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3 Launches Its First SIM Only Deals

Gordon Kelly


3 Launches Its First SIM Only Deals

Being smaller than the other major UK telcos means 3 has consistently tried (and often succeeded) to out innovate them but for once here is it playing catch-up...

The network today announced its first SIM only monthly contract tariffs bringing it in line with O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Virgin. Unlike this quintet however 3 is once again being progressive about it.

Rather than the usual more-minutes-more-texts approach adopted elsewhere 3 is pitching £10pm for 100 minutes and £15pm for 300 minutes to any network then bolstering that with unlimited texts, unlimited 3 to 3 minutes and unlimited free usage of Windows Live Messager and Skype-to-Skype calls. Naturally you'll need a handset capable of running these programmes to take advantage but it doesn't half make the idea of unlocking a decent mobile attractive again.

As with a number of rival SIM only deals, 3's plans run on rolling 30 day contracts and it isn't wasting any time by making them available beginning this Bank Holiday weekend. That £99.99 INQ 1 is looking mighty tasty about now...


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May 5, 2009, 1:15 am

the only thing 3 needs to do now is bring out an add on so you can use your phone as a modem at the same price as the dedicated dongles


May 5, 2009, 2:03 am

3 small print - "If no Top up is applied access to Skype will be blocked after 90 days"

So much for last months TRs 3 article - "3 Offers Free, Unconditional Skype Access On Phones"

The Devil's in the small print...


May 5, 2009, 2:10 am

@lifethroughalens - which is why I deliberately quoted 3 word for word in that story. I'll ask them to explain this tomorrow.


May 5, 2009, 3:38 am


I think it will be a case of slow updating of their T+Cs, as it also has different ammounts of data for its internet max saying 2Gb and then later 1Gb


May 5, 2009, 12:56 pm

great offers but it'd be useful if more people were actually on 3 in the first place as those xnet minus won't last long. i suppose there's always something to complain about! and they've put up the ING1 price by 10 or 20 quid.


May 5, 2009, 2:19 pm

I signed up 12 months ago on 3 for &#16315 a month for 300 xminutes and effectively unlimited 3 to 3. (texts were in the mix and match 300 - so that's an improvement) But I got a decent Nokia S60 phone...... So this offer is marginally better. Why the fanfare?


May 5, 2009, 5:46 pm

I just switched to 3 last month.

Got a nokia e63 based on your review (which I must say is an absoluteley fantastic phone!) with 75 xnet minutes, unlimited 3 to 3, unlimited texts & unlimited internet for &#16315 a month.

It's an 18 month contract but I think it's an absolutely incredible deal!


May 6, 2009, 9:02 pm

@lifethroughalens - had a clarification through from 3: NO top-ups are required and there is no restriction on Skype access. The T&C page is out of date and 3 is in the process of updating it.


May 6, 2009, 10:59 pm

Wohoo! That is good news. Thanks for the chase up & well done to Jay for spotting this. I would have thought they could have uploaded their T&C's on the day of announcement, maybe that's just me being supercritical?

Eitherway, I look forward to joining PAYG 3 anyday now - as soon as the real T&C's appear :)

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