O2 unveils prepay mobile broadband

20 Nov 2009

Telefónica O2 Ireland has unveiled a new 3G mobile broadband service for prepay customers that it says will be a viable alternative to fixed broadband.

O2 Prepay Broadband is available from €3.99 for a 24-hour pass which includes 500MB of data usage, or €19.99 for a 30-day pass which includes 5GB of data usage. Mobile broadband modems are available from €69.

Customers also have the opportunity to try out O2’s mobile-broadband service before making a final purchase decision, under O2’s innovative ‘Try Before You Buy’ initiative.

Borrow to try out

Customers can borrow a mobile-broadband modem for a 72-hour trial period. When the trial period is over and if the customer is happy with the service they can return to the store and choose the pricing option which best suits their usage needs, whether it is on prepay or contract.

“O2 Prepay Broadband is a welcome addition to our already extensive broadband portfolio,” Anthony O’Neill, head of marketing strategy, Telefónica O2 Ireland, explained.

“We are confident that our great value offering combined with our dedicated broadband customer-care team and our high-speed network will prove extremely popular with prepay customers.”

In 2008, O2 completed a multi-million Euro upgrade of its 3G/HSDPA network to offer customers faster speeds.

Prepay Broadband is now available from all O2 outlets nationwide, including Carphone Warehouse. It is also available online.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Broadband that fits in your pocket.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years