Send letters, parcels and text messages? Post Office to offer mobile

The Post Office will soon add mobile phone to the list of services it offers - it’s partnered with EE to launch its own mobile network, but what are its plans? broadbandchoices takes a look…

"Postman Pat,
Postman Pat,
Postman Pat
And his black and white… Samsung Galaxy S5."

That's right - the Post Office will soon be delivering mobile. It'll be a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) - that means it uses another operator's network to offer services.

In this case, the Post Office will share EE's network. It's the largest in the UK, and supports EE brands Orange and T-Mobile, as well as other virtual operators like Virgin Mobile. EE's also signed deals with Asda and BT so they can offer similar services - clearly it's the network of choice at the moment.

To start with, the Post Office's mobile service will be sold online and through 50 Post Office branches. If it takes off, it'll be available from Post Office branches nationwide. Well, those that haven't been closed down yet.

Martin George, the Post Office's chief commercial officer, said: "Our network of over 11,500 branches, combined with our online and call centre presence, gives us the perfect platform to become one of the most credible providers of mobile services in the market. We believe we are in an ideal position to offer a genuine alternative."

The Post Office has been offering broadband and home phone packages since 2007, and now has around 500,000 customers.

The new mobile network will launch sometime this autumn. No details on plans yet, so watch this space and we'll post more info as we get it. It may take 2-3 working days to arrive though.

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