O2 has just released a new Pay and Go tariff called Classic Pay As You Go.
Calls are 5p per minute, texts are 5p and data is 5p per MB.
Yes, it isn't quite as good for occasional users as Three's Pay As You Go at 3p/2p/1p respectively, or even Delight Mobile's tariff with the same prices, but it's a good step forward for the MNO Pay As You Go market and I hope others like EE and Vodafone follow suit.
Unfortunate for some people, Three doesn't support 2G devices, and that Delight has some hidden clauses where any unused credit gets swiped after a short period of inactivity. This new O2 tariff, in my opinion, will be perfect for those occasional users with 2G handsets, those who have better O2 coverage in their area, or even perhaps those who want to use this SIM in a dual SIM phone in 2G standby mode.
From what I've seen, the minimum top up with these is £10 and as long as a chargeable event happens once every 180 days, the SIM and its associated credit remains live. This might prove to be a very suitable SIM for those who run home alarm systems with remote access and alerts.
If I'm honest, I'm surprised by this as it undercuts their sister network GiffGaff in terms of basic PAYG pricing.
Classic Pay As You Go Standard Rates terms and conditions
NB: * No data capped. Top up will be deducted based on data usage.
Official O2 statement: O2 launches its simplest ever Pay As You Go tariff