Good news for Three SIM-only customers: the network is no longer charging for calls made to 0800 numbers, implementing a new Ofcom directive a year ahead of it becoming mandatory.
Sadly, though, there's bad news too: Three is scrapping unlimited tethering on its SIM-only plans, effectively killing off the much-loved One Plan as we knew it.
From now on, SIM-only plans will see personal hotspot allowances capped at 4GB, while contract users – who saw their own tethering allowances cut to 2GB in March – will see their quota double to 4GB at some point next year.
Calls to 0800, 0808 and 0500 numbers will be entirely free of charge, and will fall outside of users' voice minutes allowance regardless of how often you use them. Calls to other 08 numbers, such as to 084 and 087 calls, will cost 5p per minute.
Three is also introducing spending tools to help SIM-only customers manage their data and minutes better to avoid exceeding their allowance. Data allowances range from 500MB up to all-you-can-eat, with personal hotspot use supported on all plans (but limited to 4GB where applicable).
The network says it is making it easier for customers to change plans to one with a greater allowance if they find they're using more data than expected.