Compare Mobile Phone Tariffs

Finding a mobile phone deal isn’t just about comparing the latest handsets. A key decision that many users forget about is about selecting the best tariff – i.e. the package of minutes, texts and megabytes of data to suit your lifestyle.

When you think about it, most mobile phone contracts last for up to two years, which means it’s important to secure the best tariff that reflects your typical usage to make sure you’re not going over your limit each month.

How much data do I need?

Sometimes, deciding on what tariff is right for you is easier said than done, especially when it comes to mobile data.

Users can be split into three groups: light, medium and heavy. Light users might only use their smartphones to read the occasional email or browse the internet now and again. Heavy data users however might download music, be frequent WhatsApp users as well as stream live TV on a regular basis. Medium users sitting somewhere in the middle.

So what does this mean in practice?

As a rough guide, light users can usually get by with around 500 megabytes of data each month; medium users should aim for a 1GB package whilst heavy users should aim higher.

It’s very important to have enough data for your usage needs but it’s also important to make you’re not over paying for data you’re not using. So when you’re comparing mobile phone tariffs, make sure that you really think about how you plan on using your phone – and leave a little wiggle room just in case, could benefit you greatly in the long run.

SIM Only Tariffs        

These types of deals are for those who have a handset they are happy with or are looking to buy one offline and just want a package of minutes/texts/data to go with it.

Top end smartphones are really expensive, sophisticated bits of kit these days; as such you could be looking at in excess of £500 to get one without a contract.

As many cant fork out such a substantial fee, with many deals these days you pay a small up front amount for the handset but are in essence paying off the remainder of its cost for the duration of the contract alongside the true cost of your package.

A SIM only deal means you’re only paying the true cost of your tariff – nothing else.

Because SIM only contracts come without a handset, they also tend to be more flexible compared to normal phone contracts, with commitments ranging from anything from a month to one year. 

So, if you’re keen on keeping your current handset or maybe you’re a first time smartphone user who’s not quite sure about what tariff to opt for, a rolling SIM only contract might be the best option for you.

Compare network tariffs

If you’re ready to find the right SIM only tariff, use our simple comparison tool below. You can even sort the results according to the number of minutes, texts and megabytes of data you want, making it easier than ever to find the perfect phone contract for you.

Compare Mobile Phone Tariffs
   
Network Free Minutes Free Texts Tariff Term Line Rental  
Shebang
30
Minutes
30
Texts
No Credit Check SIM Only 30 mins (1m) 1m contract
£2.25
per month
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POP Telecom
100
Minutes
100
Texts
100 mins and 100 texts with 100MB (12m) 12m contract
£4.80
per month
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Three
250MB
About 0 hours web browsing, 75,000 emails, 1,000 photos or 100 music files
250MB Mobile Internet (1m) 1m contract
£5.00
per month
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TalkMobile
100
Minutes
100
Texts
100 mins 100 texts with 100MB (1m) 1m contract
£5.00
per month
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giffgaff
60
Minutes
300
Texts
SIM Only 5 (1m) 1m contract
£5.00
per month
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giffgaff
500MB
About 100 hours web browsing, 150,000 emails, 2,000 photos or 100 music files
SIM Only 500MB mobile internet (1m) 1m contract
£5.00
per month
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The People's Operator
50
Minutes
50
Texts
50 mins with 50 texts and 50MB (1m) 1m contract
£5.00
per month
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The People's Operator
500MB
About 100 hours web browsing, 150,000 emails, 2,000 photos or 100 music files
500MB mobile internet (1m) 1m contract
£5.00
per month
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Virgin
150
Minutes
3000
Texts
Virgin 150 mins and 500MB (1m) 1m contract
£7.00
per month
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Three
200
Minutes
9999
Texts
200 mins unlimited texts with 500MB (12m) 12m contract
£7.00
per month
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Three
200
Minutes
9999
Texts
200 mins unlimited texts with 500MB (12m) 12m contract
£7.00
per month
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TalkMobile
250
Minutes
5000
Texts
Talkmobile Saver 7 with 500MB (1m) 1m contract
£7.00
per month
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TalkMobile
250
Minutes
5000
Texts
250 mins 5000 texts with 250MB (24m) 24m contract
£7.00
per month
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TalkMobile
100
Minutes
500
Texts
Talkmobile 100 mins with 500MB (24m) 12m contract
£7.25
per month
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Three
1000MB
About 100 hours web browsing, 300,000 emails, 3,000 photos or 200 music files
1GB Mobile Internet Data (1m) 1m contract
£7.50
per month
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Tesco Mobile
500
Minutes
5000
Texts
500 mins 5000 texts (12m) 12m contract
£7.50
per month
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Tesco Mobile
250
Minutes
5000
Texts
250 mins 5000 texts (1m) 1m contract
£7.50
per month
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TalkMobile
250
Minutes
3000
Texts
Talkmobile Saver 7.5 with 500MB (24m) 24m contract
£7.50
per month
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TalkMobile
175
Minutes
3000
Texts
Talkmobile Saver 7.5 with 250MB (24m) 24m contract
£7.50
per month
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TalkMobile
75
Minutes
3000
Texts
Talkmobile Saver 7.5 with 500MB (24m) 24m contract
£7.50
per month
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