O2 debuts laptops in stores


O2 will start offering subsidised laptops in its UK stores from February 27, starting with three Samsung devices.

The Samsung NC10 and R510 will be available ‘free’ on 24-month O2 mobile broadband contracts of £29.38 and £39.15 per month, allowing 3GB downloads and 10GB downloads respectively. Both contracts also allow 300 on-network text messages.

The NC10 comes with Windows XP Home, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 10.2 inch screen and Bluetooth. The R510 comes with Windows Vista, 2GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, DVD player and 15.4 inch screen

A more highly specified version of the R510, which comes with 3GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive, is also available, for £78.29 on both mobile broadband tariffs.

O2 customers can add home fixed broadband for £39.15 with a 3GB £29.38 mobile broadband tariff, or £44.04 with a 10GB £39.15 mobile broadband contract.

O2’s laptop offers come with free telephone and email laptop support until June 30 for customers purchasing before June 1. Laptops bought after June 1 will have free support for 30 days.

The deals also include a 30-day guarantee, an extended two-year warranty and McAfee security software.

O2 chief executive Ronan Dunne said: “The growth in the laptop market is clear to see and we want to be a part of it. But we want to ensure that our customers get a better experience, not just when they buy the package but throughout the duration of their contract with us.

“Our two-year warranty and 30-day Happiness Guarantee are market-leading and show our continued commitment to providing great service.

“Our bundle packages are unique amongst those currently on the market, provide customers with everything they need and we are confident they will move people away from traditional laptop providers and into our stores.”