Compare Pay As You Go Networks: Rates & Mobile Coverage

Looking for the cheapest Pay As You Go tariff in the UK? Our interactive comparison table allows you to compare Pay As You Go rates and network coverage.

If you’re looking for a Pay As You Go network in the UK, there are more than 15 different mobile networks you’re currently able to choose from.

It’s never been easier to change mobile networks to take advantage of a cheaper Pay As You Go deal. Simply order a free Pay As You Go SIM card and place it into your unlocked smartphone to take advantage of lower Pay As You Go rates. You can keep your current phone number when moving to a new Pay As You Go network.

When choosing a new Pay As You Go mobile network, you’ll want to think about both the price and the coverage. It’s important you’re getting the best value deal with the lowest Pay As You Go rates. However, it’s also important that your mobile network gives you fast and reliable coverage. In this article, we’ll compare Pay As You Go networks, both on price and on the coverage available.

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1p Mobile Review: Flexible Pay As You Go for 1p/min, 1p/text & 1p/MB

1p Mobile offers flexible Pay As You Go costing 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. Customers get 4G coverage from EE.

In the UK, 1p Mobile currently offers the lowest Pay As You Go rates for calling, texting and browsing. With an eye-catching tariff of 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/megabyte, you’ll only need to pay for what you actually use on the service. There are no regular monthly payments and no commitments to use the service every month.

An important requirement of 1pMobile is that customers are required to top-up their phone with at least £10 of credit every 120 days.

1p Mobile is offered by Telecommunications Management Limited, the sister company of Utility Warehouse and a part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group. They’ve offered 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from EE since September 2016.

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Unlimited Data Plans on UK Mobile Networks: With No Download Limits

Most UK mobile networks now offer an unlimited data plan, allowing you to download as much as you like. We compare unlimited data plans in the UK.

Whether you’re a heavy smartphone user or whether you just want the reassurance of never running out of data, most UK mobile networks now offer an unlimited data plan.

At present, it’s possible to get an unlimited data plan from ten UK mobile networks: BT Mobile, EE, giffgaff, iD Mobile, O2, SMARTY, Three, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and VOXI. On all of these plans, you can stop worrying about how many gigabytes you’re using as 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.

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Best Pay As You Go SIM Card For Light Users

If you’re a light mobile user, it’s best to choose a low-cost Pay As You Go plan with no monthly subscription or credit expiry.

If you only use your mobile phone from time to time (e.g. during trips away or mainly for emergencies), it’s normally best to choose a fairly cheap Pay As You Go SIM card with no regular monthly charges.

When choosing your Pay As You Go SIM card, it’s important to look at a number of factors such as the minimum usage or minimum top-up requirement, the coverage available on the SIM card and how you’re able to top it up.

In this article, we’ll discuss our top things to look out for when choosing a Pay As You Go SIM card as a light mobile user. We’ll also review a selection of recommended networks that we think are particularly well suited for light mobile users in the UK.

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O2’s Big Bundles Reviewed: Pay As You Go Plans from £5/month

O2 offers Big Bundles on Pay As You Go with unlimited calls & texts from £5/month. An allowance of 4G data is available from £10/month.

If you’re a customer of O2 Pay As You Go in the UK, you’ll need to convert your Pay As Your Go credit into a one-month Big Bundle. This gives you unlimited minutes and unlimited texts from £5/month, plus an allowance of 4G mobile data from £10/month.

The most popular Big Bundle package costs £10/month and includes 3GB of data along with unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. Data rollover is available when your Big Bundle renews automatically, making it possible for you to roll over up to 3GB of additional data.

In this article, we’ll review O2’s Big Bundles tariff. We’ll start by looking at the bundles available on O2 and how they compare to the bundles available from other mobile networks. We’ll then look at the coverage on O2, how you can join the Big Bundles plan and how to keep your existing phone number when joining O2.

Stop Press: giffgaff is a low-cost sub-brand of O2, offering larger allowances for a lower monthly price (e.g. unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data for £10/month). If you’re a customer of O2 Pay As You Go, you can save money whilst getting the exact same coverage by switching to giffgaff.

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Lebara Mobile Coverage: 3G & 4G Network Coverage Map For The UK

In the UK, Lebara Mobile offers 99% population coverage using Vodafone’s 2G, 3G & 4G networks.

Lebara Mobile specialises in low-cost SIM-only plans with inclusive international calls and no need for a credit check. They also offer a Pay As You Go service with competitive per-minute rates for calling other countries.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile makes use of 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from Vodafone. They offer 99% population coverage, with the fastest download speeds being around 20Mbit/s on 4G. 5G coverage is not currently available to customers on Lebara Mobile and a launch date is still yet to be set.

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Shell Energy Broadband Review: ADSL & Superfast Fibre Broadband Plans

Shell Energy offers home broadband from £16.99/month, with unlimited downloads and a 3% discount on fuel from Shell petrol stations.

In the UK, Shell offers a range of home broadband plans, starting from £16.99/month on an 18-month contract. Offered through Shell Energy, the UK-based utilities arm of Shell, the broadband plans come with unlimited downloads plus a 3% saving on fuel when you fill up your car at Shell petrol stations. As a special offer, you can also currently get two months free when you choose a fibre broadband plan.

At present, Shell offers three different home broadband plans, differing based on the download speeds you’re able to get. Average download speeds of 11Mbit/s are available on the entry-level Fast Broadband plan, increasing up to 35Mbit/s on Superfast Fibre Broadband and 63Mbit/s on Superfast Fibre Plus Broadband.

In this article, we’ll review Shell Energy Broadband. We’ll start by looking at the price plans they offer, what’s included and what you’ll need to pay extra for. We’ll then compare the download speeds available on each plan, before looking at Shell’s broadband router and the discount on filling up your car. Finally, we’ll discuss coverage and availability of the service.

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VOXI Review: Vodafone’s Network With Endless Social Media or Endless Data

VOXI offers one-month rolling plans on the Vodafone network with “endless social media” or “endless data”.

VOXI is Vodafone’s low-cost sub-brand in the UK, offering flexible one-month plans with endless social data.

Until the 2nd December, customers can get a VOXI SIM card from £10/month with 8GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included. Customers will also receive unlimited data for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Viber and Facebook Messenger.

For £30/month, VOXI offers an “endless data plan”, giving you unlimited data for use on any app or service. You’ll also get access to Vodafone’s 5G mobile network, offering download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 4G.

In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the one-month plans with endless social data. We’ll also discuss VOXI’s unlimited data price plan before looking at 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 VOXI.

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Visiting Or Moving To the UK: Using Your Cellphone & Best SIM Cards

Find out how to use your cellphone if you’re visiting or moving to the UK (the United Kingdom).

Whether you’re visiting the UK on a short-term trip, or moving there longer-term for study or for work, it’s easy to use your cell phone on the mobile networks in the United Kingdom.

In this article, we’ll discuss cell phone compatibility with UK cellular mobile networks. We’ll then compare the two different ways of using your cell phone in the UK: either using your normal domestic SIM card and international roaming, or using a local SIM card that’s been purchased in the UK. Finally, we’ll compare the best value prepaid SIM cards that are available for tourists, visitors and new residents to the UK.

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Vodafone Business Mobile Plans: Added Features & Comparison To Personal Plans

Vodafone offers a range of business mobile plans with added features like HR & legal support, device support and a virtual landline number.

If you’re a freelancer, sole trader or small business owner, it may be worth getting a business mobile plan rather than a personal mobile plan.

On Vodafone, you can now get a business mobile plan for the same cost as a standard personal mobile plan. You’ll still get access to all of the normal consumer benefits like 5G coverage, unlimited data, VeryMe Rewards and Entertainment add-ons. In addition, you’ll also be able to add business-specific features and you may be able to claim the cost of the plan back through your business (including the VAT if your business is registered).

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s business mobile plans including Pay Monthly handsets, SIM cards and mobile broadband plans. We’ll look at some of the business-specific features and how the business plans compare to standard personal plans. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage that’s available on Vodafone and how you can keep an existing phone number when moving to the network.

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