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BasicsEdit

The UK currently has 4 network operators:

  • EE (for Everything Everywhere)
  • Vodafone
  • O2 (by Telefónica)
  • 3 (= Three by Hutchison)

Three and O2 have agreed on a merger. Hutchison wants to buy O2 from Telefónica to form an unified network pending the approval of the regulator and competition regulators. About 50 MVNOs operate on EE, Vodafone and O2. 2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz (except Three which has only 3G and 4G), 3G/UMTS is on 900 and 2100 MHz.

4G/LTE has been started in 2013 on all networks. Frequencies on 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz bands were granted. 4G is offered by all networks on prepaid now, but only on some MVNOs. In 2015 EE has the best 4G/LTE coverage at about 80% of population, while Vodafone, O2 and 3 have all around 60% coverage.

Prepaid is often called "pay as you go (PAYG)" in the UK. The list starts with the network providers according to size followed by the most significant MVNOs on the market.

ValidityEdit

Nearly all networks have an expiry policy of six months since the last balance increase or decrease. Although this is official policy, it is usually sufficient to receive a call every six months because this generates revenue, albeit small, for the network. The most notable exception is Lycamobile which operates a 90-day expiry policy since the last balance increase or decrease in all of the markets in which it operates. For visitors, the easiest way to maintain validity while outside the UK, in order to keep both credit and the mobile number for future visits to the UK, is to send a roaming SMS every 6 months.

"Content Lock"Edit

Prepaid SIM cards in the UK are delivered with a so called "Content Lock" in place. This is to protect children from accessing adult content. The problem is that a whitelisting approach is used for this, meaning that everything that has not been actively approved as non-adult will be treated as "adult".

This can seriously interfere with your internet accessibility, e.g. some users could not use their instant messaging services. Even emails and all "unguided" forums like Facebook or Twitter can be affected. However this can be bypassed using a VPN or proxy app/software to conceal your identity

The usual way to disable the content lock is to enter credit card data to prove your age; but this only works with UK-issued credit cards, and as a tourist you probably won't have one of those.Therefore when you buy a new SIM card in store insist that the lock will be removed right away (takes 1 minute). For this you may need to provide some form of ID to prove your age, if you look young.

RechargesEdit

Topping up your SIM online in many cases requires a UK-issued credit or debit card, but this is variable, even from one card to another with the same network. There are some private service providers on the net like mobiletopup.co.uk or Top Up UK who accept international cards and do it for a surcharge. Mobiletopup charges a flat per-order surcharge, no matter how many vouchers you buy. If you don't have a UK credit or debit card, you need to buy top-up vouchers which are widely available in shops throughout the UK, but refills from abroad not having one of these is tricky. Topping up via cash machines (ATMs) is also widely accepted but again you may only do this if you have a UK-based credit or debit card.

EEEdit

EE Logo

EE (formerly called Everything Everywhere) was created in 2010 after the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK to become the largest operator in the UK under the joint ownership of Orange (formerly France Télécom) and Deutsche Telekom. BT announced in February 2015 that it had agreed to acquire EE, subject to regulatory approval expected by March 2016. EE's 2G is on 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 MHz with the best coverage in the UK at 98%. They were the first to start 4G/LTE in 2013 on 1800 Mhz and later on 800 and 2600 MHz too: EE coverage map. They have the best 4G coverage reaching almost 90% of population in 2015. 4G+ or double speed LTE is available in about 20 major cities so far.

EE now only sells SIM cards with 4G/LTE included with no surcharge. Their prepaid SIM is called "4GEE" including 4G/LTE. 4G+ is "double speed" LTE with average download rates of 24-30 Mbps instead of 12-15 Mbps.

Data feature packsEdit

Their new packs all come with data, domestic voice and text included:

Price Data Dom. Voice Dom. Text Time Activation
1 GBP 100 MB 10 mins 10 7 days DP1
10 GBP 1 GB 50 mins 50 30 days DP10
10 GBP 500 MB 150 mins unltd. 30 days EP10
15 GBP 2 GB 500 mins unltd. 30 days EP15
25 GBP 4 GB 1000 mins unltd. 30 days EP25

To activate, go online on your EE account, use the EE app or text code to 14. 4G+ is double 4G speed through carrier aggregation topped at 24-30 Mbps. No data outside these packs.

AvailabilityEdit

  • Offline in EE stores: Store locator, sold for free
  • SIM card can be purchased online to be sent to an UK postal address for free too

SIM sizesEdit

Both combi micro/regular and nano SIMs.

More infoEdit

  • VoIP is allowed
  • APN: everywhere
  • T&Cs and further rates: EE

T-Mobile and Orange Edit

Tmobile-logo

T-Mobile UK and Orange UK were merged to EE (see above) in 2010. Existing prepaid customers can still use 2G/3G of EE network, but not 4G/LTE.

Orange UK

Effective of Feb. 2015 EE has discountinued all new plans for T-Mobile and Orange through direct sales at EE stores, from March 2015 through indirect channels. Existing customers have grandfathering and can stay on the old brands.

You might still get old starter packs on Ebay or other platforms for a while. But officially, they have been withdrawn from the market. So we don't list them anymore.

  • last T-Mobile prepaid price list, still valid only for existing customers: online in PDF
  • last Orange prepaid price list, still valid only for existing customers: online in PDF
  • APN for Orange: orangeinternet
  • APN for T-Mobile: general.t-mobile.uk

VodafoneEdit

Vodafone
Vodafone UK has a good coverage on 2G (900 and 1800 MHz) and 3G (900 and 2100 MHz) nationwide, and are rolling out 4G/LTE on 800 and 2600 MHz now: Vodafone coverage map. They cover about 70% of population by LTE in 2015 making it the 2nd best LTE network.

Their 4G/LTE network is now accessible for prepaid customers on the new Freedom Freebee packs (GBP 20 and up) as listed below. When spending GBP 30 and up, they also come with Spotify Premium or Sky Sports (Music/Sport Streaming) for the full 30 days included free.

AvailabilityEdit

You can purchase a SIM card online or from any Vodafone store for free. You can recharge it at their stores or many other kiosks or convenience stores throughout the country. This SIM needs to be activated by gonig online or calling 4354. Then you have to choose one of their Big Value Bundle schemes all valid for one month, which can be added by Data Freebies for more data

Big Value BundlesEdit

price dom. calls dom. texts data speed
GBP 10 150 min unltd 500 MB 3G
GBP 20 500 min unltd 2 GB 4G
GBP 30 unltd unltd 4 GB 4G
GBP 40 unltd unltd 6 GB 4G
  • Internet overuse is charged with £1 per day for 25 MB up to a maximum of 125 MB per day then charged at 4p per MB thereafter.
  • An extra data add-on is offered for another 250 MB for 5 GBP by calling 34441
  • Spotify/Sky Sports are included from GBP 30 and up for free, lasting the 30 days alongside the minutes, texts, and data included.

Freebee DataEdit

  • a £10 top up gives you 500 MB data "reward" thus not debited on the top up
  • a £20 top up gives you 1 GB data reward
  • overuse is charged like on Freedom Freebee (see above)
  • extra data add-on like Freedom Freebee (see above)

Data-only SIM cardEdit

You can convert your SIM to a data card too. Thus no calls or texts are possible anymore. These packs are sold and are all on 4G/LTE too:

  • £10 data pack for 1 GB in 30 days
  • £16 data pack for 3 GB in 30 days
  • £21 data pack for 6 GB in 30 days
  • £28 data pack for 8 GB in 30 days

When used up, you can buy a new pack ahead of time

SIM sizesEdit

Standard SIMs are freely available and can easily be trimmed down with scissors to fit the iPhone.

Technical infoEdit

O2Edit

O2 logo

O2 UK has good coverage nationwide using 2G GSM on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G UMTS on 900 and 2100 MHz and has started LTE on 800 MHz only. O2 coverage map.. It has opened some of its prepaid products to 4G/LTE with a surcharge. It covers about 70% of the population with 4G/LTE in 2015, but an obligation to reach 97% by 2017. As it only uses 800 MHz it concentrates more on wide coverage than on high speeds.

AvailabilityEdit

The SIM cards are for free ordered online or bought at their stores. Cashcards for top-ups can be found all over the country.

3G Data SIMEdit

It's called 3G iPad or Tablet SIM and is data-only on 2G and 3G:

  • GBP 2 for a daily (= 24 hrs) rate and 200 MB
  • GBP 10 for monthly 1 GB
  • GBP 13 for monthly 2 GB

4G Data SIMEdit

It's called 4G iPad or Tablet SIM and is data-only on 2G, 3G or 4G

  • GBP 15 for monthly 3 GB
  • GBP 25 for monthly 5 GB

Pay & Go bundlesEdit

These monthly bundles with data, domestic text and voice are available:

  • £10: 500 MB up to 3G speed, 500 dom. texts and 100 dom. mins
  • £15: 1 GB up to 4G speed, 2000 dom. text and 200 dom. mins
  • £20: 2 GB up to 4G speed, 4000 dom. text and 400 dom. mins

You can upsize data by "bolt-ons": 100 MB for GBP 3, 500 MB for GBP 6 and 1 GB for GBP 10 by calling 2202 or online on your account. Be aware that outside of the bundles you surf on a ridiculous default rate of GBP3/MB!

SIM sizesEdit

Standard, Micro SIMs and Nano SIMs are all available online via O2 website. However, if a nano SIM is needed then you can use online live-chat function to specify the required SIM type to the agent.

TetheringEdit

Possible on Android phones, but no official profile available for the iPhone.

APNEdit

  • APN : payandgo.o2.co.uk
  • User Name: payandgo
  • Password : password

3 (= Three) UKEdit

3-brand

3 (Three) has the smallest network of all operators in the UK but the most agressive pricing. Three is a 3G and 4G network only with only a voice/text fallback to EE 3G in some low coverage areas. The text and call coverage can be much worse in the countryside compared to the three big ones. 3 coverage map You need to have a 3G UMTS phone on 2100 MHz and for 4G a device which can transmit on 800 and 1800 MHz. 2G-only phones don't work on Three.

Three has launched 4G services in late 2013 charging the same for 4G as it does for 3G, unlike the other three primary networks which all surcharge for 4G. It covers about 53% of population with 4G by 2015 giving Three the lowest coverage in the UK, but growing fast.

The SIM card is given out for free. They have different products for phones and computers.

Pay as you go on ThreeEdit

This product is for smartphones only and does not include tethering. It will be blocked if detected. For tablets and modems see the Mobile Broadband offer.

Default rateEdit

1p per MB

Data feature packsEdit

  • daily rate: 120 MB valid for 1 day for £0.5
  • monthly rate: 500 MB valid for 30 days for £5
  • free internet with every top up: 150 MB are added
  • all-you-can-eat data (no limit or fair use policy applies in the UK) in 30 days for £20 (with 300 mins and 3000 texts - bundle rate will be increased from £15 to £20 effective 19/AUG/2015).

When data is used up you are free to buy another pack without waiting until the end of the previously bought add on pack. After data add-on is used up charges revert to £0.30 per MB if another add on is not bought.

AvailabilityEdit

Purchase from a Three store for £10 which includes £10 credit, also available online. Extra credit can be bought from anywhere displaying the green 'top up' logo.Vouchers are available for £10, £15, £20, £25, £30 and £50 and must be activated within 90 days of purchase online or by calling 444. Credit doesn't expire on Three SIMs.

Mobile BroadbandEdit

Their Mobile Broadband pay-as-you-go SIM is a data-only SIM with text but no voice calls for tablets, modems or routers. They are often sold as ready-to-go kits with data volume preloaded:

  • SIM card with 1 GB data valid for 1 month: £10.49
  • SIM card with 3 GB data valid for 3 months: £20.49
  • SIM card with 12 GB data valid for 12 months: £70.49

You can top up online on your My3account with these data packages:

  • daily rate: pay-per-day: 500 MB until midnight GMT on the following day: £2.99
  • 1 GB in a month: £10
  • 3 GB in a month: £15
  • 7 GB in a month: £25

"Feel At Home" Option Edit

This roaming option is available to all pay-as-you-go SIMs of Three UK and is valid in Austria, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Macau, New Zealand, Norway. Ireland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and in the US (on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks!!). It is enabled automatically when entering one of these countries above with a Three UK SIM on roaming and means that data is charged the same like in the UK with no roaming surcharges at all. More info in the European Union section of this WIKI at Euro3.

TetheringEdit

Tethering is officially not allowed on any prepaid SIM card of Three. On their "Pay as you go" product, Three verifies if you use it on a smartphone by TTL detection; tablet and modem use is banned, as well as tethering to it. On their "Mobile Broadband" product, tethering is only officially banned, but not blocked. This means that you will not receive a profile to use it for tethering on an iPhone. Tethering from Android devices still works, on roaming too, verified 26/4/15, no matter what Three sales reps. are telling you.

As Three sells a combination of a Huawei E5330 Mobile WiFi (MiFI) with a preloaded 3GB/3 months SIM (http://store.three.co.uk/view/plan/MBBD02072014T090233) use in a MiFi seems to be permitted.

Further infoEdit

  • SIM sizes; mini SIMs as standard. micro and nano SIMs may be available on request
  • APN: three.co.uk
  • Three price list: 3

giffgaffEdit

Giffgaff-logo1

Giffgaff is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telefónica, who also own O2, and operates as MVNO on O2 UK (for technical info see O2). 4G/LTE is available for a higher monthly price, but once 4G/LTE is activated by buying a 4G goodybag, it remains active on the SIM card until a 3G goodybag is purchased.

AvailabilityEdit

GiffGaff SIMs can be ordered online to a UK address for free with delivery by 1st Class post usually within 2 to 3 days. Or you can be introduced by any member of giffgaff and get £5 free credit on activation. The member him/herself also receives 500 points worth £5 of balance on activation of the new SIM. The SIM is despatched by giffgaff in the same way, not by the member, but giffgaff remembers that you were introduced by another member when you activate the SIM. If you would like to be introduced by an existing member with UK delivery, here are some member links to choose from:

There are also a couple of members who can send a free SIM card (with the above £5 free credit deal) to an address outside the UK so that you already have your SIM before you travel. In this case, the SIM is not despatched by giffgaff but by the member. The member uses some of the £5 free credit to fund the international postage, and therefore makes a loss if you do not subsequently activate the SIM. Here are the links for the order pages:

RegistrationEdit

To activate your SIM on their website, you need a UK-issued credit card or will need to credit your account with a top-up voucher. You can buy credit from many UK convenience stores and almost all supermarkets and fuel stations (ask for giffgaff or O2 cards) and can also buy top up vouchers online at private facilitators like mobiletopup.co.uk or Top Up UK for a surcharge. Mobiletopup charges a flat per-order surcharge, no matter how many vouchers you buy.

Default rateEdit

  • 20p for the first 20 MB, then 20p / MB for further usage that day.

Data feature packsEdit

  • £5 for 500 MB per month
  • £7.50 for 1 GB per month

These data-only packages are on 3G only, overuse is charged at 2p per MB

Combined bundles ("goodybags")Edit

All these bundles come with included UK calls, texts and a data volume in up to 3G or 4G/LTE:

Price UK calls* UK texts Data max. Speed
£5 100 min 300 100 MB 3G
£7.50 250 min unlimited 500 MB 3G
£10 500 min unlimited 1 GB 3G
£12 500 min unlimited 1 GB 4G
£12 500 min unlimited 3 GB 3G
£15 500 min unlimited 3 GB 4G
£15 500 min unlimited 5 GB 3G
£18 500 min unlimited 5 GB 4G
£20 2000 min unlimited unlimited 3G
  • All bundles are valid for one month.
  • (*) = Calls amongst giffgaff numbers are free.
  • No "fair use policy" applies meaning unlimited data are really unlimited.

SIM sizesEdit

Giffgaff now issues trio-SIMs, i.e. a mini-SIM, micro-SIM and nano-SIM all in one. 

TetheringEdit

Tethering is not allowed on the bundle that has unlimited data included but is allowed on the other bundles.

Technical infoEdit

  • APN: giffgaff.com 
  • Username: giffgaff
  • Password: [blank]

Email enquiries@gg-sim-order.co.uk for enquiries and further information.

Virgin MobileEdit

Virgin-mobile-logo-01

Virgin Mobile is a MVNO that operates on the EE network on 2G and 3G only (see above)

AvailabilityEdit

Virgin mobile SIMs can be ordered online for free or in shops e.g. the Virgin megastores store locator. SIMs are also sent to hotel adresses.

Default data rateEdit

The "starter tariff" has a data rate of GBP 1 per 100 MB

Data feature packsEdit

"Big data and texts" rewards (meaning doesn't debit) you with

  • for a top up of GBP 10 with 3000 texts and 1 GB of data
  • for a top up of GBP 15 with 3000 texts and 3 GB of data
  • Note: Reward texts and data are applied from the 1st of the calendar month following your top up and last all month. So you can use it only in the following month of your top-up..
  • overuse rate is the default data rate (see above)
  • to activate call 789 and press 3

SIM sizesEdit

Stock standard SIMs & Micro SIM

TetheringEdit

Tethering (at least on Android phones) and VoIP possible

Further infoEdit

If you want to use the Virgin Mobile SIM in a 3G Wifi Router, be aware you'll need to call the company through the SIM you're about to use for data (to activate the Big Data Pack). This may cause problems since routers are not made to call someone (duh!) Furthermore, if your 3G Router needs another SIM format than your phone, you might also encounter problems to activate the tariff.

There is no other way to activate the option than calling Virgin through the SIM. You cannot activate it via their website or SMS. In this case make sure you have an old phone available to activate the desired option.

  • APN: goto.virginmobile.uk

Tesco MobileEdit

Tesco
Tesco Mobile is the MVNO of Britains leading retailer chain operating on the O2 network. From 2014 Tesco Mobile has allowed all customers on the O2 4G/LTE network without surcharges.

Their SIM can be ordered online or can be bought at Tesco megastores: Tesco store locator for free. You can top-up with e top-up cards or by voucher from any Tesco store available from GBP 10 to 50.

Default Data RateEdit

10p per MB

Data feature packsEdit

They offer these monthly packs valid for 30 days:

Data Volume Price Activation Code
500 MB £ 5 500MB
1 GB £ 7.50 1GB
2 GB £ 10 2GB
3 GB £ 12.50 3GB
4 GB £ 15 4GB
6 GB £ 17.50 6GB
8 GB £ 20 8GB

For activation, text code to 28948. Overuse is charged at the default rate (see above), all packages auto-renew after 30 days, to stop them from doing so, text STOPDATA to 28948.

Further infoEdit

  • T&C don't allow P2P, VoIP, continuos streaming and tethering
  • APN: prepay.tesco-mobile.com  
  • Username: tescowap  
  • Password: password

ASDA Mobile Edit

ASDA mobile

ASDA Mobile is the MVNO of Tesco's biggest rival as retailer called ASDA. It used to operate on the Vodafone network. In 2014 they have migrated to the EE network (see EE above, but no 4G/LTE on ASDA mobile), which led to many complaints. Compared to Tesco, it has the better coverage on 3G, but lacks 4G speeds in the cities.

ASDA Mobile SIM cards can be bought online on their website or in many ASDA supermarkets and grocery stores throughout the UK: store locator for 50p. You can top up at any ASDA store or anywhere you see their logo buying a top-up voucher.

BundlesEdit

Price UK calls domestic texts data activation SMS
GBP 5 100 min 2000 SMS 100 MB 5 to 2732
GBP 10 250 min 2000 SMS 250 MB 10 to 2732
GBP 15 500 min 2000 SMS 500 MB 15 to 2732
GBP 20 1000 min 2000 SMS 1 GB 20 to 2732
GBP 5 ----------- -------------- 500 MB DATA to 2732

All packages are valid for one month. Overuse and out of bundle fee is the default rate of 5p per MB for data.

SIM sizesEdit

Stock hybrid mini/micro and nano sizes

APNEdit

  • APN: everywhere

Mobile by Sainsbury's Edit

Sainsbury's

Mobile by Sainsbury's is the MVNO of Britain 3rd largest retailer chain called Sainsbury's. It started in 2013 on the network of Vodafone. So it gives good coverage in 3G, but is not yet open for 4G/LTE and has a good rate for roaming.

Their pay-as-you-go SIM cards can be bought online to be sent to a UK postal address and at most Sainsbury's markets especially in the larger stores that have an own phone shop attached (store locator). Their SIM card is free and comes in standard/micro or nano size.

For top-ups you can buy a voucher from Sainsbury’s or any outlet displaying the green top-up logo: they’re available in values of £10, £15, £20, £25, £30 or £50. To add your credit, call 40775 free and choose option 1, followed by option 2.

Bundles Edit

Default data rate outside of bundles is 5p per MB. They only offer combined monthly packages with domestic minutes, texts and data included. All bundles come as a standard bundle that expires at the end of the month and rolling bundles with 20% discount that will auto-renew.

Data Dom. Voice Dom. Text Standard

Price

Rolling

Price

500 MB 300 mins 5000 SMS £ 10 £ 8
1 GB 500 mins 5000 SMS £ 12.50 £ 10
2 GB 800 mins 5000 SMS £ 15 £ 12

Activation of the rolling bundles is done online only. Standard bundles can be activated by texting 10, 12.50 or 15 to 40775.

EU roaming Edit

As first PAYG provider in the UK they offer their domestic default rate of 5p per MB for data without any surcharges on roaming in all of the EU/EEA countries. This is one of the cheapest roaming offers for low data consumption in Europe.

APN Edit

  • APN for prepaid: payg.mobilebysainsburys.co.uk

Lebara mobileEdit

Lebara logo
Lebara mobile is Britains leading ethno market provider operating on the Vodafone network (see above) on 2G and 3G only.

The SIM card can be bought or onlineor offline at stores for free.

Default Data RateEdit

15p per MB charged if no data bundle is booked or used up

Data feature packsEdit

  • 500 MB in 30 days for GBP 5, activation: text WEB500 to 38885
  • 1 GB in 30 days for GBP 7.50, activation: text WEB1GB to 38885
  • 2 GB in 30 days for GBP 10, activation: text WEB2GB to 38885
  • 3 GB in 30 days for GBP 12.50, activation: text WEB3GB to 38885

You may only have one data pass active at any time. If you consume all of your data allowance, you will be charged the default rate or can buy an add-on. Data passes auto-renew on expiry. If you don’t have sufficient credit, Lebara will try to auto-renew for seven days or until you cancel auto-renewal. To cancel auto renew text WEB<size>*STOP to 38885 or opt-out via your MyLebara account.

Lebara offers so-called "bolt ons" for extra data when the original package is used up:

  • 200 MB: GBP 3, activation: text B200 to 38885
  • 500 MB: GBP 5, activation: text B500 to 38885
  • 1 GB: GBP 7.50, activation: text 1GB to 38885

Be aware, that the bolt-ons are only valid for the rest of running time of the original package.

Further info

  • APN: uk.lebara.mobi    Username: wap    Password: wap
  • Lebara mobile UK SIMs are distributed abroad by Travelers Mobile

LycamobileEdit

Lycamobile
Lycamobile is the main competitor of Lebara on the ethno market. It is a MVNO on the O2 UK network in 2G and 3G. The SIM is sold online or offline at stores for free.

Default Data RateEdit

9p per MB charged if no data bundle is booked or used up

Data feature packs Edit

  • 500 MB in 30 days for GBP 5, activation: text 5001 to 3535
  • 1 GB in 30 days for GBP 7.50, activation: text 7001 to 3535
  • 2 GB in 30 days for GBP 10, activation: text 1001 to 3535
  • 3 GB in 30 days for GBP 12.50, activation: text 1201 to 3535
  • 7 GB in 30 days for GBP 25, activation: text 2501 to 3535

Further info Edit

Lycamobile will automatically renew your bundle once it expires. Charge for the bundle will be deducted from your main balance at the time of auto renewal of the bundle. To cancel the auto renewal dial *190# before the expiry date and follow the instructions or call Customer Services for free on 353 before the expiry date.

Lycamobile offers cheap roaming bundles to be used in certain countries. For more info see Euro5.

  • APN: data.lycamobile.co.uk
  • Username: lmuk (that's lowcase L, not capital I)
  • Password: plus

Post Office Mobile Edit

Post office mobile

The newest arrival started in June 2015 and is the MVNO of the UK Post Office operating on the EE network (on 2G/3G only, LTE is announced for the end of 2015). Post Offices Ltd. was split off from Royal Mail some years ago and runs the branches and outlets of the UK postal system throughout the country.

Their new SIM is distributed for free either to be sent to an UK postal address or in post offices (branch locator). In summer 2015 they started in the NW of England and will cover the rest of the country by the end of the year. Hybrid mini/micro ard nano SIM cards are available.

Top-ups Edit

To top-up online, you presumably need a UK-credit or debit card. So buy vouchers from any Post Office branch instead: they’re available in values of £5, £10, £15, £20, £25 or £30. Call 450 free from your Post Office Mobile, select option 2 and just follow the simple instructions. You'll need the voucher details to hand. Alternatively, text the voucher code to 1250 for free from your Post Office Mobile.

They have a double top-up promotion. Every first top up of the month (up to £30) is doubled in value for free. This bonus credit can be used for data and stays valid for 30 days only. Thus 2 GB can be bought for £5 or 5 GB for £10 (see below).

Bundles Edit

Default data rate is 10p per MB. For packages they offer combined bundles with domestic voice, text and data included, all valid for 30 days:

Data Dom. Voice Dom. Text Price Code
500 MB 250 mins 3000 SMS £ 5 5MTD
500 MB 500 mins 3000 SMS £ 7.50 750MTD
2 GB 500 mins 3000 SMS £ 10 10MTD
3 GB 1000 mins 3000 SMS £ 15 15MTD
5 GB 1000 mins 3000 SMS £ 20 20MTD

For activation text 'BUY <code>' to 1250. All packages auto-renew at the end of the month. To stop renewal, text 'CANCEL <code>' to 1250. To check credit text 'BAL' and to check data balance text 'BUNDLE' to 1250.

APN Edit

  • APN: everywhere

Vectone MobileEdit

Abba
Vectone Mobile is a MVNO using the EE network on 2G and 3G only (see above).

Their SIM can be purchased online or in many supermarkets, petrol stations and kiosks throughout the UK. Mini and micro SIMs are free, but nano SIMs need to be ordered online for GBP 1.

Default rateEdit

  • 9p per MB. A minimum balance of 50p is required to use data.

Data feature packsEdit

Price Volume Valid for Dial to activate
£1 125 MB 24 hours *125#
£2.50 250 MB 7 days *250#
£5 1 GB 30 days *8811#
£12 3 GB 30 day *8812#

Data pack will be auto-renewed once the validity expires. To opt out, call Customer Service on 322 or 020 7179 0134. Overuse is charged by the default rate.

Technical infoEdit

  • APN: webuk.mundio.com
  • Internet cannot be used with Blackberry phones
  • There are lot of complaints on the internet about Vectone's poor customer service

Delight Mobile Edit

Delight mobile

Another very similiar MVNO from the same group is Delight Mobile operating on EE's good network in 2G and 3G only.

Availability Edit

You can get a Delight Mobile SIM card by ordering a starter pack online or from the many shops showing the Delight Mobile sign. The starter pack is free, but you will need to top-up to start making calls.

Top-ups vouchers can be bought at Esso or Total petrol stations, Sainsbury's and Spar, supermarkets, Costcutter, WHSmith, PCWorld, Dixons, Wilkinson. For every top-up, you get data bonus:

  • for £5 top-up, 10 MB per day for 7 days
  • for £10 top-up, 10 MB per day for 15 days
  • for £20 top-up, 10 MB per day for 30 days

Data feature packs Edit

Standard rate outside of packs is a very low 1p per MB. These monthly packs are available:

Data Volume Price Activation
500 MB £ 3 *1106#
1 GB £ 5 *1107#
2 GB £ 10 *1108#
3 GB £ 12 *1109#

To check the remaining bundle units in your internet bundle, dial *1102#. All packages auto-renew, to unsubscribe dial *1103#. If you exceed your units limit. you pay standard prepaid rates. You can renew your bundle only after the end of your bundle validity period.

Technical details Edit

  • APN: webuk.mundio.com

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