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BT launches new mobile broadband internet service

New BT mobile broadband service with Wi-Fi access

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BT launches new mobile broadband service

BT launched a new mobile broadband service, and is offering 1GB data usage each month for a one-off £49.99 fee to new fixed-line broadband customers signing up on an 18-month term.

The move builds on BT’s strategy to offer ‘a more complete broadband package’.

While BT’s fixed broadband packages are not the cheapest, additional services, such as digital storage and hotspot minutes are included as standard with its deals. BT’s combined price for fixed and mobile broadband is among the cheapest available, according to the company.

Nick Rawlings, head of mobile proposition at BT, said: ‘BT is launching the cheapest and most complete home and mobile broadband package in the UK.’

BT charges a one-off fee of £49.99 for its wireless dongle if you sign up to Total Broadband Option 1 (£15.65 a month) or Option 2 (£20.54 a month). The fee is reduced to £9.99 if you choose Option 3 (£24.46 a month).

Existing BT broadband customers and those who only want the mobile broadband service can get the service for a one-off fee of £129.99. This option gives you 1GB monthly data usage for 18 months. After this period you’ll be able to continue using the service on a pay-as-you-go basis.

For more information on fixed broadband services, see our broadband review.

BT Dongle

New BT broadband customers get 1GB usage a month free with mobile broadband.

Mobile broadband speed and usage

The dongle provided with the wireless internet service can support download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, but as with all mobile broadband and ADSL services, you are unlikely to reach this speed. For more information on broadband speeds, see our guide to broadband speeds.

The 1GB usage limit included with the service is lower compared with some other mobile broadband packages, but BT says 1GB is equal to downloading 48 photos, 144 songs, one film, 300 emails and 400 minutes of browsing.

If you use up your 1GB limit before the end of a month, the service will not work unless you top it up with extra credit. BT will send customers a warning message when they get close to the 1GB limit.

Additional usage costs £10 for 1GB or £20 for 3GB.

BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspot access

In a similar vein to O2 and T-Mobile‘s services, BT’s mobile broadband customers can use the service on BT Openzone hotspots, using the monthly allowance included in their fixed broadband deals.

The service automatically chooses between Wi-Fi, HSDPA, 3G and GPRS, based on the fastest and cheapest connection available in the area the customer is in.

Our guide to Wi Fi hotspots also has more information on BT Openzone, The Cloud and T-Mobile wireless hotspots.

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