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3UK offers 6 month contracts to some new customers

The race to zero continues.

3 are, to my knowledge, the first network in the UK to launch 6-month contracts. Ricky, who runs our BlykWatch column, spotted this yesterday.

If you talk to 3 about a pay monthly contract, they’ll want to put you on an 18-month deal. But they MIGHT (will, probably) offer you a 6-month break clause, thus (from their site terms and conditions):

6 month minimum term contract offer available for a limited period to new approved customers registering on either Mix & match 300 or 500 with either the LG U300, Nokia 6151, Nokia 6288, Sony Ericsson Z610iR, Sony Ericsson K610iR or 3 Skypephone. Free calls and chat are for Skype-to-Skype calls and chat messages made in the UK or while roaming on a participating sister network. Fair use policy and terms apply.

Do check the contract terms and conditions — but apparently Ricky was told he could then upgrade (to a new handset?!) or cancel with no penalty after 6 months.

Smart.

It does make sense. I reckon a ton of SMS Text News readers would (like me) go out tomorrow and buy a 3UK contract to get a nice new Nokia N95 8GB on, say 25 quid a month, with an unlimited data add-on. The 6-month option is a nice assurance… but the reality is, if you’re happy, you’ll keep it for longer. 3 might as well have your money for that period of time.

I’ll see if I can find out more about this. Could be useful when I come to get my rumoured N82…

Case in point:

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15 quid a month and a free Nokia N95 8GB AND 300 mins/texts a month? If you could get that on a 6 month deal (now, I know it’s only for Mix/Match/Sony and some Nokia handsets) you’d take it, right?

In fact even on an 18 month deal, that’s a minimum of 270 pounds spend and a hot rockin’ deal for an N95 8GB… although you’d need to stump up another fiver for unlimited data but even at 360 quid it’s still a better deal than buying the handset in your Nokia store of choice for at least 500 pounds.

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10 replies on “3UK offers 6 month contracts to some new customers”

Ewan,
Is it common for NorMobs to carry multiple sims in the UK? It's not common at all here in the States. Sometimes I get the feeling that some people carry 1 sim for making voice calls, 1 sim for SMS and 1 sim for data. Am I way off here?

RickyC,
I wasn't referring to you but you would be a good example. The only people who carry 2 phones here in the US are people who have a business and personal phone. otherwise, it's only 1 per person. Though in other countries I've visited people carry 2 and 3 or more sometimes because of the better rates for each service and cheaper “in” calling to the same network.

As you know i write the BLYK watch column, but my main number is actually a a postpay T-Mobile contract! If you look at my age demographics 16-24 in the UK I would say most people only have one phone and one sim!

RickyC,
I wasn't referring to you but you would be a good example. The only people who carry 2 phones here in the US are people who have a business and personal phone. otherwise, it's only 1 per person. Though in other countries I've visited people carry 2 and 3 or more sometimes because of the better rates for each service and cheaper “in” calling to the same network.

As you know i write the BLYK watch column, but my main number is actually a a postpay T-Mobile contract! If you look at my age demographics 16-24 in the UK I would say most people only have one phone and one sim!

RickyC,
I wasn't referring to you but you would be a good example. The only people who carry 2 phones here in the US are people who have a business and personal phone. otherwise, it's only 1 per person. Though in other countries I've visited people carry 2 and 3 or more sometimes because of the better rates for each service and cheaper “in” calling to the same network.

As you know i write the BLYK watch column, but my main number is actually a a postpay T-Mobile contract! If you look at my age demographics 16-24 in the UK I would say most people only have one phone and one sim!

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