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BT hits out at Post Office phone plans.

TELECOMS giant BT hit back yesterday at plans by the Post Office to launch its own residential phone service by accusing its newest rival of being ``stuck in the dark ages''.

The postal organisation claimed call charges on its Home Phone service would be up to 20% cheaper than BT, with a single bill for both calls and line rental. The new service aims to sign up one million customers by 2008. Gavin Patterson, group managing director of BT Consumer and Ventures, said: ``Customers on BT Together option 1 can talk for up to an hour at evenings and weekends for just 5. 5p. With the Post Office's old-fashioned pence per minute approach, they'd be paying more than 10 times this price - 60p at weekends and 75p in the evening. '' Mr Patterson said the Post Office was ``stuck in the dark ages'' over phone charging, adding: ``If customers are looking for good value from the Post Office, frankly they're better off sticking to stamps. ''

Royal Mail chief executive David Mills said: ``We intend to win a significant slice of the residential telephony market. ''

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Date:Jan 11, 2005
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