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Vectone Mobile offers Cheap call 1p calls to Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka to its PAYG SIM card customers.
If you call Pakistan, Philippines or Sri Lanka regularly, then you can do it for peanuts thanks to new bundles at Vectone Mobile called Country Saver. The service is divided into three offers (one for each country) which vary slightly but in a nutshell you choose one local number from a country and benefit from a rate of just 1p per minute. All of these bundles costs £10 and give 1000 minutes allowance valid for 30 days. In addition, the Sri Lanka and Philippines Country Savers come with 1GB of data allowance. Only Vectone PAYG SIM card are eligible for the deal.
You may think that 1000 minutes per month to call one number is way too much as not everybody will use such allowance. In order to make the deal even more attractive both Sri Lanka and Philippines allowances can be shared between up to 3 different Vectone PAYG SIM cards, so that, for example, your whole family can call one relative. The service is limited to particular operators: in Sri Lanka you may choose a number from Etisalat, Hutch or Mobitel, in Philippines the deal is restricted to Sun Celluar, while in Pakistan you can select only Zong mobile numbers.
If you are interested in any of the deals and you already have a Vectone PAYG SIM card you need to fill up a form on Vectone’s website and have enough credit on your account. The operator says that it may take up to 3 days to activate the service. Additionally, the offer is automatically renewed each month so if you want to resign, remember to do it not later than 7 days before the end of your 30-day period.
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.
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.
Tesco Mobile has decided to let their PAYG SIM card users use 4G service at no extra cost.
Mobile operators are starting to treat 4G service as a standard service that should be given out to their customers without additional charges. Tesco Mobile joins the trend as they announced that all their pay as you go customers will be granted 4G speeds at the same price as 3G.
Previously, only Tesco monthly customers could experience 4G without paying anything extra; however, as of July 25, all Tesco PAYG SIM card users will also be able to avail 4G without a premium. In order to fully take advantage of 4G, the supermarket MVNO added extra 4G data bundles that range from tiny 500MB packs up to massive 8GB add-ons. If you do not want to commit yourself to any extra data package, you will still pay just 10p for 1MB.
Tesco piggybacks on O2, which means that customers have a decent 4G mobile coverage in most urban areas and the network is gradually expanding in all of the UK, so it should have good mobile coverage in the whole country in no time.
The mobile operator explained its move by saying that current world is in need of fast access to the Internet and huge bandwidth. Additionally, they did not find any reason why PAYG SIM cards should be treated differently than PAYM ones and that is why they decided to give all their customers 4G service for free.
Telecommunications pundits sees Tesco’s move as yet another step towards ubiquitous 4G in the UK. They also emphasized that what Tesco did gave them an edge over their competition. Making 4G affordable to PAYG SIM card customers is a direction that should be taken by all operators. If such mobile providers like Virgin Mobile or giffgaff do not keep up with Tesco and its likes then they will miss out on 4G.
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.”
The international MVNO launched a new deal which comprises of national calls, texts and data, as well as international airtime.
Quite recently MVNOs focused on international calls have started offering comprehensive bundles that include all you need for local calls but also caters for the needs of customers who call abroad. Nowadays, you can get one of such bundles for Vectone PAYG SIM cards at a fairly low cost. This MVNO’s bundle known as All-in-One Pocket Saver literally saves your money. Vectone gives away unlimited text and data, 500 minutes for national and international calls as well as standard unlimited calls and texts to other Vectone numbers. All the above costs £10 a month. At the first glance, the deal looks amazingly good, but obviously there are some conditions which make this PAYG SIM card deal less generous but still a very competitive one.
First of all, you get 500 minutes for national and international calls and you can mix and match them. This makes the bundle very flexible, because you might just need 50 minutes for international calls one month, while in the other 200 minutes. However, the destinations you can call are limited to 25 countries from around the world (a complete list is available here). Then, unlimited texts and data are not really unlimited. In terms of texts, you can send no more than 3000 UK texts and you can’t send more than 200 a day. Supposedly, this limit is more than an average PAYG SIM card user needs but there are some heavy texters out there who might need more. The biggest disappointment is the data limit as Vectone offers 3GB in this bundle and tethering is unavailable. Again this is quite a lot of data but not nearly enough for some people. Finally, remember that All-in-One bundles at Vectone are valid for 30 days from the activation day and any unused allowance will be lost.
Nevertheless, All-in-One Pocket Saver is a nice deal for pay as you go SIM cards and if you are interested in getting it, you may subscribe by dialling *1028# from your Vectone PAYG SIM card.
This July, Vizz Mobile is giving away free airtime for calls to Sri Lanka if you top up your PAYG SIM card account.
If you have a Vizz Mobile PAYG SIM card and top up your account this month, the MVNO will give you free airtime for calls to Sri Lanka. It is a very simple deal with just a few terms and conditions. First of all, you need to do is to make a top-up worth at least 10 pounds. Secondly, you can get free minutes only twice a month. Each top-up grants you 30 free minutes to both landline and mobile numbers in Sri Lanka. It’s good to remember that you need to use this free allowance in 7 days as it will disappear afterwards. If you exceed the free Sri Lankan minutes you will be charged according to standard Vizz PAYG SIM card rates. However, you should hurry up because the deal is valid until the end of July, 2014.
Moreover, if you are intending to top up your account this month you can take advantage of another deal for PAYG SIM cards. Vizz also gives away £1 extra free credit whenever you make your first top-up online. You can get another free pound for the second time you top up online via your online account. Again this deal is only valid until the end of this month, but there’s still plenty of time to have a chance to use it.
We hope to see more interesting offers this summer especially for PAYG SIM cards that are focused on international calls. There is a chance that Vizz’s offers will be extended to following months and not end in July.
Three UK announced adding five new countries to their Feel At Home deal which enables using UK allowances when abroad (free roaming).
Feel At Home is Three UK’s offer for travellers that want to save money on mobile costs when staying abroad. Essentially, the deal, launched in August last year, allows Three’s customers to use their allowances when they are in eligible countries. The allowance can be used to use data or call and text British numbers. Feel At Home is free of charge and it switches on when you enter one of the selected destinations. The offer is available to all types of customers but if you have a Three PAYG SIM card than you have to remember to convert your credit to some Add-ons in order to take advantage of Feel At Home. All this means that Three UK has almost effectively turned off roaming charges in 16 countries.
Initially, Three UK kicked off Feel At Home with seven destinations: Australia, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy and Sweden. In December 2013, there were four other countries added: Indonesia, Macau, Sri Lanka and the USA. Now on July, 1 2014 we will see five other places included in the deal: Finland, France, Israel, Switzerland and Norway. This brings it to total of 16 destinations where your normal allowance will be used.
There are however few restrictions concerning Feel At Home. First of all, tethering is forbidden and if you have All-you-can-eat tariffs than you may not use more than 25GB, send 5,000 texts or call longer than 3,000 minutes. I doubt that such restriction should make anybody feel uncomfortable. Additionally, Three UK proposes this deal only to people who are on holiday or on business trip abroad, so if you plan to stay in one of the countries for longer you might be cut off from using your allowance abroad. Secondly, pay as you go SIM card owners have to remember to get some add-ons and remember to replenish them when they are out of allowance. However, you can always buy add-ons through My3 app. Thirdly, you cannot call numbers that start with 070, 09 or 118.
All in all, we see a positive move of operators such as Three UK that reduce roaming costs not only in Europe (to comply with EU laws) but also all around the world in popular destinations. Moreover, it is also nice that such deals are introduced also for PAYG SIM cards.
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.
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.