Three’s “SIM Only Internet” provides 2GB internet for £5.11/month, discounted calls
September 24th, 2011
Three are currently offering a “SIM Only Internet” tariff. You’ll get 2GB internet to use each month plus lower calling rates compared to Pay As You Go.
If you’re a heavy smartphone/data user, Three’s “SIM Only Internet” tariff gives a great way to get connected. For £5.11/month, you’ll get 2GB of internet to use each month – about four times the industry standard of 500MB/month. Calling rates are also discounted by 22% compared to Three’s Pay As You Go tariff making it a great alternative for smartphone users who currently use Three’s Pay As You Go service. “SIM Only Internet” is a one-month rolling SIM Only tariff.
- 1 How much do calls and texts cost on “SIM Only Internet”?
- 2 What does 2GB actually correspond to in reality?
- 3 Can I tether on “SIM Only Internet”?
- 4 Can I use “SIM Only Internet” in a mobile broadband dongle?
- 5 What are the alternatives?
- 6 What is Three coverage like where I live?
- 7 I’m switching to Three. Can I keep my existing phone number?
- 8 Where can I get this deal?
How much do calls and texts cost on “SIM Only Internet”?
Unfortunately the “SIM Only Internet” doesn’t include any calls or texts: you’ll have to pay extra for every call you make and every text you send. Calls cost 20.4p/minute and text messages cost 10.2p each. These costs can quickly add up if you make a lot of calls (a 10 minute phone call will cost £2.04) but they’re lower than the costs on most mainstream networks. There are networks out there with lower calling and texting rates (e.g. ASDA Mobile and Giffgaff) but neither network offers internet at the £5/month price range.
For smartphone users currently on Pay As You Go, “SIM Only Internet” could provide some significant savings.
The cost of calling and texting on “SIM Only Internet” compares to major Pay As You Go services as follows:
|Giffgaff||10p/min||6p||20p/day for 20MB then 20p/MB||8p/call|
|O2||25p/min*||12p||£1/day (500MB free with £10 top-up)||15p/call|
|Orange||25p/min||12p||£2/day (100MB free with £10 top-up)||25p/minute|
|Three – SIM Only Internet||20.2p/min||10p||2GB included for £5.11/month, then 30.6p/MB||Included|
|Three – Pay As You Go||26p/min||11p||11p/MB (150MB free with £10 top-up)||16p/minute|
|Vodafone||25p/min||12p||£1/25MB/day (500MB free with £10 top-up)||25p/minute|
* On O2 Pay As You Go, the cost of calls to landlines and other O2 mobiles drops to 5p/minute after the first 3 minutes.
This tariff probably isn’t suitable for people who make a lot of phone calls and text messages: instead you should opt for a more fully-featured smartphone SIM-only tariff. Instead, “SIM Only Internet” is ideal for heavy data users who typically use less than 25 minutes or 50 texts each month.
What does 2GB actually correspond to in reality?
2GB approximately corresponds to viewing 6000 rich webpages, downloading 400 songs, streaming 4 hours of video or listening to 32 hours of online radio. See our in-depth guide to mobile download allowances and what they correspond to in reality. The industry standard data offering is 500MB/month (0.5GB/month).
Can I tether on “SIM Only Internet”?
Can I use “SIM Only Internet” in a mobile broadband dongle?
No. “SIM Only Internet” is designed for use within smartphones. If you’re using a mobile broadband dongle, you’ll need a mobile broadband tariff instead.
What are the alternatives?
If you’re looking for a data-only tariff, “SIM Only Internet” provides the largest data allowance at the £5/month price point. For a cheaper alternative, T-Mobile offers 500MB internet for £3.33/month but you’ll need to pay for 6 months upfront. T-Mobile’s package also restricts your access to their standard 3G network (up to 0.4Mbps download) whereas Three’s “SIM Only Internet” allows you to access their full HSDPA network (up to 7.2Mbps).
If you’re looking for some inclusive calls and texts, please see our complete guide to smartphone SIM-only tariffs. For £10/month, Three offer 300 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB internet on a 12-month contract. If you make more than 25 minutes of phone calls or send more than 50 texts each month, you’ll find the £10/month tariff should offer better value.
What is Three coverage like where I live?
A coverage checker is available on the Three website.
I’m switching to Three. Can I keep my existing phone number?
Yes. You’ll need to ask your existing mobile network for a PAC Code. Provide your PAC Code to Three and they’ll handle the transfer of your phone number. It should take no more than 24 hours to transfer a phone number. Our PAC Code Finder tool will walk you through the entire process of moving networks step-by-step.
Where can I get this deal?
The SIM Only Internet tariff is available from the Three website.
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