BT has launched a free mobile app for customers which aims to save them money on their iPhone and Android smartphone calls by linking the calls with customers’ home phone calling plans.
BT SmartTalk, which works on Wi-Fi and any mobile data connection, allows BT customers to make iPhone calls in the UK or abroad which are billed as if they were calling from their BT home phone. It also enables BT broadband customers to access over 7.5 million hotspots worldwide for free.
Customers can make calls from abroad on their mobiles for the price of a UK call, and make inclusive calls, using their home calling plan, to UK landlines and on 0800 numbers on their smartphone.
BT said standard rate PAYG smartphone customers could also cut the cost of their calls to mobiles using the app since the company’s landline rates are cheaper than standard prepay tariffs. The app also allows them to make smartphone calls when they are running out of credit.
The deal also sees customers on BT’s Unlimited Anytime Plus Plan able to make 24/7 calls to any UK landline number or 0845 number at no extra cost, with calls to mobiles costing from 2.65p per minute.
John Petter, director consumer MD at BT, said: ‘This is a really exciting breakthrough that means you can take your BT calling plan with you and continue saving money when you’re away from home, either in the UK or abroad.
‘BT SmartTalk helps you get even more value from your BT package and much more from your smartphone. At last you can actually call freephone 0800 numbers for free from mobiles and get inclusive 0845 and 0870 calls too. And of course, you can take advantage of BT Wi-Fi which gives you access to a massive network of 7.5 million hotspots around the world.’
BT said SmartTalk calls can be made to anyone, anywhere and at any time. The app supports up to five users on one calling plan. Customers will not be charged for making calls that are included as part of their home calling plan. BT said customers can also save when calling outside of their plan as BT’s standard landline rates will apply, which can be cheaper than standard mobile rates.
Author: Carol Millett