While Virgin Media stole the headlines this week with its long anticipated 50Mbit cable broadband service the DSL providers haven't been slow in hitting back. Firstly Be announced its 48 Mbit bonded ADSL2+ product and now daddy O2 is winning hearts and minds by appealing to our wallets...
Scoring something of a price precedent the ambitious telco and ISP has announced a 20Mbit package with 1.3Mbit upload and unlimited usage allowance for a meagre £9.79 per month for O2 customers or £14.68pm for users on other networks. Dubbed 'O2 Home Broadband Premium' it will top things off with a 24/7 UK based customer service centre.
Also causing something of a stir is 'O2 Home Broadband Pro' which offers a 20Mbit connection with 2.5Mbit upload, unlimited usage allowance, a free static IP address and wireless n router plus priority 24/7 UK tech support. This bundle will set you back £17.13pm or £22.02pm - again depending on whether you're an existing O2 mobile customer or not (gotta love these messy 15 per cent VAT prices, my '9' key is so relieved).
For those on a budget, 'O2 Home Standard' (8Mbit download, 1.3Mbit upload) may also appeal at £7.34pm with a free wireless g router but at less than £2.50pm cheaper you have to say Premium has the distinct edge.
All packages are available now and with the creditus crunchitus taking large bites from our backsides they could prove one of the smarter purchases you'll make this year.