An O2 Pay & Go UK sim card in your phone gives you good value calls in the UK, but its main advantage are the excellent bolt-ons that give you internet access, cheap international calls and cheap European roaming.
Call charges are as follows:
- Calls to UK landlines and UK mobiles 30p per minute, but really cheap international calls when you use this sim card in the UK
- Calls to 0500, 0505, 055, 056, 080 and 082 numbers 15p per minute
- Calls to 07744 and 07755 numbers 25p per minute
- Calls to 0844, 0845 and 0870 numbers 25p per minute (45p/minute from 17 August)
- Calls to 0871 numbers 35p per minute
- UK Text message 14p
- International text message 14p
- Picture message 35p
With an O2 UK International SIM in your mobile, there are no connection charges or expiring minutes.
Cheaper international calls with the O2 International SIM
The O2 UK SIM cards that we sell are already set up to give you much better value international calls than a regular O2 SIM. International calling rates are:
|Country||Call a landline phone||Call a mobile phone|
|Australia||3p per minute||12p per minute|
|Canada||2p per minute||2p per minute|
|France||2p per minute||5p per minute|
|Ireland||1p per minute||5p per minute|
|New Zealand||2p per minute||10p per minute|
|Singapore||1p per minute||1p per minute|
|South Africa||3p per minute||10p per minute|
|Spain||2p per minute||9p per minute|
|United State of America|
(excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
|2p per minute||2p per minute|
International SMS text messages cost 14p per message.
Free calls and text messages to other O2 mobiles
When you top up more than £15, you get 300 minutes of calls and 3000 text messages to other O2 UK mobiles for one month.
|Top up value||Bonus|
|£10–14 top up||3000 text messages to other O2 UK mobile phones plus 50MB bonus data|
|£15+ top up||3000 text messages and 3000 minutes of phone calls to other O2 UK mobile phones plus 100MB bonus data|
Roaming in Europe
The O2 UK SIM is a great option for use throughout Europe as roaming rates are very reasonable in the following countries:Â Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Monaco, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The cost of using your mobile with an O2 SIM in these countries is:
|Call a mobile phone or landline in the country you are visiting||16p per minute|
|Call a mobile phone or landline in the United Kingdom||16p per minute|
|Call a mobile phone or landline in another EU country||16p per minute|
|Receive a call||4p per minute|
|Send a text message||5p per minute|
|Receive a text message||Free|
|Access data||£1.99 per day (up to 50MB)|
The Bolt Ons are the best bit about O2’s Pay & Go plans. These let you pay a bit more in exchange for lower call charges or extra features like cheaper internet access.
The most popular bolt ons are:
Web Bolt Ons
O2’s Web bolt ons let you access the internet from your phone.
The Basics Web bolt on gives you access to 100MB of 3G data for £3 per month. This bolt on is ideal if you only need a little bit of data or if you will only be in the UK for around one week..
The All Rounder Web bolt on gives you access to 500MB of 3G data plus unlimited Wi-Fi access at thousands of BT Openzone and the Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK on your phone plus 20 MMS picture messages for £6 per month. This includes both 3G data and Wi-Fi access at 7500 BT Openzone and the Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots. This is the most popular Web bolt on and is ideal if you’re travelling with a smartphone like the Apple iPhone.
The Works Web bolt on gives you access to 1GB of 3G data plus unlimited Wi-Fi access at thousands of BT Openzone and the Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots on your phone plus 50 MMS picture messages for £10 per month. This includes both 3G data and Wi-Fi access at 7500 BT Openzone and the Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots. This bolt on is ideal if you’re travelling with a smartphone like the Apple iPhone and need more data.
To set up O2 Web bolt ons call 2425 free of charge from your Pay & Go mobile phone.
Data is only included with O2’s Web bolt-ons in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. No data is included when roaming outside the UK.
You are charged £1 per day for data if you don’t have a web bolt-on or if you have used all your web bolt-on allowance.
This bolt on gives you 500MB data and Blackberry email for one month for Â£5 per month.
O2 Travel is a new bolt-on that gives you cheaper data while roaming in many European countries. O2 Travel costs £1.99 for 50MB data during one day while travelling in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Monaco, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
When you have used your 50MB daily allowance you can add an additional 50MB by texting MORETRAVEL to 21300.