o2 is no longer free
We're thinking ... save time
It not a supprise to see that o2 has pulled it's unlimited internet package (see BBC "O2 network scraps unlimited data for smartphones"). All new new or upgrading users will be capped at 500mb or 1gb.
In Dec 2006 I wrote a short article on my website about how 3 had launched an unlimited international package. It was actually an umetered internet package (fair usage ), which you could use skype, msn, ebay, etc with. It was a huge step forward if you needed mobile internet, and at the time although in relatively small numbers more people where going online with their mobile phones.
Note : This was of course was well before the launch of the bandwidth hungry iPhone in June 2007 (bandwidth hungry because you can).
During a recent inview the BBC conducted with one of the mobile networks. Part of the discussion considered the implications of growing demands for data. Users are demanding both faster and more bandwidth. The majoirty of new hand sets being released have social networking actilities, and the latest iPhone touts it's video conferencing facility.
I supposed it's no real supprise to find the network(s) wanting to charge.
UPDATE - 13th June 2010 = "Why file-sharing has killed 'unlimited' mobile data contracts", guardian.co.uk, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jun/11/mobile-data-unlimited-end. I found one particular fact very interesting "97% of O2 smartphone users us less than 500mb, and that only a tiny number use more the 1GB." This they make the pont that the vast majority of us are about to suffer for the sake of the 3%. What i will be interested to see is if the USB dongle users still get their unlimited package?