A 250MB data plan will allow you to browse the internet for around 3 hours, to stream 50 songs or to watch 30 minutes 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 250MB of data, prices currently start from £5/month in the UK. With your 250MB of data, you'll be able to browse the internet for approximately 3 hours per month, to stream 50 songs online or to watch 30 minutes of online video in standard definition.

In this article, we'll discuss what you can do with 250MB of data and how long you can expect your 250MB allowance to last for. We'll also discuss 250MB data plans, where you can find one in the UK and how much you can expect to pay.

How Much Is 250MB Data?

In the UK, a number of mobile networks currently offer 250MB data plans. There's a choice of 1 mobile networks if you're looking for a Pay Monthly SIM card, and a further choice of 1 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 250MB of data from £13.00/month. The following table shows a list of currently available deals:

12 months

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 250MB of data from £5.00/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 250MB of data per month:

Tesco Mobile100100250MB£5.00
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 250MB 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£5.00
500MB Data£6.00 £7 cheaper£5.00
1GB Data£5.00 £8 cheaper£7.50 £2.5 more
2GB Data£5.00 £8 cheaper£5.00
3GB Data£7.00 £6 cheaper£10.00 £5 more
4GB Data£7.00 £6 cheaper£10.00 £5 more
6GB Data£10.00 £3 cheaper£10.00 £5 more
8GB Data£8.00 £5 cheaper£15.00 £10 more
12GB Data£10.00 £3 cheaper£20.00 £15 more
20GB Data£12.00 £1 cheaper£20.00 £15 more
40GB Data£25.00 £12 more-
100GB Data£18.00 £5 more£20.00 £15 more
Unlimited Data£18.00 £5 more£25.00 £20 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 250MB 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 250MB of data:

Activity250MB data is equal to...
Accessing web pages150 web pages (approx 3 hours browsing)
Basic e-mail/instant message87,500 messages
Rich e-mail/IM (with attachments)500 messages
Downloading or streaming music50 songs
Downloading or streaming video (SD)30 minutes
Downloading or streaming video (HD)7.5 minutes
Skype voice call7.5 hours
Skype video call1 hour
Listening to online radio4 hours
Downloading or updating apps6 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 makes a 250MB data allowance is a little smaller than average. However, if you find yourself mainly using a wi-fi connection when at home or at work, it's possible you won't need as much data as the average consumer.

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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  • Carole Gough said:

    Thanks so much – I had no idea of how much 2gb of data would give me – so this was really helpful and sounds just what I need for a work phone. Thanks again for helping me with the decision.

  • Kohl Mahoney said:

    Thank you! I just hit 100gb of data (I don’t have internet and am always on my phone). Thankfully I have unlimited data.

  • Thank you for breaking that down. You are a God send. My gosh though, signing up for phone service shouldn’t be as complicated as shopping for a car; don’t you think? Ridiculous. Thank you for making it easier though.

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