BT will reduce the cost of calling a mobile phone from a landline to 11.3p per minute on 28 May.
It will be cheaper to call a mobile phone from a BT landline from this weekend as BT reduces its daytime call rates from 13p per minute to 11.3p per minute.
Evening call rates will also fall from 7p per minute to 5.3p per minute.
This move follows Ofcom’s ruling to cut Mobile Termination Rates, the rate that mobile networks charge rival networks and phone companies for carrying calls to their network, from 1st April.
“Any BT customer that makes calls to mobiles from their landline will benefit from today’s news. This is the first significant cut in call charges to be seen by consumers since Ofcom’s termination rate ruling and should be welcomed with arms wide open.”, says Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com.
BT and 3 played major roles in the Terminate The Rate (TTR) campaign, which highlighted the excessive termination charges levied by some mobile operators when people called customers on their networks, meaning customers paid more than they should.
This campaign helped persuade Ofcom to lower termination rates.
So far, no other phone companies have followed the lead set by BT. Companies such as Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media who have yet to pass on the savings achieved through the campaign.
John Petter, managing director, Consumer, at BT said: “Having campaigned for two years to get Ofcom to lower mobile termination rates, I am delighted to pass on the news that calls to mobile phones from a BT landline are to cost a great deal less.”
“We are passing on Ofcom’s reduction and what’s more we’ll soon be telling customers how they can stop worrying about call charges from landlines to mobiles with a new, inclusive consumer calling package. Watch this space.”
MoneyHighStreet.com Comment: This is great news, particularly as the other phone companies must soon follow or else their call charges to mobiles will look very uncompetitive.
Notice the comment from John Petter of BT about the new “inclusive calling package”?
BT will soon be launching an “all you can eat” calls package which will include calls to mobiles. It will be interesting to see what the prices will be, but that is set to be a game changer in the phone market.