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Mobile Operator Options in the UK

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

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If you've got a mobile phone, you're going to need an operator. Without an operator your phone will not get service, and you simply won't be able to use it. But a SIM card from an operator will allow you to access that operator's network, and therefore make calls, send texts and connect to the internet. There are lots of mobile service providers in the UK, so you've got plenty of choice. Which operator you go with is really up to you, though some operators tend to be best for certain kinds of customers. Today we're giving you a brief over view of the major mobile operators in the UK. Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of which provider is going to be best for you...

About T-Mobile...

T-Mobile is one of the biggest operators on the UK market, and they have great coverage. That means that you can access their networks from almost anywhere in the country, which is particularly important if you live in a rural area. Prices with T-Mobile are pretty average, but they do tend to be the best choice for big phone users. Big users tend to get big bills, because they often exceed the limits (the amount of calling minutes, text messages and mobile data) that are included in their contracts. When this happens, they have to pay premium prices for using extra services. T-Mobile has the cheapest contracts with the biggest limits. Plus, they also have the cheapest unlimited monthly plan that will allow you to use as many minutes and texts and as much data as you want.

About Vodafone...

Vodafone is at the other end of the spectrum, and tends to be best for small users. Small phone users don't always benefit from signing contracts, because the included monthly limits are too high for them, and since you have to pay the same monthly price whether you use all or none of your limits, they end up paying for services that they don't use. However, Vodafone has some of the cheapest and smallest contracts on the market, with the low monthly limits that small phone users are looking for. They don't always have great coverage though, so you'll need to check the coverage map on their web site before signing up with them.

About Tesco Mobile UK...

In general, prices with Tesco Mobile UK are quite low. They are a good choice for a couple of kinds of user. Firstly, they do have the best deals on pay as you go phones. If you don't want to sign a mobile contract, then Tesco Mobile UK is going to offer you the cheapest rates on a pay as you go plan. They also have great family plans, with lots of extra benefits if you add more than one mobile phone to your contract. Plus, Tesco has an online parental control system that will allow you to restrict the kind of information that your child's phone can access. This makes Tesco a good choice for families who want a good deal and who want to protect younger users from inappropriate online content.

About Orange...

Orange's prices also fall at the low end of the scale, making them a popular budget choice for many people. Their contracts don't always have the highest limits, but they are affordable. Something that Orange is great at though is mobile roaming and international calling. Roaming, or using your mobile abroad, is extremely expensive with you not only paying to make calls and receive messages, but also paying to receive them. But if you add a roaming package onto your regular contract with Orange, for just five pounds a month, you'll be able to use your mobile inside the EU for the same prices as you get in the UK. And adding an international calling package to your regular contract will give you the cheapest mobile international calling prices around.

About Three...

Three might be a new company to the UK market, but they have some big advantages. The main reason that most customers sign up with Three is that they have the cheapest mobile data prices around. Mobile data is generally expensive, and is the priciest part of a mobile contract, so cheap contract have low monthly data limits. Three also does not employ a fair usage policy as many other operators do. These policies allow operators to slow down internet speeds on unlimited data packages if they feel that the customer is using too much data. Three do not do this, and you can use as much data as you want if you have an unlimited data plan.

About EE...

EE is one of the most expensive operators in the UK. But they do have one advantage. 4G is the newest trend in mobile internet, and promises data speeds around ten times faster than traditional 3G networks. That means faster video streaming, high end online game playing, and quicker downloading. Many operators are offering 4G data packages, but most of them aren't getting particularly fast speeds, generally because their networks aren't completely finished yet. EE is one of few companies that gets good speeds, and they usually get the fastest speeds. A 4G data plan with EE is going to cost you around three times that of a normal 3G plan though, so it's not cheap. But you do get unlimited texts and calling minutes with all 4G plans.

About O2...

O2 also tend to get great coverage. Plus, they're a good choice for business users, since they have dedicated business calling plans. They also have the widest range of mobile phones for sale, and generally get new releases faster than anyone else. O2 calling plans tend to be quite flexible, and the operator will let you add services for just a month. That means that if you need more text messages in a month, you can add extra for a small price, rather than having to spend money on paying extra charges for breaking your monthly contract limits.

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