In a few months time, EE won’t be the only option for high speed 4G LTE data in the UK, as Vodafone and O2 prepare to launch their own, competing services. O2 has today revealed the prices for its 4G tariffs.
A SIM-only 4G plan with O2, where you’ll need to own a 4G compatible phone already, will cost £26 per month. If you’re after a contract with a phone, O2 has split its prices and now quotes an airtime price, plus the monthly cost of a phone, and you must add them together to get your monthly cost.
The cheapest airtime option is £22 per month with 1GB of data, unlimited calls and unlimited texts. Next is a £27 per month option with 5GB of data, and a £32 per month plan with 8GB of data. These two options are special offers until October 31, after which the data allowances will fall to 3GB and 5GB respectively.
Now, while this sounds good value, don’t forget you still need to add the price of a phone. Exact prices aren’t listed on the site yet, but the extra cost will be between £10 and £25 per month. We’d expect a top of the range smartphone, such as the Galaxy S4, to be at the higher end, meaning a potential cost of £47 per month in total. The cheapest option, which may be with the Sony Xperia SP, could be £32 per month.
O2 will launch its 4G LTE service on August 29, when it will go live in London, Bradford and Leeds, with 10 more cities added before the end of the year.