Free Pay As You Go SIM Cards: Listed, Reviewed & Networks Compared

November 18th, 2014

How to get a free SIM card for your phone: Pay As You Go offerings compared from 18 UK mobile networks.

Pay As You Go SIM CardWhether you’re a smartphone fanatic or someone who only uses their phone on a very occasional basis, there’s some great deals to be had on Pay As You Go.

The best Pay As You Go tariffs offer super-low calling rates often rivalling those on a Pay Monthly tariff. If you’d like to take advantage of the best offers currently available, simply order a free SIM card below and slot it into the back of your existing mobile phone. There are no credit checks and there’s no need to set up a direct debit: simply top-up your phone when you need extra credit.

In the table below, we review free SIM card offers from 18 of the UK’s most popular mobile phone networks. We’ve included mainstream players, low-cost providers and specialist Pay As You Go providers for calling abroad. We’ve also compared the cost of each network to help you with getting the best value for your money.

  1. Changing mobile network? If you’re keeping the same phone but changing to another network, it might be necessary to first unlock your handset. We’ve got a step-by-step guide on unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy handset.
  2. Coverage is identical on many mobile networks. Many networks share the same coverage provider: you’ll get identical levels of coverage when using any of these networks. To give an example, customers on giffgaff get the exact same coverage as customers on O2.
  3. Choosing the right type of SIM Card. When ordering your SIM card, you might be asked about which size you require. There are three types of SIM card currently available: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. Find out which one is required for your phone.
  4. Keeping your mobile number. If you’re changing network, it’s super easy to keep your existing number. Ask your old provider to give you a PAC Code and then provide this code to your new mobile network. The number transfer process will normally happen in less than one day with minimal loss of service during the transfer. For full details, see our guide on how to transfer your mobile phone number.

Free Pay As You Go SIM Card Offers

Our top pick amongst the UK’s Pay As You Go offerings is giffgaff. They have consistently proven to be the best value Pay As You Go network and have also been the most popular network amongst readers of our site.

giffgaff
Top Choice: 40% of our readers choose to join giffgaff*

  • £10 top-up buys: 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB internet.
  • Rates: 10p/minute, 6p/text and 20p/day for mobile internet (up to 20MB).
    giffgaff-to-giffgaff calls, texts and video calls are free.
  • Uses the O2 network. 99% coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

Giffgaff Goodybagsgiffgaff is currently the most popular Pay As You Go offering amongst readers of our website. The giffgaff network is fully-owned by O2: customers receive the same level of coverage as they would on the parent brand.

Costs are the main difference between giffgaff and O2: phone calls are 70% cheaper when made on giffgaff. giffgaff also have better value bundles for anyone with a smartphone. For £10/month, you’ll get twice the amount of data and five times as many minutes as you would on O2. Heavy internet users can get a massive 3GB allowance for only £12/month.

Most giffgaff members choose to buy a goodybag bundle. The £10/month goodybag gives you 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet. For light users, the £7.50 goodybag can offer even bigger savings with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of internet. Finally, heavy smartphone users get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet for £12/month. giffgaff members can call and text each other totally free of charge (all you need to do is to top up once every 3 months).

4G goodybags are available on giffgaff from £12/month.

Order giffgaff SIM card (Free) »

Other major Pay As You Go providers include:

EE
5% of our readers choose to join EE*

  • £10 top-up buys: 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB internet (Everything Pack).
  • Rates: 30p/minute and 12p/text. Bundle required to access the internet.
  • Coverage: 99% population coverage (70% with 4G), check coverage here.

EE Sim CardEE currently offers 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 4G data on their £10 Everything Pack (the pack will last for up to 30 days).

For light and occasional users, it’s instead possible to pay on a per-week basis. £1/week gets you either 25 minutes and 50 text messages (EE Talk & Text Pack) or 100MB of 4G data (EE Data Pack). If you don’t have a bundle on your account, calls will cost 30p/minute and texts will cost 12p each. Internet access is only available when you buy a bundle from EE.

Customers on EE can get 2-for-1 cinema tickets every Wednesday through the EE Wednesdays promotion.

Order EE SIM card (Free) »

O2
5% of our readers choose to join O2*

  • £10 top-up buys: 100 minutes, 1000 texts and 500MB internet (Big Bundles).
  • Rates: 35p/minute, 12p/text and £1/day for mobile internet (up to 50MB).
  • Coverage: 99% population coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

O2 currently offers a choice of three tariffs on Pay As You Go.

O2 Big BundlesThe most popular option is the Big Bundles tariff: for £10/month you’ll get 100 minutes, 1000 text messages and 500MB of data. You also get additional benefits of being on O2 such as discounts and offers through the Priority Moments service. 4G is available on Big Bundles from £15/month (for £15/month you’ll get 200 minutes, 2000 texts and 1GB of 4G data).

As well as offering the Big Bundles tariff, O2 also offers the Big Talker and International SIM cards. Big Talker gives you 3,000 O2-to-O2 minutes every time you top up your phone by £15 or more. Meanwhile, the International SIM card allows you to call abroad from only 1p/minute. Information about the three tariffs can be found on O2’s website.

Order O2 SIM card (Free) »

Tip: For £10/month, giffgaff offers 5x as many minutes, unlimited texts and twice the amount of data. giffgaff is owned by O2 and uses the O2 mobile network. Coverage is identical on both giffgaff and O2. Find out more about giffgaff.

Three
9% of our readers choose to join Three*

  • £10 top-up buys: 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB internet.
  • Rates: 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB internet (avg. 10p/day, first 150MB free).
  • Coverage: 98% population coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

Three: 321 PlanIn the UK, Three offers the lowest calling rates of any Pay As You Go network. On the 321 Tariff, you’ll pay super-low rates of 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. For a typical smartphone user, data charges will add up to around 10p/day.

Heavy users can save money by opting in to an All In One Plan. For £10/month, you’ll get 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB of 4G internet (worth a total of £68). For unlimited 4G data, choose the £15/month plan. You’ll get 300 minutes, 3000 texts and all-you-can-eat data with no download limits. Customers will receive 150MB of free data whenever they top up. The free allowance will last for up to 30 days. You’ll need either a 3G or 4G handset in order to join the network.

Order Three SIM card (Free with £10 top-up) »

Vodafone
3% of our readers choose to join Vodafone*

  • £10 top-up buys: 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB internet (Freedom Freebee)
    or £10 credit (equiv. 33 minutes) and 500MB internet (Freebee Data).
  • Rates: 35p/minute, 14p/text and £2/day for mobile internet (up to 50MB).
  • Coverage: 98% population coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

Vodafone FreedomVodafone offers a choice of five tariffs on Pay As You Go.

The most popular option is known as Freedom Freebees: for £10/month you’ll get 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 3G internet. 4G internet starts from £20/month and 4G Entertainment from £30/month (this gives you free Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV).

Some occasional users might be better off on the Freebee Minutes, Freebee Texts, Freebee Data or International Freebee tariffs. The four alternative Freebees allow you to keep the credit you’ve topped up by. With every £10 top-up, you’ll get either 150 free UK minutes, 1000 free UK texts, 500MB of free UK data or 60 minutes of free international calling.

Order Vodafone SIM card (Free) »

The following virtual network operators also provide a Pay As You Go service:

ASDA Mobile
7% of our readers choose to join ASDA Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: 500 minutes, 2000 texts and 500MB internet.
  • Rates: 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB internet (avg. 50p/day).
  • Uses the EE network. 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

For calling and texting, ASDA Mobile has some of the lowest rates available in the UK. They charge 8p/minute and 4p/text. Internet access is charged at 5p/MB with the average smartphone user needing to spend about 50p/day. The only network offering cheaper rates is Three who charge 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. ASDA Mobile uses the 2G and 3G networks provided by EE.

Order ASDA Mobile SIM card (Free) »

Co-operative Mobile

  • £10 top-up buys: 250 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB internet.
  • Rates: 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB internet (avg. 50p/day).
  • Uses the EE network. 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Like ASDA, the Co-operative Mobile also charges 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB when you’re browsing the internet (around 50p/day for the average smartphone user). For regular users, it’s possible to buy an all-inclusive bundle starting from £5/month. The most popular bundle costs £10/month and gives you 250 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB of 3G internet.

As the Co-operative Mobile is owned by its members, customers will receive an annual dividend payment. Last year, the dividend payment was equal to 2.5% of your VAT-exclusive spend (equivalent to a £2.50 dividend if you were to spend £10 every month).

Order Co-operative Mobile SIM card (Free) »

giffgaff

  • £10 top-up buys: 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB internet.
  • Rates: 10p/minute, 6p/text and 20p/day for mobile internet (up to 20MB).
    giffgaff-to-giffgaff calls, texts and video calls are free.
  • Uses the O2 network. 99% coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

giffgaff is a low-cost mobile service using the O2 network. They offer 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet for £10/month. Heavy internet users should instead choose the £12/month goodybag with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data. Both 3G and 4G goodybags are available on giffgaff. For further details, please refer to the giffgaff website.

Order giffgaff SIM card (Free) »

IKEA Family Mobile
3% of our readers choose to join IKEA Family Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: Equivalent of 125 minutes or 250 texts.
  • Rates: 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB internet (avg. 50p/day).
  • Uses the EE network. 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

IKEA Family Mobile is a low cost virtual network operator. You can have one centralised login to manage all of your family’s phone numbers. A unique selling point of the network is you’re able to choose your own custom phone number. This normally isn’t possible on other mobile networks.

Order IKEA Family Mobile SIM card (Free) »

Lebara Mobile
2% of our readers choose to join Lebara Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: Equivalent of 62 minutes or 62 texts.
  • Rates: 19p/minute, 19p/text and 19p/MB internet (avg. £1.90/day).
  • Uses the Vodafone network. 98% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Lebara Mobile is a specialist provider of international calling. Using a Lebara SIM card, you’ll be able to call abroad from as little as 1p/minute. Do be warned however: it’s 19p/minute for calling in the UK and 19p when sending a text message to another UK number. This makes it relatively expensive for domestic usage within the UK. Networks such as giffgaff will give you low-cost international calling whilst also providing low UK rates.

Order Lebara Mobile SIM card (Free) »

Lycamobile
3% of our readers choose to join Lycamobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: Equivalent of 67 minutes or 67 texts.
  • Rates: 15p/minute, 15p/text and 9p/MB internet (avg. 90p/day).
  • Uses the O2 network. 99% coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

Lycamobile is another specialist provider of international calling. They offer international calls from 1p/minute and international text messages for 15p each. Domestic calls to a UK mobile are 15p/minute and texts to a UK mobile are 15p each.

Order Lycamobile SIM card (Free) »

Mobile By Sainsbury’s
5% of our readers choose to join Mobile By Sainsbury’s*

  • £10 top-up buys: 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB internet.
  • Rates: 8p/minute, 4p/text and 50p/day for mobile internet (up to 25MB).
  • Uses the Vodafone network. 98% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Mobile By Sainsbury’s is a low-cost offering running on the Vodafone network. Calls cost 8p/minute and texts cost 4p each. Frequent users can save money by buying a monthly bundle: £10/month will give you 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 3G internet. Bundle customers receive double Nectar points on all their shopping at Sainsbury’s.

Order Mobile By Sainsbury’s SIM card (Free) »

Orange
6% of our readers choose to join Orange*

  • £10 top-up buys: £10 credit (equiv. 33 minutes), 400 texts and 1GB internet (Dolphin).
  • Rates: 30p/minute, 12p/text and 65p/MB internet (avg. £6.50/day).
  • Coverage: 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Orange DolphinOrange offers a choice of 3 ‘Animal’ plans on Pay As You Go. The most popular Animal is Dolphin: customers receive 1GB of free internet (“shed loads of data“) and 400 free text messages whenever they top up by £10/month. The remaining £10 credit will allow you to make 33 minutes of calls.

Other Pay As You Go plans include Canary (free evening & weekend calls) and Racoon (a flat rate of 14p/minute and 14p/text).

Customers on Orange Pay As You Go are able to benefit from the EE Wednesdays offer. You’ll get 2-for-1 cinema tickets and pizza every Wednesday.

Order Orange SIM card (Free) »

Talkmobile
2% of our readers choose to join Talkmobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: Equivalent of 125 minutes or 250 texts.
  • Rates: 8p/minute, 4p/text and 25p/day for mobile internet (up to 25MB).
  • Uses the Vodafone network. 98% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Talkmobile is the own-brand mobile service run by the Carphone Warehouse. It runs on top of the Vodafone network.

Order Talkmobile SIM card (Free with £10 top-up) »

Tesco Mobile
2% of our readers choose to join Tesco Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: Equivalent of 120 minutes or 300 texts.
  • Rates: 25p/minute, 10p/text and 10p/MB internet (avg. £1/day).
  • Uses the O2 network. 99% coverage, 3G & 4G internet, check coverage here.

Tesco Mobile runs a ‘Triple Your Credit’ promotion on their Pay As You Go tariff. Whenever you top up by £10, you’ll receive an extra £20 of free credit which lasts for a month. Any bonus credit which remains unused after a month will automatically expire and will not carry over.

Order Tesco Mobile SIM card (Free) »

The People’s Operator
1% of our readers choose to join The People’s Operator*

  • £10 top-up buys: 500 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB internet.
  • Rates: 12.5p/minute, 7.5p/text and 6p/MB internet (avg. 60p/day).
  • Uses the EE network. 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

The People’s Operator is an ‘ethical’ mobile network designed to support charities and good causes. 10% of your bill excluding VAT is automatically allocated towards a charity of your choice. The £10 Power Bundle comes with 500 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of internet.

Order The People’s Operator SIM card (Free) »

T-Mobile
3% of our readers choose to join T-Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: 100 minutes, 400 texts and 1GB internet.
  • Rates: 35p/minute, 14p/text and £1/day for mobile internet (up to 500MB/month).
  • Coverage: 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

T-Mobile Smart PacksT-Mobile has a range of Smart Packs on Pay As You Go. For £10/month, you’ll get 100 minutes, 400 texts and 1GB of 3G internet.

For many users still considering T-Mobile, we’d now recommend upgrading to EE where £10/month will get you 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 4G internet. The tariff on EE will give you a free boost every quarter and allows you to benefit from the EE Wednesdays offer.

Order T-Mobile SIM card (Free) »

Vectone Mobile
1% of our readers choose to join Vectone Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: Equivalent of 67 minutes or 67 texts.
  • Rates: 15p/minute, 15p/text and 9p/MB internet (avg. 90p/day).
  • Uses the EE network. 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Vectone Mobile is a specialist international calling provider.

Order Vectone Mobile SIM card (Free) »

Virgin Mobile
4% of our readers choose to join Virgin Mobile*

  • £10 top-up buys: £10 airtime (equiv. 28 minutes), 300 texts and unlimited internet (Big Data & Texts)
    or 120 minutes, unlimited landline calls and £10 airtime (equiv. 83 texts) (Big Talk)
  • Rates: 35p/minute, 12p/text and £1/day internet (up to 100MB).
  • Uses the EE network. 99% coverage, 3G internet only, check coverage here.

Virgin offers a choice of two Pay As You Go tariffs. The ‘Big Data & Texts’ tariff will give you 3000 free texts and 1GB of free internet when you top-up by £10/month. The ‘Big Talk’ tariff gives you 120 mobile minutes and unlimited free landline calls for the next 30 days.

Order Virgin Mobile SIM card (Free) »

For more information on any of the tariffs, please click through to the mobile network’s website. Our recommended deal is currently to order a free SIM card from giffgaff.

The “£10 top-up buys” calculation is based on a user who tops up by £10 every month. If you top up less regularly than once every month, your allowances may run out before the next top-up.

* Statistics on mobile network chosen by readers of this article. Based on the number of Free SIM click throughs between the 1st January 2014 and the 17th November 2014.

** Mobile internet charges. For networks that charge on a per-megabyte basis, we have given the average daily data cost for a smartphone user consuming 10MB of data. If you’d like to create a custom comparison using a different estimate, you can enter your own estimated data figure on our interactive Pay As You Go price comparison table.

    

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 80 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. Johear said:

    Which sim card is best for a Blackberry phone? I want a pay as you go sim that is best for BlackBerry. I’m thinking T-Mobile at the moment.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi,
      Are you using a phone with BlackBerry OS 10 or an earlier version (e.g. BlackBerry 7 or even earlier versions).
      On BlackBerry 10 handsets, it’s no longer necessary to have a special plan (the BlackBerry Internet Service is only required on BlackBerry 7 and earlier versions). You could hence choose any of the deals on this page.
      For BlackBerry 7, you’ll need a special BlackBerry tariff. As you mention, T-Mobile offers BlackBerry-compatible tariffs from £10/month (though you’ll need to text a special shortcode). Other tariffs which might be worth considering area ASDA’s BlackBerry bundle (£5/month) or giffgaff’s BlackBerry add-on (£2.50/month on top of your normal goodybag).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  2. mike hallam said:

    Dear Ken,

    I found & read your Blog today but didn’t see anyone ask about White PAYG.

    I am retired in the UK & wish occasional mobile calling use with some internet access when away from WiFi contact.

    I ordered an unlocked cheap mobile off the internet to replace my 4 year old press button Nokia and to get away from expensive 29p/minute Virgin PAYG. At the same time I sent off via White’s rather information-less web page for a ‘free’ SIM card, after a good review on its low 2p per minute PAYG rate (?) & access to a small quantity of internet (20MB/day for 20p.

    The SIM pack arrived this morning, unfortunately there’s still no info. on their inland PAYG rates, or how frequently one must use it to keep it alive. I’m a little suspicious of their marketing ploys & as you are independent & knowledgeable would like to hear your opinion please.

    Regards,

    mike hallam (Sussex GB).

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t have much experience of using White Mobile (I think this is a very small network with only a fraction of the users of other networks). I’ve just taken a look at the prices on their website: they seem to differ quite substantially from what you mention in your e-mail. UK calls are 6p/minute (discounted to 3p/minute if you’re calling a landline). Internet access is also 2.5p/MB (it’s not capped based on daily usage). Rather, the 20p/day for 20MB of internet sounds more like what you’d get on giffgaff.
      My personal recommendation would probably be to go with a more mainstream network (e.g. Three charges 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB). You could also consider a network such as giffgaff: calls are 10p/minute and internet costs 20p/day for up to 20MB of data.
      Ken

  3. David Goulty said:

    I had a giffgaff gigabag for my tablet which I used via a Huawai mi-fi device. I only used it when no other Wi-Fi was available and it last me around a year. However, it seems I now have to top up with at least £5 every month, is that true?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. giffgaff’s £5/month gigabag gives you 500MB of 3G data to use every month. If you’re using this gigabag, you’ll need to top-up by at least £5 every month.
      If you only use your mi-fi very occasionally, you might be better off on Pay As You Go rates. This is 20p/day for up to 20MB of internet. On PAYG rates, there’s no regular monthly spend – your credit could last for a year or even longer. Do be warned however: you’ll be charged 20p/MB if you go over the 20MB/day limit. For instance, if you were to use 50MB of data in one day, you’d be charged a mammoth £6.20 for that day’s usage.
      So really, the best value tariff will depend on two things: how often you use the mi-fi and how much data you would expect to use on those days.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  4. Dominic said:

    Hi Ken, can you advise me: I want to use an old phone as a back up phone and load £10 on it which would probably hardly ever be used… I’m tired of companies closing the account just because its not used (eg tmobile)… Is there a deal I can get where I don’t have to use the phone every few months but can keep it as a back up? Thnx

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Dominic,
      Unfortunately, pretty much every network requires you to use your phone at least once every 6 months. If it might be of interest, I recently wrote an article about this topic. If you want to maximise how long your credit is able to last, you could go with Family Mobile where you only need to use your phone once every 12 months. An easier solution would probably be to set yourself reminders to use the phone occasionally. I personally use Google Calendar to do this… Set up an e-mail or SMS reminder to use your phone at least once every 6 months (the cheapest way to do this is sending a text message – it’s 14p a go so you can keep your phone active for 28p/year).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. Dominic replied:

        Thanks so much for your reply Ken. Great advice. Best, Dominic

  5. Johear said:

    How can i cancel my pack on EE pay as you go. I’d rather pay for calls, data and texts with my credit.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi,
      You can stop your packs from auto-renewing by texting STOP PACK to 150. For more information, please see the ‘How To Buy A Pack’ section in my full review of EE Pay As You Go.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  6. Iris said:

    Hi Ken

    I’m currently using the vodafone freebee data plan, just want to check if i don’t opt in the extra mins for local calls , can i still make calls by paying a higher rate(counted each time instead of using £5 to buy 100 mins)since i dont chat over the phone frequently. So i think it is not worth to the buy the add on, am i right?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Iris,
      Yep – it’s still possible to pay for calls on a per minute basis… it’s 30p/minute so will work out cheaper if you use less than 17 minutes in any given month. Do be aware that Vodafone will round the length of your calls up to a full minute (so a call lasting 1 minute and 5 seconds will be charged as 2 full minutes).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  7. Johear said:

    i’m thinking on joining t-mobile can you help me with this?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Johear,
      Thanks for your comment. You’ll be glad to know I posted a full in-depth guide to T-Mobile Pay As You Go only yesterday evening! Take a look and see whether its useful! Do drop me another comment on that article if you have any questions.
      Ken

  8. Mobilephobe said:

    Ken,

    Would I be correct in saying that all mobile payg networks stipulate that you have to top up each month and any unused credit is not transferred to the following month’s allowance. I used to be on Asda mobile but never ported across when they swapped provider from Vodafone to EE. I hope I’m not being obtuse here but when I’ve investigated company websites (and user forums) for example such as GiffGaff it is very unclear whether you can stick a fiver on the SIM and use it once every six months without the credit being lost or the SIM expiring. Any help in putting me right would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi there,
      Nope! The major providers have been trying to move their Pay As You Go customers over a monthly bundle (this is where you top up every month and get a set allowance of calls, texts and internet). It’s still possible to use your phone on traditional Pay As You Go – your credit will remain until you actually use it and will last indefinitely providing you keep the SIM card active by using it occasionally. Most networks stipulate that you use your phone at least once every 6 months though it can be shorter on a couple of the networks.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. Mobilephobe replied:

        Thanks for putting me straight Ken. As suspected it appears that GiffGaff want to push you towards “bundles”. Will have to investigate which is the best option for me. Thanks again for your prompt reply. P.S. Your website is a great resource for info – keep up the good work!

  9. Mikhail said:

    Hi, Ken,

    I need a pay as you go data sim for my notebook, to which I can top-up when required, but which does not gobble up the money at the end of the month, or 90 day period. Like an Oyster card on London transport. I put in the money and use it any time. This exists abroad, but is it available in the UK?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mikhail,
      Thanks for your comment and apologies for the delay in replying! I’ve been searching around and unfortunately it’s very difficult to find a Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband SIM card where you don’t need to buy a 30 day bundle. The closest I’ve found is giffgaff Pay As You Go: you’d pay 20p/day for up to 20MB of data and then 20p/MB after. It’s good for light & occasional usage but the costs will quickly add up if you were to go over the 20MB/day limit. For occasions where you need to use a bit more data, you can of course upgrade to the £5 gigabag which gives you 500MB of internet or the £7.50 gigabag which gives you 1GB of internet. These will last for up to 1 month.
      Ken

      1. Mikhail replied:

        Many thanks, Ken, for the reply and suggested solution. One thing I am not clear about. Does one loose the 20p per day whether one uses the internet or not, or is it only on the days one actually uses the internet?

        1. Ken Lo
          Ken replied:

          Hi Mikhail,
          It’s 20p/day only on the days you actually use the internet :)
          Hope this helps,
          Ken

          1. Mikhail replied:

            Many thanks, Ken, this is just what I was looking for. :) :)

  10. Johear said:

    Hi ken,

    Is T-Mobile + Orange = EE

    Is EE both t-mobile and orange?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Johear,
      Orange and T-Mobile merged their operations in 2009 to form a combined company known as “Everything Everywhere”. At present, the company has three sub-brands under which they offer a Pay As You Go service: the 3G-only Orange and T-Mobile brands and the 4G-enabled core EE brand. You’ll get the same 2G & 3G coverage on all three brands though 4G is only available on EE. Tariffs and pricing differ very slightly between the three networks.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  11. Johear said:

    How can i be on EE pay as you go without having to buy the packs every 7-30days?
    I just want to have the freedom to be on EE pay as you go. I want to pay and go. I may buy add-ons from time to time with my credit.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Johear,
      Thanks for your comment! It’s not necessary to buy one of the bundles (just make sure you don’t opt in to buying the packs or if you need to opt-out then text STOP PACK to 150). Without a pack on your account, you’ll pay 30p/minute and 12p/text. Internet access is only available if you choose to buy a pack (the £1/week pack with 100MB would probably be the cheapest option). For more information, please see my full review of EE’s Pay As You Go tariff.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  12. Johear said:

    Hi ken,

    Which network has the best 2g, 3g, and 4g network? And which network gives good minutes, texts and data? Thanks in advance.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Johear,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to your question! The best network for coverage will depend very much on where you are living. I have an in-depth article on how to compare coverage between networks if you’d like to read a bit more on this topic. With regards to the best tariffs, you can also see my full article on Pay As You Go bundles. This has all the tariff information is one easy-to-read table.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  13. Johear said:

    Is EE pay as you go and T-Mobile pay as you go any good?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Johear,
      In general, they’re both pretty decent services – take a look at my review of EE Pay As You Go and T-Mobile Pay As You Go for more information & a full comparison to other networks. For a better value alternative that uses O2 coverage, you might also consider joining giffgaff (£10/month for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB internet).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  14. Johear said:

    Hi ken

    I can’t make my mind up. Please help me as you are the expert. I want to get a pay as you go sim that offers cheap rates and have good coverage. Is there any way you could guide me to the best sim for me? I will be really thankful. Thank you (:

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Johear,
      Thanks for your comment. The right network will depend on your usage: if you want more info take a look at my article on Pay As You Go rates and Pay As You Go monthly bundles. In general, giffgaff is the most popular network amongst our readers by a very long way. They have fairly good prices (£10/month for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet or you can Pay As You Go at 10p/minute and 6p/text). They also use coverage from O2.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  15. Shamir said:

    Hey Ken can you help me?

    I don’t use phones. But I only need to make one call a week to the USA from a mobile to a landline; the call would last 60mins every week. I would not use the mobile for anything else.

    What is the best option for me and how much would I be looking to spend each week?

    Thanks mate.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Shamir,
      If you’d like to call using your mobile phone, it’s worth having a look at giffgaff (you can order a free SIM card here). They charge 3p/minute for calls to the US so you can expect to pay £1.80 for a 60 minute phone call (approx £7.80/month). If you have a smartphone and wi-fi internet, it might be worth having a look at the Skype application. Skype has a £3.44/month subscription where you get 400 minutes for calling the US. This would work out cheaper than calling over a mobile network.
      Ken

      1. Shamir replied:

        Thanks so much ken, that was really kind of you to reply. I think I’ll have to buy a smartphone and go for the skype option. :) Thanks again.

  16. diktat said:

    Dear Ken,

    I will be arriving in London in October and will need a SIM card for 3G and GPS as I’m driving up north towards the Lake District. Currently I’m looking at Three because they seem to have the cheapest deal for unlimited data.

    Would you happen to know how good the coverage of Three’s network is outside of London, especially in the countryside? Also, would you know if Three has a booth at Heathrow airport? Thank you!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi diktat,
      Thanks for your comment. If you’re planning to visit a rural area such as the Lake District, I wouldn’t recommend choosing Three as your network. The main reason being they don’t provide a 2G mobile signal. In rural areas without 4G coverage, you’ll only have access to a 3G signal (in the UK, 3G has very limited range compared to 2G). O2 and Vodafone will probably give the best coverage when visiting a rural area. Have a look at my guide on UK mobile coverage for more information.
      With regards to Heathrow, I believe there are vending machines and SIM card retailers in some of the terminals. I’m not sure which networks they cover but it’s best to avoid them if possible (they’ll charge £10 for a SIM card you could otherwise obtain for free at the mobile networks’ own store). From memory, none of the UK networks have an official booth at Heathrow.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  17. Lotzi said:

    Your compilation and the comments are really useful, thanks for them.

    If you have possibility to guide me on which PAYG is supporting call forwarding, MMS and has good international rates, that would be helpful.

    My “study” showed, that GiffGaff supports it, although Lebara ha s better international tariffs, although not supporting call forwarding.

    As for Lyca which is also good for international rates, I was not able to identify their call forwarding policy other than in the terms & conditions or customer code of practice: “you agree not to use the SIM Card or the Services and not to permit another person to use your SIM Card or the Services:” “• to support calls to call forwarding services, onward calling services or calls to telephone numbers which pay a revenue share or resell to others or commercially exploit our Services.

    I am not sure whether they provide call forwarding service beyond this limitation.

    Could you give me advice on that?

    Thank you in advance,

    Lotzi

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Lotzi,
      Thanks for your comment. I believe very few networks support call forwarding on Pay As You Go – the main reason being it can very quickly your PAYG credit. giffgaff is one notable exception (aside from that, unfortunately, I don’t have a list of which networks support call forwarding/divert).
      Ken

  18. Spamlet said:

    Handy review, but a bit light on details.

    In particular you’ve missed the point that BackBerry users (except on the latest versions) have to use BlackBerry Internet Services, and the companies are not very up front in pointing this out.

    I looked forward to my expensive virgin contract running out and had been eyeing up the GiffGaff offers for some time.

    Nearing the day for the switch over, I got to the check out on my £10 goodybag before realising that my BlackBerry Curve would not work without paying a premium on top. GiffGaff *will not let you add to, or cancel a bag that you’ve already paid for*, so my Curve was out of service for a month, until I could start a bag with the premium added. I could still have used it for calls only, but…

    I took the hint, and upgraded my phone to the latest BB Q10, which uses a different browser and doesn’t need BIS, so I could get through my month…but…

    With a mere 4 hr battery life and no cursor making text editing all but impossible, and a keyboard too wide to use one handed, the Q10 is an expensive, essentially non-mobile, toy; but, important to this discussion, is that, though one thinks not having to be tied to BIS is a good thing, actually, the BIS system compresses internet data, making it go further. I have to say, that, while on the virgin scheme, I often found myself downloading podcasts at the last minute, to use up my 500 meg a month: on the Q10, I got a BIG shock, when, after two weeks, I received a message telling me my 1 gig was nearly used up! Thus the deal I was getting, was far from twice as good as the virgin one: in practical terms it was half as good. (Also, as I had to get broadband as well, no sooner did I sign up for a year’s cheap Plusnet deal, than virgin sent me a new offer where I could have got the mobile thrown in for only £5 a month. It really is impossible to get the right deal with so much complication!)

    So, I’m waiting till Sept 9, when my next GoodyBag with the BIS premium included, kicks in, and then my sim is going back in the good old Curve, despite it’s tiny memory and browser that won’t load anything without turning off Java!

    Incidentally, GiffGaff is changing its charges for new customers at the end of Sept, and the unlimited £12 bag will only be continued for existing customers. So, if you have broadband at home, and link up to that instead of using the mobile network, you may be better off with the £10 bag, as opposed to the ‘unlimited’ ones, which will be more expensive from the end of Sept.

  19. Paul said:

    Giffgaff has appalling customer services – they exist only virtually. There is no way to call somebody. Answers to your questions come typically next day.

    In my case, I bought a monthly “goodybag” with “unlimited internet”. Used it for 2 days on iPad and got banned. The message stated: “SIM blocked due to unusual activity”.

    Apparently it is illegal to use mobile internet with this offer on non-phone devices. There was no such information on a page with the offer. There was no warning, just immediate ban.

    Now they say, that I could have my mobile data transfer re-activated after 12 weeks if I buy another monthly goodybag from them (sic!).

    Wasted 12 pounds and 5 days for useless emails. They claim, they would be happy to help, but cannot do a thing.

  20. Penny said:

    I’m surprised that your top pick is Giffgaff as it is one of the more expensive virtual networks. Unless you buy a bundle, the calls are 10p per minute and the texts are 6p and data 20p per day for up to 20mb (and 20p per mb thereafter). Ridiculously expensive for a virtual network!

    Many other virtual networks give you free calls within network (like GG) but have cheaper (non bundle) rates – for example White Mobile have unlimited free calls and texts within network, and calls to other networks are 3p/6p per minute for landlines/mobiles, texts 5p, and data 2.5p per mb. White Mobile also give you free voicemail, unlike GG which charges 8p per minute.

    Three 3 2 1 is cheaper still, and if you use a call-through number, calls to landlines in the UK and abroad (for many countries) are only 2 per minute.

    Even if you look at bundles, Lycamobile are similar value to Giffgaff (and both have unlimited free calls and texts within network)

    £5 bundle
    Giffgaff 60 minutes, 300 texts, 50mb
    Lycamobile 100 minutes, 100 texts 50mb

    £7.50 bundle
    Giffgaff 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 250mb
    Lycamobile 150 minutes, 150 texts, 500mb

    £10 bundle
    Giffgaff 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 1Gb
    Lycamobile 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 1Gb

    £15 bundle
    Giffgaff 500 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data
    Lycamobile 500 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Penny,
      Thanks for the comment! giffgaff is our recommended choice for two main reasons:
      1) They offer great value goodybag packages and are ideal for the average smartphone user. On top of that, their goodybag line-up has been remarkably stable. In contrast to this, Lycamobile changes their bundle line-up at an incredibly high frequency (e.g. unlimited 4G data cost £12/month only in May – its now gone up to £15 already). For long term users who don’t want to change their network every month, a stable bundle line up provides a lot of certainty and value (it’s easier to plan for the future). Compared to other networks (Three in particular), the PAYG rates are slightly higher. Hence, light and occasional users should probably choose Three’s 321 tariff.
      2) From the 1st January 2014 to the 10th June 2014, 40% of readers on our website chose giffgaff as their network of choice.
      Ken

  21. Mena said:

    Thank you very much for your review. I run a guesthouse in Cambridge and everyday I have to answer this question. My answer was “I’m so sorry, I really don’t know which one is the best”. Now I can tell them to read your review. I would be nice if I can share this on my facebook.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mena,
      Thanks for your comment and I’m really glad the page was useful! You are more than welcome to share our link on Facebook – I really appreciate all of the kind support!
      Ken

  22. Brian Mallalieu said:

    I come in the category I suppose of the unattractive network user?? I am an exceedingly low user that very occasionally wishes to make use of it for emergencies that might arise (e.g. car journeys, holidays) and so time can pass for many months without use! Hence, I am vulnerable to losing my top-up fee each time when the account is closed!! Is there any PAYG (or alternative) way of obtaining the best deal for me, please?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Brian,
      Thanks for your comment! Take a look at my earlier article on the time it takes for your PAYG credit to expire & for your account to be closed by the network. My recommendation is to choose a network where your credit will last for the maximum amount of time (currently 6 months). To keep your account active, you’ll still need to make a note to use your phone at least every 6 months. Three would be a good value option: simply browse the internet or send a text message every twice every year and you’ll be able to keep your account active (with data costing 1p/MB, the minimum annual spend would be only 2p/year).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  23. Gary said:

    Hi again,

    You titled this page “Pay As You Go SIM cards”, but a lot of the information here applies to contract SIM cards, not PAYG. (Giffgaff is one example, I think Three is another.) Adds to the confusion that I’m struggling with.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Gary,
      Thanks for your comment! All of the information shown on this page relates to Pay As You Go rather than Pay Monthly. The one thing which makes it a little complex is that most networks now promote their monthly PAYG bundles. With a bundle, you turn your airtime credit into a monthly allowance of calls, texts and internet. To give an example, giffgaff customers without a goodybag can choose to pay 10p/minute, 6p/text and 20p/day for 20MB of data. Most people choose to buy a goodybag as it provides better value: in this case £10/month gets you 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet. There’s no contract nor any obligation to renew the bundle after it expires.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. Gary replied:

        So tariffs quoted “per month” is not necessarily a contracted plan, but might be. Yikes, more muddy water! It seem for someone traveling in the UK for ten days, the monthly non-contract plans make sense: one avoids the 20 MB/day limit on data. Internet usage might be high for a tourist making plans, consulting websites, checking maps, using WhatsApp, etc.

      2. Gary replied:

        Digging through the Giffgaff website, I find that international calls cannot be made on Goodybag plans. I’m still trying to determine what (if any) charges Giffgaff makes for *incoming* international, or even local, calls. Some SIM card vendor advertise that incoming calls are “free” in the sense that there are no charges to the SIM card. By now I think you can probably see how difficult this process is for foreign visitors. Information is spread out everywhere, and difficult to find.

        1. Ken Lo
          Ken replied:

          Hi Gary,
          Thanks for your comment. In the UK, it’s always free to receive a phone call (whether it’s a call from the UK or from an international number). Like many other countries, we operate the “calling party pays” system (i.e. there’s never a charge to receive a call). I realise this is different from the US where the receiving party will also pay for the call.
          With regards to international calling, there’s no international minutes included on the goodybags. Instead, you need to pay on a per minute basis (e.g. 3p/minute to call the US). Take a look at this page for full details of giffgaff’s international calling rates.
          I hope this helps to clarify your query, though do drop me a comment if you have other questions!
          Many thanks,
          Ken

  24. gogsie said:

    I have purchased a TT Phone from QVC which is a basic phone with no Internet and wish to purchase a standard sim card pay-as-you-go that I can top up with no contract. I only use my phone in emergencies and family calls.
    What is the most reasonable charge per minute I can expect. I am 80+ and don’t need anything other than to make and receive calls to family.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi gogsie,

      For a full comparison of per-minute rates, please see the PAYG comparison table I produced earlier on this website. To sort networks by per-minute rates, please click the “calls” column title. To give a brief overview, the cheapest PAYG network for making phone calls is Three (3p/minute). The downside is you need to have a 3G-compatible handset (a simple handset might be 2G-only). Across the other networks, you’re looking to pay around 8p/minute on a low-cost network (giffgaff is 10p/minute but you also get free calls and texts to other giffgaff members). Another consideration should also be the amount of time before credit expires (important for people like yourself who mainly use their phone for emergencies).

      Hope this helps!

      Ken

  25. Phillip Dudd said:

    Hello Ken
    Thankyou in advance for your support, indeed for all your work on this informative site.
    My question is with regards to 0845 0870 numbers. etc…
    i was caught out a while ago when i used all my top up for a bundle and found that i needed separate credit for these type of numbers.
    specifically my question is with regards to:
    three 321 tariff, and orange (any animal pack)
    do you know how they stand with these numbers.
    To date i’ve only found vodafone support these unlimited for an extra payment of around
    £2-3/month
    thankyou

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your comment!

      With regards to Three, you can check their special call prices via this link. For 0845 and 0870 numbers, it’s a rather hefty 35p/minute :(

      For Orange, the Pay As You Go price guide can be found via this link. On page 16, you’ll see it costs 12p/minute to call 0845 and 0870 numbers.

      With regards to cutting costs, it’s definitely good to find a non-geographic number (e.g. your bank might list a number you’re able to use when calling from outside the UK – you can often use this number within the UK too). There’s also websites such as SayNoTo0870. Finally, most government departs have switched to using 0345 – using the new number should save a ton in calling costs.

      Hope this helps!

      Ken

  26. Fiona said:

    Hi, I’m looking for a payg that offers a family subscription. I know Vodafone do but I’m not happy with the intermittent coverage where I live, it’s very rural. We do get Orange though. Do they do a family subscription? Thanks in advance.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Fiona,
      Thanks for your comment. By a family subscription, do you mean that everyone can call & text each other for no extra charge? One possible option could be to join giffgaff – whenever you top-up you’ll get free calls & texts to other giffgaff members for a period of three months. They’re using O2’s network so you’ll need to have O2 coverage where you live.
      T-Mobile could be another option: take a look at their £5/month Family Booster option (the person setting up the group will need to be on Pay Monthly).
      Ken

  27. Wallace said:

    Hi Ken, very useful info, thanks for the view.

    I am planning to visit UK for 2 weeks. Since my tablet do not support SIM card, are there any pay-as-you-go SIM which also include tethering? If not, is there any other alternatives?
    Thank you.

    Wallace

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Wallace,
      My recommendation is to get the giffgaff SIM card: you’ll get 1GB of internet on their £7.50 gigabag (fully tetherable). Alternatively, go for the £10 goodybag: 1GB of internet (tetherable) as well as 500 minutes and unlimited UK texts.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  28. Shun said:

    Hi Ken, thank you for the info on your site.
    I am going to visit the UK for about 2 weeks and would like to go for a pay-as-you-go SIM, with about 10-20 MB data per day. I also will make quite a bit of international calls too. But then, I cannot order a free SIM now, as I do not have a UK address. Please advice. Thank you.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Shun,
      If you aren’t able to get a SIM card sent in advance, my recommendation would be to get a SIM card on arrival. Look out for Lycamobile and Lebara Mobile: their SIM cards can often be found in the high street: both networks offer low cost international calling and they have some decent deals for smartphone data. As well as the high street, you can also find their SIM cards at major airports (I remember seeing a large store at Heathrow Terminal 1).
      If you’re able to get a SIM card in advance, my recommendation would be to order one from giffgaff. They’re pretty good for low data users: 20p/day for up to 20MB. Over a fortnight, you’ll only spend about £2.80 on data. International calls are also fairly cheap – you can see their rates here.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  29. Robin said:

    Great site I have been using Tesco pay as you go for some time and swapping between Triple credit and Lite as a low user means one month free when you top up and then on Lite at the low rate of 8p for calls 4p for text means incredibly low payments overall.
    However ‘321’ have knocked this into the park and no need for all that swapping around.

  30. Alex HUTCHINSON said:

    Hello Ken, great site. My typical week is 3 working days in UK and rest of the week in Switzerland, where I live. I already have an Orange subscription in Switzerland (which includes unlimited calls to Europe & USA), so I need a pay as you go in UK. My UK customers will always call the UK number even when I am in Switzerland. Could you please advise the best UK sim and deal to buy a new 5S iPhone. Appreciated Alex

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for your comment. Within Europe, you’ll pay up to 7p/minute to receive calls on your UK phone number (this has been capped by the EU). As Switzerland isn’t technically part the EU, mobile networks could differ in the charges they offer for customers in Switzerland. Assuming you receive 100 minutes of phone calls to your UK number whilst living in Switzerland, this might add an extra £7 to your monthly mobile bill.

      Something worth looking at would be EE’s roaming inclusive plans. You can make and receive calls using your UK allowance whilst being in Switzerland. Another possible deal could be Vodafone PAYG with the Passport add-on. It’s 75p to receive a call on your UK number whilst living in Switzerland (call can be up to 60 minutes).

      You can also look at getting a Skype Number (£3.35 per month, see my review for more info). You can set up a geographical number in the UK (e.g. 020) from which you can receive phone calls on a Skype-enabled smartphone.

      Ken

  31. Gazza said:

    How about the ovivo pay-as-you-go sims ?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Gazza,

      Thanks for getting in touch! You can order a SIM card from Ovivo here. I didn’t include them in the guide above as Ovivo charges £20 for the SIM card. You’ll get £15 of credit on activation however which reduces the effective cost of the SIM card to only £5.

      Ken

  32. Bill Van L said:

    I have for years been on T mobile pay as you go with very low use and no time limit on my credit. They now want to charge me £10 every month for the privilege of being on their network. Where should I move to in order to find a tariff with no time limit?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Bill,

      As far as I know, T-Mobile shouldn't be charging you to be on their network. I suspect you have probably subscribed to something like the £10 Smart Pack? This will automatically charge £10 to your account each month (in return you'll get an allowance of calls, texts and internet). You can disable this on your account by following the instructions here:
      http://cow.neondragon.net/index.php/t-mobile-launch-smart-packs-pay-as-you-go-airtime-bundles-from-10month

      Hope this helps,

      Ken

  33. RikTrik said:

    If you can handle giffgaff's appalling customer services dept.

  34. Manix said:

    I hardly ever use my mobile and I thought I was already on the cheapest rate, at £10.50, with 02 unlimited. I phoned them and was never told about 02 simplicity.

    Whether I am a customer of 02 unlimited or 02 simplicity I am assuming I will still get same price reduction on 02 internet.

  35. Guest said:

    Is there a provider offering free PAYG calls to same provider mobile without having to top up each month?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Guest,

      As far as I'm aware, most of them require you to top-up at some point otherwise the business would be unsustainable. Giffgaff only require one top-up every 3 months so that may be a good option for you!

      Ken

  36. speedbird foxbat said:

    you have not added now mobile

  37. damien said:

    Hi Ken!

    Thanks for this interesting post!
    Just to let you know, a new operator arrived in the market, GTmobile, seems to be quit interesting for internationnal call!

    Damien

  38. Spike said:

    Thank you Ken for this review.

    I found looking at some of the indvidual service provider websites quite confusing and were pushing pseudo-contracts a bit too hard.

    As a light user I chose Asda because of their clear and concise tarrif details (plus no hidden charges) and the ability to add cheap talk minutes as and when I need them.
    Other points I like about Asda are that they use Vodafone for their network and the call centre staff are really pleasant and super helpful.

    Spike

  39. alson said:

    are those information updated. like 3 pay as you go offers. would it last for 90 days with those amazing credits

  40. hnghntrg said:

    what bout blyk

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Unfortunately Blyk closed last June in the UK. See my article on Orange taking over Blyk’s technology.

      Ken

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