Three adds “all you can eat” data to “All in One” Pay As You Go packages from £15/month

March 8th, 2011

Three have updated their “All in One” Pay As You Go packages with the addition of “all-you-can-eat” data with no download limits.

If you’re a Pay As You Go customer on Three, you’ll be able to get “all-you-can-eat” data on the £15/month and £25/month “All in One” bundles from this month. This removal of the download limits means that you’ll no longer need to worry about exceeding your monthly download allowance.

What “All in One” packages are available?

Three offers 3 different “All in One” add-on packages at a range of prices from £10/month to £25/month. “All in One” packages are purchased from your Pay As You Go airtime credit and will give you a specified allowance of minutes, texts & internet for 30 days. The £15/month and £25/month packages now come with “all-you-can-eat” data:

Monthly Price Minutes Texts Internet
£10/month 100 3,000 500MB
£15/month 300 3,000 All-you-can-eat
£25/month 500 3,000 All-you-can-eat

Does “all-you-can-eat” data have a fair usage limit or any restrictions?

According to Three, there is no fair usage limit for “all-you-can-eat” data. This contrasts with the fair usage limits seen in many “unlimited” internet packages.

How does Three’s “All in One” packages compare to other Pay As You Go tariffs?

Giffgaff and O2 both offer similar Pay As You Go bundles in the form of Giffgaff Goodybags and O2 Simplicity. Giffgaff offer “unlimited” internet with no explicit fair usage policy.

At the £15/month, Giffgaff and Three are tied both offering the same allowances:

Tariff Minutes Texts Internet
O2 Simplicity 100 Unlimited 500MB
Giffgaff Goodybags 300 Unlimited Unlimited
Three “All in One” 300 Unlimited All-you-can-eat

For £25/month, Giffgaff is in the lead offering 3 times as many minutes as Three:

Tariff Minutes Texts Internet
O2 Simplicity
Giffgaff Goodybags 1,500 Unlimited Unlimited
Three “All in One” 500 Unlimited All-you-can-eat

If you are willing to consider a Pay Monthly contract, Three’s “The One Plan” might be a good alternative at £25/month. You’ll get 2000 minutes, 5000 3-to-3 minutes, 5000 texts, all-you-can-eat data and free tethering. The only downside is that you replace the flexibility of Pay As You Go with a 12-month contract.

Our Pay As You Go tariff price comparison tool can help you to find the cheapest Pay As You Go tariff. It’s been fully updated for the launch of “all-you-can-eat” data on All in One.

Can I use “all-you-can-eat” data when I’m abroad?

Nope. It’s only for use within the UK. Whilst abroad, you’ll still have to pay Three’s standard roaming rates:

  • £1.28/MB within the EU
  • £3/MB in Australia, Cyprus North, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (USA) and USA, Hong Kong and South Africa
  • £10/MB in India, Thailand, Canada, Croatia, Kenya, Malaysia and Oman
  • £6/MB for the rest of the world

To avoid large roaming charges on holiday, you should follow our best practice guide for using your phone abroad and disable data roaming.

Can I tether with “all you can eat” data on Three Pay As You Go?

No. Unlike with all-you-can-eat data on The One Plan (Pay Monthly contract), tethering is not permitted on the “All in One” tariff. With tethering on The One Plan, you are able to connect your smartphone as a mobile broadband modem to a laptop/PC. Tethering also allows you to use the “mobile wi-fi hotspot” feature found in many smartphones. With wi-fi hotspot, you can connect your additional devices such as MP3 players, e-book readers and games consoles to the internet.

How does the All in One tariff differ from Three’s Pay Monthly tariff (The One Plan)?

The difference between the internet allowances on Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly is that tethering is permitted on Pay Monthly. Looking at the entire package, the Pay Monthly tariff (The One Plan) offers substantially better value – for the same price you’ll get 4 times as many minutes (2,000 instead of 500), 5,000 extra 3-to-3 minutes and a larger allowance of text messages (5,000 as opposed to 3,000).

The One Plan comes with on 12-month SIM-only contract. This means you’re locked in for 12 months but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as The One Plan is hard to beat for value. The “All in One” Pay As You Go tariff does not have a minimum term.

Tariff Monthly Price Minutes Texts Internet
Pay As You Go: All in One £15/month 300 3,000 All-you-can-eat
Pay As You Go: All in One £25/month 500 3,000 All-you-can-eat
Pay Monthly: The One Plan £25/month 2,000 & 5,000 3-to-3 5,000 All-you-can-eat & free tethering

Can existing Three customers get an “All in One” bundle with all-you-can-eat internet?

Yes. Customers who are already on a Three Pay As You Go tariff can purchase an “all in one” package with all-you-can-eat data. Dial 444 from your Three mobile and select option 2 to buy add-ons. You can also purchase an add-on through the My3 website.

You’ll need to be on Three’s latest Pay As You Go tariff. If you joined Three Pay As You Go before September 2010 you may be on the older 3Pay tariff which offers an allowance of 150MB internet. It is not possible to get all-you-can-eat data on the 3Pay tariff.

Can I use a Three Pay As You Go SIM card in my existing phone?

Yes, providing that your existing mobile phone is either unlocked or has previously been used on Three. You will also need a 3G-enabled phone as Three do not provide a 2G service.

I’m switching to Three. Can I keep my existing phone number?

Yes. You’ll need to ask your existing network for a PAC Code. Provide this to 3 Customer Services (333 from your 3 mobile) once your new Pay As You Go SIM card has been activated and they’ll handle the transfer of your number. Our PAC Code Finder will walk you through the entire process of transferring your number to Three.

Where can I get a Three Pay As You Go SIM card?

Three are currently offering free Pay As You Go SIM cards through their website.

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  1. DONT WANNA SAY said:

    how much is it per minute or text on pay as you go?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      26p/minute for calls and 11p per text message.


  2. Rogahar said:

    For what it's worth, Three's "One Plan" SIMO is now on a 1-month rolling contract, with the same allowances 🙂 Saw it in store today, got one for my iPhone – nomnom data <3

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