March 29, 2011
Well, I didn’t think I would be writing a post so quickly after last nights update, but, just today, O2 have released 12 month contracts for “existing customers only”
So, first of all they’re not as good as Vodafone and Tesco, as they’re offering 12 months to everyone, and also, from the blurb on the website, I can’t actually find a way to find out what the price of handsets are. Luckily, I’m an o2 customer, out of contract, so will be attempting to get an upgrade price, as I write this blog piece.
The first good thing, is that all tariffs, now include tethering as standard, if you choose data. You have 3 options now. 100MB for £3, 500MB for £6 and 1GB for £10. Limits are the norm. ThreeUK are the exception with their all they can eat data plan, and I still think they’ve got the best 3G signal, in terms of coverage. O2 far too often falls back to GPRS, which is slow, and tethering then becomes pointless.
Anyway, back to the point. The 12 month contract prices matrix – available here – shows that for £31, you get 300 minutes, and unlimited text. Then, choose your data package, so £6 for 500MB makes your tariff.
So, bringing back in the details from yesterday
iPhone 4 16GB | £299 | 12 Mths@ £35 – 300 Mins – u/l Text – 500MB Data – TCO £719 – Vodafone
iPhone 4 16GB | £299 |12 Mths @ £37 – 300 Mins – u/l Text – 500MB Data – TCO £743 – O2 Upgrades Only
So, I’m with O2 currently, I want a 12 month contract, so, even as an existing customer, I’m still better off going to vodafone, if I wanted an iPhone 4 16GB, unless I want tethering. Lets see that Torch Comparison.
Blackberry Torch - Handset Cost £179 – 12 Month Contract – £35 Month – 300 Minutes – ? Text – 500MB Data – TCO £599 – Vodafone
Blackberry Torch - Handset Cost £175 – 12 Month Contract – £37 Month – 300 Minutes – ? Text – 500MB Data – TCO £619- O2
Nope, still no point to stay with a provider, again, tethering is the only draw.
O2 have done their research, made their prices very very similar to what is available over at Vodafone, and thought about what to add in to make it different. Activating tethering, when you only have a 500MB limit is really a no brainer, because then there will be overages, and more money spent. Maybe that is my cynical view. O2 really need to improve their 3G coverage too to make tethering something that is useful. At least with my PAYG sim from Three (£15 per month), I know I can tether virtually anywhere near a city, and still get a decent speed.
Onto some other information. I tweeted @ThreeUK today, and blatantly asked them (after O2 released their 12 month deals) if they were planning on announcing 12 month deals (really, I don’t care about orange/tmobile as a network, as their coverage (both of them) is a bit pants around here!), and got a reply rather quickly.
Oh well, that’s a bit of a shame, It would have been good to have a company who do all you can eat data, and tethering. But let me just think about the overall TCO.
iPhone 4 16GB – Handset £499 – 12 Month Contract – £25 Month – 2000 Mins – 3000 Text – All You Can Eat Data – TCO £799 – Three
iPhone 4 16GB – Handset £499 – PAYG- £15 Month – 300 Mins – 3000 Text – All You Can Eat Data – TCO £679 – Three
Close, but a hefty up front fee, buying a phone directly from Apple, though plenty more minutes, or even a PAYG option to compare to other networks.
So, still no decision on what I want to do. *sigh*
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