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Mobile Operator O2 UK Updates Pay As You Go Plans

Friday, July 1st, 2022 (8:33 am) - Score 6,288
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Mobile network operator O2 (VMO2) appears to have refreshed some of their SIM Only contract-free “Pay As You Go” mobile plans (Big Bundles), which has seen the odd plan get a data allowance (mobile broadband) boost and others benefit from the addition of included calling minutes to 42 countries.

One of our readers, Mike, spotted the change, and we’ve summarised the key differences below. The main tweaks are the data boost from 15GB (GigaBytes) to 20GB on their £15 plan and the addition of 50 international calling minutes for 42 counties to their £15 and £20 plans. Everything else remains the same.

Previous allowance New allowance
£10 – 7GB £10 – 7GB
£15 – 15GB £15 – 20GB + 50 international minutes to 42 countries
£20 – 30GB £20 – 30GB + 50 international minutes to 42 countries
£30 – 100GB + 500 international mins to 29 countries £30 – 100GB + 250 international minutes to 42 countries

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20 Responses
  1. Connor says:

    Do O2 offer 5G on their PAYG plans yet?

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Only says 4G, sadly.

    2. Anon says:

      doesn’t make much sense when giffgaff has it.

  2. phoenixw says:

    It always mystifies me when I see O2 advertising bigger data deals, I left last year because their 4G and 3G networks were pretty much unusable in any area with more than a handful of people, they even let me end my contract a couple of months early as they know they have capacity issues. With the overselling of their network by themselves and their massive MVNOs, it won’t be long before their 5G, which works pretty well ATM, meets a similar fate

  3. William Grimsley says:

    I moved to O2 for better phone signal, but my word their 4G speeds are shocking, back on 3 now and it’s like night and day!

    1. Jack says:

      O2 are great for voice and text but as you say a no go for data from me. I’ve done a few speed tests whilst at different parts of the country alongside my EE plan and O2 tended to have a stronger signal but very weak speeds in the low 0’s whilst EE with a poorer signal had speeds in the upwards of 70s usually even 100s.

    2. William Grimsley says:

      Yeah, at the time of switching to O2 phone signal was more of a priority for me, but in recent months I’d found that even with virtually full signal, I could barely use the internet!

  4. DT2004 says:

    Such a shoddy network with awful PAYG plans

  5. Mike says:

    O2 has always been garbage.

  6. Stavros says:

    I’m still on their Classic 3-2-1 which is genuine old style payg and unbeatable value for low users. I wonder how long before they scrap Classic PAYG and force me onto a bundle? That will be the point where I switch to a provider who offers WiFi calling and decent 4g coverage

  7. George Mundy says:

    My friend left 3UK who had it’s own reputation (stoked by the haters here) and moved to O2 and was shocked that in the middle of Bournemouth he had no data throughput. He had to tether from his wifes phone (still on 3) to get any data. In all fairness voice/text is rock solid.

    I was tempted to move to O2 as I get discounts through my workplace scheme but stuck with 3 because although it’s the most eccentric network I’ve been on – 90% (it also has it’s moments before you haters / trolls kickoff) it does the job.

    1. Declan M says:

      3 and EE do mast sharing so it might be worthwhile getting an EE sim and seeing what signal and speeds you get with them

  8. Paul Barrett says:

    Recently had to move to EE after having been with 3 for about 20 years.

    Had no choice as data speed reduced to as low as .48mbps!!!!!

    3 definitely a victim of their own success.

    I’ve had UNLIMITED everything for £16pm for decades.

    Now I’m having to pay £61pm including a new 5g mobile.

    No doubt about it 5g is the way to go.

    I reluctantly upgraded from my perfectly adequate 4g mobiles.

    But once I’ve done my 2 years on contract I will revert to SIM only.

    If the 3 network capacity is substantially improved then I will revert to the far cheaper 3 SIM only deals.

    So 3 have 2 years to sort themselves out before I consider returning.

    Clearly the 3 price points are market leading especially for SIM only plans.

    Just not much use when the data service dies at busy times of the day.

    No problems at 2 in the morning.

    However I am not prepared to wait til 2 in the morning to do my stuff!!
    It is my only bband facility.

    I have over the decades just terminated existing 3 SIM plans ordering a new one a few days before the old one dies.
    Order via Topcashback or Quidco and effectively reduces monthly cost from £16 to £11.98.

    Ensure old contract SIM is converted to a PAYG and then transfer no to new 3 SIM contract.

    But for now 3 is no longer for me until they increase capacity on their overloaded networks.

    Most of this congestion is caused by streaming etc.

    Plus am very close to a uni campus.

    Those students are well known for extreme data use!!

    The 3 network just can’t currently cope so I had to leave.

    Shame really as I’m effectively paying double now for admittedly a now fully functional data service.

    1. Privacy Man says:

      Depends where the congestion is because Three and EE share the same masts and RANs

    2. Privacy Man says:

      And technically Three is the only network which can offer 5G

  9. Mark says:

    I am with SKY mobile. I find 02 network in SW to be brilliant for calls and texts (works in more places than EE) but data is woeful in and around city centres. Plymouth for example in a mile radius of actual city centre you struggle to get even Google to load. Once a mile or so out of centre it much better but can still be very slow.

  10. Kane says:

    Why doesn’t O2 have 4G VoLTE calling and WiFi calling on pay as you go it would also benefit giffgaff customers as well if you look for me in the giffgaff community called anytime time soon over VoLTE I’m on giffgaff

    1. Smythe says:

      Leave if you don’t like it.

    2. William Grimsley says:

      Not exactly easy if you’re in contract…

  11. Mandy says:

    Been with o2 from day one apart from a brief moment of stupidity going to 3 then back to o2. My problem at moment is if i leave home and away from sky broadband my o2 internet doesnt work .. o2 have run tests and cant find any fault.i live in the scottish borders and never had a problem till 3 or 4 weeks ago with no internet unless i stay in and use my sky broadband.when contract runs out soon may well go back to no phone whats so ever..

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