O2 sweetens its iPhone deals
UK mobile operator O2 is rejigging its mobile tariffs to make them simpler and offering a flat rate data charge of £1 a day.
Pay monthly tariffs will be aligned with six price points to which you can add seven "Bolt Ons" of extra calls, texts or data.
The new price points will include a £1 a day for mobile browsing for occasional users - access is about 4 to 5p a page but will be capped once they reach £1.
iPhone tariffs are also changing. O2 said: "Customers on a £35 per month contract will get three times more minutes and more than double the number of texts than before." Customers currently get 200 minutes and 200 texts for their £35.
But the £55 a month tariff is disappearing - you'll get the same minutes and text for £45 or you can upgrade to £75. For £75 a month you get 3,000 minutes and 500 texts.
Raymond Yu, analyst at Ovum, said: "The iPhone changes will please existing users but probably won't be enough to pull in a lot of new customers - the price of the handset is still the problem. But it's a good idea to simplify tariffs and good for customers too - we're likely to see other operators follow suit."
The tariffs are available from 1 February. ®
"the iPhone already accounts for more data traffic on O2's network than ALL OTHER PHONES COMBINED"
Sorry Rolf, coming from o2 I know you are way way way off the mark..
o2 Active has around 8 million users, and their data traffic is huge compared to what is happening with the iphone at the moment. People have been using N95's and other high end devices for web access for a while, the other 7.8ish million are using wap data. So i have no idea where you got your info, but it couldnt be further from the truth.
I was using the last known official numbers, but yes since I own an iPhone and I know how easy it is, I am of the pro party.
@various - i was praying for Tmobile to get the iPhone UK contract too, but they didn't and they lost a customer of 4 years. as I've said before, T-Mobile have done more to push down costs than any other UK operator through offering the best tariff's, being the first to offer a decent (affordable) unlimited data plan, and for having a good range of tariffs. It was a pity to have to move away form them.
Having said that I have not had any reason to have words with O2 yet, and long may it continue that way.
Apologies if I got the details wrong. I was actually quoting something I read in another blog, but that will teach me not to go back and follow up the original reference! Still very impressive though, and certainly entirely consistent with my own experience. I probably use more data now in a week than I've used on either of my past two internet-capable phones in the last few years.