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Cost of Mobile Phone Internet Usage


superhoops

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10 days ago I got a new contract mobile on O2. I have sporadically tried the internet on it, possibly looked at 15 or so pages. Today I looked at my bill to date on the O2 website and saw that so far I have racked up £5.50 of internet usage. With costs like that I won't use the internet on the phone anymore. O2 do add-ons that might work out marginally cheaper but my question is- what is the point in putting internet browsers on the phones if you cant afford to use them?

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theDarkness

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ill prob go for a dongle eventually once the contracts go down in length, i dont fancy having to sign up to a 24 month+ contract, even if it is only 10 quid per month! It seems a dongle on pay as you go is pretty expensive, although 3 gig is ok in download limitation, and i prob wont get anything better on mobile net via dongle at the moment. ill just stick for now using this mobile phone, its £7 for the month on o2, and the phone compresses pages so i never go over the max download (i think its around a mere 200 mb). Only prob is in downloading software, something this phone isnt so good at. it tends to give up on large freeware (by that i mean anything over 3 mb! lol)-but then im not using it for files often, or on anything other than email at the moment anyway. thanks for the info everyone

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peter99co

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I have a 3 dongle in my laptop and get 3 Gig down/uploads per month. All for £10 p.m.

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theDarkness

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Ps if you have a sony ericsson or equivalent phone that can run jar files then you are better off downloading opera mini click here instead of using the built in browser, as it can compress pages much better so that you can view more within your 50-200mb limit. Websites should download faster. I thought £7 was alot for 200mb a month, i didnt realise some other networks gave even less mb for a similar amount of money. if you dont have pc access and use the net alot, opera mini is essential when you need to save as much of that as possible! I guess in a few yrs the mb limit will get better/bigger as phones get more advanced

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theDarkness

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I have a sony ericsson k800 on pay as you go, and use the o2 £7.50 monthly bolt on mobile service to access the internet using the phone, which is what im on right now! It isnt unlimited-the o2 internet service for mobiles has a 200mb download limit. They did not previously charge people for going over the 200mb, but i think they may do so now. Im pretty sure because of the way it accesses the net it is impossible to connect a pc to it for monthly internet use unless i wish to be charged per minute whilst online!

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FatboySlim71

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I've just checked my bill online and for as near as dam it to 3MB I was charged 85p (£1 with vat) so it would appear the O2 web daily promotion surf unlimited for no more than £1 per day on your phone is what I am getting.

Seems strange superhoops that you have been charged £5.50

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rus_b1

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Two days ago I got a text from T-Mobile saying that for this week only I can use the mobile internet for free. Sweet, I thought - I use my phone as a modem occasionally, so I'm making full use of that right now.

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superhoops

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Got unlimited o2 internet usage now for £7.50 per month. As well as using the internet on the mobile, I connect the mobile to the laptop when I am out and get internet on the laptop as well. Fab!

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FatboySlim71

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Just found an email I got from O2, basically I asked them about the O2 web daily promotion (this basically allows you to surf unlimited for no more than £1 per day on your phone). Below is the reply I got back off of O2.

"O2 Web Daily promotion. You won't be charged separately for using the Internet in separate sessions. You'll be charged a maximum of £1.00 including VAT (Value Added Tax) per day for the Internet usage. For example any usage under a 1/3Mb, you'll be charged for what is used.

If you use 1/3 Mb of data browsing daily, then you'll be charged as per the usage (£3.00 per Mb). If you use more than 1.0Mb a day, you'll just be charged £1.00 a day.

O2 Web Daily works really simple, if a customer uses 20p worth of data in a day, then the customer will be charged 20p. But, if a customer uses £8.00 worth of data in a single day, the charging stops at £1.00. This charging is set up for each day in the month, meaning a customer can't receive a bill for greater than £31 for data in a month."

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FatboySlim71

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O2 pay monthly customers are supposed to be able to surf UK for no more than £1 per day on the day/s that they have used there phones for surfing that is. I have read this on the O2 site, but I cannot seem to find it now.

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rapieredge

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Tell you what, I nearly died when I got my last O2 Bill; My internet through Orange had died and Orange could not fix it for at least 30 days. So I switched to BT and my down time was about 3 weeks. During this down time for my broadband I used my mobile as a modem and connected virtually every day and checked my email, did a bit of surfing to see what I was missing on the download front etc... I reckon that I should have a bill for about £50 extra for that month, no, the total bill was £180 of which call charges were £4 and line rental was £35 per month.
You see thats a mother of a bill for using the internet.

Bloody Orange if they hadnt ballsed up the LLU and kept my account working I would have been OK. But with the cost of cancellation (had to pay my outstanding monthly contract of 7 months) and the huge O2 bill, what a expensive few months... You know I had been with Orange/Wanadoo/Freeserve for at least 5 years. At least with BT my speeds are up (from 2.5 to 5-6mbs download)

Khal

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