O2’s new ‘Big Bundle’ 4G Pay & Go plans launch this week

O2’s upgraded its Pay & Go tariffs. The new Big Bundles give you more minutes, data and texts than ever before. We take a look at the company’s Big Bundles to see what exactly you can get for your hard-earned cash.

Everyone loves flexibility. It's partly why the dancers on Strictly impress so many, and we still enjoy the weirdly bendy Jean-Claude Van Damme.

It's also why pay as you go tariffs are so popular. Want to change networks? You can easily. Want to change handsets? Nothing stopping you. Pay as you go gives people the flexibility to use a phone when and how they want, without being locked into a potentially stifling year or two-year contract.

It's these customers that O2's targeting with a new set of monthly O2 'Pay & Go' tariffs. Called 'Big Bundles', they're an upgrade on previous plans in that they offer double the minutes, texts and data of the older tariffs.

There are three Big Bundles of varying values:

  • £10 Big Bundle: gives you 100 minutes, 1,000 texts and 500MB of 3G data.
  • £15 Big Bundle: gives you 200 minutes, 2,000 texts and 1GB of 3G or 4G data
  • £20 Big Bundle: gives you 400 minutes, 4,000 texts, as well as 2GB of 3G or 4G data

As you can see, the top two tiers (perhaps they should be called 'Bigger Bundle' and 'Biggest Bundle') give you superfast 4G mobile internet. It's potentially a good way to test 4G without committing to the long-haul - provided you have a compatible handset, of course.

Plus you'll have to be in an area with 4G coverage to benefit from it. O2 is rapidly rolling out its 4G network, but it's still primarily centred around towns and cities. Use a coverage checker to see what kind of coverage you can expect in the areas you frequent.

If the new tariffs aren't quite enough, O2 has a range of 'bolt-ons' that can be added onto the plan for an extra charge. These include more minutes, extra data, picture messages and more.

According to Phil Maple, consumer general manager for O2: "Our Big Bundles give customers complete flexibility and control over how much they spend, as well as allowing them to do more with 4G included at no extra cost."

Of course, O2's not the only network to offer pay as you go plans - all networks, including Vodafone, Three, EE, Virgin Mobile and more also have a vast array of options, with their own features and extras.

For example, O2 also offers a rewards scheme that gives you extra minutes and data the more you top up, as well as priority tickets to gigs and sporting events. Vodafone offers 'Freedom Freebies' which add extra data and minutes when you top up, while EE offers two-for-one cinema tickets and Pizza Express pizzas on Wednesdays.

So it's worth shopping round to find the plan and deals that best suits you. Good thing you have the flexibility to do that, eh?

O2's Big Bundles will be available from 29 May. That's Thursday if you were wondering.

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