The Post Office is entering the mobile phone market in autumn by piggy backing on the EE network.
Entering the mobile market builds on the Post Office’s strategy to grow its telecoms business, as it is already in the fixed phone and broadband market, where it claims to have around 500,000 customers.
Mobile services will initially be launched in 50 Post Office branches, online and over the phone, before a network wide rollout planned for later this year.
Martin George, chief commercial officer at Post Office, said: “Our research tells us that people are seeking greater value, with one in three of those surveyed saying they intended to move away from one of the mainstream providers for their next service."
The announcement follows a £640 million boost from the government last year to support a transformation of Post Office operations, which has already seen more than 2,200 branches revamped with more modern environments.
George said "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.”
With the Post Office’s mobile service complementing its travel money, travel insurance, savings, mortgages and a long list of government services, those simply wanting to post something will be hoping queues won't be getting much longer.
Earlier this year, BT said it would be using the EE network to launch a new mobile phone service for businesses and consumers.