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Vectone Launches £1 Pay Monthly Contract

After TalkMobile, Vectone has become the second mobile virtual network operator in the UK to launch a £1 pay monthly contract aimed at those running on a tight budget.

The monthly package allows you to talk for up to 30 minutes and send up to 30 texts to any UK network; furthermore, it adds 30MB worth of mobile internet to the bundle.

Users need to be careful though as out of bundle costs can be quite expensive (20p per call minute and 10p per text). Internet is not that expensive though at £1 per day for 500MB data allowance.

Vectone's offer is a 30-day SIM only deal, which means that you can opt out of the contract after only one month. Talkmobile's SIMple offer came with only 25 minutes but 50 texts and no mobile internet.

You can add mobile internet for 26p per day, and Talkmobile allows you to choose between microSIM (to be used on the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 and the Nokia N9) or a normal SIM card.

Mainstream mobile phone operators have been reluctant to drop their prices so low; the five main networks have hesitated to reduce the price of their SIM only deals below £10 because this might affect their margins too much.

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.