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ISP BT Launches UK Data Only Mobile Broadband SIM Plans

Fri, Sep 7th, 2018 (8:05 am) - Score 21,006
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Consumer telecoms provider BT Mobile has today expanded their UK range of EE based 4G Mobile services by introducing their own set of SIM Only Data plans, which naturally include bonuses and value-added extras for customers of their existing fixed line broadband ISP services.

Data SIMs are typically designed for those who only need a Mobile Broadband connection (no mobile calls or texts) so as to run their Tablet or Laptop computer while away from home, although they can also be handy as a back-up solution in case your fixed line service goes down. If those devices don’t have their own SIM slot then you can instead put them inside a dedicated Mobile Broadband adapter (e.g. USB Dongle).

At launch BT are offering four Data SIM Only plans, all of which come with a 30 day money back guarantee, 12 month contract, roaming support in 47 international destinations and “free” access to over 5 million of BT’s UK WiFi hotspots. Existing BT Broadband customers will also benefit from a -£5 monthly price reduction on the plans and BT Plus subscribers can get double the stated data allowance.

Meanwhile those on the 6GB (GigaBytes) data plan or higher will also get free access to BT Sport. Details of the new plans are below and we also note that top 30GB plan is being offered at a slight price reduction and with an £80 BT Reward Card (pre-paid Mastercard) included.

BT Data SIM Only Plans

3GB – THE ESSENTIAL PLAN
Price (non-BT Broadband customers): £15
Price (BT Broadband customers): £10

6GB – THE PERFECT ALL ROUNDER PLAN
Price (non-BT Broadband customers): £17
Price (BT Broadband customers): £12

15GB – THE HIGH DATA PLAN
Price (non-BT Broadband customers): £22
Price (BT Broadband customers): £17

30GB – THE ULTIMATE SIM PLAN
Price (non-BT Broadband customers): £27
Price (BT Broadband customers): £22

The pricing is only slightly different to what EE charge for their own Data SIMs, which is to be expected. But it’s worth nothing that if you don’t have a BT Broadband service then BT’s new Data SIM prices are a bit more expensive than those of their rivals. For example, at the bottom end (Essential Plan) you can get a bigger allowance of 5GB from Three UK for £11 or £15 on Vodafone, while O2 charges £12 for 6GB.

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18 Responses
  1. Tim

    Rubbish usage limits ☹️

    Was hoping for BT to release something that would complete with EE’s 300GB data SIM.

    Come on BT I really need something! Your copper is crap and there is no cost affective alternative here yet ☹️

  2. DrDoddy

    So why would I do this when I get 32GB for less than £15 from EE.

    Oh, right, I forgot, BT thinks we’re all idiots!!

  3. un4h731x0rp3r0m

    Expensive 🙁

  4. Superfast Dream

    These seem like ‘bridge the gap’ plans to me.

    I suppose they meet their intended purpose but the data caps are still woefully inadequate.

    I would imagine BT are intending their customers to piggy backing Wireless Hotpots provided by the BT HomeHub Routers where possible so as to further bridge the gap and lessen the impact of these woeful data caps.

  5. Robert Scriven

    Way overpriced even with the discount, £20 for 100gb seems to be the norm now.

    • Gedas

      I just want to say that I pay 20£ for 100GB, unlimited text and 5000 mins, so I don’t see a point to pay 22£ for 30GB.

  6. Guy

    I am a BT Internet customer, but I also have a data SIM from Three which costs me £7 per month for 10GB per month. Decisions, decisions…

  7. Bill the bus

    Currently getting 30gb data,unlimited calls and texts for£15 with three so thanks but no thanks.

  8. walkerx

    May as well get three 100vb plan as it cheaper, gives 30gb hot-spot and Netflix don’t eat into data plan

  9. Brian fox

    Giffgaff do unlimited data minutes and texts for £25 and was only £20 until very recently.

  10. chris conder

    All part of the plan. EE is Bt isn’t it? Once they have cornered the mobile and content market then openreach will be thrown to the dogs. funny how villages on the way to some masts get government funded cabinets whereas other villages have to do “community build and benefit BT partnerships” and pay for the privilege of getting an obsolete fttc solution. I clicked on a plusnet (also BT) advert the other day and joined an online sales chat. I ended up with the offer of 5000 minutes 5000 texts and 3gig of data for £7 a month. I didn’t bother with it I was just seeing how far I could get.

  11. Laurence

    Bt are complete joke, customer service non existent, they completely ignore customers over and over. They just thieves and liars

  12. markyparky

    Virgin are charging £25 a month unlimited data, texts and minutes. I just hot spot all my gadgets for free.

  13. Delboy

    I think a lot of you have missed the point these are data only sims for tablets not mobile phones also it’s no good getting 1000 gb if you don’t get good signal in places you frequent or live. I live on a narrow boat and have to move every fortnight and on the Thee network at least 50% of the time I had no signal I’m now with o2 and get signal 95% the phone was ok on Three make sure you the strength of signal before you buy unless they have a 30 day cancel policy

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