O2 discounts SIM-only plans, but Three still better value

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Network provider O2 has cut the cost of its 4G equipped SIM-only deals.

Telefonica UK Limited or more commonly known as O2 have joined in with the '4G SIM-only contract battle' after revealing that they are lowering the cost of all their SIM-only contracts.

O2 want to make 4G available to more consumers at a much cheaper price but are their new deals value for money? It doesn't look like it.

The mobile phone operator's cheapest 4G deal now starts at £11p/m for 12 months, and for your money you will get: 500 minutes... that's ok, unlimited texts... the standard these days, and a paltry 500MB of 4G data!

Data caps these days are utter madness; the average user could unknowingly blast through 500MB of super-fast 4G data in a couple of days. Then they would have to pay more money to have extra data added to their account.

Other more reasonable capped packages that O2 offer are 3GB, 6GB or 8GB of data (with unlimited minutes and texts added on top), but at unreasonable prices; £20, £25 and £30p/m is huge compared to Three.

In comparison, Three's cheapest rolling monthly contract costs £12.90 and for that you get: 200 minutes... not great, but usable, 5000 texts... basically unlimited and all-you-can-eat 3G or 4G data.

Three are the only operator who still offers unlimited data on both their 3G and 4G networks; other networks stopped this years ago in order to apparently offer a better and fairer service to all of their customer. It wouldn't be surprising if it was merely a measure to save costs and deepen their own pockets.