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Rates last updated October 27th, 2020
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EE Mobile
EE Mobile
  • Data: 150MB to 30GB
  • Minutes: 50 to unlimited
  • Texts: 250 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £5pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: Yes
  • Type of contract: Contract with phone, SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Via add-on or pay as you go.
  • Network: EE
  • Offers: None
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ID Mobile
ID Mobile
  • Data: 100MB to 30GB
  • Minutes: 125 to unlimited
  • Texts: 5000 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £5pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: No
  • Type of contract: SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Takeaway SIM plans
  • Network: 3 Mobile
  • Offers: None
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3 Mobile
3 Mobile
  • Data: 500Mb to unlimited
  • Minutes: 100 to unlimited
  • Texts: 3000 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £5pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: Yes
  • Type of contract: Contract with phone, SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Calls, texts and data included in all advanced plans. Add-ons are also available.
  • Network: 3 Mobile
  • Offers:
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BT Mobile
BT Mobile
  • Data: 500Mb to 15GB
  • Minutes: 400 to unlimited
  • Texts: unlimited
  • Min. contract: 12 months
  • Prices from: £10pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: Yes
  • Type of contract: Contract with phone, SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Add-ons available
  • Network: EE
  • Offers: £3/month discount on 6GB SIM only plans
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O2 Mobile
O2 Mobile
  • Data: 250MB to 50GB
  • Minutes: 250 to unlimited
  • Texts: 500 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £10pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: Yes
  • Type of contract: Contract with phone, SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Via add-on
  • Network: O2
  • Offers: None
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Virgin Media Mobile
Virgin Media Mobile
  • Data: 500MB to 20GB
  • Minutes: 300 to 5000
  • Texts: Unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £6
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: Yes
  • Type of contract: Contract with phone, SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Via WhatsApp SIM.
  • Network: EE
  • Offers: Deals on Samsung Galaxy S8
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Vodafone Mobile
Vodafone Mobile
  • Data: 250MB to 30GB
  • Minutes: 150 to unlimited
  • Texts: 0 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £10
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: For contract and SIM only plans
  • Type of contract: Contract with phone, SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Included in 12mth SIM plans
  • Network: Vodafone
  • Offers: None
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FreedomPop Mobile
FreedomPop Mobile
  • Data: 200MB to 4GB
  • Minutes: 200 to unlimited
  • Texts: 200 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £0
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: No
  • Type of contract: SIM only
  • International: Via WhatsApp SIM.
  • Network: 3 Mobile
  • Offers: Join and receive 1 month of premium 2250MB, unlimited minutes and texts for free
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Lycamobile
Lycamobile
  • Data: 500MB to 12GB
  • Minutes: unlimited
  • Texts: unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £1.50pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: No
  • Type of contract: SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Via add-on
  • Network: O2
  • Offers: 10% student discount
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Plusnet Mobile
Plusnet Mobile
  • Data: 500MB to 5GB
  • Minutes: 250 to unlimited
  • Texts: 500 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £5pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: No
  • Type of contract: SIM only
  • International: Pay as you go basis
  • Network: EE
  • Offers: Use your monthly plan allowance like at home in any EU destination with "Roam Like at Home"
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Giffgaff Mobile
Giffgaff Mobile
  • Data: 100MB to unlimited
  • Minutes: 150 to unlimited
  • Texts: 500 to unlimited
  • Min. contract: 30 days
  • Prices from: £5pm
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: No
  • Type of contract: SIM only, pay as you go
  • International: Pay as you go basis
  • Network: O2
  • Offers: None
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How should I compare mobile plans?

When you’re shopping for a new contract or deal on a mobile phone, it can be hard to work out exactly what suits you best. What phone do I even want? What network should I be on? Do I want a lot of data? Do I want pay as you go, or is a contract better? Maybe I need a good camera? We’re here help make this decision process a lot easier. When looking at different phone deals, a good start is to compare them on the following points:

  • Cost. This is perhaps the most important aspect of comparison when deciding on a new mobile plan. It is important to make sure you’re getting the most for your money in terms of plan inclusion. It is also important be strategic in your choice, you may be able to save yourself some money by buying a phone outright and buying a separate SIM only plan.
  • Data allowance. Different mobile deals come with different levels of data, and with the rise of “unlimited” call/texts packages, this is a key differentiator. If you spend a lot of time on Facebook or watching YouTube videos, go for a plan with plenty of data, but also make sure you can easily buy data top-ups.
  • Network coverage. You can purchase your mobile plan from a large number of providers, but many of them are running off the same networks. For example, giffgaff uses the O2 network. It is worth checking both coverage and expected speeds for your carrier, as not every provider has access to the full 4G network of its parent provider.
  • International coverage. Most postpaid plans will allow you to use your phone overseas, but the global roaming fees they charge can vary quite widely. If you travel regularly, check if you can buy international calls/texts/data packs for usage to avoid serious roaming bill shock. Because every postpaid plan simply accrues values based on your usage, the last thing you want to do is be faced with a hefty bill when you return from your overseas travel.
  • Additional extras. Many plans come with additional inclusions to tempt you, such exclusive offers on events. Depending on your usage these may present great additional value, or alternatively, be of little consequence in your overall buying decision.

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6 Responses

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    MerSeptember 16, 2018

    As there is no chat box below. My daughter is goimg to study in London from US. She will be laying over in Dublin, what do you suggest?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaSeptember 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Mer,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      The chat box should be available and found in the lower right corner of your window.

      While we can’t specifically recommend a product, you may want to check our list on this page. Use our table to compare your options. If you have found the right one for you, please click on the “Go to site” green button to learn more.

      Dublin is in Ireland and there are different telcos in that country. Thus, it is either your daughter would buy a local SIM in Dublin or simply use roaming. It would be a good idea to research more about your options to know which would be the best choice.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    TashMarch 20, 2018

    I am coming to the UK shortly to travel from Amsterdam to Switzerland for 2 weeks. I want to get a SIM there that allows me to SMS to Canada and use FB Messenger on my trip. Any suggestions of the best company/plan?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      joelmarceloMarch 24, 2018Staff

      Hi Tash,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Postpaid plans in the UK will allow you to use your phone overseas. however, roaming fees they charge may vary. If you are travelling regularly or staying here for a long time, an alternative option is to buy international calls/texts/data packs for usage to avoid serious roaming bill. We have a table of the available plans above. It will entirely be based on your needs and budget.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    JimJune 24, 2017

    My daughter is going to America for a year what is the best plan or option?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AnndyJuly 31, 2017Staff

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for your question.

      Most postpaid plans in the UK will allow you to use your phone overseas, however, the global roaming fees they charge can vary widely.

      For those who are travelling regularly or stay overseas for a long time, an alternative option is to buy international calls/texts/data packs for usage to avoid serious roaming bill. We have listed some of the available plans above. The best option depends on your needs and budget.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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