Rumour - O2 data cap "will be 3GB", Blackberry remains unlimited?
The gradual recession from idle boasts about unlimited data allowances to Fair Usage Polices to capped data tariffs has been an inevitable path.
Take O2, for example - in June the network announced new tariffs to replace unlimited data, in monthly bundles of 500 MB, 750 MB and 1 GB. These new data allowances are for all new and upgrading customers that have signed up since 24 June, and who have had a period of unlimited data since.
Except, well. Maybe it won't happen just yet. Or at all. We've received the following tip from an anonymous source that suggests O2 won't be actively enforcing caps on data usage anytime soon. We're told O2 are attempting to implement a system that will throttle a customer's data to just 14Kbps once they exceed their data allowance. However the system won't be ready for October, and more likely to be ready next year.
Instead, customers will be encouraged to buy a data bolt-on; at 80% customers will receive a SMS, and at 100% they will be told to check their data usage online and asked to order a bolt-on. According to our source, however, it's unlikely O2 will take any action unless a customer hits 3GB, at which point usage may be restricted.
In addition to this, our source tells us when O2 begins actively managing and capping data usage, Blackberry customers will be exempt as the O2's system cannot decrypt Blackberry APN data. In other words, any customer using a Blackberry will not be managed and will continue to receive unlimited data.
It sounds like O2 are keen to ensure customers are affected as little as possible, preferring to target those customers eating up massive amounts of data. Bitterwallet contacted O2 about the claims, but so far the network hasn't confirmed or denied the information.
UPDATE - an O2 spokesperson has confirmed that "as announced in June, our unlimited data promotion will end for consumer customers in October and our new data pricing model will take effect."
"We are introducing three tiers of data bundle that will give customers freedom to use data services as they wish (500MB, 750MB and 1GB). Customers will be notified when they have reached certain limits of their usage and will be given the option to buy an additional bolt-on if they exceed it.”