You can get unlimited data without a contract from £20/month, giving you unlimited downloads on Pay As You Go without the need for a credit check.
In the UK, most mobile networks now offer an unlimited data plan, allowing you to download as much as you like. However, the choice of mobile networks is a little more restrictive if you’re looking for unlimited data on Pay As You Go with no contract and no credit check.
At present, there are eight UK mobile networks offering unlimited data on Pay As You Go, without the need for you to sign up for a contract. Three mobile networks offer unlimited data with 5G, whereas the others currently offer unlimited data with 4G. Prices currently start from £20 per month without the need for a contract.
In this article, we’ll compare the best unlimited data plans that are available with no contract and no credit check. We’ll start with an overview of all the available providers, before looking at each individual mobile network in more detail.
|Unlimited Data With No Contract:||From £20/month|
|Recommended Deal:||£20/month on Superdrug
(comes with £20 of Health & Beautycard points to spend at Superdrug)
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- 1 Overview of Pay As You Go Unlimited Data Plans
- 2 Pay As You Go Unlimited Data: By Mobile Network
- 3 More Information
Overview of Pay As You Go Unlimited Data Plans
Compare Unlimited Data Plans
The following table shows a list of unlimited data SIM cards that are currently available in the UK without the need for a credit check:
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All of these plans are available with no contract and no credit check. You’ll simply pay for your usage one month at a time and it’s also possible to cancel it whenever you like.
Coverage, Speed & Limitations
The following table shows a summary of key information about unlimited data plans on each Pay As You Go network:
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At present, Superdrug Mobile is our recommended provider if you’re looking for an unlimited data SIM card with no contract:
If you’re looking for unlimited data without the need for a contract, Superdrug Mobile is currently the best value provider.
With 99% population coverage from Three’s 3G & 4G network, Superdrug currently charges £20/month for their unlimited data plan. This is the joint cheapest plan, along with SMARTY’s unlimited data plan, but you’ll also get £20 back in Superdrug points when you sign up for Superdrug Mobile.
The £20 of Superdrug Health and Beautycard points essentially makes your first month free as you’ll get the £20 back to spend at Superdrug. This can either be in a Superdrug store, or it can be spent online on the Superdrug website (with free delivery when you spend £10 or more).
There are no fair usage limits or speed restrictions on Superdrug’s unlimited data plan and you can also cancel it whenever you like.
Pay As You Go Unlimited Data: By Mobile Network
In the following section, we’ll look at the unlimited data plans on each Pay As You Go mobile network in more detail.
On giffgaff, you can get unlimited data with coverage on the O2 network, with a choice of two unlimited data plans:
The following table shows giffgaff’s unlimited data plans, both of which are available with no contract:
If you’re travelling abroad to another European country, a 20GB data roaming limit applies on your unlimited data plan from giffgaff. Beyond this, you’ll be surcharged at a rate of 0.36p/MB for further data usage abroad.
In the UK, Lebara Mobile currently offers an unlimited data SIM card for £35/month with 3 months half price. With 4G coverage from the Vodafone network, it also gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and unlimited international minutes to 41 countries.
In addition, you can get £10 of free credit when you port in your existing phone number to Lebara Mobile. When abroad, up to 16.6GB of data can be used in Europe at no extra cost and up to 10GB of data can be used in India at no extra cost.
For more information, see our guide to Lebara Mobile’s SIM-only deals.
Lycamobile is a low-cost network, specialising in international phone calls. At present, they offer an unlimited data SIM card from £25 for 30 days of usage. This gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and 99% 4G coverage from the O2 network. Customers ordering their Lycamobile bundle online will benefit from an introductory price of £19/month for the first 90 days.
As a cheaper alternative to fully unlimited data, there’s also a £20 Forever Data plan on Lycamobile. On this plan, 4G speeds are only available on the first 9GB per month. After the first 9GB per month, your download speeds are reduced to a maximum of 128kbps (around 0.1Mbps, which is roughly equivalent to the speed of a 2G connection).
On Lycamobile, the use of tethering and personal hotspot is not permitted.
For more information, you can read our Lycamobile review.
SMARTY Mobile is a low-cost sub-brand of Three, offering unlimited data with no contract for £20 per month. The SIM card gives you 4G coverage from the Three network, along with unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts.
On SMARTY’s unlimited data plan, a 20GB per month fair usage limit applies when you’re travelling abroad in Europe. Beyond this, a surcharge will be applied for further usage in Europe.
For more information, see our SMARTY unlimited data review.
In our opinion, the best value unlimited data plan without a contract in the UK is currently Superdrug Mobile’s £20 unlimited data SIM card. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data with 4G coverage from the Three network.
Behind the scenes, Superdrug Mobile is built on the SMARTY platform so the two networks share a lot of similarities in how they operate. There are, however, two main benefits to choosing Superdrug Mobile over SMARTY:
The following table shows the key things to know about Superdrug’s unlimited data plan:
For more information, see our Superdrug Mobile review.
You can get an unlimited data SIM card with no contract on Three’s Pay As You Go service from £30/month. This gives you access to Three’s 5G network in 154 UK towns and cities, along with unlimited UK minutes and texts.
You should note that much cheaper unlimited data deals are available when you take a SIM-only plan on contract from Three. At present, Three offers unlimited data for just £18/month if you’re willing to sign up a contract. This is much cheaper than their unlimited data plan on Pay As You Go.
For more information, see our guide to unlimited data on Three.
On Vodafone, it’s possible to get an unlimited data SIM card for £50/month on Pay As You Go, without the need to sign a contract or to undergo a credit check. You’ll also get access to Vodafone’s 5G network included in the price.
This plan is shown in the following table:
Because of the incredibly high cost for unlimited data without a contract on Vodafone, we wouldn’t normally recommend this plan for most users. Instead, there are two alternatives that will give you much better value:
VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, currently offering unlimited 5G data with no contract for £30/month.
VOXI’s unlimited data plan will give you access to Vodafone’s 5G network. This offers an average download speed of 150-200Mbps on 5G, with 5G coverage currently available in 57 UK towns and cities.
When using your mobile phone abroad in another European country, there’s a fair usage limit of 25GB per month on this plan.
For more information, you can read our in-depth VOXI review. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a lower-cost alternative to unlimited data, VOXI offers a range of plans with endless social media or endless video data.
For more information about a specific unlimited data deal, please see your mobile network’s official website. In addition, you may also find it useful to read our overview of all unlimited data plans in the UK and unlimited data plans with 5G.