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BT launches new business mobile service

Thursday, July 17th 2014 by Hannah Langston

BT has unveiled a new phone service that allows employees to link their mobile to their office phone system.

BT One Phone allows calls to an individual’s office landline, extension and mobile to all go to one phone.

Graham Sutherland (pictured), CEO of BT Business, said, “With an increasingly mobile and demanding workforce, businesses need communications technology that is as flexible as they are. Missed calls mean missed business.

“Today’s announcement, combined with the upcoming launch of our 4G services demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the increasingly mobile UK workforce.”

Businesses need to have a dedicated mobile network installed by BT in their premises. To receive the cloud-based service employees need to insert a BT One Phone SIM which BT assures works with “a full range of mobile phones”.

BT was expected to announce price plans for the service today but will now release these in the next few weeks.

BT’s new mobile service runs on EE’s 4G network, using the spectrum it purchased from Ofcom last year. Users will have unlimited access to over 5 million BT Wi-Fi hotspots.

BT has been absent for the business mobile phone market for almost a decade. In 2005 it sold BT Cellnet (later rebranded as O2) to Telephonica. Until the end of last year BT provided mobile services to businesses using Vodafone’s network.

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