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O2 Home Broadband plus free Pay & Go Dongle

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£50 quidco making it effectively £3.17/month for standard 8meg internet (if your an O2 customer, otherwise £8.06/month)

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#1
found it cheers
#2
only problem is, if your the minority and not in 02's unbundled areas, then u have to pay the higher monthly price of about £17 a month. I think thats about 20% of the population!!
#3
Not as good as the 3 months free and £70 quidco that was available a few months back :(
#4
Good deal but was scorching a few months back with £80 quidco + free 3 months premium or pro a/c. Does anyone reckon O2 may offer that again?
#5
zippo2008
Good deal but was scorching a few months back with £80 quidco + free 3 months premium or pro a/c. Does anyone reckon O2 may offer that again?


Well I monitor this topic very closely and the best o2 have ever offered is £70 Quidco and 3m free (most recently in mid April).

o2's sister company Be currently have Quidco £80 AND 3m free; while Quidco o2 home broadband is £50 and a free PAYG mobile broadband dongle (BUT you can get that dongle almost FREE and 1m usage too by buying it through Quidco ie £29.xx cost + £15 top-up for 1m use less £40 cashback = £4.xx net cost for 1m usage AND dongle, ie £10.xx cheaper than getting a FREE dongle!).

We never know what's coming from Be and o2. The current RECORD cashback on Be indicates I guess that Telefonica Europe in the UK are still keen to get broadband customers, and the 3m free seems to be a popular offer with Be and o2 so may well return.

Incidentally June is a half-year-end for Telefonica financials = an important milestone; so might expect best deal at the month end for them to try and meet subscriber targets by 30th!

Be/o2 latest offerings/costings in my comparison document found at:
http://cid-99aa6cf1226facfe.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/o2%20Broadband%20-v-%20Be%20There%20Broadband


MKD
#6
hank2spoons
only problem is, if your the minority and not in 02's unbundled areas, then u have to pay the higher monthly price of about £17 a month. I think thats about 20% of the population!!


Actually, it's only 20% of the country (geographically) that CAN get it, although I think that covers about 60% of the population.

There's a map here.
#7
the problem is bt. alot of areas owned by bt wholesale. meaning other companies having to py bt a royalty to use their lines
#8
mk-donald
Well I monitor this topic very closely and the best o2 have ever offered is £70 Quidco and 3m free (most recently in mid April).

o2's sister company Be currently have Quidco £80 AND 3m free; while Quidco o2 home broadband is £50 and a free PAYG mobile broadband dongle (BUT you can get that dongle almost FREE and 1m usage too by buying it through Quidco ie £29.xx cost + £15 top-up for 1m use less £40 cashback = £4.xx net cost for 1m usage AND dongle, ie £10.xx cheaper than getting a FREE dongle!).

We never know what's coming from Be and o2. The current RECORD cashback on Be indicates I guess that Telefonica Europe in the UK are still keen to get broadband customers, and the 3m free seems to be a popular offer with Be and o2 so may well return.

Incidentally June is a half-year-end for Telefonica financials = an important milestone; so might expect best deal at the month end for them to try and meet subscriber targets by 30th!

Be/o2 latest offerings/costings in my comparison document found at:
http://cid-99aa6cf1226facfe.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/o2%20Broadband%20-v-%20Be%20There%20Broadband


MKD


Cheers, rather helpful.
#9
Yes agreed this deal is only warm compared to what was on offer a couple of months ago. Still looks decent though.
#10
I'm with 'Be' at the moment but was on O2 before. The speeds you get is quite good. Going to keep switching between providers for the cashback and any offers(every 12 months). Don't be lazy like I was.
#11
Same, heh. Worth doing it for the Quidco alone!
#12
I ordered this via Quidco last week. It tracked with £60 and the free Dongle was part of the offer. Very impressed with O2 so far - wireless router has already arrived and the service is due to change in the middle of the week (fingers crossed).

I had been a Freeserve/Wanadoo/Orange customer since Freeserve started. Got a letter from them saying "You'll be pleased to know that we're making some important changes to our broadband....". They increased the cost from £12.99 to £19.99 .... and they think I'll be pleased?
#13
hank2spoons
the problem is bt. alot of areas owned by bt wholesale. meaning other companies having to py bt a royalty to use their lines


Utter nonsense, BT wholesale are a service provider exactly the same as o2 ( BE )

Be (who run the network o2 use) choose which exchanges to put their equipment in and they all pay OPENREACH for this and to use the copper pair which runs to the end users premises.

EDIT: Hot Deal, O2 are very good.
#14
For those thinking of joining O2, please take a little time out to check their forums for any peak hour slowdown issues in your area:

http://forum.o2.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=12

I joined last October but had to leave within days because the service was totally unusable (sub dial-up speeds) during peak hours.

It was a real shame since out of peak hours the connection was very fast. Customer service was also very good.
#15
#damn forgot about quidco when i signed up, ive signed up to the 20mb but am getting exactly the same speed as I was getting on my BT 8mb (6.7mb), my bandwidth according to the router is set to 8mb, so although they told me the fastest speed I could get would be 13mb , there would be no way I would ever be able to achieve that as my profile is set to 8mb !


anyway, its still faster than bt because they dont appear to throttle bbc iplayer and bittorrent during peakhours.
#16
iNSOMANiAC
#anyway, its still faster than bt because they dont appear to throttle bbc iplayer and bittorrent during peakhours.


These are the ISPs that throttle:
http://www.azureuswiki.com/index.php/Bad_ISPs#United_Kingdom

This is how O2 broadband compares with others:
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/isp/compare.html?commit=Compare&isp_7=1&isp_86=1&isp_13=1&isp_21=1&isp_22=1&isp_84=1
#17
After reading about the O2 throttling at peak times, I'm not so sold on becoming an O2 customer. For the bit extra Be sound a lot better. Any Be customers around to vouch for them?
#18
yea 17 quid for me....i was with aohell for 6 yrs paying 29.99 a month migrated to sky 3 month ago for 10 pounds a month.....big saving,better speeds im very happy with skys service ....but wen my exchange gets upgraded for 02 i will maybe think about switching....
#19
O2 are the fastest provider in my backwater town :oops:

Was looking at this last week, but gone ahead and ordered now (Virgin not digging up around here for another 9 months or so and my 8mb Orange broadband peaking at 2.5mbps . . . )

Thanks OP for pointing this out, the PAYG dongle will help when I work away and the O2 speeds are 3 x the current provider for £1.83 per month less :)
#20
Chester Tay
Utter nonsense, BT wholesale are a service provider exactly the same as o2 ( BE )

Be (who run the network o2 use) choose which exchanges to put their equipment in and they all pay OPENREACH for this and to use the copper pair which runs to the end users premises.

EDIT: Hot Deal, O2 are very good.


then why do we have to pay the higher prices in the minority areas then????
where i live the lines are owned by bt wholesale. no matter what provider i tried to go with, i would have to pay their highest prices, because im in the minority area.
#21
hank2spoons
then why do we have to pay the higher prices in the minority areas then????
where i live the lines are owned by bt wholesale. no matter what provider i tried to go with, i would have to pay their highest prices, because im in the minority area.


because as a business decision Be have decided not to put their equipment in your exchange (probably not enough people to justify the investment?) so they buy a product from BT wholesale who do have equipment in that exchange.

Openreach own the copper wires that run to your property and the telephone exchange and your service provider will pay to rent them to provide your service.

None of the LLU providers must have equipment in the exchange you are served from, i wish that was the case in my neck off the woods then i probably wouldnt have to pay £1200 a month to rent a grotty flat!
#22
mbgringo
O2 are the fastest provider in my backwater town :oops:

Was looking at this last week, but gone ahead and ordered now (Virgin not digging up around here for another 9 months or so and my 8mb Orange broadband peaking at 2.5mbps . . . )

Thanks OP for pointing this out, the PAYG dongle will help when I work away and the O2 speeds are 3 x the current provider for £1.83 per month less :)


Just out of interest how do you know Virgin are planning on installing their network in your area in 9 months?
I'd be interested ot find out if tey were planning anything near me.
#23
Crypt
After reading about the O2 throttling at peak times, I'm not so sold on becoming an O2 customer. For the bit extra Be sound a lot better. Any Be customers around to vouch for them?

I was a Be customer for a couple of years, I switched to O2 in February for the £70 quidco and 3 months free. There has been no difference in speed at any time of day or night (my connection is and has always been around 13Mb) just a shiny new O2 router to give things away.
I would recommend either isp to anyone. :thumbsup:
#24
Chester Tay
Openreach own the copper wires that run to your property and the telephone exchange and your service provider will pay to rent them to provide your service.

Hate to be pedantic, but Openreach are the organisation who maintain the phone lines, exchanges, etc. ISPs pay BT Wholesale for using the lines, who would in turn pay Openreach for the maintenance.
#25
deddog
I was a Be customer for a couple of years, I switched to O2 in February for the £70 quidco and 3 months free. There has been no difference in speed at any time of day or night (my connection is and has always been around 13Mb) just a shiny new O2 router to give things away.
I would recommend either isp to anyone. :thumbsup:


Be Broadband is owned by O2 and they both actually operate off the same network
#26
Crypt
After reading about the O2 throttling at peak times, I'm not so sold on becoming an O2 customer. For the bit extra Be sound a lot better. Any Be customers around to vouch for them?


I'm an o2 customer, and an intensive user at that. I have found the service to be excellent (was with plusnet before who were awful with so many complex bandwidth/peak/off peak restrictions.
#27
iNSOMANiAC
#damn forgot about quidco when i signed up, ive signed up to the 20mb but am getting exactly the same speed as I was getting on my BT 8mb (6.7mb), my bandwidth according to the router is set to 8mb, so although they told me the fastest speed I could get would be 13mb , there would be no way I would ever be able to achieve that as my profile is set to 8mb !


anyway, its still faster than bt because they dont appear to throttle bbc iplayer and bittorrent during peakhours.


20mb on phone lines is impossible and it doesn't matter who your ISP is as long as your using copper wire the speed wont get any better and the further you are from the exchange the slower it gets. There's been a big to do over the terms up to as up to means that theoretically you could get it but your modem must be plugged directly into the exchange with 1cm of wire and you must be the only user in your group so no one else is sharing your bandwidth.

In reality on copper wire you will be lucky to get up to 8mb more realistically 4mb broadband its false advertising and most people don't realize they are not getting what they thought the only way to get the speed in this country is with virgin and that's because its on fiber and there's no slowing down unless you are capped in the day as they now use traffic shaping to stop big downloaders during peek times.

http://www.broadband-help.com/news/site/broadband-news/484
#28
polly69
A bunch of poppycock


FYI.
I get 20mb and i'm using a copper line...amazing huh?
#29
Jimmyboy
Just out of interest how do you know Virgin are planning on installing their network in your area in 9 months?
I'd be interested ot find out if tey were planning anything near me.


Virgin is now a joke I'm on the 20mb which ive been on since it came out and was on the 10mb before both are the fastest package they had in our area ive recently had a letter saying that 50mb is now available in my area and because im on there fastest package would i like to go to the 50mb.

In simple terms are you taking the ****. When i was on 10mb the fastest at the time it was unlimited meaning i could download or upload as fast as my bandwidth would allow then all of a sudden 20mb came out and i was bumped up to this for free but after a while i noticed i was getting very slow speeds less than a quarter of what i was paying for. This went on for months i rang virgin and complained on a number of occasions each time they would explain that it wasnt a problem it was my kit that was playing up. This went on for months in the end i googled the issue and it turned out that they had implemented this traffic management that dropped your speed as a penalty of downloading.

If you download over 2gb now on there top 20mb package which was/is suppose to be unlimited your speed is throttled the lower the package the less you are allowed I.E 10mb was allowed 1gb 4mb was 256kbps in peak times and this would stay on for 4hours before resetting the speed its now at a point that for 18hours a day this is in force affecting everyone that downloads streams from iplayer and the like or anything that involves downloading.

If you ring them for support your put through to some country where they can not speak english and dont have a clue as to how to help Virgin should be forced to either drop the unlimited or drop the prices.

heres all the restrictions that virgin now use on everyone
http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.html
#30
cristoff
FYI.
I get 20mb and i'm using a copper line...amazing huh?


How do you know your getting 20mb WHY because that's what you pay for what proof do you have some internet speed test you may have done if you are getting what you pay for your the only person in the country that is and on copper as well you are a very special person 2 miracles for one sole and its not poopycock im network admin so i know what I'm talking about part of my job is analyzing speed of the connections of my servers and client computers both out on the net and internally the only was its possible is if they use 2 phone lines for your connection instead of 1 which some companies do but at a price and they will only do this if they can guarantee the speed they offer.

Im on virgin with 20mb and i don't get 20mb and that's on fiber the highest download speeds i get off the newsgroups is 2.32mbps so how you could better that on twisted pair is beyond me as copper can only transmit data at a certain rate where as light has no such restrictions you my friend are taking out of the crack of your **** its a known fact that copper wire is not capable of delivering such speeds the phone lines where never intended for Internet traffic that's why they are being upgraded a bit at a time.
#31
Crypt
After reading about the O2 throttling at peak times, I'm not so sold on becoming an O2 customer. For the bit extra Be sound a lot better. Any Be customers around to vouch for them?




i've been with o2 about 14 months and never had any throttling. I can't see there being any difference between Be and O2.

O2are the best isp i've ever had and i've had a few :thumbsup:[
#32
iNSOMANiAC;5491166
#damn forgot about quidco when i signed up, ive signed up to the 20mb but am getting exactly the same speed as I was getting on my BT 8mb (6.7mb), my bandwidth according to the router is set to 8mb, so although they told me the fastest speed I could get would be 13mb , there would be no way I would ever be able to achieve that as my profile is set to 8mb !


anyway, its still faster than bt because they dont appear to throttle bbc iplayer and bittorrent during peakhours.

Had similar speeds to you on an 8mb service and O2 also estimated a speed of 13mb, and that’s exactly what I got.
Phone customer services and ask them to check that everything has been done correctly.
#33
polly69
psh


I'll send you my logs if you want. Throughput of 2.24mbp/s downloading Fedora...I "think" that equates to near enough 20mb but hey, what do I know lol...but i have factored in the fact that was reached wirelessly so include the overheads there buddy.
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polly69
How do you know your getting 20mb WHY because that's what you pay for what proof do you have some internet speed test you may have done if you are getting what you pay for your the only person in the country that is and on copper as well you are a very special person 2 miracles for one sole and its not poopycock im network admin so i know what I'm talking about part of my job is analyzing speed of the connections of my servers and client computers both out on the net and internally the only was its possible is if they use 2 phone lines for your connection instead of 1 which some companies do but at a price and they will only do this if they can guarantee the speed they offer.

Im on virgin with 20mb and i don't get 20mb and that's on fiber the highest download speeds i get off the newsgroups is 2.32mbps so how you could better that on twisted pair is beyond me as copper can only transmit data at a certain rate where as light has no such restrictions you my friend are taking out of the crack of your **** its a known fact that copper wire is not capable of delivering such speeds the phone lines where never intended for Internet traffic that's why they are being upgraded a bit at a time.


You're a network admin and apparently you haven't heard of ADSL2+.

Oh dear.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/489959503.png
#35
polly69
20mb on phone lines is impossible and it doesn't matter who your ISP is as long as your using copper wire the speed wont get any better and the further you are from the exchange the slower it gets.

In reality on copper wire you will be lucky to get up to 8mb more realistically 4mb broadband



Rubbish. Many people are getting above 8Mb on copper phone lines with ADSL2 and ADSL2+.
If your job is what you say then you should know this. Sounds to me as though you're the one doing the false advertising.
banned#36
O2 has a good broadband and customer service. However, beware they will ask you to send back everything after the contract ends. Therefore, keep the router and the dongle. Do not lose them. Otherwise, they will charge a lot on you. Enjoy the best internet and services!
#37
alien123
O2 has a good broadband and customer service. However, beware they will ask you to send back everything after the contract ends. Therefore, keep the router and the dongle. Do not lose them. Otherwise, they will charge a lot on you. Enjoy the best internet and services!


You might have to send the router back but the dongle is a free extra through quidco and i would not expect that to have to be returned at the end of a contract.

Steve
#38
polly69
heres all the restrictions that virgin now use on everyone
http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.html


Actually that sounds reasonable to me. Unless there's evidence that the top 5% aren't affecting the download speeds of the remaining 95%. Or perhaps ISPs should introduce meters, the more you download the more you pay. Which would you prefer?
#39
Just signed up, Quidco showing as £60 not £50 even though the link from quidco showed £50 :)
#40
mrhahn
Hate to be pedantic, but Openreach are the organisation who maintain the phone lines, exchanges, etc. ISPs pay BT Wholesale for using the lines, who would in turn pay Openreach for the maintenance.


No you are incorrect, ISP's do not pay BT Wholesale to use the copper pair of wires that runs from the exchange to the End Users premises.

Any ISP can put their equipment in the exchange and would not have to have ANY contact with BT Wholesale but they tend only to do this in exchanges that serve lots of people so they make more money.

If they decide not to do this then they can still offer a service to potential customers by buying a BT Wholesale product and selling this on. BT Wholesale will be paying to put their equipment into the exchange and to rent the copper pair to the customers premises (and the maintenance of the exchange, co-mingling area and the copper path)

BT Wholesale will charge a premium on what they pay Openreach for these service when they resell they (ie to o2) so this is why o2 charge more in non-llu equipped exchanges.

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