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3 U.K. To Offer Unlimited Internet Access

3 U.K. To Offer Unlimited Internet Access

The New York Times:

3 U.K., a unit of Hutchison Whampoa, based in Hong Kong, is the fourth-largest mobile operator in Britain and is known for offering the lowest-cost plans. The company’s unlimited data offer is limited to the British market, according to documents describing the new pricing plan obtained by the International Herald Tribune.

In Europe, 3 also has networks in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Austria.

Perhaps this new strategy won’t force the bigger European guys (Vodafone, Telecom, O2) to change their tiered plans. But think of this unlimited plan as a way to promote a certain smartphone from Apple coming out next year.

Update: Or, as Brad McCarty over at TNW puts it – “you can now walk into a 3 retailer, purchase an iPhone 4 at £69, then pay £35 per month for 2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts plus “all-you-can-eat” data. That’s compelling, no matter how you look at it.”