If you own multiple devices or have a family whose members each have a mobile device, you live in the United Kingdom and use O2 as your carrier, then we have some good news for you. O2 has announced two new 'Sharer Plans' that will allow you to share one data allowance across O2 SIMs, phones or tablets - either between your own devices or among other family members. They are setting up programs with data allowances from 1GB up to 20GB and across up to 10 devices. These plans are not available to Businesses or Pay & Go customers.
To get a Sharer Plan, you will need a phone or tablet on an O2 Refresh tariff with 1GB or data or more - this will become your 'lead device.' The device does not need to be on a new contract to participate in the Sharer Plan, simply go to My O2 or stop in a store to setup your plan. Once you have that lead device, you can add up to 9 additional devices - phones, tablets or SIMs - to your plan and they will all share your data allowance. If you already own additional devices, you can add them to your new plan, but only after they are out of contract.
With your My O2, you can always have access to how much data you started with, have used to date and what you have left. You can download an app for your iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone 8 devices to access your remaining data from your mobile device. O2 will also send you text messages when you are close to running out of data - you can always add a Bolt On or simply increase your allowance if you find that you are running low each month or if the total you have is cramping your style.
The O2 Sharer Plan is designed for individuals that have more than one smartphone, or possibly a tablet or other data-connected devices. If you are on the O2 Refresh tariff with 1GB of data, you would pay £6 extra per month to share your data among your devices. The O2 Family Sharer Plan is designed for a group or family use - many individuals tied into one plan, with up to ten total devices. You would select from 1GB up to 8GB of data and then pay £6 for each new person that you add to your plan. As an added bonus to attract you to the O2 Sharer Plans, they are throwing in a £25 voucher for Frankie & Benny's or Chiquito's if you sign up.