You can get an unlimited data plan from £16/month in the UK, allowing you to download as much as you like. Compare the best unlimited data SIM cards.

Whether you’re a heavy smartphone user or whether you just want the reassurance you’ll never run out of data, most UK mobile networks now offer an unlimited data plan so you can download as much as you like.

In total, there are currently 14 mobile networks that offer an unlimited data plan in the UK. Nine providers offer unlimited data with 5G coverage, with a further five providers offering unlimited data with 4G coverage. The cheapest unlimited data plans are available from £16/month.

In this article, we’ll compare the best value unlimited data plans in the UK. We’ll start with an overview of mobile networks with unlimited data. We’ll then look at the unlimited data plans on each mobile network in more detail, including any fair usage limits and restrictions that apply.

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Overview of Unlimited Data Plans

Best Unlimited Data Plans

In the UK, there are currently fourteen mobile networks that offer an unlimited data plan.

The following table shows the cheapest unlimited data plans that are currently available on each network:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£20.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£23.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
12 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£27.00
24 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,000Unlimited£28.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
24 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
24 months

In addition to the above, you can get unlimited data on BT Mobile for £20/month if you’re a BT fibre broadband customer with a BT Halo plan.

Coverage, Speeds & Limitations

When choosing an unlimited data SIM card, it’s also important to consider the coverage you’ll get on it, along with any fair usage limits or restrictions.

The following table shows a summary of this information for each UK network:

Mobile Network Coverage Provider Speed Key Limits & Restrictions
BT Mobile EE 5G
  • BT Halo customers only
EE EE 5G
  • 600GB monthly fair usage
  • 12 devices tethering & hotspot
giffgaff O2 4G
  • 650GB monthly fair usage
  • 12 devices tethering & hotspot
  • 80GB speed reduction (Always-On)
iD Mobile Three 4G
Lebara Mobile Vodafone 4G
Lycamobile O2 4G
  • No tethering & hotspot
O2 O2 5G
  • 650GB monthly fair usage
  • 12 devices tethering & hotspot
  • No 4G routers
SMARTY Three 4G
Superdrug Mobile Three 4G
Tesco Mobile O2 5G
  • No 4G routers
Three Three 5G
Virgin Mobile Vodafone 5G
  • No 4G routers
Vodafone Vodafone 5G
  • Speed restrictions on Unlimited (10Mbps) and Lite (2Mbps).
  • No speed restrictions on Unlimited Max.
VOXI Vodafone 5G

For further information about the unlimited data plans on each network, read on to learn more about unlimited data on each network.

Unlimited Data Plans: By Mobile Network

At present, you can get an unlimited data plan from 14 mobile networks in the UK. In the following section, we’ll look at the unlimited data plans on each network in more detail:

BT Mobile

On BT Mobile, you can get a No Limits SIM card for £20/month. However, this is only available if you have BT Halo which is BT’s flagship fibre broadband plan.

If you’re an existing BT Broadband customer, you can upgrade to BT Halo 3 online. This gives you access to home tech experts and what BT claims to be an “unbreakable broadband connection”. This consists of Hybrid Connect which gives you a 4G-based broadband backup service along with guaranteed wi-fi in every room through BT’s Complete Wi-Fi service. You’ll also get a Smart Hub 2 router and a free upgrade to BT’s full fibre broadband when it goes live at your address. Finally, you’ll unlock the ability to buy the exclusive “No Limits” SIM card for unlimited data on BT Mobile:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
24 months
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
12 months

BT Mobile’s unlimited data SIM card includes access to 5G coverage if it’s available in your area. You’ll also get inclusive access to the BT Sport mobile app along with unlimited anytime phone calls on your BT landline.

On BT’s unlimited data SIM card, there is no fair usage limit for the service. This is confirmed in BT’s help centre:

Is there a fair usage policy for BT Mobile?
There’s no fair usage policy. So when we say “unlimited”, it truly is unlimited.

The only exception to this is when you’re travelling abroad to another European country that’s part of BT’s Roam Like Home offer. In these 47 European Roam Like Home destinations, you’ll only be able to use 50GB of data abroad at no extra cost.

This information is summarised in the following table:

Price Fair Use Availability Network

£20/month

No fair usage

Requires BT Halo

5G coverage
(powered by EE)
50GB data roaming limit in 47 European Roam Like Home destinations

For more information, see our BT Mobile unlimited data review.

Source: BT Website: No Limits on Halo
Tariff Information: BT Mobile Website

EE

On EE, you can get an unlimited data plan with 5G speeds from £37/month.

When you choose an unlimited data plan on EE, you’ll get some Smart Benefits included with your contract:

  • The £37 EE Smart unlimited data plan includes one Smart Benefit. Choose from Apple Music, BT Sport Ultimate, Amazon Prime Video, BritBox or the Roam Further Pass.
  • The £41 EE Full Works unlimited data plan includes three Smart Benefits. Choose from Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, BT Sport Ultimate and the Roam Further Pass.

You can enjoy the inclusive Smart Benefits for the full 24 month duration of your plan.

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
24 months
Full WorksUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£41.00
24 months

There are three key restrictions worth being aware on EE’s unlimited data plans:

  1. There’s a fair usage limit of 600GB per month, above which EE reserves the right to “apply traffic management controls to deprioritise your mobile traffic during busy periods or to move you to a business plan” (this fair usage limit was 1,000GB per month for customers who signed up before the 1st September 2020).
  2. Tethering and personal hotspot usage is limited to a maximum of 12 devices.
  3. A data roaming limit of 50GB per month applies when you’re travelling abroad outside the UK.

In addition, if you’re using the Data Gifting feature on an EE Family account, you’ll only be able to gift up to 100GB of data to other users on your plan (or 120GB if you’re on a 5G handset plan with unlimited data).

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£37/month

600GB/month

12 devices

5G coverage
50GB data roaming limit in 47 European destinations

For more information, read our in-depth guide to unlimited data on EE.

Source: EE Website
Tariff Information: EE Website

giffgaff

giffgaff is a low-cost sub-brand of O2 with a choice of two price plans that give you unlimited data.

If you want unlimited data without speed restrictions, you’ll need to choose the £35 golden goodybag on giffgaff. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data with uncapped download speeds on 5G.

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
£35 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month

On the £35 golden goodybag, there’s a fair usage policy of 650GB per month. In addition, giffgaff also says you shouldn’t tether your phone to more than 12 devices at the same time.

If you want a lower-cost alternative with 4G coverage and speed restrictions, giffgaff also offers the £25 Always On data goodybag. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and Always On data:

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
£25 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month

With Always-On data, you’ll get 4G download speeds on the first 80GB per month. After the first 80GB, your download speeds will reduce to a maximum of 384kbps between 8am and midnight each day. This is roughly equivalent to the speed of a basic 3G connection. It won’t stop you from browsing the internet or sending messages through your phone but things like online video streaming are unlikely to work at this reduced speed.

Customers travelling abroad to another European country can use up to 20GB of data abroad. Beyond this, a surcharge of 0.36p/MB will be charged against your Pay As You Go balance on giffgaff.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£25/month

650GB/month

12 devices

5G coverage
(powered by O2)
The £25 Always-On goodybag has a speed reduction to 384kbps (0.4Mbps) after 80GB per month
20GB monthly data roaming limit applies in Europe

For more information, see our guide to unlimited data on giffgaff.

Source: giffgaff Website
Tariff Information: giffgaff Website

iD Mobile

iD Mobile is the own-brand network from the Carphone Warehouse. Offering 3G & 4G coverage from Three, iD Mobile offers the following unlimited data plans from £18/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month

iD Mobile haven’t published a fair usage policy for their unlimited data plan, but their terms and conditions say the plan is for “personal use only”. You’ll need to undergo a credit check when joining the iD Mobile network.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£18/month

Personal use only

No restrictions

4G coverage
(powered by Three)

Source: iD Mobile Terms and Conditions
Tariff Information: iD Mobile Website

Lebara Mobile

On Lebara Mobile, you can get a SIM Only plan with unlimited 4G data from £25/month. This plan also gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and 100 international minutes to 41 countries. For an extra £5/month, you can upgrade this to an alternative plan with unlimited international minutes.

There’s no contract or credit check required on Lebara so you can change or cancel your plan at any time. You’ll have access to 99% 4G coverage, powered by the Vodafone network.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+100 intl.
UnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+unltd intl.
UnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
1 month

As a special offer, it’s also possible to get £10 of free credit when you transfer your existing phone number into Lebara.

According to Lebara Mobile, there are no usage caps on their unlimited data service, with exceptions for fraudulent usage and their general terms and conditions:

Where Unlimited data is included in a plan allowance, there is no data cap, subject to fraud exceptions. All general T&C will apply.

If you’re using your Lebara Mobile SIM card abroad, you can use a certain amount of data in Europe at no extra cost each month. This is 15.7GB on the £25 unlimited data plan and 18.8GB on the £30 unlimited data plan. You can also use up to 10GB of data abroad in India at no extra cost each month.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£25/month

Subject to general T&C

No restrictions

4G coverage
(powered by Vodafone)
Data roaming limit of 15.7GB per month (£25 plan) or 18.8GB per month (£30 plan) in Europe. 10GB per month limit in India.

For more information, see our Lebara Mobile unlimited data review.

Source: Lebara Mobile Terms and Conditions
Tariff Information: Lebara Mobile Website

Lycamobile

On Lycamobile, you can buy the Go Unlimited bundle which costs £25 for 30 days of usage. This gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and unlimited UK data, with 99% 4G coverage from O2’s network. You can benefit from an introductory price of £17.50/month when you order your bundle online, with this price being valid for the first 3 months. Alternatively, the bundle will cost you £30/month if you buy it elsewhere (e.g. by phone, by text message or in-store).

Lycamobile also offers the Go Unlimited Plus bundle. This costs £30 for 30 days of usage and also includes unlimited international minutes for calling 41 countries.

In the past, Lycamobile also offered a cheaper £20 Forever Data plan. The plan gave you 4G speeds on the first 9GB per month. Your download speeds would then be reduced to 128kbps for the remainder of the month (about 0.1Mbps, which is roughly equivalent to the speed of a 2G connection). The Forever Data plan is no longer available to new customers.

On Lycamobile, the use of tethering and personal hotspot is not permitted. There’s more information in our Lycamobile review.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£25/month

Subject to general T&C

Not permitted

4G coverage
(powered by O2)

Source: Lycamobile Website
Tariff Information: Lycamobile Website

O2

O2 offers unlimited data on a range of Pay Monthly SIM cards and handsets.

At present, you can get an unlimited data SIM card from £30/month, with the lowest prices being available when you choose a 24-month plan:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
12 months

You’ll get 6 months of Apple Music included on O2’s unlimited data plan. You can also choose an inclusive O2 Extra with popular options including 6 months of Disney+ or 12 months of Amazon Prime Video. You’ll also get access to discounts and offers through the O2 Priority app.

When choosing an unlimited data plan on O2, there are several fair usage limits worth being aware of. The most important is their 650GB per month fair usage limit. In addition, the use of tethering and personal hotspot is limited to a maximum of 12 devices. If you exceed these limits twice in any six-month period, O2 says they “reserve the right to transfer you to a more suitable plan”.

O2’s terms and conditions require you to use their unlimited data SIM card inside a battery-powered mobile device. This is intended to prevent you from using the SIM card for 4G home broadband or 5G home broadband:

3.3 Unlimited UK Data sold on handset or SIMO contracts must only be used in mobile devices that do not require to be plugged in order to work. Any O2 mobile broadband Unlimited UK Data tariffs must only be used with the devices that they are sold with. Where other devices are used that do not comply with these terms, we reserve the right to transfer you to a more suitable plan.

If you’re travelling abroad to another European country, you can use up to 25GB of data abroad in O2 Europe Zone countries. You can also use your SIM card abroad in 27 O2 Travel Inclusive Zone countries.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£30/month

650GB/month

12 devices
No 4G routers

5G coverage
25GB monthly data roaming limit applies in O2 Europe Zone countries

For more information, read our guide to O2’s unlimited data plans.

Source: O2 Website: Unlimited Plan Terms
Tariff Information: O2 Website

SMARTY

SMARTY is a low cost sub-brand of Three, currently offering unlimited data for £16 on a one-month rolling basis. This includes an exclusive £4/month discount which is only available when you order through this link.

On SMARTY, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited 4G data. You can also use the unlimited data SIM card in other devices like your tablet, dongle or 4G router.

According to SMARTY, tethering and personal hotspot usage are included in the plan and there are no speed restrictions for using too much data. There is, however, a fair usage limit of 20GB per month when you’re using your mobile phone abroad in Europe.

SMARTY offers 99% population coverage, using 3G and 4G coverage from Three.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
1 month

The following table shows a summary of the key things to know about unlimited data on SMARTY:

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£16/month

No fair use limit

No restrictions

4G coverage
(powered by Three)
20GB per month data roaming limit applies in European countries.

For more information, see our SMARTY unlimited data review.

Source: SMARTY Website: Unlimited Plan
Tariff Information: SMARTY Website

Superdrug Mobile

On Superdrug Mobile, unlimited data is available for £20/month with no contract.

The network, which offers 3G & 4G coverage from Three, will give you £20 back in Superdrug Health & Beautycard points when you sign up. This £20 sign-up bonus essentially makes your first month free as you’ll get the £20 back to spend on your next visit to Superdrug.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month

As a customer of Superdrug Mobile, you’ll also earn double Health & Beautycard points on all of your spending at Superdrug.

On Superdrug Mobile, there are no fair usage limits or speed restrictions for unlimited data. However, they say commercial use isn’t permitted with them reserving the right to monitor your usage of the service:

6.29 If you have unlimited data as part of your Plan, there are no hidden caps or limits when using your device within the UK. Unlimited data should give you all the access to the internet you would normally need, without worrying, so you can use our service to your heart’s content. Use of the Services for commercial, resale or fraudulent purposes isn’t allowed under this Agreement, so we do reserve the right to monitor any unusual activity that may indicate that this is happening to identify and prevent such non-permitted use.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£20/month
(with £20 back in points)

No commercial usage

No restrictions

4G coverage
(powered by Three)

For more information, see our Superdrug Mobile review.

Source: Superdrug Mobile Terms and Conditions
Tariff Information: Superdrug Mobile Website

Tesco Mobile

On Tesco Mobile, it’s currently possible to get an unlimited data SIM card for £28/month. This is one of the best value ways of getting unlimited data with coverage from O2 and it includes access to 5G at no extra cost.

As a special time-limited offer, you’ll currently get six months of free Clubcard Plus when you sign up to this deal. This allows you to save 10% when you shop in-store at Tesco, with a maximum saving of £40/month.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Tesco Mobile5,0005,000Unlimited£28.00
18 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,000Unlimited£30.00
12 months

Tesco hasn’t set a fair usage limit for their unlimited data plan. Instead, their terms and conditions simply state that you’re unable to use the service for commercial purposes, or for usage that adversely impacts other customers on Tesco Mobile.

Tesco says on their website that you can use the unlimited data SIM card for personal use in mobile devices, but not in 4G home broadband routers.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£28/month

Personal usage only

No 4G routers

5G coverage
(powered by O2)

For more information, see our guide to Tesco Mobile unlimited data plans.

Source: Tesco Mobile Terms and Conditions
Tariff Information: Tesco Mobile Website

Three

On Three, you can get a 5G-ready unlimited data plan from as little as £16/month (sometimes also referred to as an all-you-can-eat data plan).

There are no fair usage limits for unlimited data in the UK. However, commercial usage of the service is not permitted:

Use of our services for commercial, resale or fraudulent purposes isn’t allowed under our Terms for Three Services, so we do reserve the right to monitor any unusual activity that may indicate that this is happening to identify and prevent such non-permitted use.

A fair usage limit applies when you’re using your mobile phone abroad in a Go Roam country. You can use up to 20GB of data abroad in other European countries and up to 12GB of data abroad outside Europe.

The following table shows SIM-only plans with unlimited data from Three:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
6 months half price
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£24.00
1 month

As well as getting an unlimited data SIM card, you can also buy a smartphone from Three with unlimited data on a contract. Three also offers unlimited 4G home broadband and unlimited 5G home broadband.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£16/month

No commercial usage

No restrictions

5G coverage
20GB per month data roaming limit applies in European countries.
12GB per month data roaming limit applies in Go Roam countries outside Europe.

Prior to September 2019, Three had a fair usage policy of 1,000GB per month (1TB) on their unlimited data plans. They’ve confirmed that this fair usage policy no longer applies on their plans:

If you have Unlimited Data as part of your package or with an Add-on, there are no hidden caps or limits when using your device within the UK. Unlimited Data lets you use the internet to your heart’s content, without worrying about hefty bills.

Use of our services for commercial, resale or fraudulent purposes isn’t allowed under our Terms for Three Services, so we do reserve the right to monitor any unusual activity that may indicate that this is happening to identify and prevent such non-permitted use.

Prior to October 2018, Three’s unlimited data plans also had a restriction on tethering. During the time period when this restriction was in place, it was only possible to use up to 30GB of data through tethering each month. This restriction has now been removed for all new and existing customers as a result of Ofcom’s net neutrality rules.

For more information, see our guide to unlimited data on Three.

Source: Three Help: What is unlimited data?
Tariff Information: Three Website

Virgin Mobile

On Virgin Mobile, it’s now possible to get unlimited data from £27/month. This will give you 5G coverage in 100 UK towns and cities, powered by the Vodafone network.

The following table shows the unlimited data plans available from Virgin Mobile:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£27.00
24 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£28.00
12 months

According to Virgin, there are no restrictions on “tethering, throttling, speed restrictions or caps”. Their acceptable use policy does say that it needs to be for your own personal usage – business and commercial usage isn’t permitted. In addition, the SIM card isn’t intended to be used inside a 4G router but you can use it inside a “personal mobile or mobile broadband device”.

If you’re using your Virgin Mobile unlimited data SIM card in Europe, a fair usage limit will apply. The data roaming limit is currently 14.95GB per month on the £27 plan and 15.50GB per month on the £28 plan.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£27/month

No fair usage

No 4G routers

5G coverage
(powered by Vodafone)
Fair usage policy applies in Europe (between 14.95GB and 15.50GB per month).

It’s no longer necessary to be a Virgin Media home broadband or TV customer to get unlimited data on Virgin Mobile. This is because Virgin Mobile’s unlimited data plan has been open to everyone since February 2021.

For more information, see our Virgin Mobile unlimited data review.

Source: Virgin Media Website
Tariff Information: Virgin Media Website

Vodafone

Vodafone offers a selection of unlimited data plans from £20/month. This gives you access to their 5G network in 100 UK towns and cities, along with 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G.

When choosing a Vodafone unlimited data plan, you’ll need to choose between three different download speeds. The cheapest £20/month Unlimited Lite plan only gives you download speeds of up to 2Mbps. Meanwhile, the £23/month Unlimited plan is capped at 10Mbps download speeds and the £25/month Unlimited Max plan has uncapped 4G & 5G speeds.

There’s no fair usage policy on Vodafone’s unlimited data allowance, except that it needs to be “for your personal and non-commercial use”. You can use up to 25GB of data each month when travelling abroad as part of Vodafone Global Roaming.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£20.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£23.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
12 months

Vodafone’s unlimited data plans are also available on a 12-month contract or on a 30-day rolling contract.

Price Fair Use Speed Limits Network

£20/month

Personal use only

2Mbps (Lite)
10Mbps (Unlimited)
No speed limit (Max)

5G coverage
25GB monthly fair usage limit in 51 Global Roaming destinations (81 on Unlimited Max).
No restrictions on tethering, personal hotspot or usage in other devices (e.g. tablets & dongles).

For more information, read our Vodafone unlimited data review.

Source: Vodafone Website
Tariff Information: Vodafone Website

VOXI

VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone offering endless 5G data for £35/month.

On VOXI’s endless data plan, you’ll get access to 5G coverage from Vodafone. This gives you average download speeds of 150-200Mbps on 5G, or average download speeds of 23-35Mbps on 4G. You’ll also get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included on your plan.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month

According to their terms and conditions, VOXI says they “reserve the right to suspend or throttle the service if we have reason to believe that the SIM card is being used for commercial purposes, fraudulently or is having an adverse impact / damaging our network in any way”. The maximum amount of data you can use abroad at no extra cost is also limited to 25GB per month.

There’s no need to undergo a credit check when you join VOXI. The endless data plan also works on a one-month rolling basis so you can change it or cancel it at any time.

Price Fair Use Tethering Network

£35/month

Personal use only

No restrictions

5G coverage
(powered by Vodafone)
25GB monthly fair usage limit in 51 European destinations.

Source: VOXI: Terms and Conditions
Tariff Information: VOXI Website

Other Mobile Networks

If you’re unable to get an unlimited data plan from your network, it’s possible you might be able to choose a large data allowance instead (e.g. 100GB of data per month). The following networks do not currently offer an unlimited data plan:

  • Plusnet Mobile offers up to 20GB of data. They’re a low-cost sub-brand within the BT & EE group so it’s unlikely they’ll offer unlimited data any time soon.
  • Sky Mobile offers up to 60GB of data per month. Sky haven’t yet announced whether unlimited data will become available on their network in the future.
  • Talkmobile offers up to 100GB of data. As a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, it’s unlikely we’ll see unlimited data from Talkmobile soon. Instead, you can get unlimited data from Lebara Mobile, Vodafone or VOXI.

Alternatives to Unlimited Data

In some cases, it might not actually be necessary to choose a plan with unlimited data. This is because the average UK mobile user only consumes around 3GB of data per month.

If you mainly want the reassurance that you’ll never run out of data, consider something like SMARTY’s 30GB plan. This will cost you £10 per month with no contract and no credit check. It already has more than enough data for the average user.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month

Alternatively, if you just want unlimited data for use on certain applications, consider VOXI’s endless social media (from £10/month) and VOXI’s endless video (from £12/month). This will give you unlimited data for use in the following applications:

  • Endless social media includes: Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Pinterest
  • Endless video includes: YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer, UKTV Play
NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited6GB
& endless social
£10.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited12GB
& endless social + endless video
£12.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited15GB
& endless social + endless video
£15.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited45GB
& endless social + endless video
£20.00
1 month

For more information, see our comparison of the best SIM-only deals in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which mobile networks offer unlimited data in the UK?
The following mobile networks currently offer unlimited data in the UK:
What’s the best value unlimited data deal?
Normally, the best value unlimited data deals can be found on Three. They currently offer unlimited data for £16 per month. This gives you access to 5G coverage in 194 UK towns and cities, along with 99.8% population coverage on 4G. There are no fair usage limits for unlimited data on Three.
Will I get 5G coverage with unlimited data?
The following mobile networks offer unlimited data with 5G coverage:
Is there a fair usage policy on unlimited data?
It depends on the mobile network. Normally, it’s stated that unlimited data is for your personal use only. In addition, there are sometimes further limitations and restrictions which are detailed within this table. If you’re travelling abroad to another European country, there is normally also a limit on how much data you can use.

More Information

For more information about a specific unlimited data plan, please see the details on your mobile network’s website. We’ve also got in-depth guides to unlimited data on BT Mobile, EE, giffgaff, iD Mobile, Lebara Mobile, O2, SMARTY, Three, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone.

If you’re looking for a wider range of deals, compare SIM-only plans including those without an unlimited data allowance.

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  • Hi.

    Excellent site. Thank you

    Stumbled on this when investigating 4g Routers.

    I cannot access the 3 link for unlimited data from you link. Am I doing something wrong. or has it expired?

    Alex

  • Olivia Tanbury said:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Ken !! 🙂

    Please allow me to bring to your attention a typo in the tabulated info under the ‘Coverage, Speeds & Limitations’ sub-heading for Vodafone.

    The speed restrictions for Vodafone’s ‘Unlimited Lite’ plan is not 10Mbps, but rather 2Mbps.

    You may verify the information direct from the horse’s mouth at:
    https://www.vodafone.co.uk/unlimited-data-plans/

    • Hi Olivia,
      Happy New Year to you as well! Thank you so much for bringing this typo to my attention – I’ve amended it so it now says Lite is capped at 2Mbps. Much appreciated!
      All the best for 2021,
      Ken

  • Ken, you might want to add more information about the Vodafone NAT issue.

    If you are gaming user on Xbox, PS4/5, or switch, etc, better stay away from Vodafone network.

  • Hi Ken
    Great site, the refence site for mobile!
    Have you heard if EE unlimited SIM is now 4g+, even though it is no longer called a Smart SIM with swappable benefits? To get SIM only 4g+ previously required a Smart SIM

    Cheers
    Steve

    • Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment and for the kind feedback about the website! Sadly, it looks like EE have withdrawn their unlimited data SIM card from sale for the time being. As far as I know, their unlimited data SIM was previously considered to be a Smart plan. Unfortunately, however, I don’t seem to be able to see this plan available for sale at the moment.
      Ken

      • Hi Ken, first to correct the typo…I meant ‘reference site’. Your site is really useful. Yes, the EE sim only unlimted seems to have vanished, plus the EE site has lost its coherence over the past couple of days. I noticed last week that there was an unlimited sim only, with the up to 60 megs tag, and a smart sim unlimited that said fastest speed available, for a few pounds more. Looks like EE is possibly going to revamp with unlimited at both speeds, not unlike Vodafone. Cheers Steve

  • Just to add another of EE’s swappable benefits is the gamer pass, which adds unlimited data for the Twitch streaming site, which is of interest to some people. At present only the live streams seem to be free, not past broadcasts.

  • I’m surprised that O2 state in their T+Cs that their unlimited data SIM can’t be used in a home 4G router. Wasn’t their some OFCOM ruling about this saying they have to allow it?

    • Hi John,
      Me too! Ofcom said that mobile service providers couldn’t discriminate based on “the terminal equipment used”. I believe O2’s argument is that a mains-powered 4G router isn’t really “terminal equipment”. I’m not certainly not a lawyer so I couldn’t comment on the legality of this & who is actually right. However, I imagine it will remain unchallenged unless Ofcom decide to investigate them for it.
      Ken

    • Hi Jabulani,
      Thanks for your comment. Loads has happened since we last updated this page! For instance, Lebara Mobile have added a £35 unlimited data SIM card. EE, iD Mobile & Virgin Mobile have also refreshed the unlimited data plans that they offer. We’ve also added a bit of further information around O2’s terms and conditions that prevent you from using the SIM card in a 4G router.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Terry Reilly said:

    Hi Ken, nice summary.
    Do you know what is the difference between a sim for a mobile phone with unlimited data and a mobile broadband data only sim? Specifically when there is congestion on the network. I have an O2 SIM With unlimited data that I took from my iPhone and also an o2 sim for 150GB per month that came with a Netgear M1 router I bought from O2. In the early evening when I assume the network is busy, I get buffering streaming HD video on the iPhone SIM (in the Netgear router), but it doesn’t happen with the data only SIM. I feel that O2 are giving priority to the more expensive sim, but I can’t find any specific reference to that. If it’s true, then it is another factor to consider when buying a sim

    • Hi Terry,
      Thanks for your comment, and that’s a very good question regarding the prioritisation of different users. Sadly, there isn’t any publicly available information about how different users/SIM cards are prioritised when the network is congested. As such, this is often an area where there is lots of speculation about how different users are prioritised and the criteria used by the networks.
      It’s probably safe to assume that emergency services have top priority on the network, followed by business users with a SLA and then regular consumers after that. Within consumer, it’s really a black box on how different users are prioritised. It’s probable that Pay Monthly users are prioritised over Pay As You Go users, but who knows how Pay Monthly customers are given priority amongst each other (e.g. it’s possible the cost of the SIM card makes a difference, but as far as I know, it hasn’t been proven conclusively either way).
      Ken

  • I want to buy the Three Homefi Plus deal with B535 router and unlimited data but I need to be able to use this in Europe as well and can’t find on their website whether or not it includes “Go Roam”
    If it does not support roaming, would it be better to buy separatley a B525 unlocked router and get a sim only plan that includes roaming? Finally, do sims for phones operate exactly the same as sims for routers?

    Thank you.

    • Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment. The HomeFi Plus (Huawei B535) does indeed include Go Roam. With regards to your second question, yes, it does operate in pretty much the same way, except you don’t get any minutes or texts included on your SIM.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • When tethering, it mentions a 12 device limit. Is that 12 devices tethering from the connection concurently at the same time?

    • Hi John,
      Great question! EE’s unlimited data plans have a limit of 12 devices through tethering. I’m not sure exactly how this is defined (e.g. 12 devices concurrently or otherwise). This is the exact wording in their terms and conditions:
      “If you regularly tether 12 or more devices, we will consider this non-personal use and have the right to move you to a more suitable plan.”
      I’d definitely welcome any feedback from other readers of this website who have used an unlimited data plan on EE.
      Ken

  • Hi Ken, This is my first time of coming across your blog. It sounds great. I’m in the process of shopping around for more data as I need the extra for listening to my online trainings while working nights shifts. You’ve empowered me to make a better judgement. Thank you so sooo much. You are doing a fantastic job. Well done.

  • Hi There,

    Just moved from city centre to outskirt. I was used to having Virgin Media fibre ~165Mbps. But now the BT open reach cabinet my home is connected to is full and there is no plan to roll out any improvements unfortunately. The ADSL alternative would give me up to 17Mbps.

    I work from home, as a web developer, so heavy data transfer / video conference, this is my prerogative.
    On a side note, I sometimes download games and use Netflix.

    So I cannot afford not having a fast connection.

    I bought a Huawei B535, put a SMARTY Unlimited Data sim, but speed reaches ~30 Mbps.
    Is there a way to improve my connection apart from buying the antenna you recommend (https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/mobile-broadband-antennas).

    I read on some ISP forum topics people can select the LTE band in there Huawei B525, but it seems impossible with the B535.

    Also, would I get any restrictions based on the Smarty T&Cs ? I read they have a fair use of 1000GB, and I am afraid I might easily reach it.

    Do you have any advices?
    Thanks,
    Dan

    • Hi Dan,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s really difficult to say what would improve the download speeds you get – this really depends on whether the download speeds are being limited by the coverage you can get, or by the available capacity on your nearest mast. To start with, I’d recommend testing out different placements for your router (ideally near an upstairs window and facing in the direction of your nearest mobile mast). It may also be worth testing out some different mobile network SIM cards (in case other mobile networks will give you better coverage) or testing out an external antenna as you say.
      With regards to the fair usage limit on unlimited data SIM cards, SMARTY does indeed have a 1,000GB threshold which they use to flag up commercial usage of the service. There’s more information here on the fair usage policy on unlimited data SIM cards in the UK.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi Ken,
    Can I just use a pay-as-you-go 1 SIM card from Vodafone in a MIFI device – mobile WI-FI device, without my Pay-as-you-go SIM from Vodafone being suspended or disconnected?
    Thanks

    • Hi there,
      Yes. It should now be possible to use the Pay As You Go 1 SIM card in any device. Ofcom’s net neutrality ruling in 2018 prevented mobile networks from restricting the type of device that a SIM card could be used in. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a problem using a smartphone SIM card in your MiFi.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Is there a website which predicts 4G data speeds you’re likely to get at a postcode? Vodafone comes close and reckons “up to 60MB” at my location. All of them, including Ofcom, only show coverage – not predicted speeds like a broadband checker would.

    I know this type of measurement should be taken with a pinch of salt (probably won’t include mast contention for example), but this type of info would be incredibly useful as 4G home broadband becomes more common.

    The only way I can think of is get a SIM for each network and test it, which is a pain as you can imagine.

    • Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your comment. Sadly, there aren’t any websites that I’m currently aware of allowing you to do this in a semi-useful way. Like you say, Vodafone does offer an estimated data speed range on their own coverage checker. However, EE, O2 and Three don’t have the same functionality so it isn’t really comparable across different networks.
      Some third-party companies like OpenSignal have tried to build something themselves by crowdsourcing data from people who have their app installed. However, I don’t think this data is very useful as the sample size is far too small.
      I think the biggest issue here is that data speeds can vary massively even inside of a postcode. For instance, you might see a big differences in download speed even within your own home (e.g. placing the router in a different room or having an external antenna). For this reason, trial-and-error is probably still the best way of comparing speeds across mobile networks (and definitely testing out different placements of the router in your home).
      Ken

  • Thomas O'neill said:

    Hi Ken I have been reading your comments and replies for about a month since I have been using AI Cube on three network. And it’s probably one of the best for comments and replies and most enjoyable with sensible comments and answers

    The one on Dave moving to rural Scotland usb dongle from Huawei – you’re right I live outside Glasgow and used a dongle about a year ago and had problem after problem. Recently I got AI Cube on 3 network and it works fine the Huawei b525 will work perfectly well as know someone who uses it near me so good advice ken.

    Was also reading about content blockage. I thought 3 was doing the same with me and went straight to web based management page and now it works perfect so a big thank you I also downloaded the Netgear Analytics free app play store it works on any device and is really good and use on my android box it’s a big help as you know WiFi is unpredictable and walk around the house with my phone for best spots living room etc.

  • Hi there,
    This seems to be the go to place for this kind of info, very informative & helpful with sorting out the sim options so far…

    I’m moving to rural Scotland, i think the max data vodafone is the best bet for coverage & usage & i think i know how to set this up but wanted to check with an expert !

    Need to keep it cheap, so can i use my existing router (TP link VR400), buy an unlocked dongle (Huawei E3372 on amazon £35 ?) and just insert the data sim into the dongle, the dongle in to the router & away we go ? Its going to get some heavy use but pretty static so i dont think a mifi type is an option and dont really want to pay out for a pricey new router.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your comment, and for the kind words about the website! You ask a great question. Assuming the Huawei E3372 dongle works with the TP-Link VR400, this should probably be fine (though you’ll need to check their documentation to see whether this is the case).
      However, if at all possible, I would strongly recommend you to buy a new 4G router – something like the Huawei B525. You’ll find it gives far better performance & speeds than a cheap USB dongle. There’s also the ability to connect an external antenna which can make a really big difference in rural areas with weaker coverage.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      • Hi Ken,

        Thanks for the reply.
        Well the setup works fine, sadly Vodafone does not.

        The coverage map and mast positions suggest it should but somehow their max sim is capping at 5-7mbs on 4g (it is the max available speed one).That’s the same via dongle or putting it in my phone. It does increase if I limit it to 3g, get 15mbs then.

        Which seems odd as EE whose mast seems to be same line of sight and just 20 nearer gives 60-70mbs.

        Thanks again.

        • Hi Dave,
          That’s pretty bizarre it caps out at 5-7Mbit/s. Is there an issue with capacity on your nearest Vodafone mast? One alternative you could explore is EE’s £34/month unlimited data SIM card. It’s £4/month more expensive than Vodafone, but this might be worth it if you’re able to get far better speeds. You’ll have to keep an eye out for their fair usage limit however, which prevents you from regularly tethering more than 12 devices.
          Ken

          • Hi Ken,

            Back to hopefully draw upon your words of wisdom once again.

            So I have been happily using the above dongle with an unlimited EE £34pcm. Moved to another remote area, same set up, now have the odd, perhaps daily, every other day, disconnect, where the connection just goes. A router reset clears this up fine. Its just a pain in the backside.

            Now im in sight of the nearest mast now, only 300m away, router is in an upstairs window looking at it. Generally get a steady speed 30bps on speedtest (not expecting any more really).
            Id hazard a guess these resets are the limitations of the router/dongle setup ?

            Only other possibility i could think of is fair usage, we hit it hard, soul source of tv, streaming etc. But then a quick reset wouldnt solve that ?

            Just wanted to check your opinion before looking at upgrading hardware as oppose to network hopping.

            Cheers,

            Dave.

          • Hi Dave,
            Thanks for your comment and hope you’re keeping OK in the current situation!
            Based on what you’ve described, this potentially sounds like it might be a hardware limitation/issue. I wouldn’t expect fair usage capping or throttling to be resolved by something like restarting your router. Rather, I wonder if the dongle might have just been pushed a bit harder than it’s designed to work (a dedicated 4G home broadband router should give better performance than a small pocket sized dongle).
            Ken

  • I’ve been using a SMARTY Unlimited SIM in my home 4G router with quite acceptable performance, but noticed lately that they appear to be blocking game and application downloads to my Xbox (which otherwise has good connectivity when using it to browse, stream movies, etc.) I presume they’re able to do this by monitoring traffic connections similar to how they block certain websites with their adult filter.

    Any idea if other networks do this, or whether I should explore asking SMARTY to remove my content blocks?

    • Hi Sam,
      Thanks for your comment. According to SMARTY’s website, they don’t have any data shaping or throttling in use. Therefore, I’m not sure if this is the culprit that’s causing an issue for you. It might be worth double-checking to make sure all content blocks are removed from your SIM card, as this is sometimes be over-aggressive and can block other services as well.
      Ken

  • We’re buying a rural property that BT offer max 8mb. Nearby is a EE mast. Speed check on 4g 68mb. No brainier to go 4g. Already have a MiFi unit do I just change plan to unlimited?

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. It definitely sounds like 4G broadband might be the way to go here! I’d personally recommend changing to a mains-powered router as you’ll get much better performance compared to a battery-powered mi-fi. You can either get a 4G home broadband package like 4GEE Home, or you can buy an unlocked 4G router for your existing SIM card.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi, looking at getting a EE 4GEE home router to replace snail pace and falling over BT fixed broadband – rural property. EE will charge me £50 per month for 18 months incl the router for 500GB per month or I can buy an unlimited sim off them for £34 per month over 12 months and buy the router for £130 from BT. Surely they offer the same but the latter is better value?

    • Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for your comment. EE only introduced their unlimited data plans last week, and unfortunately these haven’t yet filtered through to 4GEE Home. In theory, I think it should be possible to do what you’re suggesting, but do be aware of the tethering limit on this plan (no more than 12 devices can be tethered or connected to your router). In addition, you’ll also miss out on the 5GB data boost from 4GEE Home (though to compensate, you do get a 100GB giftable data allowance from EE’s unlimited plan that can be transferred to other accounts like your mobile phone SIM card).
      Ken

  • If I visit the UK for 2 weeks at a time, how may I acquire unlimited data, with modest text & calls within the UK? Which is the best plan & carrier for this?

    • Hi Olivia,
      Thanks for your comment. As a visitor to the UK, you’re probably looking for a Pay As You Go SIM card that doesn’t require credit checks. Your options on Pay As You Go are essentially giffgaff and Three, though I’d normally recommend giffgaff for visitors to the UK. You can pay £25 for an unlimited data allowance lasting for up to one month (though download speeds are reduced to 384kbps once you’ve used 40GB per month). Three have unlimited data for £35/month on Pay As You Go, but they don’t offer international delivery and may require you to use a UK card to top-up (unless you top-up in person at a store).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      • Olivia Anne replied:

        Yes. Thank you. However, I am unclear if there is phone and text, even if limited, and unlimited data. I had a Tesco card, and probably had £20 top ups 8 to 10 times and still had no connectivity periodically! So, I’m less concerned with the cost than I am the ability to STAY connected. I will be in the UK for about 15 days in all.

        • Hi Olivia,
          Yes, you’ll get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included in both packages – albeit, only local phone calls within the UK.
          Ken

  • Hi, what is the best unlimited data plan if the purpose of the phone is to keep in touch using the simplest video messenger services(not texting) like WhatsApp and Facebook. This is a question to help set up a non-phonme user for first time so everything including handset has to be simplest and cheapest – but still work

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Jan,
      Thanks for your comment. To be honest, it’s probably unlikely that you’ll need an unlimited data plan for basic usage of WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. For more information, see my guide to mobile download limits. Saying that, if you do want an unlimited data plan for the additional peace of mind, I’d definitely have a look at the deals listed above. Three currently offer unlimited data from £20/month (with half price for the first 6 months). Alternatively, Virgin have data-free messaging, so usage of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will not count towards your download allowance.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Mark Skinner said:

    Hello everybody, Just want to let you know of my experiences with Three. I live in a very rural area and landline broadband only delivers approx 1mbps!, so, for the last year I have had Three unlimited data,texts,calls, originally was £27, then they reduced it to£22 after I complained they were lying about 4g coverage ,i only get 1or2 bars on 3g, but it is truly unlimited and unlimited Hotspot, I use an iPhone SE as my hotspot device and run our 2 ipads,laptops and smart tv for streaming Netflix etc, it drops out now and again but still miles better than landline broadband which used to drop out for days!, the only downside is that Three customer service is just beyond disgraceful, I threatened to cancel my contract and they agreed to reduce my monthly bill to £17 – but they have not done this and I am now in the middle of a complaint with them about this as they need to credit me some money but their Indian? Call centre is staffed by a bunch of liars, I have a separate “house” phone/mobile which is with SMARTY (Owned by Three and on the 3 network but with English speaking support staff who actually reply to your emails!), this costs me only £5 per month for unlimited texts and calls, I do not use data on this phone so they reduce the £6.25 monthly bill to £5 – NO CONTRACT REQUIRED WITH SMARTY !, so, my wife has just ordered an Unlimited data/calls/texts/Hotspot SIM from smarty for £18.25 per month, NO CONTRACT REQUIRED – MONTHLY! and we will just take the early cancellation hit from our 3 contract (3 months left), which will actually be worth it just to get away from their disgraceful customer service, so, getting rid of 3 but staying with them at the same time! So, suggest you all consider SMARTY! If anybody has any questions I would be only too happy to answer if I can! P.s. this is a great site btw, well done!

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your kind feedback, and for sharing your experiences of using Three for home broadband 🙂 I agree that the unlimited data deal from SMARTY is currently great value, given it’s presently discounted to £18.25/month.
      Whilst you might want to cancel your Three contract a bit early, I would advise against doing this if you’re at all able. They’ll charge you a hefty early exit fee, which is equivalent to paying for another 3 months (less a small 20% discount). Given you’ll need to pay for those three months anyway, I’d at least try to use the service rather than paying them and getting nothing in return! You can then cancel your Three contract at a later date through the PAC Code or STAC Code process without needing to talk to anyone in their call centre.
      Ken

      • Mark Skinner replied:

        Like I said in my post ,SMARTY is owned by Three and on the Three network, so it is as good as Three, like I said, I only get 1/2 bars of 3g which is still miles better than the 1mbps landline broadband would give me.

  • Hi

    I would like to add my personal experience regarding Virgin unlimited contract, even though they state in their advertising “truly unlimited” the back haul team will disconnect your data connection you if you consistently use about 800gig a month.
    When i was with them there was no fair use limit in the terms and conditions and when this was pointed out to customer services and also reminding them i was on a truly unlimited contract it made no difference as they kept stating i was using to much data. The UK customer services is very poor and is based abroad.
    Others have said they have had no issue but “truly unlimited” it is not and if i had more time i would of complained to the Ofcom aswell as the ASA.

  • Firstly I have to say that this is a truly epic site. I am as impressed with it as much as Techmoan (for dashcams etc.) which is saying something!
    Outstanding job, Ken, quite outstanding. I hope that you derive financial benefit from the site either directly or indirectly. Perhaps you should set up a ‘tip jar’.

    I would really appreciate any thoughts on this deal:
    https://www.fonehouse.co.uk/basket?type=simonly&productId=119&tariffId=1790&giftId=109&dealTypeId=2
    It gives £192 cashback on the £30/month Vodafone Unlimited Max service (as in max speed available).

    My circumstances are that I am in a rural location with an 8Mb/s FTTC connection. But I have 4 holiday cottages on site, so this doesn’t go very far.
    I have just (this minute) purchased a Huawei B525 and now I need a provider for the SIM. Unfortunately, I don’t get a good connection to Three BUT my Voda 4G connection is pretty good giving >40Mb/s

    So, my questions (to Ken or anyone else with relevant experience) are:
    a) Will a regular SIM (as opposed to data only) work OK? Having spent a fair amount of time on this site, the answer appears to be ‘yes’, but I just wanted to make sure.
    b) Does the cashback deal (above) sound reasonable? Not asking for any guarantees of course, just an opinion.

    Once the router is set up with a SIM, I will use homeplugs (internet over mains power cables) to distribute the signal between the cottages.

    If this setup works, it will save me from having multiple rubbish landlines which are both slow and expensive. Specifically, one £30/month SIM giving 40Mb/s compared with two £27/month landlines giving 8Mb/s each.

    • Hi Simon,
      Thank you so much for your kind feedback, and so sorry for the massive delay in getting back to you!
      a) Yes, a regular SIM card will work just fine in your Huawei B525 router. It used to be the case last year that you could only use these SIM card in a smartphone, but Ofcom put an end to that with their ruling on net neutrality (specifically, making sure that “restrictions on the devices in which a SIM can be used” were no longer imposed). You should now, therefore, be able to use any SIM card in any device.
      b) The deal sounds reasonable to me (though I think it has probably expired since you posted your original question). I haven’t had much first-hand experience with Fonehouse, but assuming it works, this is a pretty decent discount in my opinion!
      Good luck with setting it all up!
      Ken

    • Hi Pete,
      That’s fantastic news! We’ll get an article up soon to review these new 5G plans from Vodafone.
      Thanks again for the heads up on this.
      Ken

  • John Murray said:

    What I see with most of these is they all bar Giff Gaff want paying by credit card and not by Top Up. Those bundles are only payable by credit card. Then with Three they charge a higher price if you buy the bundle as Add On.

    • Hi John,
      You’re absolutely right. SMARTY requires you to have a credit card or debit card saved onto your account, which will be charged automatically every month. You can, however, disable the automatic renewal of that bundle at any time. Three allows you to top-up with credit and to convert that credit into a one-month bundle, but it will cost £35 for you to do this.
      Ken

  • How can OFFCOM go after three for net neutrality with regards to tethering and not the other players.
    I don’t see how Three giving all their customers unlimited data with no tethering limits is sustainable.
    I can understand them giving unlimited data to their mobile broadband customers who by nature may require high data usage, but giving it to everyone with a phone with no restrictions on tethering or personal hotspots is bound to have a detrimental effect on their service.
    Already my 4g data speed is becoming more and more erratic averaging 0.1 to 4.5 mbps and jumping to 25 to 45 mbps in a small pre-dawn window.
    I suspect them giving everyone unlimited data with no real relevant limits is the reason why.
    How do they hope to sustain this. No other player is doing it this way…

  • How come OFFCOM is targeting three for net neutrality regarding tethering but not the other players.
    Three is going to become unusable with them offering everyone unlimited data.
    I would understand if an unlimited option was available to their mobile broadband customers but with them giving it to everybody with a phone and the removal of tethering I don’t see how this is sustainable.
    My mifi 4g speeds are extremely erratic these days averaging from 0.1 to 4.2 mbps and I suspect this is the reason why.
    What kind of strategy is this. Nobody else is doing it this way….

  • Any thoughts Ken, on using an unlimited data plan as a sort of proxy for WiFi? Maybe using a dedicated MiFi device or even a phone as a hotspot… If say one wants the flexibility, not being tied into a long broadband contract etc? Speed of connection 4G mobile data vs. Broadband Wifi? What do you think?

    • Hi Craig,
      Many thanks for your comment. Typically, you’ll be able to use an unlimited data plan through tethering or portable hotspot on your other devices (e.g. your laptop or tablet). However, speeds are slowed down after the first 9GB/month on giffgaff and tethering is limited to 30GB/month on Three. Therefore, these tariffs might not be a very good replacement for your normal home broadband/wi-fi service.
      There are some mobile broadband tariffs designed for use in the home – for instance, Three’s HomeFi which gives you 40GB of data for £24/month or Relish which gives you unlimited data from £20/month if you’re living in Central London. Both of these can be a good replacement for home broadband if you’re in an area with good coverage & if the data allowance is enough for you.
      Ken

  • I noticed today that ID network have stop doing unlimited unless its a typo ob the Carphone warehouse site now dropped to 10gb for £20

    • Hey there,
      A massive thank you for the heads up about the iD Mobile offer. We’ve now removed it from this page as they’ve dropped the tariff down to 10GB per month.
      Thanks again,
      Ken

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