O2 pioneers subscription connected home service

By John Glenday | Reporter

September 1, 2016 | 2 min read

O2 is branching out with a subscription connected home service that will enable subscribers to operate their domestic heating and lighting direct from their smartphones.

The mobile operator is the first in the UK to embrace the connected home and will introduce its own connected plugs to enabling consumers to control nearly 20 supported devices including a Samsung camera and motion sensors, key fob and alarms.

O2 marketing and consumer director Nina Bibby 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.”

Prices start at £2 per month for the service for which customers will receive a smart hub, presence sensors, open and close sensors for doors and two smart plugs with the telecoms giant also taking care of installation.

O2 follows in the footsteps of British Gas, which last week launched an online series to promote its role in the connected home. British Gas last year unveiled Hive Active Heating, a smart thermostat that allows a consumer to control their home's heating and hot water using a mobile app.

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