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O2 pay as you go deals now include data rollover

Thursday, February 22nd 2018 by Steve McCaskill

From today, customers on selected pay-as-you-go tariffs will be able to carry over any unused data, helping them make the most of their plan.

O2 prides itself on its customer experience and found that two thirds of its users don’t manage data well, either exceeding their allowance or having leftover gigabytes at the end of the month.

Customers with the £15 5GB, £20 6GB and £25 8GB ‘Big Bundle’ plans are eligible for data rollover and it’s possible to carry over an entire data allowance from one month to another, subject to a total data cap.

The maximum someone can have at any one time is double their original allowance. So if you get 5GB a month, you can only hold 10GB at any one time, if you get 6GB you can only hold 12GB and if you receive 8GB then you can have up to 16GB.

The 5GB deal comes with 500 minutes and 1,000 texts, while the 6GB comes with 1,000 minutes and 2,000 texts and the 8GB tariff has 2,000 minutes and 2,000 texts.

O2 has a wide selection of handsets available on pay-as-you-go, ranging from the £999 Apple iPhone X and £869 Samsung Galaxy Note to the £5 Doro 5516 and £29 Nokia 3310. The Nokia 3310 is usually £29 but O2 is applying a £10 discount until 4 April.

Aside from the three pay-as-you-go deals which are eligible for data rollover, O2 also offers 2GB with 250 minutes and 1,000 texts for £10 and 20GB with 3,000 minutes and 3,000 texts for £30.

All of O2’s pay as you go plans have access to its 4G network, which covers 97% of the UK population.

Sky Mobile offers data rollover

A number of other operators offer data rollover. Sky Mobile has done this since launch and offers several pay monthly options.

For £5 a month you can get 500MB, for £10 you get 1GB and 5GB is £15 a month. The largest allowance is 10GB, which costs £20 a month. On top of this is a monthly cost for the handset, if you need one, and it’s £10 extra for unlimited calls and texts but if you’re a Sky TV customer this is inclusive.

Carphone Warehouse’s iD Mobile network has just revealed its cheapest ever SIM, giving customers 500MB of data, 500 minutes worth of calls and 5,000 texts for just £3.99 a month.

There’s also the possibility to change your plan to something more suitable if 500MB turns out not to be enough. A 1GB plan costs £5 a month, while for £7 you can get 2.5GB. The biggest possible allowance is 6GB for £15 a month. The company also offers longer term contracts with a handset, if you’re willing to splash out.

All contracts let you roll over data into the following month.

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