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Daedalus85 Posts: > 500

Ok guys, we had our Q1 2008 meeting last night, and the changes are good for you data fans.


Basically, most of the tariffs stay the same except for these changes:

-There is no longer a Leisure Time tariff - it was proving unpopular

-The 20/month 18-month tariff (or 25/month 12 month, or 15/month 24 month) now has 25 more minutes and texts, bringing it up to 75 minutes and 100 texts

-There is no longer a 40/month or 50/month tariff (18-month), there is now a 45/month tariff (18-month) which gives you the same ammount of minutes and texts etc as the 50/month tariff used to


Ok, and the major change is: Unlimited is truly here - there is no fair usage policy anymore on the new unlimited packages.

Basically, with all 35/month tariffs and above on 18-month contracts (or 30/month and above on 24 month), you get to choose ONE of the following bolt-on's for free:

-Unlimited O2 to O2 calls
-Unlimited Anytime X-Net Texts
-Unlimited Landline Calls
-Unlimited Evening and Weekend calls
-Unlimited Data
-200 Anytime X-Net minutes

Please note: instead of a 'fair usage policy', there is an 'excessive use policy'. Difference being O2 are saying "so long as customers use their voices to talk with, their fingers to text with and their phones to browse with, it's unlimited". Basically meaning, if you try and use your phone as a modem with your computer etc, don't, because you'll incur charges and it won't be free.

On the 35/month+ 18 month tariffs (and, again, 30/month+ 24 month), you can also add one more of the above bolt ons for 7.50 a month.


Ok, and if you don't use enough data to warrant 7.50 a month on your contract, O2 are offerering Web Daily. Basically, much like Web 'n' Walk do on T-Mobile, you can use the internet on your phone all you want and never get charged more than 1 in a day. So if you know theres a particular day during the month your going to need it, like a day trip or something, you can use it all you want and the most you'll get charged is 1.


Oh, and Broadband can also be added for 7.50 a month, it can't be used as your free bolt-on, but 8MB broadband with free wireless router etc for 7.50 a month isn't bad. Especially when moneysupermarket.co.uk gave it 10/10...


Anyway, there you have it, 1st Feb these will come into effect. Enjoy

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Posted: 2008-01-16 11:36:46
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Sammy_boy Posts: > 500

Sounds very encouraging! I've just in the last month or so taken out the 15 simplicity contract, and added the 7.50 'unlimited' data tariff, which was 200Mb. So that is now actually unlimited, apart from the excessive use policy?

And that applies to all customers, not just the ones who take out the 7.50/month data bolt-on after 1st Feb, people like me who started the bolt-on before 1st Feb will have unlimited data rather than 200Mb?
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Posted: 2008-01-16 12:05:09
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Daedalus85 Posts: > 500

Yes it's unlimited, with the excessive policy being the one I mentioned earlier.

And you'd have to change to the new tariffs to do it I think, or call them up and 're-add' it or something, but either way, good deal
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Posted: 2008-01-16 21:26:42
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theuniboy Posts: 2

Any news on the terms of the unlimited data?

The terms of the current bolt on ban IM, VOIP and Media Streaming. If they will allow Windows Live Messenger and Orb/Slingbox then I will be very happy!

Also, that broadband is a steal! If only they had bothered to bring it to my village
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Posted: 2008-01-17 14:05:56
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ramzez Posts: 7

I wonder if there will be better tariffs for iPhone if anyone knows?


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Posted: 2008-01-17 14:52:53
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Daedalus85 Posts: > 500

The iPhone tariffs will get upgraded at the same time to allow you to pick on the bolt ons (obviously not unlimited data as you already get that), so unlimited texts for example.

Broadband is slowly being rolled out, we don't have it in our town yet either! By the start of Q2 (March ish) it should be something like 90% coverage of the UK.


The data, as far as I'm aware, is limited to phone BROWSING, not other means of data use. It's meant for browsing, thats it's purpose. Unlike 3, O2 don't have any deals or partnerships with MSN, Skype or Slingbox, so they don't 'support' it in their T&C's as such, due to the massive bandwidth usage.

Three can afford to because they seem to have a good thing money wise going with those companies, and have an exclusive on them.
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Posted: 2008-01-17 20:18:06
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theuniboy Posts: 2

Well I'm looking forward to the new contracts. As O2 staff plz could you advise me on something:

My O2 online contract is up for renewal in May, but my handset (which I did not get with the contract, I took the 100 credit instead) has developed a fault and become unusable. As a loyal customer of 7 years would I be able to upgrade EARLY and get a new handset? My bill is regularly over 40 too which I believe I red somewhere makes a difference.

I was also given 20% off monthly as a retentions deal (paid as a lump credit for some reason). Would they be likely to do the same if I call up in Feb when the contracts change or will I have to wait until May then threaten to leave? I would even take a 24 month contract if it meant I could get a new handset now rather than May if I really had to.
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Posted: 2008-01-17 21:00:40
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Alpha Trion Posts: 197

Hey Daedalus85

Cheers for the good news, So 35pm could now get you 600mins, 500txts & truly unlimited data!
This is great news and should give Orange a hearty kick up the backside to get thier data sorted, even if they don't these new O2 tariffs are looking very very tasty!

and just quickly the 20pm 18month already gives 100txts, so are you saying you now get 75mins & 125txts?

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Posted: 2008-01-17 23:03:49
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pete101 Posts: 52


On 2008-01-16 11:36:46, Daedalus85 wrote:
Ok guys, we had our Q1 2008 meeting last night, and the changes are good for you data fans.


Basically, most of the tariffs stay the same except for these changes:

-There is no longer a Leisure Time tariff - it was proving unpopular

-The 20/month 18-month tariff (or 25/month 12 month, or 15/month 24 month) now has 25 more minutes and texts, bringing it up to 75 minutes and 100 texts

-There is no longer a 40/month or 50/month tariff (18-month), there is now a 45/month tariff (18-month) which gives you the same ammount of minutes and texts etc as the 50/month tariff used to


Ok, and the major change is: Unlimited is truly here - there is no fair usage policy anymore on the new unlimited packages.

Basically, with all 35/month tariffs and above on 18-month contracts (or 30/month and above on 24 month), you get to choose ONE of the following bolt-on's for free:

-Unlimited O2 to O2 calls
-Unlimited Anytime X-Net Texts
-Unlimited Landline Calls
-Unlimited Evening and Weekend calls
-Unlimited Data
-200 Anytime X-Net minutes

Please note: instead of a 'fair usage policy', there is an 'excessive use policy'. Difference being O2 are saying "so long as customers use their voices to talk with, their fingers to text with and their phones to browse with, it's unlimited". Basically meaning, if you try and use your phone as a modem with your computer etc, don't, because you'll incur charges and it won't be free.

On the 35/month+ 18 month tariffs (and, again, 30/month+ 24 month), you can also add one more of the above bolt ons for 7.50 a month.


Ok, and if you don't use enough data to warrant 7.50 a month on your contract, O2 are offerering Web Daily. Basically, much like Web 'n' Walk do on T-Mobile, you can use the internet on your phone all you want and never get charged more than 1 in a day. So if you know theres a particular day during the month your going to need it, like a day trip or something, you can use it all you want and the most you'll get charged is 1.


Oh, and Broadband can also be added for 7.50 a month, it can't be used as your free bolt-on, but 8MB broadband with free wireless router etc for 7.50 a month isn't bad. Especially when moneysupermarket.co.uk gave it 10/10...


Anyway, there you have it, 1st Feb these will come into effect. Enjoy



how does this effect the upgrade customers or existing customers of o2?

will there still be discounted line rental i.e. 10-15 off current line rental if you upgrade and also do you have any new in regards to handset prices for the new tariffs on offer? in particular the black n95-8gb and n82.

thanks
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Posted: 2008-01-17 23:39:14
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Daedalus85 Posts: > 500

Ok, theuniboy: best bet it call them, I'm not retentions so I couldn't say, but there only a free phone call away, and their all UK call centres, plus they don't bite

@Alpha Trion: Certainly looks that way, yeah, although I swear it said 75 minutes and 100 texts on our new tariff sheet. Leave it with me.


@pete101: Please don't quote the entire post, it's stupidly annoying...
As for your questions:

-Upgrading customers can choose to change to the new tariffs if they choose to.
-This doesn't affect existing customers unless they change their tariff.
-You'd have to check when you upgrade, but yes I suspect if your a loyal customer and your thinking of leaving O2, they might offer you line rental discount with the new tariffs.
-The N82 is already out, go to your local store if your unsure of prices, off the top of my head I don't know how much it is, but I'm fairly certain it's free on 35/month 18-month+ for free. N95i (as O2 are calling it) isn't out for O2 yet, so no idea on prices. It's due in a few weeks, maybe a month.
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