Those iPhone users who are fed up with the add-on charge for using the phone’s hotspot to hook up to the internet have just received some good news.
The latest O2 pricing overhaul has done away with this charge for tethering, and all of O2’s data allowances now include free iPad 2 internet tethering as standard. If you already have a contract with them then you will need to upgrade it in order to benefit from this offer.
O2 say that these changes have come about because 70% of their customers choose a smartphone with internet access these days.
Here are some of the big changes in the new pricing structure.
Firstly, you choose the tariff and the number of calling minutes you need and than a data allowance to cover all of your devices. The cheapest option gives 100MB for £3 a month while the most expensive costs a tenner and gives you 1GB as well as unlimited use of the O2 Wi-Fi hotspot network. If that still isn’t enough for you then you can splash out another tenner and get a further 1GB added onto your allowance, to avoid a slowing down in the connection for the remainder of the month.
There are also new, 12 month contracts now on offer from O2, for those people who want to avoid the current craze for asking customers to sign up on an 18 or 24 month deal. These contracts are currently only going to be offered to those existing customers who want to upgrade.
This means Apple iPad 2, Moto Xoom or any other Wi-Fi only tablet owners will be able to tether their iPhone and iPad for 3g on the move on their new tablet, great news for those of you who have Wi-Fi only tablets – not so much if you have already purchased a 3g model though.
What other changes would you like to see in the current mobile phone tariffs and contracts?