O2 Mobile Broadband
- Range of PAYG and Pay Monthly deals available on tablets, SIMs and Mobile Wi-Fi
- Access to O2 WiFi hotspots including London Underground
Best selling deals from O2:
Pay monthly deals
|4G Pocket Hotspot 2GB|
|Speed undisclosed||12 months||£6 per month|
|In-Car Mobile Wi-Fi|
|Speed undisclosed||24 months||£7 per month|
|iPad Air 2 16GB|
|Speed undisclosed||24 months||£36 per month|
|iPad Mini 4 16GB|
|Speed undisclosed||24 months||£24 per month|
|50% off upfront cost use code: TABLET50OFF|
Pay as you go deals
|iPad Mini 2 16GB PAYG + 1GB data|
|Speed undisclosed||No Contract||
|Combi-SIM PAYG + 12GB data|
|Speed undisclosed||No Contract||FREE|
Who are O2?
In the world of mobile broadband providers O2 is benefiting from a strong middle ground position between the old reliables and younger cooler (and/or cheaper) brands.
O2 has a bit of both: while it has tended to follow its rivals in the mobile broadband UK market, its marketing has a fresh, lively feel (such as sponsoring The O2 Arena). Its message of strong customer service – backed by a string of awards for its support – has helped it maintain a healthy market position. If you compare mobile broadband prices it is unlikely O2 will come out on top, but it would claim you are paying for extra quality.
The company started out as BT Cellnet (one of the original two UK mobile networks, alongside Vodafone), before being demerged from BT in 2001. After five years of independence it was snapped up by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica in 2006, where it continues to be a wholly owned subsidiary. O2 entered the 3G mobile broadband contract market in April 2008. This was a little behind some of its rivals, with the mobile internet provider claiming it had wanted to ensure the service would meet customer expectations. It released its first pay as you go mobile broadband dongle in December 2008. The ISP also started selling subsidised laptop deals later than its rivals, in March 2009, with a variety of Samsung laptops.
Vodafone and O2 announced a network infrastructure collaboration deal in March 2009. The biggest deal of its kind, it sees the two mobile internet providers merging their existing mobile sites while building new ones together. This is aimed at both improving coverage and future-proofing their combined network.
In 2011 O2 Mobile announced it had begun 4G trials in preparation for the forthcoming spectrum auction, and in late 2013 the firm began offering 4G mobile broadband services across the UK.