A 10GB data plan will allow you to browse the internet for around 120 hours, to stream 2,000 songs or to watch 20 hours of standard-definition video.

Nowadays, the key difference between mobile phone price plans is how many gigabytes of data it comes with.

If you're looking for a mobile phone plan with 10GB of data, prices currently start from £10/month in the UK. With your 10GB of data, you'll be able to browse the internet for approximately 120 hours per month, to stream 2,000 songs online or to watch 20 hours of online video in standard definition.

In this article, we'll discuss what you can do with 10GB of data and how long you can expect your 10GB allowance to last for. We'll also discuss 10GB data plans, where you can find one in the UK and how much you can expect to pay.

How Much Is 10GB Data?

In the UK, a number of mobile networks currently offer 10GB data plans. There's a choice of 8 mobile networks if you're looking for a Pay Monthly SIM card, and a further choice of 7 networks if you're looking for a more flexible Pay As You Go bundle.

Pay Monthly SIM Cards

If you're looking for the lowest possible prices, you can get a Pay Monthly SIM card with 10GB of data from £10.00/month. The following table shows a list of currently available deals:

12 months
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
1 month
1 month
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
12 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00010GB£12.50
12 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£14.00
24 months
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
12 months
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
24 months
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited10GB£15.00
1 month
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 3 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

Contract lengths will vary when taking a Pay Monthly contract. You'll normally need to undergo a credit check when taking out a Pay Monthly contract.

Pay As You Go SIM Cards

If you're looking for a bit of extra flexibility, a Pay As You Go bundle allows you to have this with 10GB of data from £12.00/month. There's no commitment to renewing your bundle every month. You can also increase or decrease your data allowance at the end of each month if you find you're on a plan with the wrong amount of data.

The following table shows Pay As You Go bundles with 10GB of data per month:

Tesco Mobile5,0005,00010GB£12.50
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited10GB£15.00
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£20.00
To show you the most relevant plans, 1 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .
There's no need to undergo a credit check when taking a Pay As You Go bundle. It's normally possible to order a free Pay As You Go SIM card: you'll then simply need to top it up with credit to get started.


Instead of choosing a 10GB data plan, it may sometimes make sense to choose a plan with more data. This is especially the case when special offers and promotion are available: you might be able to get a larger allowance of data for the same or for a very similar price:

Amount of DataPay MonthlyPay As You Go
250MB Data£13.00 £3 more-
500MB Data£6.00 £4 cheaper£5.00 £7 cheaper
1GB Data£5.00 £5 cheaper£10.00 £2 cheaper
2GB Data£5.00 £5 cheaper£5.00 £7 cheaper
3GB Data£6.00 £4 cheaper£10.00 £2 cheaper
4GB Data£6.00 £4 cheaper£10.00 £2 cheaper
5GB Data£10.00£9.99 £2 cheaper
6GB Data£8.00 £2 cheaper£10.00 £2 cheaper
8GB Data£8.00 £2 cheaper£10.00 £2 cheaper
10GB Data£10.00£12.00
12GB Data£10.00£10.00 £2 cheaper
20GB Data£12.00 £2 more£15.00 £3 more
40GB Data£25.00 £15 more£20.00 £8 more
100GB Data£16.00 £6 more£20.00 £8 more
Unlimited Data£18.00 £8 more£25.00 £13 more

Some price plans include a data rollover feature giving you a second opportunity to use your data allowance. Alternatively, an unlimited data plan could also be worth thinking about if you'd like a worry-free plan where you never need to think about how much data you're using.

How Long Does 10GB Of Data Last?

When figuring out how much data you need, it's important to think about your own individual usage requirements.

If you choose a plan with too much data, you could be overpaying for lots of data that you don't actually use. On the other hand, choosing a plan with too little data could mean being cut-off from the internet in the middle of the month.

The following table gives you an approximate guide to what you can do with 10GB of data:

Activity10GB data is equal to...
Accessing web pages6,000 web pages (approx 120 hours browsing)
Basic e-mail/instant message3,500,000 messages
Rich e-mail/IM (with attachments)20,000 messages
Downloading or streaming music2,000 songs
Downloading or streaming video (SD)20 hours
Downloading or streaming video (HD)5 hours
Skype voice call300 hours
Skype video call40 hours
Listening to online radio160 hours
Downloading or updating apps250 apps

We've made a number of assumptions in coming to these numbers. You can read about these in more detail here.

As of 2019, the average UK consumer uses around 3GB of mobile data each month. This has been growing rapidly in the past few years (e.g. it was only 1.9GB in 2017 and 0.2GB in 2012). This means a 10GB data allowance is much more than the average consumer can use. It's worth double-checking to make sure you actually need all of this data, as you could otherwise end up paying for lots of data that you don't actually use.

For more information, see our guide on how to find out your current data usage.

More Information

Our full guide to mobile download limits has more information including on how to find out how much data you need.

Once you've decided how much data you need, we've summarised the best Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go SIM cards across a variety of price points in the UK.

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  • Bruh I wanna know why i bought 100gb for £20 and use 700Mb and it randomly cut out now it’s not working again i don’t even know why?! Is there like a daily limit or something cause if there is I want it off!

    • Hi Hayz,
      Thanks for your comment. There shouldn’t normally be a daily usage on your usage – only a monthly limit applies. It’s probably worth getting in touch with your mobile network to enquire about the cut-outs in service you’re experiencing.

  • Violet Gibson said:

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