A new MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) called 'The People's Operator' has lunched in the UK, that will operate its system using the new EE network, which combines the network coverage of T-Mobile and Orange.
TPO aims to work closely with charities and local community projects in the UK, including the NSPCC, ChildLine, Claxton House and Islington Giving, amongst others.
Initially TPO packages will be offered using Pay As You Go products, with contract offerings coming online in 2013. Standard call rates on TPO will be 12.5p per minute, with SMS charged at 7.5p each. Smartphone users accessing the mobile internet from their handset can expect to pay 12.5p per megabyte.
TPO will allow customers to nominate the charity or community project they want their 10% offering to go to, giving local community projects a new way of raising cash, if enough users can be persuaded to move over to the new network.
“The People's Operator represents a fundamental shift in the way commercial utilities support communities and causes,” said Andrew Rosenfeld, Chair and Co-Founder of TPO. “The more profit that is generated, the more we can pass on to deserving parts of society.”
Vice-Chair and Co-Founder of TPO, Mark Epstein, said: “TPO offers customers the opportunity to benefit from a great mobile deal while supporting their favourite causes, simply by using their mobiles as they do every day and not giving anything more from their own pocket.”
TPO will also offer their services to business users, who can also offer 10% of their spend to a supported charity. Businesses can also earn 10% of the spend for every customer they sign up to TPO.