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Will 3 Back Unlimited Data Plan With Free Wi-Fi?

The announcement yesterday by 3 UK that it will remove any caps on its data plan, turning it into an "all-you-can-eat" slugfest, will change the dynamics of the UK mobile market as consumers lean towards smartphones.

But the downside is that 3's network may be overwhelmed by the number of users as well as the amount of data consumed by each of them which is where rumours of a partnership with Virgin Media over a nationwide Wi-Fi network fits it.

At the beginning of the month, tech analyst firm Ovum suggested that 3 might partner with VM to extend their services and potentially launch a Wi-Fi network, something that both Virgin Media and 3 lack sorely.

A nationwide Wi-Fi network would give 3 the necessary clout to sustain traffic several times its current capacity; in addition, the fact that most smartphones, even entry level ones come with Wi-Fi connectivity.

For now though, you can get the One Plan either on a pay monthly, two year plan from £25 a month or as a SIM only offer for £25 a month for 12 months (ed : makes sense to grab the two year contract as you get a cracking choice of phones like the Curve 9300 and the Sony Ericsson X10).

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 ITProPortal.com 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.