Before you buy O2 Mobile Broadband it is advisable to check O2 network coverage in your locality. Whilst 90% of the UK has 3G network coverage (required for a good mobile broadband connection), speed and strength of signal will vary depending on where you are. Use the O2 mobile broadband checker below to get an idea of the coverage and download speed you can expect from O2 mobile broadband. O2 offer a 30 day ‘happiness guarantee’ so that if you are not satisfied with their service, you can get a full refund on the cost of your dongle, and contract where applicable.
O2 offer a range of different mobile broadband deals, including pay as you go (‘PAYG’), monthly contract, and free laptop deals. Monthly download allowances range from 500MB to 3GB with prices ranging from £5.11 for mobile broadband on a 30 day rolling contract, including unlimited access to Wi-Fi hotspots.
O2 deals also allow you to choose from buying just a dongle and adding data access as and when you need it. For more regular mobile broadband users, they offer monthly contracts with a 1GB data allowance, from £10.21 per month. And like most of the mobile broadband providers, you can also choose from a range of laptop and tablet deals, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab, bundled with 2GB data access from £494.
The O2 name has been around since 2001, but the company behind it goes back a long way, in mobile phone operator terms. Originally known as BT Cellnet, one of the first mobile operators (along with Vodafone), O2 split from the BT Group in 2001 and became an independent operator, publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange. They were bought out in 2006 by the Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica and have operations in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. O2 is also a joint venture partner in the Tesco Mobile business launched a couple of years ago by the supermarket giant.