You can get a 5G-ready Pay As You Go SIM card from £10/month with no contract and no credit check.

In the UK, if you have a 5G-ready phone, you’ll also need a 5G-ready plan to take advantage of the faster speeds.

There are currently four UK mobile networks offering a 5G Pay As You Go plan, all of which are available with no contract and no credit check. The networks are giffgaff, Three, Vodafone and VOXI, with 5G Pay As You Go plans currently available from £10/month.

In this article, we’ll review and compare 5G Pay As You Go plans that are available in the UK. We’ll start with an overview of our recommended plans, before comparing the 5G-ready bundles available on each network. We’ll then summarise the 5G Pay As You Go plans that are available at different price points, starting from £10/month and increasing up to £30/month and more.

In addition to this article on 5G Pay As You Go bundles, you may also find it of interest to read our full guide on 5G SIM-only deals.

Recommended 5G Pay As You Go Deals

At present, giffgaff and VOXI are our recommended networks if you’re looking for a 5G Pay As You Go plan:

giffgaff

In the UK, giffgaff offers 5G coverage at no extra cost when you choose one of their golden goodybags. There are currently two 5G-ready golden goodybags to choose from:

  • £10 golden goodybag: 9GB of 5G data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts (increased to 10GB data from your third month onwards).
  • £35 golden goodybag: Unlimited 5G data (subject to a fair use limit), unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.

The £10 golden goodybag is a particularly noteworthy plan as it offers the most data on a 5G-ready Pay As You Go bundle for £10.

giffgaff’s 5G coverage is provided by O2. At present, the 5G coverage on giffgaff is available in more than 100 UK towns and cities.

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VOXI

VOXI offers 5G-ready Pay As You Go plans from £15. These include endless data for social media and video streaming. This means you can use all of the following apps and services without it counting towards your normal download allowance:

  • Endless social media gives you unlimited data for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook Messenger.
  • Endless video gives you unlimited data for use on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play.

The inclusion of endless video is a particularly strong benefit on VOXI’s 5G-ready plans. For instance, streaming just an hour of YouTube in high-definition quality would normally use up 2GB of data. You can therefore save a significant amount of data by taking advantage of these endless data offers.

On VOXI, the 5G coverage is provided by Vodafone. At present, they offer 5G coverage in over 50 UK locations, and in more than 250 locations across Europe.

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5G Pay As You Go Bundles By Network

giffgaff

giffgaff offers 5G coverage on the O2 network. Unlike getting 5G on O2’s SIM-only plans, 5G is available on giffgaff without the need for a contract or credit check.

To be eligible to use 5G on giffgaff, you’ll need to choose one of their golden goodybags instead of a regular goodybag. These golden goodybags are a little bit different in that you’ll need to have the “recurring goodybag” setting switched on in your giffgaff account. You’ll also need to pay for your golden goodybag with a saved credit card or debit card – it isn’t possible to top-up in store or with a voucher.

The following golden goodybags will give you access to 5G on giffgaff:

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
£10 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£10.00
£35 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00

The £10 golden goodybag comes with 1GB of extra data which kicks in from your third month onwards. This has the effect of increasing your data allowance to 10GB per month.

The £35 golden goodybag has a fair usage limit, which allows you to use up to 650GB of data per month. You also shouldn’t tether your phone to more than 12 devices when using the £35 golden goodybag.

For more information, see our guide to giffgaff’s 5G golden goodybags.

Three

Three offers 5G at no extra cost on all of their plans. Normally, the best value way to get 5G on Three is through one of their SIM-only deals. These start at just £5/month, with unlimited data being available for just £16/month.

If you don’t want to get a SIM-only deal from Three, the following 5G-ready Pay As You Go deals are also available on Three:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00

Three offers 5G coverage in more than 60 UK locations. For more information, see our guide to the coverage on Three.

Vodafone

Vodafone offers 5G-ready Pay Monthly SIM cards from £15/month, including on their Vodafone Red and Vodafone Unlimited plans (their cheaper Vodafone Basics plans are limited to 4G).

If you want the extra flexibility, they offer 5G-ready Big Value Bundles on Pay As You Go from £30 per month. They do tend to be fairly expensive, however, so we’d recommend getting a plan from VOXI instead, or choosing a Vodafone Pay Monthly plan.

The following 5G-ready Pay As You Go bundles are available on Vodafone:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Vodafone3,000Unlimited20GB£30.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£50.00

On Vodafone, 5G coverage is available in more than 50 UK locations and in 250 locations across Europe. There’s more information in our guide to Vodafone’s network and coverage.

VOXI

On VOXI, it’s possible to get a 5G-ready Pay As You Go bundle from £15/month. VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone so you’ll get their 5G coverage in the same places you would on Vodafone.

You can currently choose from the following 5G Pay As You Go bundles on VOXI:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited20GB
& endless social + endless video
£15.00
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited60GB
& endless social + endless video
£20.00
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00

VOXI’s endless social media gives you unlimited usage of Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook Messenger without eating into your regular data allowance.

VOXI’s endless video gives you unlimited usage of YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play without eating into your normal data allowance.

Meanwhile, VOXI’s £35 endless data plan gives you unlimited 5G data for use on anything you like. There are no fair usage limits or speed restrictions with this plan, except that you’re only able to use 25GB of data each month when travelling abroad in VOXI’s Europe Zone.

For more information, see our guide to 5G on VOXI or our full in-depth VOXI review.

Other Networks

The following table shows the current status of 5G coverage on other Pay As You Go networks in the UK:

Pay As You Go Network Latest 5G Pay As You Go Status
1pMobile 5G is not available on 1pMobile. Unfortunately, 1pMobile only offers 2G, 3G and 4G coverage. The download speeds on 1pMobile are capped at 20Mbps so it’s unlikely we’ll see 5G from them any time soon.
ASDA Mobile 5G is launching in early 2021. ASDA Mobile has confirmed that their Pay As You Go service will relaunch in early 2021, with the addition of 5G coverage on Vodafone.
EE Pay As You Go 5G is not available on EE Pay As You Go. Unfortunately, 5G is currently only available on EE’s 5G Pay Monthly plans from £20/month. They’re yet to announce when 5G will be made available on EE Pay As You Go and EE Flex.
Lebara Mobile 5G is not available on Lebara Mobile. Lebara Mobile are still yet to announce when 5G will be made available on their network.
Lycamobile 5G is not available on Lycamobile. Lycamobile doesn’t currently offer 5G coverage to their customers.
O2 Pay As You Go 5G is not available on O2 Pay As You Go. If you choose an O2 Pay Monthly SIM card from £8/month, you’ll have the option of adding 5G at no extra cost. Unfortunately, O2 are still yet to announce when 5G will be made available on their Big Bundles.
Tesco Mobile Pay As You Go 5G is not available on Tesco Mobile Pay As You Go. On Tesco Mobile, you’ll need to choose one of their 5G-ready Pay Monthly SIM cards. 5G coverage isn’t available on Tesco Mobile’s Rocket Pack bundles.

There’s further information about 5G on other networks in our guide to 5G SIM-only deals.

5G Bundles By Price Range

From £10/month

10 Pound NoteAt present, the cheapest 5G-ready Pay As You Go bundles in the UK are available from £10/month. Our current recommendation is giffgaff’s £10 golden goodybag which gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB of data (increased to 10GB per month from your third month onwards).

The following 5G Pay As You Go bundles are available from £10/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00

From £15/month

15 Pound NotesStarting from £15/month, you can choose a 5G Pay As You Go bundle from either Three or VOXI. We’d recommend VOXI’s £15 plan as this gives you 5G coverage from Vodafone. You’ll also get endless social media and endless video data, which is handy if you’d like to stream from apps like YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video.

The following 5G Pay As You Go bundles are available from £15/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited20GB
& endless social + endless video
£15.00

From £20/month

20 Pound NoteIf you’re looking to spend £20/month on a 5G Pay As You Go bundle, you can choose from the following plans on Three and VOXI:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited60GB
& endless social + endless video
£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£20.00

From £30/month

If you’re willing to spend £30 or more each month on a 5G Pay As You Go bundle, it’ll normally be possible to get a plan with unlimited data.

On giffgaff, a monthly fair usage limit of 650GB per month applies for unlimited data. However, no fair usage limit applies in the UK for unlimited data on Three, Vodafone and VOXI.

The following 5G Pay As You Go bundles are available from £30/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
Vodafone3,000Unlimited20GB£30.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£50.00

Around this price point, you may also wish to consider other 5G SIM-only deals. This is because they’ll potentially offer you better value than a 5G Pay As You Go bundle.

More Information

For more information, you can also read our in-depth guides to 5G coverage in the UK and 5G SIM-only deals.

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