O2 announced today it will launch into the home phone market in March 2010 by offering the service to its broadband customers. The service will be available to both new and existing customers.
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The new service will be available as two home phone packages. ‘Evening & Weekend’ costs £9.50 a month and includes unlimited calls to UK homes on evenings and weekends. The ‘Anytime’ package is available for £12.50 a month and offers any time, unlimited calls to UK homes, 0845/0870 numbers and landlines in over 20 international countries.
Both deals include phone line rental so you won’t have to pay line rental to BT separately.
O2 mobile customers will be able to get O2’s Standard broadband package and Evening & Weekend phone package for £17 per month, including line rental – the deal will cost a few pounds more if you don’t have an O2 mobile service.
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To receive the home phone service customers must be a O2 home broadband subscriber and will need a working BT landline. Customers can text their home phone number to 61202, call 0800 954 1427 or visit the O2 website to check if they can get O2 home broadband and home phone.
This is a new direction for O2, as it currently only offers mobile phone, home broadband and mobile broadband services.
Which? phone services expert Ceri Stanaway says: ‘O2’s a popular mobile phone and broadband provider and it’s no great surprise that it’s decided add another string to its bow and join the follow the likes of fellow mobile phone operators Orange and Vodafone into the home phone market.
‘As the Which? review of phone, internet and TV packages shows, O2’s broadband and home phone deals seem competitive – especially if you have a mobile phone deal with O2. We look forward to seeing if its home phone bundle customer satisfaction is equally competitive.’
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