Mobile networks provide free data access to NHS websites

  • Major telecoms providers in the UK have banded together to offer free mobile access to NHS websites to help during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Vodafone, EE, O2, Three, and other providers have agreed to provide free online access to a list of NHS websites on mobile devices. Anyone using these websites on their mobile device won't be charged for the data they use and it won't come out of your monthly data allowance. The list of websites covered by the plan is:

    The move forms part of a strategy to help get the latest verified information and advice out there on the coronavirus outbreak. The NHS is the official trusted source for up-to-date information, and free access is essential for disseminating information to the public. Anyone with symptoms or who needs advice on the outbreak is encouraged to visit http://nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest up-to-date guidelines.

    Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, commented on the move: "In the face of the continued spread of coronavirus, it is vital everybody can access the latest verified public health advice on the NHS website when they need to – so everyone knows exactly what they should be doing to keep themselves and others safe.

    We have been clear this must be a national effort and so I’m delighted that mobile companies will be offering free data to browse nhs.uk. This will ensure everyone can access the guidance they need and avoid dangerous misinformation, without incurring data charges, and is an important contribution to the next stage of our plan to delay the spread of the virus."

    Source: UK Gov

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