Ovivo halves “free” mobile phone services offering

The last time we checked out Ovivo, we were impressed by the offering from the startup mobile virtual network operator. Users got 200 minutes, 200 texts and 512MB monthly allowance on their smartphone package and 1GB mobile internet for a tablet.

The company, which uses Vodafone’s network, has been cutting down on its allowances. Mobile users will only get 100 minutes and 100 texts plus 400MB mobile internet (plus free Ovivo to Ovivo calls and texts) every month while tablets and mobile broadband will receive 500MB monthly allowance.

But top up £70 (seven consecutive months at £10 per month) and you will get 200 minutes, 200 texts and 600MB data for free, doing so for tablets will up the allowance to 900MB. Note that you don’t lose your credit when you top up and it doesn’t apparently expire, plus the packages last for life (or until the company winds up).

Sure, it is no longer “free” but it is still a great deal. In comparison, Vodafone charges £13 a month for 100 minutes, 100MB data, unlimited texts and 750MB UK Wi-Fi on a 30-day contract. Interestingly enough, Ovivo no longer mentions the fact that you would need to watch adverts in order to benefit from the service.