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Lycamobile’s Unlimited UK 4G Mobile Broadband Comes with Restrictions

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 (1:39 pm) - Score 15,997

Mobile operator Lycamobile, which uses O2’s Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) platform, has launched a new 4G based top-up (UK Plan 12) that claims to offer 500 UK minutes with “unlimited” texts and data for just £12. Sounds good, until your connection gets throttled back to almost dialup speeds.

The only other network to offer unlimited style data in the United Kingdom is Three UK’s with its “all-you-can-eat” tariffs, although those who intend to use their Smartphone’s as a glorified modem (Tethering) for their desktop or laptop computers etc. are now separately capped to 2GB (GigaBytes) of usage (applies to new customers since late March).

So it’s perhaps of little surprise to find that Lycamobile, being a MVNO for another network that also can’t offer unlimited data, isn’t actually able to offer the claimed unlimited usage without imposing some restrictions.

Sadly Visitors to Lyca’s website will be hard pressed to find any mention of these restrictions (we tried but had no luck) but The Register did a little digging and discovered that the service is only “unlimited” for the first 10GB (GigaBytes) of usage and after that your Mobile Broadband speeds will be throttled all the way back to 2G style performance of 128Kbps (0.12Mbps). Ouch.

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Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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15 Responses
  1. Avatar adslmax

    10GB for £12 is pretty generous.

  2. Avatar Gareth

    Still a good deal for 12 quid!

  3. Avatar Tim

    GiffGaff who are also an O2 MVNO also do a £12pm ‘goodybag’ with *unlimited* data and texts. What is their usage restriction?

    • Avatar red

      Giffgaff is only 3. Trialing 4g at most. At 1gb for £10.

    • Avatar Gerry Newby

      You are strictly not allowed to tether on any of the Giffgaff “unlimited” data deals. You can tether on any Giffgaff deals that do have a data limit. If you break the rules they are able to tell. You get an immediate warning, followed by a cut off on your second tether

  4. Avatar james

    Well clearly ‘unlimited’ needs to be removed. 10GB is a nice big allowance for £12. But ‘Unlimited’ is abused too much.

    • Avatar Pedro

      something must be done about this deception. Unlimited is simply what it is “unlimited”. There if you post unlimited on your website then clearly I (like everyone else) is expecting to get unlimited data not 10GB. This is clearly deception and I would stay clear of lycamobile.

  5. Avatar Mr internet

    Can’t tether at all ever from a android phone on this uk plan 12 what a waste of money 500 mins r good I guess not worth it the internet is so slow as we’ll

  6. Avatar Serdal

    I got the package but did not work for a ink one reason and is beating investigated

  7. Avatar Dorin

    I have the 12 pound ofert 4G data bla bla bla lyca mobile its f…..ing s…t

  8. Avatar michael

    I have tried quite a few different tether apps that are meant to let you tether as if your using just your normal connection but still on my pc it says ‘no internet connection’ seems lyca know all the tricks of the trade and wont allow any tethering 🙁

  9. Avatar rohan fernando

    Pleating check carefully. Lyca Mobile are cheats. I have the proof and I am in the process of reporting them to OFCOM. The web gave a particular rate but actual call rates were higher.

  10. Avatar kevin

    i have lycamobile £12 bundle and it covers all my needs it is good

  11. Avatar Luke

    Bought a £15 uk bundle due to unlimited 4g data and texts along with 500 minutes but its not until after buying it you only get 5Gb data which will get cut to 2G speeds after that amount and 6000 texts (still a lot I know but its offered as unlimited) kinda wished I went with someone else now after moving from Giffgaff, I’ll call Lyca about this when I can!

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