Best UK SIM only deals

Best UK SIM only deals

Updated February 26, 2015: Awesome Vodafone SIM only cashback - up to £120! O2 is offering two months free on certain 12-month SIM only deals! TalkTalk has reversed its half price deals, so the ones that were full price are half price, and the ones that were half price are full price (?!?!). EE now wants at least £18.99 on a 30-day SIM only contract, and the data allowances have been butchered (mostly halved) across the board. EE cashback eases the pain somewhat, but it's goodbye to 2-for-1 cinema and pizza.

We’ve checked out some of the best UK SIM only deals from time to time, most recently in the appropriately titled feature Seven of the best UK SIM only deals.

Here we’re drilling deeper, right to the core, highlighting the best UK SIM only deals for particular users – whether you’re a talker or a browser, and showing how the best deals compare to, well, all the SIM only deals - over 100 of them. Oh, and don't forget your delicious cashback!

The master plan is to make this guide to the Best UK SIM only deals an ongoing resource, something that’ll frequently be modified and republished, rather than a one-off article that eventually becomes inaccurate and out-of-date.

As such, we’re encouraging your feedback. If you spot a particularly good UK SIM only deal, let us know below and we’ll get updating.

In the meantime, let’s get cracking with some SIM only highlights.

Best UK SIM only deals for light data

  • giffgaff £7.50 goodybag – 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 250MB 3G data, £7.50 @ giffgaff (1 month)
  • TalkTalk V – 100 minutes, 250 texts, 200MB 3G data, £5 @ TalkTalk (1 month)

Best UK SIM only deals for medium data

  • 3 Mobile - 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 1GB 4G data, £10 @ Three (12 months; £13 for 1-month variant)
  • giffgaff £10 goodybag – 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB 3G data, £10 @ giffgaff (1 month; £12 for 4G variant)
  • TalkTalk L – 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, 1.4GB 3G data, £7.50 @ TalkTalk (12 months)

Best UK SIM only deals for heavy data

  • 3 Mobile - 200 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £15 @ Three (12 months; £18 for 30-day variant)
  • giffgaff £18 goodybag – 2,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 3G data OR 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB 4G Data, £18 @ giffgaff (1 month)
  • Vodafone Red L - unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 6GB 4G data, £27PM @ Vodafone (effectively £18.67PM with £100 Quidco cashback)

Best UK SIM only deals for light talkers

  • 3 Mobile - 200 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 500MB 4G data, £7 @ Three (12 months)
  • giffgaff £7.50 goodybag – 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 250MB 3G data, £7.50 @ giffgaff (1 month)
  • TalkTalk S – 300 minutes, 250 texts, 250MB 3G data, £3.75 @ TalkTalk (12 months)

Best UK SIM only deals for medium talkers

  • 3 Mobile - 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 1GB 4G data, £10 @ Three (12 months; £13 for 1-month variant)
  • giffgaff £10 goodybag – 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB 3G data, £10 @ giffgaff (1 month)
  • TalkTalk M – 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 700MB 3G data, £6.25 @ TalkTalk (12 months)

Best UK SIM only deals for heavy talkers

And now, in case you need further help picking out the deal that ticks the boxes for your particular needs, here are all UK SIM only deals offered by major networks and MVNOs.

Best UK SIM only deals3 Mobile SIM only deals

1 month

  • 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 1GB 4G data, £13 @ Three
  • 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 4GB 4G data, £18 @ Three
  • 200 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £18 @ Three
  • 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £23 @ Three
  • All-you-can-eat minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 4GB 4G data, £23 @ Three
  • All-you-can-eat minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £28 @ Three

12 months

  • 200 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 500MB 4G data, £7 @ Three
  • 200 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 2GB 4G data, £10 @ Three
  • 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 1GB 4G data, £10 @ Three
  • 200 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £15 @ Three
  • 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 4GB 4G data, £15 @ Three
  • 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £20 @ Three
  • All-you-can-eat minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 4GB 4G data, £20 @ Three
  • All-you-can-eat minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, all-you-can-eat 4G data, £25 @ Three

Network extras

  • Free 0800/0808/0500 calls
  • Text alerts when your allowance is running low
  • Tethering included (4GB for all-you-can-eat data)
  • Use your allowance abroad for free with Feel At Home
  • 4G data included at no extra cost on all Three plans (where available)
  • Three inTouch lets you use your allowance via Wi-Fi when you’ve no mobile signal

Best UK SIM only dealsVodafone SIM only deals

30 days

12 months

Network extras

  • Tethering included
  • Free Spotify Premium, Netflix or Sky Sports Mobile on Red (6 months) and Red L/XL/XXL (up to 12 months)

Best UK SIM only dealsGiffgaff SIM only deals (O2)

1 month (3G)

  • £5 Hokey Cokey – 60 + extra minutes (earn an extra minute for every minute called by a non-giffgaff number), 300 texts, 20MB 3G
  • £7.50 goodybag – 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 250MB 3G data
  • £10 goodybag – 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB 3G data
  • £12 goodybag – 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 3GB 3G data
  • £15 goodybag – 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB 3G data
  • £18 goodybag (£20 from April) – 2,000 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited 3G data

1 month (4G)

Gigabags (3G)

Cashback

  • £4.50 for a genuine free SIM activation within 30 days @ Quidco
  • 50p for a free SIM @ Quidco

Network extras

  • Tethering included (except on unlimited internet plan)
  • Free giffgaff-to-giffgaff calls
  • Earn cashback by participating in the giffgaff community
  • No commitment

Best UK SIM only dealsO2 SIM only deals

30 days

  • 100 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB data, 3G, £9 @ O2
  • 300 minutes, unlimited texts, 300MB data, 3G, £12 @ O2
  • 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data, 4G, £15 @ O2
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 4G, £21 @ O2
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 2GB data, 4G, £22 @ O2
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB data, 4G, £27 @ O2

12 months

  • 100 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB data, 3G, £8 @ O2
  • 300 minutes, unlimited texts, 300MB data, 3G, £10 @ O2
  • 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data, 4G, £13 @ O2
  • 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 4G, £16 @ O2
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 4G, £19 @ O2 (*two months free!*)
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 2GB data, 4G, £20 @ O2 (*two months free!*)
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB data, 4G, £24 @ O2 (*two months free!*)
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 8GB data, 4G, £30 @ O2 (*two months free!*)

Network extras

  • Tethering included
  • Ranked #1 for customer service
  • Deals galore through O2 Priority
  • Buy tickets up to 48 hours before general release with Priority Tickets
  • O2 TU Go lets you use your allowance via Wi-Fi when you’ve no mobile signal
  • 6/12 months access to Sun Goals on £24/£30 12M plans respectively

Best UK SIM only dealsTalkTalk SIM only deals (O2) (*existing TalkTalk customers only*)

1 month (all currently double data)

12 months (all currently double data)

Best UK SIM only dealsTesco Mobile SIM only deals (O2)

1 month

12 months

Network extras

  • Tethering included
  • 4G included free on all plans

Best UK SIM only dealsEE SIM only deals

30 days

  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 4G, £18.99 @ EE
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 3GB data, 4G, £24.99 @ EE
  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB data, 4G, £30.99 @ EE

12 months

Network extras

  • Free 0800/0808/0500 calls
  • Tethering included
  • Double speed data on plans with 2GB or more data (where available)
  • Free London Underground Wi-Fi at over 100 stations

Best UK SIM only deals

Virgin Mobile SIM only deals (EE)

30-day rolling

12 months

For Virgin Media customers only (30 days)

30-day data SIM for tablets

  • 500MB - £5.12PM
  • 1GB - £7
  • 2GB - £10

Network extras

  • Virgin Media customers (broadband, TV or home phone) qualify for 30-day commitment at 12-month prices (£5 monthly saving)
  • Unlimited calls to other Virgin Mobile mobiles

Change log

Updated February 5, 2015: Vodafone added a 3GB 30-day option for £24; cashback now available on all Vodafone 12-month SIM only deals. TalkTalk is keenly promoting its SIM only deals as some of the cheapest in the UK, though you'll need to be an existing customer to take advantage. Similarly, existing Virgin Media customers can get unlimited everything for £20, and it's introduced 30-day SIM only data deals for tablets.

Updated January 22, 2015: Vodafone's 30-day £29 option is gone. Added giffgaff gigabags for data. TalkTalk's pricing appears to have gone insane (there's now only one 30-day option, for example), but I've updated regardless! EE's £9.99 12M option is now £12.99. Orange's SIM only offerings have seemingly been removed in favour of EE PAYG, but they weren't much cop anyways!

Updated January 8, 2015: Vodafone 30-day 1,200 Plan no longer available, 30-day 1GB Plan and 3GB Plan now include 4G data; Vodafone Winter Sale on Red plans (ends February 2); Vodafone Red now 3GB data (was 4GB), Vodafone Red L now 6GB (was 7GB). Giffgaff £18 (3G) rising to £20 on April 1. Reductions on a couple of O2 12M SIM plans. TalkTalk half-price sale still on, double data when you buy online. Tesco Mobile cashback has ended (for now...). EE's £9.99 12M offering has double data and minutes (was 250, now 500); revised EE cashback amounts.

Updated December 23, 2014: New Vodafone tariffs and cashback.

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7 comments

loofer  Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:24

Aren't EE ending their 2-for-1 Wednesday cinema deal sometime very soon?
Not sure about the Pizza Express deal

lcurdie / MOD  Jan. 23, 2015 at 12:25

Aren't EE ending their 2-for-1 Wednesday cinema deal sometime very soon?
Not sure about the Pizza Express deal

True! Ending in February, though they've promised a replacement promotion. Of some kind.

SgTYNUrMmwjPB5XH  Mar. 3, 2015 at 09:25

Why doesn't this feature in "Best UK SIM only deals for medium talkers" section
1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data, 3G, £8 @ Virgin Media (12 month)

It's seems better this one for 'talkers' (not 4G and less data, BUT 400+mins & cheaper):
3 Mobile - 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts, 1GB 4G data, £10 @ Three (12 months)

shuwaz  Apr. 19, 2015 at 19:28

This is a fantastic part of the mobot site but it would be even better if it could be updated monthly...

shuwaz  Apr. 19, 2015 at 19:36

Incidentally, I'm looking for a data sim to use in my laptop as it has a 3G sim slot. Can I use any of the medium/heavy data deals in my laptop? If not, what would happen? Data gets capped or browsing speed slows down as per usual?

shuwaz  May. 5, 2015 at 20:54

A lot of this is now out of date.

I've checked deals on VM, talktalk, giffgaff, three and O2 but a lot of the deals either don't exist or their prices have changed.

Mobilex  Sep. 26, 2015 at 12:51

সালাম, আমরা যুক্তরাষ্ট্র থেকে Mobilex ইলেক্ট্রনিক্স, ইনক হয়, আমরা সরবরাহ মূল মোবাইল ফোন সঙ্গে পুলিশ

সদয়ভাবে মার্কিন পাইকারি দাম দিয়ে আমাদের সাথে যোগাযোগ করুন

অ্যাপল আইফোন 6S প্লাস
অ্যাপল আইফোন 6S
অ্যাপল আইফোন 6
অ্যাপল আইফোন 6

অ্যাপল আইফোন 5 এস
অ্যাপল আইফোন 5 সি
অ্যাপল আইফোন 4S

সমস্ত পণ্য, আনকোরা নতুন
* 1 বছরের ওয়ারেন্টি
* ফ্রি শিপিং
1 ম সম্পূর্ণ আনুষাঙ্গিক (ভাল বস্তাবন্দী এবং মূল কোম্পানি বাক্সে সিল)
2nd আনলক / ফ্রি সিম.
3. ব্র্যান্ড নতুন (মূল কারিগর)

ইনশাআল্লাহ আমরা শপথ এবং 2 থেকে 3 দিনের মধ্যে আপনার দোরগোড়ায় ঠিকানায় আপনি নিরাপদ প্রসবের আশ্বাস

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