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Samtb

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A question for UK members - Is unlimited minutes, unlimited texts with 1GB 3G/4g data a good deal on O2?
 

Gav2k

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A question for UK members - Is unlimited minutes, unlimited texts with 1GB 3G/4g data a good deal on O2?
Cost?

I get on three for £15

5000 texts
2000 minutes
Unlimited data
Tethering
4g where available.
 

Samtb

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Does 3 work in your area?
I think it does but I hear coverage isn't great with 3 and I get around quite a bit so trying to stick with networks which use O2/Vodafones network, as I think they have best coverage ATM.
 

benoit85

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I'm on EE and pay £32 per month, for that i get unlimited mins and txt's and 2gb data allowance. As part of the tariff though i get Deezer free which is great as i use it all the time. I can also early upgrade after 6 months which is nice too. I was with Orange before upgrading and i'm loving EE so far. Their app is also great for managing my tariff or just checking my remaining data.
 

cambookpro

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Is that SIM free, or on a contract?

I would look at giffgaff and 3 - they both are very cheap, have unlimited data and fairly reliable.

3 also have 4G, which is slowly covering more and more areas. Giffgaff's 4G is coming within the next couple of months as a trial, but data is capped on their 4G plans at 2GB.
 

theromz

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I think it does but I hear coverage isn't great with 3 and I get around quite a bit so trying to stick with networks which use O2/Vodafones network, as I think they have best coverage ATM.
I had Three for a while, it started of amazing in London, always had h+ and a solid 10-20mb. But during 2013 it went to ****, the amount of places where I had 0 signal was just horrible, even entering a medium size shop would mean no signal, or a bar, or a restaurant. I got annoyed and left for Vodafone and things have been pretty good for me.

I got one of their 4g Plans during the time they had 4gb for free, so I have unlimited mins, text and 8gb 4gb. Along with 12 months spotify which I was already paying for. Cost £31 but I got £157 from topcashback so works out roughly £17~. Miss unlimited data as I tether my phone to tablet/phone quiet a bit but having great 4G coverage and no more signal drops it worth it.
 

theromz

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Depends on the area, I generally have 30-50mb down using Vodafone 4G. Their 3G is 10-15mb most of the time so its a nice increase.
 

pazaakshark

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I'm on O2, and for about £42 a month I get an iPhone 5s with unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data.

Also O2 have recently upgraded everyone with a 4G compatible phone from 3G to 4G free of charge, as long as you are in a covered area.
 

bandofbrothers

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I'm on O2, and for about £42 a month I get an iPhone 5s with unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data.

Also O2 have recently upgraded everyone with a 4G compatible phone from 3G to 4G free of charge, as long as you are in a covered area.

Even if your not in a 4g area if you have a 4g sim card and a 4g phone you should receive a text offering the free 4g bolt on from o2.
 

Samtb

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Depends on the area, I generally have 30-50mb down using Vodafone 4G. Their 3G is 10-15mb most of the time so its a nice increase.
Not sure if it's worth the investment in getting a new phone.
 

Allanb1985

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I am on Vodafone and have been for several years. My latest 4g plan is unlimited mins, unlimited texts and 6gb data with an iPhone 5s for £46 a month. I like vodafones coverage and their customer service is pretty decent any time I have had any issues.
 

nebo1ss

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I'm on EE and pay £32 per month, for that i get unlimited mins and txt's and 2gb data allowance. As part of the tariff though i get Deezer free which is great as i use it all the time. I can also early upgrade after 6 months which is nice too. I was with Orange before upgrading and i'm loving EE so far. Their app is also great for managing my tariff or just checking my remaining data.
Is that with or without VAT. I am paying on an EE 4G plan 25 Pnds for unlimited voice and text with 3gig of data before VAT. A month after i signed up for my plan they were offering the same deal 5 Pnds cheaper.

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Does anyone know if EE has good network coverage?
Like all the carriers it depends on where you are. My experience with EE is much better than I had with 3. I am in London.
 

pazaakshark

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Even if your not in a 4g area if you have a 4g sim card and a 4g phone you should receive a text offering the free 4g bolt on from o2.
I did indeed receive this text a while back! whenever I visit London I get 4G, but it's very patchy where I live (down in the south east).

Can only hope that 2014 brings greater coverage
 

McScooby

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& remember if you go for anyone but 3 & know anyone that works for local authority, nhs etc to get their discount, I'm on voda £50/mth unlimited calls & txt 12GB data, 4G, 12mth contract, £260 for 64GB 5S upfront, so over the year works out at £12/mth, & i can upgrade after 9mths, it's whats called a no brainer!!
 

cambookpro

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Oh my lordy lord! Is O2's 4G usually that fast, or is Leeds (I presume) a special exception?

My mum is on 4GEE (salesman did a great job on her...) but she usually only gets 10-15 Mbps on 4G here. I'll wait for the iPhone 6 and get O2 if that's what the speeds are like rather than jumping to Three as I was planning.
 

janitor1999

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I have a 5
So unless you want to go for a new phone, if you want 4G you are restricted to 3 or EE, so you really need to check which offers the best coverage for your area, and also which one is already offering or is going to offer 4G in your area. The iPhone 5 only offers 4G on 1800mhz which none of the other networks currently support.