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Recently we have seen a significant change in PAYG SIM card tariff at Talk Home, with some rates going up by 80%.
Talk Home Mobile is a MVNO that provides pay as you go SIM cards and its main goal is to provide affordable domestic rates and cheap international calls. Recently, the operator decided to update its tariffs to adjust them to current market. Unfortunately, this meant that their UK rates went up dramatically. On average, main PAYG SIM card rates were increased by 50%, but the highest increase was introduced for landline calls as the rate changed from 5p/min to 9p/min, a whopping 80% hike. Other rates that were changed are mobile calls, domestic and international texts (all from 10p to 15p) as well as data (new rate is 8p per Mb, previously 5p). Thankfully, this MVNO maintained its standing deal which gives its customers opportunity to call and text for free to other people with Talk Home PAYG SIM cards, as long as they top-up regularly. Tariff changes did not include international and roaming rates, so Talk Home still have competitive rates for international calls.
In order not to feel the tariff price hike so much, customers can use one of the bundles that Talk Home offers to its pay as you go SIM card customers. The MVNO has an extensive range of bundles available: from talk bundles, talk & text bundles or data bundles to all-you-can-eat options catering even for the needs of heavy Internet users. The bundle prices start at £5 and goes up to as high as £30 for the biggest package available (unlimited calls and texts plus 10GB of data). The value-for-money of the add-ons provided by Talk Home is extremely good. For example, a simple £5 bundle that gives customers 100 minutes, 100 texts and 100 Mb of data means that just for 5 quids they receive credit worth £38! This means that while the PAYG SIM card tariff increase may look gigantic, in reality using the bundles will mitigate any potential losses caused by that.
Lycamobile lets it customers call other Lyca customers in 17 countries for free.
The international MVNO operator Lycamobile introduced a new offer for its British customers: free international calls. The deal is available to all existing and new Lycamobile PAYG SIM card customers and is valid until 31 May 2014. Free international calls can be made to Lycamobile customers in 17 countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, the UK and the USA. To take advantage of this promotion, customers need to top-up their accounts and have a balance of at least one penny. Should they do so, they will be eligible to 30 days of free international calls from the date of top-up. After this period they will be charged at standard international rate if they don’t charge their account again. The deal is available only to Lycamobile UK customers and roaming calls are exempt from it.
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman of Lycamobile, said: ‘This new Lycamobile offer is undoubtedly one of the most exciting developments in mobile telecommunications for many years. Borne directly of our quest to add value to the entire customer experience, the Lycamobile customer base now has a direct free link to their contacts in other Lycamobile countries.’
More operators decide to allow their customers to get into 4G with their pay as you go SIM cards. The following article analyses and compares the offers available on the market.
Currently, there are 5 mobile operators that have 4G services on offer: O2, EE, Three, Vodafone and Tesco Mobile. You can use 4G on PAYG SIM cards at 3 out of those 5 providers, namely at O2, EE and Three. Both Tesco Mobile and Vodafone have yet to announce any launch dates for 4G PAYG customers.
Below you will find a comparison of PAYG rates and all available data bundles for 4G.
There is only one tariff available for 4G in pay as you go form. It is the 4G Pay & Go Go Go plan where you receive 75 mins, 500 texts and 500 MB for £15 a month. However, this plan comes with a twist as O2 will double your allowance after 3 months. Additionally, after 6 months you got 10% back on top-ups and for 9 months with O2 the operator awards unlimited texts. If you are an existing O2 customer you may be eligible for a double bundle straight away – provided you’ve topped up at least £30 and have been with O2 for at least 3 months.
When you use up your allowance you will be charged £1 for a 50 MB pack of data (so around 2p/MB) and for the first time it will be done automatically, but you will have to send a text to get each new 50 MB bundle. Another option is to get a bolt-on to seriously take advantage of 4G speeds. O2 offers either a monthly data bolt-on (in 3 forms) or a single-off additional data. In terms of monthly bolt-ons you may choose 100 MB, 500 MB or 1GB for £3, £6 and £10 respectively. The two bigger bundles also come with 20 or 50 MMSs. The single-off bolt-on costs £10 and adds 1 GB that is valid for 31 days. That one-off bundle can be bought repeatedly. This means that using that bolt-on the best rate for data that you can get is 1p per MB.
EE was the first operator to launch 4G PAYG SIM cards. They decided to set the call rates at 30p/min and text cost at 12p. If we talk about data, then you have to choose a bundle as otherwise you won’t be able to use the Internet on your smartphone.
If we look at the available bundles, or add-ons in case of EE, then you can choose single-off data bundles for 4G or double speed 4G. The cost breakdown of normal add-ons is the same as in O2: £3 for 100 MB, £6 for 500 MB and £10 for 1 GB. The double speed bundles give you way more allowance at once. Double speed 4GEE data add-ons have 3 versions: the cheapest one is for £15 which equals 2 GB, then you can take 4 GB for £20 and the ultimate data bundle of 10 GB costs £30. The last bundle gives you an enormous value-for-money ratio as you will be paying 0.30p per MB.
The last operator to get into 4G service was Three UK. However, this provider came in with an idea not to charge their customers anything extra for their superfast service. This means that if you have a 3UK PAYG SIM card then you will automatically use 4G (after a software update) at the price of 3G. Currently, the super easy Three UK tariff is 3p/min, 2p/txt and 1p/MB. On top of that you can choose from a variety of bundles to get even a better deal. Four of the available add-ons offer that and two gives you unlimited data.. The simplest add-on is 500 MB for £5, then you can choose All in One 10 bundle that gives 500 MB, 100 mins and 3000 texts for £10. If you go a level higher, the best available 4G deals start, namely: unlimited data, 300 mins and 3000 texts for £15 or unlimited data, 500 mins and 3000 texts for £25. These are incomparable to the competition which doesn’t have anything like that in offer. Obviously, all of these bundles last for 30 days.
Summing up, Three UK clearly offers the best deal in terms of 4G costs on pay as you go SIM cards. It cannot be matched by either O2 or EE. However, before you jump ships and move your phone number to Three UK check the 4G mobile coverage. Unfortunately, Three UK is the youngest company in the 4G market which means their mobile coverage is very limited at the moment.
Remember that the tariffs and deals on the 4G PAYG market change quite quickly so be sure to check if this post is not outdated before you make a decision.