Unlimited data was once a luxury, but competition between networks has allowed prices to gently drift down within reach. If you use your phone as a hotspot while working from home, it’s a great alternative to a mobile Wi-Fi or Mi-Fi, especially if you have multiple people within your household and want to ease the pressure on your broadband.
You can find unlimited data SIM deals from nearly every major UK network now – but how do you decide which one is best?
We compare the deals and what you can expect from each network, along with expert advice on how to choose an unlimited data SIM.
UK networks with unlimited data SIMs
You can now get unlimited data from most UK networks:
Best unlimited data SIM-only deals right now
Below we’ve ranked providers by price and current deals. We’ve also flagged providers that have 5G connectivity:
How to choose an unlimited data SIM?
Sure, the idea of unbridled mobile internet access sounds great, but there are a few things to think about before you sign on which could save you money in the long run. To start…
How do you use your data? First off, think of where you would use your data allowance the most. If you mostly stream video or music, or use social media, you may not necessarily need a totally unlimited plan.
Certain providers offer uncapped data on specific social media and streaming apps, so don’t fork out where you don’t need to! (On the topic of saving, there’s also this ridiculously good SIM-O offer with
60GB data for £8 per month)
For instance, Three’s
Go Binge feature allows unlimited use of Snapchat, Netflix, TVPlayer, Dave, Deezer, SoundCloud and Apple Music without eating into the data allowance – but you can get Go Binge on a plan as low as
£14 per month with 12GB data too. So unless you’re always on YouTube, you could effectively get away with unlimited data where it matters but on the cheap.
Similarly, EE has its
Swappable Benefits, which lets customers choose uncapped access to a select services at no extra data cost. The Video Data Pass, for example, lets you access Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video without cutting into your data allowance.
There’s also the Gamer’s Data Pass which allows unlimited access to Pokemon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, FIFA and Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes. It also covers uncapped live streaming from Twitch.
Not all plans are equal – Some plans have a speed caps on its unlimited plans. Vodafone for instance offers its unlimited plans on different speed tiers.
Unlimited Lite is its cheapest plan, at £22 per month but £11 the first 6 months, but you only get 2Mbps – which won’t be very handy if you often stream HD videos. Its standard Unlimited plan operates at 10Mbps maximum, while its Unlimited Max plan has
no speed restrictions.
Can you qualify for unlimited plans with your broadband provider? You may be eligible for an unlimited SIM through your broadband provider.
Virgin Mobile only offers it unlimited plan to its phone or broadband customers. Likewise,
BT only offers its unlimited data SIM to its Halo broadband customers.
Check your coverage. The last thing you want to be stuck with is a shoddy, slow connection. Most networks offer coverage checker tools on their sites (we’ve linked to them wherever possible in our chart above).
When is Black Friday 2020 – should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals – but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.