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Cheapest SIM only deals in February

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50GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£8.00/mth monthly cost
  • EU roaming included
  • Unrestricted tethering in the UK
  • Free delivery
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20GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£1.99/mth Months 1-3
£7.99/mth monthly cost
Avg monthly cost
£6.49/mth
  • Discounted price for 3 months
  • EU roaming included
  • Free delivery
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10GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£1.49/mth Months 1-6
£5.99/mth monthly cost
Avg monthly cost
£3.74/mth
  • Discounted price for 6 months
  • Free EU & India Roaming
  • Free delivery
300GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£20.00/mth monthly cost
  • Unlimited social media, music & video
  • Triple data
  • Free delivery
80GB of 5G data
12 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£9.95/mth monthly cost
  • Free EU Roaming
  • Bill Capping
  • Free delivery
Unltd 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£42.00/mth monthly cost
  • VeryMe Rewards
  • Free delivery
40GB of 5G data
12 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£10.00/mth monthly cost
  • Free delivery
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5GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£0.99/mth Months 1-3
£4.99/mth monthly cost
Avg monthly cost
£3.99/mth
  • Discounted price for 3 months
  • EU roaming included
  • Free delivery
32GB of 5G data
12 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£8.00/mth monthly cost
  • EU roaming included
  • Exclusive perks from Virgin Media Broadband
  • Free delivery
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1GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
250 minutes
£0.49/mth Months 1-3
£3.99/mth monthly cost
Avg monthly cost
£3.12/mth
  • Discounted price for 3 months
  • EU roaming included
  • Free delivery
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5GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£1.00/mth Months 1-3
£4.50/mth monthly cost
Avg monthly cost
£3.63/mth
  • eSIM Available
  • EU roaming included
  • Free delivery
5GB of 5G data
12 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£4.00/mth monthly cost
  • Free EU & India Roaming
  • Includes 100 international minutes
  • Free delivery
40GB of 5G data
24 month contract
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Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£8.00/mth monthly cost
pound icon£96 cashback reward
  • Free delivery
54GB of 5G data
24 month contract
pound icon£108 cashback reward
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£9.00/mth monthly cost
pound icon£108 cashback reward
  • Free delivery
4GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£4.95/mth monthly cost
  • Free EU Roaming
  • Bill Capping
  • Free delivery
5GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£5.00/mth monthly cost
  • EU roaming included
  • Unrestricted tethering in the UK
  • Free delivery
5GB of 5G data
12 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£5.00/mth monthly cost
  • EU roaming included
  • Powered by EE
  • Free delivery
4GB of 5G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£5.00/mth monthly cost
  • EU roaming included
  • Discounted price for first month
  • Free delivery
3GB of 4G data
1 month contract
Unltd texts
Unltd minutes
£5.00/mth monthly cost
  • WiFi calling
  • Roam like you're home
  • Free delivery

Data last updated: Friday 23 February 2024 at 01:08

Cheap SIM only deals

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If you're happy with your current phone, a SIM-only deal is the way to go. Better yet, they're a great way to save money. We've picked out some of our cheapest SIM contracts here.

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Our cheapest SIM deals this week

  • O2 sim only
    5G
    • 32GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £8.00 per month
    12 month contract From O2
  • Three sim only
    5G
    • 120GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • £12.00 per month
    24 month contract From Three Mobile
  • VOXI sim only
    5G
    • 60GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Unlimited social media and music
    • £12.00 per month
    1 month contract From VOXI
  • GiffGaff sim only
    5G
    • 25GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • £10.00 per month
    18 month contract From giffgaff
  • Three sim only
    5G
    • 40GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • £10.00 per month
    24 month contract From Three Mobile
  • Lebara Mobile sim only
    5G
    • Exclusive
    • 20GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Discounted price for 3 months
    • £7.99 per month
    1 month contract From Lebara Mobile

In the table above you’ll find our cheapest SIMs collated from a wide range of networks. We’ve scoured the market to find our best deals and are confident that these are among the cheapest SIM only deals on offer right now.

£5 SIM-only deals

Looking for the most affordable SIM-only deals? There are plenty of SIM deals from budget-conscious networks, usually hovering around the £5 mark.

Check out the following networks:

What’s more, these SIMs are usually 5G-ready at no extra cost.

Can I get a SIM for under £5 a month?

Yes – a handful of networks offer competitive SIM deals that come in at under £5 a month.

Lycamobile’s SIMs are some of the cheapest at the market, starting at £5 a month (for 5GB of data, 1000 UK calls and texts and 100 international minutes). Plus, they regularly run discounts, bringing that price even further down.

Lebara’s cheapest plan (5GB of data, 100 UK minutes and texts, as well as 100 international minutes) can be had for £5 a month on a rolling 30-day plan. However, if you’re willing to sign up to a 12-month contract, you can knock 10% off your monthly bill.

While iD Mobile doesn’t have SIM deals under the £5 mark, they do offer some discounts if you commit to a 12-month or 24-month contract (usually for the first three or six months of your contract).

What is a cheap SIM only deal?

A cheap SIM-only deal is a contract that gets you an allowance of data, calls and texts for a low-monthly charge – typically between £5 to £10.

The difference from traditional pay-monthly phone deals is that with SIM-only deals, you don’t get a new phone. As you’re only paying for the SIM and its monthly allowances, you get a lot more flexibility.

While you can still sign up to a 12-month or 24-month SIM deal, there are plenty of monthly rolling options, too.

How do cheap SIMS work?

Cheap SIMS work the same as any other SIM. Once you’ve picked the right package of minutes, texts and data for your needs, the SIM card will be sent to you. You’ll just need to insert your new SIM card into your phone.

Which networks offer cheap SIMS?

Plenty of networks, big and small, provide cheap SIM options. Here's a selection of networks that offer cheap SIMs and a glimpse of what they've got to offer:

Cheap SIM-only deals from O2

  • O2 sim only
    5G
    • 6GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £6.99 per month
    12 month contract From O2
  • O2 sim only
    5G
    • 6GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £6.99 per month
    12 month contract From O2
  • O2 sim only
    5G
    • 6GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £6.99 per month
    12 month contract From O2

Included with all O2 SIM-only deals, O2's Rewards scheme gets you discounts at high-street stores and restaurants. Plus, customers also get to be part of O2’s Priority scheme, which offers priority booking at O2 venues – great if you’re a music fan!

Cheap SIM-only deals from Vodafone

  • Vodafone sim only
    4G
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • VeryMe Rewards
    • £8.00 per month
    12 month contract From Vodafone
  • Vodafone sim only
    4G
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • VeryMe Rewards
    • £8.00 per month
    12 month contract From Vodafone
  • Vodafone sim only
    5G
    • 150GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • VeryMe Rewards
    • £25.00 per month
    24 month contract From Vodafone

All Vodafone SIM-only customers can benefit from its VeryMe Rewards scheme. Incentives include discounts and freebies from a variety of high-street brands and retailers, as well as regular prize draws and competitions.

Cheap SIM-only deals from Lebara

  • Lebara Mobile sim only
    5G
    • Exclusive
    • 5GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Discounted price for 3 months
    • £4.99 per month
    1 month contract From Lebara Mobile
  • Lebara Mobile sim only
    5G
    • Exclusive
    • 20GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Discounted price for 3 months
    • £7.99 per month
    1 month contract From Lebara Mobile
  • Lebara Mobile sim only
    5G
    • Unlimited 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £25.00 per month
    1 month contract From Lebara Mobile

One of the most budget-friendly networks out there, Lebara offers cheap SIMs with your choice of 100, 500 or unlimited international minutes to 42 countries. Customers can also get discounts on certain services, such as car insurance.

Cheap SIM-only deals from Lycamobile

  • Lyca Mobile sim only
    5G
    • Exclusive
    • 10GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Discounted price for 6 months
    • £5.99 per month
    1 month contract From Lyca Mobile

Similar to Lebara, Lycamobile is another low-cost network that specialises in cheap SIMs with international minutes. It also offers eSims, which can be convenient if you often switch between SIM cards.

Cheap SIM-only deals from VOXI

  • VOXI sim only
    5G
    • 15GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Unlimited social media
    • £10.00 per month
    1 month contract From VOXI
  • VOXI sim only
    5G
    • 15GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Unlimited social media
    • £10.00 per month
    1 month contract From VOXI
  • VOXI sim only
    5G
    • 60GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • Unlimited social media and music
    • £12.00 per month
    1 month contract From VOXI

If you’re a social butterfly, VOXI’s SIM plans allow you to spend unlimited time on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram without using up your data allowance. Some plans even come with unlimited video streaming, so you can watch as much YouTube, TikTok and Netflix (among others) as you like, on the go.

Cheap SIM-only deals from iD Mobile

  • ID sim only
    5G
    • 8GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • No annual price rise
    • £6.00 per month
    1 month contract From iD Mobile
  • ID sim only
    5G
    • 25GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • No annual price rise
    • £7.00 per month
    12 month contract From iD Mobile
  • ID sim only
    5G
    • 50GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • No annual price rise
    • £8.00 per month
    1 month contract From iD Mobile

There’s plenty of choice with iD Mobile, as it offers a large variety of plan lengths and data allowances. SIM deals are available on one-month, 12-month and 24-month contracts.

If you sign up to a longer-term contract, some plans give you discounts for the first few months.

Cheap SIM-only deals from giffgaff

  • GiffGaff sim only
    5G
    • 6GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • £8.00 per month
    18 month contract From giffgaff
  • GiffGaff sim only
    5G
    • 25GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • £10.00 per month
    18 month contract From giffgaff
  • GiffGaff sim only
    5G
    • 120GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • £20.00 per month
    18 month contract From giffgaff

Giffgaff has a range of affordable and flexible plans – and if you’re willing to commit to a long-term contract, you get more bang for your buck.

As well as pay-as-you-go, no-contract deals (your plan lasts for one month, then it’s up to you to sign up to a new one), giffgaff offers monthly rolling plans (which you can cancel anytime) and 18-month contracts.

Cheap SIM-only deals from SMARTY

  • SMARTY sim only
    5G
    • 5GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £5.00 per month
    1 month contract From SMARTY
  • SMARTY sim only
    5G
    • 15GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £7.00 per month
    1 month contract From SMARTY
  • SMARTY sim only
    5G
    • 125GB of 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • download speed limit
    • EU roaming included
    • £12.00 per month
    1 month contract From SMARTY

Another budget-friendly network, SMARTY has a small and straightforward selection of SIM-only deals. It also offers data-only plans – handy if you have a tablet or MiFi you want to use when you’re out and about.

What to look for in an affordable SIM plan

Using our mobile comparison table at the top of the page, you can check out all the SIM deals available.

From there, you can use the filters in the sidebar to narrow down the deals that fits your needs. You can sort by cost to find the cheapest ones, as well as set a maximum price, so you only see deals that are in your budget.

As well as cost, there are a few other things to consider when shopping around for a cheap SIM-only plan. Here are a few things to look out for:

Data allowance

When choosing a cheap SIM-only plan, you’ll need to consider the data allowance. In general, the cheaper the SIM, the lower the monthly data allowance.

So, if you use your phone to regularly browse the internet, online game, or stream video on the go, it’s worth paying a bit more to get the proper amount of data you’ll need. You could also consider looking into data-only SIMs you don’t need calls or texts, though we’d say they’re better suited to tablets or MiFi devices.

Unlimited social data

If you’re constantly Tweeting, uploading snaps to Instagram, or watching the latest TikTok trends, you should consider an unlimited social data plan. Some providers like VOXI and Virgin Mobile offer unlimited use of social apps and websites, such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, without eating your data.

Contract length

Typically, the longer your contract, the more you’ll get for your money. While SIM-only plans are great for their flexible monthly rolling deals, signing up to a longer-term contract can net you discounts on your monthly bill, or more data per month.

We can show you contract options of any length, from one month to 48 months – just use our comparison table above to compare.

Freebies

Cheap SIM-only deals can come with customer incentives and reward scheme memberships. These extras are usually only offered by the bigger networks, who may have higher prices than the smaller budget networks. But it’s still something to look out for when comparing deals, as you might find that the additional benefits are worth the higher SIM price.

For example, O2’s priority scheme gets you priority booking for gigs at O2 venues – if you’re an avid concert-goer, this is a great-to-have.

Pros and cons of cheap SIMS

If you’re not sure whether a cheap SIM deal is for you, check out our pros and cons list:

Pros

  • You're less likely to end up paying for allowances you don't need or use
  • Most 'value networks’ offer cheap SIM only deals
  • Cheap SIMs often include many of the same customer incentives as pricier contracts

Cons

  • You’ll need to have your own phone to use the SIM
  • Depending on your phone use, you may find the data allowances restrictive
  • The absolute cheapest SIM-only deals don’t come with extras or freebies

Alternative SIM-only plans

Frequently asked questions

Can I switch my SIM only deal with my existing network?

If you're on a 30-day rolling contract SIM only deal, you can switch to another deal with your network whenever you like. You'll just need to give 30 days' notice.

If you're on a 12-month or 18-month SIM-only contract, your network will almost certainly allow you to upgrade to a more expensive plan with bigger allowances. Some networks let you downgrade to a cheaper plan, though not all – it’s best to contact your network and explain your circumstances.

Of course, if you’re outside of the minimum length of your contract, you’re free to switch to whatever plan you like – even if it’s from the same network.

Will there be a credit check on my SIM only plan?

You won’t need to pass any credit checks if you’re getting a 30-day SIM. However, if you’re signing up to a longer-term SIM contract, you may need to pass a credit check before being accepted – usually if you’re getting a contract with one of the major networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone).

Nevertheless, some smaller companies don’t require you to pass a credit check, even if you’re signing up to a longer-term plan. This includes giffgaff’s 18-month contracts, as well as the likes of Lebara, Lycamobile and SMARTY.

Is it cheaper to get a SIM-only plan?

Yes, it’s almost always cheaper to buy a SIM-only plan than a pay monthly phone contract. That’s because with the SIM-only deal, you’re only paying your monthly allowances and not the cost of the new phone.

Is pay-as-you-go cheaper than a pay monthly SIM?

No, pay monthly is usually cheaper in terms of what you get for your money. With a SIM contract (both monthly rolling and long-term), you get a decent allowance of data, calls and texts. In comparison, pay-as-you-go deals (in which you top up your phone with credit) charges you for every MB of data, text and minute you use.

Pay-as-you-go is super flexible though, and you can easily adjust the way you use your phone to save money on your bill. And if you’re a very light user, you may find that topping up your phone with credit as and when needed works out cheaper than paying for a monthly plan.

Can I keep my number when I get a new SIM?

Yes, you can keep your number. All you need is a PAC (porting authorisation code), and your network will handle the rest.

Using the ‘text-to-switch’ scheme, simply text ‘PAC’ to 65075. Your old network will promptly send you a PAC, which you can then give to your new network. They’ll then arrange for the switch to be completed within one working day.

Can I buy a SIM without a plan?

Yes – many networks let you order a free SIM without having to choose and pay for a plan upfront. Once you’ve received and activated it, you can then decide what plan you want, whether that’s a pay-as-you-go deal or a long-term contract.

If you want to buy a SIM with data, calls and texts, without committing to a long-term plan, you can easily do that with a 30-day SIM-only plan.

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