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13 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the United Kingdom (UK): Buying Guide

The United Kingdom (UK) – consisting of England, Northern Ire land (not Ireland), Scotland & Wales, is known for historical reasons – the British Empire.

Nowadays, it is famous for the Queen and various pop stars like the Beatles, Phil Collins & the Rolling Stones.

While the country is infamous for its depressing weather, it is still a popular travel destination.

From the Tube (London Underground) to castles. From Museums to the Red Phone Boxes, there is plenty to see and do in the United Kingdom.

While the country may not be the best place for a 2-week tanning summer holiday, there is no reason to be bored in the United Kingdom.

But, the country is not known for being cheap.

Sure, there are more expensive travel destinations in Europe, but the United Kingdom is not on the cheap side at all.

And it would be a shame if your travel budget would be wasted on expensive international roaming bills – roaming can be costly.

Luckily, there is a cheat code to avoid these rates – using a local SIM card like a British one.

That way, you can enjoy local rates, which are almost always cheaper than international roaming.

So, how expensive are SIM cards in the United Kingdom?

You can buy a British SIM card often sold for 0.99 GBP (1.35 USD). The four operators (EE, O2, Vodafone & Three) sell prepaid SIM cards in their stores, but they can be purchased from other retailers, like grocery stores (also for MVNOs). Many airports, including most in London, sell SIM cards too.

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It is actually possible to get SIM cards for free if you order them online.

However, they can only be shipped to UK postcodes – perhaps pre-order a SIM card before you arrive in the country?

Or do not be so cheap – the plans will be much more expensive than 1 GBP ;)

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the United Kingdom. Let’s go.

Buying a SIM Card in the United Kingdom Guide (logos of EE, Vodafone, 3/Three, O2, VOXI, ASDA Movile, GiffGaff, iD Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile, Superdrug Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Vectone Mobile & VOXI)

Original publication: 26th of September 2021. Last updated: 3rd of October 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in the United Kingdom?

Anyone living in or visiting the United Kingdom can buy a British SIM card from the mobile network operators (EE, O2, Vodafone & Three) or the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (ASDA Mobile, GiffGaff, iD Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile, Superdrug Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Vectone Mobile & VOXI) without restrictions.

Be aware that you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in the United Kingdom).

And your phone should be unlocked (SIM-lock-free).

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in the United Kingdom?

You can buy a British SIM card in the mobile operator stores (EE, O2, Vodafone & Three) or other retailers, including grocery stores, electronic stores & convenience stores (for the mobile network operators or MVNOs, like Lebara and Lycamobile). Airports, including most in London, sell SIM cards too.

You can buy a SIM card in the following international airports:

  • Aberdeen – Aberdeen Airport
  • Belfast – Belfast International Airport
  • Birmingham – Birmingham Airport
  • Bristol – Bristol Airport
  • Cardiff – Cardiff Airport
  • Cornwall/Devon/Dorset/Exeter/Somerset – Exeter Airport
  • Derby/Leichester/Lincoln/Nottingham/Sheffield – East Midlands Airport
  • Edinburgh – Edinburgh Airport
  • Glasgow – Glasgow Airport
  • Leeds – Leeds Bradford Airport
  • Liverpool – Liverpool John Lennon Airport
  • London – Gatwick Airport
  • London – Heathrow Airport
  • London – London City Airport
  • London – London Luton Airport
  • London – London Stansted Airport
  • Manchester – Manchester Airport
  • Newcastle – Newcastle International Airport

You can expect to pay the following for British SIM cards:

  • EE: 0.99 GBP
  • O2 UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Vodafone UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Three UK: 0.99 GBP
  • ASDA Mobile: 0.50 GBP
  • GiffGaff: 0.99 GBP
  • iD Mobile: from 6 GBP (with a plan)
  • Lebara UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Lycamobile UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Superdrug Mobile: from 10 GBP (with a plan)
  • Tesco Mobile UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Vectone Mobile UK: 0.99 GBP
  • VOXI: 0.99 GBP (Vodafone UK SIM card, then move to VOXI)
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Can You Use Your Phone in the United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in the United Kingdom. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in the United Kingdom, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American Frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in the United Kingdom.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in the United Kingdom or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in the United Kingdom (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has four Main Operators, two sub-brands & seven Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid options:

  • EE
  • O2 UK
  • Vodafone UK
  • Three UK
  • ASDA Mobile (Vodafone UK MVNO)
  • GiffGaff (O2 UK sub-brand/MVNO)
  • iD Mobile (Three UK MVNO)
  • Lebara UK (Vodafone UK MVNO)
  • Lycamobile UK (O2 UK MVNO)
  • Superdrug Mobile (Three UK MVNO)
  • Tesco Mobile UK (O2 UK MVNO)
  • Vectone Mobile UK (EE MVNO)
  • VOXI (Vodafone UK sub-brand)

The following frequencies are used in the United Kingdom:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1400 MHz (Band 32), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2300 MHz (Band 40), & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28), 3500 MHz (n78) & 3700 MHz (n77)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

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To check whether your phone will work in the United Kingdom, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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A Note About Free British Prepaid SIM Cards

Almost all British mobile operators offer free SIM cards for anyone who wants them.

While SIM card costs are low in the United Kingdom already, often sold for 0.99 GBP, nothing beats free, right?

However, free SIM cards have to be ordered on the sites of the mobile operators.

These SIM cards can only be sent to addresses in the United Kingdom (even GiffGaff, which used to ship SIM cards for free within Europe), and it can take up to 5 business days to receive the SIM card.

If you can arrange for your place of stay to keep your SIM card safe for you before you arrive, go ahead and pre-order them so that they are ready to be used when you enter the country.

However, suppose you are staying in the United Kingdom for a short time.

In that case, you are better off getting a SIM card for 0.99 GBP or a starter plan starting from 10 GBP – it would not be worth the time and money-saving.

5G NR in the United Kingdom

Commercial 5G NR has been available in the United Kingdom since May 2019. It is available on the EE, O2 UK, Vodafone UK & Three UK networks. Vodafone UK and Three UK (MVNOs) offer 5G NR to prepaid customers for free. EE UK and O2 UK do not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers (although its MVNOs can use it).

Best SIM Card in the United Kingdom

If you want to buy the best SIM card in the United Kingdom, I recommend going with EE, Vodafone, or Three. EE is the best overall without free EU roaming anymore. Vodafone is great overall (fast, great coverage & EU roaming). Three has the fastest 5G NR speeds but is the worst in all other aspects.

You should also consider the MVNOs for even more cost savings.

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SIM Card Registration in the United Kingdom

SIM card registration, with the use of your personal information (such as your passport), is not required when buying a SIM card in the United Kingdom.

EU Roaming in the United Kingdom

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

The United Kingdom used to be part of the European Union (EU). It was part of the Union until February 2020. Then, Brexit officially happened.

Since June 2017, those with EU/EEA (European Economic Area) SIM cards can roam for free in other EU/EEA nations, which included the United Kingdom.

This meant that, in the majority of cases, you did not need to purchase a British SIM card if you already have an EU/EEA SIM card because you can roam without additional costs.

For now, most European mobile operators still allow for free international roaming in the United Kingdom.

However, this is subject to change – several mobile operators have already re-introduced international roaming rates for the United Kingdom again.

Even if your mobile operator still allows for free international roaming in the United Kingdom, conditions do apply. Mobile operators in some countries may impose a roaming Fair Use Policy (FUP).

In countries where local mobile data rates are extremely low (such as in the Baltics and Nordics), mobile operators may still charge you for roaming in the EU/EEA.

Be sure to head over to the international roaming page to learn whether your mobile operator offers free international roaming while in the United Kingdom or if restrictions apply.

Roaming in the EU with British SIM Cards

EU Roaming
© European Commission

The United Kingdom and the British mobile operators had largely adopted the roam like at home regulations principles early on. However, some plans had an EU/EEA roaming cap.

Even after Brexit, this is still the case – for now.

It took a while, but some British mobile operators have re-introduced international roaming rates for the European Union since 2022.

For some, this applied to postpaid customers/subscribers, where prepaid/Pay As You Go customers are excluded (such as Vodafone UK). For others, EU international roaming rates will come back at reduced rates (like EE).

One can expect all British mobile operators, except for Three UK and potentially its MVNOs, to eventually re-introduce EU roaming rates because these companies love $$$. Or £££ in this case.

For now, you can still enjoy free EU roaming with most mobile operators.

Be aware that the standard Fair Use Policy applies where you should not be roaming over 50% of the time over a four-month period.

If you do so, EU roaming rates will apply. You are then better off buying local prepaid SIM cards in other EU nations.

United Kingdom Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of the United Kingdom

Mobile data used to be expensive in some European countries a few years ago.

Now, the region has one of the lowest mobile data rates globally.

And the same can be said about the United Kingdom – the country has seen a massive decrease in mobile data costs.

The average price for 1 GB of data in the United Kingdom is 1.42 USD, below the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Compared to 2019's figures, the average cost of mobile data has decreased by 78.7%.

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Baltics.

The Western European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.66 USD, which is just slightly more than the overall European average.

That is enough about prices. Let's focus on different numbers – speed.

Is mobile data fast in the United Kingdom?

Yes – and that was not always the case.

The United Kingdom’s average mobile download speed is around 81 Mbps.

It is in the top 25 countries with the fastest mobile download speeds.

But, mobile download speeds have traditionally been slow in the United Kingdom.

That changed drastically once 5G NR started rolling out properly.

Within a year, the average mobile download speed has doubled in the country, which is great.

Right now, 5G NR availability is still limited.

Imagine how fast speeds will be once it is nationwide 😳.

Which mobile operator is winning the 5G NR race?

That is Three UK.

It currently has a median download speed of 231.07 Mbps.

Its competitors, EE, O2 UK & Vodafone UK, trail behind with median download speeds between 150 Mbps and 160 Mbps.

Three UK is dedicated to having the best 5G NR network.

That is because the mobile operator has the slowest average download speeds in the country.

Moreover, it currently has the worst nationwide coverage too.

Hopefully, it will make its competitors step up their game as well.

Anyway, Three UK has 200 Mbps+ download speeds, on 5G NR, in Birmingham (236.54 Mbps), London (209.35 Mbps) & Manchester (282.66 Mbps).

O2 UK and Vodafone UK are doing quite well too.

I am not sure what EE is doing, probably sleeping, but it has to step up its game too.

While it still has the best and fastest 4G/LTE network, it will not stay the best if they do not take the 5G NR race seriously.

With close to free SIM cards, low mobile data rates, fast mobile internet speeds, and extensive nationwide coverage, you should have a smooth network experience in the United Kingdom.

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Currency in the United Kingdom

10 Pound Sterling Bank Note
© Bank of England

The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound, with the symbol GBP (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as £.

For example, 25 GBP = £25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between GBP and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 GBP = 1.40 USD
  • 10 GBP = 13.70 USD
  • 100 GBP = 136.80 USD

For up-to-date GBP:USD exchange rates, search GBP to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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British Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through EE, O2 UK, Vodafone UK, Three UK, ASDA Mobile, GiffGaff, iD Mobile, Lebara UK, Lycamobile UK, Superdrug Mobile, Tesco Mobile UK, Vectone Mobile UK & VOXI, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what the United Kingdom has to offer to us.


EE

EE United Kingdom Logo
© EE

EE, formerly Everything Everywhere, is the largest mobile operator in the United Kingdom.

The company was formed as a joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile UK.

It is now owned by the BT Group – the largest fixed broadband provider in the country.

EE is, in general, the best mobile operator in the United Kingdom.

It also has the fastest 4G/LTE speeds.

EE uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about EE:

* Coverage
* How to Get an EE SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – EE

EE has the best coverage in the United Kingdom.

4G/LTE reception can be found basically anywhere in the country. It covers 99% of the population (and 85% of the United Kingdom).

While EE has an official coverage map, it only works if you enter a postcode. It will not show you its nationwide coverage.

Luckily, Speedtest has a nationwide coverage map for you to see below:

SIM Card Price – EE

You can buy an EE SIM card for 0.99 GBP in EE stores and other establishments, including grocery stores, electronic shops & kiosks. It is also possible to get SIM cards at several airports (Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London – multiple, Manchester, Newcastle & more).

You can also get a data-only SIM card, called Pre-loaded Connected Data SIMs, for the following prices:

PriceDataValidity
30 GBP12 GB12 months
40 GBP30 GB2 months
50 GBP60 GB2 months

Text NUMBER to 150 to see your EE phone number.

EE SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 273 days (no top-up for 273 days or no activity for 273 days).

However, your SIM card will enter hibernation mode after 179 days of inactivity.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – EE

EE top-up vouchers are sold in EE stores and many other establishments, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

EE United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© EE

To top up your EE SIM card, text VO VoucherCode to 150. If you use an e Top Up, text ETU VoucherCode to 150 instead. Calling 150 for topping up works for both methods.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text VO/ETU 123456 to 150.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted.

Text BALANCE to 150 to check your EE balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My EE app (Android/iOS).

EE United Kingdom My EE App
© EE

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – EE

EE has three data-featured plans:

EE does not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers (yet).

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Packs – EE

The Packs are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Packs can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 150:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
5 GBP250 MB250 minutes500 SMS30 daysPACK05
10 GBP5 GB500 minutesUnlimited30 daysPACK10
15 GBP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysPACK15
20 GBP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysPACK20
30 GBP100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysPACK30

Unused data allowances will roll over for one billing cycle.

Packs auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOP PACK to 150.

EE United Kingdom Pay As You Go - Prepaid Packs
Connected Data SIM Plans – EE

The Connected Data SIM Plans are data-only bundles exclusive for the EE data-only SIM card.

Connected Data SIM Plans can be activated on the My EE app:

PriceDataValidity
5 GBP10 GB30 days
10 GBP30 GB30 days
20 GBP60 GB30 days
30 GBP120 GB30 days
40 GBP240 GB30 days
Connected Data SIM Add-Ons – EE

The Connected Data SIM Plans are data-only bundles exclusive for the EE data-only SIM card. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Connected Data SIM Plans can be activated on the My EE app:

PriceDataValidity
5 GBP5 GB30 days
10 GBP15 GB30 days
20 GBP30 GB30 days
30 GBP60 GB30 days
40 GBP120 GB30 days
EU Roaming – EE

EE has announced that it will re-introduce roaming rates for EU/EEA roaming usage.

Starting from January 2022, you will be charged 2 GBP/day to use your domestic allowances in the following EU/EEA countries:

If you really want free EU roaming, many other British mobile operators have not re-introduced EU/EEA international roaming rates (yet – for prepaid/Pay As You Go customers)

APN/Internet Settings – EE

  • Name: EE Internet
  • APN: everywhere

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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O2 UK

O2 Logo
© O2

O2 UK, just O2, is the second-largest mobile operator in the United Kingdom.

It is owned by Telefónica, a Spanish telecommunications company active in the Americas (as Altice, Movistar & Vivo) and Europe (as Bouygues Telecom, Movistar & O2).

O2 uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2300 MHz (Band 40)
  • 5G NR: 2300 MHz (n40) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about O2:

* Coverage
* How to Get an O2 SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – O2 UK

O2 has extensive coverage throughout the United Kingdom.

4G/LTE reception is basically anywhere in the country.

However, it can be spotty in Northwestern Scotland.

Below is O2's 3G and 4G/LTE coverage map:

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – O2 UK

You can buy an O2 SIM card for 0.99 GBP in O2 stores and other establishments, including grocery stores, electronic shops & kiosks. It is also possible to get SIM cards at several airports (Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London – multiple, Manchester, Newcastle & more).

O2 United Kingdom SIM Card
© O2 UK

You can also get a data-only SIM card, called Tablet SIMs/Preloaded SIM/MBB, for the following prices:

PriceData
10 GB1 GB
16 GBP3 GB
25 GBP5 GB
40 GBP12 GB
O2 United Kingdom Tablet Preloaded MBB SIM Cards

O2 SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – O2 UK

O2 top-up vouchers are sold in O2 stores and many other establishments, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

O2 United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© O2 UK

To top up your O2 SIM card, call 4444 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online (regular SIM/Data-Only SIM) with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted.

Text BALANCE to 20202 or call 4444, select option 2, and select option 2 again to check your O2 balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My O2 app (Android/iOS).

O2 United Kingdom My O2 App
© O2 UK

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – O2 UK

O2 has three data-featured plans:

O2 does not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers (yet).

Although some O2 MVNOs do have access to O2's 5G NR network. Weird…

Anyway…

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Big Bundles – O2 UK

The Big Bundles are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Big Bundles can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 21300:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 GBPN/AUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBIGBUNDLE5
10 GBP7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month10DATABB
15 GBP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month15DATABB
20 GBP30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month20DATABB
30 GBP100 GB 2Unlimited 3Unlimited1 month30DATABB

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 25 GB for EU roaming data cap
3 +unlimited international minutes to 30 countries:

O2 United Kingdom Plans
Pay As You Go Bolt Ons – O2 UK

The Pay As You Go Bolt Ons are add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Pay As You Go Bolt Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 21300:

PricePlanDataLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
1 GBPWeb Daily50 MBN/AUntil midnightWEBDAILY
5 GBPSnack 500 MB Data500 MBN/A31 daysSNACK500
5 GBPAll Rounder500 MB20 SMS1 monthROUND
12 GBPThe Works One Off3 GBN/A31 daysWORKSONEYES
12 GBPThe Ultimate3 GBN/A1 monthULTIMATE
Tariff Plans – O2 UK

The Tariff Plans are data-only bundles exclusively for the data-only SIM card.

Tariff Plans can be activated on the My O2 app:

PriceDataValidity
3 GBP300 MB24 hours
5 GBP300 MB1 month
10 GBP1 GB1 month
16 GBP3 GB1 month
20 GBP5 GB1 month
25 GBP10 GB1 month
25 GBP5 GB90 days
60 GBP12 GB12 months
75 GBP20 GB12 months
EU Roaming – O2 UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, O2 has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

As O2 does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances (except for the 30 GBP Big Bundle), you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – O2 UK

  • Name: o2 internet
  • APN: mobile.o2.co.uk
  • Username: o2web
  • Password: password
  • MCC: 234
  • MNC: 10
  • Authentication Type: PAP
  • APN Type: default,supl OR Internet
  • APN Protocol: IPV4
  • APN Roaming Protocol: IPV4

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone UK

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone UK, just Vodafone, is the third-largest mobile operator in the United Kingdom.

It is also the oldest mobile operator in the country.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa (mostly as Vodacom), Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone already offers 5G NR to prepaid customers and most MVNOs using its network, including its youth-focused brand VOXI.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz (& 1800 MHz)
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone UK

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout the United Kingdom.

4G/LTE reception is basically anywhere in the country.

However, it can be spotty in Northwestern Scotland.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone UK

You can buy a Vodafone SIM card for 0.99 GBP in Vodafone stores and other establishments, including grocery stores, electronic shops & kiosks. It is also possible to get SIM cards at several airports (Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London – multiple, Manchester, Newcastle & more).

Vodafone SIM Card
© Vodafone

You can also get a data-only SIM card, called Pay As You Go Data-only SIM for the following prices:

PriceDataValidity
10 GBP2 GB90 days
20 GBP8 GB90 days
25 GBP15 GB90 days
30 GBP12 GB12 months
45 GBP24 GB24 months

Unused data allowances will roll over for one billing cycle for 30 days.

Vodafone United Kingdom Pay As You Go Data Only SIM Cards

Vodafone SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone UK

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores and many other establishments, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

Vodafone United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© Vodafone UK

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, call 2345 and follow the instructions, or redeem the voucher online.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted. You can use PayPal instead.

Dial #1345# or call 2345 to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Vodafone United Kingdom My Vodafone App
© Vodafone UK

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone UK

Vodafone has two data-featured plans: Pay As You Go Bundles (combo) & Pay As You Go Extras (add-ons).

Some Vodafone plans are eligible for 5G NR.

Pay As You Go Bundles – Vodafone UK

The Pay As You Go Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Pay As You Go Bundles can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2345:

PriceData5G NR Access?Local/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidityActivation Code
10 GBP5 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE10
15 GBP10 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE15
20 GBP20 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE20
30 GBP50 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBUGVALUE30
40 GBPUnlimited 2YesUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE40

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 25 GB EU data roaming cap

Unused data allowances will roll over for one billing cycle.

Pay As You Go Bundles. To disable auto-renewal, use the My Vodafone app.

Vodafone United Kingdom Pay As You Go Bundles
Pay As You Go Extras – Vodafone UK

The Pay As You Go Extras are add-ons.

The following Pay As You Go Extras are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
1 GBP50 MBUntil midnightText DATA50 to 40514
5 GBP500 MB30 daysCall 34441
10 GBP2 GB30 daysCall 46205
Vodafone United Kingdom Pay As You Go Extras
EU Roaming – Vodafone UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates in 2022, including Vodafone, these changes do not apply to prepaid/Pay As You Go customers (yet).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Vodafone does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances (except for the 40 GBP plan), you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone UK

  • Name: Vodafone Internet
  • APN: wap.vodafone.co.uk
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap
  • MCC: 234
  • MNC: 15
  • Authentication Type: None
  • APN Type: default

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Three UK

Three (3) Logo
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Three UK, just Three and sometimes written as just 3, is the smallest mobile operator in the United Kingdom.

Three is known for offering free international roaming in many countries worldwide before the EU roaming regulations – just like O2.

It is also the mobile operator with the fastest 5G NR speeds, which is also available to prepaid/Pay As You Go customers.

Three, as a company, is active in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Indonesia, Macau & Sweden.

Three uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had a 2G network
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1400 MHz (Band 32), 1500 MHz (Band 32) & 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 3700 MHz (n77)

This is what you will learn about Three:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Three SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Three UK

Three has the worst coverage in the United Kingdom.

That is partially due to the lack of 2G coverage – Three has 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR networks.

However, Three is going full-on 5G NR – perhaps it can finally catch up on coverage.

Below is Three's 4G/LTE coverage map:

Three 3 United Kingdom 4G LTE Coverage Map

Here is the 5G NR coverage map:

Three 3 United Kingdom 5G NR Coverage Map

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – Three UK

You can buy a Three SIM card for 0.99 GBP in Three stores and other establishments, including grocery stores, electronic shops & kiosks. It is also possible to get SIM cards at several airports (Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London – multiple, Manchester, Newcastle & more).

Three 3 United Kingdom SIM Card
© Three UK

You can also get a data-only SIM card for the following prices:

PriceDataValidity
10 GBP1 GB30 days
16 GBP3 GB3 months
40 GBP12 GB12 months
60 GBP24 GB24 months

Three SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Three UK

Three top-up vouchers are sold in Three stores and many other establishments, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

Three 3 United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© Three UK

To top up your Three SIM card, call 444 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted.

Call 444 to check your Three balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Three Pay As You Go app (Android/iOS).

Three 3 United Kingdom Three Pay As You Go App
© Three UK

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Three UK

Three has three data-featured plans:

All Three plans are eligible for 5G NR.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Data Packs – Three UK

The Data Packs are, unlike the name suggests, combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Data Packs can be activated on the Three Pay As You Go app:

PriceDataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
10 GBP6 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBP50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
35 GBPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)

Three 3 United Kingdom Data Packs
Add-Ons – Three UK

The Add-Ons are data add-ons.

Add-Ons can be activated on the Three Pay As You Go app:

PricePlanDataValidity
5 GBP1 GB Monthly Boost1 GBUntil plan renews
5 GBP1 Day Daily BoostUnlimitedUntil midnight
7 GBP3 GB Monthly Boost3 GBUntil plan renews
8 GBP6 GB Monthly Boost6 GBUntil plan renews
15 GBPMonthly Boost UnlimitedUnlimitedUntil plan renews
Three 3 United Kingdom Add-Ons
Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband Data Reward Add-On – Three UK

The Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband Data Reward Add-On are, as the name suggests, data-only add-ons.

Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband Data Reward Add-On can be activated on the Three Pay As You Go app:

PriceDataValidity
15 GBP2 GB30 days
20 GBP5 GB30 days
25 GBP10 GB30 days
Go Roam/EU Roaming – Three UK
Three 3 United Kingdom Go Roam
© Three UK

Three has always been known for offering free international roaming. Not just in the EU but globally.

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, Three has not (and probably never will because Roaming is part of our DNA at Three).

Its Roam Like Home feature, now called Go Roam, allows you to roam for free in the following 76 countries:

If you visit a Go Roam Europe country, marked with (EU), you can use up to 12 GB of data and make unlimited calls and send unlimited SMS while there.

If you are in a Go Roam World country, you can use up to 12 GB of data, use 3000 minutes, and 3000 SMS while there.

APN/Internet Settings – Three UK

  • Name: 3
  • APN: three.co.uk

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ASDA Mobile

ASDA Mobile United Kingdom Logo
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ASDA Mobile is a Vodafone UK MVNO. It is the mobile brand by ASDA Stores (supermarkets).

It used to be an EE MVNO until September 2021. ASDA Mobile started moving to the Vodafone UK network in early 2021.

To learn about ASDA Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Vodafone UK's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about ASDA Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get an ASDA Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – ASDA Mobile

ASDA Mobile is a Vodafone UK MVNO, meaning ASDA Mobile uses the Vodafone UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with ASDA Mobile, jump to the Vodafone UK Coverage section.

ASDA Mobile customers have access to Vodafone UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – ASDA Mobile

You can buy an ASDA Mobile SIM card for 0.50 GBP in ASDA stores.

ASDA Mobile United Kingdom SIM Cards
© ASDA Mobile

Text MYNUMBER to 2732 to see your ASDA Mobile phone number.

ASDA Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 360 days (no top-up for 360 days or no activity for 360 days).

However, after 180 days, outgoing calls will be barred, but you can still receive calls.

After 270 days, all services are barred, and you will lose your credit.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – ASDA Mobile

ASDA Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in ASDA stores and many other establishments, including electronic shops, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

To top up your ASDA Mobile SIM card, call 2732 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, only UK-issued cards are accepted.

ASDA Mobile top-ups have no expiry as long as your SIM card is active.

Text BAL to 2732 or call 2732 and select option 1 to check your ASDA Mobile balance.

Soon, you can also top up and check your balance on the ASDA Mobile app, but it has yet to be released.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – ASDA Mobile

ASDA Mobile has three data-featured plans:

Some ASDA Mobile plans are eligible for 5G NR.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Standard Bundles – ASDA Mobile

The Standard Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Standard Bundles can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2732:

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming Data5G NR Access?Local/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 GBP1 GB1 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN5
7 GBP3 GB3 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN7
10 GBP10 GB10 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN10
15 GBP18 GB18 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN15
20 GBP30 GB25 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN20
25 GBP50 GB25 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN25

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)

ASDA Mobile United Kingdom Pay As You Go Standard Bundles
Unlimited Data – ASDA Mobile

The Unlimited Data plans are data-only bundles.

Unlimited Data can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2732:

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming Data5G NR SpeedsLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
20 GBPUnlimited25 GB@ 2 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN20U
25 GBPUnlimited25 GB@ 10 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN25U
30 GBPUnlimited25 GB@ 150 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN30

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)

With ASDA Mobile, unlimited data means truly unlimited WITHOUT fair-use limits. However, speed restrictions apply, as seen in the table above.

ASDA Mobile United Kingdom Pay As You Go Unlimited Bundles
Data Add-Ons – ASDA Mobile

The Data Add-ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons.

The following data add-ons are available:

PriceData
2 GBP1 GB
5 GBP3 GB
7 GBP6 GB
10 GBP12 GB
ASDA Mobile United Kingdom Pay As You Go Add-Ons
EU Roaming – ASDA Mobile

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, ASDA Mobile has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – ASDA Mobile

  • Name: ASDA Internet
  • APN: MY.INTERNET
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap

Note: do not use “everywhere” as an APN anymore. That was the old APN before ASDA Mobile moved from EE to Vodafone UK. Leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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GiffGaff

GiffGaff United Kingdom Logo
© GiffGaff

GiffGaff is an O2 UK MVNO wholly owned by O2 UK.

To learn about GiffGaff’s frequencies, jump back to O2 UK’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about GiffGaff:

* Coverage
* How to Get a GiffGaff SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – GiffGaff

GiffGaff is an O2 UK MVNO, meaning GiffGaff uses the O2 UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with GiffGaff, jump to the O2 UK Coverage section.

GiffGaff customers have access to O2 UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – GiffGaff

You can buy a GiffGaff SIM card for 0.99 GBP with 5 GBP credit in Poundland stores or Tesco supermarkets.

GiffGaff United Kingdom SIM Card
© GiffGaff

You may have to activate your SIM card online.

iD Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – GiffGaff

GiffGaff top-up vouchers are sold in various stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom. You can also use O2 top-up vouchers for recharging.

GiffGaff United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© GiffGaff

To top up your GiffGaff SIM card, call 43430 and select option 2, and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online (1/2) with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# or call 43430 and select option 2 to check your GiffGaff balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the giffgaff app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

GiffGaff United Kingdom GiffGaff App
© GiffGaff

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – GiffGaff

GiffGaff has two data-featured plans: Golden Goodybags (combo) & More Goodybags (combo).

All GiffGaff plans are eligible for 5G NR.

Golden Goodybags – GiffGaff

The Golden Goodybags are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Golden Goodybags can be activated on the giffgaff app:

PriceDataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
10 GBP10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP25 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBP100 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited1 month
35 GBPUnlimited 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 20 GB for EU roaming data cap
3 while unlimited, GiffGaff may review your account if you use more than 650 GB twice within a 6-month period

GiffGaff United Kingdom Golden Goodybags
More Goodybags – GiffGaff

The More Goodybags are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Golden Goodybags can be activated on the giffgaff app:

PriceDataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
6 GBP500 MBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
8 GBP3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
10 GBP8 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
12 GBP12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP80 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBP“Unlimited”, 80 GB 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 20 GB for EU roaming data cap
3 80 GB high-speed data, then reduced to 384 Kbps from 8:00 – 23:59

GiffGaff United Kingdom More Goodybags
EU Roaming – GiffGaff

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, GiffGaff has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As GiffGaff does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances (except for the unlimited data plans), you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – GiffGaff

  • Name: giffgaff
  • APN: giffgaff.com
  • Username: gg
  • Password: p
  • MCC: 234
  • MCN: 10
  • APN Protocol: IPv4v6
  • APN Roaming Protocol: IPv4
  • Authentication Type: PAP

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iD Mobile

iD Mobile United Kingdom Logo
© iD Mobile

iD Mobile is a Three UK MVNO.

It is a mobile brand by Carphone Warehouse.

To learn about iD Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Three UK’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about iD Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get an iD Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – iD Mobile

iD Mobile is a Three UK MVNO, meaning iD Mobile uses the Three UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with iD Mobile, jump to the Three UK Coverage section.

iD Mobile customers have access to Three UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – iD Mobile

You can buy an iD Mobile SIM card starting from 6 GBP in Carphone Warehouse stores or Curry's stores.

iD Mobile United Kingdom SIM Card
© iD Mobile

iD Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 365 days (no top-up for 365 days or no activity for 365 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – iD Mobile

iD Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in Carphone Warehouse stores or Curry's stores.

To top up your iD Mobile SIM card, call 7777 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted.

You can also top up and check your balance on the iD Mobile app (Android/iOS).

iD Mobile United Kingdom iD Mobile App
© iD Mobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – iD Mobile

iD Mobile has two data-featured plans: Value Bundles (combo) & Add-Ons (data).

All iD Mobile plans are eligible for 5G NR.

Value Bundles – iD Mobile

The Value Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Value Bundles can be purchased on the iD Mobile app:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
6 GBP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
8 GBP4 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
10 GBP6 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)

Unused data allowances will roll over for one billing cycle.

iD Mobile United Kingdom Plans
Add-Ons – iD Mobile

The Add-Ons are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Add-Ons can be purchased on the iD Mobile app:

PriceDataValidity
1.50 GBP100 MB7 days
3 GBP250 MB7 days
5 GBP500 MB30 days
7 GBP1 GB30 days
10 GBP3 GB30 days
15 GBP4 GB12 months
30 GBP10 GB12 months
EU Roaming – iD Mobile

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, iD Mobile has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As iD Mobile does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – iD Mobile

  • Name: iD
  • APN: id

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Lebara UK

Lebara Logo
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Lebara UK, just Lebara, is a Vodafone UK MVNO.

Lebara, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various other European countries.

To learn about Lebara’s frequencies, jump back to Vodafone UK's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lebara:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lebara SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lebara UK

Lebara is a Vodafone UK MVNO, meaning Lebara uses the Vodafone UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lebara, jump to the Vodafone UK Coverage section.

Lebara customers have access to Vodafone UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Lebara UK

You can buy a Lebara SIM card for 0.99 GBP in various stores, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and electronic shops.

Lebara United Kingdom Retailers
© Lebara UK

Dial *#100# to see your Lebara phone number.

Lebara SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 114 days (no top-up for 114 days or no activity for 114 days).

However, your SIM card will be suspended after 70 days of inactivity.

After 84 days of inactivity, you need to contact Lebara support to reactivate your SIM card.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lebara UK

Lebara top-up vouchers are sold in various stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

Lebara United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© Lebara UK

To top up your Lebara SIM card, dial *#1345*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *#1345*123456#

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Call 5588 or dial *1345# to check your Lebara balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyLebara app (Android/iOS).

© Lebara

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lebara UK

Lebara has only one type of plan, which is the SIM Only Deals. It is a combo plan with data, minutes & SMS.

Lebara United Kingdom Prices Compared
© Lebara UK

SIM Only Deals can be activated on the Lebara app:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1Validity
5 GBP2 GB1000 minutes100 minutes1000 SMS30 days
10 GBP6 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days
10 GBP10 GBUnlimited500 minutesUnlimited30 days
15 GBP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
20 GBP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
25 GBPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
30 GBPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 to 41 countries:

Lebara United Kingdom SIM Only Plans
EU Roaming – Lebara UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, Lebara has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Lebara does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

Moreover, you can roam for free in India as well. You can use up to 10 GB of data, 200 minutes & 200 SMS in India.

Lebara United Kingdom India Roaming
© Lebara UK

APN/Internet Settings – Lebara UK

  • Name: Lebara Internet
  • APN: uk.lebara.mobi
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap

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Lycamobile UK

Lycamobile Logo New 2021
© Lycamobile UK

Lycamobile Denmark, just Lycamobile, is an O2 UK MVNO.

Lycamobile, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various other European countries.

To learn about Lycamobile’s frequencies, jump back to O2 UK’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lycamobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lycamobile UK

Lycamobile is an O2 UK MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the O2 UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lycamobile, jump to the O2 UK Coverage section.

Lycamobile customers have access to O2 UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile UK

You can buy a Lycamobile card for 0.99 GBP in various stores, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and electronic shops.

Lycamobile United Kingdom Retailers

Dial *132# to see your Lycamobile phone number.

Lycamobile SIM Card New 2021
© Lycamobile

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lycamobile UK

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold in various stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

Lycamobile United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© Lycamobile UK

To top up your Lycamobile SIM card, dial *131*VoucherCode#, dial 92#, or call 321 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *131*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards. Or you can use PayPal.

Dial *131#, 94#, 95#, or call 321 to check your Lycamobile balance.

Lycamobile has recently updated its apps (Android/iOS).

Lycamobile App New 2021
© Lycamobile

For many, it had performance issues. However, the Android app has worked well for me.

Perhaps the update will make the apps work well for you too.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile UK

Lycamobile has five data-featured plans:

Lycamobile customers do not have access to O2 UK's 5G NR network.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

National Bundles – Lycamobile UK

The National Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Although the name suggests that these bundles can only be used in the United Kingdom, they can also be used in other EU/EEA member states without being charged roaming rates.

The following National Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 4Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 GBPUK Plan Smart1 GB/2GB 21 GB/2GB 21000 minutes100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*5555#
10 GBPNational Plus6 GB/10 GB 36 GB/10 GB 3Unlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*21544#
12 GBPUK Plan Daily Saver1 GB/day (30 GB)1 GB/day (30 GB)Unlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*3301#
12 GBPNational Plan Extra20 GB20 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*112#
15 GBPUK Plan Super Extra50 GB50 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*115#
20 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus100 GB20 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*2055#
25 GBPGo UnlimitedUnlimited20 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*3055#
30 GBPGo Unlimited PlusUnlimited20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*4055#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 1 GB if activated through a voucher, 2 GB if activated online
3 6 GB if activated through a voucher, 10 GB if activated online
4 to 41 countries:

Lycamobile United Kingdom National Plans
International Plans – Lycamobile UK

The International Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

The following International Plans are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 5Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
9.90 GBPAll In One 103 GB/6 GB 23 GB/6 GB 2Unlimited500 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*2541#
15 GBPAll In One Plus 157 GB/15 GB 37 GB/15 GB 3UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*544#
20 GBPAll In One Plus 2010 GB/20 GB 410 GB/20 GB 4UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*545#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 3 GB if activated through a voucher, 6 GB if activated online
3 7 GB if activated through a voucher, 15 GB if activated online
4 10 GB if activated through a voucher, 20 GB if activated online
5 see countries under National Plans

Lycamobile United Kingdom International Plans
Long Term Plans – Lycamobile UK

The Long Term Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS with validity from 3 months to 12 months.

These Long Term Plans are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
27 GBPNational Plus 3 Months10 GB/30 days (30 GB)10 GB/30 days (30 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (300 minutes)Unlimited3 months
40.50 GBPUK Plan Super Plus 3 Months25 GB/30 days (75 GB)25 GB/30 days (75 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (300 minutes)Unlimited3 months
51 GBPNational Plus 6 Months10 GB/30 days (60 GB)10 GB/30 days (60 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (600 minutes)Unlimited6 months
54 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus 3 Months100 GB/30 days (300 GB)100 GB/30 days (300 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (300 minutes)Unlimited3 months
76.50 GBPUK Plan Super Plus 6 Months25 GB/30 days (150 GB)25 GB/30 days (150 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (600 minutes)Unlimited6 months
96 GBPNational Plus 12 Months10 GB/30 days (120 GB)10 GB/30 days (120 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (1200 minutes)Unlimited12 months
102 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus 6 Months100 GB/30 days (600 GB)100 GB/30 days (600 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (600 minutes)Unlimited6 months
144 GBPUK Plan Super Plus 12 Months25 GB/30 days (300 GB)25 GB/30 days (300 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (1200 minutes)Unlimited12 months
192 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus 12 Months100 GB/30 days (1200 GB)100 GB/30 days (1200 GB)Unlimited100 minutes/30 days (1200 minutes)Unlimited12 months
Lycamobile United Kingdom Long Term Plans
Data Plans – Lycamobile UK

The Data Plans are data-only bundles.

The following Data Plans are available:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
5 GBPData 5500 MB30 days*139*5001#
7.50 GBPData 7.51 GB30 days*139*7001#
10 GBPData 102 GB30 days*139*1001#
12.50 GBPData 123 GB30 days*139*1201#
Lycamobile United Kingdom Data Plans
Data Bolt On – Lycamobile UK

The Data Bolt On are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Data Bolt On are available:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
5 GBPData Bolt On S1 GBUntil plan expires*139*602#
7.50 GBPData Bolt On M3 GBUntil plan expires*139*603#
12 GBPData Bolt On L5 GBUntil plan expires*139*604#
Lycamobile United Kingdom Data Bolt Ons
EU Roaming – Lycamobile UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, Lycamobile has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile UK

  • Name: lycamobile
  • APN: data.lycamobile.co.uk
  • Username: lmuk
  • Password: plus
  • Authentication Type: PAP
  • APN Type: default

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Superdrug Mobile

Superdrug Mobile United Kingdom Logo
© Superdrug Mobile

Superdrug Mobile is a Three UK MVNO.

It is the mobile brand by Superdrug Stores.

To learn about Superdrug Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Three UK’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Superdrug Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Superdrug Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Superdrug Mobile

Superdrug is a Three UK MVNO, meaning Superdrug uses the Three UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Superdrug Mobile, jump to the Three UK Coverage section.

Superdrug Mobile customers do not have access to Three UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Superdrug Mobile

You can buy a Superdrug Mobile SIM card starting from 10 GBP in Superdrug stores.

Superdrug Mobile SIM Card
© Superdrug Mobile

You may have to activate your SIM card online.

Superdrug Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 220 days (no top-up for 220 days or no activity for 220 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Superdrug Mobile

You can top-up your Superdrug Mobile SIM card online – the same counts for checking your balance. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

Superdrug Mobile SIM Card
© Superdrug Mobile

Moreover, Superdrug Mobile does not have an app (yet).

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Superdrug Mobile

Superdrug Mobile has two data-featured plans: SIM Only Plans (combo) & Add-Ons (as the name implies).

Superdrug Mobile does not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers (yet).

SIM Only Plans – Superdrug Mobile

The SIM Only Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

SIM Only Plans can be activated online.

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
10 GBP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
18 GBP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)

Superdrug Mobile United Kingdom Plans
Add-Ons – Superdrug Mobile

The Add-Ons are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Add-Ons can be activated online.

PriceDataValidity
2 GBP1 GBNo expiry
3 GBP2 GBNo expiry
5 GBP4 GBNo expiry
EU Roaming – Superdrug Mobile

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, Superdrug Mobile has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Superdrug Mobile does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Superdrug Mobile

  • Name: Superdrug
  • APN: superdrug.net

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Tesco Mobile UK

Tesco Mobile Logo
© Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile UK, just Tesco Mobile, is an O2 UK MVNO.

It is the mobile brand by Tesco supermarkets.

To learn about Tesco Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to O2 UK’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Tesco Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Tesco Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Tesco Mobile UK

Tesco Mobile is an O2 UK MVNO, meaning Tesco Mobile uses the O2 UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Tesco Mobile, jump to the O2 UK Coverage section.

Tesco Mobile customers have access to O2 UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Tesco Mobile UK

You can buy a Tesco Mobile SIM card for 0.99 GBP in Tesco stores.

Tesco Mobile SIM Card
© Tesco Mobile UK

Call 4444 to see your Tesco Mobile phone number.

Tesco Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tesco Mobile UK

Tesco Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in Tesco stores.

Tesco Mobile United Kingdom 20 GBP Top-Up Card
© Tesco Mobile UK

To top up your Tesco Mobile SIM card, call 4444, and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted.

Dial *10#, call 444, or text BALANCE to 2112 to check your Tesco Mobile balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Tesco Mobile app (Android/iOS).

Tesco Mobile United Kingdom Tesco Mobile Pay As You Go App
© Tesco Mobile UK

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tesco Mobile UK

Tesco Mobile has one type of data-featured plan, which is the Rocket Packs. It is a combo plan with data, minutes & SMS.

Rocket Packs can be activated by calling 282 or topping up the exact amount as the pack's price:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
7.50 GBP2 GB500 minutes5000 SMS1 month
10 GBP8 GB5000 minutes5000 SMS1 month
12.50 GBP15 GB5000 minutes5000 SMS1 month
15 GBP25 GB5000 minutes5000 SMS1 month
20 GBP50 GB5000 minutes5000 SMS1 month
30 GBP100 GB5000 minutes5000 SMS1 month

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)

Rocket Packs auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOPROCKET to 28948.

Tesco Mobile United Kingdom Rocket Packs
EU Roaming – Tesco Mobile UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, Tesco Mobile has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

As Tesco Mobile does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Tesco Mobile UK

  • Name: Tesco Mobile
  • APN: prepay.tesco-mobile.com
  • Username: tescowap
  • Password: password

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Vectone Mobile UK

Vectone Mobile Logo
© Vectone Mobile

Vectone Mobile UK, just Vectone Mobile, is an EE MVNO.

Vectone Mobile, as a company, is active in Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands & the United Kingdom.

To learn about Vectone Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to EE’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Vectone Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vectone Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vectone Mobile UK

Vectone Mobile is an EE MVNO, meaning Vectone Mobile uses the EE network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Vectone Mobile, jump to the EE Coverage section.

Vectone Mobile customers do not have access to EE's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Vectone Mobile UK

You can buy a Vectone Mobile SIM card for 0.99 GBP, 5 GBP, 10 GBP, 20 GBP or 30 GBP in various stores, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and electronic shops.

Vectone Mobile United Kingdom UK Plans

Dial *105# to see your Vectone Mobile phone number.

Vectone Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 120 days (no top-up for 120days or no activity for 120 days).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vectone Mobile UK

Vectone Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in various stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout the United Kingdom.

Vectone Mobile United Kingdom Retailers

To top up your Vectone SIM card, dial *101*VoucherCode# or call 121, select option 1, and enter your VoucherCode.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *#101*123456# or call 121, select option 1, and enter 123456.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards. However, mostly UK-issued cards are accepted.

Dial *102# to check your Vectone Mobile balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vectone Mobile UK

Vectone Mobile has four data-featured plans:

Vectone Mobile customers do not have access to EE's 5G NR network.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

UK Plans – Vectone Mobile UK

The UK Plans are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Although the name suggests that these bundles can only be used in the United Kingdom, they can also be used in other EU/EEA member states without being charged roaming rates.

The following UK Plans are available:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1On-Net SMSLocal/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
3 GBP500 MBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited100 SMS30 days*2357#
4 GBP1 GBUnlimited300 minutesUnlimited300 SMS30 days*1006#
6 GBP2 GBUnlimited500 minutesUnlimited500 SMS30 days*1208#
7.50 GBP1 GBUnlimited150 minutes 2Unlimited150 SMS30 days*1705#
10 GBP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*1337#
12 GBP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 2UnlimitedUnlimited30 days*1121#
15 GBP10 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*2288#
25 GBP25 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*1098#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 +100 international minutes to 33 countries:

Vectone Mobile United Kingdom UK Plans
All In One Bundles – Vectone Mobile UK

The All In One Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

The following All In One Bundles are available:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2On-Net SMSLocal/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 GBP1 GBUnlimited150 minutes150 minutesUnlimited150 SMS30 days*1044#
10 GBP3 GBUnlimited500 minutes500 minutesUnlimited1000 SMS30 days*1028#
15 GBP7 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*1043#
20 GBP12 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*1401#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 call allowance differs greatly per destination. See this page for the allowances

International Bundles – Vectone Mobile UK

The International Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

The following International Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
10 GBPBangladesh1 GB500 minutes500 minutes100 SMS30 days*1206#
10 GBPPakistan1 GB500 minutes500 minutesN/A30 days*1207#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 see countries under UK Plans. Add Bangladesh for the Bangladesh plan and Pakistan for the Pakistan plan

Vectone Mobile United Kingdom International Bundles
Data Plans – Vectone Mobile UK

The Data Plans are data-only bundles.

The following Data Plans are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
7.50 GBP10 GB30 days*500#
10 GBP20 GB30 days*750#
Vectone Mobile United Kingdom Data Plans
EU Roaming – Vectone Mobile UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, Vectone Mobile has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

As Vectone Mobile does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Vectone Mobile UK

  • Name: Vectone Mobile
  • APN: webuk.mundio.com

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VOXI by Vodafone UK

VOXI by Vodafone United Kingdom Logo
© VOXI

VOXI is a budget brand by Vodafone UK.

It used to be a youth-focused brand where the age limit of 30 years old was upheld and verified.

However, this rule was scrapped in 2019.

Now, anyone can be with VOXI.

To learn about VOXI’s frequencies, jump back to Vodafone UK's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about VOXI:

* Coverage
* How to Get a VOXI SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – VOXI by Vodafone UK

VOXI is a Vodafone UK MVNO, meaning VOXI uses the Vodafone UK network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with VOXI, jump to the Vodafone UK Coverage section.

VOXI customers have access to Vodafone UK's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – VOXI by Vodafone UK

VOXI SIM cards are mostly available online for free. However, they are shipped to British addresses only, and it can take up to 5 business days to receive the SIM card. However, you can buy a regular Vodafone UK SIM card (for 0.99 GBP) in Vodafone stores and many others (like supermarkets) and move your number to VOXI online.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – VOXI by Vodafone UK

You can top-up your VOXI SIM card online – the same counts for checking your balance. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

Moreover, VOXI does not have an app (yet).

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – VOXI by Vodafone UK

VOXI has one type of data-featured plan, which is the SIM Only Plan. It is a combo bundle with data, minutes & SMS.

SIM Only Plans can be activated online:

PriceDataEU Roaming DataSocial & Streaming Data 2Local/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
10 GBP8 GB8 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
15 GBP15 GB15 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
20 GBP45 GB20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
35 GBPUnlimited20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to the United Kingdom (NOT from the United Kingdom to other EU/EEA member states)
2 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, My5, Netflix, Pinterest, Prime Video, Snapchat, TikTok, TVPlayer, Twitter, UKTV Play, WhatsApp & YouTube in the UK only

VOXI United Kingdom Plans
EU Roaming – VOXI by Vodafone UK

While some other mobile operators have already announced re-introducing EU international roaming rates, VOXI has not (and has no plan to do so anytime soon).

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – VOXI by Vodafone UK

  • Name: Vodafone internet
  • APN: pp.vodafone.co.uk
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in the United Kingdom

The cheapest way to get online i the United Kingdom is to get a SIM card from one of the mobile operators unless you have a EU/EEA SIM card and can roam for free in the United Kingdom.

However, local SIM cards are not your only method of staying online when abroad.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers.

The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option.

Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the United Kingdom

Getting a SIM card from EE, Vodafone, or Three would do you well when considering a British SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other European Countries

Visiting other countries in Europe? Check out my Europe SIM card buying guide, covering other European nations, such as:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

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