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O2 to Launch Mobile Broadband Service Tomorrow

Posted: 17th Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
O2 has decided to turn this weeks bad publicity over its 3G data speeds (original news) into something positive by officially launching their new 'Mobile Broadband' (HSPA) services tomorrow. Every other major mobile operator has already introduced similar services, with both Three (3) and Vodafone being among the cheapest (package comparison).

Unfortunately the new service, which will initially only be available to existing customers, is not expected to be the cheapest. Customers will need to shell out £20 for an 18-month contract and 3GB (GigaByte) fair usage allowance. However, a monthly contract where you pay £120 for the USB Modem may also be introduced:

"We're not going to be the cheapest, but we hope to bring a fantastic customer experience," said Jonathan Earle, head of customer acquisitions in O2's broadband division, on Wednesday. "We're positioning this for our loyal O2 customers." Users will also get unlimited Wi-Fi access through The Cloud's national network.

The ZDNet news reports that O2 is currently in the process of spending £500m on network upgrades, which should boost network capacity from 1.8Gbps to 3.6Gbps across the country by June this year. Business services are expected to follow later this year. More news on this tomorrow.
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