More home broadband increases, this time from BE
So O2 are giving their home broadband packages a shake in terms of their pricing (with several readers complaining about new packages suffering from traffic management and download limits). Next up is BE, which is also announcing changes to their home broadband services.
Bitterwallet reader Martin received this from BE earlier today:
We're writing with some news about your 40GB BE Value package - as of 31 March 2011, we are withdrawing this product. We're sorry for any inconvenience this will cause, but we have a few options below that we hope will suit you.
• Do nothing, and automatically be upgraded to the standard BE Value package with no usage limit at the price of 14.08 pounds a month. This will give you unlimited usage instead of your current 40GB cap, and potential speeds up to 12 meg rather than 8 meg.
• Contact us to cancel your service without any penalties, even if you are still in your minimum term; our team will be able to provide you a MAC code to move to another provider.
It's no surprise that BE are also making changes to home broadband, since they're owned by O2. And of course it'd not really unlimited usage, because it's subject to a now-legendary Fair Usage Policy.
What is interesting, is the number of readers looking to switch to Sky, and bundling their home broadband into their existing monthly package - for the sake of both cost and convenience. Lighter users (who are existing Sky customers) can have Sky Broadband for free, while their unlimited package is £7.50 - almost half the price of what BE Broadband's new value package will cost.