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3 Reveals Mobile Broadband Pricing

Posted: 01st Dec, 2006 By: MarkJ
Mobile operator '3' has today revealed the pricing of its new 'X-Series' 3G mobile broadband product. Beware the 18 month contract:

3 announced the pricing for X-Series services on Friday, placing the basic Silver package at £5 per month and the premium Gold package — which adds on Slingbox place-shifted TV and Orb remote PC access software — at £10 per month. These tariffs are in addition to the price of the contract the user must have with 3, the lowest being £20 per month.

Both analysts reacted positively to the data limits imposed within the X-Series pricing plans. General surfing is limited to 1GB per month, which Delaney said would be "quite difficult to break" on a phone. Skype calls are limited to 5,000 minutes a month, Microsoft Live Messenger to 10,000 messages a month and — if you have the Gold package — Orb and Slingbox functionality to 80 hours a month.

However, 3 does discourage customers from using their X-Series handsets as modems for their PCs, so they can't be used as replacements for domestic ADSL lines.

Sadly the ZDNet item notes that 3 has been discouraging customers from using their X-Series handsets as PC modems, although it's unclear precisely what they mean by "discourage". Surely this is precisely what they should be allowing for the product to truly take off.

Meanwhile the package is still being promoted with the usual "unlimited" marketing and we all know how unreliable that word is. http://www.three.co.uk/xseries .
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