Sunday, 11 December 2016

BT SmartTalk makes smartphone calls cheaper

BT
Monday 14 January 13

BT customers could save money on their smartphone calls with BT’s new free SmartTalk app which launched today. It is the first app launched in the UK to link an iPhone with a customer’s home phone calling plan. The app works best over wi-fi, but will also work over any mobile data connection. It allows BT customers to make phone calls whether in the UK or abroad[i]…

BT customers could save money on their smartphone calls with BT’s new free SmartTalk app which launched today. It is the first app launched in the UK to link an iPhone with a customer’s home phone calling plan.

The app works best over wi-fi, but will also work over any mobile data connection. It allows BT customers to make phone calls whether in the UK or abroad[i], which are billed as if they were calling from their BT home phone. BT broadband customers have the added advantage of access to more than 7.5 million hotspots worldwide for free.

Using the app, customers could save money in a number of ways:

• When travelling abroad, BT customers can use BT SmartTalk to phone home for the price of
a UK call[ii], which may be included in their BT package.
• BT customers can make inclusive calls, using their home calling plan, to UK landlines, 0800, 0845 and 0870[iii] numbers on their smartphone.
• Pay as you go (PAYG) smartphone customers can also make savings on their calls to mobiles as BT’s landline rates are cheaper than standard PAYG tariffs, or continue to use their smartphone to make calls when they are running out of credit.

For example, customers on BT’s Unlimited Anytime Plus Plan will be able to make 24/7 calls to any UK landline number or 0845 number at no extra cost, whilst enjoying calls to mobiles from as little as 2.65 pence per minute - a fraction of the standard rates typically charged by mobile pay as you go tariffs.

John Petter, managing director consumer, 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 SmartTalk calls can be made to anyone, anywhere, at any time and 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. They could even save when calling outside of their plan as BT’s standard landline rates will apply, instead of mobile rates that can often be more expensive.

The BT SmartTalk App is now available free from the App Store on iPhone or at www.itunes.com/appstore.


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