The hotukdeals Sim Only Thread

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Refreshed 31st Mar 2020 (Posted 11th Sep 2019)Posted 31st Mar 2020
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We're back baby! Welcome yourselves to the brand new hotukdeals sim only thread! With a new home, a shiny new stylish look, but most importantly... the best sim only deals to help save you money!

Every week, we'll be picking the best sim only deal the interwebs and beyond has to offer, and curating a list of deal awesomeness, not only by operator; but by budget also. Not sure which network is right for you? Never fear, we will give you the lowdown on the benefits of each, as well as direct links to check coverage in your area.


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🌟 🌟O2 sim only 9GB unlimited mins / texts + 6 months disney+ £10 pm 12 months - £120 🌟🌟

Have a budget in mind? Top Picks is where you want to be. We'll be selecting a few deals every week which we think are bang on the money (excuse the pun!)

🔹Under £10

Plusnet 4gb data £8 pm for 12m + £25 Plusnet Reward Card

🔹£10 to £19

O2 sim only 9GB unlimited mins / texts + 6 months disney+ £10 pm 12 months - £120 (via uswitch)

🔹£20 and over

100GB Data Sim Only (12m) + 6 Months Disney+ - £20pm - Total Cost £240 @ O2

Vodafone 5G Sim Only - Unlimited Minutes & Texts, 60GB 5G Uncapped, £20pm before cashback (£144 cashback - effective £8pm) @ Fonehouse

Below is a handy list to help you compare the best sim only deals from a range of networks.

Why Sim Only Deals with o2?

Exclusive experiences and offers via the o2 Priority Rewards app, o2 also boasts the best offers for existing customers which may be useful when your contracts ending, 1000s of free WiFi hotspots for customers, and they were voted as uSwitch's best network for coverage in 2019.

100GB Data Sim Only (12m) + 6 Months Disney+ - £20pm - Total Cost £240 @ O2

O2 sim only 9GB unlimited mins / texts + 6 months disney+ £10 pm 12 months - £120

O2 - £5 Pay & Go - Unlimited Calls & Texts with £10 free credit (4 months for only £10)

Sky Mobile

Sky Customer Temporary Benefits - Sky Mobile Customers to receive an extra 10GB for free / Sky Go Extra free for all customers + More @ Sky

Why Sim Only Deals on EE?

Voted as the UK's fastest 4G network, with access to 6 months of free Apple Music / Prime Video, 3 months BT Sport and UK / Ireland call centres, you can see why so many choose EE.

EE network offering unlimited calls, text and data for their vulnerable and disabled customers

EE Payg Flex Plan Triple Data for 6 months e.g 6GB, 1000 mins for £10

Why Sim Only Deals on Plusnet?

Flexible 30 day contracts, UK based customer service and no fuss service is what attracts users to Plusnet. Voted as uSwitch's Sim Only network of the year.

Plusnet 4gb data £8 pm for 12m + £25 Plusnet Reward Card

12GB Data For £10 (Existing Broadband Customer) 10GB For £10 (New Customers) Sim Only (30 Day) @ Plusnet

Why Sim Only Deals on Three?

You'll get a 5G Ready sim at no extra cost, Personal Hotspot, allowing you to use all of your data allowance as a personal hotspot for other devices, and Go Roam, allowing you to use your allowances across the world without extra charges.

Unlimited SIM data & calls £16 a month 24m contract @ Three via MSE

Three Network New PAYG Supercharged - Unlimited Calls/Text £10 = 10GB Data / £15 = 20GB Data / £20 = 40GB Data / £30 = Unlimited Data

iD Mobile

ID Mobile Unlimited Data - £20pcm - 30 day Contract

Free NHS Website Access + Free Unlimited Minutes For The Over 70's Until The End Of April @ ID Mobile


£10 a month, 30GB data, commitment-free SIM plan from Smarty

100GB for £15 Double Data on Smarty Mobile

Why Sim Only Deals on vodafone?

VeryMe rewards gives vodafone customers access to weekly exclusive treats and giveaways, from free coffee to festival tickets. vodafone also boasts more roaming locations than any other network.

Vodafone 5G Sim Only - Unlimited Minutes & Texts, 60GB 5G Uncapped, £20pm before cashback (£144 cashback - effective £8pm) @ Fonehouse


Unlimited mins + SMS + 2GB Data +100 intl mins | Monthly contract - £5 @ Lebara

Why Sim Only Deals on Virgin Mobile?
43 roaming destinations, data rollover and data free messaging on WhatsApp, messenger and more, plus exclusive discounts for existing Virgin customers make them a compelling option. Plus, they use the EE network.

24GB 4G Data (Data Rollover) - 5000 Minutes - Unlimited Texts - 12 Months Sim - £12 Monthly (£144) @ Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile Temporary Benefits - All pay monthly customers to receive 10GB extra for free + Unlimited minutes to landlines & mobiles

Sim Only FAQs

What is a Sim Only Deal?

A Sim only deal offers you a package of minutes, texts and mobile data for a monthly cost, similar to a mobile phone contract. You don't get a handset however, just the Sim card!

How long am i tied into a contract for?

This depends on the contract itself, but you can normally expect it to either be monthly or 12 /24 monthly.

Will the new Sim work with my existing phone?

Provided you have a phone made within the past 5-8 years, you should be fine. Most networks supply a sim card which can be used in almost all phones.

Can I keep my number?

You sure can! Just text 'PAC' to 65075 using your current sim. Give the supplied code to your new provider, and the switch should happen within 1 business day.

Can I cap my spending?

Of course! If you want to limit your spend over the included allowance of your contract, most networks allow this. We have a handy thread here explaining the steps.

Where can I check coverage?

Check coverage with Three HERE (
(Use Three for iD Mobile, PG Mobile, TPO Mobile...)

Check coverage with o2 HERE (
(Use o2 for Giffgaff, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile...)

Check coverage with EE HERE (
(use EE for ASDA Mobile, BT Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Life Mobile, Vectone Mobile...)

Check coverage with Vodafone HERE (
(use Vodafone for Talk Mobile, TalkTalk Mobile...)

Ofcom checker HERE ( (checks ALL major networks)
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