updated 09:05 am EST, Fri February 1, 2008
O2 'Bolt Ons' for iPhone
Following the recent announcement of upgraded iPhone plans, UK carrier O2 has revealed a series of Bolt On packages meant to address limitations of the default voice and SMS packages. Each of the main Bolt Ons costs £7.50, and offers a choice of unlimited O2-to-O2 calls, weekend calls, or fixed-line calls; alternately, subscribers can graft on 200 minutes, or gain unlimited texting. Use of the term "unlimited" may be controversial however, as like many of the company's services, sanctions are in place against "excessive" usage.
More critical to some may be the roaming Bolt Ons, which could save on some of the notoriously high roaming costs in Europe. By paying £10 per month, subscribers can receive calls across Europe for free, or make calls for 25p per minute for the first 1,000 minutes. Spain is considered separate under this scheme, and costs £5 a month.
Finally, people can choose a single "Discount Country" for £3, granting flat rates for calls to fixed and cellular lines. These range from 9p per minute for Canada and the US, to 43p for China.