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 […]

O2 dumps Phones 4U

Mobile operator O2 UK has severed ties with high street store Phones 4U as a retailer of contract subscriptions. As of April 1, Phones 4U will no longer sell contract subscriptions to the O2 network and will operate prepay sales at a lower level. Existing Phones 4U customers on the O2 network will still use […]

O2 extends its reach

UK MNO O2 has extended its My Europe roaming scheme to cover 31 countries with the launch of My Europe Extra. The service abolishes charges for incoming calls regardless of which network the call is received on. Making calls within Europe and back to the UK are charged at a flat rate of 25p per […]

Be gets wrists slapped over speed claims

UK broadband operator Be Unlimited, which was acquired by O2 last year, has been slapped down over misleading advertising of its 24Mbps ADSL2+ service. Rival operator NTL and a member of the public complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a press ad for Be’s “up to 24 Meg broadband” offering. The complainants believed […]

O2 favours picocells

UK mobileco O2 has been heard making encouraging noises about picocells and femtocells of late. Where many of its peers are opting to do Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) via wifi, using UMA or SIP-enable phones, O2 looks to be favouring small indoor GSM basestations to do the same job. The news should come as no […]

O2 offloads more s

Mobile operator O2 is flogging yet more retail stores in the UK, following its £30m acquisition of the Link chain earlier this year. On Tuesday, O2 sold 46 stores to Orange for an undisclosed sum. The move follows last month’s sale of 95 locations to 3 UK. O2 is understood to be keeping around 100 […]

EU inquiry into O2 roaming complaint

The European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, said Monday that his office has opened an inquiry into a complaint made by O2 on the European Commission’s investigation into its roaming services. The complaint dates back to July 2004, when the Commission sent a statement to O2, alleging that it had been abusing a dominant market position by […]

Vodafone unveils own brand 3G device

Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile, Vodafone on Thursday unveiled its first own-branded 3G handset. The Vodafone 710, designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, will be launched in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Portugal from early October 2006. The device packs an MP3 music player, 1.3 […]

Ofcom wants further termination charge cuts

UK telecoms regulator OFCOM, announced Thursday that price controls on the termination charges British mobile operators apply to other networks’ calls are to be maintained beyond March, 2007, when the current regulation expires. The regulator intends to demand further cuts in the termination fees, with a target of “around 5.3 pence per minute” for Vodafone, […]

Vodafone enters fixed-line broadband, snubs C&W

Mobile operator Vodafone has struck a deal with BT to provide fixed-line broadband to its customers in the UK. The move is a response to O2 and Orange who already offer fixed-line and mobile products to their customers. Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to launch the new service before the end of the year. […]


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