I've been on t-mobile pay as you go since 2007 (although I've just ordered a new contract phone from them) and I have been using their price package known as 'text appeal' since the start.
From memory t-mobile has something like 3 pay as you go packages - one is for cheaper texts, one for cheaper phone calls and one is mates rates. I chose 'text appeal' (the cheaper text option) as I very rarely call anyone, but do quite alot of texting.
So what does text appeal get you?
The main selling point of the text appeal plan is that you only pay 3p for each text to any UK network and considering that the standard text price is usually between 10 and 12p per text, this is quite a significant saving. However by getting the cheaper text rate, you do pay slightly more for phone calls - these range from 20p to 40p per minute.
How do you get text appeal?
When I got my phone and sim with t-mobile, I got a list of tariffs and a 4 digit number to text with my chosen one. This took effect immediately, however you can change it whenever you like - I still occassionally get texts from t-mobile with new pay as you go offers and information on how to activate them if I wish to participate.
So why am I leaving pay as you go and moving on to contract?
My mobile is getting old now (over 3 years) and I need something with more capabilities - such as internet. To get a half decent replacement phone I'd probably end up spending £100+, I also currently spend about £10 a month on credit so I theorised that over the course of a year that would equate to about £20 a month. I thought instead that I would be better served looking for a contract phone on a £20 a month deal - that way I can get a better phone for free and more variety for my money (I just ordered an HTC Wildfire and will get 600 mins, 500 texts, internet and 60minutes to Australia for £20 - alot more diverse than what I'm getting on pay as you go).
Would I recommend t-mobile on pay as you go?
In the 3 years that I've been with them I've never really had any problems - sometimes their network coverage isn't brilliant (compared to others such as O2) however the price packages available mean that you need to expect issues such as this - it seems you pay more for better coverage. If you already have a phone or only want a cheap one, and use one primary method of communication then the pay as you go deals are very good value - if you want a great phone (ie. expensive) or use your phone regularly for a variety of methods of communication to a number of networks, then contract is probably the way to go.
I have been a pay as you go mobile phone customer for many years as I enjoy the freedom to chop and change my providers as I choose and not be tied up to a long contract which ultimately means I lose the opportunity to get good value for money. When you decide to have a pay as you go phone, you understand and accept that the deals will not be as good as a contract. The companies want to get you tied to them as it is well known that mobile phone brand loyalty is one of the most fluctuating areas in the commercial market.
I chose to have a T-Mobile phone purely by chance. My phone broke and I needed a new one and I was able to get a phone and pay as you go contract for £29.99, with the addition of a ten pound top up voucher.
I decided to register my phone and was impressed with the ease that I was able to do this. the website was very easy to navigate and actually gave me a variety of options to get the best deal from my vouchers, depending on if I made better use of calls than texts...or vice versa. I liked the flexibility it awarded me and have been able to change my tarrif more than once with great ease, a word of warning though, if you choose the 3p text tarrif, the call charges are hideous!
The customer service via the website is very good and I like being able to log onto to check my balance, as well as having the option to call 150 to check it out, as I sit at a computer most of the day, it is very easy to log on and check.
recently, I had noticed at the bus stops, posters advertising unlimited texts and three hundred minutes of calls all for twenty pounds as a pay as you go T-Mobile customer.
I logged onto my account and added twenty pounds of credit and then followed the instrustions ( a simple text message sent to the company). Within ten minutes I was on the new tarrif which lasts for thirty days at a time, and it now looks like I will only be paying twenty pounds a month to use my mobile, as I send more than seventy texts a day easily, I think I have got excellent value for money. As the recession deepens and everyone is out looking for the next best bargain, I was delighted to discover that T-Mobile are leading the way with promotions that ensure you stay with them, that also offer excellent value for money.
i am also pleased with the coverage available to me, I have so far had no issues with using my phone in the United Kingdom, which is also a bonus!
If you are a pay as you go customer, why not consider this option, or instead, get your provider to match the deal!
I 'm always looking for the best deals available when it comes to mobile network providers, mainly because I have a large family and everyone has a mobile, so can get rather expensive.
After searching for the best deal, I decided on T-Mobile Pay As You go.
The good thing about switching to T-Mobile is that it has three different tarriffs for you to choose from.
The 1st Option is *Mates Rates* and this is a good service to use if you have friends on the same network Texts will cost you just 5p and calls will cost you just 8p per min.
The 2nd Option is *Everyone*,which is a little more expensive but gives you a flat rate anytime,to landline, mobile or network, this works out at 15p per minute and texts cost 10p.
The best option for myself and my family was Option 3 *Text Appeal*
Basically if you prefer texting to keep in touch then texts cost just 3p each, which I was thought was great and I have never found anything as cheap as this.Calls to other T-mobile users will cost you 20p min, and other networks 40p per min, which isnt quite so good. However, I choose to text either way its always cheaper with T-mobile.