O2 has introduced home phone packages for its broadband customers. New customers are also able to take advantage of its broadband and home phone bundles.

For £9.50 a month you can get free evening and weekend calls to landlines. And £12.50 a month will get you unlimited calls to landlines both in the UK and 20 international countries including the US, Australia, France and, er, the Cocos Islands. As with O2's mobile packages you can also add bolt-ons such as call barring and caller display for a small charge.

Sally Cowdry, O2 managing director said customers will get "truly transparent and flexible pricing plans and convenient consolidated billing".

TechWatch is reporting that O2 subsidiary BE will also be adding a home phone service to its broadband packages later this year.

Considering that a lot of people now rely on their mobile phones for phone calls and only have a landline to make broadband possible, we think it makes sense to have these two services under one banner.