O2 launches WebRTC web browser TU Go beta

  • TU Go now available directly in compatible web browsers for O2 customers in the UK
  • No need to download software – TU Go for web lets you call and text as well as accessing voicemails

O2 today announces that its multi-device calling and messaging application, TU Go, can now be accessed directly from within compatible web browsers in a beta form, removing the need to download an application for desktop use and making cross-device calling and messaging easier than ever.

No need for downloads

O2 customers in the UK can simply visit http://go.tu.com from their browser and enter their existing TU Go login details, or by registering for a new account with their mobile number. There’s no need to download any software or plug-ins, aside from a compatible web browser. TU Go for Web, currently available in beta form, works best on Chrome and Firefox with support for other browsers expected in the coming months. During the beta phase, customers can make calls and send and receive texts, with the ability to receive calls through TU Go for Web coming soon.

TU Go for Web organises texts and calls around conversations, so users can check all of their texts, view a timeline of outgoing and incoming calls and even access their voicemails from within a web browser. Users can also switch from once device to another with the service giving people the ability to continue their conversations directly from the browser, sending and receiving texts in real time.

Greater flexibility

“With TU Go we gave our customers even greater flexibility, giving them the ability to make calls and send texts on more devices and in more places,” said Caroline Parnell, Head of Digital Consumer Products for O2 in the UK. “TU Go for Web brings that same freedom to customers who want to bring their mobile number to their PC, without needing to download any extra software.”

For those ‘multi-chatters’ who like to have numerous conversations going on at once, the TU Go for Web interface allows for up to five conversations to take place in parallel, meaning there’s no need to open and re-open conversations. Due to the fact the service collects relevant data from the network, rather than from a person’s phone, the core functionality of a phone is available across devices, making the whole experience seamless. Contacts can be synced from an existing Google account so that contact names and photos are easily available without having to remember a number.

O2’s TU Go mobile app has also recently been updated with a range of new features and is available to download now for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The mobile app, available here, allows customers to make and receive calls and text messages in a range of Wi-Fi only areas, including the London Underground, and is a free download for O2 Pay Monthly and Business customers.