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SIM Cards in the United Kingdom: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

The United Kingdom (UK) – consisting of England, Northern Ireland (not the Republic of 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 (1.20 USD). The four operators (EE UK, 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.

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: 1st of March 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in United Kingdom?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in the United Kingdom, I recommend going with EE UK, Vodafone, or Three. EE UK 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.

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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

United Kingdom has four mobile operators and nine Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • EE UK
  • 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 UK MVNO)
  • VOXI (Vodafone UK sub-brand)
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In this guide, I will stick to the mobile operators and the most popular MVNOs, all in bold above, to limit the length of this guide (but also not to overwhelm you with all the options available).

But if you are interested in getting a SIM card from one of the unbolded MVNOs, you would have to do the research yourself for the time being. I stopped actively testing and reviewing MVNOs to spend time reviewing travel eSIMs instead, like the ones for United Kingdom.

Anyone living in or visiting United Kingdom can buy a British SIM card without restrictions.

Where Can You Buy a British SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can buy a British SIM card in the mobile operator stores (EE UK, O2, Vodafone & Three) or other retailers, including grocery stores, electronic stores & convenience stores (for the mobile operators or MVNOs, like Lebara and Lycamobile). Some British airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

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

  • EE UK: 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
  • Lebara UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Lycamobile UK: 0.99 GBP
  • Tesco Mobile UK: 0.99 GBP
  • VOXI: 0.99 GBP (Vodafone UK SIM card, then move to VOXI)

Note that SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) to your currency (let's say EUR (Euro)) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between GBP and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 GBP = 1.25 USD
  • 10 GBP = 12.30 USD
  • 100 GBP = 123.05 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for United Kingdom

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, none of the mobile operator eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if you purchase an eSIM from any of these mobile operators, you must comply with United Kingdom's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for privacy reasons (for example) or want to be connected immediately without paying for an overpriced SIM card (or eSIM) sold at a British airport. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom.

In my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Buying an eSIM for the United Kingdom Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Uki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than a British SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Europe-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this United Kingdom SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for United Kingdom:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for the United Kingdom Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Uki Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable).

British Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

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

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

With that said, let's see what United Kingdom offers us.


EE UK

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

It also has the fastest 4G/LTE speeds.

EE UK 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 UK:

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

Coverage – EE UK

EE UK 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).

Below is EE UK's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see EE UK's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – EE UK

You can buy an EE UK SIM card for 0.99 GBP in EE UK 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 GB2 months
40 GBP30 GB2 months
50 GBP60 GB2 months

Text NUMBER to 150 to see your EE UK phone number.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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You can consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from EE.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – EE UK

EE UK top-up vouchers are sold in EE UK 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 UK 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 UK balance.

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

EE United Kingdom My EE App
© EE

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – EE UK

EE UK has three data-featured prepaid plans:

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

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Packs – EE UK

The Packs are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
10 GBP8 GB500 minutesUnlimited30 daysPACK10
15 GBP25 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysPACK15
20 GBP50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysPACK20
30 GBP125 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
© EE UK
Connected Data SIM Plans – EE UK

The Connected Data SIM Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) exclusive for the EE UK data SIM card.

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

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

The Connected Data SIM Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) exclusive for the EE UK data-only SIM card. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

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

PriceDataValidity
5 GBP5 GB30 days
10 GBP15 GB30 days
20 GBP30 GB30 days
30 GBP60 GB30 days
40 GBP120 GB30 days
EE United Kingdom Connected Data SIM Add-Ons
EU Roaming – EE UK

EE UK 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:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Macau
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

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 UK

  • Name: EE Internet
  • APN: everywhere

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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O2 UK

O2 Logo
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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 UK's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see O2 UK's official coverage map.

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 GBP1 GB
16 GBP3 GB
25 GBP5 GB
40 GBP12 GB
O2 United Kingdom Tablet Preloaded MBB SIM Cards
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You may want to get a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from O2 (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just United Kingdom or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My United Kingdom eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide.

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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 prepaid 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…

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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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 (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
10 GBP7 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 month10DATABB
15 GBP20 GBUnlimited50 minutesUnlimited1 month15DATABB
20 GBP30 GBUnlimited50 minutesUnlimited1 month20DATABB
30 GBP100 GBUnlimited250 minutesUnlimited1 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 +unlimited international minutes to 30 countries:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
O2 United Kingdom Big Bundles Plans
Pay As You Go Bolt Ons – O2 UK

The Pay As You Go Bolt Ons are combo add-ons (without 5G NR access). 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 Ultimate One Off3 GBN/A31 daysULTIMATEONE
12 GBPThe Ultimate3 GBN/A1 monthULTIMATE
Tariff Plans – O2 UK

The Tariff Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) 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:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • 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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone UK

Vodafone Logo
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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 produced by Speedtest:

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
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You should consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vodafone.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for United Kingdom in my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Vodafone for now.

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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 prepaid plans: Pay As You Go Bundles (combo) & Pay As You Go Extras (add-ons).

Some Vodafone plans are eligible for 5G NR.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Pay As You Go Bundles – Vodafone UK

The Pay As You Go Bundles are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 2ValidityActivation Code
10 GBP7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE10
15 GBP20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE15
20 GBP40 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBIGVALUE20
30 GBP100 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBUGVALUE30
40 GBPUnlimited 1UnlimitedUnlimited30 daysBVBULTD

1 with 5G NR access
2 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.

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

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

The Pay As You Go Extras are data add-ons (without 5G NR access).

The following Pay As You Go Extras are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 GBP500 MB30 daysCall 34441
10 GBP2 GB30 daysCall 46205
Vodafone United Kingdom Pay As You Go Extras
© Vodafone UK
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:

  • Åland Islands
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Corsica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

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

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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 UK's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

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
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You can consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Three UK.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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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 prepaid plans:

All Three plans are eligible for 5G NR access.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Data Packs – Three UK

The Data Packs are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
10 GBP10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBP100 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 (with 5G NR access).

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

PricePlanDataValidity
5 GBPMonthly Boost 1 GB1 GB1 month
5 GBP1 Day BoostUnlimitedUntil midnight
7 GBPMonthly Boost 3 GB3 GB1 month
8 GBPMonthly Boost 6 GB6 GBUntil plan renews
15 GBPMonthly Boost Unlimited DataUnlimited1 month
20 GBPShort-Term Boost Unlimited DataUnlimited1 month
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 implies, data add-ons (with 5G NR access).

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

PriceDataValidity
5 GBP1 GB1 month
15 GBP5 GB1 month
20 GBP10 GB1 month
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:

  • Åland Islands (EU)
  • Australia
  • Austria (EU)
  • Azores (EU)
  • Balearic Islands (EU)
  • Belgium (EU)
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria (EU)
  • Canary Islands (EU)
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Corsica (EU)
  • Costa Rica
  • Crete (EU)
  • Croatia (EU)
  • Cyprus (EU)
  • Czech Republic (EU)
  • Denmark (EU)
  • El Salvador
  • Finland (EU)
  • France (EU)
  • French Guiana (EU)
  • Germany (EU)
  • Gibraltar (EU)
  • Greece (EU)
  • Guadeloupe (EU)
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey (EU)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary (EU)
  • Iceland (EU)
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland (EU)
  • Isle of Man (EU)
  • Israel
  • Italy (EU)
  • Jersey (EU)
  • Latvia (EU)
  • Liechtenstein (EU)
  • Lithuania (EU)
  • Luxembourg (EU)
  • Macau
  • Madeira (EU)
  • Malta (EU)
  • Martinique (EU)
  • Mayotte (EU)
  • Netherlands(EU)
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway (EU)
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland (EU)
  • Portugal (EU)
  • Puerto Rico
  • Réunion
  • Rhodes (EU)
  • Romania (EU)
  • Saint Barthélemy (EU)
  • Saint Martin (EU)
  • San Marino (EU)
  • Sardinia (EU)
  • Sicily (EU)
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia (EU)
  • Slovenia (EU)
  • Spain (EU)
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden (EU)
  • Switzerland (EU)
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vatican City (EU)
  • Vietnam

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
© ASDA Mobile

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

It used to be an EE UK 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.

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You may want to get a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from ASDA Mobile (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just United Kingdom or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My United Kingdom eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide.

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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 prepaid plans:

Some ASDA Mobile plans are eligible for 5G NR.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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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 (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 2ValidityActivation Code
5 GBP3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN5
7 GBP5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN7
10 GBP12 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN10
15 GBP25 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN15
20 GBP50 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN20
25 GBP100 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN25

1 with 5G NR access
2 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 Pay As You Go Standard Bundles
Unlimited Data – ASDA Mobile

The Unlimited Data plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (with 5G NR access).

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

PricePlansData5G NR SpeedsLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
20 GBPUnlimited ValueUnlimited@ 2 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN20U
22 GBPUnlimited SpeedyUnlimited@ 10 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN22U
24 GBPUnlimited SuperfastUnlimited@ 150 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthBUN24U

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

The Data Add-ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons (with 5G NR access) as they are add-ons to the 5G-enabled plans).

The following data add-ons are available:

PriceDataActivation Code
2 GBP1 GBDATA2
5 GBP3 GBDATA5
7 GBP6 GBDATA7
10 GBP12 GBDATA10
ASDA Mobile 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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

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 UK 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.

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You should consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from GiffGaff.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for United Kingdom in my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with GiffGaff for now.

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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 one data-featured prepaid plan: Pay As You Go (combo). It includes data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

GiffGaff plans are eligible for 5G NR.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Pay As You Go can be activated on the giffgaff app:

PriceDataOff-Net MinutesOff-Net SMSValidity
6 GBP1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
8 GBP4 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
10 GBP15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
12 GBP25 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15 GBP30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
20 GBP80 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
25 GBP80 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 month
35 GBP150 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 Always On data: you get a set amount of data at full 4G/5G speed. After you’ve used your set amount of data, you’ll still be able to get online, but you'll experience a reduced data speed of 384kbps from 8am to Midnight

GiffGaff Pay As You Go Plans
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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

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

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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
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You can consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from iD Mobile.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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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 prepaid plans: Value Bundles (combo) & Add-Ons (data).

All iD Mobile plans are eligible for 5G NR.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Value Bundles – iD Mobile

The Value Bundles are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), 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 (with 5G NR access). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

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

PriceDataValidity
1 GBP100 MB7 days
2 GBP300 MB7 days
3 GBP500 MB7 days
5 GBP1 GB30 days
10 GBP6 GB30 days
15 GBP6 GB12 months
30 GBP15 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:

  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Azores
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Vatican City

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.

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You may want to get a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lebara (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just United Kingdom or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My United Kingdom eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide.

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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).

MyLebara App
© Lebara

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lebara UK

Lebara has only one data-featured prepaid plan: SIM Only Deals (combo). It includes data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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SIM Only Deals can be activated on the Lebara app:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 GBP5 GB1000 minutes100 minutes1000 SMS30 daysR1
10 GBP20 GBUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 daysR2
15 GBP30 GBUnlimited500 minutesUnlimited30 daysR10
20 GBP30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysR5
25 GBPUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 daysR7
30 GBPUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysR8

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 Plan
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada(fixed only)
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United States
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:

  • Åland Islands
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

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
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You should consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lycamobile.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for United Kingdom in my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Lycamobile for now.

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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 three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

30 Days Plans – Lycamobile UK

The30 Days Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following 30 Days Plans are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1, 2International Minutes 4ValidityActivation Code
5 GBPUK Plan Smart5 GB5 GB1000 minutes 3100 minutes30 days*139*5555#
10 GBPNational Plus20 GB12 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*21544#
12 GBPUK Plan Daily Saver1 GB/day (30 GB)1 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*3301#
12 GBPNational Plan Extra30 GB12 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*112#
15 GBPUK Plan Super Extra50 GB12 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*115#
15 GBPDaily Saver Plus2 GB/day (60 GB)2 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*3302#
20 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus100 GB12 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*2055#
25 GBPUK Plan UnlimitedUnlimited35 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days*139*3055#

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 shared with local SMS
3 +unlimited on-net minutes
4 to 41 countries:

Lycamobile United Kingdom 30 Days Plan
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United States
International Plans – Lycamobile UK

The International Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following International Plans are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
30 GBPAll In One 1530 GB12 GBUnlimited500 minutesUnlimited30 days*139*544#
20 GBPAll In One Plus 2030 GB12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 3Unlimited30 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 see countries under 30 Days Plans
3 +250 minutes to Philippines Smart & Tunisia Lyca

Lycamobile United Kingdom International Plan
Long Term Plans – Lycamobile UK

The Long Term Bundles are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS with validity from 3 months to 12 months.

These Long Term Plans are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
30 GBPNational Plus 3 Months20 GB/30 days (60 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (300 minutes)Unlimited3 months
45 GBPUK Plan Super Extra 3 Months50 GB/30 days (150 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (300 minutes)Unlimited3 months
60 GBPNational Plus 6 Months20 GB/30 days (120 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (600 minutes)Unlimited6 months
60 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus 3 Months100 GB/30 days (300 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (300 minutes)Unlimited3 months
90 GBPUK Plan Super Extra 6 Months50 GB/30 days (300 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (600 minutes)Unlimited6 months
120 GBPNational Plus 12 Months20 GB/30 days (240 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (1200 minutes)Unlimited12 months
120 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus 6 Months100 GB/30 days (600 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (600 minutes)Unlimited6 months
180 GBPUK Plan Super Extra 12 Months50 GB/30 days (360 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (1200 minutes)Unlimited12 months
240 GBPUK Plan Mega Plus 12 Months100 GB/30 days (1200 GB)12 GBUnlimited100 minutes/30 days (1200 minutes)Unlimited12 months
Lycamobile United Kingdom Long Term Plan
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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • 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

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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.

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You can consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Superdrug Mobile.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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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 prepaid plans: SIM Only Plans (combo) & Add-Ons.

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

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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SIM Only Plans – Superdrug Mobile

The SIM Only Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), 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 (without 5G NR access). 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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Comoros
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

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.

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You may want to get a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Tesco Mobile (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just United Kingdom or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My United Kingdom eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide.

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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 only one data-featured prepaid plan: Rocket Packs (combo). It includes data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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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 GBP10 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:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

As Tesco Mobile does not have dedicated EU/EEAroaming 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

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Vectone Mobile UK, just Vectone Mobile, is an EE UK 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 UK’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 UK MVNO, meaning Vectone Mobile uses the EE UK 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 UK Coverage section.

Vectone Mobile customers do not have access to EE UK'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.

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You should consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vectone Mobile.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for United Kingdom in my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Vectone Mobile for now.

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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 prepaid plans:

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

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

To convert GBP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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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 (without 5G NR access), 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:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • (Bangladesh)
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • (Pakistan)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • United States
Vectone Mobile United Kingdom UK Plans
All In One Bundles – Vectone Mobile UK

The All In One Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), 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 (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following International Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2On-Net SMSLocal/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
10 GBPBangladesh1 GBUnlimited500 minutes500 minutesUnlimitedN/A30 days*1207#
10 GBPPakistan1 GBUnlimited500 minutes200 minutesUnlimited100 SMS30 days*1206#

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, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • 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

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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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You can consider getting a travel eSIM for United Kingdom, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from VOXI by Vodafone.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Uki Mobile (United Kingdom only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code APR15 (15% off – first-time users only) or APR10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: United Kingdom & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: United Kingdom, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my United Kingdom eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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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 only one data-featured prepaid plan: SIM Only Plan (combo). It includes data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in GBP (British Pound Sterling).

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SIM Only Plans can be activated online:

PriceDataEU DataSocial DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
10 GBP15 GB15 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedUnlimited30 days
12 GBP20 GB20 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedUnlimited30 days
15 GBP30 GB20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
20 GBP100 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 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter & WhatsApp
3 Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, My5, Netflix, Pinterest, Prime Video, Snapchat, TikTok, TVPlayer, Twitter, UKTV Play, WhatsApp & YouTube in the UK only

VOXI SIM Only 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:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Corsica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • 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 – VOXI by Vodafone UK

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

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

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

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.