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O2 belatedly joins the Mobile Broadband foray with £20 offer

Telefonica-owned Mobile Service Provider, O2, has finally joined the wireless broadband revolution by offering a £20, 3GB offer HSDPA-enabled service.

Customers will also be able to access 7500 Wi-Fi hotspot locations in the UK over and above their data allowance; through its partnership with The Cloud network.

Those taking a normal 18-month contract with O2 will be provided the USB dongle for free while those looking for a much shorter, 1 month contract, will have to fork out £120 for the dongle.

Initial speeds will top 1.8mbps and will double to 3.6mbps while O2 extensive network upgrade ends in June; O2 says that the modem will automatically switch to the fastest available network seamlessly.

For some strange reasons though, O2 (opens in new tab) will only sign in existing customers and you can become one for as little as £12.50 per month, by getting their Home Broadband offer (opens in new tab).

The competition is not staying put though; Vodafone already a 7.2mbps, 3GB wireless broadband offer for £15 and Three is also quite competitive.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.