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Vodafone PAYG SIM card users will be able to choose one of three add-ons to experience 4G speeds at reasonable prices.
One year after Vodafone launched its 4G network for contract customers it rolled out 4G for pay as you go. The operator’s 4G customer base has risen to over 1 million during the last year and the company wants to tap into the PAYG market to expand further.
Vodafone PAYG SIM card customers can choose one of three Freedom Freebees to experience 4G speeds. The price of these add-ons is £20, £30 and £40. The cheapest one comes with 2GB of data, 500 minutes and unlimited texts. The medium one gives you 4GB of data and unlimited airtime and text messages. The difference between the £30 bundle and the £40 one is that the latter provides 6GB of data. That’s not the only thing that 4G Freedom Freebees have to offer. Both the £30 and the £40 freebee offer Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV for free. Customers should know about this so called entertainment package from Vodafone’s contract deals. Sadly Netflix has been excluded from the package for PAYG SIM card customers.
Moreover, Vodafone wants to let their customers try out 4G by giving each customer unlimited 4G data when they get a 4G Freedom Freebee for the first time. Thanks to this, people can assess how much data they use while surfing with ultra-high speeds.
Vodafone recommends three 4G handsets to pair with their PAYG SIM cards: HTC Desire 610, Nokia Lumia 635 and their branded phone Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo. HTC is the most powerful and obviously the most expensive of these as, on PAYG, it costs £140. Lumia is a comparable smartphone and costs £120; however Vodafone’s Smart 4 Turbo is the cheapest 4G entry-level phone and while it does not have the best specifications it costs just under £80.
Vodafone’s 4G mobile coverage is not the best around but still there are 304 towns and cities covered by the network. The coverage is expanding gradually and hopefully in near future it will encompass the whole country. This did not stop Vodafone from amassing a significant customer base and now they seem to have hopes to lure prepay customers too.
Lycamobile has updated its National Bundles by adding a new comprehensive bundle that includes international minutes
Recently we have informed about new range of bundles at Lycamobile that are aimed at PAYG SIM card owners that want to use Lycamobile for UK calls. The MVNO expanded this range by adding one new bundle dubbed National Plus. It has similar allowances to other UK bundles but also includes international calls. The price of this bundle is £15 and for that money you get 250 minutes for domestic calls, 3000 texts, 1 GB of data and 200 international minutes to mobile and landline numbers to more than 40 destinations. Full list of destinations for which international allowance may be used is available at Lycamobile’s website; however, it includes EU member states and such countries like the USA, Thailand or South Africa.
The deal is available only for pay as you go SIM cards and to activate it you have to either text 11544 to 3535, dial *139!11544# or log in to your account on Lycamobile’s website and choose National Plus Bundle. The bundle is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase and for the sake of calculating allowances minutes are rounded up to the closest full minute. If you choose this bundle remember to use up all the allowance on your PAYG SIM card before the 30-day period as they will disappear after that time.
From October 17, Tesco Mobile has 4G available for their customers joining other operators in the race to pouch customers wanting high speed mobile data transfers. Customers willing to use 4G will only pay additional 2.50 pounds.
Tesco’s customers should be happy to hear that their operator is taking the opportunity to use O2’s new 4G mobile coverage and let them experience 4G speed. It will cost them just £2.50 per month, so “less than the price of a cup of coffee”. The service is available for all Pay Monthly and SIM-only tariffs. All Tesco customers who want to switch 4G on are able to do whenever they want by calling 4455. Obviously you need to have a 4G-ready phone and a 4G-capable SIM card (if you received a SIM card after July 1, 2013 then you are okay).
Tesco has named the new tariffs “flexi-bendi” and as the name suggest they are supposed to be flexible, so that the customers can switch between 3G and 4G tariffs whenever they want and no additional costs. This is actually a novelty on British 4G market as all other operators offering 4G services require their customers to sign a new contract and there is no option to hop from 3G to 4G at will.
As Tesco is piggybacking on O2’s network, the 4G mobile coverage right now is limited to London, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester and Sheffield. However, this will quickly change as O2 has further mobile coverage development in plans.
As of now 4G is not available for Tesco PAYG SIM cards, however the MVNO said that they have a prepaid 4G service in the pipeline and customers should expect it in 2014.
O2 UK has upgraded its O2 Wallet service to allow customers to charge O2 PAYG accounts.
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.
New research revealed that Brits spend more than their set mobile bills. While we are a nation of mobile phone lovers we do not know our calling habits. It turns out that 48 percent of pay-monthly customers have to pay more than their monthly tariff. The main culprit responsible for that is calling premium numbers (26% of overspending customers). People seem not to realize how much calling such numbers from mobiles cost and using them inevitably will reflect on the bill. Next reason behind high bills is roaming charges (21%). Not having bundles and using phone too much while being overseas is not a reasonable thing to do. The third on the list is calling voting lines of different competitions (12%). All of these issues cause an average pay-monthly customer to lose around £100 per year. If we consider that half of contract customers are 10 million people we can see that Brits spend 1 billion pounds too much on mobile bills.
The most surprising fact is that 12% of overspenders have no clue why they spend too much. They have no idea how much out-of-tariff charges are and what will they be charged for. The charges are either not well presented so that people do not know what they pay for or Brits simply do not care if they spend more their plan.
Unfortunately, there is no data about PAYG SIM card owners. It would be interesting to compare their spending habits with pay-monthly customers and check whether they also pay more than they expect to. Obviously having pay-as-you-go SIM card allows for better control over the finances and daily control of money spent on mobile phones.
Giffgaff, a O2 powered MVNO, has found out that a small number of users are abusing their unlimited data usage offer, as 1% of giffgaffers use one third of all the data traffic of this operator. The company decided to block those people that according to them use too much data, but will remove the data block once more so they can change their heavy data usage habit. If they fail to adapt then they will be banned permanently and will not have Internet access at all. Giffgaff has not said what is the data limit of their “unlimited data offer”, but it has imposed new restrictions and will block users who fail to adhere to them. The terms and conditions now say that “all the data usage must be for private, personal and non-commercial purposes”. Additionally, you may not use your SIM card:
a) in or connected to modems or dongles connected to PC (unless you have gigabag plan);
c) in such way that adversely impacts the service to other giffgaff customers
Some customers are not satisfied with these changes and data blocks. They express their outrage at Giffgaff’s forum and some people claim that it is the end of truly unlimited data plan. Another thing is that Giffgaff does not precisely say how much data you can use, so that it all depends on their opinion whether someone is using too much data or not.
Source: Giffgaff’s terms&conditions
Payzone UK has announced that it is expanding its services to 99p Stores chain, which also include Family Bargain Outlets. It means that you will be able to top-up your pay as you go SIM cards in over 180 new locations all over UK. This new deal between 99p Stores and Payzone extends the retail chain’s PAYG SIM sales, as before that only SIM cards were available at 99 Stores. Now besides getting a new PAYG SIM card customers can instantly get a top-up and activate it.
Currently, at the 99 Stores you can get Lycamobile SIM card and SIM cards of main MNOs, including O2 SIM card.
The big UK service providers decided to remove subsidies from PAYG phones to balance the money lost from lower MTRs. This will mean that most of prepaid phones will be more expensive in the coming months and mostly likely this trend will continue, as the biggest operators focus currently more on contracts than on PAYG sim card deals.