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Asda, Vectone and Lebara offer free bundles for new PAYG SIM card customers and those who move their number to MVNOs networks.
British mobile market is dominated by four main operators which take the majority of market share. They have been fighting for customers for years but the most interesting battle may be seen between the smallest parties on this market. MVNOs, as this is where the rivalry is fiercest, are usually created to cater for the needs of particular, limited groups. These virtual operators mostly provide their customers with PAYG SIM cards thus giving them freedom but also no ties to one operator. It makes it very easy for a customer to switch from one operator to another. In order to attract people and make them use their services, MVNOs offer competitive rates and attractive sign-up bonuses. It is an ideal situation for consumers as they benefit from the struggle between operators and thanks to using PAYG SIM cards, number transfer is not so problematic and can be done at any time. This article looks at three such operators and their offers for new customers.
First, we will look at Vectone which is an operator that uses EE’s mobile coverage and offers both PAYG SIM cards and contracts. They advertise that consumers that transfer their number to Vectone get £15 for free. And it is partially true. People who move their number to Vectone get a bonus when they top-up for the first time. It varies depending on the top-up amount and in the best case scenario you may get £15, but only when you top up 30 quids. In other cases, the joining bonus is between £2 and £10, depending on the top-up value. Obviously, this is a deal just for PAYG SIM card users.
Another transfer bonus is offered by Lebara. This international MVNO offers only pay as you go SIM cards and it is customised to meet the needs of migrant workers. The operator piggybacks on Vodafone so if you are curious about the mobile coverage you need to go to our mobile coverage checker. The bonus promised by Lebara is simple: £4 of free credit for anyone who decides to switch from any other operator. It does not sound as nice as £15 at Vectone, but it does not require to top-up huge amounts to benefit from it.
Finally, the third offer is from Asda Mobile, an MVNO set up by the famous supermarket brand back in 2007. This operator provides EE’s mobile coverage and deals only in PAYG SIM cards. In contrast to the previous ones, Asda’s sign-up bonus is not aimed at customers switching their numbers but it is for every new-comer. The deal itself beats those above as every new ASDA PAYG SIM card may come with a free bundle worth £20! It includes 2 GB of data, 1500 minutes and 2000 texts valid for 30 days, so basically almost an all-you-can-eat deal for a month. The only requirement is to log in and register at Asda to get the free bundle. The offer is limited to first 80,000 customers and it is valid until the 2nd of February 2015.
As you can see MVNOs fight hard for PAYG SIM card users and if you want to keep track of the latest deals available in the UK visit our webpage and stay up to date.
Consumers might be surprised by Lebara’s increase of PAYG SIM card rates by around 25 percent.
Last month we reported that Lebara announced a change in their tariff for PAYG SIM cards. The MVNO’s website showed that rates were supposed to be raised by 1p. Lebara officially informed its customers about the upcoming change and gave them plenty of time to react to the tariff increase.
It turned out, however, that the price hike introduced by Lebara is more than they advertised on the website in September. On October 1, the customers were surprised to see that PAYG SIM card rates grew to 19p. The hike involved mobile and landline rate, text messages, mobile data and voice mail. Previously abovementioned prepaid rates at Lebara were at 15p. This makes Lebara PAYG SIM card offer less competitive than their competition and it seems that they fall behind other MVNOs.
Such a huge rise is not often seen on the British market, customers might not welcome it considering that prices changed by over 25%. Have you been affected by the price increase at Lebara? Are you planning to switch the operator because of it?
Lebara UK announced small changes in their PAYG SIM card tariff, which means slightly higher rates.
It is always unwelcomed when an operator decides to increase their rates. This time it’s one of the most established MVNOs, Lebara, that informed about price hikes for their pay as you go SIM card users. The operator announced to their customers about the change 30 days before the updated tariff comes into force (October 1).
If you are a Lebara customer you should not be too concerned about this tariff increase. The MVNO decided to increase their PAYG SIM card rates just by 1p. The affected rates are domestic landline and mobile calls, texts, voicemail and data. This means that instead of 15p per minute/text or MB consumers will pay 16p. This is the lowest possible hike and standard PAYG SIM card users should not feel much difference, however if you look at it percentage-wise the MVNO changed the rates by roughly 6,5%. In business terms it may bring them a lot of extra revenue, however Lebara UK core business is providing cheap international call rates and this part of their PAYG SIM card tariff wasn’t included in this upcoming tariff update.
Interestingly, as of today Lebara hasn’t updated the price of their bundles and bolt-ons for PAYG SIM cards. If you are with Lebara and rely on their UK Plus, Lebara Freedom, Data Pass or any other package, then this price hike will not affect you at all.
Lebara offers two comprehensive bundles which include international minutes for people who like to talk a lot and prefer using pay as you go SIM cards.
The bundles designed by Lebara take into consideration needs of people who want to use their phones not only to call their friends and family abroad very often but also stay in touch with people they know in the UK and take advantage of their smartphones.
Lebara Freedom comes in two versions – first one for £29 and the second for £39. The allowances it offers are quite similar however the major difference is in the destinations you want to call.
The first Lebara PAYG SIM card bundle for £29 gives 1000 international minutes, unlimited UK minutes and texts to any operator and 1GB of data. In this tariff the international minutes can be used to calls to North America and Asia. The applicable countries are Canada, USA, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
The second bundle for PAYG SIM cards costs £39 and is dedicated to people who call mainly European countries. The allowance in this tariff is the same as in the cheaper one with one exception – you have half as much international allowance (500 mins). The countries that you can call with this bundle include all EU member states and such destinations as Japan, Norway, Australia, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria or Vietnam. All together the minutes can be used to call 42 countries.
Both bundles are valid for 30 days from purchase and if you exceed any of the limits you will be charged according to standard rates for PAYG SIM cards.
Lebara, a migrant-focused MVNO, made a deal with Borussia Dortmund football club to sponsor it.
A year-long sponsorship deal between the German football club and Lebara was announced on May 22. Just couple of days before Borussia played in Champions League finals and ended up as the second team in Europe. It is an unprecedented move by Lebara, which has never sponsored any international football club. No details were revealed but the MVNO suggested that apart from standard advertising on stadium banners and players’ endorsement it will also launch a new Borussia-branded PAYG SIM card for fans of the German club.
David Moffatt, Lebara’s Group CEO, explained why they have decided to sponsor Borussia Dortmund out of all European football teams by saying it will be a perfect platform to tap into the migrant community in Germany. Lebara, being a MVNO that focuses on providing pay as you go sim cards to foreign nationals, sees Borussia as a multinational team which fan base in 60% consists of foreigners. Moreover, many of the key players come from countries which match Lebara’s customer profile. This may also be a way to increase their brand awareness in countries such as Turkey, Croatia or Poland – as a lot of Borussia’s fans are from those states.
Hans Joachim Watzke, CEO from Borussia Dortmund, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our club and we are proud to have been selected as Lebara’s first partner in the competitive world of international football. This marks the start of what we hope will be a long and successful partnership which will help grow both our brands in key markets in Europe and beyond”.
MasterCard introduced a new service known as Lebara Money. It’s actually a
system with two prepaid MasterCard credit cards: one known as Your Card and the
other Family Card. Thanks to it you can move money between the cards and use
the cards anywhere MasterCard is accepted.
The credit cards can be topped-up online or at any PayPoint in the UK.
This cooperation targets immigrants who
send money to their families and give them a cheap possibility to do so.
However, it is illegal in India, as local laws prohibit sending the cards to
that country for money sharing purposes. For more information see the link