The best SIM only deals in February 2017

SIM only deals become very popular around this time of year as people keep hold of their existing phones after taking advantage of older Black Friday deals. And why not, when monthly costs start well under a fiver? On this page you’ll find links to thebest SIM only deals currently available in the UK.

SIM only deals are usually the best option for those people who are out of contract but want to wait a while before they upgrade, or for others who have bought a phone outright and want a cheap SIM only deal to use with it. If your plan is up and you don’t want or need a new phone, SIM only is your best bet.

Luckily for you, SIM only deals are very competitive at the moment, so there are a lot of great options as the networks compete on price. We’ll start with our price comparison chart, where you can find the outright best deals, and underneath that you’ll see some of the best SIM only deals that we recommend from multiple networks. Scroll on down to the bottom to find our extensive list of coverage checkers for every network too.

The best SIM only deals of the week are:

These are the deals we recommend most highly. We try to pick out a deal for everyone, whether you’re after the cheapest possible option or the best balance between allowance and cost over one-month and 12-month SIM only deals.

1. The absolute cheapest SIM only deal out there

iD Mobile | 1 month contract | 250MB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £4 per month
This is the cheapest SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. Clearly 250MB is not much data at all so you’d be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or else be careful what apps are updating in the background. BUT WAIT, CHECK OUT THE NEXT DEAL FIRST!

 

2: The best 1.5GB SIM only deal

iD | 1 month contract | 1.5GB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £5 per month
For just £1 extra a month over the above deal, you can get 1.5GB (usually 1GB at this price) of data instead of 250MB, which is much better value if we’re honest. This SIM only deal allows for much more freedom to enjoy a bit of data away from Wi-Fi such as checking emails, browsing the net or even a bit of Google Maps when needed. Be careful what apps are updating in the background though (just tell your phone to do this while on Wi-Fi only).

 

3: The best 5GB SIM only deal

iD | 1-month contract | 5GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
Looks like iD was discounting so hard it upgraded their 4GB deal to 5GB for the same price (only until sunday though). And because it’s a one month SIM only contract, you can cancel at any time.

 

4: The best 12GB SIM only deal

Talk Mobile | 12-month contract | 12GB data | 5000 minutes | 5000 texts | £12 per month
If you’re happy to sign up for 12 months you can get an excellent deal at just £12 a month for a whopping 12GB of data. That’s quite a leap up in data from Talk Mobile’s 30-day deal above for 4GB of data at £10 a month. Happy with your phone? This is excellent value for a 12 month deal.

 

5: The best best 25GB SIM only deal

Vodafone | 12-month contract | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | 12 months of Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify | £25 per month
Vodafone’s deals have been a bit pricey of late but we think the extras are well worth a look here. In addition to the massive 25GB of data, you get to choose between Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify for 12 months of free access. There’s 4GB of roaming data too!

 

6: The best unlimited data SIM only deal

Three | 12 month contract | Unlimited data | Unlimited texts | 200 minutes | £24 per month
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta have all the data. Netflix marathons, epic Pokemon Go quests, constant Spotify tunes, this all you can eat data bundle is ideal for the serious mobile user who never needs to worry about poxy thing like data allowances or Wi-Fi. Shame about the comparatively low minutes offered, but how often do you use your phone as a phone nowadays? At least there’s a £30 cashback incentive to claim.

 

The best SIM only deals by network are:

This is where we go through all the big networks, along with a few up-and-comers, to provide you a wide range of the best SIM only deals.

The best BT SIM only deals

Discounts for BT Broadband members

BT’s SIM only deals have vastly improved over the original deals. BT Broadband customers get the best deals, with everyone else paying an extra fiver a month.

For existing BT Broadband customers (click the option at the top if the prices are £5 more expensive)

12 month contract | 500MB data | 400 minutes | Unlimited texts – £5 per month at BT

12 month contract | 2GB data | 1000 minutes |Unlimited texts – £10 per month at BT

12 month contract | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £15 per month at BT

12 month contract | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £20 per month at BT

For non-BT Broadband customers:

12 month contract | 500MB data | 400 minutes | Unlimited texts – £10 per month at BT

12 month contract | 3GB data | 1000 minutes |Unlimited texts – £15 per month at BT

12 month contract | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £20 per month at BT

12 month contract | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £25 per month at BT

The best SIM only deals on EE

EE’s SIM only deals come with double-speed 4G
If you want a cheap SIM only deal, EE is most certainly not the network to go for. But don’t discount it entirely, because if you already own a good smartphone and you want to pair it with the fastest network in the UK with a SIM only deal, you can do that. EE’s SIM only deals all come with EE Extra 4G, which means they work with EE’s super-fast double-speed 4G network, rather than with its single-speed 4G network. The 12-month EE SIM only deals often come with additional extras like three months of BT Sport or Apple Music for free.

 

EE | 12-month contract | 10GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | Free BT Sport | Free Apple Music | £23 per month
This 12-month offer comes with a hefty 10GB of data and unlimited texts and calls. You can also use your data, texts and minutes in the EU on your hols.  You also get free access to BT Sport for three months and Apple Music for six months (be sure to add as Extras), making this one of the best EE SIM only deals of the week. Offer expires March 13 .

 

EE | 12-month contract | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | Free BT Sport | Free Apple Music | £30 per month
This is an enhanced version of the deal above.  It comes comes with a huge 30GB of data. You can also use your data, texts and minutes in the EU when on holiday. There’s more, as you also get free access to BT Sport for three months and Apple Music for six months (be sure to add as Extras), making this one of the best EE SIM only deals around. Offer expires March 14 .

 

The best SIM only deals on Three

Three’s SIM only deals with unlimited data
Three is still the only network that offers all-you-can-eat / unlimited data as an option . That’s not as impressive as you might think because other networks offer large allowances too. But if you want the absolute security of knowing you can never be charged if you go over your data allowance, these deals are brilliant and they offer good value too – particularly if you’re a heavy data user. The all-you-can-eat data plans come with in a few different guises – with the price changing according to how many minutes you require. There are some Three deals without unlimited data that you may want to consider too.

 

The best SIM only deals on iD

Cheap SIM only deals all on one-month contracts
iD is a good option if bargain basement prices are what you covet. This is a network run and owned by Carphone Warehouse – it piggybacks on the Three network and offers many of the benefits that entails, including European roaming etc. It’s an excellent option if you want great value with perks.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 250MB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £4 per month
This is the cheapest SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. Clearly 250MB is not much data at all so you’d be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or else be careful what apps are updating in the background.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 2GB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £7.50 per month
The iD/Carphone Warehouse team is really cleaning up with these cheap SIM only deals and has been the go-to store for the cheapest low data deals for a while. If you’re prone to viewing a few YouTube videos away from Wi-Fi, this 2GB option may suit you better than the aforementioned 1GB deal. Not bad at all for an extra £2.50 a month.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 5GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
Looks like iD was discounting so hard it upgraded their 4GB deal to 5GB for the same price (only until sunday though). And because it’s a one month SIM only contract, you can cancel at any time.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 5GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
Excellent value once again at just £10 a month on a rolling 30-day contract for 5GB of data. This frankly embarrasses most 12-month SIM only deals.

 

The best SIM only deals on O2

A reliable network with great coverage
We’ve browsed all of the SIM only deals available on the O2 network, and they’re not great compared to the competition for bundles including the usual 1-16 GB of data. The O2 SIM only deals this months have marginally improved as the monthly costs have been cut in half for the first six months of the 12 month deals.

They’re still expensive though compared to other deals on this page.The only upside we can see to the current deals is that you’ll be able to sign up to the O2 Priority program for regular freebies and discounts.

 

The best SIM only deals on Talk Mobile

Has been known to double the data on some of their deals in Sales
The lack of a high street presence has allowed them to invest in some super cheap deals for SIM only customers on monthly or 12 month contracts.

View all Talk Mobile SIM only deals

Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 4GB data | 1500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
4GB of data for just £10 a month on a rolling 30 day contract is an essential purchase for middle tier data who find themselves between handset contracts.

 

Talk Mobile | 12-month contract | 12GB data | 5000 minutes | 5000 texts | £12 per month
If you’re happy to sign up for 12 months you can get an excellent deal at just £12 a month for a whopping 12GB of data. That’s quite a leap up in data from Talk Mobile’s 30-day deal above for 4GB of data at £10 a month. Happy with your phone? This is excellent value for a 12 month deal.

 

The best SIM only deals on Vodafone

A solid network with some decent deals

As with O2 above, Vodafone doesn’t offer the best SIM only deals. It would rather sell you a phone. That said, we are seeing the red network go through a sort of resurgence lately as their SIM only deals are becoming increasingly competitive.

 

Vodafone | 12-month contract | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | 12 months of Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify | £25 per month
Vodafone’s deals have been a bit pricey of late but we think the extras are well worth a look here. In addition to the massive 25GB of data, you get to choose between Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify for 12 months of free access. There’s 4GB of roaming data too!

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