okay thanks, it was worth an ask and a saving of potential £20 unlocking fee.... after all BT I thought BT now owned them. Looks like I will need to counter any unlocking fee against SIM card savings. But, at least I know now :}
BT does not yet own EE. They are still going through regulatory approval. So at this moment, they are still two seperate companies with just agreements between them.
Daniel Thomas, writing in today's Financial Times, notes that BT's buyout of EE could be a long way off yet, if the deal goes ahead at all.
A Circular to BT shareholders issued yesterday (1 April), states that, pending shareholder approval and regulatory clearance, BT expects the "acquisition to complete before 31 March 2016". However, the parties have agreed a "Long Stop Date" of 5 August 2016 for concluding the acquisition.
Also written into the agreement is a "Break Fee" of a crippling £250 million to be paid by BT to Deutsche Telekom and Orange, if BT does not proceed to completion.
According to the FT, "the acquisition will be vetted by the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK, which has already been gathering views from BT's rivals including Vodafone and TalkTalk."
However, the Shareholder Circular also warns of a risk that "regulatory clearance of the acquisition may be referred to European Commission’s jurisdiction under Article 22 of the European Union Merger Regulation."
The FT cautions that BT rivals "are likely to push for further regulation of BT’s fixed-line infrastructure." Renewing calls for the break-up of Openreach. Both TalkTalk and Sky have said that a review of the British telecoms sector by Ofcom should include the demerging of the Openreach division.
"The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has sent letters to interested parties — including the major telecoms and media groups — asking for input on the proposed takeover.
"In a letter seen by the Financial Times, the CMA flagged several areas that could suffer a “potential impact” from BT’s acquisition of EE. These included how BT provides connections between mobile masts for its soon-to-be rival network operators as well as the retail market for mobile and fixed voice, data and broadband services..."
BEWARE just a quick one on getting your phone unlocked by EE, Orange.....mine took over a month to get a unlocking code from them, it was a nightmare, they even ended up lending me one of their phones from the local EE shop for three weeks, also note Orange does NOT seem to talk within EE at cust services level if you have a problem involving both of them !!
All because I went on a SimCard contract !!!
if a locked EE phone works wiith a BT sim then that is a change fairly recently as you did need to have an unlocked phone to use the BT sim previously
good to know
I am wondering if the situation has changed, now that BT own EE.
I have 2 T-Mobile/EE android smart phones and am thinking of taking out sim only deals for them with BT.
Will I still need to get them unlocked before I can use the BT sim cards?