TalkTalk Mobile launches UK’s cheapest mobile plan

TalkTalk is claiming to have launched the UK’s cheapest mobile plan with its new service starting at £3.50.

The SIM-only plan offers 100 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB data with the SIM available on a no-obligation month-by-month basis or on a 12-month contract, and comes as part of TalkTalk Mobile’s tariff refresh.

“Our new tariffs are centered around having more time to chat, text and surf the net without paying a penny extra," Dan Meader from TalkTalk told The Daily Telegraph. "With more handsets than people out there, our SIM-only price plans are perfect for people who want to keep their current handset or hand it down to their children, without having to take a pricey contract. We want people to have more choice and flexibility.”

There are three choices of plan with Small, mentioned above, Medium and Large. Medium plans offer more inclusive minutes and texts with Large plans adding unlimited calls and texts as well as up to 4GB of data per month.

It means that TalkTalk Mobile, which operates a mobile virtual network operator [MVNO] on Vodafone UK’s network, is offering unlimited texts and calls for the first time in its history.

TalkTalk’s cheap-as-chips tariffs come in the wake of warnings that mobile phone bills are set to increase on the back of a decision by communications regulator Ofcom to increase the charges it levies for use of certain bands of airwaves.

As part of the move EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three will see combined annual fees rise from £64.4 million to £309 million and the Treasury will be boosted to the tune of £245 million as a result. Talk is that mobile operators will seek to address the shortfall by charging customers extra with an individual at one network stating that it will stunt the progress of high speed Internet in rural areas.