive way for sports fans to get access to BT Sport content, albeit only on a mobile and given the amount of data streaming video uses you will want to use Wi-Fi mainly. On iOS or Android the app should support casting the video stream to a Chromecast to give you the big screen feel.

More plans are expected, and the BT Shop has a range of unlocked handsets where BT Mobile customers can use their confirmation code to get a £50 discount on the standard shop prices, e.g. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini drops from £219 to £169 if people use their discount code (people may want to shop around on handsets as Amazon has the S4 mini for £174). An entry level 4G phone is available for £149 (£99) the Huawei Ascend Y550.

The acquisition of EE for £12.5 billion is still on-going and it is expected that if approved and completed more information will appear on what BT and EE customers will get from that purchase.


Posted by generallee94 over 2 years ago
I wonder if Plusnet will be able to resell these in the future like they do BT Sport?
Posted by MarcusJClifford over 2 years ago
Regarding Tethering / use as mobile broadband:

We don't support tethering because using many devices on one mobile service quickly uses up your allowance and can lead to out of plan charges. Therefore we want to make sure you're always connected on your mobile, and have the right plan for your mobile needs.

Tethering is not allowed, it is a "no". There are no plans for this to change.
Posted by path6336 over 2 years ago
It was looking a good plan, especially the 20gb level, until the no tethering was mentioned.
Posted by Jorvikguy over 2 years ago
The tethering option is removed from iPhones once you accept and update the network settings.

Although not supported with text update and alerts, you can use a sim in an iPad!
Posted by Michael_Chare over 2 years ago
So not available to BT phone customers, but if tethering is not allowed no great loss.
Posted by zyborg47 over 2 years ago
Better Value than my Vodafone sim only contract, but EE is naff here and I do not have a BT or ever will have BT broadband. Plusnet is the closest I will get to BT. Not sure if tethering is a lost or not, I do not use it often, but it have come in useful, this is why I having problems about deciding to go with Sainsburys mobile or not.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
It is available to BT Phone customers, but they do not get the £5 discount that having BT Broadband commands.

A commercial choice on how BT handle the bundled products.
Posted by otester over 2 years ago
@MarcusJClifford While they might say that it doesn't stop one from circumventing it ;)
Posted by PWilkin over 2 years ago
So they are using EE's network to provide calls/data cheaper than what EE provides it's own customers Sim-Free

I suspect most EE customers will be a bit pissed off
Posted by zyborg47 over 2 years ago
@PWilkin, a lot do that, Tesco use the 02network, but are cheaper than 02, not sure if they are cheaper than Giff Gaff, Sainsburys uses Vodafone, but are cheaper than Vodafone. i expect there are others,
Posted by jchamier over 2 years ago
@PWilkin - the Tethering=no in the terms & conditions means that eventually it will be likely blocked. All the EE SIM only contracts allow tethering.

EE need to update their price plans now however, £25 for 20gb with BT or £27 for 5gb with EE - er, what? EE could bring back the 10gb plan with a price of £20 if they were sensible.
Posted by otester over 2 years ago
Makes you wonder why bother with EE at all, stick some mini masts in those FTTC can dream...
Posted by baby_frogmella over 2 years ago

or if you hurry up you can get the 5gb plan from EE (incl unlimited calls & texts) for only 13.65pm. They are currently offering it for £21.99pm (3gb + 2gb free pm) and add in 100 notes quido cashback you're laughing all the way to the bank. AND you can tether using your data allowance :)
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