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O2 Pay & Go UK SIM card

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We now offer the O2 UK SIM cards on three different rate plans, the O2 International SIM and two O2 Big Bundle UK SIM plans.

The O2 UK SIM card at a glance:

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Your O2 UK SIM card does not comes with any credit, however it is easy to top up your SIM with more credit online or at thousands of shops throughout the UK including newsagents at all major airports.
You can also buy credit here with us before you travel - click here at travelgear

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You have the choice of buying a SIM card pre-activated on one of three rate plans. Your call charges will depend on which tariff (plan) you choose:

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icon-tick.png Your choice of a cheap UK call and data bundle SIM OR cheap international calls SIM
icon-tick.png Cheap international calls and text messages with the International SIM
icon-tick.png Inclusive 1GB or 4GB 4G data package with the Big Bundle SIM or pay the standard data charge of £1/day. There are also several data bolt-ons that gives you much cheaper internet access (£6/month for 500MB, £10/month for 1GB or £13/month for 2GB).
icon-tick.png Unlimited incoming calls.
icon-tick.png Cheap roaming rates for calls in most European countries.

Read here for more information about O2's call charges.


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Choose the International SIM tariff for cheap international calls from the UK.
icon-tick.png Calls to Australia cost 3p/minute to landlines and 12p/minute to mobile phones.
icon-tick.png International text messages cost 14p per message.

The Big Bundle tariffs have higher international call charges (£1.50 per minute to Australia) but these plans come with generous data bundles so you can use services like Facetime, Localphone, Rebtel, Skype and Viber for calls home.

Read here for more information about O2's international call charges.

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Choose one of the Big Bundle plans for a generous allowance of included 4G data (1GB on the £15 Big Bundle tariff or 4GB on the £25 Big Bundle tariff). If you choose the International SIM tariff (or if you have used your included Big Bundle data allowance) you will pay the standard data rate of £1/day, or you can add a data bolt-on for cheaper internet access. The  most popular data bolt-ons cost £6/month for 500MB data access, £10/month for 1GB data and £13/month for 2GB data. In addition to either 500MB, 1GB or 2GB of 3G data, these bolt-ons also give you unlimited internet access at thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the UK.

Read here for more information about O2's web bolt-ons.

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icon-attention.png Requires an unlocked phone (read here for more information).
icon-attention.png You will receive your UK mobile phone number with the SIM (printed on the packet)
icon-attention.png Standard call and data charges and data bolt-on rates only apply while you use this phone within the UK. Additional charges apply if you use your phone outside the UK (although roaming rates in most European countries are very reasonable). Read here for more information about using the O2 UK SIM while travelling in Europe.
icon-attention.png Tethering (using your phone as a mobile hotspot) is not allowed.
icon-attention.png If you have a BlackBerry, you will need to add the BlackBerry bolt-on for an additional £5/month to enable internet access.

An O2 SIM card in your phone gives you cheap local and international calls from the UK. Its main advantage over other UK SIM cards is the excellent range of bolt-ons that give you internet access, cheap international calls and cheap European roaming.

You have a choice of a SIM card preactivated on your choice of three different O2 Pay & Go tariffs. The best option will depend on the type of calls you plan on making and how much data access you need. There are also several add-on options that let you add extra data and all O2 prepaid tariffs offer low-cost roaming when used in other European countries. Overall an O2 SIM card is an excellent choice if you're visiting the UK and making side trips to Europe.

  International SIM £15 Big Bundle £25 Big Bundle
Call UK landline or mobile phone 30p per minute First 750 minutes each month free, then 35p per minute First 3000 minutes each month free, then 35p per minute
Call Australian landline phone 3p per minute £1.50 per minute £1.50 per minute
Call Australian mobile phone 12p per minute £1.50 per minute £1.50 per minute
Data access £1 per day or add bolt-on (1GB for £10) 1GB included, then £1 per day 4GB included, then £1 per day
Data speed Up to 3G speed Up to 4G LTE  speed (faster data) Up to 4G LTE speed (faster data)
Monthly cost No minimum monthly cost You must top up at least £15 to start your service. It will cost £15 to continue this Big Bundle for an additional month You must top up at least £25 to start your service. It will cost £25 to continue this Big Bundle for an additional month
  icon-tick.pngBest for cheap international calls icon-tick.pngBest inclusive package with local calls and moderate data use icon-tick.pngBest inclusive package with local calls and high data use

Call charges to special numbers (on all O2 pay and go tariffs) are as follows:

  • Calls to 0500, 0505, 055, 056, 080 and 082 numbers 15p per minute
  • Calls to 07744 and 07755 numbers 25p per minute
  • Calls to 070 numbers 66p per minute
  • Calls to mobile phones in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man 35p per minute (this includes calls to some multi-country travel SIM cards which come with mobile numbers from Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man) 
  • Calls to 0844, 0845 and 0870 numbers (similar to 13 and 1300 numbers in Australia) 45p/minute
  • Calls to 0871 numbers 35p per minute
  • UK text message 14p
  • International text message 14p
  • Picture message 35p
With an O2 UK SIM card in your mobile, there are no connection charges or expiring minutes.
 

Please note that this is a UK SIM card. You can only buy credit at shops in the UK (although you can also top up credit online and you can also buy credit from us). Although it is a great SIM for travelling in Europe, you need to top up online if you are travelling outside the UK. 

You can set up an account on O2's website (although this entirely optional) so you can check your account balance online. If you want to do this you will need to enter a UK address (your hotel address will be fine).

Cheaper international calls with the O2 International SIM

If you choose the O2 International SIM card you will receive discounted international calls. International calling rates with the O2 International SIM card are:

Country Landline Mobile
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
USA (excluding AK & HI) 2p per minute 2p per minute

International SMS text messages cost 14p per message.

icon-attention.pngPlease note: International call charges are much higher if you choose one of O2's Big Bundle packages. With a Big Bundle package you will pay £1.50 to call home to Australia (and most other countries outside Europe). If you choose one of the Big Bundle packages we advise that you use a service such as Facetime, Localphone, Rebtel, Skype or Viber to make cheaper international calls when you call home.  

Free calls and text messages to other UK mobiles

Your O2 SIM card comes with an allowance of calls to other UK mobile phones. The allowance will vary depending on which rate plan you choose, although all options are fine if there are several of you travelling around the UK together using O2 SIM cards.

With the International SIM tariff

If you choose the International SIM tariff and top up more than £15, you get 3000 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 data
£15+ top up 3000 text messages and 3000 minutes of phone calls to other O2 UK mobile phones plus 100MB data

With a Big Bundle tariff

If you have one of the Big Bundle tariffs you still have an allowance of calls to UK landline phones and other UK mobile phones (and this isn't restricted to other O2 mobiles). 

£15 Big Bundle £25 Big Bundle
750 minutes to other UK landline and UK mobile phones 3000 minutes to other UK landline and UK mobile phones
2000 SMS text messages to UK mobile phones 4000 SMS text messages to UK mobile phones

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: 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
Call a mobile phone or landline in Australia 99p per minute
Receive a call 4p per minute
Send a text message 5p per message
Receive a text message free
Access data £1.99 per day
(up to 50MB)

These European roaming rates apply to all O2 pay and go SIM cards.

Please note: While calls made within the European Union are relatively cheap, calls made to non-EU countries while roaming within the EU are considerably more expensive (calls to Australia are 99p/minute for instance). It is recommended that you use an app such as Localphone, Rebtel, Skype or Viber over a Wi-Fi connection for calls home while using this SIM card outside the UK.

Please note that this is a UK SIM card. You can only buy credit at shops in the UK (although you can also top up online if you are outside the UK).  

Bolt-ons

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 unlimited data and low-cost roaming in Europe.

Rather than confuse you with the full list of available bolt ons, we will just list the four most popular ones here.

Web bolt ons

O2's Web bolt ons let you access the internet from your phone. These generally make sense if you're staying in the UK for a week or longer. O2's various web bolt-ons include:

Bolt-on Cost Data allowance
Basics £3 per month 100MB
All Rounder £6 per month 500MB
The Works £10 per month 1GB
The Ultimate £13 per month 2GB

To set up these O2 Web bolt ons call 2425 free of charge from your O2 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 in the UK if you don't have a web bolt-on or if you have used all your web bolt-on allowance.

O2 Travel

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, Croatia, 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.

In most cases this bolt-on will already be active on your account, however it is best to call O2 customer service on 4445 prior to leaving the UK to double check this otherwise you may be charged the casual European roaming rate of 19p/MB. You can add the O2 Travel bolt-on by texing TRAVELON to 21300 this feature is not already enabled on your mobile.

When you have used your 50MB daily roaming allowance you can add an additional 50MB by texting MORETRAVEL to 21300.

Coverage

O2 has excellent coverage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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You can check your coverage here.

 

Please note the above rates are current as of 1 September 2015

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