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Unlimited Mobile Calls, Texts, Skype and 1GB Internet From 3 Network for £15

As from Next November, UK users of Three network will be able to make unlimited calls and send unlimited texts to other users on the same network for only £15.

The plan - announced during a briefing by 3 CEO Kevin Russell - will also include internet access up to 1GB capacity - which is worth £10 on its own - and the usual 4300 monthly Skype minutes. But it is not known whether this will also apply to existing customers.

Three is gambling on the fact that it does not have to pay termination fees or in the industry's lingo, mobile termination rate (MBR), when customers stay on the same network.

Three reckons that it pays more than £38 million per annum to other networks at a rate of 6p per minute while the price of every SMS hovers between 2p and 3p although the true price is likely to be around a pence a minute.

Although Three also benefits from MBR, the fact that it is UK's smallest network is working against it and while the European Commission has already said it would crack down on the exorbitant MBR fees soon, the other major mobile networks - like Vodafone - have threatened to charge customers to receive calls if Brussels kills their golden goose.

O2 offers Text or Calls Freedom allowing either unlimited O2 to O2 calls or unlimited texts to anyone when joining a Simplicity Pay Monthly tariff with 600 minutes or more per month.

T-Mobile on the other hand offers a whopping 600 minutes and unlimited texts for £20 on its Solo contract, anytime, any network.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.