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The Post Office has quietly opened the doors on its aggressively-priced broadband service.

The packages are supplied and run by BT's white label managed services unit.

Four ADSL products are available. For £15.95 you get the usual up to 8Mbit/s downstream BT service, with a 5GB monthly usage cap and a fixed line modem. For £20.95 you get the same speed and an "unlimited" allowance (fair use policy applies), with a wireless router. Line rental isn't included.

Add an extra fiver on either bill and the Post Office will chuck in home phone including line rental with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.

The minimum contract is 12 months and, unlike with unbundled operators, pricing for the packages is the same across the country. And DSLAM hardware can't go on strike.

Interestingly, as noted at thinkbroadband.com, the Post Office will order you a new BT line for £110 if needed, compared to £124.99 from BT Retail.

As we reported recently, 94 per cent of the broadband market is now swallowed by just six operators, so this is either a brave or foolhardy move for a household name, even if it is just a tarted up BT service. More details here. ®

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