Best UK data plan?

Tim Coggins sonicated at
Sat Aug 2 14:18:58 CEST 2008

That seems a good deal. Looking at their terms and conditions it looks
as if there is no hard coded bandwidth limitations too.


On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 11:05 AM, Stroller
<stroller at> wrote:
> On 30 Jul 2008, at 15:56, Gothnet wrote:
>> ...
>> I'm expecting my FreeRunner in the next day or so (thanks Truebox)
>> and was
>> wondering if any other UK users had come across any good data tariffs?
>> I've got myself a SIM card from T-Mobile with their Solo 15
>> package, and
>> managed to persuade the guy in the shop to try selling it to me
>> with their
>> "Mobile Broadband Plus" add-on. 12.50 for 3G a month unrestricted
>> use. This
>> combination's not on their lists or their website and head office
>> said it
>> couldn't be done, but for once "computer says yes" in store.
> It would have helped comparison if you'd included a link [1], but
> AFACT the summary is £15 / month for 350 minutes + 650 texts. (Plus
> price of your unlimited data)
> My initial reaction was that that is a bargain, because presently I'm
> on an expensive O2's "Online 30" contract [2] which includes subsidy
> of my last handset, a Sony Ericsson P990i smartphone, nearly 18
> months ago. As you will see from the link I am paying £30 a month for
> 400 minutes.
> I tried to check out alternative tariffs from O2 a couple of weeks
> ago and found them confusing. I believed at that time the equivalent
> tariff, not including a subsidised phone was £25. Mobile phone
> companies seem to try deliberately to make life as confusing as
> possible - I couldn't find a tariff *exactly* the same as mine, but
> the one I found was only a few quid saving for about the same number
> (+/- 12.5%) of minutes.
> However, in replying to your message today I have just found the O2
> "simplicity" tariffs [3]. Their "Online 25" contract is "now" only
> £20, and it includes 600 minutes, 1000 texts and a free "bolt on".
> This is actually not obvious from when you click on the link I've
> given below, because the default "bolt on" is unlimited free texts,
> however you can instead select the "Unlimited Web" by clicking where
> it says "change".
> Thus O2 "Simplicity", despite sounding like a feminine hygiene
> product, might be better value for you. As I read it you're paying
> £27.50 per month in total for your Solo 15 (350 minutes + 650 texts)
> + data. The O2 would give you nearly twice as many calls for £7.50
> less, and still include unlimited data! Also voicemail is free on O2
> and out-of-inclusive calls seem to be cheaper, too.
> It looks like the discount of "Online 25" to £20 is only available to
> new subscribers throughout August, which is a bit of a pain because
> my contract doesn't expire until September. I'll perhaps read &//or
> post to the Usenet group at that time and
> see if anyone else has any suggestions - it might be worth you doing
> so now, as I have not tried hard to better the price T-Mobile have
> offered you, and I think you'll find some experts on that group (also
> check
> HTH,
> Stroller.
> [1]
> pay-monthly/
> [2]
> [3]
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