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Post Office launches own mobile network through EE

The Post Office has announced it is launching its own mobile phone network, piggybacking on EE’s service.

Rivalling that offered by supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, the Post Office is going to have its very own mobile network.

“Launching our own mobile service, using EE’s network, is a significant milestone in the Post Office’s journey of change and a testament to our continuing efforts to offer more essential services for our customers,” said Martin George, CCO at the Post Office.

Initially, the service will be made available from 50 Post Office branches and via the official website in the autumn. If the service proves to be a success, it will be then rolled out nationwide.

“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.”

There’s no word on tariff pricing as yet, but if it follows in the footsteps of Tesco Mobile and other virtual network providers, it is bound to be pretty competitive.

Apparently, the Post Office plans to offer up some handset deals as well as SIM-only contracts.

The Post Office already offers a variety of services, including travel insurance as well as home and broadband packages, so it’s not a huge step for it to try its hand at mobile networks.

Launched in 2007, the Post Office’s home phone and broadband service has around 500,000 customers to its name.

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