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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.
Virgin UK extends its offer by adding a flexible contract tariff that enables to tweak your offer on a monthly basis.
This week Virgin has announced that they go live with new flexible tariffs know as Freestyle. In a nutshell, customers will be able to change their tariff every month and get a new phone before their 24-month long contract ends, as long as they pay for the handset in full.
Virgin’s customers will be able to move around five tariffs priced between £10 and £25. There is no restriction for whether you move up or down, which basically means that one month you can choose the £20 tariff and then drop to the lowest one next month. In terms of what the tariffs come with, the lowest £10 tariff offers unlimited texts, 250 minutes and 250 MB of data. The next tariff is the £13 one and it has four times more minutes and twice as much data. The middle £17 tariff gives unlimited calls and texts plus 1GB of data, then for £20 you will get 2GB of data more. Finally, the highest tariff comes with unlimited calls, texts and data for £25 a month. If you already have Virgin broadband, TV or home phone, then you will get £5 off on all tariffs.
The second innovation offered by “Freestyle” tariffs is the possibility to upgrade your phone before the contract ends. However, to do so you need to pay off all the remaining balance on your mobile phone. It is possible, because essentially Virgin sells handset in “Freestyle” tariff through a credit agreement. This means you pay for your phone in monthly instalments but there is no interest rate. This monthly phone payment is added to your tariff price which together gives you the final value of your monthly bill.
You can get a wide range of phones with the “Freestyle” tariff. This includes all major state-of-the-art models like iPhone 6 and 5S/5C, the newest Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3 or HTC One. However, if we take, for example, Samsung Galaxy S5 then the monthly instalment is £19, while the newest iPhones start at £29 per month. Add to this a middle-priced tariff and you can end up with a monthly payment of £36 or £46.
All in all, Virgin Media launched a nice novelty that gives contract customers some degree of flexibility, so that you don’t end up with a too high or too low tariff for the next two years. However, the option to pay off your phone doesn’t seem to too alluring, but we must admit that it creates an opportunity to take your phone on credit with zero interest rate.
T-Mobile has announced that all new customers that choose the Full Monty plan will not be eligible to use mobile tethering. The plan, which was launched earlier this year, offered ‘truly’ unlimited calls, texts and data for 36 quids per month. However, from the 8th of August for all new Full Monty customers the terms and conditions have “excludes tethering” stated next to the “unlimited internet” part. T-Mobile’s spokesperson did not explain why the operator changed the terms of the Full Monty. Most probably new T-Mobile customers started to dramatically drain the operator’s bandwidth so the company had to limit that or the network could fall over. This situation means that right now the British market has only one tariff offering truly unlimited minutes, text and data – the One Plan from Three UK
A recent analysis showed that Brits lose £5.98 billon because of having wrong mobile contracts. The main reason behind this huge waste is the fact that 74% of British mobile subscribers are on a wrong mobile contract. The report analyzed almost 70 thousand mobile phone bills and identified 12 different types of mobile users, such as “Big Talker”, “Big Surfer”, “Classic” etc. It also showed that 26 million people should optimise their mobile tariff and that would save them £4.32 billion in total. A similar report was produced a year ago and in comparison with 2012 people in Britain waste £1.1 billion more on mobile bills. This increase is attributed to smartphone rise and a need to take into consideration not only minutes and text messages but also data allowance. Thus, mobile users face a more complex process while choosing a right contract or PAYG tariff. The main conclusion of the report is to slim down on those allowances which are unused. For example, Big Talkers could save around £1.14 billion if they would lower their data allowance. While the majority of population is on a too huge contract there are also some that should get a cheaper contract or maybe switch to PAYG SIM card, as they overuse minutes or data. This group includes 3.6 million people and constitutes almost 1 billion pounds of annual waste. The lesson we should learn from this report is to think over what your needs are and switch to a tariff that will perfectly fit your profile – this in turn should save you on average £171 per year.
The full version of the National Mobile Report 2012 is available here.
Orange announced a price hike for their business customers that will take place on July 10, 2012. The operator decided to charge their Orange Business customers 3.5 % more due to inflation and the rising costs. The good thing about it is that only the cost of monthly plan will be affected and call rates will be left the same.
For example, a £30 monthly plan will cost £31.05 but the cost of calls, texts and data outside their plan will stay the same. Customers were informed about this change through a letter send to them by Orange in which the company explains that they are allowed to make such an increase based on RPI figure every 12 months and the customers cannot cancel their contracts without paying termination fees. It is the second time this year that Orange decided to increase their prices as the pay monthly fees rose by 4.34% in January.
Currently, callers are told:
“This call will cost you X pence per minute on a BT line, calls may vary on other landline and cost considerably more on a mobile.”
Under the new structure, Ofcom expects call cost descriptions to follow the format:
“This call will cost you X pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.”
Consumers would be advised of their Access Charge at the point of sale when buying any new phone service. Subject to the results of the consultation, Ofcom intends to make a final decision on the new rules by early 2013.
We usually tend to write about PAYG SIM card deals, but we must admit that some contracts are competitive too and so worth to cover. That is why, this time we would like to inform you about a new O2 unlimited tariff called On & On. It is O2’s attempt to catch up with the competition that already has similar deals. If you sign in for On & On, you will get unlimited minutes, texts and 1GB of data for £26 a month (and £36-46 a month if you take a phone with it too). Should you require more data you can buy additional gigabyte for £5. The customers can also get some bolt-ons like phone insurance, international calling discounts or MMS bundles. You can check out all the details by clicking the source link below.
On the 1st of February, T-Mobile introduced a new tariff that promises truly unlimited calls, texts and data. TMobile named its new plan The Full Monty. Customers can choose couple of options in the new plan that will cost them between 36£ and 61£. The cheapest version will guarantee unlimited data, text and calls to other T-Mobile customers. Dearer options, between 41-61£, will also grant unlimited text and calls to other networks and better prices on phones. T-Mobile representatives say that the unlimited data may be also used for tethering. Additionally, new customers or people signing a new contract will also get good subsidized offers on the top smartphones, including iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II.