Three revamp Pay As You Go tariff with “All in One” monthly bundles

September 20th, 2010

Three have scrapped their 3Pay tariff and introduced a new Pay As You Go tariff revolving around monthly bundles.

Three this week scrapped their ultra-competitive 3Pay tariff and replaced it with a new Pay As You Go tariff based around the purchase of “All in One” monthly bundles. This follows the recent launches of Giffgaff’s Goodybag packages and O2′s PAYG Simplicity tariff. Customers need to top up by at least £10 per month to buy an add-on and can buy themselves an allowance of 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB internet for £10.

What “All in One” add-ons are available?

There are 3 “All in One” add-ons available. All add-ons come with inclusive minutes, 3,000 texts and at least 500MB internet.

Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Internet
£10 100 3,000 500MB
£15 300 3,000 500MB
£25 500 3,000 1GB

Add-ons are purchased using your top-up credit and last for 30 days.

How much do calls and texts cost without an add-on?

If you decide not to purchase an add-on, Three’s standard Pay As You Go call rates will apply. This is 25p/minute for calls, 10p per text, 30p for a picture message and 10p/MB for internet access.

Note that every time you top up (even if you don’t buy an add-on), you’ll get 150MB internet, free Skype-to-Skype calls, Windows Live Messenger and Twitter.

I’m a Three customer. How do I purchase an “All in One” add-on package?

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.

Should I switch from 3Pay (Three’s old tariff) to the new “All in One” bundles?

Simply put, no. Whereas Three’s old 3Pay tariff provided you with free texts and 150MB internet for a £10 top up (and allowed you to keep the credit), with the new tariff you need to use up credit in order to purchase the “All in One” bundles. If the free allowance on the 3Pay tariff is sufficient for you, you should remain on the 3Pay tariff.

Tariff £10 top-up buys you…
Old 3Pay tariff 600 texts, 150MB internet, unlimited 3-to-3 calls (lasts 90 days) AND £10 top-up to use
New “All in One” tariff 100 minutes, 3000 texts, 500MB internet (lasts 30 days)

If the free allowance of 3Pay isn’t sufficient for your current use, you would get a much better deal by shopping around (see alternatives below).

If you’re looking for another tariff which is similar to the original 3Pay tariff (with free texts and internet), try O2′s Text and Web tariff.

What are the alternatives?

By shopping around, you can get much better deals. You’ll find the best deals are on SIM-only contracts. These are airtime-only contracts (no phone provided) and hence tend to be ultra cheap.

For £10/month you could get up to 300 minutes and unlimited texts (or 150 minutes if you want unlimited internet too):

Tariff Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Internet
Three’s “All in One” tariff (Pay As You Go) £10 100 3000 500MB
Giffgaff Goodybags (Pay As You Go) £10 150 Unlimited Unlimited
Tesco Mobile (1 month SIM-only contract) £10 250 Unlimited -
Vodafone (12 month SIM-only contract) £10 300 Unlimited -

For £15/month you could get up to 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB internet:

Tariff Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Internet
Three’s “All in One” tariff (Pay As You Go) £15 300 3000 500MB
Tesco Mobile (1 month SIM-only contract) £15 500 Unlimited -
T-Mobile (12 month SIM-only contract) £15 600 500 1GB

And for £25/month you could get a whopping 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB internet…

Tariff Monthly Cost Minutes Texts Internet
Three’s “All in One” tariff (Pay As You Go) £25 500 3000 1GB
Three’s “The One Plan” (1 month SIM-only contract) £25 2000 5000 Unlimited

What does 500MB or 1GB correspond to in real life?

500MB corresponds to 1,500 rich web pages or about 100 MP3 files. See our detailed guide to what 500MB and 1GB mean.

If I switch network, can I keep my existing number?

Yes. You’ll need to ask your existing network for a PAC Code and then provide this to your new network (whether it is Three or one of the alternatives we’ve listed).

Where can I get this Three’s new Pay As You Go deal?

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

    

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 12 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. Chris said:

    Looks like 3Pay topups have been reduced to 45 days.

  2. Chris said:

    Looks like 3Pay top ups have been reduced 45 days.

  3. Simon said:

    Hi, I'm on 3Pay, so is my wife, I specifically went to three due to the free 3 to 3 calls, internet and texts we got for our top-up. The thing I'd like to know is if I get a new phone how can I keep my 3pay tariff? Is it as simple as swapping the SIM from my old phone to my new one? Cheers

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Simon,

      Yep – just swap the SIM card into the new phone and you'll be able to keep 3Pay on there!

      Ken

  4. nik said:

    Hey, i have to agree Kevin. I got my girlfriend to switch over a few months ago thinking she would get the same deals as me unfortunately not. How ever i have noticed it lists in you balance section how much data you get for the £5 internet add on which is 2gb, i take the sim out and put it in my dongle. works out cheaper than their mbroadband rates. Any idea if my gf can switch to 3pay tariff that i am on? Thanks

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Nik,

      I believe the "All in One" PAYG tariffs are still available so I believe so… or are you referring to a different tariff? Or perhaps you're wondering if she can leave a contract early to switch?

      Ken

  5. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Hi Jimmy,

    The free texts you describe are no longer available for new customers. Existing customers remain on the 3Pay tariff.

    Ken

  6. Kevin said:

    Well this is really embarassing. I've just spent months trying to convince my mum and dad to both switch over to three and take advantage of the 90 day top up. The are ready to get their mobiles, but NO WAY! I honestly thought 3 were a great newtwork in terms of value, but I'm ditching them and going back to o2 which now offers much better value for money. Their new Pay As You Go all in one tarrif is ridiculous compared to o2 and GiffGaff and no doubt they'll lose several customers if they continue down this route. As of today they've lost 1 and failed to gain another 2 as a result of changing this tariff. Pathetic! BY3 BY3

  7. Jimmy said:

    This is not a change in tariff it is simply add ons after you have topped up, you top your £ 10 as normal for example and you will get then the usual for your money 600 text, free 3 to 3 calls etc, but if you want more you can buy an add on with your balance and get more for your money, the add on will last 30 days.

  8. Mike said:

    So giffgaff seems the only way to go if you want free mobile to mobile calls (on the same network) on payg?

  9. Josh said:

    Will existing 3Pay customers be forced to switch to the new All in One tariff? I am especially worried in losing the free 3 to 3 calls benefit of the 3Pay tariff.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Josh,

      I've not heard anything about 3Pay customers having to switch over to "All in One".

      Ken

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