Three Adds Free 0800 Calls to SIM-Only Plans but Axes Unlimited Tethering

By Gerald Lynch on at

Falling in line with Ofcom's freephone number rules, Three has announced that it will stop charging SIM-only customers making calls to 0800 numbers. Other 08 numbers will see their fees capped at a more-reasonable 5p per minute too.

To mark the news, Three has launched a range of new plans that bring its SIM-only deals closer to its pay-monthly phone tariffs. Starting at £7 a month, the cheapest plan offers 500MB of data and 200 minutes, while the top-tier £23 per month bags you unlimited data and calls too. Three's Feel At Home free roaming deal is also included in the 12-month SIM-only deals.

It's a silver lining, however, to a particularly dark cloud for those that use their Three SIM-only plans for tethering purposes -- especially those that use the now-less-attractive One Plan primarily for tethering. After ditching unlimited tethering for new handset owners earlier this year, the network has now added a cap to tethering on new SIM-only plans, cutting the cord on your tethered data allowance at 4GB. Those buying a contract phone get some better news though -- their tethering allowance will double from 2GB to 4GB at some point next year. However, the halcyon days of the One Plan being the best network offer around have come to an end. [Three]