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Be Broadband To Roll Out Landline Phone Service

Be Broadband is set to launch a landline & phone call package following the official launch of a similar service at O2, which owns the popular internet service provider.

Tom Williams, Managing Director of Be Broadband, said in a statement that "As with other new products such as our line bonding service, which offers speeds of up to 48Mb download, we will be rolling out a trial to a select number of Be members to make sure that the service will be a viable option to roll out across our entire customer base."

This comes after ISP Review (opens in new tab) reported at the end of April that Be Broadband had "quietly confirmed" that it would be emulating O2 and provide with a dual play offer integrating line rental broadband and fixed line telephony.

Be Broadband was the first service provider to offer 24Mbps ADSL2+ broadband in the UK, several years ago and, apart from the fact that all its service came with unlimited usage, Be Broadband also offered a static IP and a high 2.5Mbps upload speed on its Be Pro package.

A second O2 partner, Tesco, has also come up with a similar package that should be available fairly soon but comes with a long 18 month contract.

Désiré Athow

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 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.