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BT has made its long-awaited return to the mobile market with the launch of a range of SIM-only 4G plans.

Tariffs start from £5 per month for BT’s broadband customers who can add a mobile plan to their existing bills. Non-BT broadband customers will pay £5pm extra for each tariff.

Customers can also opt for a £12pm plan which comes with 2GB of data and 50 minutes or a £20pm option with 20GB of data and unlimited minutes. All plans include free access to BT Sport via the channel’s smartphone app and free calls to 0800 numbers.

As these are SIM-only plans customers will need their own handset but the firm is giving those ordering a plan a £50 voucher to redeem against the BT Shop’s range of 4G phones.

Today’s launch delivers on past statements by CEO Gavin Patterson who has repeatedly said the firm would launch a mobile service by the end of the current financial year.

It also allows BT to compete with rivals TalkTalk and Virgin Media who already offer ‘quad-play’ bundles of all four services.

The plans launched today are powered by a virtual network deal signed with EE before its shareholders agreed to sell the firm to BT.

That deal is currently being scrutinised by competition regulators and, once complete, will allow BT to offer a range of handsets and mobile broadband devices.

John Petter, chief executive of BT Consumer, said: “These great value deals are a thank you from us to loyal BT Broadband homes. We are offering customers a new type of great value mobile deal that offers more than just data, minutes and texts.

“We are offering 4G on the UK’s biggest network along with unlimited access to the most extensive wi-fi coverage via our 5m BT Wi-fi hotspot network. Plus BT Sport and a discount of up to 50 per cent on your mobile tariff if you are a BT Broadband customer.”