Seven of the best UK SIM only deals

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals

Occasionally, the best way to grab a new phone – if you have the bucks lying around – is to buy the thing outright (‘SIM free’) and grab a tariff that simply gives you a SIM card and a monthly allowance (‘SIM only’). Or maybe your contract is up and you’re looking for the most cost effective way to keep your current phone in action before upgrading.

In either case, we’re looking at seven of the best UK SIM only deals at present, essentially one for each of the Big Four (Three, O2, Vodafone, EE), plus three MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators). Ready? Go!

EDIT: Be sure to check out our new feature Best UK SIM only deals. We've highlighted some of the best tariffs, and listed more than 100 UK SIM only offerings.

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals1. 3 Mobile SIM only

3 Mobile’s SIM only plans are a firm favourite, thanks in part to being the only UK network to offer unlimited 4G data – for as little as £15PM!

Price: £15PM

Length: 12M

Total: £180

Allowance: 4GB data, 600 minutes, unlimited texts OR all-you-can-eat data, 200 minutes, unlimited texts

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
  • Three inTouch lets you use your allowance via Wi-Fi when you’ve no mobile signal

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals2. EE SIM only

This one is a little more expensive, but going above the 2GB threshold gives access to EE’s double speed network (where available).

Price: £21.99

Length: 12M

Total: £263.88

Allowance: unlimited minutes and texts, 5GB data

Extras:

  • Free 0800/0808/0500 calls
  • Tethering included
  • 4G data included (double speed since we’re above 2GB per month)
  • 2-for-1 cinema every Wednesday
  • 2-for-1 pizza every Wednesday @ Pizza Express
  • Free London Underground Wi-Fi at over 100 stations

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals3. giffgaff SIM only

giffgaff formerly described itself as a PAYG network, though it now offers what it calls 30-day SIM only plans. Same difference, really i.e. no commitment.

Price: £10 for 3G or £12 for 4G

Length: 30 days

Total: £10 or £12

Allowance: 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data

Extras:

  • Free giffgaff-to-giffgaff calls
  • 4G included (on £12 plan)
  • Tethering included
  • No commitment
  • Possible cashback by participating in the community (no traditional customer service i.e. call centre)

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals4. O2 SIM only

O2 prides itself on customer service, with a large portion based right here in the UK. As it should be!

Price: £16PM

Length: 12M

Total: £192

Allowance: 1,000 minutes, 1GB data, unlimited texts

Extras:

  • 4G data included
  • 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

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals5. Tesco Mobile SIM only

Tesco Mobile is a popular MVNO using the O2 network.

Price: £12.50PM

Length: 12M

Total: £150

Allowance: 1,500 minutes, 5,000 texts, 1GB data

Extras:

  • 4G included
  • Tethering included
  • Tesco Mobile uses the O2 network
  • Add £2.50PM for rolling 30-day variant

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals6. Virgin Mobile SIM only

This one is ideal for a relatively low data user who likes to talk and text. 1,000 minutes = 33.33 minutes per day.

Price: £8

Length: 12

Total: £96

Allowance: 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data

Extras:

  • Potential savings available for existing Virgin Media customers
  • Note: 4G and tethering not included
  • Virgin Mobile uses the Orange and T-Mobile networks

Seven of the best UK SIM only deals7. Vodafone SIM only

This SIM offer used to be an astounding £22PM. We're sure you'll agree £16.50PM is significantly more appealing!

Price: £16.50PM

Length: 12M

Total: £198

Allowance: unlimited minutes and texts, 1GB data

Extras:

  • 4G data included
  • Tethering included
  • Add £2 for one-month variant

Read more about: 3 MobileEEGiffgaffO2Tesco MobileVirgin MobileVodafone

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 12, 2014 at 01:12

If these 7 deals don't float your phone, you might wanna check out Lewis the Curdie's Best UK sim-only Deals Monster list article...

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