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O2 Bolt Ons explained

8th July 2020

O2 Bolt-Ons

O2 offers a wide range of Bolt Ons that you can add to your plan. These can add data, minutes and texts to your plan, but they can also do more niche things.

Below we explain exactly what Bolt Ons are, what ones are available, how you get them, how long they last, and how much they cost.

So if you’re on O2 and ever wish you could augment your tariff, read on for a possible solution.

What are Bolt Ons?

Bolt Ons are for the most part extra allowances that you can add to your plan. So if for example you’ve run low on minutes, texts or data you can purchase a Bolt On to give them a boost until your allowances reset.

Some Bolt Ons are available as a one-off (often just lasting 1 day), while others are monthly. And as well as minutes, texts and data there are also Bolt Ons for things like picture and video messages, mobile insurance, and even Next Generation Text Service (NGTS) – the latter of which is designed for the hard of hearing and is a free Bolt On.

Note also that if you have a spending cap then the price of O2’s Bolt Ons will not be included in it.

What Bolt Ons are available?

There’s a wide range of Bolt Ons available, though exactly which ones you can get will depend on whether you’re on a Pay Monthly/SIM Only plan or a Pay As You Go one. The charts below highlight the various options available at the time of writing.

O2 Bolt-ons

Bolt On Details Price Duration Availability
More Minutes 50 UK minutes £1 1 day All plans
MMS Bolt On 50 picture or vid messages £5.11 1 month Pay Monthly
Snack 100 Minutes 100 UK minutes £3 31 days All plans
Snack 100 Texts 100 texts £3 31 days All plans
100MB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data 100MB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data £3.50 1 month Pay Monthly
500MB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data 500MB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data £6.50 1 month Pay Monthly
1GB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data 1GB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data £10.50 1 month Pay Monthly
2GB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data 2GB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data £13.50 1 month Pay Monthly
4GB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data 4GB One-off UK and Europe Zone Data £16.99  1 month Pay Monthly
8GB One-off UK and Europe Zone data 8GB One-off UK and Europe Zone data £22.99 1 month Pay Monthly
12GB One-off UK and Europe Zone data 12GB One-off UK and Europe Zone data £30.50 1 month Pay Monthly
The Works One Off 1GB of data £10 31 days All plans
BlackBerry Bolt On 500MB data, BB email and BBM £6 1 month All plans
Snack 50 Minutes and 1GB 1GB of data and 50 UK minutes £12 31 days All plans
50 Minutes and 1GB Monthly 1GB of data and 50 UK minutes £12 31 days All plans
The International Bolt On Call international mobiles and landlines from just 1p per minute £3 1 month Pay Monthly

The following Bolt Ons are only available on Pay As You Go:

O2 Bolt-ons only available on PAYG

Bolt On Details Price Duration
Basics 100MB of data £3 1 month
All Rounder 500MB of data, 20 picture messages £6.50 1 month
The Works 1GB of data, 50 picture messages £10 1 month
The Ultimate 2GB of data £13.50 1 month
Web Daily 50MB of data £1 1 day
International Monthly Discounted international calls and texts from the UK £2 1 month
International One Off Bolt On Discounted international calls and texts from the UK £2 31 days
Snack 100MB One Off 100MB of data £2 31 days
Snack 250MB One Off 250MB of data £4 31 days
Snack 500MB One Off 500MB of data £6.50 31 days

Note that Bolt Ons with the word 'snack' are one-offs, whereas ones that say 'monthly' can recur.

You can also get Bolt Ons for damage cover, or loss, theft and damage cover, and for discounts on NGTS calls.

How do I add a Bolt On?

How you add a Bolt On will partially depend on which Bolt On you want, but you can typically manage them from your My O2 account, or call 2202 from your O2 phone.

Many Bolt Ons can be added in other ways though, specifically by texting a specific word to 21300 from your O2 phone.

That word is:

  • BASICS to add the Basics Bolt On
  • ROUND to add the All Rounder
  • WORKS for The Works
  • MINS50DATA1GB for 50 minutes and 1GB monthly
  • ULTIMATE for The Ultimate
  • BBBOLTON for the BlackBerry Bolt On
  • WEBDAILY for Web Daily
  • SNACK100 for the Snack 100MB Bolt On
  • SNACK250 for the Snack 250MB one
  • SNACK500 for the Snack 500MB one
  • WORKSONE for The Works One Off
  • SNACKMINS50DATA1GB for Snack 50 minutes and 1GB
  • MONTHLYINT for the International Monthly Bolt On
  • INTERONE for the International One Off Bolt On
  • MOREMINS for More Minutes
  • SNACKMINS100 for Snack 100 Minutes
  • SNACKTEXT100 for Snack 100 Texts
  • Or text INTBOLTON to 23336 for the International Bolt On

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