O2 is looking to build on its 4G offering to UK businesses through a competition aimed at encouraging the development of 4G-boosted applications.
The operator is inviting potential developers to send in app ideas and will offer the best entry £30,000 towards further development of the app, as well as a beta test with O2 business customers and free O2 4G for 12 months.
The winner will be able to choose whether they want O2 to find developer support for the app or if they want to choose their own. The winner will also be given a day-long mentoring session with O2 marketing head of SMB Zoe Hominick to help plan the launch of the app.
British carrier O2 has just announced that customers will be able to connect to O2′s 4G LTE network “in a few weeks”. The news will come as a disappointment to some who would have been hoping to use O2’2 4G on their iPhone from the get-go. Now we know that’s not the case. The news is most likely a result of Apple’s rigorous testing of all the LTE networks that its iPhone runs on. With O2′s 4G LTE network slightly behind Vodafone’s 4G, and a lot younger than EE’s 4G network, delays were to be expected.
O2 said that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be enabled to run on its 4G network “within the coming weeks”, but that this depends on “when new settings are ready to be sent by Apple”. Customers who buy either device on a 4G tariff before this update happens will get £5 off their bill for one month, according to O2. Until the update, customers can still use all the data that comes with O2′s 4G tariff on its 3G network, and access its O2 Tracks and Priority Sports services.
EE’s lowest price is cheaper than Vodafone’s lowest price, but Vodafone gives you more data for your money. O2 is perhaps the weakest of the three, with similar prices to Vodafone, but offering less data. EE, Vodafone and O2 all have special 4G tariffs, which cost more than your current 3G contract. Three, however, isn’t charging any more for 4G access.
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