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O2 UK has announced a host of changes to its smartphone tariffs, which will affect anyone taking out or renewing a contract with the carrier. The biggest news is that tethering is now included with all data bolt-ons, meaning customers will simply pay for a monthly data allowance and use it however they like. Technically, O2 customers were supposed to buy a tethering bolt-on before using this feature, though on Android phones there was nothing to force them to do this. Data prices now start at £3 for 100MB, £6 for 500MB and £10 for 1GB, and data top-ups are available at a price of £10 per GB.

O2 will also make 12-month contracts with subsidized phones available to existing customers when they're due for renewal. Previously, subsidized phones were only available on 18 and 24-month contracts, and as we all know, 24 months is an eternity when it comes to smartphones.

O2 says existing customers are free to switch to a new tariff of equal or greater price without affecting their contract's end date. More info can be found at the source link. [O2 UK Blog]