O2 has unveiled its smart home offering in the UK as it looks to persuade a reluctant public to buy the technology.

The mobile operator has launched three packages, which are only initially available to customers in London.

A Home Comfort package includes a tado smart thermostat, two smart plugs and one presence sensor, while a Home View package consists of a Samsung camera, a wide view camera, an open and close sensor, and a presence sensor.

Both come with a “smart hub” that can be managed from a phone-based app and cost £30 per month.

A cheaper Home Connect package – on offer at £20 per month ­– includes a hub, two presence sensors, two open and close sensors and two smart plugs.

The open and close sensors send an alert when a door or window is opened, while the smart plugs enable customers to turn electrical equipment off and on remotely.

O2 will send staff to install the kit and to fix anything that cannot be resolved remotely by its customer service team. It also promises to carry out an annual check on all the equipment.

Customers can add to the package they select by choosing from an additional 17 products.

These range from a key fob, on offer at £10, to an outdoor camera costing £160.

The launch was accompanied by O2-commissioned research that found that just five percent of the 2,000 people surveyed planned to install smart technology this year.

Another 15 percent did not understand what smart home tech was.

O2 first announced plans to launch a smart home product in the UK back in January.

The operator is using AT&T’s Digital Life platform as the basis for its offering.

Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2, said: “O2 Home is all about connecting our customers to the people and things that matter.

“Keeping your home up to date with technology shouldn’t be complicated – so we’ve brought together connectivity and smart technology in a simple package to give customers peace of mind wherever they are.

“We’ve made everything simple – with installation experts to help set things up and an app to monitor and control your home 24 hours a day.
“It’s smart technology for everyone, not just the tech-savvy.”

More News

Iliad enters content game in France, finally launches Italian mobile business Iliad enters content game in France, finally launches Italian mobile business Iliad has acquired football rights in France and launched its opco in Italy as it looks to reboot after a disappointing set of financial results. More detail
Three UK appoints new CCO, CFO Three UK appoints new CCO, CFO The departure of Three UK's Chief Commercial Officer after just 18 months in the job has triggered a shake-up of the mobile operator's top team. More detail
TalkTalk to sell enterprise customer base to Daisy as it registers full-year loss TalkTalk to sell enterprise customer base to Daisy as it registers full-year loss TalkTalk has agreed to sell 80,000 business customers to rival Daisy Group in a £175 million deal. More detail
A1 Telekom Austria Group rebrand reaches Bulgaria A1 Telekom Austria Group rebrand reaches Bulgaria Bulgaria is the third A1 Telekom Austria Group opco to get rebranded as the telco looks to market itself as a provider of "advanced" IT, IoT, cloud and content services. More detail
Orange Business Services puts IoT to use on saving ships’ fuel costs Orange Business Services puts IoT to use on saving ships’ fuel costs Orange Business Services has expanded its work with Dobroflot by developing a customised IoT solution for the Russian fishing company. More detail
    

 

European Communications is now
Mobile Europe and European Communications

  

From June 2018, European Communications magazine 
has merged with its sister title Mobile Europe, into 
Mobile Europe and European Communications.

No more new content is being published on this site - 

for the latest news and features, please go to:
www.mobileeurope.co.uk 

 

@eurocomms