Today, o2 Germany announced in Munich to launch their latest UMTS offer Surf@home right
after this year's CeBIT trade show in March.
Surf@home should become an alternative to fixed-line Internet access and works
with o2's UMTS network. Right away from the launch, it's planned to support 384
Kbit/s and will include a "Surf@home box" which was previewed last CeBIT
The Surf@home box contains on one and a UMTS radio interface, on the other hand
a W-LAN (LAN, Bluetooth?) interface to connect to the PC, Notebook and much
likely to a Pocket PC (since o2 is also selling the Xda Pocket PC line).
Surf@home is the consequent follower of o2's Genion concept which replaces
fixed-line telephones already, however - so far a fixed-line (analogue, ISDN,
DSL) was required to access the Internet.
The carrier doesn't announced any tariff plans yet but according to o2 Germany
the prices should be "competitive to the current fixed-line rates". Right now,
Surf@home is in a friendly user test phase, commercial availability is planned
for spring this year (at o2 Germany - no information available yet if O2 UK and
Ireland plans to introduce something similar).
I've seen the concept last year at CeBIT and it looks pretty promissing. If I
compare UMTS speed with a regular dial-up connection, it's way faster. So it
happens from time to time that my girlfriend is surfing through her 56 K dial-up
connection and I surf beside her through my UMTS connection and the experience
and difference is like black and white. However, right now I have to dial-in
through my Nokia 7600 UMTS phone which isn't half that convenient then using a
Surf@home box with W-LAN as previewed last CeBIT. Can hardly await the launch!
Cheers ~ Arne
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