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Use data in Europe for £1.99 on O2

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Data roaming in EU on the cheap with O2

Data roaming in EU on the cheap with O2

If you are a pay as you go customer, O2 offers 50MB of data in the EU for £2, while contract customers will get unlimited data for one day at the same price.

O2 UK decided to update its data roaming deals and add a new cheap and simple deal both for Pay Monthly and Pay & Go tariffs. This new O2 Travel tariff costs just short of £2 and gives O2 pay as you go SIM card users 50MB of data to be used all around Europe. This is a good value-for-money service as standard EU data rate is 19c per MB, in short 50 MB would cost you five times more! In the case of Pay Monthly tariff, unlimited data in Europe costs £2 a day.

There are two things you need to remember when selecting this data roaming service. First, you need to have O2 Travel activated to be able to turn on the deal. In the case of PAYG SIM cards, you try to activate it by texting TRAVELON to 21300 or check it by calling customer service on 4445. Contract customers can check it on MYO2 or call customer services; however, some contracts cannot use O2 Travel. Second, in both situations, PAYG and PAYM, the deal lasts from 00.00 to 23.59 UK time, so don’t turn it on just before midnight. This also means that if you use pay as you go SIM card then try to use your allowance before midnight as otherwise you will lose it.

The idea behind the £2 O2 Travel roaming deal came after the operator conducted a research that showed that a vast majority of travellers leave their phones at a hotel when going sightseeing. Simultaneously the same group of people admitted that they feel that they lack source of information about food establishments or directions. The O2 deal is supposed to provide solution to these issues as each data roaming can give even PAYG SIM card users a confidence that they can use their smartphones abroad and not worry about exuberant costs.

Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2 said: “People use their mobiles as a source of information on a daily basis; we believe it should be no different when they are on holiday. By giving our customers access to all the data they need for just £1.99 a day when they are in Europe, we are offering them a worry free way to get the most out of their smartphones, whether it’s looking for a great place to eat, or navigating the streets of an unfamiliar city.”

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July 24th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

4G PAYG bundles at no extra cost

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O2 wants to regain some of their lost PAYG customers

O2 wants to regain some of their lost PAYG customers – 4G PAYG

On May 29, O2 launched new bundles for pay as you go SIM cards which include 4G Internet (4G PAYG) at no extra costs.

The oxygen operator has moved on to support its market share in pay as you go SIM cards by introducing competitive bundles that give access to 4G speeds at no extra costs. This move is definitely aimed at EE, its biggest competitor, which offers 4G services to its PAYG customers at an additional fee and at rallying their customers in hope to increase the adoption of 4G.

O2’s new bundles called Big Bundles come in 3 different sizes priced at £10, £15 and £20. The allowance that those bundles include doubles with each size. Therefore, the smallest bundle offers 100 minutes, 1000 texts and 500 MB, the middle one then gives you 200 minutes, 2000 texts and 1 GB, while the last one consist of 400 minutes, 4000 texts and 2 GB of data. However, only the £15 and £20 bundles include 4G transfer speeds. If those allowances are not enough, then PAYG SIM card customers can select one of additional data add-ons: 100 MB for £3, 500 MB and 20 MMSs for £6 and 1 GB with 50 MMSs for £10.

If we compare Big Bundles to other pay as you go deals that include 4G, we can see that it is not the middle. It’s because Three UK offers the best price for 4G services as it provides it to all PAYG customers at no extra costs, while EE’s comparable prepaid deal costs £19.99 for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 1 GB of 4G data. Obviously, in terms of mobile coverage EE is currently unmatched, but O2 is quickly catching up and hopefully Three UK will also speed up the 4G deployment process to get full national coverage this year.

We welcome any such developments on the market as it proves that 4G is starting to be considered mainstream technology and sooner or later it will be treated as a standard service and not a premium one.

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May 30th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

O2 UK adds 4G PAYG tariff

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O2 UK launched its own pay-as-you-go 4G plan on October 31, which makes it the second operator that offers 4G services for PAYG SIM cards.

It seems that O2 UK wants to catch up with EE, which had a couple of months headstart, and introduced a 4G PAYG tariff in the same time as EE did.  They are also trying to get the 4G mobile coverage to as many people as possible. Right now O2’s 4G services are available in 11 cities and 90 surrounding towns and it equals to 25% of the UK population, while EE has 131 cities and towns in total. If you want to check how the 4G coverage in your area is go to O2’s coverage checker.

logo o2 ukThe 4G plan is available in Pay & Go Go Go form which means that the longer you stay with O2 the better the deal is. Initially, for £15 you get 75 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data; however, after 3 months the allowance doubles up! When you get to 6 months, O2 UK will refund you 10% on your top ups. If you decide to stay with O2 for more than 9 months, then a £15 bundle will get you 150 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB of data and 10% back on top ups.

As you can see 4G plan for O2 UK PAYG SIM cards is not too generous in terms of data allowance, but those data-hungry customers have some bolt-ons to meet their needs. They come in 3 sizes: 100 MB, 500Mb and 1GB. The first costs 3 pounds per month, the middle one is 6 pounds and the largest of them is worth 10 pounds.

O2 has also announced that it will bring 4G broadband tariffs this month. The operator hasn’t stated how the pricing will look like and tablet and smartphone users should be happy to see those revealed as soon as possible.

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November 11th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

O2 Wallet

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O2 UK has upgraded its O2 Wallet service to allow customers to charge O2 PAYG accounts.

O2 Wallet

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Mobile operators strive to enrich the mobile experience and make their customers’ lives easier. With this in mind, O2 UK enabled mobile top-ups via their O2 Wallet application. O2 Wallet is a supplementary service that allows O2 customers to use their mobile phone as a digital wallet. Initially you could only transfer money between different O2 Wallet users, but it was quickly developed to make purchases inside the world of O2 services. Now O2 has added a new capability – topping-up O2 PAYG SIM cards. You can add between £10 and £50 and you don’t need to be an O2 customer as it is enough if you are registered to O2 Wallet and have the application on your smartphone. If you want to start using O2 Wallet all you need to do is to text WALLET to 61202, then install the app and find the “Pay & Go Top Up” icon which will allow you to choose the number that you want to top-up and select the top-up amount.

O2 Wallet shows how mobile operators evolve to use modern technologies and offer their customers new and unique services. Definitely adding a neat top-up feature will make O2 Wallet more popular as it makes topping-up extremely simple and quick. O2 Money Managing Director has said that delivering value-adding experience is the new direction and in the future we will see more practical services based on O2 Wallet.

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June 19th, 2013 at 9:40 am

New O2 PAYG tariff

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O2 PAYG tariff

O2 has introduced a new PAYG SIM card tariff, O2 Pay & Go Go Go, that rewards loyalty. There are two options in this new pay as you go deal: £10 and £20. The first one gives you a monthly allowance of 75 minutes, 500 texts and 100 MB of data. The more expensive one will yield 250 minutes, 2500 texts and 250 MB data. But O2 Pay & Go Go Go gets better in time. After three months your monthly allowance will be doubled, while if you stay with O2 for half a year, then on top of it you get additional 10% back on your top ups. For the most loyal customers, those who will be O2 PAYG customers for at least 9 months, the operator will give unlimited texts, some handset offers plus some deals from Priority Moments, while the previous bundles will also be active.

Existing O2 PAYG SIM card users will automatically start from the 3 month bundle. Full information is available at the link below.

Source: http://www.o2.co.uk/payandgogogo

Please note, this tariff will no longer be available to new customers or existing customers wishing to switch to the tariff from 29th May 2014 onwards. If you are not already on this tariff by this date you will not be able to switch to it.

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July 26th, 2012 at 11:46 am

Top-up O2 PAYG sim cards on Facebook

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Top-up O2 PAYG sim cards on Facebook

Top-up O2 PAYG sim cards on Facebook

O2 UK is adapting to the needs of their customers and will introduce a Facebook app through which customers can top-up their O2 payg accounts.  The process is identical to the one on O2 website, but you won’t have to leave Facebook. After giving the details the customer will get a text message with confirmation. In the future it might be possible to use Facebook Credits to top-up sim cards accounts, but there are yet no plans for that.  O2 decided to give this facilitation to their customers as over 30 million Brits use Facebook and 250 thousands of them are fans of O2 UK page on Facebook. Alex Pearmain from O2 said that it is the first move to make the Facebook page a destination for O2 customers not just a referral site.

Source: http://blog.o2.co.uk/home/2011/06/o2-launches-pay-go-top-up-on-facebook.html

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June 11th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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