O2, who are owned by Telefonica, are believed to be very close to launching their broadband packages. The expected date for full details of the various bundles is 15th October 2007.
Since O2 are primarily a mobile provider, the fact that O2 contract customers will get a discount should come as no surprise. The discounted prices are thought to be:
No products are expected to carry a specific usage allowance, but rather a fair use policy. Other details of the packages suggest customers will get a router, McAfee security and anti-virus software, an 0800 support line and 100 free text messages that can be used online.
For those that don't already know, the O2 service to some extent already exists as Telefonica will be building on the ground base that Be has built up over the last couple of years. Be are currently thought to have a userbase of around 31,000 customers. For those in the UK able to get the Be service, its Be Pro package at £40 a month offers an impressive up to 2.5Mbps upload speed which is the fastest upstream speed of any consumer broadband provider.
Update 4th October 2007:
More reliable price indications have appeared from O2 UK Chief Executive Matthew Key and can be read in full at Reuters.co.uk.
The bottom package is set to be an up to 8Mbps service at £7.50 a month, £10 a month increases the maximum speed to 16Mbps and £15 a month for an up to 20Mbps service. The additional fee for those without an O2 will be £10 a month.
Somewhat worrying is the comment about checking post codes to ensure service speeds will be available in an area. The post code checkers are less reliable than checking a specific telephone line, which itself is less reliable than actually looking at live data from the actual ADSL/ADSL2+ line.