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This post is for anyone who took out an o2 iPhone 3GS contract on launch day, or near to launch day.

As you may or may not have been aware, it was cheaper in some cases to take out a more expensive contract (eg. £45 per month) to allow you to pay less for the handset (£100 cheaper on a £45 compared to a £35 per month contract), and then downgrade after 9 months.
(Effectively saving you £10, but giving you a hell of a lot more minutes for the first 9 months).

Well, it has now been 9 months since you took your contract out (Yesterday if you took it on launch day), and as such you are able to downgrade your contract.

You may also know that the tariffs have changed, and are now in £5 increments, so if you are on the £45, you would have to downgrade to £40 this month, and then £35 next month.

I used the argumentthat when I took out the contact I was told that I could downgrade to £35 after 9 months, so after speaking to a supervisor, they agreed.

I'm now on £35 a month, saving me £150 over the remaining 15 months of my contract.

Be aware, that it isn't just the prices that have changed with the new tariffs.

On the £35 a month, you still get 600 minutes, but get unlimited texts instead of 500. The downside is that you have to pay for international texts and picture messages (used to be taken off your inclusive bundle).

Enjoy.
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#1
(y) Thanx for the advice! i'm in the same situation as you.

What is your specific "anniversary" date? Did you call them today and get it changed?I wanted to downgrade my tariff this month but only just remembered now, and the date of renewal is on the 19 so today so its probably too late.
#2
Well done! I'm sure this will benefit many!
1 Like #3
also i would recommend that pay monthly iphone users get yr iphone unlocked for free from o2 just fill in this form
http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/unlockmyiphone.html
#4
i downgraded my tarriff in the sense that i changed my 1200 mins to 900 mins and got unlimited texts..
would this option be available to me if i wanted to downgrade from my 45quid?
#5
Hot and thanks can u do this in store or just over phone
#6
hotdog07
Hot and thanks can u do this in store or just over phone


You can only do it over the phone, or at least when I went into the o2 shop I was told this.

2302 from your mobile.
#7
shane2010
also i would recommend that pay monthly iphone users get yr iphone unlocked for free from o2 just fill in this form
http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/unlockmyiphone.html


Ohh didnt realise this! Thanx :thumbsup:
#8
The downside is that you have to pay for international texts and picture messages???

they neva gave free int'l texts..
#9
They did in the sense that 1 international text was charged at something like 4 texts from your allowance so unless you blew all your texts each month it wouldn't appear as an explicit charge on your bill

The situation now appears to be that international texts WILL appear on your bill as a separate charge.
#10
Thanks for posting but its at least a month late..

I got a iPhone 3GS on launch day from o2 on 18 month contract, and downgraded from my 20th March bill from £45 to £35. I now get 600 minutes and 500 texts, they switched to unlimited texts around the same time but thats fine as picture messages still come off my bundle.

If you hurry today you might be lucky and get it in before the next bill (mine is tomorrow) and save £10 on the last few months of the contract..
#11
You can use this to "upgrade" as such also.

I called O2 on Saturday and asked them to change my iPhone contract (currently on £35 per month 600 mins / 500 texts) to the new £35 a month one which is 600 mins / unlimited texts.

Also, I have a £15 a month sim only (monthly) for my missus with 300 mins / 600 texts (did online originally) and asked them to "upgrade" that too, wanted the latest tarriff for that (300 mins / unlimited texts)

Its a bid crap that they don't "offer" you it when they know you are entitled and you have to phone and ask for it and they will do it from your next billing date.

One thing i will say is, if you do "upgrade" then MMS become chargable at 20p per MMS but as i rarely if ever send an MMS I was not bothered.
#12
shane2010
also i would recommend that pay monthly iphone users get yr iphone unlocked for free from o2 just fill in this form
http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/unlockmyiphone.html




Becareful with this though. I got caught short with this asit 'apparently' voids your iphone insurance (if you have one).

it's all in the small print - according to the advisor i spoke to - who knew what he was talking about.

My iphone broke after my daughter dropped it - tried to get it fixed via my insurance and I couldn't due to me unlocking it through o2 and using a non-o2 sim in it to test that the unlock has worked.

just a word of advice really.
#13
So you 'upgrade' to get unlimited text messages and they take away inclusive picture messages and international messages? This doesn't sound like much of an upgrade!! How much does a text message cost from inside and outside of the EU?
#14
Funny, just tried this today myself! Actuallya month ahead of myself but I too got the "You can only go down one tarriff at a time", which, at the time, on MoneySavingExpert and other forums, nobody knew anything about this? MSE were costing it as being able to drop down to the £30 tarriff after 9 months, which is what I wanted to do...

Was this in our contracts at the time or am I missing something? Im going to downgrade next month on my billing date, but want to move to £30, not down to £40, then £35 then £30!!

Got out my receipt and contract from thr Apple Shop, it says 'refer to terms and conditions overleaf', but its a blank page lol!

Any advice or help appreciated.
#15
I'm currently on £35 a month and get 600 mins and 500 texts, however, I pay £7.50 for unlimited texts (I know I can downgrade but I'd rather keep unlimited MMS and International texts).

Anyone else on the same as me?

Do you reckon I could downgrade and keep my unlimited texts?
I suppose I should just give them a ring and ask but I'm at work at the mo.
#16
Cheers for the reminder, I was meaning to do this at the start of the month.

Note: You can only go down one tarrif a month according to the advisor i was speaking to, So i had to go down to £40 this month then £35 next month.
#17
I don't see why this should be in the deal section.
It's not a deal, simply a partial refund for early adopters of the 3GS...

If anywhere, it should be in 'Misc'.
#18
I tried this a few days ago - wanted to drop from current £45 to £35 and was informed that there is now a £40 tariff and I would have to go onto this. I argued it out but the advisor I spoke to was fairly dim and put me on hold whenever I asked any questions so decided to phone back in the hope of getting someone on the ball - haven't done so yet.
#19
If an iPhone was purchased through the carphone warehouse would you need to talk to CW or O2 for a tariff change?
#20
daveniuk;8399908
Thanks for posting but its at least a month late..

I got a iPhone 3GS on launch day from o2 on 18 month contract, and downgraded from my 20th March bill from £45 to £35. I now get 600 minutes and 500 texts, they switched to unlimited texts around the same time but thats fine as picture messages still come off my bundle.

If you hurry today you might be lucky and get it in before the next bill (mine is tomorrow) and save £10 on the last few months of the contract..

if you new about it a month ago why not post?? :whistling:
#21
I did that on my 3G after 9 months... I'm surprised they didn't clock on that its better to take the £45 and downgrade with extra minutes rather then paying for the phone on the £35. Anyway I'm eligible to upgrade tomorrow actually but I'll go on to simplicity.

Heat to the thread though as I'm sure it will help people on the 3GS
#22
I'm currently on £35 a month - 500Mins/600Texts

But on the website, ti says £30 a month for 300 Mins & Unlimited Texts. Am I able to downgrade to that?

24 month contract btw.
#23
I used to work for o2 & unlocking any handset latched to the o2 network did indeed invalidate your o2 insurance & warranty with your manufacturer.
I believe the Apple care plans still cover you if you unlocked it via o2, but not if it was done by a 3rd party.
#24
m00nie
if you new about it a month ago why not post?? :whistling:


There was a thread on here which is how I knew about it, hold on here it is:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/620032/existing-iphone-o2-customers-upgrad?

Its about the unlimited change and people discussing about moving down after 9 months later in the thread reminded me!
#25
Not really a deal. You can change tariff on the O2 website. http://service.o2.co.uk/IQ/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE?NEW,KB=Companion,T=iPhoneTariffChange

You can change your contract from last month from £45 to £35. But I suppose if you waited till this month, you would have to go to the £40 then £35. I'm on the £30. I mostly just text and don't use many minutes. Hopefully Skype will release a 3G version so you can use it anywhere.
#26
also when you get to 18mths or 2 years dont forget to change tarriff...ive kept my phone and sim and moved from a £35/mth contract to £20/mth with a 30 days notice (nb. you can get a cheaper contract with same mins/etc for £15/mth but its a 12mth contract) - im waiting for the new iphone which is beleived to be out in june 2010
#27
Splog;8400834
If an iPhone was purchased through the carphone warehouse would you need to talk to CW or O2 for a tariff change?

speak to o2
#28
pidgey;8400030
You can use this to "upgrade" as such also.

I called O2 on Saturday and asked them to change my iPhone contract (currently on £35 per month 600 mins / 500 texts) to the new £35 a month one which is 600 mins / unlimited texts.

Also, I have a £15 a month sim only (monthly) for my missus with 300 mins / 600 texts (did online originally) and asked them to "upgrade" that too, wanted the latest tarriff for that (300 mins / unlimited texts)

Its a bid crap that they don't "offer" you it when they know you are entitled and you have to phone and ask for it and they will do it from your next billing date.

One thing i will say is, if you do "upgrade" then MMS become chargable at 20p per MMS but as i rarely if ever send an MMS I was not bothered.



agreed its crap - i nearly moved to Vfone as that annoyed me - thieving gits
#29
Just phoned them up. The guy was really hard to understand but as far as I can tell I now have 600 mins & Unlimited Texts for £35 a month, instead of 600 Mins & 500 Texts.

Only downside is MMS cost 20p each, and texts from abroad aren't free. But I don't have any holidays soon, and I rarely send photos, so it's a better deal for me.
#30
i doubt its possible to downgrade to an 18 month contract from a 24month? im using an open code for my contract so downgrading to a 'less pricy' contract is pointless, as the price difference isnt that much, however i'd love to have a simplicity contract in my iphone rather than the 24month contracted one so finishing this contract ASAP is a big plus
#31
would this apply to a business customer as well? id like to drop mine down tbh as im so lonely i dont use nowhere my txts/calls allowance, and if i do lower my tariff would it affect an upgrade in the future?, i was told i can upgrade after 1 year.
#32
Isn't this a con?

You've already paid a rip-off amount to subsidise the cost of the handset for the first 18 months so why should you still be paying £35 a month? I was previously paying £15 a month on 02 with unlimited data included on a Nokia phone, and something like 300 minutes and 300 texts. Why should a contract be any dearer than this just because your phone has a fruit stamped on it?
#33
It's worth mentioning that the 18 month contract tariffs aren't quite as 'generous' as the 24 month tariffs.
For example, the £30 tariff on a 18 month contract only buys you 100 minutes of talk but, still the unlimited texts.

Paul
banned 1 Like #34
shane2010
also i would recommend that pay monthly iphone users get yr iphone unlocked for free from o2 just fill in this form
http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/unlockmyiphone.html


Dude, i bought an iphone 3g from them on payg (over a year ago) with their 12 month free web/wifi sim but since then i have sold the iphone 3g and bought a 3gs on voda. If, based on the fact that i bought an iphone and i still have the sim that came with it as proof, i ask them to unlock it, will i be able to give them the imei number of the 3gs on voda or will they give me a code to put into the iphone and if so, will it unlock my 3gs on voda?
#35
Fantastic "deal", not sure if it is a deal, but it gets heats form me!
#36
jukkie
I don't see why this should be in the deal section.
It's not a deal, simply a partial refund for early adopters of the 3GS...

If anywhere, it should be in 'Misc'.


who cares
#37
unlocking via o2 will only void your extended warranty and insurance, eg your rules state your phone is only insured if your o2 sim is in the phone at the time of loss/damage. However your normal 12 month warranty against manufacturers warranty still stands as I understood.

I queried this with a couple of advisors before unlocking
#38
Anyone know if downgrading could affect your offer for contract renewal / handset upgrade at the end of your term?

I have been hoping we might get better offers to stay, now that we can easily go to another network and get an iPhone.
#39
royals
also when you get to 18mths or 2 years dont forget to change tarriff...ive kept my phone and sim and moved from a £35/mth contract to £20/mth with a 30 days notice (nb. you can get a cheaper contract with same mins/etc for £15/mth but its a 12mth contract) - im waiting for the new iphone which is beleived to be out in june 2010


Same here. Still getting my cheap broadband while waiting until June 22nd
#40
Buy iPhone handset for £400, buy cheap pay/go sim from o2, get free web, get cheap voip calls over skype.

Contracts are worthless for these things.

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