'Introductory' offer gives customers up to 8GB of data until Oct. 31

O2 UK, which will be going head-to-head with Vodafone when it launches its 4G LTE network on Aug. 29, has announced the pricing and data caps for its 4G plans. As part of an "introductory extra data offer" customers signing up get an increased data allowance until Oct. 31.

Prices start at £22 per month on O2's "Refresh" plans, which are billed in addition to a monthly fee for a 4G phone. The cheapest plan comes with 1GB of data, or you can step up to 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £27, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £32.

There will also be 12-month SIM-only "Simplicity" plans available, with 1GB for £26, 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £31, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £36. All of O2's 4G plans come with unlimited calls and texts.

On the whole, O2's pricing isn't drastically different to what's on offer from 4G rivals Vodafone and EE -- you're still dealing with data caps, and there's still a hefty premium over the standard 3G service. Like the other networks, O2 is also offering bundled music and sports deals with its 4G packages, and there's also a gaming bundle available that'll allow gamers to play online without eating into their data allowances.

O2's 4G network will go live on Aug. 29 in London, Leeds and Bradford, and the operator says it'll have a total of 10 4G markets by the end of the year.

Source: O2