One 2 One has become the latest mobile comms operator to put its stamp on the fixed mobile convergence debate. It will work with its parent companies, US West and Cable & Wireless, to test the waters which could also lead to deals with its owners? rivals.
Tim Samples, One 2 One managing director, said the company will be setting up trials that will offer consumer and business customers fixed and cellular services from one company and settled on one bill.
?It?s still early days yet but we want to examine what would work for our customers,? explained a company representative.
Among the customer benefits include a single voicemail box for calls received on both their cellular and fixed phones.
One 2 One is traditionally seen as a consumer-oriented operator but said it would like to grab a larger slice of the small to medium-sized business sector.
Fixed mobile convergence is one of the major hot topics being debated across the cellular network. Market leader Vodafone was the first to give it its seal of approval by signing resale deals with Energis and Racal Telecom late last year.
Vodafone will market their fixed wire services and customers will receive one bill. Customers will continue to pay line rental to BT.
However telecomms consultancy Schema, does not believe customers want this vision. Some user groups are concerned that this will take away choice and flexibility, while large organisations are unlikely to outsource their entire fixed wire and mobile needs to a new entrant.
* One 2 One is believed to be negotiating with UUNet Pipex to offer Internet access to its cellular subscribers. UUNet Pipex has deals with the UK?s three other mobile comms operators -- Orange, Vodafone and Cellnet. Bill Scurry, One 2 One?s new product development manager said the company is ?playing around? with several mobile data options but would not confirm whether it is likely to partner with UUNet Pipex. He said email access is important to mobile users but did not believe traditional Web browsing using mobile phones, particularly of graphics-heavy sites, would take off.
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