O2 revamps Sim-only tariffs for end-of-contract iPhone owners
Owners of other smartphones can apply too
O2 is looking to win over eBay buyers who've picked up a second-hand iPhone or another make of smartphone. Today it launched new 'Simplicity' Sim-only tarrifs aimed at people who aren't looking for a new handset.
The packages will also encourage iPhone owners who've come to the end of their contract to stay with the cellco, O2 undoubtedly hopes.
Prices start at £15 a month, which includes 300 minutes' call time, unlimited texting, unlimited data and unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot use. Monthly subs run to £45, which puts no limit on the bundled call minutes.
Those rates tie the subscriber to a 12-month contract. If you want to be bound for only 30 days, you'll pay an extra fiver a month for the same airtime, text and Wi-Fi limits.
O2 said punters can add internet tethering to their subs for £10 a month - with a 3GB data transfer limit - or £2 a day, which appears to grant you 10GB of data in 30-day period.
The carrier applied the same price structure for other smartphone Sim-only packages with the same call time, text and data limits, but not bundled Wi-Fi hotspot access.
Vodafone introduced a similar Sim-only tariff rejig earlier this month. ®
I've done it a number of times on O2's simplicity tariff without a hitch. How do they know if you're tethering or not? (I know technically you're not 'allowed', but that's not the same as 'can't'.)
I think as long as you do it within reason - i.e. not trying to download films with it - you can get away with it without paying this extra charge.
I've been on the 600 mins 20 / month plan, but thinking of switching to T-Mobile since they offer unlimited data deals from 10 / month without having to sign up for 12 months.
These differ from the existing offer as they include visual voicemail support.
Those Cupertino licence fees have to be paid somehow although I agreee I'm not sure why it is the same for those not dragged in by the Apple hype.
Good so far, o2.
My o2 iPhone contract was for 18 months at £35 a month for 600 minutes and 500 texts and 'unlimited' internet. My new simplicity tariff with o2 is £20 a month (monthly tariff) and I get 700 minutes and 700 texts and 'unlimited' internet. It suits me just fine as I use about half of the available minutes and just a few of the texts. There MAY be better deals with Orange or Vodafone but, currently, the one thing the others can't manage is Customer Service which, in o2's case has been superb for me. I just hope o2 don't go the way of Orange and reduce their CS to one star out of ten (I don't think Voda ever had any service at all).
I want o2 to give us some tariffs for the iPad.