BT Mobile Review 2019: Get Extra Speed 4G & over 5 million free Wi-Fi hotspots!

BT has branched out beyond fixed line services and after purchasing EE now offer mobile services. Taking advantage of the fastest mobile network in the UK, with some great family discounts offers and inclusive subscriptions BT Mobile is a great network to consider purchasing your next SIM from. Read on to get the full breakdown.

Sep 6th, 2019

Latest Offer: BT Mobile offering 15GB of data for £15 a month with Free JBL Headphones!

BT are currently running a short term offer for their 15GB plan, normally £20 a month, BT are dropping the price to £15 and also including JBL live wireless noise cancelling headphones. With BT you get access to over 5 million UK Wi-Fi Hotspots & free access to Extra speed 4G which boasts double the speed of standard 4G. Click through below to ensure you don’t miss out on this offer.

 

Pro’s

  • Best coverage & fastest data speeds with 29 MB/S on 4G.
  • Access to over 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK saving you data.
  • Family SIM’s with 20% off additional plans and no strings attached 30 day plans.

 

Con’s

  • Only 12 month plans.
  • No data rollover.

 

Half Cooked’s overall rating for BT: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

BT Mobile Review

BT Mobile is a great all round network. Running on the EE network, BT Mobile gets the basics right by providing 99% population coverage and the fastest data speeds in the market.

In addition to this, with 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK, Family SIM offers with great discounts and access to the BT Sport App, BT Mobile has developed a well round proposition while providing quality and additional perks at a more reasonable price point than some of the bigger networks.

Click here to go directly to BT Mobile’s website and see their latest SIM offers.

Skip to the Half Cooked breakdown to find out how BT Mobile performed in each of our main categories by clicking here.

Otherwise, read on for our full review or skip to a specific section by choosing from the table of contents below.

 

Table of Contents

1. Network Coverage & Speeds

2. Voice Call Quality

3. Tethering

4. International Roaming

5. Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Hotspots

6. Spending Caps

7. Multi Buy Discounts/ Family Plans

8. Customer Rewards

9. Other Perks

10. Sim Deals & Phone Contracts

11. Half Cooked Overall Breakdown

Network Basics

Network Coverage & Data Speeds 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

bt mobile network coverage & data speedsBT Mobile runs on EE’s network which is one of the 4 larger MNO’s (Mobile Network Operators) in the UK, which means you will get the same speeds as an EE customer. You’ll be getting the best network coverage in the market with 99% population coverage for 4G and EE have committed to 95% geographical coverage by 2020. They are constantly leading the way with rolling out additional 4G network with Root Metrics giving them the award for best network coverage for 5 years running.

With BT Mobile, you will also be getting the best 4G speeds in the market. According to Open Signal’s 2018 testing, EE leads the way with average data speeds of 29 MB/s with their closest rival Three at 23 MB/s.

Find out more about BT’s Network Coverage & Data Speeds

Voice Call Quality 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

BT Mobile Voice Call Quality

EE once again performed well in recent tests by P3 Comms, coming ahead of its competitors for voice call quality. The main reasons for tracking ahead is due to their audio quality and connection times, a result of their seamless switching between 4G and Wi-Fi calling. They also continue to invest in the growth and development of their 4G network so this is expected to further improve.

Unlike some of the other virtual networks that are piggybacking on other networks BT Mobile is taking advantage of 4G calling on EE’s network by proving access to all of their SIM and phone contract customers.

Tethering 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

BT Mobile Tethering

Tethering is turning your mobile device into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot which then gives the ability to connect other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet. This is sometimes limited by networks as it leads to heavy data usage, reducing the space on the network and slowing down the network for other customers.

For BT Mobile customers, tethering is not limited. You can use as much data as you like on other devices. One thing to note is that tethering usually leads to data being consumed much faster and we recommend checking BT Mobiles out of bundle pricing.

Find out more about BT’s Tethering

International Roaming 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

BT Mobile International RoamingWith the EU roaming regulation changes that came into effect in the summer of 2017 all UK network’s must now provide EU destinations inclusive of customer plans. This is great for any holidays planned in the EU, as a BT Mobile customer you can call, text and use your data as you would at home. 

Find out more about BT’s International Roaming

Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Hotspots 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

BT Mobile WiFi Calling

Wi-Fi calling allows customers to place calls and send texts using wireless networks instead of using their 3G/4G network. This is a great perk if you are somewhere without mobile connection but have access to Wi-Fi.

BT Mobile have a good Wi-Fi calling proposition that is available to all their SIM, Pay Monthly and Family SIM customers . However, some devices don’t always work with Wi-Fi calling so we’d recommend you check on their website to ensure it will work on your mobile.

Wi-Fi hotspots are now offered by some networks to provide customers public locations where they can save on data. BT Mobile absolutely smash it out of the park in this category with over 5 million plus hotspots in the UK and over 13 million abroad. This can lead to serious data savings when out in public spots like shopping centres and restaurants and while on holiday.

At Half Cooked we also compare mobile networks across a number of categories to see which network better suits a customers needs, we have compared BT Mobile vs EE, click through to learn more about how BT compares.

Find out more about BT’s Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Hotspots

Spending Caps 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

BT Mobile Spending Caps

Spending caps are a great way to help prevent any bill shocks – these are common place in the mobile industry now and BT Mobile’s scheme is straight forward to use.

BT Mobile have an easy to use dashboard which provides the option to its pay monthly & SIM customers of setting a limit as low as £0 on their spending. They also provide the option to turn on and off things such as roaming and premium calls.

Find out more about BT’s Spending Caps

Multi Buy Discounts / Family Plans 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

BT Mobile Multi Buy Discounts

Some networks are now offering customers discounts on any additional SIM or phone contract purchases they make to incentivise people to sign up their family & friends.

BT Mobile have one of the best offers on the market with their Family SIM offer. Each additional SIM you purchase comes at an extra discount – at the moment BT Mobile are offering 20% off each additional SIM you purchase and these SIM offers are all on 30 day rolling contracts so there is no commitment.

This provides an affordable, no strings attached offer to help you get the whole family online and help you manage all your contracts in one place.

They have now also introduced their 3x SIM bundles which offers customers 3 SIM’s bundled into a discounted price which could mean up to £30 savings each month. 

Find out more about BT’s Family Plans

Customer rewards 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

BT Mobile Customer Rewards

Some networks are now offering customer perks to differentiate themselves from their competitors to help them attract or keep customers.

BT Mobile offer discounts to their existing broadband customers. If you have a broadband account or you live in a household where someone has BT broadband you can get £5 a month off any SIM only or phone contract. A possible £60 saving over the course of a year!

Other Perks3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

BT Mobile Other Perks

With the mobile market becoming saturated with new networks popping up regularly, some of these operators are trying to differentiate themselves by offering other perks.

In terms of inclusive entertainment subscriptions BT Mobile offer customers on selected SIM or phone contracts access to the BT Sport App. If you have a deal with BT mobile for a SIM or phone contract with 6GB of data or more, then you can get free access to the BT sport app for as long as you remain on that plan.

With this you get access to sports on the BT Sport channel such as Premier League & Champions League games. This can lead to significant savings to customers, however it is only on mobile and doesn’t give you access to the TV channel.

If you’re looking for free streaming  we would recommend checking out Sky Mobile, who provide customers the option of streaming unlimited Sky TV channels from their phone, to learn more check out our Sky Mobile Review.

Find out more about BT’s Other Perks

Sim Deals & Phone Contracts

BT Mobile has 5 different SIM only deals available to customers which are all on 12 month contracts. These range in price from £15 a month to £40 a month.

All plans come with unlimited minutes and texts with the £15 a month plan starting at 2GB of data rising to the £40 plan which offers customers 60GB of data.

Any additional SIM’s through BT Mobile’s Family SIM offer, will get you 20% off a flexible 30 day plan. In terms of handset offers, BT Mobile ranges handsets from your budget devices all the way to your pricier flagships from Apple & Samsung. 

Find out more about BT’s SIM Deals & Phone Contracts

Half Cooked Overall Breakdown

Half Cooked’s overall rating for BT:

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

BT Mobile Review

 

  • Network Coverage and Speeds 5 out of 5 stars – With the best coverage and fastest speeds utilising EE’s network, BT Mobile has you covered.
  • Voice Call Quality 5 out of 5 stars – 4G calling means the fastest connection times and the no.1 audio quality in the industry.
  • Tethering 5 out of 5 stars – No limit to tethering for BT Mobile SIM or phone contract customers.
  • International Roaming 3 out of 5 stars – All your EU destinations are included.
  • Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Hotspots 4 out of 5 stars– Best Wi-Fi hotspot proposition in the market with over 5 million UK hotspots & Wi-Fi calling on enabled devices.
  • Spending Caps 4 out of 5 stars – Easy to use app with a limit that can be set as low as £0.
  • Multi Buy Discounts/ Family Plans 5 out of 5 stars– Family SIM’s get you 20% discount on no strings attached 30 day plans.
  • Customer Rewards 3 out of 5 stars – Get £5 off your plan every month if you’re an existing broadband customer
  • Other Perks 3 out of 5 stars – Free subscriptions to the BT Sport App but no free data streaming.