O2 Delays Home Phone Line Service, Starts Selling Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

O2 has joined Vodafone and Orange in selling the brand new Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 but only in black; the device is not officially available from their website but can be sourced from online partners like Mobiles.co.uk or dial-a-phone.

The cheapest offer from O2 is a £30 monthly line rental which includes unlimited texts and 600 minutes but oddly enough no free unlimited internet access.

This means that the total cost of ownership reaches £720 over the two years which is significantly more than what you'd expect to pay for the HTC Desire on T-Mobile for example.

For those looking to buy the phone on a cheap monthly contract, Vodafone has the X10 black for £320 with a £10 monthly payment bringing the TCO to £560 over the two year contract. You get only 75 minutes per month and 250 texts though, hardly enough for the average user.

In related news, O2 has quietly delayed the launch of its home phone service which promises to slash the combined cost of line rental, fixed telephony, mobile telephony and broadband for its customers.

The new ETA for the service is now set for May 2010 according to a statement released by O2 to ISPreview.

The spokesperson added that "Whenever we launch a product we always want to ensure our customers get the best service possible, particularly when you see the dissatisfaction customers have with other providers. We will be launching our Home Phone service later in the spring."

Our Comments

O2 customers could significantly decrease their costs by going with the ISP. Otherwise, they won't be saving that much and it might be preferable if they actually move to Tesco. We're due a massive overhaul of our broadband comparison table. Stay tuned!

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