O2 isn’t just a mobile phone network, O2 offer a broadband service too. While we don’t compare deals from O2 broadband, we do have all the information to give you an insight into the provider, so you can make an informed choice.
The kind of O2 broadband you need depends on how you intend to use it. If it’s for personal use then O2 has a range of mobile broadband options for you. These connect wirelessly to the 4G network, resulting in no line rental fees.
If you're a business then you can get O2 fibre broadband to your premises. Business broadband is available for home workers and branch offices. Businesses have access to O2 mobile broadband options too.
Let's start by taking a look at O2 broadband for personal use – for the home or when you’re out and about. Then further down we'll tackle O2 business broadband.
O2 home broadband was historically one of the UK's top budget internet service providers, but in 2013 Telefonica (who own O2) sold this arm of their business to Sky. So unless you’re a home worker or run a business from home, you can no longer get wired O2 broadband in your house.
Luckily, there are still a few other mobile broadband options for personal use:
You can still get O2 broadband through pocket hotspots. These little devices work like a router in your home, except there are no broadband cables going into them (just a power cable).
They connect to the internet wirelessly by 4G, and you can connect up to 10 devices to them to get online - useful if you’re moving house and want to get set-up as fast as possible.
O2 offers monthly and pay-as-you-go mobile broadband dongle contracts. Dongles are basically mini modems that are powered through USB.
They’re a good option if you’re only connecting one device, such as a laptop, but you can also get Wi-Fi dongles now which can support multiple connections.
This works like a pocket hotspot that connects to your car through USB. O2 broadband in-car Wi-Fi comes in monthly or pay-as-you-go versions.
Do you have a tablet with a sim card slot? If so, you might want to consider an O2 data sim.
This would get your tablet online when there’s no Wi-Fi available. You can get monthly, pay-as-you-go, and pre-loaded data sims from O2.
You've got three basic options for O2 business broadband: standard broadband via ADSL, faster fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband, and mobile broadband via O2's 4G network.
O2 business broadband offers the following two options:
If you need faster speeds, then you should consider O2 fibre broadband. They offer a variety of tariffs depending on usage limits and maximum speeds.
Using FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) technology, O2 says you can get a top speed of 80Mbps on its highest tariff known as ‘Fibre Branch.’
Here are a few things to keep in mind when comparing broadband deals: