Wanadoo turns Orange with broadband ‘free’ for all

1 Jun 2006

Hot on the heels of Carphone Warehouse, UK mobile operator has launched its own so-called ‘free broadband’ promotion, offering high speed internet to customers signing up for a mobile phone contract worth GBP30 (USD56) or more a month. The broadband service also includes a wireless router and VoIP services, and is provided by Orange’s sister ISP Wanadoo which begins offering its products solely under the Orange brand name from today. However, as with Carphone Warehouse’s deal, the offer’s small print throws up a few significant conditions: firstly, that the wireless contract is for a term of 18 months; and secondly that most users will still have to pay a minimum GBP11 in monthly line rental to fixed line incumbent BT in order to receive broadband, because Wanadoo has yet to implement full local loop unbundling (LLU) nationwide. Wanadoo only began unbundling lines in August 2005 and by the end of the year it offered LLU broadband services to customers in Leeds, Bristol, London, Manchester and Birmingham. By the end of 2006 it hopes to have LLU in 500 exchanges covering 40% of the UK population.

United Kingdom, EE, Orange (formerly Wanadoo UK)