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We’re pretty sure that this is the most comprehensive mobile network comparison table in existence. Not only does it give basic tariff information like the price to make calls, send texts and use the internet, it even includes special deals such as offers for unlimited data, unlimited calls and unlimited texts. We’ve also tracked down information such as the cost for sending picture messages and making calls to premium rate 0870 numbers. 4G and 3G network coverage and the identity of the host network for virtual networks is even squeezed in. We literally couldn’t fit anything more in.

So have a look to work out which mobile network offers the best deal for you. We think that by giving you all the information, you’ll be able to choose the best value network for your specific needs and usage patterns. Many mobile networks advertise with misleading graphics that only quote some of their prices and even hide their costs from their websites – this puts all the relevant costs in one place.

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This is the only network comparison chart that really includes everything. Hover your mouse over the superscript numbers to read our detailed annotations. All data prices are per 10MB and all unlimited prices are per month or 30 days unless otherwise specified.

You can even click the headings to sort each column in ascending or descending order to help find the cheapest mobile network and click the network names to read our detailed reviews.

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Network 4G 3G Calls SMS Data MMS VM 0870 Unlim.
Giffgaff[1] 78% 98% 10p[2] 6p[2] £0.04[3] 16p 8p[4] 12p £7.50[5] £0[6] £15[7]
The People’s Operator[8] 93% 98% 5p[9] 3p[9] £0.10 30p 5p 5p[10] £8.99[11] £12.49[12] No.
3 79% 98% 3p 2p £0.10[13] 31p 3p 35p £10[14] No £20[15]
EE 93% 98% 30p 12p £0.10[16] 40p 30p 40p £10 No No
Vodafone 68% 89% 30p 14p £1.00[17] 36p 25p 14p £10[18] £30[19] No
O2 78% 98% 35p 12p £1.00[20] 25p 15p[4] 25p £7.50 £10[21] No
ASDA Mobile[22] 93% 98% 8p 4p £0.50 25p 8p 35p No No No
Tesco Mobile[1] 78% 98% 25p[23] 10p[24] £1.00 25p[23] 15p 20p £5[25] No £8[26]
Tesco Lite[1] 78% 98% 8p 4p £1.00 25p 15p 8p[27] £5[25] No £8[26]
Lebara Mobile[28] 68% 89% 19p[29] 19p[30] £1.90 45p 15p 10p £7.95[31] No No
LycaMobile[32] 93% 98% 19p[33] 15p £1.50 0p 25p No No No
TalkMobile Rewards[28] 68% 89% 25p[34] 10p[35] £0.25[36] 30p 15p 20p £15[37] No No
TalkMobile Essentials[38] 68% 89% 8p[39] 4p[40] £0.25[36] 30p 8p 20p No No No
Virgin Mobile[22] 93% 98% 26p 12p £1.00[41] 30p 26p[4] 41p No £10[42] £10[43]
Virgin Mobile Simply 8p[22][44] 93% 98% 8p 8p £1.00[41] 30p 26p[4] 31p No No No
Tru[28] 68% 89% 36p 11p £15.00 0p 15p No No No
Vectone[22] 93% 98% 15p[45] 15p[46] £0.90[47] 25p 10p 10p £5[48] £5[48] No
Now Mobile[22] 93% 98% 10p[49] 10p[50] £1.50 25p 0p 15p £5[51] No No
White Mobile[22] 93% 98% 6p[52] 5p[53] £0.25 25p 0p 25p £0[54] £0[54] No
AfriMobile[55] 79% 98% 10p[56] 10p[57] £1.00 40p 10p 25p No No No
The Co-operative Mobile[22] 93% 98% 8p[58] 4p[59] £0.50 25p 4p 8p No No No
Lomo Mobile[22] 93% 98% 10p[60] 10p[61] £0.90 25p 5p[62] 20p No No No
Smart Pinoy[28] 68% 89% 10p[63] 10p[64] £1.00 ? ? No No No
Talk Home Mobile[22] 93% 98% 10p[65] 10p[66] £0.50 25p 0p 15p £10[67] No £20[68]
Delight Mobile[22] 93% 98% 3p[69] 2p[69] £0.10 25p 5p 10p £5 £5[70] No
Aether[71] 93% 98% 10p 4p £0.60[72] ? ? No No No
T-Mobile[73] 93% 98% 30p 12p £1.00[74] 30p 30p 40p £10 £10[75] No
Orange[73] 93% 98% 25p 12p £6.50[76] 40p 30p 40p £7.50 No[77] No
Family Mobile[22][78] 8p 4p £0.50 23p 8p 12p No No No
Tello[55][79] 79% 98% 3p 5p £0.15 ? ? 15p No No No
GT Mobile[1][78] 78% 98% 19p[80] 19p £0.90 0p 25p £10[81] No No
Simple Call Mobile[22][78] 4p[82] 5p £1.00 30p 3p 25p No No No
RSPCA Mobile[22][78] 14p[83] 7p[84] £2.50 25p 14p ? No No No
Talkxtra[28][78] 68% 89% 7p 7p £0.70 30p 7p 15p No No No
Wildlife Mobile[28][78] 68% 89% 18p[85] 7p[85] £2.00 35p 5p 16p No No No
Econet[22][78] 93% 98% 10p[86] 10p £1.00 15p 15p No No No
Freedomtalk[28][78] 68% 89% 8p[87] 10p £1.00 20p 10p 10p No No No
Kontakt Mobile[28][78] 68% 89% 9p[86] 9p £0.90 24p 9p 9p No No No
Sainsbury’s[28][78] 68% 89% 8p 4p £0.50[88] 25p 8p[4] 8p £10[89] No No
Donate Mobile[28][78] 68% 89% 20p[90] 12p £2.00 32p 5p 25p No No No
Allpay Mobile[28][78] 68% 89% 15p[91] 15p[91] £1.50 30p 15p 25p £25 No No
Banana Mobile[22][78] 93% 98% 14p[92] 7p[93] £2.00 25p 14p ? No No No
C Mobile[22][78] 93% 98% 14p[94] 9p[95] £2.50 25p 14p ? No No No
iCard Mobile[28][78] 68% 89% 8p 10p £1.00 5p[96] 25p No No No
OVIVO Mobile[28][78] 8p[97] 5p[98] £1.60[99] 24p 8p 12p No No No
Victory Mobile[22][78] 4p[100] 4p[100] £0.40 4p 25p No No No
DiDa Mobile[55][78] 10p[101] 10p £1.00 30p 10p 19p No No No
Dialog Vizz[28][78] 68% 89% 9p[102] 9p[103] £1.50[104] 10p 25p No No No

  1. Operated by O2. [] [] [] []
  2. But always free to Giffgaff (if you topped-up within the last three months). [] []
  3. With a goodybag. Alternatively, 20p/MB for first MB after which it is capped at 20p/day until 20MB. Additional data thereafter charged at 20p/MB. []
  4. Per call. [] [] [] [] []
  5. Truly unlimited and includes 200 minutes and 250 MB data otherwise £0/month to other Giffgaff users. []
  6. But only to other Giffgaff users. []
  7. Truly unlimited and including free minutes and unlimited texts too, £18 if not using since prior to 24 September 2014. []
  8. Operated by Three. []
  9. Free to other TPO numbers. [] []
  10. Plus service charge. []
  11. Includes minutes and data. []
  12. Includes unlimited texts and 6GB data. []
  13. 150MB free with every top-up of £5 or more. []
  14. Only 3000 texts. []
  15. Including minutes and texts too. []
  16. Bundles start from £1/100MB. []
  17. Per day, Gives you 25MB. You are billed in ££1 increments during each day up to ££5 then at 4p/MB. []
  18. Includes 150 minutes and 250MB of data. []
  19. Includes unlimited texts and 1GB of data. []
  20. Per day, 100MB max. []
  21. Only to O2 or £30/month from chosen postcode. []
  22. Operated by EE. [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  23. Effectively 8.3p due to triple credit offer. [] []
  24. Effectively 3.3p due to triple credit offer. []
  25. Only 5000 texts. [] []
  26. £2/week, 1GB max. [] []
  27. Free credit cannot be used on these calls. []
  28. Operated by Vodafone. [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  29. Free to Lebara numbers for 30 days after a top-up, 1p to landlines at weekends. []
  30. Free to Lebara numbers for 30 days after a top-up. []
  31. Free minutes too. []
  32. Operated by O2 and Orange. []
  33. 9p to landlines. []
  34. 10p to TalkMobile. []
  35. 5p to TalkMobile. []
  36. Per day, 25MB max after which it is £1.00/10MB. [] []
  37. Or £5/week (max 3000 texts/month). []
  38. No longer offered. []
  39. 4p to TalkMobile. []
  40. 2p to TalkMobile. []
  41. Per day, 100MB max with extra charged at 10p/MB. [] []
  42. Including free data and you get to keep your credit. []
  43. Including free texts and you get to keep your credit. []
  44. Only available to Virgin Media Customers. []
  45. 5p to landlines and free to other Vectone Mobile customers for a month if you top-up £5 or more. []
  46. Free to other Vectone Mobile customers for a month if you top-up £5 or more. []
  47. 10MB free per day when you top up. []
  48. You get to keep your credit and includes both free calls and texts but only to other Vectone Mobile, LycaMobile and Delight Mobile users. [] []
  49. 5p to landlines or other Now Mobile customers. []
  50. 2p to other Now Mobile customers. []
  51. Fair use policy of 5000 texts/month. []
  52. 3p to landlines and free to other White Mobile customers as long as your balance is at least 50p. []
  53. Free to other White Mobile customers as long as your balance is at least 50p. []
  54. But only to other White Mobile users as long as your balance is at least 50p. [] []
  55. Operated by 3. [] [] []
  56. 5p/minute to landlines and 0p/minute to other AfriMobile numbers for the first 120 minutes per month but 7p/minute afterwards. []
  57. 0p each to other AfriMobile numbers for the first 50 SMS per month but 10p each afterwards. []
  58. 4p to other Co-op Mobile numbers. []
  59. 2p to other Co-op Mobile numbers. []
  60. Free to other Lomo Mobile numbers, 10p to landlines at weekends. []
  61. Free to other Lomo Mobile numbers. []
  62. Free after each top-up. []
  63. Bonus allowance to other Smart Pinoy numbers with every top-up and 5p to landlines. []
  64. Bonus allowance to other Smart Pinoy numbers with every top-up. []
  65. Free to other Talk Home numbers (max. 2000 minutes) and 5p to landlines. []
  66. Free to other Talk Home numbers (max. 2000 texts). []
  67. Comes with 500 minutes and 2GB data. []
  68. Comes with unlimited texts and 2000 minutes. []
  69. Free to other Delight Mobile customers for 4 weeks if you top-up £5 or more. [] []
  70. You get to keep your credit and includes both free calls and texts but only to other Delight Mobile users. []
  71. Operated by EE (and occasionally O2 for data). []
  72. £4.50 if using O2 data connection. []
  73. Now merged into EE. [] []
  74. Per day, 500 MB/month max. []
  75. To T-Mobile only. []
  76. 65p minimum charge. []
  77. But three chosen numbers are 20p/hour. []
  78. Now shut down. [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  79. No longer PAYG. []
  80. 12p to landlines and free to other GT Mobile numbers. []
  81. Includes minutes and data too. []
  82. 3p to landlines. []
  83. 7p to other RSPCA Mobile numbers. []
  84. 5p to other RSPCA Mobile numbers. []
  85. 5p to other Wildlife Mobile numbers. [] []
  86. Free to other Econet numbers, 5p to landlines. [] []
  87. Free to other Freedomtalk numbers and 5p to landlines. []
  88. Per day, Up to 25MB, then 50p for every additional 25MB or part thereof. []
  89. Subject to fair use limit of 5000 texts every 30 days. []
  90. 8p to other Donate Mobile numbers. []
  91. 5p to other Allpay Mobile numbers. [] []
  92. 7p to other Banana Mobile numbers. []
  93. 5p to other Banana Mobile numbers. []
  94. 7p to other C Mobile numbers. []
  95. 5p to other C Mobile numbers. []
  96. Even though listed as free on their website. []
  97. 200 free per month and 2p to other OVIVO Mobile customers. []
  98. 300 free per month and 2p to other OVIVO Mobile customers. []
  99. 500MB free per month. []
  100. Free to other Victory Mobile customers. [] []
  101. 5p to landlines. []
  102. 4p to landlines and free to other Dialog Vizz users as long as you top-up £5. []
  103. 5p to other Dialog Vizz users or free to other Dialog Vizz users as long as you top-up £5. []
  104. 10MB free per day as long as you have at least £2 credit. []

Version History (click to 10th May 2011 – first version published.
31st May 2011 – updated ASDA Mobile prices following price increase.
1st June 2011 – updated Orange prices following price increase.
7th June 2011 – updated TalkMobile data charges outside of daily allowance.
17th June 2011 – fixed transposition of Tesco Lite charges for calls and texts.
21st June 2011 – fixed error where calls and text charges for the TalkMobile tariffs had been transposed.
1st July 2011 – updated Giffgaff internet prices following introduction of data charging.
6th July 2011 – included more details for Orange data prices.
7th July 2011 – clarified Vectone prices for online top-ups.
14th July 2011 – updated Vodafone prices following price increase.
19th July 2011 – added details for Dalya Mobile, Delight Mobile, Dialog Vizz, iCard Mobile and Now Mobile.
1st August 2011 – removed half-price introductory offers from Vectone.
4th August 2011 – added notes to Tesco Mobile and Delight Mobile about effective cost due to triple credit offers.
15th August 2011 – updated Dialog Vizz costs following price increase.
18th August 2011 – added new Virgin Mobile Simply 8p tariff.
29th August 2011 – updated iCard Mobile landline rate following price increase.
30th September 2011 – updated Now Mobile mobile call, 0845 number and text rates following price increase.
1st October 2011 – corrected prices for 0870 and 0800 numbers for LycaMobile.
1st November 2011 – added Vectone’s price decrease for landline calls.
1st December 2011 – updated Dialog Vizz pricing following tariff changes.
3rd December 2011 – updated Delight Mobile pricing for various call and text charges as well as their updated Delight-to-Delight offer.
3rd April 2012 – updated Vectone landline and SMS pricing and added unlimited calls and texts offers.
19th April 2012 – made several changes to Delight Mobile pricing following scrapping of triple credit offer, changes to their terms and pricing alterations for premium rate numbers.
15th May 2012 – corrected transposition of Tesco Mobile and Tesco Lite prices for 08xx numbers.
29th June 2012 – updated Giffgaff pricing for 0870 numbers.
27th September 2012 – made an update after another iCard Mobile price hike for UK mobiles and landlines.
10th February 2013 – amended price for Giffgaff goodybag with unlimited mobile data.
15th February 2013 – updates to Now Mobile.
10th March 2013 – added OVIVO Mobile to the table.
11th March 2013 – added White Mobile pricing.
12th March 2013 – updated OVIVO Mobile-to-OVIVO Mobile rates in footnotes.
13th March 2013 – updated White Mobile MMS pricing.
18th April 2013 – updated Delight Mobile SMS bundle.
19th April 2013 – updated Orange and T-Mobile unlimited text pricing.
21st April 2013 – removed Vectone unlimited texts deal and included changes to Virgin Mobile tariffs.
14th May 2013 – updated table to reflect new Giffgaff goodybag options.
16th May 2013 – corrections to White Mobile and Orange charges.
16th May 2013 – updated to include T-Mobile’s voice call price increase.
23rd May 2013 – included Vodafone’s change to start charging for 0800 numbers.
26th May 2013 – corrected Three’s rate for 0800 numbers.
27th May 2013 – updated Virgin text and data pricing, Vectone calls pricing as well as many other minor details for both networks.
29th May 2013 – added a new entry for Victory Mobile.
30th May 2013 – added DiDa Mobile and removed Dalya Mobile.
31st May 2013 – added The People’s Operator to the comparison table.
3rd June 2013 – added AfriMobile to the comparison table.
3rd July 2013 – updated 3’s new 321 tariff.
31st July 2013 – added Mobile By Sainsbury’s to the table.
21st August 2013 – added an entry for Donate Mobile.
13th October 2013 – altered ASDA’s entry to reflect their move from Vodafone to EE.
14th October 2013 – updated Tesco’s data pricing.
16th December 2013 – altered Vodafone’s entry to include their price increases.
19th December 2013 – added O2‘s price increase to calls.
20th December 2013 – updated Three’s pricing for 0800 numbers and MMS.
2nd January 2014 – removed OVIVO’s deal for free minutes and texts to other OVIVO users.
31st January 2014 – added Lebara’s price increases.
2nd February 2014 – updated ASDA Mobile prices.
4th February 2014 – updated OVIVO allowances.
3rd March 2014 – fixed error on Mobile by Sainsbury’s.
25th May 2014 – added restyled table to create room for adding a Voicemail column.
5th July 2014 – added Allpay Mobile, Banana Mobile, C Mobile and Co-operative Mobile.
20th July 2014 – added RSPCA Mobile.
21st July 2014 – restyled table to create room for adding a Voicemail column.
22nd July 2014 – added Talkxtra, Wildlife Mobile, Econet, Kontakt Mobile, Lomo Mobile, Simple Call Mobile, Smart Pinoy and Talk Home Mobile.
24th July 2014 – updated 3G coverage figures.
28th July 2014 – adding missing Kontakt Mobile rates.
1st September 2014 – updated iCard Mobile price increases.
29th October 2014 – added a note to say that RSPCA Mobile has shut down.
5th November 2014 – also amended to show that Simple Call Mobile has shut down.
24th November 2014 – updated Delight Mobile’s pricing.
27th November 2014 – updated Giffgaff goodybags.
14th January 2015 – brought Lebara prices up-to-date.
16th January 2015 – modified table headers.
19th January 2015 – added Lebara SMS bundles.
1st February 2015 – linked to EE review page and updated pricing for bundles.
2nd March 2015 – incorporated Vectone, Lebara and Lycamobile price increases.
10th March 2015 – updated Lycamobile 0800 pricing.
19th March 2015 – fixed ASDA Mobile data costs.
20th March 2015 – added the new budget network Tello.
23rd March 2015 – added up-to-date information for GT Mobile.
8th April 2015 – removed TalkMobile Essentials.
11th June 2015 – updated pricing for Lycamobile and GT Mobile.
1st July 2015 – updated pricing for TPO bundles.
26th July 2015 – altered cost of 0800 numbers for all operators in line with new regulations.
2nd September 2015 – incorporated Three’s unlimited data price increase.
4th September 2015 – updated GT Mobile’s SMS and data data price increase.
12th October 2015 – amended to show that Family Mobile is no longer operational.
14th October 2015 – added a row for Aether.
15th October 2015 – noted that Mobile by Sainsbury’s is shutting down.
16th October 2015 – updated pricing for TPO again.
17th October 2015 – added a note about Three’s free data.
16th November 2015 – updated new Tesco Mobile data pricing.
18th November 2015 – added 4G coverage (finally).
10th March 2015 – updated TPO tariffs.
11th February 2016 – made several updates to defunct networks and made their staus clearer in the table.
21st March 2017 – removed redundant 0800 number column.
by Jon M

544 Responses to “Compare mobile networks”

  1. Kelly McLellan 25 March 2017 at 00:11 Permalink

    Talkmobile’s current PAYG plan is called Happy Hour. It is 10p for the first hour then 8p per minute. 4p per text and 2p per megabyte.

  2. hg 21 March 2017 at 18:54 Permalink

    O2 PAYG prices have reduced very significantly: “Calls are 5p a minute, texts are 5p, and data is 5p a MB”.

    • Ronnie 22 March 2017 at 05:51 Permalink

      But still not competitive enough IMO.
      It begs the question.
      How bloody expensive were they before?

  3. hg 21 March 2017 at 09:37 Permalink

    Your giffgaff information is at least a year or two out of date.


    Calls to other UK mobiles, landlines and calls forwarding 15p per minute
    Texts to other UK mobiles and landlines 5p per text
    Mobile data 5p per MB

    Most important of all, giffgaff DOES NOT HAVE unlimited data. Always on is limited to 6Gb at network speed and then an unspecified (but probably not more than another 4-6Gb) of additional slow speed or night time data which is intended only for essential purposes and not by any stretch of the imagination unlimited.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 March 2017 at 16:41 Permalink

      It is technically unlimited but you are right, we need to make some updates on this.

      • hg 21 March 2017 at 18:12 Permalink

        It’s not even “technically” unlimited and giffgaff does not describe it as unlimited. More to the point, if you exceed the unpublished limit you will not be allowed to buy that goodybag again for 3 months. That in itself is a limit — you certainly can’t have unlimited data for two months in succession.

        • Mobile Network Comparison 21 March 2017 at 18:25 Permalink

          How do you mean? And we weren’t aware of the consecutive limitation – where have giffgaff commented on that?

          • hg 21 March 2017 at 18:49 Permalink

            Its part of their fair use policy. Remember, always-on is not intended to be used by people that need unlimited data. After 6Gb it is speed-limited during the day to avoid wasting data on inessential purposes like watching long videos but even if you do it at night when the speed cap is removed, there’s a fair usage policy which is what allows giffgaff to ban further purchases from those who have used too much.

            • Ronnie 21 March 2017 at 22:20 Permalink

              This subject comes up all the time and tbh GiffGaff became too big for their boots a good while back.
              Maybe they should promote it as Unlimited Data !!!! (But only for light users)
              Wool ,Pulling ,Eyes ,Over.

  4. ccbbvc 11 February 2017 at 23:55 Permalink

    Delight mobile has not shut down… i’m using it! Still the cheapest 2G network (3 has lost its 2G network coverage)

    • Steve 15 March 2017 at 02:04 Permalink

      Not the cheapest 2g network for me , Delight keep taking my credit after 90 days. I’m now with White mobile, also on EE, also free on net calls and text, but calls are 4p per min to landline and 7p per min to UK mobiles. White have top ups from £2 so less to loose, and they text a 14 day disuse warning to make a chargeable call

      • Mobile Network Comparison 21 March 2017 at 16:39 Permalink

        Would you recommend White to others?

      • Kelly McLellan 25 March 2017 at 00:30 Permalink

        Although they say in their terms:
        “3.4. We will disconnect your SIM if during the previous 60 days you have not Registered a new Top Up or you have not made chargeable calls from your SIM. For the avoidance of doubt calls shall include but not be limited to voice calls, data calls and text messaging. On disconnection your mobile telephone number will be reassigned. On Reconnection you will be assigned a new mobile telephone number.”

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 March 2017 at 18:24 Permalink


      • hg 22 March 2017 at 11:12 Permalink

        Only partly fixed I think. The “closed” footnote has gone, but the title is still crossed out. Also needs a note that credit (used or unused) expires 3 months after buying.

        • Kelly McLellan 25 March 2017 at 00:15 Permalink

          Definitely needs that footnote!!!

  5. Observer99 1 February 2017 at 16:51 Permalink

    Table hasn’t been updated for ages, not much point to it any more, sadly as it was good once.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 2 February 2017 at 03:53 Permalink

      We’re sorry about that. Are there really that many errors? Let us know and we’ll do a revamp for 2017.

      • hg 2 February 2017 at 09:22 Permalink

        Incorporating most of the updates already reported below would be a good start.

        • Pete Forman 2 February 2017 at 13:03 Permalink

          These operators should be added: Auracall, C4C Mobile, CTExcel, Call&Give, Champions, iD, Maxroam, NordTelekom, Pebble, RWG, Telefoni, toggle, U2i.

          Smart Pinoy are now Smart World UK. Talkmobile’s only plan is now Happy Hour. O2, Virgin and probably others have changed their available plans.

          These operators are defunct. Allpay Mobile, Banana Mobile, C Mobile, DiDa Mobile, Dialog Vizz, Donate Mobile, Econet, Family Mobile, Freedomtalk, GT Mobile, iCard Mobile, Kontakt Mobile, OVIVO Mobile, Orange, RSPCA Mobile, Sainsbury’s, Simple Call Mobile, T-Mobile, Talkxtra, Tello (no longer PAYG), Victory Mobile, Wildlife Mobile. I do not see much point in keeping them in the main table if people cannot use them. If they do stay can you make it more obvious than a tooltip?

          If you can make these changes then I will do a second pass of checking to compare the prices with my PAYG Tariffs web page.

          • Mobile Network Comparison 11 February 2017 at 19:43 Permalink

            Brilliant work Pete – we’ll take a look at sorting that out now.

          • Mobile Network Comparison 11 February 2017 at 20:17 Permalink

            Okay we’ve now clarified which networks are now defunct and hopefully this should now be a lot clearer. It will take quite a bit longer to update and double-check all the existing network offerings as well as add new networks but we’ll be working on it over the coming weeks too. Thanks again for the assistance.

            • hg 12 February 2017 at 00:05 Permalink

              I think perhaps you should drop the 0800 column (because it should now be free on all networks) and split the data column into two — one for PAYG per Mb and one for bundle price for 2Gb.

            • hg 12 February 2017 at 00:17 Permalink

              You’ve marked delightmobile as closed, but I don’t see any sign of that on its web site. Though I stopped using them because it had no merit over three and wipes out all remaining credit after 4 months, even when the account has been in use for most of that time.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 March 2017 at 18:26 Permalink

      We’re working on it. Check back soon!

  6. John 3 January 2017 at 07:32 Permalink

    The £30 PAYG package on Vodaphone includes 12GB of Data not the 1GB you state (19)

  7. Fiul 17 December 2016 at 13:32 Permalink

    PAYG real prices at 17.12.2016:
    -Virgin Media doesn’t have unlimited data But 20GB for 25GBP.
    -3(Three)’s ACTUAL price for unlimited data is 25 GBP.

  8. h1212 3 December 2016 at 11:14 Permalink

    Giffgaff’s online price list says calls 15p and SMS 5p which is different from above.

  9. Jean Chevalier 23 October 2016 at 11:42 Permalink

    Link to Tello announcing the discontinuation of standalone PAYT calling credit:

  10. Jean Chevalier 23 October 2016 at 11:36 Permalink

    Tello should be taken off the table because the plan remains PAYT only while the existing customer has credit. Tello has decided the client can’t top up PAYT airtime any more (or new customers). When the credit expires, the client must choose a monthly plan if they want to continue using it.

    • Ronnie 23 October 2016 at 22:30 Permalink

      Yeah,I’m really disappointed with Tello changing their whole appeal if you like.
      I was with them for 2 years and happy as larry.Excellent customer service etc.
      But I felt restricted by having a monthly plan.
      No idea why they changed a winning formula.

  11. Paul 1 October 2016 at 21:59 Permalink

    Just seen this site 1p per minute, text or 1mb

    • Andy K 8 October 2016 at 11:00 Permalink

      I understand you must top up with £5 every month.
      So this is only any use for very high users.
      In fact a £5 sim only deal might be better value for high users

      • Seani 8 October 2016 at 13:10 Permalink

        Great for payg yappers though, maybe the occasional text, datas poor though. Better on 3 for the data rate/bundles.

        This is a ideal sim for older/disabled people though where they dont need to do anything but dial.

        Runs on EE.

        • Seani 8 October 2016 at 13:24 Permalink

          MINIMUM CONTRACT TERM (if applicable)
          ‘SIM only’ connections are not subject any notice of termination period. To cancel simply stop using the service and your service and contract of supply with us will be canceled 30 days after the last use, be that a call, a text, data usage or a top-up.

          How do I cancel my account ?

          There is no need to contact us if you no longer want to be a 1pMobile customer. All you have to do is simply not top-up your account. If you have an auto top-up in place, you will need to disable it via your Account settings page on our website.

          So its £5 top up on sim order, you can activate auto top up or not, but a chargeable event or top up must happen every 30 days to avoid disconnection

  12. Ken 1 September 2016 at 13:28 Permalink

    Anyone using C4C Mobile? They run on O2 and have excellent bundles. Any user feedback?

  13. CC 1 August 2016 at 12:56 Permalink

    Do you have network cost of FreedomPop?

  14. Rooke 12 July 2016 at 15:29 Permalink

    Delight’s PAYG is now not the usual ‘run low – top up’ for ever.I had my credit wiped out recently-nearly £5 and was told that voucher credit must be used in 90 days or forfeited to Delight.They send texts about bundles but not a word about about their new PAYG credit scheme ‘now you see it- now you don’t’.They refuse to refund. This seems borderline legal.Any comments please?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 12 July 2016 at 18:46 Permalink

      Which term are they citing for this?

    • Hg 12 July 2016 at 23:56 Permalink

      Yes, very daft idea. My credit was down to £2.05 and I had an auto-topup in place that would have kicked in with my next call, instead of which I found my line dead, no explanation whatsoever on the dashboard just a dead phone totally without warning. Result — one guaranteed ex-customer that probably won’t be coming back.

    • Robbo 19 October 2016 at 17:31 Permalink

      I too had credit wiped by Delight PAYG. My credit was via their account website – but still wiped. Trawled thru terms and conditions. No mention. Also no warning – dead phone at very inconvenient time. Got thru to a ‘script quota’ in foreign climes. Wast of time. Sent an e-mail in April they replied on October 14th apologising for the delay and asking if I still had the problem!! Not such a cheap deal as it looks for the low user. Don’t waste your money and time here.

  15. David Griffiths 28 June 2016 at 17:10 Permalink

    The Peoples Network now is on EE’s network ( and their charges are 4p per minute. See

  16. John 25 June 2016 at 23:40 Permalink

    Error in your charts. Three’s data is not £0.10 per mb, its £0.01.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 6 July 2016 at 07:12 Permalink

      Read the chart again…

      • Vitali 9 July 2016 at 18:20 Permalink

        I too don’t understand why it isn’t 1p.

        Also on Tello’s website it says it’s 3p-3p-1p whereas you put 3p-5p-15p in the table.

        • Mobile Network Comparison 12 July 2016 at 18:46 Permalink

          The correct price is 1p/MB which is exactly what the chart says.

          • Ronnie 12 July 2016 at 22:40 Permalink

            But it doesn’t.
            Anyone reading that would think it’s 3p 5p 15p respectively

            • Ronnie 12 July 2016 at 22:52 Permalink

              Right,it’s per 10 MB.
              Still wrong though,as that would be 10p not 15p

              • Ronnie 12 July 2016 at 22:56 Permalink

                Incidently,you should not put Giffgaff’s data price as per “with a goodybag” 😕
                You should put it as a PAYG price,which is 20p per MB.
                It’s very misleading.
                And very pricey for a budget armof Telefonica.

          • Hg 14 July 2016 at 09:51 Permalink

            You could make that clearer by changing the column header to “Data for 10Mb”. I know it says that in the text, but it’s the column header that people actually look at.

            • Ronnie 18 September 2016 at 22:15 Permalink

              Got it Hg ,thanks 🙂

    • DaveW 14 December 2016 at 10:35 Permalink

      Three’s PAYG prices in the UK may look great, but beware if you roam abroad – their roaming charges are exorbitant: E.g. On a recent trip to Cape Town via Doha I received various texts informing me that their prices were £1.40 to £3.00 per min to call, 35p to 50p to send SMSs, and £3.00 to £6.00 per Mb for data.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 29 January 2017 at 16:09 Permalink

        It’s the same for almost every network though, right? Which is why it almost never makes sense to roam outside the EU…

      • Chris 29 January 2017 at 17:55 Permalink

        Roaming is free if you are in a Three “Feel at home” country – e.g. all charges are the same in Las Vegas as they are in London. I don’t think any other network has any free international roaming on PAYG?

  17. Hg 15 June 2016 at 05:06 Permalink

    Giffgaff’s PAYG rates have increased very significantly and are now 15p/min and 5p/Mb. But texts are down to 5p. You can confirm this at

    TPO — you show PAYG rates but as far as I can make out from their site, TPO expects people to pay £5 per month in addition to the PAYG rates, which makes for unfair comparison with “proper” PAYG networks. If they have proper PAYG they need to make it easier to find.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 June 2016 at 01:00 Permalink

      Thanks for this – we’ll work on incorporating these changes into the site in a helpful way.

    • Pete Forman 16 June 2016 at 15:37 Permalink

      @Hg can you cite exactly where TPO imply that you must pay monthly? They do steer customers towards bundles or contacts but all the operators do that do a greater or lesser extent.

      They are not as bad as some. O2 do not sell a true PAYG through their web site. Anywhere Sim, Delight and Vectore call their services PAYG but the credit purchased expires after a certain time. That is even when you are using the phone. Everyone has an inactivity policy where you lose your number and credit if you make no calls, etc. in a period, mostly 6 months.

  18. Nigel 10 May 2016 at 08:45 Permalink

    Are you sure that TPO is operated by 3? I have TPO but my phone shows I piggyback on EE’s network

  19. Ronnie 29 April 2016 at 16:08 Permalink

    People who are complaining about MNC not updating things.
    You do realise the magnitude of networks and constant changes to them don’t you ?
    It’s the most informative website for mobile networks available IMHO.
    And no,I’m no MNC fanboy btw,and they will tell you that themselves.
    Ifr you think you can do better,by all means try,I will certainly tune in to it.
    Either that or shut up

  20. Chris B 28 April 2016 at 11:06 Permalink

    It may be comprehensive, but quite a few of those have shut down…Ovivo, Donate, for example. Are you going to include iD Mobile?

  21. jim 20 March 2016 at 06:40 Permalink

    Can you add the international call rates for each country if possible

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 April 2016 at 16:06 Permalink

      We’re working on making a separate table for this. But we need suggestions for a list of countries to include and help with compiling the data.

  22. JJ 15 March 2016 at 20:04 Permalink

    Can you place the increments in the header row? THis is a really good effort in collecting the data, but I think in general it can be presented a little better. I will rework the layout and send over to you.

    Thanks however for a monumental effort in collecting the data… good job!

  23. AndyT 13 March 2016 at 09:53 Permalink

    Just had an email about a price rise on Giffgaff PAYG end of March. Then 15p/min to align their UK price with their EU one …. plus a few other changes..

  24. BJ 12 March 2016 at 05:20 Permalink

    Lots of outdated info unfortunately – eg, TPO / Delight 10p/MB – no, it’s 2p/MB and 1p/MB respectively. Can’t trust rest of data, so skipping this site.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 March 2016 at 01:42 Permalink

      We’ve made dozens and dozens of updates but can’t check every single network every day so sometimes things slip out of date. Thanks for your input though – this will be corrected. Almost all the information is 100% accurate and correct.

  25. Ian 5 March 2016 at 15:25 Permalink

    All of the 0870 information is out of date and takes no account of Ofcom’s changes that came into effect on 1 July 2015 and affecting all 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers.

  26. kevin smith 4 March 2016 at 09:32 Permalink

    I don’t find the Delight site especially detailed, and sometimes a little flakey, but I’m pretty sure this link says you don’t need to top up to get free calls and texts between Delight SIM cards.

  27. Bal 1 March 2016 at 23:00 Permalink

    Hi – according to their website ASDA do not offer a 4G service at all. The table misleadingly indicates that they do by stating coverage. This may also be the case with some of the other MVNOs.


  28. Derek 15 January 2016 at 19:16 Permalink

    What do the percentages under 4G and 3G refer to?

  29. Kevin Riley 14 January 2016 at 21:39 Permalink

    Tello also mirrors 3’s tariff with the 321 deal with no expiry.

  30. Chris 30 December 2015 at 14:41 Permalink

    There is a mistake in the table. 3 charge £0.01 per MB not £0.10. “PAYG 321” tariff – 3p per minute for calls, 2p for a text, and 1p per MB for data (plus free 150MB every time you top up). Credit doesn’t expire. And another mistake: MMS is 20p not 31p.

    • Chris 30 December 2015 at 14:53 Permalink

      Sorry just re-read the page and missed the part where data is per 10MB! Didn’t notice as calls and sms are listed in the usual units. But then why is Giffgaff’s data price taken from a goodybag, which is a monthly sub and the credit expires at the end of each month? Giffgaff’s regular data rate is 20p/MB which should be listed as £2 for 10MB in your table.

    • Chris 30 December 2015 at 15:05 Permalink

      OVIVO closed down last year and should be removed from the table.

      • Chris 30 December 2015 at 15:06 Permalink

        Same for Sainsbury’s which is closing Jan 2016.

        • Chris 30 December 2015 at 15:25 Permalink

          There are several other providers in the table that are also closed. Couldn’t you just remove them from the table? Or at the very least strikethrough the row to make it obvious that the tariff isn’t available any more?

    • Chris 30 December 2015 at 15:09 Permalink

      Talkxtra tariff is wrong too, should be 10p/10p/£1

    • Jim Bridge 13 January 2016 at 15:00 Permalink

      3 turned off my pasg sim for not making a call in 3 months. The shop had told me it did not expire. 3 did send a new sim card & restored my credits, but a lot of phone calls required.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 13 January 2016 at 23:49 Permalink

        Their customer service is certainly very poor.

      • Chris 14 January 2016 at 11:32 Permalink

        AFAIK credit does not expire but the account can be suspended if you don’t use the phone for more than 180 days. I’ve been out of country with phone off for over three months and was not disconnected or charged credit.

        • Pete Forman 14 January 2016 at 12:08 Permalink

          All operators will suspend your account if you don’t use the service. They then may go on to reclaim your number and expire your credit. The time periods are stated in their T&C and is often 180 days. It ranges from 30 days (C4C) to 270 days (e.g. Vodafone) though they may of course choose not to enforce the limits strictly.

  31. Mike S 17 December 2015 at 23:14 Permalink

    I am looking for a very low user network that is going to be used in a personal tracking device and uses sms only.
    Therefore I don’t want the credit to expire – probably only use around £5.00 per annum. the device was made in 2008 and takes std size sim cards. What network would people recommend?

    • Joe 18 December 2015 at 15:04 Permalink

      Use TalkMobile “happy hour” PAYG sim, credit indefinite if you make a chargable call/use every 90 days. 4p/text, 2p/Mb. Generally these devices are 2G only so that should work.

      • Chas 19 December 2015 at 10:54 Permalink

        Ooh thanks, that sounds good, hadn’t heard of that one!

      • Chas 19 December 2015 at 10:55 Permalink

        Ooh thanks, that sounds good, hadn’t heard of that one! Definitely worth including in the table, although tricky to show clearly due to the unusual charging approach of 10p for up to an hour… suppose it’ll have to be a footnote.

      • Chris 30 December 2015 at 14:29 Permalink

        PAYG 321 on Three is 3p/min for talk and 2p per text. Credit doesn’t expire. You’d have to check if a 3g sim works in your personal tracking device though.

  32. Joe Weiss 8 December 2015 at 10:54 Permalink

    HI- I have just bought a smartphone and was offered the O2 network. It appears that I was (inadvertently)put onto a £10/month bundle even though I requested PAYG. The O2 website does not enable a change of tarriff. If I let the bundle expire can I then sign up afresh with O2 using the same sim please?

  33. vinnie 30 November 2015 at 12:35 Permalink

    Dear webmaster, you know what you could add to your comparison table is… whether a network offers free calls between the same network users. Some network offer this even on PAYG. I was going to go for ‘3’ because call rate is cheap but they don’t offer free calls unfortunately.

  34. steve h 16 November 2015 at 14:25 Permalink

    are you sure tesco mobile data is correct? They tell me it is 10p per mb, so isn’t that £1 for 10mb, rather than £6?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 November 2015 at 14:38 Permalink

      We’ve been struggling to find up-to-date information on their website but have now confirmed that you are right and this has been updated. Thanks for letting us know! 🙂

  35. sting-74 28 October 2015 at 20:26 Permalink

    I want to buy a new smart phone as the blackberry I use is obsolete , but not sure which one to buy. Mainly, I will use to ring to both Spain and Colombia along with UK.

    Besides, I would like to be able to use both viber and whatsapp so I was wondering whether someone could give me an advise on this and also on the sim card that would be most appropriate to do it in a reliable and cheap way.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 28 October 2015 at 20:33 Permalink

      What’s your phone budget and what’s your monthly usage (roughly) of calls (UK, EU and Colombia)/texts/data?

      • sting-74 28 October 2015 at 21:06 Permalink

        My budget would be around £200-£250 for the mobile.Ideally, I would use it everyday to phone to Colombia using and app such as viber or what sapp as I think is the cheapest way.I may use between 60 and 90 minutes to call to Colombia. Other than that, I do not think I would make many more calls within UK or Spain as I got other means to do that.

        Regarding the data, I’m not sure as the main reason for buying is just to keep in touch with a friend of mine who lives in Colombia. In other words, I’m not an expert in this so I do not know how much data I need to do this.

        Regarding the texts, I do not need much as I use other means for that too.

        Hope it helps,

        Thanks again,

    • seano 29 October 2015 at 00:25 Permalink


      Spain landline 5p, mobile 9p

      Colombia 5p to both

      • seano 29 October 2015 at 00:29 Permalink


        3p landline 5p Colombia

        5p landline & mobile Spain

  36. Ken 27 October 2015 at 20:34 Permalink

    Your £10 top up would only expire if you deduct NOTHING from it for 6 months. If you incur a single chargeable event, a text, a mb, a call, then the credit will remain on your sim indefinitely, assuming you continue to make a chargeable event every now and then. That’s my understanding of it. In practice I top up every 2 months due to wasting mb on stuff like this

    • Mike L 28 October 2015 at 08:02 Permalink

      Thanks,Ken. That’s exactly what I needed to know. I’ve now ordered a ‘3’ SIM on that basis.

  37. Mike L 20 October 2015 at 17:12 Permalink

    What I am looking for is a true PAYG deal, with no requirement to top up every month, and where you don’t lose your credit if you fail to top up. How can I derive that information from this table? (Or am I asking for something that doesn’t exist?)

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 October 2015 at 17:08 Permalink

      Almost all the networks above have that option.

      • Mike L 21 October 2015 at 17:41 Permalink

        Thanks very much for that reply. I’m sure you are right. But the existence of that option is often very hard to find on the services’ websites. Every site I’ve looked at so far focuses on “bundles” or “add-ons” or other monthly top-up deals, without mentioning pure PAYG.

        As an example, I have been considering ‘3’ (mainly because they appear to have the lowest per-minute and per-text rates in your table). But while their site clearly indicates their tariffs, it says nothing about whether or under what circumstances your credit expires, whether there is a minimum top-up, and so on. I went into my local ‘3’ shop, and the guy there said that with all their deals, your credit always expires after 30 days and any unused credit is lost. But then a friend who uses ‘3’ said that the credit only expires if you don’t use it for six months. So, lots of contradictory information, and I’m no further forward.

        Of course, none of this is a criticism of your excellent table. In fact, I am amazed that you are able to collate all this information and keep it up to date. Despite what I said above, I’m finding this site extremely useful. So thanks for that.

        • Ana 26 October 2015 at 17:18 Permalink

          It’s the first time I need to by a SIM card in UK, I have a smart phone already and I don’t need to spend a lot of minutes monthly so was looking for a pay to go, I was thinking about the “3” but now I’m confused too because I don’t want to lose the credit after 30 days and I wont need to top up every month… :\

        • Ken 27 October 2015 at 19:43 Permalink

          I use 3 and their Internet data can be used in a payg way at 1p per mb. Top up £10 and you get 1 gig + 150mb free. They prompt you to buy a data bundle but it is exactly equal to leaving it without the 30 day bundle. You can make calls from the £10 top up which obviously reduces the amount of data you can get. Think that is the best payg data plan. And calls are 3p pm.

          • Mike L 27 October 2015 at 20:09 Permalink


            Your reply is most helpful. Can you just confirm this: If I top up with (say) £10 but don’t buy a “bundle”, any unused credit doesn’t disappear after a set period? In other words, I can continue to make calls, etc. until I have used up the £10, regardless of how long that takes?

            Thanks in advance.


            • Cal 30 October 2015 at 23:15 Permalink

              Hi Mike,

              Being a “low-user” I’m (happily) with Three PAYG. From memory, when I got my free Three SIM I had to pay £10 to start (and whatever freebies came with it ran out after 30 days… but of course the £10 [less anything I had used off it] continued.

              From that point I’ve made sure to only use their minimum £5 top-ups. All the PAYG top-ups include the free 150MB, but that runs out after 30 days… so obviously the smaller the top-up the more free MBs you end up with. 🙂

              Your Three account details (under “Valid until”) will show when your free MBs will expire; it will also show that your top-up credit “Won’t expire” (apart from what you use off it of course).

              So yes, you can continue to make calls etc till you’ve used up your top-up credit, regardless of how long that takes.

              Sorry that was a bit long winded. Hopefully it answers your question.

              Yours frugally,
              Cal 🙂

              • Mike L 31 October 2015 at 16:41 Permalink

                Thank you, Cal. That was helpful. I have now obtained a Three SIM, but I won’t start using it until I have used up most or all of the credit on my existing Sainsbury SIM (which won’t be available after January 2016).

                And I’ll take your advice about topping up in small amounts.


                • Chas 2 November 2015 at 21:20 Permalink

                  Might be worth trying out that new SIM if you haven’t already. I was delighted to get a Three SIM on the excellent 3-2-1 tariff, only for delight to turn to disappointment when I popped the SIM in my phone and found numerous and persistent blackspots around my place of work, where I couldn’t even make calls, let alone get a decent data service. 🙁

        • Tim B 29 November 2015 at 03:06 Permalink

          The following networks also offer tariffs which don’t require a top up every 30 days:

          Tesco Mobile: Lite tariff, 8p per min, 4p per text
          Orange: Racoon call plan (sim cards are not easy to find, but convenience stores and Wilkinsons usually sell Orange sim cards, 14p per min, 14p per text)
          ASDA mobile: cheap standard prices. ASDA usually sell bundles but you can use their standard tariff, 8p per min, 4p per text.
          Post Office mobile standard prices, 10p per min, 6p per text (I think)
          There may be others, mainly MVNO networks.

  38. Cal 16 October 2015 at 17:47 Permalink


    It may be worth adding a note that Three automatically add 150MB of free data (valid for 30 days) with any PAYG top up (£5 minimum).


  39. Cal 16 October 2015 at 02:20 Permalink


    Firstly MNC, please accept my apologies for not having read that “All data prices are per 10MB.” Being a reader of manuals, and somewhat of a pedant, I feel truly ashamed.

    But, as most providers quote their prices per MB, would it be possible to change that column to Xp/MB (rather than £X/10MB)?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 October 2015 at 03:24 Permalink

      The reasoning for use the basis of 10MB is that it allows all tariffs to be fairly compared – some networks charge the same for, say, 50 KiB as 4 MiB and this would skew the sorting. In addition, 10MB is a much more typical usage unit than 1 MB.

      • Karen 16 October 2015 at 16:54 Permalink

        I didn’t see that either and would rather see prices per MB.

  40. Cal 16 October 2015 at 01:10 Permalink

    That’s a very comprehensive table, thank you.

    I know you say you can’t fit anything more in… but if you narrowed down the last three columns you’d have more space.

    Then you could fit a 4G column in (please)!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 October 2015 at 01:28 Permalink

      We’re working on it – we promise! What do you think about scrapping the 2G column altogether?

      • Cal 16 October 2015 at 02:27 Permalink

        Ha! I still have my (emergency) vintage Nokia which works very well on good ol’ 2G.

        That said, I would guess that nearly everyone looking for info here (me included) wouldn’t mind if you deleted it. But obviously a few more opinions would be good.

      • Karen 16 October 2015 at 16:55 Permalink

        I think scrapping 2g is a good idea.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 18 November 2015 at 20:41 Permalink

      Finally sorted! 🙂

  41. Will 15 October 2015 at 01:49 Permalink

    Great table, very useful 🙂 however, Three pay as you go on the 3 2 1 deal charge 1p per MB not 10p as indicated on the table as £0.10. Should be £0.01 surely? Thanks

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 October 2015 at 02:37 Permalink

      Thanks:) And please check again: it correctly shows that data is 1p/MB.

      • Karen 15 October 2015 at 21:01 Permalink

        TPO rates are wrong. Calls are 5p and texts are 3p. Data is 1p per MB.

      • Cal 15 October 2015 at 23:54 Permalink

        I see Three is still showing data at 10p/MB, not 1p/MB. Also Three’s 0800 calls are free, not 15p (they were the first to make 0800 calls free a year ago).

  42. mike armitage 14 October 2015 at 19:26 Permalink

    As others have said this comparison table is very useful. I have just come across “Aether Network”. Is there any information about this ?
    Also I don’t understand why GiffGaff seems so well recommended, if say one has to buy goody bags every month which one might not use completely, versus say “3” on a simple payg where the credit doesn’t expire and the charges are much lower. Am I missing something ?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 October 2015 at 02:36 Permalink

      Because, as we’ve explained, many people save money using goodybags.

      • Chris 1 February 2017 at 14:22 Permalink

        Why compare Giffgaff with bundle to Three without bundle?

    • Pete Forman 15 October 2015 at 09:03 Permalink

      Aether, Auracall and GO-SIM have mobile numbers issued in the Isle of Man or Jersey. Those are not UK 07 numbers and most other operators charge extra to call them, the calls are not in most inclusive plans or contracts.

  43. Dan 14 October 2015 at 11:34 Permalink

    Sainsbury’s Mobile is shutting down on 15th January 2016:

    • Karen 15 October 2015 at 21:15 Permalink

      Yes I’m with them now. Trying to decide between Three and TPO for payg when Sains close. Not sure yet.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 16 October 2015 at 00:00 Permalink

        What’s your usage?

        • Karen 16 October 2015 at 16:53 Permalink

          Very light, I use WhatsApp for most calls and texts now as even supermarkets and shops have free wifi these days, so only need to call if I’m in the car.

      • Karen 16 October 2015 at 17:07 Permalink

        I left a comment yesterday saying all your prices for TPO were wrong and gave you the correct ones. You have now corrected this but deleted my comment. Why?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 October 2015 at 03:34 Permalink

      Thanks, we’ve made a note of this 🙂

  44. krs 11 October 2015 at 22:25 Permalink

    your site is very helpful – just a comment on the note “Operated by ” – being pedantic, in most cases are these not actually separate entities, leasing from the main operator? I think GiffGaff is owned by O2, but not, say Virgin Mobile? I guess “Operating on ” might be another way of expressing it, more precisely. But hey, I’m sure everyone gets it anyway!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 12 October 2015 at 11:19 Permalink

      Thanks for your comment. We’re all for pedantry but yes, almost all are separate entities. Hence our choice of phrasing – the actual telecoms operations are carried out by the network specified.

  45. krs 11 October 2015 at 22:03 Permalink

    Family Mobile – as backed by Ikea – has stopped all services, back in August 2015 – had a useful ‘top up your kids’ system, so a shame, but probably no point in listing anymore.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 12 October 2015 at 11:19 Permalink

      Thanks, we’ll get this updated.

    • Chas 13 October 2015 at 20:08 Permalink

      In case it helps, White Mobile have started offering a ‘World Top-Up’ feature where one White Mobile user can send some of their credit to another WM user. Also, Tesco Mobile offer ‘Ping me a Pound’, which I think is along the same lines.

  46. Philip connolly 28 September 2015 at 16:01 Permalink

    A factor for me is being able to get a signal in France. Do you know where I can find info on which carrier each UK phone company is linked with there?

  47. Derek Fraser 26 September 2015 at 17:45 Permalink

    perhaps the best pay as you go deal in the UK for unlimited data from Mobilek, just £10 for 650 minutes, 650 texts and unlimited data, runs on the 02 3g network, not sure how the data policy works, and wether you can tether, it would be interesting to see if this newcomer can trump vectones EE 3gb fair usage, as I can only use 02 networks due to location, im stuck with an o2 vitrual network, so its giff gaff for 4g, and mbilek for 3g if your stuck with an o2 signal and want unlimited data, if anyone can find out mobileks data policy for unlimited, please message me

  48. malcolm 20 September 2015 at 09:56 Permalink

    Delight mobile appears to has been taken over by Vectone mobile, and what effect will this have on tariffs…..

  49. Debbie 29 August 2015 at 13:55 Permalink

    Have just gone to top my daughters phone up on Three network and she always had the all in one for £15 apparently this is no longer available and the cheapest all in one add on is £20

  50. Simon 23 August 2015 at 18:59 Permalink

    Vod have just charged me £2.00 for using a tiny amount of data on one day, on a PAYG sim; I think that is their current minimum charge for anyone without a “bundle”.

  51. Paul Wright 6 August 2015 at 05:12 Permalink

    Standard rates for GT mobile have gone up massively – I’m not quite sure when – although bundles are still competitive. See

  52. Jim Jackson 22 July 2015 at 18:55 Permalink

    Any reason for not including the phonecoop in the comparison?

  53. Malcolm 7 July 2015 at 18:39 Permalink

    Calls to 0800 from mobiles now free, you need to amend your tables. However calls to 084 and 087 will increase in price

    • Mobile Network Comparison 7 July 2015 at 18:42 Permalink

      Thanks, this is compulsory for all UK networks, correct? Do you know of many that are increasing other 08- number rates?

      • Pete Forman 11 July 2015 at 15:18 Permalink

        That’s a tricky question. Before this month charges were set by the operator alone. They of course were passing on fees from the company providing the service. The new arrangements are slightly more complex but overall more transparent. Calls to 084, 087, 09 and 118 attract two charges: the access charge set by the mobile operator plus the service charge by the service provider.

        Access charges range from 5p / min (The People’s Operator) to 45p / min (Vodafone).

  54. Ken 6 July 2015 at 20:43 Permalink

    Comments on Talkxtra

    Firstly, took ages to get a sim.
    It also took ages to work out the following:

    Top up £10 and you get £20 added on, which can be used in 30 days on up to 280 mins at 7p, or 280 texts at 7p, or 280mb at 7p. You can, I believe, combine usage across calls, texts and mb up to a total of 280. Only after using up the top up bonus will the initial £10 be debited, otherwise you get to keep it, or use it for international calls.

    Significant problem – you can’t monitor your usage with a shortcode or even online and the only way to know your bonus balance is by calling customer service. Your original balance CAN be checked however.

    None of the above is clear from the website – I had to interrogate customer service in Egypt for about 20 minutes.

  55. Agata 15 June 2015 at 09:50 Permalink

    Didn’t The People’s Operator changed their charges?

    • Agata 15 June 2015 at 20:23 Permalink

      Also, why aren’t pdf and on-line versions synchronised? (which one is up-to-date?)

      • Mobile Network Comparison 15 June 2015 at 22:39 Permalink

        As per the version history, the main table live on the website is most up-to-date. We don’t re-render the PDF as frequently. Do you need a PDF version?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 June 2015 at 22:39 Permalink

      If so, we’ll make the necessary updates 🙂

      • Agata 16 June 2015 at 09:44 Permalink

        Thank You, but I was just wondering about TPO’s rates which are up-to-date in pdf file but not on the main site table.

    • BML 16 June 2015 at 12:54 Permalink

      Some time ago I posted a comment which noted that on a PAYG I was paying £0.14 a text asking if there was a more cost effective option because as I’m very hard of hearing I try not to use the phone form talk. Then I went away and lost touch with the forum so I hope that this thread has something to do with my original question to which I may have discovered an answer which was on a leaflet that came through the post:
      “What about the BT Mobile 4G plans.”
      The 500 MB Plan offers 500 MB data. 200 minutes. Unlimited texts. 12 month contract at £5.00 a month
      I would welcome any commnets.

  56. M. Thomas 11 June 2015 at 17:00 Permalink

    Forgot to mention in my last comment, the costs mentioned are for roaming in EU with Sainsbury mobile this summer.

  57. M. Thomas 11 June 2015 at 16:58 Permalink

    Roaming in EU this summer (30 countries), 8p per minute, free to receive. 4p text and 5p per MB.
    From July 1, Ofcom regs say that 0800 and 0808 from mobile will be free. Everyone one a winner…

  58. M Thomas 28 May 2015 at 21:00 Permalink

    MNC – what about deleting some of the earliest comments – for example how relevant is the first comment, dated 7th June 2011.

  59. Ken 27 May 2015 at 16:35 Permalink

    GT mobile call cost to a mobile phone up from 3p to 19p. Just like that! Tossers

    • Ken 28 May 2015 at 18:45 Permalink

      I’ll comment on my own comment. GT mobile is owned by lycamobile and is about to be integrated into lycamobile. So the 3p rate reverts to lycamobile 19p rate, with 12p for calls to a landline. Please note that your 15p rates in the chart are out of date. I wouldn’t deal with lycamobile – they change their rates so often you are never sure how much you are paying (I told them my thoughts about their pricing policy in a very hard-hitting email. Can’t stand them)

      • Mobile Network Comparison 11 June 2015 at 16:12 Permalink

        Thanks for this – we’ve now updated the table.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 11 June 2015 at 16:12 Permalink

        Do you still use GT Mobile?

        • Ken 11 June 2015 at 16:59 Permalink

          I don’t use GT mobile. I considered using them for the 3p rate, which no longer applies.

          BTW I’m getting quite a few emails on new comments and the link to manage this doesn’t work. It takes me back to ‘enter email and a link will be sent’. When I click on the link it repeats the process. Can you cancel the email updates for me please.

  60. BML 25 May 2015 at 23:28 Permalink

    I’m hard of hearing so rarely use the mobile for talking preferring to text. I’m using an O2 pay as you go at 14 pence a text. What is the most cost effective service or package to use?

  61. Andy K 23 May 2015 at 10:16 Permalink

    I am guessing that a 3G card in a 2G phone will be able to make phone calls, but you will not be able to use the internet.

    I don’t know much about dual sim phones, or which one you have purchased but I think you are over estimating their ability. I think you manually switch between sims. (maybe due to signal or tariff). Maybe you would put an american sim in the 2nd slot?

    To be sure you get a phone that works in the UK / Scotland you may have been better off buying them at a supermarket.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 May 2015 at 15:14 Permalink

      That’s not how normal dual SIM phones work at all. Both SIMs are active and can be used simultaneously. You can only use one at a time for data though. The phone will choose the SIM you select or you can toggle between them or even bind certain contacts to each SIM.

  62. Kitty 23 May 2015 at 03:47 Permalink

    One more question. I just bought an unlocked 2G phone with standard (mini) dual SIM slots for voice calls (for two week trip to the UK). Unfortunately, all the networks I investigate are telling me I need a 3G phone. Is this true, or will a 3G card work in my new 2G phone? I am guessing that they want me to upgrade to a more expensive service.

    Also, my new phone has dual SIM slots. Why? Can I have two different UK network SIM cards in my phone at the same time? If I am in Thurso, Scotland and both SIMs have a signal, will the phone choose the strongest signal? I guess I am wondering the purpose for the dual SIM cards. Thanks for any answers to these two questions. Your website and readers are the best!

  63. Andy k 18 May 2015 at 21:39 Permalink

    For a 2 wk holiday you need a sim that you can pick up in a shop quickly and easily.

    How about sainsburys.? Our supermarkets.

  64. Kitty 18 May 2015 at 19:33 Permalink

    Wow! What an awesome website. Thank you so much!

    I live in Las Vegas and will be traveling to the UK for a visit along with three friends. I want to get cell phone service so that we can call to locate each other if we get separated. So I am not interested in data plans and texting. I am leaning toward White mobile because of their free White to White calling and free voicemail(?). Do you have any additional information on this company? Satisfaction ratings? Service reviews? Coverage? We will only be in the UK for two weeks. Thank you for a very helpful website and any details you can offer on White.

    • Chas 18 May 2015 at 21:11 Permalink

      As per comments above – White Mobile’s tariff is great, and never had a problem with coverage, but their customer service is woeful in my experience. I suppose you get what you pay for. :/ Not too much of a gamble for a two week trip though, and minimum top-up was just £5 last I looked. Enjoy your trip. 🙂

    • Mobile Network Comparison 19 May 2015 at 01:36 Permalink

      Hi, all the info we have is in the review and the comments on this site. But there are a few alternatives you might want to consider too.

  65. anon 24 April 2015 at 00:23 Permalink

    You’ve forgotten about Life Mobile

  66. FreeG 21 April 2015 at 13:29 Permalink

    such a great compare sheet.

  67. Chris 8 April 2015 at 19:19 Permalink

    Looks like the TalkMobile Essentials PAYG tariff is no longer offered. The FAQ on their site mentions it, but even their internal link to the deal doesn’t work (like your link here it just redirects to the homepage). I think the same goes for the Rewards PAYG. Certainly in their menu system there are only monthly tariffs.

  68. Masih 26 March 2015 at 09:18 Permalink

    I switched to GT Mobile ( a few months ago..they have LOW standard rates 3p per min/ text & MB), amazing 4G bundles and loads of benefits for example you can call GT Mobiles in 11 other countries free…

  69. M. Thomas 25 March 2015 at 10:36 Permalink

    BT mobile, another new kid on the block, where will it all end

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 March 2015 at 15:23 Permalink

      Thanks for letting us know, have you tried them?

      • m Thomas 25 March 2015 at 16:22 Permalink

        I have BT Broadband, so the offer seems attractive. However, I am with a few PAYG providers, including Sainsbury mobile (Vodafone), whose rates are 8 – 4 etc. I think I wait until the dust settles and then decide whether to jump ship.

      • Ronnie 12 June 2015 at 20:43 Permalink

        I tried them as a broadband customer.
        BT Mobile is a rip off !!!
        My 500mb data cap was used up in less than 24hrs
        And that was me mostly using wifi on the bus.
        Turns out they charge 10 per mb.
        Luckily I had a cooling off period,so cancelled it.
        Story does not end there,I was charged 19.60 for 206mb of data after I had used up my allowance.
        Which was wacked onto my monthly bill.
        can’t wait to move to another provider at the end of the year

  70. James 21 March 2015 at 20:12 Permalink

    Simple Call Mobile no longer exists

  71. M Thomas 7 March 2015 at 08:57 Permalink

    Tello co uk (USA based), new kid on the block to me.

  72. Ken 5 March 2015 at 15:31 Permalink

    Lycamobile 0800 calls now free

  73. M Thomas 4 March 2015 at 19:00 Permalink

    There seems no mention of Shebang mobile on your site. They use 3 network.

  74. Ken 28 February 2015 at 15:41 Permalink

    Lycamobile charge 15p to a mobile and 9p to a landline
    I’m convinced they collaborated with lebara and vectone in putting up their charges

  75. John 25 February 2015 at 08:52 Permalink

    Ignore my last comment, I just realised that the data is calculated for 10MB.

  76. John 25 February 2015 at 08:46 Permalink

    Your data prices for a lot of networks are a decimal place out. Eg White Mobile should be 0.025 not 0.25

  77. Peter H 21 February 2015 at 23:38 Permalink

    Note 33 to the table still says 3p per minute for Lycamobile calls to landlines. This is no longer mentianed in their tafiffs and my bill shows these are now charged at 9p, the same as calls to mobiles.

  78. Bob 21 February 2015 at 10:41 Permalink

    Don’t forget tello mobile

  79. Bill Savings 12 February 2015 at 05:55 Permalink

    In answer to your question does anyone do less then £5 top ups. Yes EE do £1 ones.But they only last 7 days.

  80. Bill Savings 12 February 2015 at 05:49 Permalink

    3 payg requires you to have a 3g phone could you note this.Cheapest UK Calls and Text for a 2g phone only is Delight Mobile.

  81. Bill Savings 12 February 2015 at 05:44 Permalink

    Why do you still mention Ovivo when they went down the swanee a fair while ago ?

  82. NPH 9 February 2015 at 22:34 Permalink

    The footnote information(2) shown for Giffgaff is incorrect for Calls and SMS – “(2)But always free to Giffgaff”. It is NOT always free to Giffgaff – it is ONLY free IF a top up is made every 3 months or less. If you go over 3 months without topping up, you lose the free to other Giffgaff calls and SMS!

  83. Peter H 6 February 2015 at 16:07 Permalink

    Lyca Mobile no longer appears to charge 3 for calls to landlines

    • Peter H 6 February 2015 at 16:10 Permalink

      Sorry I meant to say Lyca Mobile no longer appears to charge 3p a minute for calls to landlines.From my bill it hasn’t done this for several months. Its now 9p a minute.

  84. Hungrydolphin 1 February 2015 at 18:43 Permalink

    This tethering issue : I have my iPhone mobile tethered to iPad – if I had giffgaff unlimited data calls & texts would I be able to use the iPad yo watch BBC iplayer for example? And what restrictions could come into play ? quality?

  85. Singing Dwarf 28 January 2015 at 13:32 Permalink

    Asda Mobile is 5pm/MB, not 50p/MB as stated in your comparison.

    Also, would it be possible to include some roaming charges please – obviously it would be a massive job to include all countries, but what about some representative ones – e.g. France, Germany, USA, Australia?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 28 January 2015 at 21:20 Permalink

      If you read the table, it says 50p/10MB not 50p/MB.

      Roaming charges are pretty much identical for all networks for EU and most places such as US and Australia.

      • Singing Dwarf 28 January 2015 at 21:40 Permalink

        Your table actually says £5.00 for 10MB for Asda Mobile – which equates to 50p/1MB if I am not mistaken. This is incorrect. The figure in the table should read 50p for 10MB.

  86. Vin 27 January 2015 at 22:28 Permalink

    Hi, would be good to list the minimum top-up amounts each network allows as that is a very important consideration on choosing one!! Its why I came to this page, but will leave unsatisfied :/

    • Chas 28 January 2015 at 21:34 Permalink

      +1… this is an excellent site, but minimum top-up amount really is a crucial factor for some of us so it’d be great if you could add that. Thanks!

  87. katharin 20 January 2015 at 17:18 Permalink

    am a bit of a technophobe, just wondered if you guys could suggest the best deal for a sim only deal, unlimited calls(to landlines and other networks) free texts would be good,not bothered about data as its to help with start up of a new business. grateful for any unput, your site is fab by the way 🙂

    • Mobile Network Comparison 20 January 2015 at 19:41 Permalink

      Do you really need “unlimited” minutes as this can be expensive? Would 500 do? 2000?

      • katharin 20 January 2015 at 21:01 Permalink

        yes, I am setting up a small business and need to make a lot of calls. I have a contract with T-Mobile at the moment but am getting crucified so will be happy to leave. to make it worse I have a bad credit rating (was made bankrupt in 2009) it expires in march but I know that it will be difficult to get a fair mobile package with this on my credit file 🙁

      • Gremlin 20 January 2015 at 21:51 Permalink

        I have used 3 for a long time now. I run my own gardening business and use my phone quite a lot. I pay £15 a month for 500mb data, 600 minutes of talk time and ‘all you can eat’ texts. I have had this contract for many years and have never gone over the limit. You can also set the cost of a phone and the cost of using it against the business. In other words 20% of what it has cost you is knocked off your tax bill at the end of the financial year. Unless you specifically need to go walk about with your phone you may be better just having a landline and paying for the line rental upfront. BT £141 upfront + £20/ month = unlimited calls and broadband. Also, just in case you don’t know, you don’t have to have a business account at a bank, you just need a separate bank account for your business – this can be just an additional personal current account in your name.

        • katharin 22 January 2015 at 22:39 Permalink

          hi guys, thanks for your help, after a credit check with virgin – have been offered sim only deal unlimited calls/texts and 1gb data for £12 per month, and guess what, next day sim card arrived!! well impressed. still have another phone with T-Mobile and contract does not finish on this one till September. so I told them about the deal virgin have given me, and they offered sim only unlimited calls/texts and can’t remember the data allowance (doh)! but their price was £12.95 per month. considering I would have had to pay an extortionate amount to get out of the contract, they waived that fee if I renewed with them. so, all in all I don’t think I have done too badly. once again, thanks for your help 🙂

  88. James 18 January 2015 at 19:56 Permalink

    lebara now offers unlimited texts for £7.50, does it not?

  89. alaingg 11 January 2015 at 22:52 Permalink

    Prices have changed for giffgaff you don’t get unlimited until £20 but existing customers still get the £15 unlimited data offer if they top up once every too months and no hotspot

  90. premierfella 8 January 2015 at 12:05 Permalink

    Update on GiffGaff: unlimited data goodgybags changed in September 2014. The only goodybag that gives that now is the £20 goodybag (currently discounted to £18 until end-March 2014, but might be simpler just to amend to £20 now to save updating it again given that £18 is effectively just a temporary promo).

  91. Gremlin 3 January 2015 at 17:15 Permalink

    No, only that Vodafone are pushing their Freedom Freebies, which last only 30 days although this isn’t incredibly clear to a phone dimwit like me. Years ago Vodafone also wiped my credit when I hadn’t used the phone for a few months. 3 do a sim which seems to last indefinitely. i.e. have only put £30 on my son’s phone in 5 years.

  92. Gremlin 3 January 2015 at 12:27 Permalink

    Do you know /can you publish the length of time a credit is valid for, please? e.g. some top ups only last 30 days, others go on forever.

  93. Dan Russell 20 December 2014 at 16:03 Permalink

    Lebara now 19p a text and 19p/minute

  94. obukonigho 29 November 2014 at 11:00 Permalink

    could you enter a column for international call rates. that would be nice

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 January 2015 at 19:09 Permalink

      There’s no way it could fit with all the possible destinations. It might be possible to make a separate table just for that but probably best to make a spreadsheet or database.

  95. Dan 20 November 2014 at 17:52 Permalink

    TalkTalktalk Mobile are another mvno I guess. They’re on Vodafone but changing to O2 soon.

  96. Malcolm 17 November 2014 at 16:05 Permalink

    Simply Call Mobile no longer trading.

  97. chris 9 November 2014 at 08:51 Permalink

    Hi, thanks for the info.

    I want a pay as you go sim. I will barely use it – maybe a few texts and calls a week. I want something where I can just top up £10 to begin with and for that to last me for months. Sometimes I might not use it for a month or more and I don’t want the credit to simply ‘run out’ because time has elapsed.

    Can you confirm that GiffGaff would be suitable for this?


    • Chas 9 November 2014 at 23:04 Permalink

      Chris, I’ve got an ’emergency’ phone that I use even less than that. It’s with Asda Mobile and what I liked is that the minimum top-up is just a fiver. Can’t remember what the expiry is for inactivity, possibly 3 months, but you can probably check on their website. I’ve not had a problem yet though, and their cust service seems good. There’s also White Mobile who do £5 top-ups. Their cust service isn’t as good in my experience, but the rates are very good (you get what you pay for) and I rarely have to contact them anyway.

      @MNC… that’s a good point – if you could add a minimum top-up column (or footnotes) to the table, that might be handy to people who don’t want to maintain a large balance on their account.

    • Seaniboy 12 November 2014 at 03:29 Permalink

      3UK top up don’t expire 3p calls 2p texts and 1p a MB for data (including 4G), Terms & Conditions: disconnection:- section 9.2 paragraph h) & i) state 6 months from last usage chargeable usage or top-up or if you fall into a negative balance and don’t top-up (highly unlikely)

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 November 2014 at 23:51 Permalink

      It and many other networks would be fine.

  98. Dave Payne 8 November 2014 at 12:53 Permalink

    I sent a message about Simple Call on 30.10.2014 saying they were no longer operating and you asked where did I hear this. I replied on their website and they also sent me a message to say to use all my credit by 31.10.2014 but I see they are still on the list above.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 January 2015 at 19:12 Permalink

      They’re on the list but have been marked as defunct for some time now.

      • Andy k 16 January 2015 at 19:44 Permalink

        What’s the point of having old tariffs on here? Isnt this mean for users who are thinking of switching provider ?

  99. Dave Payne 30 October 2014 at 10:01 Permalink

    Hello, Simple Call is disappearing wef 31.10.2014

  100. Stanley 29 October 2014 at 02:04 Permalink

    Is this comparison table still actual? When did you publish it please?

  101. Gordon 16 October 2014 at 00:55 Permalink

    Thanks – I look forward to seeing the result in due course. 🙂

    • Gordon 16 October 2014 at 00:57 Permalink

      Oops! I clicked the wrong reply button, so that’s appeared outside the thread – sorry!

  102. Gordon 30 September 2014 at 08:01 Permalink

    Afterthought. Yes, “0845” would be wider than “2G” in the headings. If that’s a problem, “Voicemail” could be split on to two lines “Voice” and “mail”, maybe?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 4 October 2014 at 18:15 Permalink

      Good idea – we’ll look into it. But do you call 0845 often? And why not use WeQ4U?

      • Gordon 11 October 2014 at 11:21 Permalink

        Well, I’m a very light phone user overall, so I wouldn’t say I call 0845 numbers “often”, but certainly a lot more than I call an 0800 or 0870 number.
        My phones are all pretty basic, I’d have to dial the 0333 prefix to use WeQ4U, and if it’s just a short one-off call, not someone I call regularly (who I’m likely to have found a normal 01 number for anyway), then if the price is not *too* extortionate (say 15ppm maximum) I’d rather just live with it.
        I’m currently on 3 PAYG (3p to 01 but 35p to 0845!) and my thinking was that, as I have spare phones kicking around, I might get an alternative PAYG SIM to stick in one of the spare phones and just use it for the 0845 calls, so being able to see what the various operators’ charge in a nice straightforward table like yours would be handy.

  103. Gordon 30 September 2014 at 07:53 Permalink

    A column for 0845 charges would be useful. I appreciate that space is tight, but as *everyone* has 99% 2G coverage, perhaps you could make room by just mentioning that in the intro instead of having a column for it.

  104. Kaizer 26 September 2014 at 22:51 Permalink

    i see you dont advertise Three UK with there 3 2 1 tariff 3p a min 2p a txt 1p a mb

  105. WorldSIM 12 September 2014 at 17:37 Permalink

    We have great rates for the UK (plus international), please can you add us to the list of companies above? We also won best Telecoms last year and are shortlisted to win again this year 🙂 Thanks!

    • Pete Forman 22 September 2014 at 22:13 Permalink

      WorldSIM charge for receiving calls at weekends and generally cost more to call because their numbers are in the Isle of Man. See discussions on TripAdvisor, Amazon and

  106. maz 21 August 2014 at 12:56 Permalink

    Giffgaff tariffs changing on 24/08/2014 unlimited data and texts goes up to £20 per month instead of £15

  107. Nick Partridge 18 August 2014 at 20:17 Permalink

    GiffGaff are about to change their goodybags:

    Cheapest unlimited data to be £20, see slide 8 in the presentation.

  108. dan 30 July 2014 at 10:37 Permalink

    Also, Three have just released Three inTouch which allows you to use wifi for texts & calls instead of their network if you can’t get signal at home or in the uk. Potentially another game changer in their favor-I might switch from Kontakt!

  109. dan 30 July 2014 at 10:35 Permalink

    White Mobile’s roaming pricing exceeds the EU roaming cap of 19p/mb by being for example £0.63/mb for Austria. Truly amazing that they can break the rules still. I know this list doesn’t include roaming buy it’s something to consider if running of switching.

  110. Devan 26 July 2014 at 08:59 Permalink

    Hi, a great comparison chart you have here. I believe the Three network data charge is actually 1p per MB not 10p as listed in your table.

  111. Cameron 22 July 2014 at 17:41 Permalink

    I didnt see the field where it told me to disclose my employer, my bad….my nickname is Cameron also.


    • Mobile Network Comparison 22 July 2014 at 17:48 Permalink

      When posting opinions in public, it’s common ethical practice to disclose any conflicts of interest.

      Please drop us an email if you want to discuss this further, but we’ll let our readers decide whether it’s “honest and open” to write a comment saying “No fair use policy at all – this month so far (they won’t be impressed with this)” when in actual fact the “they” you’re referring to is your own for-profit company.

  112. Cameron 22 July 2014 at 16:29 Permalink

    You ALL need to check Now PAYG out, their tariffs are so good. They are so transparent too! For £15 you get TRULY Unlimited Data – No fair use policy at all – this month so far (they won’t be impressed with this)i have used 8GB and counting – i got 2 days till I can renew my bundle.
    If you refer a friend you can get £5 up to 5x too!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 22 July 2014 at 17:02 Permalink

      For the record, “Cameron” posted this comment using the email address and from the IP address which traces to Nowtel Inc in London. It won’t surprise you to learn that Nowtel Inc launched Now Mobile in July 2010 nor that Wasim Akhtar has been Head of Retail at Now Mobile (Now Mobile Telecommunications Ltd) since January 2012.

      However, it might surprise you to learn that one of Nowtel’s Core Values is “Be Transparent” and that “Honesty, integrity and openness is at the heart of our business”.

      • Cameron 22 July 2014 at 17:21 Permalink

        Even more suprisingly for you, we are in fact transparent & honest and our services back this up. Our customer services are Free and the tariffs I mentioned above are correct!

  113. Nick Pearson 21 July 2014 at 19:46 Permalink

    GiffGaff , WORST mobile provider !
    If you don’t have any issue its fine, if you have then you have to face non-existent support , mainly community based on a forum that make jokes about your issues, or just reply again and again things like “reset your mobile” “re-insert your SIM” “roam unroam” like you are an idiot and the problem is YOU not their network!
    Also, BTW they are on O2 but their speed is CAPPED from O2 !

    AVOID them!

  114. dan 19 July 2014 at 16:12 Permalink

    Kontakt mobile’s prices have gone up 1p, to 9p

  115. Eric 17 July 2014 at 10:32 Permalink

    You can get £20 for 6 months (11p/day) on T-mobile PAYG.

    • Eric 24 July 2014 at 19:11 Permalink

      I should have said this is price for internet booster. This works out at 11p/day with the 500M/month limit.
      No connection with T-mobile.

  116. Pete Forman 14 July 2014 at 20:33 Permalink

    The T&C on giffgaff says 6 months, not 12.

  117. Michael 14 July 2014 at 08:27 Permalink

    I visit the UK every year for a month.
    100 mins of Calls, 100 Texts & 100 MB of Data would be more than adequate and which looks I can get for around £5 for the month. But, which network lets you keep your Sim active for the other 11 months without any usage ?

  118. Maris Grey 30 May 2014 at 13:15 Permalink

    White Mobile is terrible.

    Started ok, but as soon as I ported in my existing number, things went wrong – no incoming notifications, so I received no texts, not notifications of voicemails. White refused to accept that the port in had failed – they blamed my phone, telling me it was broken, then saying my message inbox must be full, the SIM was damaged…

    In the end I gave up and ported back out to giffgaff. More expensive, but infinitely better service.

  119. delphinid 19 May 2014 at 10:13 Permalink

    why does Sainsbury’s mobile have notes referring to free to giffgaff?

    Also Vectone has smart roaming whch you might want to add as a note

  120. Leonel 28 April 2014 at 13:58 Permalink

    This is a very good resource! Thanks and congrats.

    Yet, as some said, its getting too large. Any information previous to 12 months is a bit irrelevant. I would rather see the latest comments, then scrooling down comments from 2011. What if this page keeps in 2056? We would have terabytes of irrelevant comments here.

    And as for the criterias, one needs to reduce this list a bit, maybe. Some Consumers Defense associations use a method, electing some “good choices” and pointing a couple of “best choices” based on some criterias. Maybe a best choice for “minimum service”

    On this economy and considering Smartphones, many of us have wifi and need this just for emergency use. In portugal I can make my aprox 10£ last 4 to 5 months. In Norway, some 10£ can also last me months and months. Now, as I need to go to UK a couple of days jobseeking, I want to keep my NR and just make some meetings confirmation, and emergency Data use…

    Second, then there might be another criteria for unlimited calls/SMS and/or unlimited DATA. I just ordered a free dual SIM from vodafone and was scared away with their SMS and Call costs. No way…

    • Leonel 28 April 2014 at 16:57 Permalink

      Hmmm, as I am researching this forward, it appears that the plans with a linked review would be the most interesting ones shortlisted… and with nice info. I just need a PAYG SIM card for short stays in London and Aberdeen, mostly Data and eventually some SMS or Calls.
      I use VOIP for calling landlines free (POIVY) so I depend more on Data then minutes, actually.
      Maybe Tesco Lite, but still benchmarking.

  121. Ananth 3 April 2014 at 09:03 Permalink

    Lycamobile comparison is wrong in the page. Lycamobile offering 4G Data now..and Unlimited Data(4G available at no extra cost), Unlimited Texts with 500 minutes for only £12..its a HOT deal in the UK…

  122. george 25 March 2014 at 12:05 Permalink

    Is simfiniti a real company? They appear to have no mention of them since 2011 when they are announced launching. No twitter or facebook posts since 2011. Their sign up form still says “launching soon” and never gives you the option to pay for a sim? Does anyone actually have a sim from them?

  123. dan 24 March 2014 at 16:25 Permalink

    Great site, thanks!
    I’d love to see a further column listing which network the mvno are on. Only Vodafone has any signal here but checking the list to see who runs on them isn’t easy.

  124. Paul Oldham 19 March 2014 at 22:12 Permalink

    Sadly OVIVO are no more, see

    And while searching for a replacement I found that VictoryMobile UK call price is now 5p, not 4p as listed above.

  125. pawelnrg 16 February 2014 at 22:45 Permalink

    unlimited data lebara

  126. Dave 16 February 2014 at 22:27 Permalink

    It would be useful if the table included details of the criteria to avoid automatic disconnection, which is a big risk with low use/emergency only PAYG phones/SIMs. Of course, they are different for every network and difficult to find. eg O2 is “…make or receive a chargeable call at least once in any 6 month period…”; on Three (3) it can be any chargeable activity (I managed to use just 1p of data after 180 days to keep my 3 PAYG active).

    Thanks for this very useful service. However, I do think this page has become too large (ie long), including as it does all comments and details of all updates since its inception. Thanks for this very useful service. However, I do think this page has become far too large (ie long), including as it does all comments and details of all updates since its inception. It is quite unwieldly and slow to load on an older PC.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 February 2014 at 22:30 Permalink

      Thanks for your comment. We are in the process of compiling a list of these criteria – anything you can contribute would be very helpful as it’s a rather mammoth task.

      Apologies about the page loading slowly – we’ll look into it more but the way HTML rendering works means that the comments/updates etc. should only make a negligible difference. What browser are you using and what specs is your computer?

  127. pawelnrg 31 January 2014 at 21:13 Permalink

    asda mobile is 8p sms 4p and 5p MB

  128. pawelnrg 31 January 2014 at 11:04 Permalink

    lebara increase price to 15p.

  129. Bob Rosenthal 28 December 2013 at 14:33 Permalink

    Many thanks for your mountain of research which helped me so much! My difficulty is I want simple and be able to keep my old 2G phone (Samsung E720). I’m currently with Asda but their move to EE seems to mean there will be no 2G coverage, I think?? So I wanted to go to Three as their tariff is fantastic, but they no longer support 2G. I read the above comments and someone touched on ‘fallback to 2G from 3G’. You may think this is a waste of time as my situation must be a very small minority of dare I say ‘older’ people, BUT, could you annotate who provides a full 2G service, not just an in case of need fall back in some areas?? Thanks again. Bob

    • Mobile Network Comparison 28 December 2013 at 14:48 Permalink

      Last we checked, EE still offered 2G coverage. We were only aware of Three who don’t. If possible, the best thing would be to try some SIMs in your phone if you know people who use these networks.

      • Chuckles 28 December 2013 at 16:01 Permalink

        @Bob – unless you mean the EE 2G signal is no good in your area..? In which case you could look at Ovivo or Sainsbury’s, both of which use Vodafone like the old Asda service. Neither has rates as low as Three, but they’re still relatively cheap, and Ovivo in particular is worth a look. The SIM does cost a fiver, but if you go for the Freedom tariff, you get a free (advertising-supported) monthly allowance, so it can work out well, especially for low users.

        I’m no expert BTW, this is just what I’ve found when looking at tariffs for myself. Hope it helps.

  130. PeterRH 22 December 2013 at 22:46 Permalink

    Surely the Three PAYG pricing of 3p voice, 2p texts and 1p per MB for data leaves the other operators well behind on pricing. The question is if you’re not in a big city does Three actually work as I understand there’s in effect no GSM when your outside 3G/4G coverage. Can someone who uses Three comment on this?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 23 December 2013 at 14:09 Permalink

      Thanks for your comment. It does if you are a low-volume user. See our detailed comparison with goodybags for more info.

      As for 2G – Three shut that down some time ago.

    • Chuckles 23 December 2013 at 21:41 Permalink

      I was all set to move to Three in advance of a smartphone purchase, until I tried the SIM card in my old handset. I found the signal strength to be OK on average, but there were some total blackspots (e.g. around the business park where I work) which I’ve never had with any of the other networks, so that was enough for me to reluctantly rule them out. Guess they’re super-cheap for a reason, although they may still offer a good deal for some people. Just try out a SIM before committing.

      Back to the drawing board for me. Ovivo is looking like a good bet in terms of price (I’m a low user), and I’ve rarely had issues with Vodafone reception.

  131. Pete Forman 29 November 2013 at 23:00 Permalink

    Asda have now made the switch to EE’s network with reduced prices.

  132. Nuno Lima 5 November 2013 at 11:56 Permalink

    One week ago at UK(england) I was sending free texts to other networks(among them Lebara) from Lyca Mobile for free!
    And I only toped up 5£.
    It was a new card though(I don’t know if it’s relevant in any way).

  133. Chuckles 22 October 2013 at 21:01 Permalink

    Sadly, the Tesco Mobile PAYG Lite tariff is no longer available to new customers, according to their website.

    Excellent site BTW, the most useful PAYG tariff info I’ve found in one place.

  134. Xavier 17 October 2013 at 12:42 Permalink

    I am not sure is correct/fair to show that Three UK has 99% 2G coverage. It may be in some limited areas but in my experience you just get NO SERVICE when 3G is not available.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 17 October 2013 at 12:48 Permalink

      All the coverage figures are accurate based upon population, not surface area.

      • Xavier 17 October 2013 at 14:28 Permalink

        In my experience Three is generally a 3G/4G(soon) only network and no longer falls back to 2G. A bit of research suggests that Three only goes to Orange 2G fallback in areas where Three consider they have no 3G coverage.
        In London, in my experience, if there is no 3G with o2/Vodafone/EE, the phone would fallback to 2G/E/GPRS in many places – Three would generally show NO SERVICE.
        Three may still have a 2G agreement with Orange but 2G cover is certainly not available to all Three customers.

  135. Matthew 14 October 2013 at 16:40 Permalink

    Vizz Dialog – no longer mention free 10Mb when in £2 credit, it was always an offer which seemed to keep getting extended.

    And I’ll repeat, Tesco data rates changed to 10p/MB with no day cap – and if I understand how the triple credit works, that now means that tariff has an effective 3.3p/MB data charge as the “free credit” is available to spend on PAYG data.

  136. Abu Abdullah 29 September 2013 at 09:59 Permalink


    Virgin mobile offer unlimited texts on all of their sim only tariffs, but it says ‘no’ on your table. You may want to change this.

    Kind regards.

  137. Jamil.Chishti 23 August 2013 at 00:41 Permalink

    It would be useful to know which data tariffs allow tethering as is not allowed on most voice and data tariffs. I think three’s The One Plan does allow tethering which is a huge advantage.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 23 August 2013 at 18:25 Permalink

      Three is actually the only one we know of.

      • Matthew 14 October 2013 at 16:17 Permalink

        My wanderings Found the Tesco Mobile allow tethering, but their PAYG data rates changed (6th September) to 10p/MB with no day cap, though you can buy bundles

      • Paul Oldham 29 January 2014 at 22:29 Permalink

        You can tether with giffgaff on their any of their fixed data allowance goodybags (but not on the unlimited ones). So that’s the £5, £7.50 and £10 goodybags.

        You can also tether on the gigabags which, although intended primary for tablet use, work well for phone too if you primarily text and call another giffgaff user (both of which are free).

  138. Howch 22 July 2013 at 11:48 Permalink

    I know that this shouldn’t be a “White Mobile Support” thread but I thought I’d just add the conclusion as to what happened with my wife’s issue:

    She posted a final request on the White Mobile customer services page and received a phone call from a very helpful (UK based) person at White Mobile. Within a very short space of time her problem was sorted out.

    Hopefully White Mobile will do something about their customer services because with their prices and simplicity of offer they really have something good to offer here.

    • Chas 18 May 2015 at 21:09 Permalink

      Agreed – White Mobile have a very good tariff, and coverage is absolutely fine, but customer service is virtually non-existent in my experience – emails are ignored, and calls are not the easiest and rarely yield results. I really hope I never have a big problem to resolve with them.

  139. Howch 19 July 2013 at 09:02 Permalink

    Thank-you for the tip – I will give it a go, it is indeed a shame that this is the way it has to be.

  140. Howch 18 July 2013 at 18:31 Permalink

    Did you ever get to talk to anyone at White Mobile? My wife moved because of their prices and the fact they use EE. She requested to port her number. The customer service call centre they use doesn’t seem to have anyone with much grasp of English so this has been repeatedly messed up, two weeks and counting to port a number?

    • Craig 18 July 2013 at 20:08 Permalink

      I got fed up waiting for their customer services and posted a complaint on their facebook page. I got a reply within hours from someone who knew was able to help. We are now working through the issues. I would suggest skip customer service and go direct to facebook.

  141. Craig 5 July 2013 at 17:44 Permalink

    Have you done a follow up review on White Mobile like was mentioned in your initial interview with them? I selected them on the basis of low cost and high coverage, but was very disappointed with their customer service which struggled with English communication. After several calls where I was promised an SMS with my data settings but never received, they were not able to provide me the settings I needed manually until I demanded to speak to the supervisor who at least was able to help, but it took several hours just to get data working.

    I would now want to pick my next operator also considering customer service before I go through this experience again. Would you consider adding information on customer service for each provider, or some user reviews?

    • Craig 16 July 2013 at 12:07 Permalink

      It has been another 2 weeks since I got my latest reply from white mobile “We have forwarded your query to the relevant division for further required action”. My original question in May was supposedly simple, “How long can I keep my SIM card frozen without topping up?” I did not think it so difficult, but does anyone else here know the answer, or another site that has reviewed white mobile?

      • Pete Forman 16 July 2013 at 13:08 Permalink

        60 days according to their T&C:

        3.4. We will disconnect your SIM if during the previous 60 days you have not Registered a new Top Up or you have not made chargeable calls from your SIM. For the avoidance of doubt calls shall include but not be limited to voice calls, data calls and text messaging. On disconnection your mobile telephone number will be reassigned. On Reconnection you will be assigned a new mobile telephone number.

        • Craig 16 July 2013 at 13:35 Permalink

          Their T&C and customer support said to avoid being disconnected after 60 days you could freeze your SIM card. My question was how long can the card remain frozen for.

          • Mobile Network Comparison 18 July 2013 at 15:06 Permalink

            Did customer support answer this yet? What reason did they give for not knowing immediately?

            • Craig 18 July 2013 at 20:05 Permalink

              No I wait a week for customer support, then I send a reminder, and they send a reply apologising and it has been forwarded to the relevant department I wait another week … The english is not good I think it is all based overseas.

  142. Pete Forman 4 July 2013 at 12:56 Permalink

    Here are a few more operators for your list. There are links on my web page

    allpay Mobile, Boy Better Know, C Mobile, DobryTel, Econet, Freedom Talk, Kontakt, RSPCA, Simfiniti, Simple Call, SMART Pinoy, Soccertel, Talk Home and WWF Wildlife Mobile

    I also list Banana Mobile, GT Mobile, Kite and toggle which are in your pending queue already.

    Maxroam, toggle and Truphone should be flagged up as roaming services. They do not follow the standard PAYG model.

  143. Pete Forman 3 July 2013 at 23:19 Permalink

    Three have slashed their rates to 3p / min, 2p / text and 1p / MB. That undercuts all the main operators and the MVNOs.

  144. Ivor 24 June 2013 at 13:02 Permalink

    Still no comparison for toggle, could you include just their UK information?

  145. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 13 June 2013 at 13:36 Permalink

    Add gt mobile and gt mobile

    • Mobile Network Comparison 13 June 2013 at 13:46 Permalink

      Do you have any information about their rates? This is another network we’ve been trying to track down information for over several months but haven’t been able to get anywhere.

  146. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 1 June 2013 at 15:08 Permalink

    Vodafone Offers Internet For £1/Day

  147. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 1 June 2013 at 15:02 Permalink

    Will You Add Afri Mobile To Your Table

  148. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 1 June 2013 at 14:44 Permalink

    Orange Chargge 30p For Calls Check There Website.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 3 June 2013 at 21:56 Permalink

      That’s only for Dolphin, Canary and Monkey tariffs. The Camel one makes the most sense and is 25p according to the Orange PAYG website.

  149. 31 May 2013 at 23:24 Permalink

    Add These Mobile Network Operators To This Table – Green Mobile, GT Mobile, Kite Mobile, Kite Mobile.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 3 June 2013 at 21:44 Permalink

      As we said before we have sent several emails to them and have been unable to get their full details. If you know all their rates, please let us know and we’ll add them.

  150. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 31 May 2013 at 16:40 Permalink

    The People’s Operator Rates For Internet is Not £0.60/10MB it’s £0.06/MB

    • Mobile Network Comparison 31 May 2013 at 16:44 Permalink

      Again, you need to practice your maths: they are exactly the same. See here and here.

      • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 31 May 2013 at 17:21 Permalink

        You are wrong just change it to £0.06/MB

        • Mobile Network Comparison 31 May 2013 at 17:24 Permalink

          No, sorry you are incorrect on this. Division is basic maths. Do you really think Google and Wolfram Alpha are getting it wrong?

          • 31 May 2013 at 23:18 Permalink

            The mobile providers do not bill it like this You are wrong it is £0.06/MB

            • Mobile Network Comparison 3 June 2013 at 21:49 Permalink

              It’s a rate. They bill exactly like this they just quote a different base amount. It’s exactly identical whether it’s £1/1MB or £1024/1GB or any other possible permutation. A sensible way to bill mobile internet is as a rate of money per transmitted data volume and this is what we use. We’ve opted for per 10MB as our base unit for two reasons – a) it makes comparison between different networks easier and, b) it’s more useful to consumers as 10MB is a more typical amount of data to use.

              Here’s a hint – the “/” is a divide sign. £0.60/10MB is exactly equal to £0.06/1MB or 6p/MB or even 6p/1024KB. This is the same reason why ms-2 is the same as m/s2 or m/s/s or even (10 m)2 s-3 kg/(100 s-1m kg). Again, please refer to any mathematics text book to understand why.

          • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 1 June 2013 at 14:35 Permalink

            You are very wrong i am sorry but your table is incorrect

  151. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 30 May 2013 at 17:24 Permalink

    Dalya Mobile Network Has Shut Down You Should Take That Off The Table

  152. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 30 May 2013 at 17:08 Permalink

    What is victory mobile?

  153. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 30 May 2013 at 15:11 Permalink

    Would You Add GT Mobile, Dida Mobile and Green Mobile To The Table

    • Mobile Network Comparison 30 May 2013 at 16:02 Permalink

      Would love to. If you can help us out we’ll definitely do it.

      Have been emailing GT Mobile for ages and still haven’t got any complete answers from them.

      Green Mobile’s CEO promised us their complete UK rates back in January but we still haven’t got them either.

      Dida Mobile has gone up today.

      Thanks again 🙂

      • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 30 May 2013 at 16:59 Permalink

        So will you add gt mobile and green mobile

        • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 30 May 2013 at 17:14 Permalink

          For Green Mobile Rates Go To and For GT Mobile Rates Go To

          • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 30 May 2013 at 17:20 Permalink

            Would You Also Add The People’s Operator and Kite Mobile
            For Price Rates Of The People’s Operator Go To
            For Price Rates Of Kite Mobile Go To

          • Mobile Network Comparison 30 May 2013 at 17:23 Permalink

            I’m afraid that, as mentioned, there are certain omissions in their published rates that prevent us from including them in the table.

        • Mobile Network Comparison 30 May 2013 at 17:18 Permalink

          Unless they (or someone else) gives us all the information, we can’t.

      • Masih 2 March 2015 at 12:50 Permalink

        Hi I can help with GT Mobile. I’m the global head of GT mobile. So give me a shout and I can help add in GT mobile to this list..

        Masih Ahmed

  154. Andy k 26 May 2013 at 21:07 Permalink

    Looks like Vectone have changed there charges.
    15p to other mobiles.

  155. Andy k 26 May 2013 at 20:20 Permalink

    Virgin data charge is 50p a day.

  156. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 25 May 2013 at 14:26 Permalink

    You need to check your table because there over 10 incorrections

  157. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 25 May 2013 at 14:24 Permalink

    I have some corrections white mobile do not offers unlimited calls or unlimited texts for £0 so it should say “No”

    • Mobile Network Comparison 26 May 2013 at 19:49 Permalink

      As with the other items you have mentioned, please read the entire contents of that cell. It clearly states “only to other White Mobile users as long as your balance is at least 50p.”

  158. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 23 May 2013 at 20:59 Permalink

    Vodafone and Three No Longer Offer Free 0800 Calls

  159. joanne tolan 23 May 2013 at 13:35 Permalink

    My handset runs on o2 i was wondering do i still have to get my handset unlocked before i put my giffgaff sim in or will itvwork without gettin my phone unlocked?

  160. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 16 May 2013 at 17:04 Permalink

    By the way £0.25 means 25p not 2.5p

  161. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 16 May 2013 at 12:08 Permalink

    Hello i have some corrections!

    White Mobile charges 5p for texts and 2.5p per MB and Orange charges 65p per MB

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 May 2013 at 12:48 Permalink

      Thanks very much for letting us know!

      These changes have now been made (although the White Mobile data rates were already correct). Cheers 🙂

      • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 16 May 2013 at 13:04 Permalink

        White Mobile charges 2.5p per MB as described at

        • Mobile Network Comparison 16 May 2013 at 13:22 Permalink

          Yes, we’ve always had that figure on the chart.

          • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 16 May 2013 at 14:27 Permalink

            That information is wrong could you change white mobile to £0.25/MB and t-mobile’s charges 30p per minuite to call landlines and mobile and orange charges £0.65/MB

            • Mobile Network Comparison 16 May 2013 at 16:21 Permalink

              The correct price for White Mobile is 2.5p/MB. This has always been the value used in the table. The correct value for Orange’s data is 65p/MB. Again, this is what we currently have in the table. We’ve also updated the T-Mobile voice call rate.

              • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 16 May 2013 at 16:59 Permalink

                On your table white mobile is £0.25/10MB when it should be £0.2.5/MB and Orange is £0.65/MB Not £6.50/10MB Please correct this

                • Mobile Network Comparison 16 May 2013 at 17:02 Permalink

                  £0.25p/10:mb is exactly the same as 2.5p/MB. Likewise, £6.50/10MB is exactly the same as 65p/MB. Try it on any calculator.

                • Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 16 May 2013 at 17:02 Permalink

                  Oslo white mobile says £0 for Unlimited Texts and Unlimited Calls when it should say “No”

                • Mobile Network Comparison 16 May 2013 at 17:04 Permalink

                  That’s correct – please refer to the the hyperlinked footnote which clarifies the situation.

  162. JohnT 5 May 2013 at 17:53 Permalink

    Hi, you have a great site here but how about adding a column stating the minimum amount per annum which must be spent to maintain a connection with the service provider?

    The Pay-As-You-Go mobile phone plan which enabled you to top up with a £5.00 or £10.00 amount once a year – affectionately nicknamed “Granny in a glovebox” by MoneySavingExperts – is an ideal emergency facility for many people. In my case, as a disabled person who only very rarely leaves the house, the phone (and mobile phone number that comes with it) are essential when filling in online forms where providing a mobile phone number is not an option but a requirement! They are also a useful device for homeless people, older people, young children and any other vulnerable person who might need to call the emergency services (now that public phone boxes have disappeared from the high street). They are ideal too if you need to receive calls but only rarely initiate calls.

    I’ve heard various rumours (including on the T-Mobile Facebook account) that T-Mobile PAYG subscribers will be obliged to “purchase Smart Packs” and pay a minimum of £10.00 a month to maintain their current bare-bones “Granny in a glovebox” service. This would amount to an annual tarrif of £120 or a 1100% increase in charges! If true, it would have a serious negative impact on many of the most poor and most disadvantaged members of society. I’ve seen no denial of these rumours from T-Mobile and no clarification on its website.

    None of their webpages provide this basic information.

    I can’t seem to get T-Mobile to set the record straight publicly! What is the minimum amount that existing T-Mobile PAYG subscribers will have to pay – annually – to maintain a barebones PAYG service, I wonder?

    Likewise, it appears quite difficult to get this sort of information from other service provides, so forgive me for asking you to do what may well be an impossible task!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 7 May 2013 at 14:59 Permalink

      Great idea! We’ll definitely look into this and see if we can get any details from T-Mobile. Have you tried Twitter?

      We do know this info for some networks. For example, Giffgaff have said that their credit never expires as long as you make or receive (for free) a call or SMS once every six months. So that’s free forever as a “Granny in a glovebox” option.

  163. sim card man 3 May 2013 at 20:18 Permalink

    scrape the page and start again because your out of date call yourself Mobile Network Comparison team don’t know what your on about

    • Mobile Network Comparison 3 May 2013 at 20:24 Permalink

      Funny you should say that – we’ve been working on a new page to replace this with even more data! Given we were the first to produce a comparison table like this, are still the most comprehensive and that we’ve been updating regularly ever since it’s hard to see why you think we are out of date? Could you give some examples? Thanks 🙂

  164. lee 13 April 2013 at 21:05 Permalink

    giffgaff data rate is 20p/1mb not 20p a day ,posted from a happy giffgaffer 🙂

  165. Del Boy 15 March 2013 at 13:48 Permalink

    There is nothing here! What a waste of time.

  166. Junkhousedog 9 February 2013 at 18:22 Permalink

    GiffGaff have now changed the data allowance to a maximum of 1Gb for a £10 top up. To get unlimited data it’s now £12 per month.

  167. Job CF 30 January 2013 at 16:11 Permalink

    Have you looked at the free 3G mobile internet provider ?
    You get free data credit for watching ads. There is also an option to buy extra credit.
    Two months ago I got their SIM for just £1 using the code MSE1
    Have racked up 5272.00 MB so far.
    Data only, so no phone calls or texts. But handy as a backuo or with a tablet or a notebook when wi-fi is not available.

    For voice calls and SMS, I recently found Ovivomobile. 100 free mins, 100 free texts and 400 MB free data every month. I guess their business model is based on most people needing more and buying extra credit.

    Your reviews would be appreciated.

  168. RobAd 21 November 2012 at 12:11 Permalink

    What about – quite interesting offer. Plus and

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 November 2012 at 16:53 Permalink

      Thanks for the heads up. We’ll add them in as soon as we can.

      And don’t worry – we’re working on a full Ovivo review right now 🙂

  169. lee 21 September 2012 at 20:00 Permalink

    the data use for Giffgaff PAYG data is 20p for up to the first 20mb, then 20p/mb after that

    giffgaff the first 100KB of data is pro rated at 1p until you go past it then its 20p/20MB (20p/1MB after that)

  170. Joe Shand 16 July 2012 at 22:16 Permalink

    I don’t see Banana mobile on your list.

  171. Sheila 10 July 2012 at 16:49 Permalink

    I’ve Asda payg and live in Northern Ireland. As I travel into Southern Ireland quite a bit, I was wondering what the roaming charges are and if another service would be cheaper?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 10 July 2012 at 17:50 Permalink

      The roaming charges are 29p/min for making calls and 8p/min for receiving calls. Texts are 9p each and calls made to countries outside of the EU are 36p/min. You can’t do much better than that without getting a RoI SIM card but Giffgaff are marginally cheaper.

  172. Andreww 29 June 2012 at 18:43 Permalink

    calls to 0870 numbers to giffgaff are 12ppm (not 20ppm as shown)

  173. Victor Delta 23 May 2012 at 23:54 Permalink

    Thanks – really useful website.

    PS Missing link above for GiffGaff –

  174. Angus Day 15 May 2012 at 10:32 Permalink

    The charges for 0800 and 0870 quoted for Tesco Mobile and Tesco Lite have been transposed. Tesco Mobile charges 20p/minute for both of these, whilst Tesco Lite charges 8p/minute

  175. Pete Forman 13 May 2012 at 16:10 Permalink

    Great site though it has quite similar content to mine:

  176. Phil Wheeler 8 April 2012 at 14:49 Permalink

    Can you add the Utility Warehouse please? Rates on my website utilityphil. Thanks Phil

  177. AJ 4 April 2012 at 02:03 Permalink

    Got to agree with Colette. Any chance of adding GT Mobile to the list? Their rates are definitely one of the best out there, especially when it comes to landlines and international calls.

  178. Andy K 27 January 2012 at 22:51 Permalink

    Virgin data is now 50p a day.

  179. collette 20 January 2012 at 18:45 Permalink

    i heard about this new network gt mobile. add it as its cheap

    • collette 13 March 2012 at 18:47 Permalink

      and Lycamobile has 300mb internet free with every top-up it says until the end of the month, but it may continue.

  180. Tom 19 January 2012 at 22:13 Permalink

    Which mobile network having the cheapest call to kuwait landline or mobile,,,?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 19 January 2012 at 23:23 Permalink

      You should probably look at Vectone, LycaMobile, Lebara Mobile, icard:, Dialog Vizz, Now Mobile and compare to see what’s best for you.

  181. Peter 6 January 2012 at 21:27 Permalink

    Virgin 3G coverage is 93% as it uses the shared T-Mobile/3 infrastructure. 2G is 99% (using T-Mobile & roaming onto Orange network)

  182. Yusuftakolia 13 December 2011 at 01:13 Permalink

    What’s better. Asda or tesco but remember tesco triples credit and asda is cheaper whys better in the long run thank you

    • Mobile Network Comparison 14 December 2011 at 14:33 Permalink

      If you account for the triple credit offer, Tesco Mobile actually work out being slightly better value. Although you do have to be careful to allow for the things that you can’t use triple credit for and its expiry. If you are a lower volume user, you might be best off with ASDA Mobile instead.

  183. Leyla Zadeh 27 October 2011 at 15:30 Permalink

    Your table is very helpful but its a pity you did not include the cost of voicemail as this can be over 30p a minute which all adds up!

  184. David 23 October 2011 at 23:14 Permalink

    You dont seem to include the fantastic SIM only deals e.g. talkmobile £12 and £18 you get 1gb 1200 mins and 3000 texts. What a deal…

  185. Dave 13 October 2011 at 14:07 Permalink

    Are your Goodybag deals time-limited, ie must the call time etc be used within a certain time? If so, I assume that any unused is lost rather than rolling over? Thanks.

  186. Chris 10 October 2011 at 10:29 Permalink

    Perhaps it would be useful to also add a column of costs to standard UK landlines (as opposed to 0870, 0845, etc, numbers)to your mobile comparison table. For example, Giffgaff’s call costs are 10p/min to both UK mobiles and standard landlines, whereas Vectone’s are 10p/min to UK mobiles and 5p/min to UK standard landlines.This makes Vectone cheaper overall in terms of UK call costs.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 10 October 2011 at 12:24 Permalink

      Yeah – we definitely want to do this rather than just have it in the footnotes. We don’t really want to remove anything and the problem at the moment is figuring out a way to fit it all on the page. Ideas greatly appreciated!

  187. Cate 5 October 2011 at 05:16 Permalink

    Hi, this is a great table, but the info for Virgin mobile seems to be wrong.

    My parents are with Virgin’s standard pay as you go tariff at the moment and the prices are 40p per call and 15p per text (which is why I’m looking at your web site, to find them a much cheaper alternative!).

    • Mobile Network Comparison 5 October 2011 at 11:19 Permalink

      According to the Virgin site, the Addict PAYG tariff is still the same price we have quoted here and on our review – 26p/minute for calls and 10p/text. Of course, there are plenty of excellent alternatives that are far, far cheaper – let us know what you end up picking and read our guides to changing network if you need help.

      • Cate 7 October 2011 at 12:23 Permalink

        Hi, thanks for your reply. I’ve checked it out further on the virgin web site, and have found out that the reason we’re being charged 40p per min and 15p per text is because virgin switched the tariff to ‘PAYG by direct debit’ when we wanted to use the phone abroad.

        They did this when we phoned to ask them whether we could use their mobile on a trip to the US, and they said yes that’s fine we’ll just switch your payments to direct debit as a security measure. They didn’t bother to mention that this would change the tariff, by an enormous amount! Very sneaky and very unethical in my view.

        Thank god we’ve moved to a better (and cheaper) company now! (Family Mobile)

        • Mobile Network Comparison 7 October 2011 at 13:17 Permalink

          Yes, that sounds very sneaky! Glad you got it sorted in the end though. Please let us know how you get on with Family Mobile 🙂

  188. dp 29 September 2011 at 15:05 Permalink

    It’s probably worth stating that, by way of example, icard mobile bills by the minute, whereas giffgaff bills per second (after the first minute). If your calls tend to be short, this could be more significant than a few pence difference in the headline tariffs.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 October 2011 at 15:11 Permalink

      Thanks for pointing this out 🙂 Do you know the complete list of mobile networks that bill by the minute instead of by the second?

  189. BP 28 September 2011 at 13:31 Permalink

    hi this is a great site. I was interested in the Vodaphone calls unlimited to 4 numbers for £5per month, but am not able to find anything like this on their site. Are these facts and figures current? I am disabled and on a low income and my son has just gone off to uni and is skint so something like this would be really good! HELP!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 28 September 2011 at 21:39 Permalink

      We update the table as frequently as possible but sometimes networks make changes without telling us. We’ll look into this for you and make any necessary changes – thanks for letting us know.

      In any case, you’ll probably find Giffgaff are a far better deal. It’s really east to switch to them, they will save you money and – best of all – they offer free calls AND texts to other Giffgaff numbers all the time for absolutely nothing.