New ISP Be Unlimited caused waves last month (more than you’ll ever know), when it announced its plans to roll out an ADSL2+ service this autumn.
In fact, there were questions asked by readers after we the story doubting whether this time scale was possible. Of course, until the connections go live we will not know if Be can achieve its ambitious target, but that hasn’t stopped it pushing ahead in all areas.
For a start 45 exchanges have already had Alcatel kit installed in them on behalf of Be, and secondly the ISP has outlined generous plans to offer the Thomson SpeedTouch 716g wireless router (which has two built in VoIP slots) free to customers. Normally RRP for the 716g is £116.99 including VAT (pictured below alongside Be big cheese Dana Pressman – they make a lovely couple) it will be called the "Be Box".
Perhaps most impressively, however, are the first hints at pricing which Be previously said “will send out shockwaves”. Well, the bravado looks set to be backed up by substance since a company spokesman has now revealed the 24Mbps service will be priced “under £30”!
If true, the package – which, in line with the company’s name, will come without caps – will make rival ISPs tremble. What is more, web rumblings has it that the final price will be closer to £25. That’s no more than some users were paying for a 512Kbps line from BT at the start of the year…
Be is certainly an ISP to keep an eye on and you can rest assured well be keeping ours firmly focused on this precocious newcomer in its run up to launch.