BT Business has started offering ‘free’ mobile internet to customers subscribing to its higher spec fixed line broadband options – BT Business Total Broadband options 2 and 3 – providing they sign up to a new 24 month contract.
BT customers running small businesses will be able to benefit from broadband on the go via a choice of either BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots or wherever there’s a mobile signal (GPRS, 3G, HSDPA, HSUPA).
Broadband costs and usage limits
The ‘free’ internet usage includes 2,000 BT Openzone Wi-FI minutes and 1gigabyte (GB) of mobile internet usage via a USB stick that is plugged into a laptop.
BT Business Broadband options that include mobile internet start at £26.99 a month (excluding VaT). BT Business Mobile Broadband is also available as a standalone mobile internet service for £17.50 a month (excluding VAT).
BT’s free mobile internet offer ends on 31 December 2008 and is subject to a 24 month contract. A charge of £12.50 a month for mobile broadband will apply after the minimum term.
Mobile internet alternatives
Which? broadband expert Ceri Stanaway says: ‘Although these offers are aimed at small business users and are priced accordingly, particularly prolific broadband consumers might want to consider whether BT’s free mobile internet deal would suit their usage patterns. But bear in mind the long 24 month tie in.
‘If you like the idea of mobile internet on the go but don’t want to subscribe to BT’s fixed line business broadband service, all of the main mobile phone providers (O2, Orange, Three, T-Mobile, Virgin Media and Vodafone) now offer consumer focused mobile internet services.
‘All but Orange and Virgin Media offer mobile internet on a one month contract with monthly fees starting at £10 or £15 a month, so you can try it out without tying yourself to a long contract. You’ll have to pay for a mobile internet modem, or dongle, up front though.’
If mobile internet appeals, take a look at the Which? guide to mobile internet to help you make a choice. Or if you want broadband but aren’t sure mobile internet is right for you, the Which? review of fixed line broadband services – including ratings from Which? members – should help.
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