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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Vodafone Coverage & Network Review: 4G & 5G Coverage Maps And Speeds

Vodafone offers 99% population coverage in the UK. Find out about Vodafone’s network coverage and their new 5G mobile service.

In the UK, Vodafone offers 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G networks. When using Vodafone’s 4G network, you can get up to Category 9 LTE download speeds. Vodafone’s 5G network has also recently launched in 15 towns and cities, giving average download speeds of 150-250Mbit/s.

In this article, find out how to check the Vodafone coverage in your area and about the different types of coverage that are available on Vodafone. We’ll also discuss Vodafone’s 5G mobile network and the coverage whilst you’re travelling abroad in other countries.

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5G Coverage: When Will 5G Mobile Networks Launch In Your Area?

In the UK, 5G coverage has already been announced for more than 50 towns and cities. Find out when 5G networks will launch in your area.

The introduction of 5G mobile networks is rapidly gaining pace, with more than 50 UK towns and cities already having a confirmed launch date for 5G.

In this article, we’ll help you to keep track of when 5G coverage will be available in your area and which 5G mobile networks you’re able to use. We’re monitoring the the latest 5G announcements from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone in order to keep this guide up-to-date for your town or city.

If you’re living in a 5G coverage area and would like a 5G-ready price plan, see our guide to 5G SIM-only deals. At the time of writing, you can get a 5G price plan from £15/month. This will also work on 3G & 4G networks until 5G coverage finally launches in your area.

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Vodafone Basics SIM Only Review: Data & Unlimited Calls From £6/month

Vodafone Basics SIM-only plans offer unlimited UK minutes & a data allowance from £6/month.

Vodafone now offers three basic SIM-only plans that are a cheaper alternative to their Vodafone Red and Unlimited plans. Promising to “include only the things you use every day”, the Basics SIM cards are an online-only exclusive for customers that are new to Vodafone. You can only purchase the plans through a special page on Vodafone’s website.

At present, it’s possible to get a Vodafone Basics plan from just £6/month on a 12-month contract. The plan will come with unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and an allowance of UK data. For instance, the £6 plan comes with 1.5GB of data, the £8 plan comes with 5GB of data, and the £10 plan comes with 8GB of data.

Being a cheaper and lower-cost alternative to Vodafone’s other SIM-only plans, there are a number of limitations on Basics. For instance, a Basics plan won’t allow you to use international roaming so your mobile phone will not work outside the UK. International calls and premium-rate calls are also barred on the service.

In this article, we’ll review the Vodafone Basics tariff in more detail. We’ll start by looking at the plans available, along with the features of the tariff and how this compares to other SIM-only plans. We’ll then compare the price against rival SIM cards from other mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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