Unlimited data plans allow you to download as much as you like, with always on data. We compare unlimited data plans from EE, giffgaff, SMARTY, Three, Virgin and VOXI.
Whether you’re a heavy smartphone user or whether you just want the reassurance of never running out of data, several UK mobile networks now offer an unlimited data plan. This allows you to download as much as you like without worrying about your data limit.
At present, it’s possible to get an unlimited data plan from giffgaff, SMARTY, Three or Virgin Mobile in the UK. With all of these plans, you can stop worrying about how many gigabytes you’re using and you’ll never run out of data again in the middle of the month.
As a cheaper alternative to unlimited data plans, you can also consider a zero-rated data plan that gives you unlimited data for use on certain services. These are available in the form of EE’s Swappable Benefits, Three’s Go Binge, Virgin Mobile’s Data-Free Messaging and VOXI’s Monthly Passes.
In this article, we’ll review and compare your options for an unlimited mobile data plan in the UK.
EE offers 99% population coverage and 90% geographical coverage. Find out about EE’s 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G coverage and how to check coverage in your area.
In the UK, EE offers 99% population coverage and 90% geographical coverage. This is available on their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network. By 2020, EE is aiming to increase their 4G geographical coverage to 95%, meaning more rural areas will be connected to the EE network. Category 9 LTE download speeds are available on EE’s 4G network (typically up to 90Mbit/s according to EE).
As of 2019, EE’s next-generation 5G network has also begun rolling out. 5G coverage is initially available in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Another 10 cities will be connected to EE’s 5G network in 2019, with the launch of 5G in a further 10 cities being announced for 2020.
In this article, you can find out how to check the EE coverage that’s available in your area. We’ll discuss the different types of coverage available on EE (including the new 5G service) and the price plans you’ll need to choose if you want access to 5G. We’ll also discuss the download speeds on EE and the coverage you can expect when travelling abroad to other countries.
Mobile networks like ASDA Mobile, BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and Virgin Mobile piggyback on EE’s coverage in the UK.
In the UK, there are only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Around them, there’s a number of “virtual network operators” that piggyback on coverage from one of the big four.
A number of other mobile networks piggyback on coverage from EE including ASDA Mobile, BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and Virgin Mobile. On all of these mobile networks, you’ll get access to the same underlying coverage that’s available to customers on EE. This includes EE’s 99% population coverage, and often with more data at a lower monthly cost.
In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from EE. We’ll also compare some of the best value SIM cards using coverage from EE, ranging in price from £5/month up to £20/month and more.
VOXI offers 30-day rolling plans on the Vodafone network with “endless social data”.
In the UK, VOXI is Vodafone’s low-cost sub-brand offering flexible 30-day rolling plans with endless social data.
Until the 10th July 2019, customers can get a SIM card from VOXI with 8GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for £10/month. Customers will also receive unlimited data for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Viber and Facebook Messenger. The additional data is available for 24 months, after which your allowance will revert to the normal 6GB per month.
In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the 30-day plans with endless social data. We’ll discuss VOXI’s “data promo” offer along with optional extras, handset compatibility and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll summarise how you can keep your current phone number when moving from another mobile network to join VOXI.
Order VOXI SIM Card (free) →
Three offers Pay As You Go bundles from £10/month and traditional Pay As You Go rates of 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB.
In the UK, customers on Three Pay As You Go can use their mobile phone from just 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. It’s also possible to buy a 30-day Pay As You Go bundle from £10, giving you access to free subscriptions through Pay As You Go Rewards and including roaming in 71 destinations through the Go Roam offer.
In this article, we’ll review Three’s Pay As You Go service. We’ll start by looking at their price plans, including the 30-day bundles and the 321 Pay As You Go tariff. We’ll then compare Three’s Pay As You Go service to rival mobile networks before looking at handset compatibility, the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.
Order Three Pay As You Go SIM Card →
If you’re travelling to the United States, having the right SIM card can save you a lot of money. We review the best value SIM cards for using your smartphone in the US.
Each year, almost 4 million Brits visit the USA. Whether you’re travelling to New York to do a bit of shopping, touring California to enjoy the beautiful scenery or visiting Florida to enjoy the theme parks with your family, you’ll probably want to use your mobile phone whilst you’re there.
Having a smartphone in America can make it a lot easier to stay in touch with friends and family who are back in the UK. It can also be useful for navigating around (e.g. finding nearby restaurants or attractions using Google Maps).
The good news is it’s now really easy to take a UK smartphone and to use it in the US. You can either roam on your UK SIM card or you can buy a US SIM card upon your arrival in the States. In this article, we’ll review and compare the best SIM cards for using your smartphone in the US. We’ll also compare the cost of using different SIM cards and will discuss network compatibility with your UK handset.
Vodafone offers four types of SIM-only deal: Basics, Essentials, Red Extra and Red Entertainment. Find out how the different deals compare.
If you’re looking for a SIM-only deal from Vodafone, there are currently four different types of price plan you’re able to choose from. Your choice of the best value plan will depend on things like the amount of data you require, the length of contract you’d like (30 days or 12 months), international roaming capabilities and whether you want inclusive entertainment with your plan.
For instance, Vodafone’s SIM-only deals start from as little as £6/month if you choose a Vodafone Basics price plan. This will give you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of data on a 12-month contract with UK-only usage.
On the other end of the spectrum, Vodafone’s Red Entertainment SIM-only deals start from £22/month and contain up to 100GB of data. You’ll get inclusive roaming in 77 destinations as well as an inclusive entertainment package such as Amazon Prime Video, Spotify Premium, NOW TV or Sky Sports Mobile TV.
In this article, we’ll compare Vodafone’s SIM-only deals. We’ll discuss the difference between the four types of price plan: Basics, Essentials, Red Extra and Red Entertainment. We’ll also showcase some of the best value SIM-only deals available on Vodafone within different price ranges and within each type of plan.
Tethering or personal hotspot allows you to share your mobile data connection with other devices. Find out the tethering policy for each UK network.
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device. It can be used as a convenient way to get your laptop, tablet or any other wi-fi enabled device connected to the internet through a mobile broadband connection. This is particularly useful whilst you’re on-the-go but it can also be used to get connected to the internet without a phone line at home.
In this article, we’ll explain how you can use the tethering or personal hotspot functionality on your device. We’ll also look at the best value SIM cards for tethering and personal hotspot and at how individual mobile networks treat the use of this feature.
Mobile networks like VOXI and Lebara Mobile piggyback on Vodafone’s coverage in the UK.
In the UK, there are only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Around them are a number of other mobile networks that piggyback on coverage from one of the four main network coverage providers.
At present, VOXI and Lebara Mobile are the other UK mobile networks also offering coverage from Vodafone. They both piggyback on the Vodafone network giving customers the exact same coverage as customers on Vodafone.
In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from Vodafone in the UK. We’ll then compare the best value SIM cards with Vodafone coverage, ranging in price from £5/month up to more than £20/month.
When choosing a new mobile phone price plan, you’ll need to decide how much data you want. Find out how long each gigabyte (GB) of data will last you.
Nowadays, the key difference between mobile phone price plans is how many gigabytes of data it comes with. On some entry-level plans, this can be as little as 500MB (half a gigabyte), increasing up to 100GB on some of the most expensive plans. Some mobile phone price plans even include unlimited data so you won’t even need to worry about how much data you’re using.
In this article, we’ll explain mobile download allowances and we’ll help you to decide how many gigabytes of data you need. We’ll look at the different apps and activities you might use on your smartphone, and consider how long a gigabyte of data lasts on each one. Finally, we’ll discuss how you can find out your current data consumption and how you can reduce your mobile data usage.