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O2 releases new Classic Pay As You Go tariff at 5p/min, 5p/text and 5p/MB

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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'…
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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.

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Classic Pay As You Go Standard Rates terms and conditions

NB: * No data capped. Top up will be deducted based on data usage.

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Official O2 statement: O2 launches its simplest ever Pay As You Go tariff
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Not voting here, but Three is unbeatable with free 200MB monthly, 1-2-3 rates and Feel at Home all across EU and in many places worldwide.
5 Likes
Toybhoy
preecey
Toybhoy
Downloading a 2Gb movie from the Play store will cost you £100 plus the cost of the movie.
Great deal!
In that case of course, any other deal would be more suitable. You need to read the post to see who this SIM might be suitable for.
A crap deal's a crap deal no matter how you spin it, sorry!
It's reflected by the way it's being voted too. Don't take it personally. We've all posted some turkeys over the years too... :)
No I'm not taking it personally at all! Actually I'd never take up this deal myself as the data is ridiculously expensive (Three AYCE data user here), but I can certainly see a good quantity of people who might find a really good use for these, such as:

Those who don't use data, those with emergency 2G dumb phones in their glove compartments, those with remotely monitored alarm systems, those with dual SIM phones and want a good 2G standby SIM for emergencies.


Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 21:08
5 Likes
The comments on here are unbelievable, why would anyone using the amount of data mentioned want a pay as you go. These are for light users simple as that, yes there is 3 but most light users won't even have a phone that supports it, may pensioner mother doesn't have a land line and giffgaff actually sends an email asking if she is ok as she sometimes doesn't make a call, receive them yes but make them no. so what pay another operator 30p a minute come on if you use pay as you go and can't use three this is a good deal compared with the others out there.

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#1
Please move this to Misc if appropriate. I was unsure as to whether to place this in Deals or Misc I'm afraid.
9 Likes #2
Not voting here, but Three is unbeatable with free 200MB monthly, 1-2-3 rates and Feel at Home all across EU and in many places worldwide.
#3
Thanks, ordered
1 Like #4
5p a mb? Good lord remortgage your houses now folks or just never turn your data on. Must be a daily charging cap on that.
3 Likes #5
Rimi
Not voting here, but Three is unbeatable with free 200MB monthly, 1-2-3 rates and Feel at Home all across EU and in many places worldwide.
Hence why I've stated this in the original post.

For occasional use, Three cannot be beaten, but this SIM does have its advantages in that it can be used in 2G devices (unlike Three), the credit lasts a long time (unlike Delight), and that it would be a highly suitable SIM for people with dual SIM phones and want a SIM for emergency calls.

Heck, it might even be a great SIM to use in a dual SIM phone alongside the recent EE 32GB SIM Only deal at £14.50. Use the EE SIM for 4G and 3G data and this for calls and texts in 2G mode.

Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 20:58
1 Like #6
Downloading a 2Gb movie from the Play store will cost you £100 plus the cost of the movie.

Great deal!
#7
Rimi
Not voting here, but Three is unbeatable with free 200MB monthly, 1-2-3 rates and Feel at Home all across EU and in many places worldwide.
Three might be unbeatable for the prices, but reception in my area is rubbish, and even vodaphone is useless, with O2 and BT being the best, giving 3G in an internal room with no windows - that might not be so great for some of you, but remember not everyone lives near a mast or has a choice of 25 different networks.
#8
Toybhoy
Downloading a 2Gb movie from the Play store will cost you £100 plus the cost of the movie.
Great deal!
In that case of course, any other deal would be more suitable. You need to read the post to see who this SIM might be suitable for.
3 Likes #9
preecey
Toybhoy
Downloading a 2Gb movie from the Play store will cost you £100 plus the cost of the movie.
Great deal!
In that case of course, any other deal would be more suitable. You need to read the post to see who this SIM might be suitable for.

A crap deal's a crap deal no matter how you spin it, sorry!

It's reflected by the way it's being voted too. Don't take it personally. We've all posted some turkeys over the years too... :)
5 Likes #10
Toybhoy
preecey
Toybhoy
Downloading a 2Gb movie from the Play store will cost you £100 plus the cost of the movie.
Great deal!
In that case of course, any other deal would be more suitable. You need to read the post to see who this SIM might be suitable for.
A crap deal's a crap deal no matter how you spin it, sorry!
It's reflected by the way it's being voted too. Don't take it personally. We've all posted some turkeys over the years too... :)
No I'm not taking it personally at all! Actually I'd never take up this deal myself as the data is ridiculously expensive (Three AYCE data user here), but I can certainly see a good quantity of people who might find a really good use for these, such as:

Those who don't use data, those with emergency 2G dumb phones in their glove compartments, those with remotely monitored alarm systems, those with dual SIM phones and want a good 2G standby SIM for emergencies.


Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 21:08
1 Like #11
i know of a few people personally that this would be really good for - not everyone spends hours on their phones & not everyone is interested in using data. and our experience of 3's customer service is so bad that no matter what their pricing is i will never go back to them!
so it may not be for everyone but its a hot from me :)
2 Likes #12
Richard_Richard
5p a mb? Good lord remortgage your houses now folks or just never turn your data on. Must be a daily charging cap on that.
I have a smartphone which I give the number to anyone who has to have my phone number, but I keep a little cheapie basic Samsung phone (cost 99p I think) which only needs charging once every couple of weeks, and the number of that phone has been given to only one person, and it stays beside my bed in case there's an emergency and I have to answer - the smartphone is turned off when I want peace and quiet, as sales and marketing or any idiot with the number can call at any time of night.
In other words, there are many reasons why someone would want a phone and not bother about data costs, even in this internet age.
1 Like #13
preecey
Toybhoy
Downloading a 2Gb movie from the Play store will cost you £100 plus the cost of the movie.
Great deal!
In that case of course, any other deal would be more suitable. You need to read the post to see who this SIM might be suitable for.
Sadly, as some comments and voting show, many people don't read the whole post before voting. Perhaps a different title would have drawn attention to it being best for an emergency phone or something ?
1 Like #14
o2 cant compete with three pricing
#15
I usually get through 3GB of data per month, so, here's a breakdown of how much it would cost me:

1024MB = 1GB
1GB × 3 = 3GB

3GB = 3072MB

3072 × £0.05 = £153.60 per month.

Sorry o2, but that's way out of my budget.
2 Likes #16
AndrewRunagall
I usually get through 3GB of data per month, so, here's a breakdown of how much it would cost me:
1024MB = 1GB
1GB × 3 = 3GB
3GB = 3072MB
3072 × £0.05 = £153.60 per month.
Sorry o2, but that's way out of my budget.
My deal isn't meant to cater for everyday smartphone users. Remember this is a basic pay as you go rate implemented by O2, and the SIM card can be used in the most basic of phones. You could even use this SIM in an old Nokia 3310. You can't do that with Three's '321' Pay As You Go SIMs!

EE and Vodafone's standard Pay As You Go calls are an eyewatering 30p to 40p per minute and texts in the region of 15p each.

I hope some can appreciate how this new tariff can benefit some people.

I'm a massive advocate of EE and Three personally and am a very happy Three customer. But I appreciate that O2 has an excellent 2G network for calls and texts, and therefore this tariff represents excellent value for money for certain users.

Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 21:54
#17
kamenitzabrit
Richard_Richard
5p a mb? Good lord remortgage your houses now folks or just never turn your data on. Must be a daily charging cap on that.
I have a smartphone which I give the number to anyone who has to have my phone number, but I keep a little cheapie basic Samsung phone (cost 99p I think) which only needs charging once every couple of weeks, and the number of that phone has been given to only one person, and it stays beside my bed in case there's an emergency and I have to answer - the smartphone is turned off when I want peace and quiet, as sales and marketing or any idiot with the number can call at any time of night.
In other words, there are many reasons why someone would want a phone and not bother about data costs, even in this internet age.
True but with a minimum top up of £10 there are cheaper options for a call/text only phone number. I for one wouldn't consider it for my child even, all very well saying don't use data to them but as soon as they start playing pokemon go (or whatever the latest fad is) you'll find the credit is gone. Ah well it will appeal to some and if so it was worth bringing to the masses, can't please everyone...unless it's free, in that case insta-heat. :-)
5 Likes #18
The comments on here are unbelievable, why would anyone using the amount of data mentioned want a pay as you go. These are for light users simple as that, yes there is 3 but most light users won't even have a phone that supports it, may pensioner mother doesn't have a land line and giffgaff actually sends an email asking if she is ok as she sometimes doesn't make a call, receive them yes but make them no. so what pay another operator 30p a minute come on if you use pay as you go and can't use three this is a good deal compared with the others out there.
3 Likes #19
If the sole purpose of posting deals was that they benefitted the majority of people, this site would have very few deals.

I think something is worth posting even if it benefits just 1 person, & thankfully many kind people with commonsense & insight (as preecey has displayed here) continue do this despite all the negative remarks & cold voting - as you say kamenitzabrit, mostly due to not reading the entire post or just sheer ignorance.

And as I write the above, sadly I see there are more people rushing in with nonsensical remarks.
1 Like #20
This is actually what PAYG should be about, not monthly bundles, just good value for very low users. Heat!
#21
Richard_Richard
True but with a minimum top up of £10 there are cheaper options for a call/text only phone number...

This minimum top up of £10 will probably do me for 5 years for what I'll be using it (incl in a 2G phone) - isn't that money wisely spent? What other cheaper/better alternatives are there that can be used in a 2G phone & will last that long? Post the deal & I'll surely vote hot.
2 Likes #22
Have some heat. Massive improvement on previous prices.
#23
Classic PAYG? Not until they call themselves Cellnet again ;)

Edited By: Gollywood on Nov 17, 2016 22:55: 3 is the Magic number
#24
Gollywood
Classic PAYG? Not until they call themselves Cellnet again ;)
If you put this SIM in a Nokia 3310, I bet you a million pounds it will display BT Cellnet as the network name. :)

Remember the old Cellnet 'U' plans? I do. More of a One2One customer myself though back in the day. Loved the off peak 2p calls One2One offered.

Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 23:01
2 Likes #25
It will be a game changer if O2 offer PAYG O2p/O2p/O2p tariff since they have a larger market share than Three & could capture their customers away.
2 Likes #26
veedubjai
It will be a game changer if O2 offer PAYG O2p/O2p/O2p tariff since they have a larger market share than Three & could capture their customers away.
Send that idea to their marketing team! Stat!
(If I worked for Telefonica, I'd hire you.)

Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 23:26
#27
preecey
More of a One2One customer myself though back in the day. Loved the off peak 2p calls One2One offered.
Haha! Owned by Mercury, I believe?
#28
Also known as slow2
#29
andros1963
Also known as slow2
Completely true - EE and Three are the way to go for fast data (but primarily EE).

Remember though, these SIMs are for a different target market.
#30
Gollywood
preecey
More of a One2One customer myself though back in the day. Loved the off peak 2p calls One2One offered.
Haha! Owned by Mercury, I believe?
Yep. Mercury One2One, taken over later on by the Germans at Deutsche Telekom and rebranded as T-Mobile.


Edited By: preecey on Nov 17, 2016 23:56
1 Like #31
hot for me as i can only get o2 in my area, or one of their mvno. 3 could pay me for using their network but what's the point if i can't get a signal? i like the idea of credit not running out as long as you make the occasional call and i also like the idea that it does not require a 3G enabled phone. thanks op, ordered.
3 Likes #32
preecey
AndrewRunagall
I usually get through 3GB of data per month, so, here's a breakdown of how much it would cost me:
1024MB = 1GB
1GB × 3 = 3GB
3GB = 3072MB
3072 × £0.05 = £153.60 per month.
Sorry o2, but that's way out of my budget.
My deal isn't meant to cater for everyday smartphone users. Remember this is a basic pay as you go rate implemented by O2, and the SIM card can be used in the most basic of phones. You could even use this SIM in an old Nokia 3310. You can't do that with Three's '321' Pay As You Go SIMs!
EE and Vodafone's standard Pay As You Go calls are an eyewatering 30p to 40p per minute and texts in the region of 15p each.
I hope some can appreciate how this new tariff can benefit some people.
I'm a massive advocate of EE and Three personally and am a very happy Three customer. But I appreciate that O2 has an excellent 2G network for calls and texts, and therefore this tariff represents excellent value for money for certain users.
I think you deserve heat, if not for the deal, then for your patience in desperately trying to explain yourself over and over. The deal itself for an emergency stand by phone is a good deal. For use on a daily basis as a main phone it isn't, which you have clearly stated. Have some positive heat Sir, you deserve it.
#33
Crossbow
Richard_Richard
True but with a minimum top up of £10 there are cheaper options for a call/text only phone number...
This minimum top up of £10 will probably do me for 5 years for what I'll be using it (incl in a 2G phone) - isn't that money wisely spent? What other cheaper/better alternatives are there that can be used in a 2G phone & will last that long? Post the deal & I'll surely vote hot.
I bought a cheap "going out - don't care if I lose it" payg phone for under a tenner that included credit. If you just want an option of a sim or phone that you will practically never use then you can get more for your money is all I'm saying. If a tenner's credit will last you years then is it worth even paying £10 for something you won't use?
#34
sounds better than the old tariff's o2 offer
#35
£0.5p a mb, no thanks
#36
This is great value, just buy bolt on's as needed.
#37
mmurdoch
£0.5p a mb, no thanks


*​£0.05 or..5p
#38
preecey
veedubjai
It will be a game changer if O2 offer PAYG O2p/O2p/O2p tariff since they have a larger market share than Three & could capture their customers away.
Send that idea to their marketing team! Stat!
(If I worked for Telefonica, I'd hire you.)


​That would likely be unworkable for o2, if you understand about the interworked agreements signed between operators, the margin would be far too slim
1 Like #39
I've had my O2 sim for years although using it less recently due to the costs, this will be a considerable improvement over my current 14p a text and 35p a minute calls although the data costs more but data I get elsewhere, thanks!
#40
Benzyl
I've had my O2 sim for years although using it less recently due to the costs, this will be a considerable improvement over my current 14p a text and 35p a minute calls although the data costs more but data I get elsewhere, thanks!

Cant believe there are some strangers like you....and that O2 is the only network in your area.....
Anyways, cold voting says all.

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