O2 shakes up postpay tariffs, iPhoners win big

O2 UK announced a shake up of its postpay consumer and small business tariffs on Tuesday, more than doubling the amount of minutes and texts included in the iPhone bundles. The three current tariffs for iPhone will be overhauled from February 1 and will affect both new and existing iPhone owners. Customers on a £35 […]

O2 Germany gives away unlimited music

O2 Germany has turned to Napster in a bid to drive up its fixed line numbers and is giving away access to the Napster music service with all new subscriptions. Customers signing up for the DSL service between January and the end of March will receive one year’s access to Napster to Go, valued at […]

Telefonica O2 cuts data charges for roamers

Spanish carrier Telefonica, which owns the O2 group of companies, proposed to cut the cost of mobile data services when roaming by as much as 40 per cent on Monday. Consumers in Spain, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic will benefit from a range of new data roaming tariffs aimed at those travelling within Europe […]

Peter Erskine steps down

One of the most widely respected chief executives in the telecoms business has stepped aside. Peter Erskine was appointed to the O2 Board in 2001 as CEO and oversaw a dramatic overhaul that ultimately resulted in O2 becoming the dominant cellular player in the UK. Erskine sealed an $18bn deal with Spain’s Telefonica to become […]

London trials electronic wallet, ticket platform

Londoners could be using their mobile handsets as electronic train tickets and credit or debit cards from as early as next year, as the UK’s first large scale trial of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology gets underway. On Wednesday, mobile operator O2 UK revealed the details of its O2 Wallet application, which has already been […]

O2 notes shift to postpay contracts as iPhone launches

The iconic Apple iPhone went on sale in the UK and Germany on Friday evening, marking the start of a new wave of operator competition in some of the world’s most mature mobile markets. It’s too early to tell whether the device will be a boon to UK partner O2, but on Monday, the Telefonica-owned […]

O2 hiring extra staff to deal with iPhone rush

Mobile operator O2 UK is hiring an extra 1,427 people to help it cope with demand for the Apple iPhone when it launches in the UK on Friday evening [at 6.02pm]. The operator said Tuesday that 700 new jobs will be added to its customer services team, while another 727 people are being recruited in […]

O2 lights up fixed broadband service

UK mobile operator O2 confirmed the details of its forthcoming fixed line broadband package on Thursday, citing a launch date of October 15. O2 intends to target the large proportion of UK consumers that are dissatisfied with their existing broadband service. One of the main complaints UK broadband subs have is lower than advertised speeds. […]

O2 broadband launch imminent

O2 UK is gearing up to launch its own brand broadband internet offering later this month and discounted prices for O2 subscribers have already leaked out. Teething problems have dogged O2’s own branded fixed line broadband service. The operator has been forced to delay the launch of its service twice, with the offering now set […]

O2 rolls out flat rate data plan

UK mobile operator O2 announced the details of its flat rate data packages on Thursday. O2 is the last of the UK network operators to introduce a flat rate service. O2’s decision to introduce a data package is a result of the operator winning the contract to supply the Apple iPhone in the UK. After […]

Apple’s worst kept secret revealed

Apple frontman Steve Jobs and O2 UK’s Matthew Key were the CEO double act Tuesday morning at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London, where an iPhone announcement as predictable as Jobs’ wardrobe (black turtleneck, jeans, stubble) was made. It was revealed that the UK’s biggest mobile carrier had signed an exclusive multi-year deal, which […]

Big iPhone news this week

The European iPhone retailers are expected to be revealed on Tuesday, putting an end to months of speculation. telecoms.com will be attending an Apple-hosted press conference in London on Tuesday morning, where it’s expected that O2 will be revealed as the company’s UK partner. Orange is thought to have won the contract for France, while […]

O2 goes to BBC for laughs

UK mobile operator O2 has struck a deal with the BBC to show clips of popular TV shows on the mobile. Under the deal, O2 will be able to provide BBC Worldwide content from a number of programmes including the Office, Little Britain, Doctor Who, I’m Alan Partridge and League of Gentlemen. The content will […]

O2 preparing to pull plug on i-mode

O2 UK, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, is preparing to pull the plug on its i-mode mobile web service, the company confirmed Tuesday. Despite the popularity of the NTT DoCoMo created technology in Japan and 24 other operators worldwide rolling out the platform, the launch of 3G services has taken some of the shine off […]

Purge threatened at O2 Deutschland

O2’s German division awoke today to the sound of rolling heads, as owners Telefonica sacked the top management. CEO Rudolf Groeger, who left the company two weeks ago, was apparently forced out according to German press reports. Now the chief engineer, Alexander Roeder, is said to have been “on the death list for months, it […]

O2 delays own brand broadband

O2 UK has let the date slip on the launch of its own-branded fixed line broadband service, following reported teething problems. At parent Telefonica’s financial results announcement on Wednesday, it emerged that the operator has pushed back the launch of its O2 branded broadband offering back a few months to late summer. O2 got on […]

O2 Germany may cut 1,000 jobs

UK-based mobile operator O2 may cut up to 1,000 jobs, or 20 per cent of its staff base, at its German business, according to reports on Tuesday. According to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland, O2, which was bought up by Spanish carrier Telefonica last year, will make the cuts to reduce personnel costs. […]

O2 offers cash instead of phone upgrades

UK carrier O2 said Monday it will offer customers up to £100 if they opt to hang onto their old handset instead of upgrading when their contract is up for renewal. The move is being billed as an environmental initiative aimed at reducing individuals’ carbon footprints. O2 estimates that the total CO2 emission from the […]

O2 to do Google and MTV

Telefonica’s UK mobile arm, O2, said Wednesday at the CeBit tech fair in Germany, that starting this summer, it will give customers access to Google and Viacom’s MTV music clips to promote mobile internet services. The company said that the relationship with Google will help it to generate advertising revenue. O2 plans to launch a […]

100 jobs to go at O2 Ireland

Telefonica’s Irish operation, O2 Ireland, announced Wednesday morning that it will cut its Irish workforce by 5.5 per cent – around 100 jobs. The firm said Wednesday morning that the staff will be laid off in a vountary redundancy programme. Incereasing competition was cited by the firm for the layoffs. O2 Ireland – the second […]


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