Three UK launches new, lower PAYG rates

3 pence per minute, 2 pence per SMS, 1 pence per MB of data

UK mobile network Three has overhauled its Pay As You Go pricing, introducing new, lower rates for prepaid customers who don't sign up to one of its monthly "add-on" packages. From today, customers with PAYG credit who aren't using an add-on will pay 3 pence per minute for calls, 2 pence per SMS message and 1 pence per megabyte of data.

Three says the move is designed to make it easier for customers to only pay for what they use, as opposed to purchasing an add-on which expires after 30 days. It also means that one pool of PAYG credit can be more easily split between calls, texts and data.

It's not clear whether Three's 30-day add-ons, the most expensive of which includes unlimited data, will be sticking around — we've reached out to the operator to check. (Update: The answer's yes — Three informs us that it'll continue to offer PAYG add-ons.)

Regardless, the new rates certainly seem to put Three ahead in the competitive UK prepaid market. The new rates kick in from today, July 1, with all PAYG customers automatically being moved over to the updated pricing.

Source: Three; via: Crackberry

Alex Dobie
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  • wow
  • That seems really decent from three. Posted via Android Central App
  • wow, this is so much cheaper than the competition. a typical tariff is well over 10p (US$0.15 -ish) per minute for voice, similar price for a text message.
  • Impressed. May well switch over from t-mobile now
  • Great to see the low prices for PAYG (and the lower cost of the One Plan) but when will they drop the cost of Voicemail on the rest of the monthly contracts? If you are charged, it's 35p (which can add up if you are unable to take a few calls a week)... With the PAYG tariff, it's only 3p. If they can charge that little for PAYG, they should offer similar for contract users too.