The UK’s biggest mobile carrier, EE, has announced that it will be extending its offer of unlimited data for NHS workers until June 2021. With workers in the NHS being swamped with coronavirus patients, EE wants to make it easier for NHS staff to keep in contact with their families and friends who they’re being prevented from seeing as much.
The deal was initially started in April last year and was scheduled to run until October. In October, EE extended the offer again until January 31. As the country is currently experiencing a huge spike in cases, EE has now decided to keep the offer going until June.
Since the offer became available back in April, over 300,000 NHS workers have benefited from unlimited data. According to EE, the extended scheme can be worth up to £350 to each person who signed up at the start of the offer. Those looking to leverage the scheme can sign-up online using a valid NHS email address.
Commenting on the extension, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division Marc Allera said:
“Over a quarter of a million NHS staff are benefiting from unlimited data and they’ve told us how crucial it is when they’re out vaccinating people and for keeping in touch with loved ones after a busy shift. We want as many NHS workers to benefit as possible, so I ask that if you know someone who works in the NHS please spread the word. Along with the 20% discount we already provide, this is a thank you for NHS staff who work so hard to look after us all.”
BT, the owner of EE, is also helping non-NHS workers that are affected by the pandemic. While it’s not offering other people free data, it did decide earlier in the week to zero-rate BBC Bitesize content in response to schools closing. This should allow parents that are struggling financially to at least give their children access to educational resources.