O2 Details 4G Tariffs in the UK, Plans Start From £22/Month

Following its announcement a couple of weeks ago, British carrier O2 has now detailed the costs of its 4G tariffs on its website, with airtime plans starting from £22 (around $34) monthly. The plans, which all include unlimited calling minutes and texts to any British network, include either 1 GB, 3 GB or 5 GB of data, with extra available to users who sign up before the end of October.
Customers who also want to choose a new device have a range of options through O2 Refresh, which uniquely gives O2 customers the flexibility to get the latest device whenever they want. Airtime plans for O2 Refresh start from £22 a month for 1GB of data, and go up to £37 for 8GB. Customers have the flexibility to choose a 4G device at a price per month that suits them. The monthly device payment will range from £10 to £25, dependent on how a customer chooses to pay for one of over 10 4G-ready devices in O2’s range.

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The new 4G plans also include a complementary 12-month subscription to O2 Tracks, the carrier's streaming music service, and feature "exclusive multiplayer online gaming" to try and entice users to sign up. Both EE and Vodafone, two other British carriers, also feature exclusive deals to new users who sign up to their 4G plans.

Vodafone became the third British carrier to announce 4G services a week ago and is planning to offer a promotional subscription to Spotify Premium and an exclusive deal with Sky Sports Mobile TV with its 4G plans, though there is no word yet on pricing. EE, which is currently the market leader in 4G services in the UK, offers a subscription to Deezer, a French streaming music service similar to Spotify, and free mobile TV with its higher-end 4G plans, which start from £41 (around $63) monthly.

The new tariffs from O2 are priced exactly the same as similar plans from EE, although O2 is currently featuring an introductory offer whereby users who sign up to the new plans before the end of October are treated to extra data for no additional cost. The carrier has also introduced a "4G Phone Promise", which allows iPhone 5 owners on O2 to upgrade their phone to a 4G-compatible phone at no extra cost, with the carrier covering 25% of the cost of the remaining line rental.

O2 is expected to launch its 4G network in London, Leeds and Bradford on August 29th, with a further 10 cities due to be switched on by the end of the year. The network has promised speeds of up to 6 times faster than existing 3G services on the recently-licensed 800 MHz spectrum – a frequency not supported by the iPhone 5. The incompatibility is likely to be rectified with the launch of the iPhone 5S, which is expected to be introduced on September 10.

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Posted: 16 months ago
I wish they'd just get rid of data limits.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

I remember when 4G was being rolled out here in the States. There were posts in here mocking and criticizing how long it had taken to roll out 4G in the US. England is much smaller, yet only now rolling out 4G offerings.

Why is 4G service only being deployed now in England? Did they decide to use a different technology, bureaucracy, what? I'm sincerely curious.


We've had to wait for the analogue TV transmitters to be shut down to free up the bandwidth for 4G.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Thanks but no thanks.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
In addition what some US carriers called 4G is called 3G in the UK - for example HSDPA and HSPA+.
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Posted: 16 months ago

I remember when 4G was being rolled out here in the States. There were posts in here mocking and criticizing how long it had taken to roll out 4G in the US. England is much smaller, yet only now rolling out 4G offerings.

Why is 4G service only being deployed now in England? Did they decide to use a different technology, bureaucracy, what? I'm sincerely curious.


England ≠ UK and also, 4G was rolled out last year in the UK.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Completely agree with CelestialToys, the 4G coverage at the moment is extremely poor. Only really worth it if you live in one of the big major cities, London, Birmingham, Manchester etc.

Also note how they are reducing the data limit at the end of October, presumably in time for the 5S to come out and flood the network.
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Posted: 16 months ago

Yes, but only on the EE network and not on the frequencies that O2 and Vodafone will be using.

Personally I'm waiting for '3' to release their 4G/LTE plans: they're typically far better for price and provide genuinely unlimited data tariffs unlike the other providers.


Seems like 3's plans are going to be the same (if not similar) to what they offer now. They've said that customers will be upgraded to 4G at no extra cost and I presume they'll keep their all-you-can-eat data tariffs, which is the best thing about them.
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Posted: 16 months ago
I just looked at the O2 handset prices, and I don't understand the economics. It seems that if you pay for the handset up front, it costs you £600. If you pay for it over the 2 years of your contact, you only pay £480.

You can't get out of your airtime contact (I'm not even sure if death exempts you!) So why on earth are you penalized for giving them more money up front?

On a completely different subject, also involving my lack of understanding - why is it taking so long for any network to offer 4G in Cambridge? It's pretty close to London, it's commuter land, it's as big as other 2nd or 3rd tier towns EE has gone to, and it's probably the country's tech /mobile centre (ARM+ inventors of Bluetooth+Microsoft Research+ more)
Strange choices...
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Posted: 16 months ago


Personally I'm waiting for '3' to release their 4G/LTE plans: they're typically far better for price and provide genuinely unlimited data tariffs unlike the other providers.


I'm guessing they're gonna have to rename themselves to '4' now? :D
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Posted: 16 months ago

In addition what some US carriers called 4G is called 3G in the UK - for example HSDPA and HSPA+.


I'm on Three, using a 4s.
Three has an extensive HSPA+ network. I'm sure the vast majority of people in the UK don't realise HSPA+ exists. Oooo my 3G is fast lol.
Untill 4G masts become more widespread it's expensive for select main city coverage only and mainly for people with more money than sense. IMO
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