More misleading Marketing rubbish, how much data can you transfer with an unlimited data plan from a UK MSP?
the * is the give away!
I’ve posted about the rapid deployment work I have been doing and it’s lead me to take a good long look at the data bundles on offer from MSPs in the UK.
the biggest problem I have encountered is the fact that the unlimited* data bundles just aren’t unlimited they have Fair usage Policies (FUP) attached which point out that if you exceed the FUP suggested maximum data transfer then you’ll get reprimanded, keep doing it and you’ll get a punitive tariff or disconnected.
for my application faced with a even only a handful of users accessing resources remotely I’m worried about a limit of any kind.
the common parlance is an unlimited* label for a high transfer service but the * actually hides the limit of data you can transfer, the standard unlimited* limit seems to be 1 GByte, but again I’ll summarise below
- Orange have Orange World access MAX, for £75 a month you get unlimited downloads subject to a fair use policy maximum of 1000 Mbytes.
- they also have a less well publicised package, as in not on their website, for corporates that allows you to use your data card with unlimited* downloads for £45 a month again a 1000 Mbytes FUP limit
Vodafone have two and a half offerings
- Data Unlimited, with unlimited* usage which is 1 GByte a month for £45 p.c.m.
- Data Travel with unlimited* UK usage which again is 1 GByte a month but includes 100 Mbytes of roaming data on Vodafone’s preferred networks and costs £95 per month
- the half an offering is their 3G Broadband wireless router offering which provides you with up to 10 GBytes of data download and a wireless router for £149 per month
O2 win the prize for honesty they don’t have an unlimited* tariff they have O2 Data Max 1024 with, you guessed it a 1024 Mbytes limit for, surprise surprise £45 a month, I find this a bit of a disappointment as my first exposure to mobile data was through O2 (then Cellnet) and their 9.6 kbits dial up data tariff on my Nokia 2110, they led the pack briefly but damn are they out of touch today.
T-Mobile seem to be leading the pack at the moment, not only do they go for the honest approach in naming (they have web’n’walk plus and web’n’walk MAX) WnW Plus gets you 3 GBytes of transfer for £24.68 and MAX gets you a relatively whopping 10 GBytes for £37.45 (that’s £45 incl for you and me) – as I said I’ll test the coverage out and report back but anecdotal evidence seems promising.
Oh and with plus VoIP is a no no – I assume they block ports on MAX VoIP is allowed
the cherry is that for a limited time ( until end of March) you get free access to all of T-Mobile’s 1500 WiFi Hotspots (plus 300 Openzone roaming minutes a month ) until your contract is up (normally £8.51)
3 – here are their tariffs for what they are worth
In my opinion avoid 3 like the plague because their data tariffs have a very nasty sting in their tail. Remember 3 don’t have their own 2G network so in addition to the 1 GByte limit on their Web and Office 1GB (duh) you have a limit of 154 Mbytes on roaming networks – roaming networks like 3’s
own borrowed 2G network in the UK – not only will it be slow but over step the limit and forget using GPRS when the 3G signal fails you. Not worth the risk really
for the time being, providing coverage is what it’s made out to be the T-Mobile offering looks most promising however surely it can only be a matter of time until someone offers all you can eat data tariffs maybe funded by advertising.
Blyk plan to offer a (totally ?) free advertising funded mobile network to young people (37 is young right?) which is a great idea.
There might be room for a mobile operator to try this with a sponsored browser like good old old Opera (v 5 or less I think ) or something like this idea I had might not work in a business environment but someone should try it.