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

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: O2 Details 4G Tariffs in the UK, Plans Start From £22/Month
  2. macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2011
  3. lja
    macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2013
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    The frequency band that O2 uses for 4G is incompatible with the iPhone 5.

    Presumably the 5S will support it.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013
    Worth waiting to see whether GiffGaff, who use O2's network, offer better prices than this. At the moment for 3G they're miles ahead on value.
  6. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    Completely pointless in the UK for at least another year...especially at those prices/data limits
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    +1 for GiffGaff... the speed and the loss of battery life just aren't worth it when you see the prices on GG. I use it every time I come back home.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004

    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.
  10. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    We've had to wait for the analogue TV transmitters to be shut down to free up the bandwidth for 4G.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    OK, that makes sense, at least technically. I don't really care otherwise. Thanks.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    If I'm not mistaken, I think it's because the frequency that the majority of the 4G networks will use in the UK has only recently become available. Up till now analogue TV was using that frequency. We have just ended analogue TV this year and auctioned off the space to the highest bidders.
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    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.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2010
    England ≠ UK and also, 4G was rolled out last year in the UK.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
    In addition what some US carriers called 4G is called 3G in the UK - for example HSDPA and HSPA+.
  16. macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2009
    Naaaaaaarfolk, England
    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.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    Partly the wait for the frequency ranges to be available and partly the fact that the UKs 3G service was far more mature than the US..There simply isn't yet the need for LTE in the UK
  18. macrumors newbie

    Why would anyone pay this?

    02 has too many users and there prices are incredibly expensive most likely the network will have problems and crash a lot like it did in 2012
  19. macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    My apologies, I actuallly do know the difference between England and UK.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2013
    St Helens, Merseyside, England
    O2 & Vodafone will be working together to provide 4G in the UK. However, all the research I've done points to EE having the biggest & best 4G network and Three will have the worst. Three have hardly any spectrum and EE have decided not to proceed with an EE/3 Joint Venture. The bonus with EE is that they'll be using 800, 1800 & 2600 MHz frequencies.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    id be over the moon to get these prices. im paying just under 30 pounds for 500 min/text/data
  22. afd
    macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    Hope their 4G coverage is better than their 3G is. When I had an O2 contract most of my usage was gprs, it was very difficult to reach a 1GB limit with that.
  23. eda
    macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Birmingham, England
    I just got an iPhone 5 on Three with unlimited data, when they roll out 4G later this year, I won't have to pay any extra for it. Still, their 3G is pretty fast anyway, I've been getting around 10-15 megabits down speed where I live, that's good enough for me.
  24. daneoni, Aug 14, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013

    macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    The joint venture may have collapsed but EE is still be obliged by an EU ruling to sell Three some of the 1800MHz spectrum which will become active in Sept. So Three still have 2 of the 3 bands no matter how you slice it. Plus OFCOM has allowed all carriers to repurpose existing spectrums for 4G although that will have no bearing in the short term.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    I remember when EE rolled out people complained that 8GB wasn't enough data and now O2 won't even be offering more than 5GB after October?

    EE's tarrif run circles around voda and O2 at present, since for £51 EE give 20Gb, at least until the end of September. Plus, they've already spread 4g quite far into several rural areas.

    I can't see anyone else catching up to them anytime soon, and I'm not convinced that Three will offer truly unlimited 4G either, especially after seeing these tariffs. I'm sticking with "I'll believe it when I see it" until they let the cat outta the bag.

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