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Unlimited Data

Unfortunately, in the UK it’s pretty much impossible to get unlimited data especially on PAYG? Even the monthly contracts don’t offer truly unlimited data. For example, many networks claim to give you unlimited internet but actually have a sneaky “fair use” cap at 500 MB/month or even less. In May 2010, Vodafone scrapped their unlimited data plan to save money and O2 followed suit in June 2010. If you like to use your phone to stream video for example, this can be incredibly restrictive.

Mobile companies say that they found that 97% of their users use less than 500 MB/month and only a tiny fraction use over 1 GB. However, this doesn’t stop it being slightly disingenuous to offer “unlimited” data which is, in actual fact, very limited. Those who are high data users should have an option. And, to be frank, especially when 4G is rolled out across the UK, people’s usage patterns are going to change. The trend is definitely toward more and more data and 500 MB/month is really a quite pitiful amount.

So are there any ways to get unlimited data on PAYG phones in the UK?

Not impossible?


Thankfully there is a solution out there. The amazing PAYG network, Giffgaff offers truly unlimited internet for only £20/month. Not only that, but you also get unlimited texts and unlimited any network minutes.

Order a free SIM with £5 free credit. Even if you don’t need unlimited data and don’t want to pay for a goodybag, you always get unlimited free calls to any other Giffgaff customer. All freephone numbers are also free to call. Remember, Giffgaff offers unlimited mobile data and you can even tether with it. The only restriction is if you somehow manage to use 6GB you’ll lose 4G speeds outside of midnight until 8am. If you want to learn more about the network, please read our Giffgaff review.

Don’t delay, get a free Giffgaff SIM with unlimited data now to get £5 free credit.


3 have also got a brand new unlimited data offer. You just need to order your free free SIM, then you can sign up for true all-you-can-eat for just £25 a month. Just like Giffgaff, this is truly unlimited data without any caps or fair use policy too! So tuck in. They’ve even thrown in plenty of texts and minutes with this great offer. We’ve also considered the whole experience in our 3 tariff review.

Why not order your free 3 SIM today?


T-Mobile also have a great offer for data with their optional Internet Boosters. You can get 5 days internet for only £2.50, a month for just £5 or 6 months for £20 which is only £3.33/month or just £40 per year. Just be aware that this isn’t truly “unlimited” – there’s a fair usage policy limit of 500MB per calendar month.

If you want, start using a T-Mobile Mobile SIM today or check out our T-Mobile review.

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile also have a deal on for PAYG customers. You can buy a 7-day unlimited internet pass for £2. This gives you free data for a whole week (although it’s not truly “unlimited”, it’s actually limited to 100 MB which is pretty far from unlimited).

Get a Tesco Mobile SIM now or read our review of Tesco Mobile first.

Vectone Mobile

Another option for PAYG users is Vectone. Like Tesco, it’s not truly unlimited but you can buy a one day unlimited data pass for only 50p. However, in this case, “unlimited” means 125 MB. They also offer 7 days for £2.50 (with a 250 MB limit) or £5/month (with a maximum of 1 GB).

Read a Vectone review or try out a Vectone Mobile SIM today.

Other ways to get unlimited data?

Please leave a comment below if you have any corrections or if you know of any other way to get unlimited texts that we’ve not mentioned on this page. Thanks.

Free PAYG SIM with unlimited free calls

Many networks offer free Pay As You Go (PAYG) SIM cards. These free SIM cards sometimes even come with free credit once you activate them so you can start using mobile internet right away. Below is a list of mobile networks that will offer free SIM cards and unlimited mobile data.

by Jon M

161 Responses to “Unlimited Data”

  1. Alan Price 4 May 2017 at 23:49 Permalink

    even with a Three payG sim unlimited mobile data can still tether more than 30GB if rooted or jailbroken anyway there is no gain in old plans if you learn ethical hacking

  2. Marc 4 February 2017 at 15:15 Permalink

    GiffGaff DO NOT DO UNLIMITED DATA ON THE ABOVE PLAN £20 goody bag you get unlimited tx’s & calls but DATA IS SET TO 6gb then after that your speed is reduced until 12midinght until 8am.
    Carry on using the DATA over 6gb your receive an email warning you about your data usage, carry on & they block you from buying the £20 (ALWAYS ON DATA) as they call it & you can only get the £18 goody bag!
    GiffGaff was truly unlimited years ago for as little as £12 now they are getting bigger they are getting more tight!
    They use the O2 network & the other thing is there’s no operator to call everything is done on line so have a problem you have to email an agent & wait for up to 24hours for a reply!
    I’ve just left GiffGaff & gone to THREE who do a truly unlimited everything 12 month contract for £32 plus you can tether 30gig the same contract on monthly roll over is £35.
    If your like me & use the Internet a very lot that’s really good my Mrs tethers the 30gb & 1rings me to ring her back!
    I’m also happy to have an operator again & not doing everything on line!
    Marc Michels

  3. britishsun 17 August 2016 at 20:28 Permalink

    I’ve been a 3 network user for about 5 years and locked in with there 3000 3000 min an text and unlimited data plus as it’s locked in for all those years ago I have unlimited hotspot truly unlimited.
    So the bad part is phones are expensive if you want to keep the contract your sacrifice the cost of a phone.
    Now they cap the hotspot but at 20 gigs I think if you pay top price.
    See every year they make the deal smaller and the price bigger I pay 35 for truly unlimited data n hotspot where as no that would cost 50 or more.
    I don’t mean to sound like I’m braking just more to the point I’m trying to make is they want you to upgrade tempt you with the latest and greatest and then they get to reduce your rights of use.
    If you don’t upgrade they have to honor the original contract until you do.
    So the point is don’t upgrade if you want to keep a good tariff otherwise you’ll lose it at the price of a handset

  4. Jason 19 May 2016 at 10:32 Permalink

    The only true unlimited data is with 3. All the others are capped on a fair usage police (even giff gaff) who reduce the speed of your internet to ridiculously unusable after 6gb.

    • stephen crossthwaite 30 May 2016 at 16:48 Permalink

      Giffgaff is so slow during the day that its nearing unusable and that’s in the first six gig would hate to see it slowed down

  5. Roman 11 April 2016 at 09:21 Permalink

    Three All-you-can-eat bumped up to 25 since April 2016

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 April 2016 at 15:37 Permalink

      Thanks, now fixed.

      • Evyena 15 September 2016 at 20:59 Permalink

        I use 02 and 3, too with 2 phones. I wanted to keep my 02 number and switch to giffgaff, as they pay and go tariffs seems better. However to read this topic I won’t activate my ordered free sim. In UK I found truly only 3 gives unlimited data for mobile phones. One of my sim I use with them for 5-6 years or so, pay and go. At first was £15, then £20, then £25 pay and go and unlimited. After the latest rising I decided to stay at £20 per month p&g, but it is ‘only: 12G, however for my usage it was always enough. I guess I will rather grab another 3 sim instead of giffgaff or O2, because so far 3 has the best deals with pay&go.

  6. shaun 4 January 2016 at 16:45 Permalink

    virgin is by far the cheapest sim only contract 30 days rolling £20 unlimited data unlimited mins unlimted texts unlimited 0845/0870 numbers tethering not allowed and only 3g not had any problems this tarriff is for existing customers only you will not see the tarrif in any shop or online you have to ask about it like i did

    • jamie 30 March 2016 at 17:05 Permalink

      I use 3 I pay £20 a month payg you get unlimited data 3000 texts and 300 mins can’t go wrong with that..

      • Paul 9 August 2016 at 22:36 Permalink

        Hi Jamie. I’ve looked on the 3 site and cannot find the page to order the unlimited data plan on pay and go it doesn’t seem to be something there doing anymore? Can you help please as I wish to get this for me and my partner??

        • John 26 October 2016 at 11:22 Permalink

          It’s been reduced to 12gb from unlimited.

  7. Naomi 21 October 2015 at 17:51 Permalink

    Giffgaff are NOT unlimited… They have a fair use policy and dramatically slow you down days after top up.
    I use my phone for business so I use emails call and texts.
    They have banned me from unlimited and state I’m over using the data?? I don’t download anything I don’t listen and stream music and I have never been able to watch videos as the network is so slow.
    Yet my son uses it for all the stuff I don’t and I get the ban.

    Don’t use giffgaff there crap.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 October 2015 at 18:24 Permalink

      What exactly is their fair use policy? And how come it’s unlimited for your son?

      • Naomi 24 October 2015 at 20:24 Permalink

        My son has the same goody bag as myself so I’m clueless as to why this has to be any different for myself.
        They even stated and accused me of going to set up anothe raccount in order to get the fake unlimited again! When I asked why they would assume I would do that he put back I would not recommend you doing it?? What sort of agent is this?
        As I sit here and chat my partner has been sitting there and holding his phone waiting for the same page to load for around 4/5 mins.. Is this acceptable??
        There ridiculous…
        I’m going to ofcom and have followed there procedure.

    • Mickyboy69 22 October 2015 at 13:17 Permalink

      Thanks for that Naomi. Duly noted. They shouldn’t be aloud to blatantly bull s***e

      • Naomi 24 October 2015 at 20:28 Permalink

        It’s wrong companies should deceive customers. It should be exactly what it states! I run my own business and know it’s false advertising!

        • Ian 7 April 2016 at 00:55 Permalink

          this webpage needs an update, giffgaff now do an allways on instead of the unlimited and essentially the most data you can use is 6gig after that it is restricted down to 250k (i think)
          I bought it for while i worked away thinking that it was unlimitied and after 3 days of google hangouts in the evening to my partner and youtube I now cant do anything usefull. disgusting as for the last 3 years they have been having hours of unused calls and texts and data and for 3 days I have the audacity to use the network I am shut down.
          the mobile companies should be forced to stop this theft from us.

          if they have unfair usage, we should be able to claim back money for unused minutes and text and data.

          • Mobile Network Comparison 15 April 2016 at 15:43 Permalink

            In their defence, they do make it clear that it’s “Always On” data and 6GB is quite a generous limit especially as you’re allowed to tether.

            • Ronnie 5 May 2016 at 11:42 Permalink

              I haven’t been with GG for a while now,but I seem to remember their Unlimited was nothing of the sort.
              And Tethering was absolutely not allowed,punishable by death almost.
              Has this changed dramatically ?
              I will need to read the updated page on GG methinks.

            • stephen crossthwaite 30 May 2016 at 16:58 Permalink

              Yes but the six gig allthough I agree is reasonable is so slow the speed I get is what I would of expected from the slowed down allways on.yes after half 12 in middle of night untill 8 in morning its great but who uses phone much at that time

        • Connor 5 May 2016 at 01:13 Permalink

          This is all true I’m 16 so i dont really use texts I just use Facebook messenger when I go out and it was good for about 3 month in my kids home and then they banned me due to a trafficking policy for apparently using too much “unlimited” it’s ridiculous I live in a kids home and the council wifi for the home block PlayStation network and xbox so me and the other kids have to earn the money to buy this “unlimited” data so we can play online and then they take it off us and ban us. It’s disgraceful

    • CanbeChan 3 November 2015 at 00:18 Permalink

      Same situation here ,GiffGaff ban me as well when I’v use a plan As usual nearly 3 weeks.
      & they took my goodybag for next purchase , cause I always prepare for next goodybag .i lost £20 for nothing .
      The most ridiculous thing is they took away my goodybag immediately when I just purchased, & send some stupid msg after that,why they don’t inform me before purchase plan,( I top credit in 3 days before next goodybag ) giffgaff system seems waiting took it till I purchased new goodybag, cause I’m out of limit so they want me pay for that???
      Is really unacceptable, don’t Tell “Unlimited plan “if it not.
      And I try to use another giffgaff sim which is apply from same email before, & ban it automatic as well .
      I’m so disappointed of it , I’m used Giffgaff couple of yrs and Start with £12 unlimited plan . I don’t care even they raise the price up every half year, but ban me cause tell that I’m over limit? My God , I brought a Unlimited plan & u tell me is not ! Tell me what is unlimited means for GiffGaff? Just make it clear like 15GB or 20GB a month , but not use “unlimited ” word to confuse me , No More Giffgaff !!!

    • jason 10 November 2015 at 03:05 Permalink

      I’ve been on giffgaff for years but they are baning me now too. They used to be good. I’m looking to leave them soon

    • Paul Hollindrake 30 March 2016 at 10:46 Permalink

      Im with giffgaff and i got permanently banned from unlimited for apparently ysing too much internet yet i was working and hardly used my internet, i have had nothing but problems with giffgaff since i joined them.

  8. mary 12 October 2015 at 04:58 Permalink

    Allmcomparison sites useless. Wont print comprehensive prices. Wont compare all deals from all piggybackers on your current network or is there a conract option and this is for sim only. On phone all admut they have no data to help you

  9. Dennis 8 October 2015 at 19:17 Permalink

    Seen the ad “Roaming Charges Suck” from Three and “We are working to make it better”
    Well they are making it worse. If you have a contarct and use the feel Free at Home package you are LIMITED TO 2 MONTHS in a 12 month period. If you are outside of the UK in a Feel at Home country or countries for a TOTAL of 2 months in a yaer, they will switch your connection off, not just data, EVERYTHING, no calls, in or out. Beware if you are a frequent traveller or you could end up with no phone connection!

  10. securespark 31 August 2015 at 10:47 Permalink

    My sons and I have been on 3 for years using the unlimited data on PAYG for £15 a month. Now I have discovered it has shot up to £20 a month.

    • Nort 27 January 2016 at 14:48 Permalink

      Did same to me and said that they were doing me the favor moving on there loss as 4 family members will follow

    • Bob 1 April 2016 at 08:39 Permalink

      It has now shot up to £25 a month now if you want this same package m I got a shock this morning when I went to top up! NOT impressed.

      • Luke 5 April 2016 at 20:59 Permalink

        Ive just been slapped with this increase as well, from 15 pounds to 25 in 8 weeks scandalous. You try actually getting any where near the cap. its impossible becuese the traficsense software kicks in after 3pm so bad you will be lucky to get a complete web page to finish loading where i am in the westcountry. All i could get was 15 gb for my 20 quid now which i will not be able to use becuese i have noted i am being trafic sensed even more today since topping up bcuse i dont have the all you can eat package due to now not affording it. You cant find anything on the internet every time there is a grossly unfair change like this. Its impossible to get any where with customer services. These guys really are the mafia of the telecommunications world. They even TRADE MARKED Traffic Sense so they could get away with what is actually illegal in the UK so ive found today by unfairly throttling speeds under the auspices of providing a service. Its about time something was done about this. Its grossly unfair especially to those like me who are remote & cant get even a dial up land line.

    • Paul Cooper 4 April 2016 at 01:13 Permalink

      3 is good, just used 28GB data. 20 quid also gives 300 minutes and 3000 texts.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 15 April 2016 at 15:45 Permalink

        That’s decent. We always found it was easy to use massive amounts of data with them without any issues…

      • A G 23 January 2017 at 20:32 Permalink

        If only you didn’t use so much, I’d recommend Tello since the trafficsense does not kick in on their piggybacking service. So you get 56 mbps 4g at 4pm!

  11. bektas konca 8 August 2015 at 21:56 Permalink

    i used to have talktalk after suffering a year of bad connection i told them to stick it, i was lucky to get 3network when on offer sim only unlimited deal last year for £15 month since than i am using it had no issues with it better and faster than my home network used to be, almost always on 4g unless some one calls me than it drops on 3g, i am using it with my macmini watching movies online but i never download, last month i used 20gb data, i worked out i have saved £35 a month leaving talktalk since 10 months ago that is £350 saving no joke, i am mostly happy due to 4g speed and reliability, i just found out from my friend he has a EE dongle and he has EE sim he has put the sim on his phone called EE registered and asked for BB internet for £5 and he has been using it for few days no limit he has told me i will see how that goes and report here.

  12. Max 29 April 2015 at 22:22 Permalink

    I have a (unlocked) mobile wifi device (EE Osprey) and am looking for cheaper data options than EE and Three and the like. I am American living in the UK for the next year and so do not have a UK Visa. Can I use my American Visa to top up a giffgaff SIM card? Thanks, sounds like a good company.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 29 April 2015 at 22:57 Permalink

      How did you get it unlocked? And Three should be much cheaper than giffgaff if you just need mobile data anyway?

      We suspect that any VISA card would work but if they must be registered to UK addresses, it’s incredibly simple to just buy a top-up voucher from any shop instead. Let us know if you have any other questions and we’ll try to help.

      • Max 30 April 2015 at 08:29 Permalink

        The best Three pay-as-you-go appears to be 12GIG / 12 months / £70 but if you use a fair bit of data wouldn’t the giffgaff unlimited at £18/ month be better?

        After 6 months you can unlock the EE Osprey either on their website for £9 or check EBay for £1

    • Sheogorath 29 April 2015 at 23:03 Permalink

      Well, if New Zealanders can use NZ Visa cards to pay for US proxied Netflix…

  13. henry 7 March 2015 at 18:02 Permalink

    3 is not doing unlimited data anymore as it has been ‘taken off the system’
    i went in the store and thats what they said.
    you now have to pay atleast £17 a month to get unlimited data

  14. Kamil 5 February 2015 at 21:48 Permalink

    Let me tell you my story I think that irony of it is actually bit funny . I have purchased a handy 7 inch tablet that fully supports voice call and texting It was a sim only plan with 3 UK. I have used tablet around a month and one wonderful morning I get a lovely notification that I am not running a headset / cellular phone and I can not register to network I phone 3 Customer helpline 333 and after more then a hour and speaking with 4 different people I was explain that Mister you are using a tablet its not a phone your emei is banned and no go. I’ve been told your tablet is internet device at first place designed to consume vast amounts of data. Just to say I have consumed 358 Mb of date in over a month period. I told that my tablet has same functionality as my smart fone I can text and voice call with it and do exactly same as my smart fone (data usage on my smart phone 45 GB in a week time) Minutes of explaining I finally got manager on phone He said we can do anything Our system recognise your device a tablet as data device and no go for you sir. I’ve explain in definition a device that capacity of voice calling is a phone right All the new phones are data devices in its purpose and no one gets a all you can eat data plan just to use voice call . As a outcome they have kindly agreed to terminate contract as no extra cost.
    In my opinion what you folks think what make a phone and tablet wheres the line between a two inch screen size is it
    Stupidity of company rules result as customer leaves a network
    I told I can put my sim card in a car and what device would that be a mobile phone haha Enough of polemics

  15. Sheogorath 26 January 2015 at 01:32 Permalink

    There’s an important caveat with T-Mobile’s ‘unlimited browsing’ in that they can’t tell the difference between browsing and downloading at all. This is evidenced by the fact that I got the 80% warning text while reading a Wikipedia article nearly twenty-four hours after I last downloaded anything. Completely nuts!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 26 January 2015 at 02:45 Permalink

      That’s because there’s literally zero difference between “browsing” and “downloading”. If you mean something else like streaming, torrenting or tethering, there’s an argument to be made…

      • Sheogorath 9 February 2015 at 12:56 Permalink

        I’ve proven my assertion since I posted my last comment. Last month I deliberately hit 100% of my 500MB ‘fair’ usage limit, and afterwards discovered that I was able to download apps if I waited patiently for the extra time it took, could watch YouTube vids as normal, yet when I was browsing, pages failed to fully load if they loaded at all. I believe that’s evidence enough, so I emailed the executive director of EE about it, asking if he’ll lift this pointless limit.

  16. Pedro 21 January 2015 at 14:15 Permalink

    Three UK support just told me that only 4GB of tethering are included in a unlimited plan. Weird. 🙁 I will have to think about my options giffgaff has better international fare.
    Thanks for your reply and the page! Really helpful.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 January 2015 at 15:10 Permalink

      It might be the case that they actually don’t enforce this limit as it’s doubtful they’ll actively be separating the bandwidth usage especially as both can be in use simultaneously. In general in the UK, you have to decide between unlimited and tethering allowed.

  17. Pedro 21 January 2015 at 12:39 Permalink

    Has really three UK banned tethering? I am moving to UK and it looked the optimal choice.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 21 January 2015 at 12:40 Permalink

      We believe so. What do you need monthly?

      • Pedro 21 January 2015 at 12:47 Permalink

        I have not decided yet. I was thinking on unlimited data, to use Skype with my home country, and if tethering was allowed there would have ben no doubt.

    • Nick 9 February 2015 at 14:57 Permalink

      Vectone runs on T-Mobile network and unlimited tethering is possible for ~£10 monthly. Prepaid or contract.

  18. N Danielle 11 December 2014 at 20:42 Permalink

    Nathan Drakelous – Agreed, it is defintely unlimited! Usually a trick with Youtube videos is set it to the lowest setting, and watch the videos that way. I always by the six month boosters and they are a God-send.

  19. Nathan Drakelous 6 December 2014 at 20:31 Permalink

    The T mobile tariff description is WRONG!! T mobile offers the best unlimited data with pay as you go. I have a 6 month booster which I’ve been using for about two years (so a booster every six months). There us a 1GB fair usage, and after that you can still use the internet as much as you like. There is absolutely no limit. I only discovered there was no limit, because nearing the end of my first month with the booster, I went crazy and used loads of data by streaming. Since then I have continued using a much as I like. The data is even good enough for XBOX LIVE! T mobile really is the best.

  20. Steve 15 November 2014 at 08:47 Permalink

    Like many others when unlimited Tethering comes to an end in January 2015, I will be leaving Three UK.

    I rarely use my phone abroad and also very rarely get a 4G signal, but I do very frequently use Tethering. £5 for 1Gb of data is a complete rip off and 1Gb is tiny by todays standards. What set Three apart from the likes of EE, GiffGaff and O2, was the fact that data was unlimited however you used it.

    Now its not, its time to consider a move to another network that doesn’t charge £5 per gb of data, or at the very least has some decent 4G coverage to justify the costs.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 November 2014 at 23:48 Permalink

      Did they even bother to announce this? For a long time they were the most reasonable for mobile data…

      • alanthehat 23 January 2015 at 21:52 Permalink

        No, they didn’t announce.
        There is a spoken announcement after top-up suggesting converting to ‘one plan’.
        Data is no longer unlimited so I didn’t convert & I won’t be topping up again.
        Lycamobile similarly have dropped unlimited data @ £15
        I’m currently looking for 2 new suppliers…

  21. ayman 1 November 2014 at 23:35 Permalink

    Not correct that provides unlimited internt I was using youtbe for my children to see kids movies in my language the send me a warning email to stop downloading otherwise they not me top up in future.
    Also I can’t download from Googleplay because I’m not UK national residents
    Only UK resident over 18 how have passport or driving licence can change sitting.
    I feel that gifgaf not designed for international specially students.
    I’m not advising students or international visitors to UK to use gifgaf.
    If somebody advice me how to keep my number and change to another company I will be thankful.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 November 2014 at 23:53 Permalink

      Were you tethering? Which goodybag?

    • Nick 9 February 2015 at 15:05 Permalink

      Ask giff gaff for your PAC number. Then take your phone and the PAC number to your new supplier and tell them you want to keep your old number.
      Vectone is not too bad. And good for foreign nationals. I have the same problems with giffgaff.
      Right now I will keep it for the coverage at home. You need to live here for three years before you can apply for a fixed line contract.

  22. jason 16 October 2014 at 01:53 Permalink

    No not atall but I got barred under tethering because I was downloading while charging my phone, they even tried telling how much to download, they said pause my download and continue in a few days to stop getting blocked which was ridiculous, if your tarrif isn’t unlimited don’t claim to be then punish your customers, we pay for a service then get penalized for using it, everyone who want unlimited data use three

  23. jason 16 October 2014 at 01:32 Permalink

    Don’t go with giffgaff if you want unlimited data I got barred from there internet permanently because I was downloading films and had to charge my phone at the same time and they barred me under tethering, they have a fare usage policy which is in there really long terms and conditions, I hated there service and moved to three.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 October 2014 at 01:37 Permalink

      Were you tethering?

    • Sheogorath 9 March 2015 at 05:07 Permalink

      Similar thing happened to me. I was watching a YouTube vid and simultaneously charging my phone when I was banned for tethering. Even though I quickly got onto the phone to GiffGaff to ask them how exactly one tethers to a wall socket (I had no PC at the time), they refused to lift the ban, so I demanded the return of the balance of my credit and took it to T-Mobile.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 20 March 2015 at 14:04 Permalink

        What evidence did they offer to support the accusation?

        • Sheogorath 20 March 2015 at 14:39 Permalink

          Only the fact that my phone was hooked up to a USB cable, which is how it connects to the plug.

          • Mobile Network Comparison 20 March 2015 at 14:43 Permalink

            So without evidence that you were tethering (there’s no way they can know whether a USB cable is attached or not) they had to reinstate your service, right?

            • Sheogorath 20 March 2015 at 20:41 Permalink

              They probably would have eventually, but to get them to do that would have involved contacting Trading Standards, and the only way is through CAB, which hires forced labour.

  24. Nick 15 October 2014 at 16:59 Permalink

    Vectone has another offer at £10 for 3GB per month. But beware, if you use more than 3GB they deduct a £ per minute for anything over those 3GB, and you can’t get another 3GB deal until the month is over.

  25. Nick 15 October 2014 at 16:53 Permalink

    Giffgaff just increased the price by 50% to £18 for unlimited data. Adult sites (including dating) are blocked and can only be unblocked for people with British passport.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 October 2014 at 17:17 Permalink

      Actually the increase is 25% and all networks have an adult block which can be turned of with an EEC passport or driving licence as proof of age. See our post for details.

      • Nick 9 February 2015 at 15:08 Permalink

        From £12 to £18 is 50% according to my math book. No wonder British car companies are all bankrupt.
        And no, you need a UK passport for giffgaff. Or UK driving license.

        • Mobile Network Comparison 20 March 2015 at 15:01 Permalink

          Sorry, but £12 to £15 is a 25% increase. And which country’s ID didn’t work for you?

          What do car companies have to do with this?

  26. Simona 14 October 2014 at 12:07 Permalink

    Hi, I would offer Vectone new bundle for £10 Unlimited Data and SMS where Lebara gives only 1GB for same amount of money!

  27. Kris Coulter 23 September 2014 at 11:11 Permalink

    Do NOT move to giffgaff its not unlimited they cut you off and ban you from using you data so don’t bother with them I’m moving to 3 p.s giffgaff is a branch of o2 and o2 are ripoffs and guess what giffgaff is following persiute. Giffgiff is caped at around 2gb a month

  28. pictsidhe 5 September 2014 at 22:36 Permalink

    I don’t bother asking any more, they just fob me off with a ‘our engineers are working on it’ I never managed to get them to fix a problem. If it wasn’t so cheap and quick, I wouldn’t keep buying a new SIM and package whenever one breaks, once or twice a year. Their firewall has just went down again, I’m commenting thanks to tor, which I installed as their firewall ‘forgot’ monthly that I’ve opted out of their ridiculous blocking. It doesn’t just block porn, it blocks a LOT of completely harmless stuff too.
    T-mobile is unreliable, the customer service is appalling. The firewall is infuriating. BUT it is fast (I get 7Mbaud outside the afternoon slowdown) AND cheap, £20 for 6 months. Install tor to get around their firewall as needed and avoid trying to use bandwidth between 4pm and midnight and it’s a bargain.

  29. naneck 5 September 2014 at 21:12 Permalink

    Gus was right about Giffgaff. I got my sim from them a few weeks ago but was waiting till I had time to give notice and get a PAC from my present network before registering it with Giffgaff. I went on tonight to checkout how to register my sim and found out the unlimited data price is going up / or has gone up, by over 50% a month! Wow
    Oh well, never mind! I can still get unlimited data for £15 a month from either Lycamobile or from a Three sim – in Tesco phone shop.
    I’m presently with O2… and so is the Giffgaff network – so I guess O2 will soon be losing my custom completely.

  30. pictsidhe 5 September 2014 at 10:42 Permalink

    I’ve been using T-mobile mobile internet at home. BT is awful out here in the sticks. Speeds have been good, it’s slowed down between 4 and midnight, but still usable for surfing. Outside those hours I often see 7Mb/s! Last night at midnight, the 6 month internet I bought in June was cut off, completely. I’ve swapped my phone sim into the modem for now, that one still works so it’s not the network. This is a long way from “6 months of unlimited internet browsing” that they advertise. Last Friday I lost browsing for a day but was able to fix that with tor that I have to get round their content block. I’ve had my SIM unblocked twice but it forgets and is a hassle to get unblocked

  31. Kerry swyer 3 September 2014 at 15:42 Permalink


  32. Kerry swyer 2 September 2014 at 19:16 Permalink

    How do I find out the coverage?

  33. Kerry swyer 2 September 2014 at 10:51 Permalink

    I’m currently on giffgaff and the internet signal is crap I can’t watch anything or use the internet while I’m in my house

  34. Gus 23 August 2014 at 12:37 Permalink were good until today’s email. They have reduced what you get on all the smaller contracts and only reduced the cost in on of the higher contacts for a year. They then said if you got the 15 package before the 21/8/2014 you would keep unlimited data, but funny enough sent the email explaining this out after the date, meaning the loyal customers like myself that have got many people over to for the £12 package not only lost it today but have now lost the chance to pay £15. So if you want unlimited data you now have to pay £20. If you are joining or had a bag with them pervious. So I don’t see how they have listened to the customers (a), and (b) like all other suppliers they had ended up betraying the loyal customers and if you didn’t read your email probably will not notice the change and start getting bills for over usage. Thanks

  35. andrew 16 August 2013 at 19:06 Permalink

    T-mobile’s unlimited data is unlimited for browsing and fb emails etc but has a cap of 500mb for downloading and streaming bit pooh

    • Mobile Network Comparison 16 August 2013 at 20:14 Permalink

      And how exactly do they define the difference between “browsing” and “downloading” when there isn’t any?

    • pawelnrg 17 February 2014 at 18:44 Permalink

      after use all limit on t-mobile dongle we find than we still can watch film on one of porno website (starting as first 2 symbols chemical name of water)… ;P first You need remove lock.

  36. Danny 2 August 2013 at 20:22 Permalink

    I’m on three 15 all in one pay g and tether all day and can download torrents at a max 4bits …noticed between 3pm and 12am I’m being traffic managed …three best network by far I use excess of and tether to xbox and it great

    • Mobile Network Comparison 2 August 2013 at 20:25 Permalink

      How much difference does the traffic management make?

      • Danny 2 August 2013 at 20:29 Permalink

        A lot ! Three say there not managing my data but as soon as 3pm comes my download speed goes down to around 30kbs and sometimes lower ….then at 12am download speed homes back to to 400 kbs

        • Mobile Network Comparison 21 August 2013 at 17:24 Permalink

          Nine hours a day is a long time to have your data usage crippled!

          • danny 26 August 2013 at 04:35 Permalink

            Its only torrents that’s throottled now as I upgraded my phone to galaxy s3 now I get around 4 to 8mbits all day and night …just torrents thay seem throttled ..I used 88gb so far with 11days left till top up three is excellent

  37. Colin 17 June 2013 at 21:18 Permalink

    I have 3 on the 15 all in one plan pay as you go and I use about 10gb a month and I tether with no slow downs and brilliant speeds of up to 12mbs on a galaxy s4 brilliant 3 are the best

  38. ioscorpio 7 June 2013 at 14:47 Permalink

    Ovivo does not give unlimited free data, but does give free 500MB data, 150 mins and 200 texts, not to mention free Ovivo to Ovivo calls and texts. All at no monthly cost.

  39. Nutta100 7 June 2013 at 14:42 Permalink

    Are you having a giggle? 500MB? That’s useless. I’m on the one plan with 3. THAT’S unlimited data. 2000 minutes, 5000 3 to 3 minutes and 5000 texts.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 7 June 2013 at 14:46 Permalink

      We completely agree which is why we’re always sure to mention the limits imposed by fair use policies. It shouldn’t be allowed to claim that 500MB is “unlimited”.

  40. Dom 17 June 2012 at 01:07 Permalink

    very true BitGeek its a huge shame but just shows they can not keep to telling full truth but hope they change things for the better and keep unltd data

  41. Frank 16 May 2012 at 01:27 Permalink

    Yeah, torrents work well with mobile/android. I use adownloader. With android your limited to 4gb files though. Has anyone tried tethering on three’s fifteen pound unlimited tariff on an android phone. I’m just wondering if they can detect it?

  42. Nutta 14 May 2012 at 03:26 Permalink

    I’m sticking with 3 too. I have ‘The One plan’ which allows me to tether to my PlayBook through my BlackBerry Torch and yes – the data is truly unlimited so I can download or stream as much as I like with impunity.

  43. Dan 23 April 2012 at 17:13 Permalink

    I am on 3 with the £25/month Sim free rolling contract which includes 2000 mins, 5000 texts, 5000 3-3 calls and unlimited data. I only got this deal due to unlimited data which is truly unlimited and because i can tether to my Mac using an iPhone without any extra charges unlike some other networks. Surprisingly their network is good in my area since past few years. They were really bad before and i was reluctant to move to them due to this but a trial proved it was good now and i actually get faster speeds on the 3 network than my home wifi with talk talk so i actually use 3 network to tether over my home wifi. 3 network = 5-6 mbps depending on time of day and home wifi with talk talk is 1.5 mbps so huge difference. I might move down to £15/month which includes the data deal still. Other than that for people who want to use the data as there main internet source, this deal is great. According to my iPhone, which has been with 3 i have used 138GB and thats in 10 months. Thats about 14GB a month. Have had no complain, no slow downs, nothing. I thought about Giff gaff but then read about the tethering so that was a no go. Although you can use some JB apps which allow you to tether without being detected albeit slower.

  44. Frank 7 April 2012 at 16:59 Permalink

    Hi, just like to share my recent experience with you. Brought a europa on three, and absolutly cained it for a month, then figured unlimited data cheaper on giffgaff. Unlocked it and got my goodybag. Was cut off after one day. Eventually got reconnected but cut off soon after. Giffgaff do not really offer unlimited data. I’m going back to three. I always thought three was poor signal but the grass is definitively not greener

    • Mobile Network Comparison 7 April 2012 at 17:20 Permalink

      Were you tethering at all?

      • Frank 14 April 2012 at 15:47 Permalink

        Yeah, but only tiny bit first time. second time I was cut off I definitively didn’t tether. not sure if it was the amount of data or the fact that I was downloading torrents. still doing it but taking little steadier this time

  45. bitgeek 5 April 2012 at 00:33 Permalink

    Sadly seems giffgaff isn’t actually unlimited anymore.

  46. Assel 18 January 2012 at 17:19 Permalink

    How much are the rates to call Kazakhstan mobile and landline numbers?

    • Assel 18 January 2012 at 17:20 Permalink

      Also, how much are the texts (international)

  47. Ashley 11 January 2012 at 14:26 Permalink

    3 is your best option for both unlimited internet and tethering, 3’s new ‘all-you-can-eat’ data package for an extra £3 on the older plans or included in all plans named ‘The One Plan’ allows you to browse, send emails, stream, download and upload as much as you like, also allowing you to connecting to your computer, laptop or mac and again use as much data as you like! I personally can verify this by A. Reading there T&C’s and B. Contacted 3 directly and they confirmed what I already new.

    3 also beats network speed, realiabilty and coverage both 2G, EDGE, 3G and 3G+ (HSPDA) against GiffGaff’s network that runs on the 02 network which has pretty poor 3G coverage and speed!

    • David 14 February 2012 at 19:23 Permalink

      The extra £3 option on 3 does not include tethering. This is mentioned in the conditions, but not mentioned when talking to 3 over the phone, you only notice when your tethering stops working if you didn’t spot the limitation.

    • robert 12 April 2012 at 04:33 Permalink

      the 3 advert on the bottom of the screen tethering is not allowed
      why put that if you can do it? does it work on paug sims

      • Mobile Network Comparison 12 April 2012 at 05:17 Permalink

        As we understand it, you can only use your allowance to tether on the One Plan with 3.

        • Colin 27 July 2013 at 22:45 Permalink

          I use three on the one plan and have been tethering for months, streaming TV all night when working nights and all day when working weekends. I have never reached their suggested limit of 1000gb. (This limit was given to me by customer services).
          Although I have connection problems sometimes, (my office has metal walls grrr). Three definitely gives the best value at £25 per month.
          giff gaff switched me off when streaming the Olympics for using too much data on their unlimited plan and I wasn’t tethering then either.
          3 people in my office (me included) feature to my three account.

  48. cath 23 December 2011 at 21:34 Permalink


  49. tim 31 August 2011 at 23:18 Permalink

    No link as yet for the 100MB limit on Tesco, even Tesco Mobile customer services cannot find one although they claim it ‘used to be there’. Pointing out that this was in breach of their T&Cs stating that any limit would be clear on the website or in-store leaflets got a fairly pitiful £10 refund today.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 September 2011 at 13:01 Permalink

      Interesting. How did you find out about the limit then?

      • tim 4 September 2011 at 19:03 Permalink

        The data limit is notified by text message at 90MB and then again at 100MB, then for rest of the week you’re on Tesco’s regular data rates which cap at a ‘maximum’ spend of £5 per day (£1.66 allowing for triple credit) but with an unstated cap on the uncharged data beyond the £5.

        I’m off to Giff Gaff 🙂

        • 1 October 2011 at 17:41 Permalink

          Agreed on moving to giffgaff.

  50. Kirsty 22 August 2011 at 01:17 Permalink

    The Tesco Unlimited Browsing pass is capped at 100MB for the week, not 1GB. So effectively It’s 400MB for the month for £8

  51. roncufley 19 August 2011 at 14:23 Permalink

    Three offer unlimited data but if you use a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (and probably many others) they don’t supply the data that you have bought.

  52. Graphty 14 July 2011 at 04:07 Permalink

    Interestingly Orange removed hotspot settings in my HTCDHD & when I got the phone I put them back in, in their t&c they say you mustn’t Tether but almost All customer Services Staff I’ve spoken to at orange say tethering is fine with Orange & express surprise its not allowed in t&c. ….. Orange are in disarray aren’t they 🙂

    • Mobile Network Comparison 14 July 2011 at 04:15 Permalink

      If you want to tether, it seems that 3 offer the best deal in terms of coverage, speed, price, data allowance and terms. We wouldn’t risk tethering with Orange.

  53. person287 8 July 2011 at 09:43 Permalink

    @Kevin Yeah you’re right you can’t tether on giffgaff. They’re working on a Data Only goodybag but I’m not sure if you’ll be able to use this on computers yet.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 8 July 2011 at 10:09 Permalink

      We would suspect that you still won’t be able to tether but if enough people suggest it as an option hopefully it will come through.

      • 1 October 2011 at 17:29 Permalink

        Data only with tethering is on its way. 1oth October is the provisional date. check for the latest news.

  54. Kevin 4 July 2011 at 22:48 Permalink

    Just the one caveat. A lot of smartphones offer the ability to act as mobile WiFi hotspots these days, others use a USB connection. Like 02 giffgaff will get quite snotty if you try to tether a PC/Mac to your phone in this way. At least 02 will let you pay extra for this, giffgaff won’t apparently.

  55. Media Monstrosity 1 June 2011 at 12:29 Permalink

    In my opinion GiffGaff is the best of the bunch. The cheapest and in my experience the most reliable. Unfortunate though that they don’t do handsets, but that’s understandable, and maybe for the best.

    • gary H 30 December 2012 at 18:20 Permalink

      Yeah giffgaff is a decent network and good value for money, but I had to leave them and re join 3 as I was having signal trouble indoors.
      I’ve jumped on the £15 a month , 300 mins, 3000 txt ( I think ) all U can eat data, decent signal with 3

    • Chris 24 January 2014 at 12:50 Permalink

      Giff Gaff is indeed a good deal, but not the best of the bunch.
      They dont offer Tethering on their plans unless you go over £25.
      Three do allow tethering on their one plan which is £15 a month.
      I use three and have completley unlimited internet and tethering so i can use my mobile as a hotspot.
      The others dont, i was going to go to giff gaff but decided not to because of this.
      So, 3 are far superior in everyway

      • Nizk 18 February 2014 at 05:49 Permalink

        I have been with three for 5 years. And I feel proud to say that three network is the best for Internet speed and data. I remember when first O2 got the iPhone their 3G signal use to always buffer. But when the three network got the iPhone the 3G signal was always on unless in rural arias. I wish everyone would just switch on the three network and phoning each other should be like unlimited also coz of the 5000 mins

      • hassan 6 July 2014 at 20:47 Permalink

        Are you using 3 pay as u go or a contract 15 £ monthly? ?

      • Alan 25 March 2015 at 17:42 Permalink

        Yes, until you want customer service or try to cancel.

    • Gus 23 August 2014 at 12:40 Permalink

      Not after today’s email to customers giffgaff have changed Tariffs. See bottom of page and giffgaff website soon.

      • Mobile Network Comparison 2 September 2014 at 03:00 Permalink

        Yes, we’re working on updating this at the moment.

        • Meg 28 November 2014 at 17:15 Permalink

          Yes please update this web page soon, giffgaff will have increased their unlimited goodybag to £20 soon.

    • Paul Gray 9 February 2015 at 10:00 Permalink

      You can now tether on giff gaff but only if you are not on the unlimited data package if you are on unlimited data like me you cannnt tether but using any other goodybag will let you tether but only up to whatever your data limit is

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