The big Boxing Day and January sales are beginning to fizzle out, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long-distant memories, and with any good fortune you’ve picked up, or been gifted (you lucky devil, you), a shiny new mobile phone.
Whether you have indeed got your hands on a brand new smartphone or your beloved old handset is coming to the end of its contract, we’ve rounded up our five favourite SIM only deals currently available from the UK’s biggest – and more obscure – phone networks.
They start at just £3.99 per month for light mobile phone users, and range up to great-value SIM plans with lots more data and minutes to surf and call with.
Top 5 best SIM only deals in 2018 so far:
iD Mobile SIM | 1 month contract | 500MB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £3.99 per month
This is flat out the cheapest SIM you can get at the moment and a good one to go for if you’re not fazed by the low data and call limits. Not heard of iD? Don’t fear, as it’s owned by the omnipresent phone retailer Carphone Warehouse.
Plusnet SIM | 30-day contract | 3GB data | 500 mins | Unlimited texts | £8 per month
We like this limited-time tariff (ends January 18) for a few reasons. The price is the obvious one, as well as the more than nominal data. But also the flexibility of the 30-day rolling contract. Plusnet uses EE’s rapid 4G network to serve its users.
Virgin Mobile SIM | 12-month contract | 5GB data | 1500 mins | Unlimited texts | £9 per month
This tariff from Virgin Mobile is well worth a look if you need a little more data from your SIM plan. For less than a tenner a month you get 5GB – and any data that’s unused at the end of the month gets rolled over to the next.
Three SIM | 12-month contract | 12GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £13 per month
This Three SIM only deal isn’t part of a winter sale – it’s this good all the time! 12GB is a brilliant amount of data, and the network’s Go Binge perk means you won’t even use any allowance if you stream Netflix, Apple Music and more.
EE SIM | 12-month contract | 30GB data | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | £24.99 per month
This isn’t the cheapest big-data SIM plan (that honour goes to Three again for only £18pm), but if you consume this much data then you may want to choose the UK’s fastest 4G network. You also get free Apple Music access for the first six months.
All the best SIM only deals
If you want to go with a network other than those above (Three SIM only deals are some of the best around), or just want to compare these SIM only deals to the best of the rest of the market, you can use the interactive price comparison chart on our best SIM only deals page.