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|Carphone Warehouse buys AOL UK|
| 12:31 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|BBC business editor Robert Peston said Carphone Warehouse, owner of the TalkTalk broadband and phone offering, was paying £370m for the operation. |
|The UK's largest residential internet provider is currently NTL, which has 2.9 million home customers, followed by BT on 2.2 million. |
Carphone Warehouse is now in third place.
[edited by: Moff at 12:31 pm (utc) on Oct. 11, 2006]
| 1:47 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I think this is pretty big news!
|AOL UK has 2.1 million customers across the country - 600,000 on dial-up and 1.5 million with broadband connections. |
It was also on the news:
|News of the deal came after Carphone Warehouse said strong demand for its existing TalkTalk broadband offer meant it was costing £20m more than originally expected. |
| 3:37 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Yes this is big news for the UK ISP business and Carphone Warehouse.
I am kind of surprised that Vodafone didn't buy AOL UK, as they don't own a UK ISP and Orange and 02 now do.
| 10:33 pm on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I'm no expert, but I think they've paid too much. Sure they have lots of subscribers, but I think this has a lot to do with marketing rather than it being a good product. I'm certainly not a fan.
Also, since AOL stands for America On Line (or Online), I find it quite funny that they call it AOL UK. It doesn't make sense - or is it just me?
| 6:29 pm on Oct 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I'm not a fan of AOL myself but my friends who use the service think that it is great.
| 9:13 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
This will be all about trying to tie subscribers into one monthly bill. Phone and internet. Makes sense I recon. They now have a large subscriber base to market to.
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