O2 now charges for free texts with new 'unlimited' tariffs
If you're one of the old school who bought your iPhone on an O2 contract, a word of warning before you upgrade - check the small print.
Avid Bitterwallet reader Dominic has been in touch to let us know that you won't get what you expect from O2's new improved "unlimited text" tariffs:
As a subscriber of the old £35 a month tariff (600 mins and 500 texts) I thought it was a good deal to change to their £40 a month for 600 mins and 'unlimited' texts... but there's a catch.
At the moment on the £35 a month tariff you can text an international number or send a picture message and it comes out of your 500 message allowance. With a new 'unlimited text' tariff you have to pay extra for picture messages and international texts. This wasn't explained to me and so I cancelled my 'upgrade' on the subsequent phone call.
We've had a check and it's now 20 pence per MMS and 16 pence per international text. Even if you stay on the same tariff, you'll still find yourself with the new 'unlimited texts' alternative and having to pay for texts that were included in your allowance. Having said that, if you've finished your contract you might be better off looking at O2's Simplicity deals - instead of £40 per month for two years, you pay half the price for half the contract length.