Networks Should Give Data To Wales’ Schoolchildren

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Networks Should Give Data To Wales’ Schoolchildren

There are calls for mobile networks to extend an offer of free data to schoolchildren in England to Wales as well.

Networks including EE, BT Mobile, Three and Virgin, agreed the deal with the Department for Education.

No similar deal exists in Wales and Scotland, where education is devolved.

Firms said they would be happy to discuss further support for children elsewhere in the UK and the Welsh Government said it was in talks.

Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone are also taking part in the scheme in England.

Wales’ children’s commissioner, Sally Holland, said firms should make offers “to children and families in every nation”.

The Welsh Government said it was in discussions with networks, which are paying the bill for the service in England for disadvantaged children who are studying online.

There are calls for mobile networks to extend an offer of free data to schoolchildren in England to Wales as well.

Networks including EE, BT Mobile, Three and Virgin, agreed the deal with the Department for Education.

No similar deal exists in Wales and Scotland, where education is devolved.

Firms said they would be happy to discuss further support for children elsewhere in the UK and the Welsh Government said it was in talks.

Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone are also taking part in the scheme in England.

Wales’ children’s commissioner, Sally Holland, said firms should make offers “to children and families in every nation”.

The Welsh Government said it was in discussions with networks, which are paying the bill for the service in England for disadvantaged children who are studying online.

“There’s a clear need out there and I don’t really care which side needs to jump first,” Prof Holland said.

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“These tech companies have got customers in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland as well as England.

“I think they should be proactively making the same kind of offers to children and families in every nation.

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“If that takes a conversation with the Welsh Government, then I’d encourage the Welsh Government to do that.”

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What are the mobile networks offering children in England?

  • BT mobile and EE are offering unlimited data for the rest of the academic year to qualifying customers
  • Three is giving unlimited data to “disadvantaged children”
  • Virgin Mobile has an extra 20GB of data a month for qualifying families

Networks Should Give Data To Wales’ Schoolchildren

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