Updated: 20:00 05/07/18
Best SIM Only Deals: So perhaps you’ve bagged yourself a shiny new SIM free smartphone, but now you’re on the hunt for a great value SIM only deal. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
ID Mobile sim only deal
iD Mobile currently have the best deal on a 10GB SIM only plan, costing just £10 per month. This gets you 300 minutes and unlimited texts, too.
O2 Netflix Deal: O2 has just announced a partnership with Netflix, delivering 6 months of free Netflix for SIM only deals 18GB+. Jump to the O2 deals section below to see some of the offers.
Picking up a shiny new mobile phone can be rather expensive once you’ve added together all of the sums. Most contracts will tie you into a 24 month contract, locking you into the same provider. Who knows what your circumstances will be in the next 24 months.
A SIM only deal might therefore be your best option, giving you the flexibility to change provider or tariff on the fly. It’s also potentially a much cheaper way to get the phone of your dreams. If you can afford to buy a phone outright, it’ll work out much cheaper to then get a SIM only deal. The total cost of ownership after 24 months will be much lower than a contract.
It’s also worth looking at a SIM only deal if you’ve come to the end of your contract. This is because your contract’s monthly cost includes both your phone service as well as a contribution to pay off the cost of your phone. Once the phone is paid off at the end of your contract, there’s no need to pay as much, so it’s worth shopping around for a new SIM only contract.
While the ultimate SIM only deals with unlimited data remain an elusive beast, many of the options we’ve listed below have a generous amount while also giving unlimited calls and texts.
So without further ado, we’ve done the leg work and rounded up the UK operator’s best SIM only deals for you below.
Virgin Media Business Deal
You can save £25 a month when signing up for Voom Fibre 3 Business Broadband with a superb Samsung Galaxy S9+ and generous 32GB of data.
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iD Mobile SIM only deals
iD Mobile are currently offering an extra 10GB of data on their £20 sim, making it a great all-rounder with unlimited minutes and texts, and a whopping 30GB of data.
This is currently the UK’s lowest-priced 30GB data option, making it an unmissable offer for anyone who loves to stream content on the go. This type of offer doesn’t usually rear its head until the likes of Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so you better act fast before it goes.
Tesco SIM only deals
Currently, Tesco Mobile have a great number of deals that will suit a range of requirements, including a big data 20GB package on discount.
- Get Deal: 20GB, 5,000 minutes, 5,000 texts for £18/month (save £7/month)
- Get Deal: 6GB (2GB extra), 5,000 minutes, 5,000 texts for £12.50/month
- Get Deal: 3GB (1GB extra), 500 minutes, 5,000 texts for £10/month
All of these SIM only deals are for a 12 month contract. While these don’t have unlimited calls and texts, they’ll be more than most people will ever need.
Vodafone SIM only deals
Vodafone is currently offering these Vodafone Basic deals that come with free extra data each month.
Get Deal: 3GB (
1GB) of data, unlimited calls and texts for just £8/month
Get Deal: 5GB (
3GB) of data, unlimited calls and texts for just £10/month
These SIM only contracts are only 12 months, too, so you won’t be locked into a long contract. The inclusion of unlimited calls and texts are a real bonus, and you get a generous amount of data on both packages for light users. Caps are in place to make sure you don’t go over your limit to avoid overspending, which should take some weight off your mind.
If you need more data, then this is a great choice:
This is a particularly good deal for the inclusion of Red Entertainment. This gets you 12 months subscription to either NOW TV Mobile, Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify, which alone is worth up to £135. So if you were already interested in any of these subscriptions, that’s a tasty saving with plenty of data to use along with.
Virgin SIM only deals
If you’re in need of considerably more data, Virgin Media has an offer on a 40GB package.
Virgin Media is an MVNO that uses EE’s network, so there’s no worries about reception. This also gets you 5000 minutes and unlimited texts.
If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper but still want plenty of data then you’re in luck – Virgin has tripled the allowance on its £15/month SIM to 24GB.
You’ll want to act fast though, the deal is part of Virgin’s Red Hot Summer Sale and will only be around until July 17th, so don’t delay!
O2 SIM only deals
O2 has just announced a partnership with Netflix, giving you 6 months free Netflix for SIM only deals 18GB+. Considering Netflix usually costs £7.99 a month, that’s a great incentive. If you’re one of the many people already subscribing to Netflix, this isn’t wasted as the 6 months can be credited to your existing account.
These deals expire August 8th.
- Get Deal: 18GB, unlimited calls, unlimited texts for £20 (includes 6 months Netflix)
- Get Deal: 25GB, unlimited calls, unlimited texts for £25 (includes 6 months Netflix)
- Get Deal: 40GB, unlimited calls, unlimited texts for £30 (includes 6 months Netflix)
The below is actually a PAYG SIM, meaning you’re not tied into a contract – you just need to top up enough to qualify for the data.
Three SIM only deals
If you’re willing to take out a 12 month SIM only contract, you can get a generous 12GB of data from Three for just £16 a month.
All 12GB can be used as a mobile hotspot as well, so this is great if you want to tether another device like a tablet or laptop to get online. You also have Feel At Home in 71 countries around the world, allowing you to take your Three perks with you at no additional charge in any of the listed countries, including the United States, Spain and France.
You also get Go Binge, which means your data allowance isn’t counted against certain services such as Snapchat. You can read more about Go Binge here.
EE SIM only deals
EE has some great options for high data SIM only deals.
- Get Deal: 20GB, unlimited texts, unlimited minutes for £22
- Get Deal: 40GB, unlimited texts, unlimited minutes for £25
Right now, you can also also get 2GB of data, unlimited texts and 100 minutes for a £10 top-up.
The good news is that this offer has data rollover, meaning any data you don’t use in a month rolls over to the next so it doesn’t go to waste.
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How to choose a new SIM only deal
Keep your old phone number
If you do take out a new SIM only deal, there’s no reason you can’t keep your old phone number. Just ask your old provider for a PAC code, then give this to your new operator. This code essentially gives them permission to port your old phone number across to your new operator. No need to message everyone in your phone book with your new digits and just think of all the money you’d save from not having to print any new business cards.
Check the network coverage
Everyone’s network coverage experience is going to be different because it’s all dependent on location and distance from the nearest cellular tower. As such, it’s important you check the network coverage for both voice and 4G wherever you plan on using your phone most. Typically, it’s a good idea to check your home and work address. A high data sim might be tempting but if a particular network doesn’t cover your intended destination, then those dreams of watching Netflix atop a mountain could fly out the window.
Simply pop your postcode into each network’s coverage checker to get an idea of what you can expect:
- O2 network coverage checker
- Vodafone network coverage checker
- EE network coverage checker
- Three network coverage checker
- iD network coverage checker
- Virgin Media Mobile coverage checker
- Tesco Mobile coverage checker
All of the UK’s big operators (that’s O2, Vodafone, EE and Three) support something called Wi-Fi calling now. This lets you use a Wi-Fi connection to make and receive calls and texts, bypassing any network coverage woes. This function is dependent on your phone being compatible with Wi-Fi Calling and you turning on the necessary settings.
Unfortunately, EE doesn’t provide Wi-Fi Calling for SIM only contracts, only on phones bought as part of a pay monthly contract.
That’s it for our cheap SIM only deals. Seen any other great SIM only deals? Let us know @TrustedReviews.