SIM Only

Compare SIM Only deals from all networks in the UK to find the best SIM with the minutes, texts and data to suit your needs! The UK’s number one SIM Only comparison site!

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract cost
200Unlimited500mb12£8.00£96.00
600Unlimited1GB12£11.00£132.00
200Unlimited2GB12£11.00£132.00
600Unlimited4GB12£16.00£192.00
200UnlimitedUnlimited12£17.00£204.00
600Unlimited8GB12£19.00£228.00
UnlimitedUnlimited4GB12£21.00£252.00
600UnlimitedUnlimited 12£22.00£264.00
UnlimitedUnlimited8GB12£24.00£288.00
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited12£27.00£324.00

Three – Network Notes

  • 4G Included at no extra cost on all price plans
  • Free roaming in 18 countries inc USA, France, Spain, New Zealand Ireland, Italy, Australia, Hong Kong, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Indonesia etc…
  • Control your spend by capping the account. This prevents any extra costs over the monthly price.
  • £3 extra for one month versions
  • Tethering allowed on all plans, If you have unlimited data then you get 8GB of tethering
  • Free 0800/0808/0500 calls + 087/084 etc… charged at 5p a min + London Underground Wi-Fi at no extra cost
  • Rated best network for data and customer service
  • You can download Three inTouch which is a free app for Android/iOS that allows you to make calls over Wi-Fi when you’re in an area with poor signal.

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract costCashback
250Unlimited250mb12£9.99£119.88£21.00
500Unlimited500mb12£12.99£155.88£21.00
2000Unlimited2GB12£16.99£203.88£36.75
UnlimitedUnlimited4GB12£20.99£251.88£36.75
UnlimitedUnlimited6GB12£23.99£287.88£52.50
UnlimitedUnlimited10GB12£25.99£311.88£52.50

EE – Network Notes

  • 4G Included at no extra cost on all price plans
  • Double speed 4G included on price plans with 2GB data or more
  • Tethering included on all plans
  • £3 extra for one month versions
  • Visual Voicemail and London Underground Wi-Fi included at no extra cost
  • Free 0800/0808/0500 calls + 087/084 etc… charged at 5p a min
  • Costs 25p to call customer service
  • Be Aware that EE increase the cost of your price plan in line with RPI every 12 months. In March 2016 the monthly cost will increase by a small amount

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract costCashback
300Unlimited300mb12£10.50£126.00£26.25
500Unlimited500mb12£13.50£162.00£42.00
UnlimitedUnlimited2GB12£15.30£183.60£42.00
UnlimitedUnlimited4GB12£19.54£234.48£63.00
UnlimitedUnlimited7GB12£23.80£285.60£78.75
UnlimitedUnlimited10GB12£27.20£326.40£89.25
UnlimitedUnlimited20GB12£30.60£367.20£89.25

O2 – Network Notes

  • 4G Included on all price plans.
  • O2 Priority moments gives you rewards for being a loyal customer
  • Rated best for customer service in the UK
  • £3 extra for one month versions
  • Tethering allowed on all plans
  • If you have poor signal at home- O2 have released TuGo for Android/iOS/Windows which allows you to make calls over Wi-Fi when you don’t have a mobile signal.
  • Be Aware that O2 increase the monthly price every 12 months in line with RPI in March. So in March 2016 the price of your plan will increase by a small amount

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract costCashback
300Unlimited250mb12£9.50£114.00£52.50
600Unlimited1GB12£14.00£168.00£84.00
UnlimitedUnlimited2GB12£15.30£183.60£84.00
UnlimitedUnlimited4GB12£19.80£237.60£115.50
UnlimitedUnlimited6GB12£24.30£291.60£136.50
UnlimitedUnlimited10GB12£27.20£326.40£136.50
UnlimitedUnlimited20GB12£30.00£360.00£136.50

Vodafone – Network Notes

  • 4G Included on all price plans
  • Tethering included on all plans
  • £2 extra for one month versions
  • Includes 500mb of UK Wi-Fi
  • Choose from either Netflix, Sky Sports or Spotify for up to 12 months on selected plans
  • Three month unlimited data test drive
  • Blackberry services included at no extra cost

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract cost
2505000500MB12£7.50£90.00
7505000500MB12£10.00£120.00
25050001GB12£10.00£120.00
100050001GB12£12.50£150.00
300050002GB12£15.00£180.00
500050003GB12£17.50£210.00
500050006GB12£22.50£270.00

Tesco – Network Notes

  • 4G Included on all price plans from £10pm
  • Tethering included on all plans
  • £2.50 extra for one month versions
  • Control your spend by applying a cap on your account. This will stop you running up a bill
  • Apply for the family scheme to get an extra 150 minutes or 250mb data on multiple contracts you take out
  • Same coverage as the O2 network
  • Blackberry services included at £2.50 extra

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract cost
250Unlimited500MB1£7.50£7.50
500Unlimited1GB1£10.00£10.00
500Unlimited2GB1£12.00£12.00
1000Unlimited4GB1£15.50£15.00
2000Unlimited6GB1£18.00£18.00
UnlimitedUnlimited6GB / Always On1£20.00£20.00

GiffGaff – Network Notes

  • All plans include 4G at no extra cost.
  • Tethering Included on all plans
  • All deals provide maximum flexibility by having a 30 day minimum commitment (Pay as you go)
  • Always on data allows you to use 6GB at full speed but then slows down your internet to browsing speeds. Streaming/downloading is restricted after this time until the next month.
  • Free calls to GiffGaff customers
  • Same coverage as the O2 2G/3G network
  • GiffGaff run a cashback scheme which allows you to earn money for participating in their community

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MinutesTextsDataMonthsPrice per monthTotal Contract cost
250Unlimited250MB1£5.00£5.00
1250Unlimited500MB1£8.00£8.00
2500 +Unlimited1GB1£10.00£10.00
Unlimited +Unlimited2GB1£12.00£12.00
Unlimited + Unlimited4GB1£15.00£15.00
Unlimited +Unlimited8GB1£23.00£23.00

Virgin – Network Notes

  • 3G Data only. Virgin have not launched 4G yet. Virgin use the EE network.
  • Tethering not included
  • All deals provide maximum flexibility by having a 30 day minimum commitment
  • Deals marked with the + icon include 087 and 084 numbers.
  • Existing Virgin Media customers get free calls to Virgin Media phones.
  • Be Aware that Virgin increase the cost of your price plan in line with RPI every 12 months. In March 2016 the monthly cost will increase by a small amount

Other SIM Only Deals

Carphone Warehouse
  • Carphone warehouse always have some great cashback deals on their website. Carphone warehouse compare the best deals on the market and then add in cashback to various deals. If a cashback deal from CPW is better than from the network then I will have mentioned it above under the network notes.
Lyca Mobile
  • Lyca Mobile are great if you need to call internationally, their deals start from as little as £5 a month and you can get excellent UK and International packages.
  • Lyca are currently offering 500 Minutes, Unlimited texts and 3GB data for just £15. Lyca use the O2 network
Lebara Mobile
  • Lebara Mobile are great for international calls as well. You can get great deals on UK packages and low international call rates. Lebara is great for someone who wants a pay as you go SIM card and likes to call internationally fairly often. Lebara use the Vodafone network.
Talk Talk Mobile
  • If you’re a talk talk broadband customer you can save money by signing up to a 12 month contract with Talk Talk Mobile. For just £3.95pm you can get 250 Minutes, Unlimited texts and 300MB of data, or you can get 1000 Minutes, Unlimited texts and 3GB of data for just £10pm. Be aware that Talk Talk customer service isn’t great and there is a reason the prices are so low. Talk Talk use the Vodafone network.

Pay as you go Deals

Three

Three currently offer the best pay as you go deal on the market.

Three announced a brand new Pay as you go tariff that has taken the market by surprise. It provides a per unit cost that is cheaper than any other network and allows you to buy add ons as well if you need to. The credit also lasts and doesn’t expire. Does what it says on the tin. Great for low users.

Top up as much as you want and then pay:
3p a min
2p a text
1p a MB (Includes 4G Data)

It’s as simple as that. You can also buy Add Ons with a set allowance as well. Make sure that your phone is a 3G phone though.

Giff Gaff

Whilst not as good as Three, Giff Gaff offer some great pay as you go goodybags, and their standard rate isn’t too bad either.

This is great for a very low user who just makes the occasional call or text and doesn’t really use the internet on their phone. If you use the internet then you may be better off going for a goodybag or SIM Only deal above.

Giff Gaff charge:
0p a Min & 6p a text
20p a day for 20mb internet (3G/2G data only)
Free calls to 0800 numbers/Giff Gaff numbers and cheap international calls from 2p a min

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