As a smartphone user, it’s essential to choose a good data plan. Find out how much data you need and how download speeds will affect your experience.

Nowadays, the most important component of your mobile phone tariff is the data plan that allows you to access the internet when you’re on-the-go.

Your data plan is used by almost every single app including e-mail, messaging, social networking and gaming applications. It’s also used when you’re browsing the internet and when you’re watching videos online.

When choosing a data plan, you’ll need to consider two main things:

  1. How much data you need each month: This determines how much content you’re able to access on your phone each month.
  2. The download speeds you need: This affects how quickly you can access your content (e.g. 4G speeds or 5G speeds, etc). It may also affect the types of content you can access.

Please select an article in order to find out more:

Mobile Data: How Many Gigabytes Do You Need & How Long Will It Last?

When choosing a new mobile phone price plan, you'll need to decide how much data you want. Find out how long each gigabyte (GB) of data will last you.

Download Speeds: Comparing 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G Mobile Networks

You can access the internet on your smartphone using either a 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G connection. Find out how download speeds compare.

Tethering: Which UK Mobile Networks Allow You To Tether?

Tethering or personal hotspot allows you to share your mobile data connection with other devices. Find out the tethering policy for each UK network.

Data Rollover on UK Networks: Carry Over Unused Data Allowances

Some UK mobile networks will allow you to roll over unused data into the following month. We compare the roll-over policy by mobile network.

SIM Cards For Tablets, Dongles, Routers & Other Smart Devices

You can now use a regular smartphone SIM card in other devices like a tablet, dongle or mobile broadband router.

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  • If you get a mobile Sim from a comparison site are the speeds limited on that sim rather than if you went straight to the provider and got a sim from them directly.
    example: EE through a comparison site rather than EE is itself

    • Hi Colin,
      Thanks for your comment. No, there’s no difference in download speed when taking the same SIM card direct from a network, or through a comparison site. On EE, the key thing to watch out for is just whether you’re getting an EE Smart or EE Essential plan.
      Hope this helps,

  • This country (UK) has an abysmal record when it comes to regulating corporate megalomaniacs. Too much corruption and vested interests within the house of lords.

    Tragically, and possibly;y terminally for the future, we lost the fight for net neutrality. So these vile companies can run roughshod over the consumers and play as fast and lose as they like with the current near non existent rules.

    Ofcom is a joke outfit set up to placate the masses, the illusion of fairness is the name of the game, utterly shameful.

    Nothing will change. You looking at all this madness getting a whole lot worse.

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