The 100% Mobile portal's subscription service allows you to squeeze a month's gameplay out of a title for O2. After that point, you can leave the subscription without any lingering obligations, should you so wish.
Here we're looking at how you can get your hands on one of these subscription games.
You can access the 100% Mobile portal directly from the O2 WAP site. There will either be a link on the main O2 Active homepage or on the O2 games page, depending on your handset. There currently no direct reference to 100% Mobile itself in these links. Instead the idea is to lure you in with some of 100%'s more unique features. Currently, it's the promise of free demos with the Try B4 U Buy link, as seen in this screenshot.
|Finding the games
Click on this link and you'll be directed to a 100% Mobile landing page. It won't necessarily feature a direct subscription link at the top of the page, as we see in this image. In this case, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 'All Games' Link.
|Finding the subscription area
Here, you will see an overview of all the categories available on 100% Mobile. Obviously, the Subscribe option is a pricing one, so jump on the second link down to be taken onto the list of all available pricing options. Neatly laid out, the subscription is marked with the magic O2 price point.
|Finding a game
The three titles displayed with thumbnail images at the top of the next page are the subscription service's three featured titles. For the purposes of this demonstration, we'll try out a bit of retro arcade gaming with Tetris.
|Parting with your cash
Clicking on the game link will take you to the specific game page. Below the teaser banner that adorns each of the games pages the available payment methods are displayed. For the traditionalists, there will always be a standard 'buy outright' option, but as you can see here, Tetris offers the O2 subscription option we're looking for. See that 'game review' link? Click that and you'll get to see what we thought of the game. For now though, just hit the subscription link.
|Downloading your game
The buy screen that follows on from this link looks much like any other game game buy screen, so you should feel right at home if you're a mobile game fan. Click 'download now' and the game will install to wherever your games are normally kept.
| Playing your game
Once the download has completed, just exit the browser and the game will have installed itself onto your handset. Run the game as normal and you'll be faced with a quick licence check. 100% Mobile games use a wrapper technology that checks whether you've rented, bought or subscribed to a game, so after this it'll need to connect to WAP to check out these particular details. However, once this is done, the game will run just like it would as if you'd bought it from any other source. Your O2 spend will last for a whole month, after which you can choose to leave the subscription without any additional charges.