After 6 years of been with o2 pay and go I’m finally making the switch from o2 to Three, overall I have no complaints with o2. o2 were the first network to offer 300 free txt messages and 1mb of internet to pay and go customers just for topping up £10 a month. Back then all other networks gave you nothing extra for topping up.

Since then other network have introduced various other freebies such as free weekend calls if you spend £5 or £10 during the week, none which have really beat o2’s offer for what I use the phone for. The only real complaint I’ve ever had with o2 is 1mb of free internet is nothing, I thaught over the year they might increase it but after 6 years nothing has changed, after you go over that 1mb your charged at £3 per mb! You can buy an unlimited internet bolt on for £7.50 a month, however that has a “fair use” policy of less than 250mb… so its not really unlimited. Everything such as MSN, Skype and other mobile programs are blocked anyway on o2 pay and go anyway.

Three’s new pay and go offer seems really decent, I still get the same 300 free txts, well actually 600 as it gets doubled if you top-up online which ive always done anyway, plus you get unlimited free calls to anyone one the same network as you as long with free MSN Messenger, Skype and 150mb of internet use.

Your free stuff also lasts for 90 days compared to the 30 days with o2.

Anyway I’ve got my PAC code from o2 which is needed to port my existing mobile number, given this to three and my mobile number will be moved across this Tuesday.

With pay and go deals like that I sometimes wonder why people bother with contracts.


Matt has always had a passion for computers, gadgets and technology. He will never be found too far away from a good cuppa tea.


  1. Because contracts pay for your phone, unless there sim only. When they give you a phone worth £300 for free you have to work out the phone value vs how much extra your paying a month. I use to be on £20 a month contract where I got 500 minutes and 1000 texts, plus a free phone with only 12 months contract. Now if you compared that to the old o2 PAYG offer, it works out an extra £10 a month for 12 months (so £120 per year) but had 700 more texts and 500 minutes plus a free £300 phone. You use to get so badly ripped off in comparison to contract users.

    Then theres these new sim only 30 day contracts, which is pretty much the same as PAYG except if you really needed to use extra services like calls above your allowance, you could and pay the following month instead of PAYG where you would have to get credit. But when you compare call costs, usually its around 5/10p a call for contract customers vs pay as you go users paying 30p+ a call. Even then, the sim only contacts are better than the PAYG users.

    This Three one is a really good give away, and I doubt long term its manageable (so once they get a certain amount of customers it will stop being offered) but three has never really got many people on PAYG so this could be a big push to make them be recognized as a serious contender. While the three one is as good as a pay monthly sim only (if not better than most), there has been similar offers out for years on various networks while you have stuck with o2, so while you dont understand why most people are on contracts, we dont get why you loved over paying on o2 for so long 😉

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