BT has announced the launch of its new 'Total Broadband Anywhere' package, which costs from £23.99 per month (first three months, £29.99 thereafter) and bundles a traditional up to 8Mbps land-line broadband (ADSL) service with an Internet-capable smartphone (BT ToGo) worth around £150.
Customers get a choice of two full-function BT ToGo smartphones – the HTC S620 or S710 – both powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6. When in range of a WiFi hotspot, the BT ToGo connects to the Internet at broadband speeds and provides cheaper calls through BT Broadband Talk.
Sadly, when out of WiFi, all you get is a measly 10MB monthly download allowance (£1.50 per extra MB), and the package includes 50 call minutes and 50 texts on any network at any time. Larger minute and text bundle options are also available. However, as a launch promotion BT will offer unlimited GPRS usage for no additional cost until 31st July 2008.
The BT ToGo integrates seamlessly with many other BT Total Broadband services, and is preconfigured with a BT e-mail address, although customers are able to set up other popular email accounts too. In addition, the BT ToGo comes with mobile security software for virus protection.
The BT ToGo boasts a built-in camera for taking photos and video clips, and comes complete with a media player. It also includes BT Snap & Send, which means photos taken with the BT ToGo can be quickly transferred to a personal online BT Digital Vault so they can be safely stored or instantly shared with family and friends.
At home, Broadband Anywhere customers get BT’s premium Option 3 Total Broadband service, including a free, future-proof black wireless Home Hub with Hub Phone, download speeds of up to 8Mbps with unlimited downloads (Fair Usage Policy), online security, free 5GB Digital Vault secure online storage and free 24/7 customer support.
All Broadband Anywhere customers will also automatically join the BT FON WiFi community. Using any wireless device, including the BT ToGo, customers get unlimited WiFi access at more than 82,000 BT FON Hotspots in the UK, a further 190,000 hotspots around the world and over 2,500 BT Openzone hotspots in the UK and Ireland.
There are four packages in all, with the most expensive costing £53.99 per month for the first three months (£59.99 thereafter) and differing on the number of included minutes and texts. Likewise an 18 month minimum contract applies to all options.
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