With the single biggest factor affecting the cost of phone contracts being paying off for the handset itself, it’s no surprise that SIM-only plans are considerably cheaper.
If you are looking to save on your phone bill there are lots of decent SIM-only deals available across all the major networks – and some even include perks like cashback and free add-ons such as Disney+ or Amazon Prime subscription.
With most of the major networks offering unlimited plans, anyone needing lots of data from their monthly plan won’t have to look far. ID Mobile have a fantastic unlimited data plan which is only £9 for the first three months and also includes unlimited calls and texts.
Mobiles.co.uk are currently offering 100GB data (5G) plan with unlimited speed for £11 per month after cashback by redemption, while newer mobile network SMARTY is offering a great value plan with 50GB of data for £15 a month.
So, if you’ve already got a decent phone that you’re happy with, we’ve rounded up the very best SIM-only deals below for this month.
What is a sim-only deal?
A SIM-only deal is a mobile phone contract where you pay a standard monthly fee for your data, calls and texts, but you don’t pay out for the cost of your phone each month on top.
SIM-only contracts are considerably cheaper than alternatives that include the costs of a handset and so are a great alternative if you’re happy keeping your existing smartphone.
Many contracts range from a 30-day rolling contract to 12-month plans, so there’s a lot more flexibility over how long you are locked into an agreement compared with traditional phone contracts.
8 best SIM-only deals this month
- Three: 8GB, unlimited calls and texts for £5 (for first six months)
- SMARTY: 50GB of data, unlimited calls and texts for £15 a month
- ID Mobile: 10GB data (5G), unlimited calls and texts for £6 per month (after cashback)
- O2: 150GB data, unlimited calls and texts = £20 a month
- Vodafone: 100GB data, unlimited calls and texts = £16 a month
- giffgaff: 80GB data, unlimited calls and texts = £20 a month
- EE: 200GB data, unlimited calls and texts = £23 a month
- Three: Unlimited data (5G) calls and text = £10 a month
Best value SIM only deals on each network
From bonus data deals to cheapest monthly cost, there’s plenty of other options in the SIM free market right now.
A place where mobile phone users can compare all the networks to find the cheapest deal and spot add-ons and extra freebies included in selected plans.
While Tesco doesn’t offer much in terms of add-on extras, the supermarket giant prefers to award customers that add more than one contract on their account with perks such as Clubcard Plus subscriptions instead. The network provider has a number of double data deals running at the moment, including the one below.
Like O2 and EE, Vodafone customers can use the VeryMe app to claim weekly perks and rewards such as free coffee and cheap theatre tickets.
EE network claim to give customers triple-speed Internet with all their data plans. You’ll also get three months free access to the BT sport app.
Phone users with O2 SIM only contracts can download the Priority app to take advantage of all of its freebies and discounts, including early access to music and festival tickets, free coffee and discounted cinema tickets.
Three are the only UK network to offer unlimited data plans, so the deal below is perfect for those who rely on phone data to stay connected. Customers also get access to perks and discounts with the phone provider’s Wuntu platform too.
Text to switch – changing to SIM-only
Switching your mobile phone provider just got even easier, as you can now ditch expensive phone plans with a simple text.
Ofcom regulators have brought in the new rules, which now means anyone wanting to switch – and keep their number – will be able to do so by sending a free message to their network.
Step by step guide if you want to text to switch:
- Consumers text “PAC” for free to 65075
- Consumers receive their PAC code within as little as a minute, plus account details to share with their new provider
Within a working day, consumers’ old service ends and new one begins
Who do I contact if I want to keep my number?
If you would like to keep your existing number you’ll need a PAC code from your current phone provider so your number can get ported over to your new provider.
Each code is normally valid for a month. You can even text SWITCH to 65075 from your phone and you will instantly receive a reply message with the code.
If you’d rather speak to someone, here are the numbers to call for all the major network providers:
- EE – call 079 5396 6250
- Three – call 033 3338 1001
- O2 – call 034 4809 0222
- Virgin Mobile – call 034 5600 0789
- Vodafone – call 033 3304 0191
- Call 191 from a Vodafone phone
- BT Mobile – call 0800 800 150
- ID Mobile – call 033 3003 7777
- Tesco Mobile – call 034 5301 4455
- Sky Mobile – call 033 0041 2639