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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 as well as 0800 numbers. 2G 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 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.

We reckon we’ve got all the information for every single UK PAYG network – if you find it useful, please share it with the social media links underneath and if there’ve been any price changes since our last update of if there’s something you think we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below.

Network 2G 3G Calls SMS Data MMS VM 0870 0800 Unlim.
Giffgaff[1] 99% 91% 10p[2] 6p[2] £0.04[3] 16p 8p[4] 12p 0p £7.50[5] £0[6] £15[7]
3 99% 93% 3p 2p £0.10 31p 3p 35p 15p £10[8] No £15[9]
EE 99% 93% 30p 12p £0.10[10] 40p 30p 40p 40p £10 No No
Vodafone 99% 89% 30p 14p £1.00[11] 36p 25p 14p 14p[12] £10[13] £30[14] No
O2 99% 91% 35p 12p £1.00[15] 25p 15p[4] 25p 15p £7.50 £10[16] No
T-Mobile[17] 99% 93% 30p 12p £1.00[18] 30p 30p 40p 40p £10 £10[19] No
Orange[17] 99% 93% 25p 12p £6.50[20] 40p 30p 40p 25p £7.50 No[21] No
ASDA Mobile[17] 99% 93% 8p 4p £5.00 25p 8p 35p 10p No No No
Tesco Mobile[1] 99% 91% 25p[22] 10p[23] £6.00[24] 25p[22] 15p 20p 20p £5[25] No £8[26]
Tesco Lite[1] 99% 91% 8p 4p £1.00 25p 15p 8p[27] 8p[27] £5[25] No £8[26]
Lebara Mobile[28] 99% 89% 19p[29] 19p[30] £1.90 45p 15p 10p 10p £7.95[31] No No
LycaMobile[32] 99% 93% 10p[33] 9p £1.50 - 0p 25p 15p No No No
TalkMobile Rewards[28] 99% 89% 25p[34] 10p[35] £0.25[36] 30p 15p 20p 25p £15[37] No No
TalkMobile Essentials[28] 99% 89% 8p[38] 4p[39] £0.25[36] 30p 8p 20p 20p No No No
Virgin Mobile[17] 99% 93% 26p 12p £1.00[40] 30p 26p[4] 41p 41p No £10[41] £10[42]
Virgin Mobile Simply 8p[17][43] 99% 93% 8p 8p £1.00[40] 30p 26p[4] 31p 31p No No No
Family Mobile[17] 99% 93% 8p 4p £0.50 23p 8p 12p 8p No No No
Tru[28] 99% 89% 36p 11p £15.00 - 0p 15p 10p No No No
Vectone[17] 99% 93% 15p[44] 10p[45] £0.90[46] 25p 10p 10p 10p £5[47] £5[47] No
Delight Mobile[17] 99% 93% 3p[48] 2p[48] £0.10 25p 5p 10p 10p £5 £5[49] No
Dialog Vizz[28] 99% 89% 9p[50] 9p[51] £1.50[52] - 10p 25p 10p No No No
iCard Mobile[28][53] 99% 89% 8p 10p £1.00 - 5p[54] 25p 10p No No No
Now Mobile[17] 99% 93% 10p[55] 10p[56] £1.50 25p 0p 15p 10p £5[57] No No
OVIVO Mobile[28][58] - - 8p[59] 5p[60] £1.60[61] 24p 8p 12p 12p No No No
White Mobile[17] 99% 93% 6p[62] 5p[63] £0.25 25p 0p 25p 10p £0[64] £0[64] No
Victory Mobile[17][65] 99% 93% 4p[66] 4p[66] £0.40 - 4p 25p 10p No No No
DiDa Mobile[67][65] 99% 93% 10p[68] 10p £1.00 30p 10p 19p 19p No No No
The People’s Operator[17] 99% 93% 12.5p 7.5p £0.60 30p 12.5p 20p 20p £10[69] £20[69] No
AfriMobile[67] 99% 93% 10p[70] 10p[71] £1.00 40p 10p 25p 25p No No No
Sainsbury’s[28] 99% 89% 8p 4p £0.50[72] 25p 8p[4] 8p 8p £10[73] No No
Donate Mobile[28] 99% 89% 20p[74] 12p £2.00 32p 5p 25p 14p No No No
Allpay Mobile[28] 99% 89% 15p[75] 15p[75] £1.50 30p 15p 25p 15p £25 No No
Banana Mobile[17] 99% 93% 14p[76] 7p[77] £2.00 25p 14p ? ? No No No
C Mobile[17] 99% 93% 14p[78] 9p[79] £2.50 25p 14p ? ? No No No
The Co-operative Mobile[17] 99% 93% 8p[80] 4p[81] £0.50 25p 4p 8p 4p No No No
Freedomtalk[28] 99% 89% 8p[82] 10p £1.00 20p 10p 10p 10p No No No
RSPCA Mobile[17][58] 99% 93% 14p[83] 7p[84] £2.50 25p 14p ? ? No No No
Talkxtra[28] 99% 89% 7p 7p £0.70 30p 7p 15p 15p No No No
Wildlife Mobile[28] 99% 89% 18p[85] 7p[85] £2.00 35p 5p 16p 14p No No No
Econet[17] 99% 93% 10p[86] 10p £1.00 - 15p 15p 10p No No No
Kontakt Mobile[28] 99% 89% 9p[86] 9p £0.90 24p 9p 9p 9p No No No
Lomo Mobile[17] 99% 93% 10p[87] 10p[88] £0.90 25p 5p[89] 20p 10p No No No
Simple Call Mobile[17][58] 99% 93% 4p[33] 5p £1.00 30p 3p 25p 5p No No No
Smart Pinoy[28] 99% 89% 10p[90] 10p[91] £1.00 - ? ? ? No No No
Talk Home Mobile[17] 99% 93% 10p[92] 10p[93] £0.50 25p 0p 15p 5p £10[94] No £20[95]

  1. Operated by O2. [] [] []
  2. But always free to Giffgaff. [] []
  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. Only 3000 texts. []
  9. Including minutes and texts too. []
  10. Bundles start from £1/100MB. []
  11. Per day, Gives you 25MB. You are billed in ££1 increments during each day up to ££5 then at 4p/MB. []
  12. Free to some charity numbers. []
  13. Includes 150 minutes and 250MB of data. []
  14. Includes unlimited texts and 1GB of data. []
  15. Per day, 100MB max. []
  16. Only to O2 or £30/month from chosen postcode. []
  17. Operated by EE. [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  18. Per day, 500 MB/month max. []
  19. To T-Mobile only. []
  20. 65p minimum charge. []
  21. But three chosen numbers are 20p/hour. []
  22. Effectively 8.3p due to triple credit offer. [] []
  23. Effectively 3.3p due to triple credit offer. []
  24. Effectively £2.00/10MB 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. 3p 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. 4p to TalkMobile. []
  39. 2p to TalkMobile. []
  40. Per day, 100MB max with extra charged at 10p/MB. [] []
  41. Including free data and you get to keep your credit. []
  42. Including free texts and you get to keep your credit. []
  43. Only available to Virgin Media Customers. []
  44. 5p to landlines and free to other Vectone Mobile customers for a month if you top-up £5 or more. []
  45. Free to other Vectone Mobile customers for a month if you top-up £5 or more. []
  46. 10MB free per day when you top up. []
  47. You get to keep your credit and includes both free calls and texts but only to other Vectone Mobile, LycaMobile and Delight Mobile users. [] []
  48. Free to other Delight Mobile customers for 4 weeks if you top-up £5 or more. [] []
  49. You get to keep your credit and includes both free calls and texts but only to other Delight Mobile users. []
  50. 4p to landlines and free to other Dialog Vizz users as long as you top-up £5. []
  51. 5p to other Dialog Vizz users or free to other Dialog Vizz users as long as you top-up £5. []
  52. 10MB free per day as long as you have at least £2 credit. []
  53. In administration. []
  54. Even though listed as free on their website. []
  55. 5p to landlines or other Now Mobile customers. []
  56. 2p to other Now Mobile customers. []
  57. Fair use policy of 5000 texts/month. []
  58. Now shut down. [] [] []
  59. 200 free per month and 2p to other OVIVO Mobile customers. []
  60. 300 free per month and 2p to other OVIVO Mobile customers. []
  61. 500MB free per month. []
  62. 3p to landlines and free to other White Mobile customers as long as your balance is at least 50p. []
  63. Free to other White Mobile customers as long as your balance is at least 50p. []
  64. But only to other White Mobile users as long as your balance is at least 50p. [] []
  65. Reported to be shut down. [] []
  66. Free to other Victory Mobile customers. [] []
  67. Operated by 3. [] []
  68. 5p to landlines. []
  69. Subject to a fair use allowance of 1500 per month. [] []
  70. 5p/minute to landlines and 0p/minute to other AfriMobile numbers for the first 120 minutes per month but 7p/minute afterwards. []
  71. 0p each to other AfriMobile numbers for the first 50 SMS per month but 10p each afterwards. []
  72. Per day, Up to 25MB, then 50p for every additional 25MB or part thereof. []
  73. Subject to fair use limit of 5000 texts every 30 days. []
  74. 8p to other Donate Mobile numbers. []
  75. 5p to other Allpay Mobile numbers. [] []
  76. 7p to other Banana Mobile numbers. []
  77. 5p to other Banana Mobile numbers. []
  78. 7p to other C Mobile numbers. []
  79. 5p to other C Mobile numbers. []
  80. 4p to other Co-op Mobile numbers. []
  81. 2p to other Co-op Mobile numbers. []
  82. Free to other Freedomtalk numbers and 5p 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 Lomo Mobile numbers, 10p to landlines at weekends. []
  88. Free to other Lomo Mobile numbers. []
  89. Free after each top-up. []
  90. Bonus allowance to other Smart Pinoy numbers with every top-up and 5p to landlines. []
  91. Bonus allowance to other Smart Pinoy numbers with every top-up. []
  92. Free to other Talk Home numbers (max. 2000 minutes) and 5p to landlines. []
  93. Free to other Talk Home numbers (max. 2000 texts). []
  94. Comes with 500 minutes and 2GB data. []
  95. Comes with unlimited texts and 2000 minutes. []

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.
by Jon M

312 Responses to “Compare mobile networks”

  1. margaret 7 June 2011 at 06:59 Permalink

    My friend recommended giffgaff to me, but i would like to know how much calls and textes cost from bulgaria to uk, also if when using giffgaff are the calls still free to use when calling or texting from bulgaria to bulgaria when the other person is using giffgaff.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 8 June 2011 at 15:21 Permalink


      If you’re in Bulgaria, you will be roaming so extra charges will apply. The Giffgaff-to-Giffgaff calls and texts won’t be completely free either – if calling from UK to Bulgaria, the caller will not be charged but the person in Bulgaria will have to pay to answer the call. If the other way round, it’s still charged for the outgoing call from Bulgaria but free for the person in the UK.

      Normal prices for roaming are here: Calling a landline in Bulgaria from the UK is 8p and texts are 8p but calling mobiles is 16p. When roaming, making calls is 35p, receiving calls is 15p and sending texts is 10p.

      To be honest, Giffgaff is a great network but if you are mainly making international calls, one of the specialist international networks might be better.

      Hope this all helps.

  2. Heidi 13 June 2011 at 13:27 Permalink

    Glad I’ve fianlly found something I agree with!

  3. timo 21 June 2011 at 09:35 Permalink

    Vectone Mobile is 5p/min to any UK network when you top-up online (23/06/2011)

  4. andy 7 July 2011 at 21:46 Permalink

    Why is everything so much cheaper ib usa?

  5. David 16 July 2011 at 06:56 Permalink

    Can I keep my existing mobile number as I’m with Orange?

  6. Khairul 11 August 2011 at 04:28 Permalink

    This is a seriously impressive effort.
    Kudos ;)

  7. ha33y 18 August 2011 at 10:09 Permalink

    Virgin have a new “simply 8p” tariff which is comparable to GG which you should add into your comparison page. Granted GG does have some other benefits like payback and stuff but nevertheless in order to get the full picture, it is good to add the new stuff too..:-)

  8. Peter 21 August 2011 at 13:12 Permalink

    This is a fantastic effort, I searched on Google for ages for something like this but no one else does it.

    From their web site I think Lycamobile 0800 is 15p/minute not 499p/per minute. I cant see the rate for 0870 but 0871/72 are given as 25p/minute so 0870 might be the same.

    It would be good if you could add a column for voicemail and maybe have separate columns for landline and mobile (rather than show landline in notes when its different).

  9. Kofi 28 August 2011 at 12:44 Permalink

    How about international calls?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 September 2011 at 13:11 Permalink

      This is something we’re definitely looking into. The main problems are how to display the huge amount of information on a single page and how to get hold of the data from all the networks in a useful format. If you have any ideas we’d love to hear it.

  10. Me 22 September 2011 at 10:15 Permalink

    Can you add simplecallmobile please :)

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 October 2011 at 15:17 Permalink

      We’ve looked into this but as it’s not a mobile network we can’t really fairly compare it. Do you use it?

      • Wasim 13 January 2014 at 10:40 Permalink

        Is there anyway I can advertise our products and services. We are offering fantastic promotions at present.

  11. 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.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 October 2011 at 15:12 Permalink

      BP – we just checked the Vodafone website at it seems they still offer the “unlimited” calls offer. It’s called Vodafone Family and you can read more details on our unlimited calls page. Vodafone also offer free calls to 6 numbers for just £7/month.

      Hope this helps and please let us know how this works out for you.

  12. 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?

  13. 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)

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

    Virgin data is now 50p a day.

  23. 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.

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

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

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

    Great site though it has quite similar content to mine:

  26. 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

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

    Thanks – really useful website.

    PS Missing link above for GiffGaff –

  28. Andreww 29 June 2012 at 18:43 Permalink

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

  29. 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.

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

    I don’t see Banana mobile on your list.

  31. 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)

  32. 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 :)

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

    There is nothing here! What a waste of time.

  36. lee 13 April 2013 at 21:05 Permalink

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

  37. 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 :)

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

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

    By the way £0.25 means 25p not 2.5p

  41. 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?

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

    Vodafone and Three No Longer Offer Free 0800 Calls

  43. 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.”

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

    You need to check your table because there over 10 incorrections

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

    Virgin data charge is 50p a day.

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

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

  47. 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

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

    What is victory mobile?

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

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

  50. 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

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

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

    Will You Add Afri Mobile To Your Table

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

    Vodafone Offers Internet For £1/Day

  55. 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.

  56. Ivor 24 June 2013 at 13:02 Permalink

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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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).

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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).

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

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

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. pawelnrg 31 January 2014 at 11:04 Permalink

    lebara increase price to 15p.

  73. pawelnrg 31 January 2014 at 21:13 Permalink

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

  74. 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?

  75. pawelnrg 16 February 2014 at 22:45 Permalink

    unlimited data lebara

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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?

  79. 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…

  80. 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.

  81. 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

  82. 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.

  83. 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 ?

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

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

  85. 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.

  86. dan 19 July 2014 at 16:12 Permalink

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

  87. 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!

  88. 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!

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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!

  93. 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.

  94. 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

  95. 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

  96. 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

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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!

  100. Stanley 29 October 2014 at 02:04 Permalink

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

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

    Hello, Simple Call is disappearing wef 31.10.2014

  102. 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 ?

  103. 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.

  104. Malcolm 17 November 2014 at 16:05 Permalink

    Simply Call Mobile no longer trading.

  105. Dan 20 November 2014 at 17:52 Permalink

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

  106. 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.

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

    Lebara now 19p a text and 19p/minute

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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).

  111. 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

  112. James 18 January 2015 at 19:56 Permalink

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

  113. 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 :-)

  114. 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!

  115. 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.

  116. 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?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 February 2015 at 22:00 Permalink

      Giffgaff unlimited can’t be used tethered. Any other data plans are fine. Of course, the other issue is the restrictions Apple puts on their iPhones but they are trivial to circumvent.

  117. 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.

  118. 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!

  119. 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 ?

  120. 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.

  121. 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.

  122. Bob 21 February 2015 at 10:41 Permalink

    Don’t forget tello mobile

  123. 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.

  124. 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

  125. John 25 February 2015 at 08:52 Permalink

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

  126. 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

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

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

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