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BT makes smartphone calls cheaper with Smarttalk app

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Mon Jan 14 2013, 14:29
BT SmartTalk phone app

UK INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER BT on Monday announced its Smarttalk mobile application, an app which lets you use your home phone minutes on your smartphone.

Available now, the app allows BT home phone customers to make a call on their 3G or WiFi connected smartphone which will then be billed to their landline number, which BT claims makes it cheaper to ring premium rate 0800 numbers. What's more, BT tells us that calls from abroad can be made at the time price of a UK call.

BT, looking to take on the likes of Skype and Whatsapp, also boasts that the application also allows up to five users to connect per BT contract, great for students in a houseshare looking to save on their smartphone bills.

"This is a really exciting breakthrough that means you can take your BT calling plan with you and continue saving money when you're away from home, either in the UK or abroad," said John Petter, managing director of the consumer division at BT.

"SmartTalk helps you get even more value from your BT package and much more from your smartphone."

The app is similar to Virgin Media's Smartcall app, which launched in the UK back in November but is still not available to smartphone users. Virgin's service works in the same way as BT's, letting users take advantage of their Virgin Phone inclusive calls on a smartphone hooked up to a WiFi connection.

BT Smarttalk is available on both iOS and Android, and can be downloaded now for free. µ


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