Mobile Networks Using Coverage From Vodafone & Piggyback SIM Cards

Mobile networks like VOXI and Lebara Mobile piggyback on Vodafone’s coverage in the UK.

In the UK, Vodafone offers 98% population coverage, with about 97% of the UK population covered by Vodafone 4G.

Aside from being a customer of Vodafone directly, you can also access the exact same coverage through a mobile network that piggybacks on Vodafone. At present, you can choose from either VOXI or Lebara Mobile who’ll sometimes offer you lower prices if you’re under-30 or if you’re calling abroad.

In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from Vodafone. We’ll then compare the best value SIM cards with Vodafone coverage, ranging in price from £5/month up to £20/month and more.

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UK’s Cheapest iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max: SIM-Free & Contracts Compared

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are available to buy either on a SIM-free & unlocked basis or on a 24-month contract. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are Apple’s latest generation of flagship iPhone device. With a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, the iPhone XS is the smaller of the two. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS Max has an even larger 6.5-inch screen. The latest iPhones have a stainless steel construction, and have support for technologies like wireless charging and Face ID.

In the UK, there are two ways of buying an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max:

  • SIM-Free & Unlocked. The simplest, and often cheapest way of buying an iPhone XS is to buy it SIM-free from an electronics retailer. There’s an upfront fee starting from £999 but you can save lots of money in the long-run with a low-cost SIM-only deal or Pay As You Go SIM card.
  • Pay Monthly contract. You can get the iPhone XS on a 24-month contract. This will save you some money upfront but you’ll typically pay a lot more over the long-run (typically around £50 to £80 per month).

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of buying an iPhone XS, both on a SIM-free basis and on a 24-month contract. We’ll also compare the features available on different UK mobile networks when you choose to buy an iPhone XS on contract from them.

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Mobile Networks Using O2 Coverage & Cheaper ‘O2 Piggyback’ SIM Cards

Mobile networks like giffgaff, Lycamobile, Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile piggyback on O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

The UK has four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Each of the coverage providers maintain a network of mobile phone masts, licensing spectrum from the government and operating the physical towers. Alongside them, there’s a group of virtual network operators like giffgaff and Sky Mobile that “piggyback” on coverage from one of the four coverage providers.

At present, there are 6 other mobile networks that ‘piggyback’ on coverage from O2. If you’re a customer of one of these mobile networks, you’ll have access to the exact same coverage as customers on O2. This includes O2’s 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G (but not Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling as these are O2-specific services).

In this article, we’ll review the mobile networks piggybacking on O2 coverage, which will often give you larger allowances for a lower monthly price. We’ll compare the best value SIM cards at a range of price points, from £5/month up to more than £20/month.

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Mobile Networks Using Coverage From EE & Cheaper ‘Piggyback’ SIMs

In the UK, 13 other mobile networks piggyback on coverage from EE. You can therefore get EE coverage from other networks at a fraction of the price.

In the UK, there are only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Around them, there’s an ecosystem of “virtual network operators”: mobile networks that piggyback on coverage from one of the four big providers.

At the time of writing, 13 other mobile networks piggyback on coverage from EE. As a customer of one of those 13 mobile networks, you’ll get access to the same underlying coverage that’s available to customers on EE (although sometimes without access to the fastest 4G speeds).

This means on mobile networks like ASDA Mobile, BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and Virgin Mobile, you can get access to the same 99% population coverage available on EE. This is often available with a larger data allowance and at a much lower cost (e.g. with Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly plans, starting from as little as £5/month).

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, allowing you to access EE coverage at a lower price elsewhere.

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ASDA Mobile Review: Low Cost Pay As You Go With Coverage From EE

ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles and 4G coverage from EE.

In the UK, ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive rates for calling, texting and browsing. For occasional mobile users, ASDA Mobile charges just 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB. Meanwhile, regular mobile users can save even more with a 30-day bundle from £5/month. Bundles include the popular £10 option with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet.

The coverage on ASDA Mobile is provided by EE, with there being 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. Customers can join ASDA Mobile by ordering a free SIM card on the ASDA Mobile website. This SIM card will slot inside your existing unlocked smartphone, saving you money whilst at the same time giving you coverage from EE.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the ASDA Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available on ASDA Mobile and how they compare to the plans available on other networks. We’ll then look at how you can use your handset on ASDA Mobile, at the level of coverage you can expect and at how to keep your existing phone number.

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How To Check & Compare UK Mobile Coverage: Networks & MVNOs

Coverage should be your top consideration when choosing a new mobile network. Find out how to compare mobile phone coverage in your area.

If you’re choosing a new mobile network, the level and quality of coverage should be the first thing you consider.

If your mobile network has poor coverage, potential problems include missed phone calls, delayed messages and web pages failing to load. It can also result in substantially poorer battery life as your handset will need to work harder to maintain a connection.

At first glance, it may seem like a daunting challenge to find the mobile network offering the best coverage in your area. This is because there are more than 30 mobile network brands to choose from in the UK. In reality, however, things are much simpler to compare as all of the 30 different mobile networks use one of four underlying coverage providers.

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about mobile coverage in the UK. We’ll start by showing you how to check and compare coverage on different networks. We’ll also discuss the UK’s system of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs): understanding this will make it much easier to compare coverage on different networks. Finally, we’ll discuss the factors that can influence your coverage and will present some apps & accessories for improving your coverage.

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SMARTY Review: SIM-Only Plans With Unused Data Discount & Three Coverage

SMARTY is a low-cost mobile network, owned by Three, offering credit back every month for unused data.

In the UK, SMARTY is a low-cost mobile network, offering SIM-only deals with coverage from Three. Having originally launched in September 2017, the low-cost sub-brand of Three promises to offer a “simple and honest” service.

SMARTY’s service revolves around a choice of three SIM-only plans: Small (2GB of data for £7.50/month), Medium (4GB for £10) and Large (8GB for £15). Customers get unlimited calls and unlimited texts included in their plan, as well as a discount of £1.25 per GB of unused data.

In this article, we’ll review the SMARTY mobile network, starting with their line-up of 3 SIM-only plans. We’ll then compare SMARTY’s deals to rival mobile networks like giffgaff, before looking at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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EE Flex Plans Review: Contract-Free Mobile With Data Rollover & Data Boosts

EE Flex Plans allow you to use your phone with no contract, from £10/month with Data Rollover and Free Data Boosts.

EE is now offering Flex Plans from £10/month, which promise to combine the “flexibility of Pay As You Go with the ease of Pay Monthly”. The Flex Plans allow you to use your phone on a contract-free basis, with the ability to change your plan at the end of each month.

Behind the scenes, Flex Plans work on a pre-paid basis, just like other Pay As You Go bundles. However, a condition of the tariff is you’ll need to set-up a recurring monthly top-up, with money taken automatically from your credit card or debit card. The plans start from £10/month for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of 4G internet.

In this article, we’ll review the EE Flex Plans, including features of the tariff like Data Rollover and Free Data Boosts. We’ll then compare the EE Flex Plans to tariffs from other mobile networks, before looking at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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VOXI Review: Vodafone’s Network For Under 30s With Endless Social & Chat

VOXI offers 30-day rolling plans on the Vodafone network with “endless social data”, exclusively for customers under 30.

In the UK, VOXI is Vodafone’s youth-orientated mobile network. Available only to customers who are under 30, the network offers 30-day rolling plans from £10/month with endless social data.

Until the 17th November, VOXI is offering their customers triple data for 24 months. This means you can get a massive 6GB of data, along with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and endless social data for £10/month.

In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the 30-day plans, the triple data offer and the endless social data. We’ll also look at the 30-or-under age requirement before discussing Pay As You Go rates, handset compatibility and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll discuss how to keep your current phone number when moving from another mobile network to join VOXI.

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Dual SIM Smartphones: How To Choose & Buy A Dual-SIM Handset

A dual-SIM smartphone allows you to use two different SIM cards, with two mobile networks and two phone numbers on a single handset.

Traditionally, dual-SIM smartphones have been a rarity in the UK mobile market. However, they’ve rapidly grown in popularity over the last few years as an increasing number of people buy unlocked smartphones from manufacturers like Huawei, Motorola and OnePlus.

Dual-SIM smartphones allow you to use two different SIM cards at the same time on one handset. This means you can be simultaneously connected to two mobile networks on just one device. The advantages range from being able to use a single device for both personal and work usage, to being able to take advantage of greater coverage and lower price on two mobile networks.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can benefit from a dual-SIM smartphone, and what you should look out for when choosing a dual-SIM device. We’ll then look at how you can buy a dual-SIM smartphone from mobile phone retailers in the UK.

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