- SIM only deals, whats good?
My mobile contract (O2) is up and I have a new handset SIM free. I’m after a SIM only deal with unlimited calls/texts with at least 1Gb data. Is it worth going 4G, or stick with 3G. Not in city centres much so not sure what level of 4G coverage I can get.
Anyone got any deals recently? Need to keep my existing number too.
The SIM only deals with 4G only seem available from EE / O2, or does anyone else do them? The O2 tarriffs SIM only seem more expensive than the tarriffs you get with a phone (excluding the phone cost).Posted 4 years agoross980Member
I’m on Three’s One plan. 5000 text, 2000min and unlimited data (inc. tethering) for £15/month. Data not as quick as EE was on my previous tariff, but now I can tether the iPad when I’m away (previously only had 500gb/month so to avoid excessive data charges I used to buy cheap PAYG data only sims of eBay and tether off an old phone)Posted 4 years agosimon_gSubscriber
Was on Giffgaff for a couple of years, but got my SIM yesterday to switch to Virgin. £15 for unlimited everything. Virgin will transfer your number next working day if you have a PAC and request it before 6pm.
Giffgaff were OK, but not great for iphones (lots of manual setup to get mobile data working, where other networks push settings correctly, and manual dial of voicemail number), and they had a couple of annoying periods of network downtime. Coverage is as good as O2 are – hoping for better from Virgin, which uses the combined Orange/T-Mobile EE network.Posted 4 years agosimon_gSubscriber
with the Virgin VIP they dont say what the unlimited minutes cover, is it any uk LL or mobile network or just VM numbers?
Any landline (01, 02, 03), mobiles on any UK network. Not 08/09 numbers (I don’t think anyone includes those).
Need to be careful of 070 numbers too, they’re ”personal numbers” which aren’t included in allowances either.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
I’m on giffgaff too. You’d be foolish to look at anything else, IMO.
Unless you want to use tethering.
I am planing on trying 3’s One tariff for £18 a month (rolling) and then switch to £15 for 12 months if the coverage is okay as they allow tethering. I did spot the Virgin deal the other day but not looked into tethering with them.Posted 4 years agonealyMember
Virginmedia VIP sim. £15 a month rolling and unlimited everything, uses the EE network so you are pretty much covered everywhere.
Have a look at 3, their plans automatically include 4G when it rolls out in your area for no extra. Plus their data really is unlimited, they also allow tethering
…or this is you’ll be using a 4G phone
I was on 3 but wasn’t happy with their coverage, it’s all or nothing whereas other networks are more likely to have a weak signal for the vast majority of where I go. Went to GiffGaff (O2) and their coverage wasn’t great for me although is pretty much the same as the other main operators. Now on Virgin (EE/Orange/T-Mobile) and happy with coverage plus unlimited everything for £15 is the best I can see.
When 3 rollout their 4G network it will be on better frequencies than their 3G network so should provide much better coverage plus they won’t charge extra or limit the data. http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/three-can-win-the-4g-race-despite-starting-latePosted 4 years ago
the VM deal is worth a look but the speed is capped at 2 meg so if you download a lot that’s something to think keep in mind.
Don’t think so, currently getting about 3 meg at my desk, regularly get 5-6-7, got 14 the other day (may have been an error on SpeedTest?)
Having said that though if you are in a good 3 reception area I’d go with 3, just because they seem to have a good 4g strategy. I’d prolly change too but currently only pay £8pm for my virgin VIP sim.
Edit – Just did a bit of googling and apparently unlimited on Virgin Mobile means up to 3.5Gb after that you’re capped at 3g speed of 384 kb/sPosted 4 years agosadexpunkSubscriber
im on giffgaff and can tether for £10 per month. this is cos ive chosen the lowest plan, which allows 1Gb data rather than unlimited.
so….depends on your usage. for a light user like me a tenner a month is perfect. i never reach my minutes or data, and the tethering option is for emergencies when i have my laptop elsewhere in a ‘no wi-fi’ zone.Posted 4 years ago
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