T-Mobile UK: free unlimited data; HTC Sensation and Flyer coming soon

A few months ago, T-Mobile customers were furious when the company drastically reduced its fair usage policy on handset data packages, from 1GB or 3GB, down to a feeble 500MB (although existing customers were later exempted from this decision following a wave of negative publicity).

Perhaps in further response to customer feedback, T-Mobile has announced a new unlimited data promotion.  In their words, the Truly Unlimited package “has been designed to allow customers to browse, stream, email and download their favourite content to their heart’s content, without the need to monitor their usage”. Any new customer who signs up to a 24-month contract on a price plan of £25.54 (around $41) or more between now and September 30th will get the Truly Unlimited data package added to their account free for the full two years of their contract. Existing customers can also get in on the action by adding Truly Unlimited to their current packages for £5.10 (just over $8) per month before 30 September.

In other T-Mobile UK news, Coolsmartphone reports that the HTC Flyer – the 7” Android 2.3 tablet with a 1.5GHz processor and handwriting support – is due to arrive later this month.  Also due in July is the HTC Sensation, with a huge 4.3” inch screen, dual core processor and also running Android 2.3. The Sensation was previously a Vodafone UK exclusive, but no word yet on T-Mo pricing for it or the Flyer.

Finally, Coolsmartphone also reports that lovers of T-Mobile’s ‘Night In’ promotion will be disappointed, as the company has apparently killed it off. Customers could pick up a DVD from Blockbuster, along with popcorn, sweets, and a bottle of cola for £5 ($8), but now that deal is no more. Tragic. Still, while we mourn that loss, there’s plenty to celebrate for T-Mo UK customers, with unlimited browsing and streaming available now, and those groovy HTC devices on the horizon.  

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Meh.
I am sick of these long contracts. I am on O2's Simplicity (sim-only) for £15 a month I get 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500Mb of internet. While I had to pay for the phone (HTC Desire), if I had gone on their contract with the same stuff, I'd be paying £35 a month for 24 months. You do the math!

Never gone over the 500Mb though. I don't understand what people are doing to use it all up!

Through work though I can get 800 mins, unlimited texts and 1Gb of data for £15 a month (sim only) and I get something like £2.50 off each month too. Seems a good deal - good one Virgin Mobile .

Ohh, and GiffGaff or whatever it is isn't very well known. Same with Tesco mobile, not that well known as a mobile operator. That's why the Big 4 or 5 operators can get away with it.

I still have a 3GB plan and I only pay about £20pm for it, with a free HTC Desire thrown in (got it on day of release). Hopefully I'll be able to either keep my existing terms or upgrade to truly unlimited when I come to upgrade.

GiffGaff doesn't really compare. No free phone, no tethering (I use this a lot), and their data isn't 'truly unlimited' plus the current promo on data could end at any time. I know people on GiffGaff and they're very happy. But I can't see me swapping over any time soon.

Tech Star said,
Bloody hell....so much cheaper than American prices for phones.

I just don't understand the cost of US contracts. I pay £35 p/m (around $56) for Unlimted Data, Texts and Calls on a 24-month contract, and my iPhone 4 was free.

bbfc_uk said,

I just don't understand the cost of US contracts. I pay £35 p/m (around $56) for Unlimted Data, Texts and Calls on a 24-month contract, and my iPhone 4 was free.

US networks have to cover larger areas than the UK does, I assume that makes it harder for multiple networks to compete.

LordBattleBeard said,
US networks have to cover larger areas than the UK does, I assume that makes it harder for multiple networks to compete.

No, no......... It is the Golf Club membership that went up.......... All those executives needed a Bonus increase............

I think it's extremely unlikely that they will, at least not at first. I almost mentioned this in the article, but cut it during my last edit - when T-Mo UK and Orange UK got together to form Everything Everywhere, the new CEO said the way the two brands would continue to co-exist would be to clearly define their brand positions; Orange has a "premium element", while T-Mobile is a "straightforward, value-orientated" provider.

I view Truly Unlimited as very much a value-focused proposition, but perhaps others will disagree with me. Either way, I believe that this works better as a differentiator between T-Mo and Orange rather than a commonality for them both. That said, if other major networks add such low-priced unlimited packages, then Orange would likely have little choice but to match them, but I don't think it'll be their first choice.

It's also worth remembering that Truly Unlimited is a summer promotional offer only; it's been announced as available to customers only until 30 September 2011. Perhaps they'll reverse the decision later and make it a permanent add-on, but at the moment, there's nothing to indicate that this is anything other than a temporary offer.

Three uk do unlimited data, and it real ly is unlimited. Called all you can eat - ayce. Plus, three data network is super fast, faster than my 5.5mn browbanbroadband.

dancedar said,
Three uk do unlimited data, and it real ly is unlimited. Called all you can eat - ayce. Plus, three data network is super fast, faster than my 5.5mn browbanbroadband.

I find Three has a really poor service coverage. Certain areas where i work i find the signal strength poor. I have a three dongle for my laptop when i need to access the internet out and about. Their phone quality was crap as well.

I'm betting this "unlimited" is purely data and users will remain on 3G speeds. You only get HSDPA on T-Mobile UK if you pay extra ...

mrbester said,
I'm betting this "unlimited" is purely data and users will remain on 3G speeds. You only get HSDPA on T-Mobile UK if you pay extra ...

I notice my status screen flicker from 3G to HSDPA all the time and im not moving my laptop. Id of expected it to stay at a certain speed through out my connection.Tho i'm unsure if you only get the boost in speed if you happen to be downloading a large file and the area you are in at the time has HSDPA coverage. I'm not to sure how it works tbh.

Its about time a opperator in the UK Opened their data plans up to true *unlimited* data amounts instead of capping its users.

I'm still on O2 and on a *unlimited* data plan (Simplicity). Tho i was annoyed to hear new users or if current users upgraded to an iPhone 4 plan. You got capped to 500Mb of data, which sucks ass.
If other opperators in the UK follow t-mobile and ditch data caps, i might finally upgrade my iPhone 3G to the latest model. The only reason i've not upgraded is because of the caps.

Gothic_Rebel said,
Its about time a opperator in the UK Opened their data plans up to true *unlimited* data amounts instead of capping its users.

I'm still on O2 and on a *unlimited* data plan (Simplicity). Tho i was annoyed to hear new users or if current users upgraded to an iPhone 4 plan. You got capped to 500Mb of data, which sucks ass.
If other opperators in the UK follow t-mobile and ditch data caps, i might finally upgrade my iPhone 3G to the latest model. The only reason i've not upgraded is because of the caps.


Hilarious how in the UK you guys are going forward and in the USA AT&T first, and then verzion are killing unlimited data.

Nexus- said,

Hilarious how in the UK you guys are going forward and in the USA AT&T first, and then verzion are killing unlimited data.

It's nice to see companys such as British telecom Sky, Virgin and such pumping money into the Broadband infastructure. But we may have a growing structure, the imposed caps are killing the growth of its users.
I'm on Virgin 30mb at home. And i HAMMER my internet with Xbox Live - downloading films on it, watching Sky on my xbox, I play huge amounts of World of warcraft. General Internet useage. But thats only me. My brother also uses the Internet at home. Don't think he is using as much of it as i am.
But think of this across the UK, I've not been resricted on our useage yet.
It's sad that they have to cap people. Not that i can't understand why with people downloading massive amounts of pirated music/films so on.

Edited by Gothic_Rebel, Jul 4 2011, 10:05am : Grammer

for £10 from giffgaff.com you get unlimited data 250 mins and unlimited txt's and im not tied down to a contract...am i missing something?

Edit: haha alex beat me too it

Prototype1864 said,
for £10 from giffgaff.com you get unlimited data 250 mins and unlimited txt's and im not tied down to a contract...am i missing something?

Theres always a catch.

Gothic_Rebel said,

Theres always a catch.

The catch is no call centers to call if something goes wrong, but there's many peeps on the forum on hand to help 24:7.

thealexweb said,

The catch is no call centers to call if something goes wrong, but there's many peeps on the forum on hand to help 24:7.

Giffgaff are really good. The other catch is unlimited is not for tethering/pc uses

Gothic_Rebel said,

Theres always a catch.

well... not really like alex said really the forms are so active and so many helpful people, i was sceptical at first but ive been with them for 5 months now and its been flawless!

Prototype1864 said,

well... not really like alex said really the forms are so active and so many helpful people, i was sceptical at first but ive been with them for 5 months now and its been flawless!


I'm just looking at the site, and i'm impressed so far. Can you add tethering to your account ?

Gothic_Rebel said,

I'm just looking at the site, and i'm impressed so far. Can you add tethering to your account ?

No atm tethering is not allowed, i mean come on its 10 pound a month LOL! but as far as i know they have got tethering planned for the future as a standalone package

Prototype1864 said,

No atm tethering is not allowed, i mean come on its 10 pound a month LOL!


You miss understood what i mean. Yes its £10 a month but can u add tethering to the package. Like for an extra £5 or somethin?

Bloody hell, why pay £25 a month and be locked in for 24 months when you can switch to Giffgaff and get Unlimited text and data and 250 mins for just £10 a month, surprised how they can get away with such crap deals.

thealexweb said,
Bloody hell, why pay £25 a month and be locked in for 24 months when you can switch to Giffgaff and get Unlimited text and data and 250 mins for just £10 a month, surprised how they can get away with such crap deals.
Umm, because T-Mobile's contracts include a phone too?

thealexweb said,
Bloody hell, why pay £25 a month and be locked in for 24 months when you can switch to Giffgaff and get Unlimited text and data and 250 mins for just £10 a month, surprised how they can get away with such crap deals.

Never heard of Giffgaff. Seems an interesting concept and really good deals

JamesWeb said,
Umm, because T-Mobile's contracts include a phone too?

He does have a point, it depends on the phone as look at this.

£25 x 24 = £600
£10 x 24 = £240 + £450 (HTC sensation) = £690.

thealexweb said,
Bloody hell, why pay £25 a month and be locked in for 24 months when you can switch to Giffgaff and get Unlimited text and data and 250 mins for just £10 a month, surprised how they can get away with such crap deals.

I know, it's ridiculous. I switched over from Orange to giffgaff a couple of months ago. On Orange PAYG, it's 20p a minute for calls, and 10p a text; on giffgaff, it's 8p a minute for calls, and 4p a text. I love it. Plus, free calls and texts to anyone on giffgaff too. One of my friends switched the same time as me.

MightyJordan said,

I know, it's ridiculous. I switched over from Orange to giffgaff a couple of months ago. On Orange PAYG, it's 20p a minute for calls, and 10p a text; on giffgaff, it's 8p a minute for calls, and 4p a text. I love it. Plus, free calls and texts to anyone on giffgaff too. One of my friends switched the same time as me.

Yeah sounds great - BUT... http://giffgaff.com/index/pricing

This bit's important...

Mobile Internet:
Mobile Internet is free until 03 JUL ([u]with a fair use of 100MB a day[/u]). After that date it will be charged at 20p a day. If you use less than 1MB/day you'll pay less than 20p and if you go over 20MB you'll be charged extra at 20p/MB.

How the hell is that "truly unlimited"?

TheBlueRaja said,

Yeah sounds great - BUT... http://giffgaff.com/index/pricing

This bit's important...

Mobile Internet:
Mobile Internet is free until 03 JUL ([u]with a fair use of 100MB a day[/u]). After that date it will be charged at 20p a day. If you use less than 1MB/day you'll pay less than 20p and if you go over 20MB you'll be charged extra at 20p/MB.

How the hell is that "truly unlimited"?

You're looking at a different price plan to what they're talking about (I did the same mistake too).

This _should_ be the right one I hope. http://giffgaff.com/goodybags/10pound-facebook-goodybag

I've never heard of this network but their forums look extremely active. I might have to look into getting one of their sims when my O2 contract runs out in 2 months (damn you £35 for 600 minutes/500 texts ;_;)

PaulCabby said,
I might have to look into getting one of their sims when my O2 contract runs out in 2 months

GiffGaff are O2. :-)