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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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CatTrading

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I'm on PAYG & get 1MB a month for Internet Access.
I never use the full amount as i know it's so costly, as you have found out!

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tullie

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Some people can afford it i suppose,maybe you should have checked before using it?

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superhoops

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I have the LG Viewty. With it comes some software that enables you to connect your mobile to your laptop. The £7.50 monthly charge is for up to 200mb. My contract monthly charge, apart from the £7.50 is £35 per month, but for that I get 800 minutes and 500 texts

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theDarkness

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Superhoops- what phone have you got? I will guess that when you connect your phone to your laptop, you would normally be charged per minute, but you are getting it 'free' since you are on a contract? It would be good to get that but i dont know what the minimum contract is on o2, using my laptop on the train for the net via my mobile would be good... FatboySlim- a £30 limit is still alot of money if youre always close to it, youre definately better off paying £7 for a month of o2 net use on your phone!

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superhoops

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I connect my phone to my laptop and get internet access when i am on the road during the day. Still never get anywhere the limits in a month. Not massively fast but certainly usable

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superhoops

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Hi. I suppose I was spoilt with my last contract with 3. I had 30mb free each month and never used more than a third of it. I dont want to spend all day surfing on a small screen but just the occasional look at the football news/ itn news etc. Thats why I was so shocked I had spent £5.50 already

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crazyc1

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If you are going to actually use the internet on your phone, it is worth getting a data bundle. After all, if you don't have any free sms in your bundle, the costs can also build up.

AFAIK, the best data packages are from T mobile and 3 (provided you get reception). T mobile do a Web n Walk at £7.50 or so that gives you up to 1Gb a month (Fair use policy). The equavlent O2 package has a 200mb limit, with vodafone coming in at 120mb per month. Orange's equivalent "unlimited" package gives you a measly 30mb per month. Orange are not really suitable for anything more than occassional surfing.

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