Plucky young upstart, Free Mobile, founded in 2007, has announced a new tariff for customers in its native France, and it can only be described as ridiculously cheap.
Indeed, the prices are so competitive that some analysts are predicting civil war. Er, between French mobile operators, at least.
Here’s how the Free Mobile tariffs work. For €19.99 a month, you get unlimited calls within France and to landlines in a further 39 countries, and unlimited data and unlimited texts. If you happen to be a Free Mobile ADSL customer, the price drops to €15.99.
Or you can grab 60 minutes and 60 texts for just €2 per month. If you’re a Free Mobile ADSL customer, said package is entirely free.
In either case, there’s no minimum contract period.
“What the fu…?!” I hear you cry. How can Free Mobile offer such insane-o tariffs? Well, there's a 3GB cap on cellular data for starters, and Free Mobile is hoping Wi-Fi and femtocell technology will handle a chunk of the load.
Interesting stuff. Le ball est very much in le court d’Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom.