The best SIM only deals in July 2016

We dig out the best SIM only deals so you don't have to

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On this page you'll find links to the best SIM only deals currently available in the UK. SIM Only deals are usually the best option for those people who are out of contract but want to wait a while before they upgrade, or for others who have bought a phone outright and want a cheap SIM deal to use with it. Luckily for you, SIM only deals are very competitive at the moment so there are a lot of great options as the networks compete on price. At the top of this page you'll see a price comparison chart where you can find the best deals, and underneath that you'll see some of the best SIM only deals that we recommend.

This month's best SIM only deals

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iD | 1 month contract | 250MB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £4 per month
This is the cheapest SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. Clearly 250MB is not much data at all so you'd be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or else be careful what apps are updating in the background.

View this deal: at iD/Carphone Warehouse

Alternative option: You could also pay £1 more to get the same deal with 1GB data which seems like much better value to us!

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Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 4GB data | 1500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
You can get the same amount of data on Talk Mobile's 30 day contract as their 12 month one for the same price! The only difference being you only get 1500 minutes instead of 3000. The benefits of the additional flexibility is more than worth the loss in minutes there.

View this deal: at Talk Mobile

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Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 15GB data | 2500 minutes | 5000 texts | £15 per month

This deal's excellent value for those of you looking for a rolling 30-day contract. The generous 15GB allowance gives the competition something to worry about too. The more we look at this deal, the more it looks better than many of the best 12 month deals, but you're getting that added flexibility should you spot a new contract later on.

View this deal: at Talk Mobile

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The best SIM only deals this month are:

These are the deals we recommend most highly. We try to pick out a deal for everyone, whether you're after the cheapest possible option or the best balance between allowance and cost.

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The best SIM only deals on Three

Three's SIM only deals with unlimited data
Three is still the only network that offers all-you-can-eat / unlimited data as an option. That's not as impressive as you might think because other networks offer large allowances too. But if you want the absolute security of knowing you can never be charged if you go over your data allowance, these deals are brilliant and they offer good value too - particularly if you're a heavy data user. The all-you-can-eat data plans come with in a few different guises - with the price changing according to how many minutes you require.

View: all Three SIM only deals

Three | Unlimited data | Unlimited texts | 200 minutes
12 month contract - £11.50 for 6 months, then £23 per month | 1 month contract for £26 per month

Three | Unlimited data | Unlimited texts | 600 minutes
12 month contract - £14 for 6 months, then £28 per month | 1 month contract for £31 per month

Three | Unlimited data | Unlimited texts | Unlimited minutes
12 month contract - £16.50 for 6 months, then £33 per month | 1 month contract for £36 per month

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The best SIM only deals on iD

Cheap SIM-only deals all on one-month contracts
iD is a good option if bargain basement prices are what you covet. This is a network run and owned by Carphone Warehouse - it piggybacks on the Three network and offers many of the benefits that entains, including European roaming etc. It's an excellent option if you want great value with perks.

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iD | 1 month contract | 4GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
iD is the network owned by Dixons Carphone - the company behind Carphone Warehouse, Mobiles.co.uk and e2save.com - not to mention Currys and PC World. It piggybacks on the Three 3G/4G network and is usually a pretty cheap way of getting up and running. This deal currently has double data for 12 months, so you're paying for 2GB and getting 4GB for just £10 a month. And because it's a one month contract, you can cancel at any time.

View this deal: at iD/Carphone Warehouse

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iD | 1 month contract | 6GB data | 2000 minutes | 5000 texts | £15 per month
iD is the network owned by Dixons Carphone - the company behind Carphone Warehouse, Mobiles.co.uk and e2save.com - not to mention Currys and PC World. It piggybacks on the Three 3G/4G network and is usually a pretty cheap way of getting up and running. And because it's a one month contract, you can cancel at any time.

View this deal: at iD/Carphone Warehouse

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iD | 1 month contract | 250MB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £4 per month
This is the cheapest SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. Clearly 250MB is not much data at all so you'd be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or else be careful what apps are updating in the background.

View this deal: at iD/Carphone Warehouse

Alternative option: You could also pay £1 more to get the same deal with 1GB data which seems like much better value to us!

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o2

The best SIM only deals on O2

A reliable network with great coverage
We've browsed all of the SIM-only deals available on the O2 network, and they're not great value compared to the competition for bundles including the usual 1-5 GB of data. If you're looking for a massive 25GB deal though, you're in luck this week.

View: all O2 SIM only deals

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O2 | 12 month contract | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £25 per month
O2's offering goes even bigger than last week, as you can now get a mighty 25GB of 4G data for just £25 a month. Three's deal above works out cheaper and has unlimited data but it only comes with 200 minutes per month, so this deal is better for the more chatty types.

View this deal: at O2

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The best SIM only deals on Talk Mobile

Has been known to double the data on some of their deals in Sales
The lack of a high street presence has allowed them to invest in some super cheap deals for SIM only customers on monthly or 12 month contracts.

View: Talk Mobile SIM only deals

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Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 2GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £7.50
Talk Mobile has just doubled the data on their £7.50 monthly deal on the 30 day rolling contract. Not bad at all for those of you wanting a bit more breathing room when crunching data on the go.

View this deal: at Talk Mobile

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Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 4GB data | 1500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
You can get the same amount of data on Talk Mobile's 30 day contract as their 12 month one for the same price! The only difference being you only get 1500 minutes instead of 3000. The benefits of the additional flexibility is more than worth the loss in minutes there.

View this deal: at Talk Mobile

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Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 15GB data | 2500 minutes | 5000 texts | £15 per month
This deal's excellent value for those of you looking for a rolling 30-day contract. The generous 15GB allowance gives the competition something to worry about too. The more we look at this deal, the more it looks better than many of the best 12 month deals, but you're getting that added flexibility should you spot a new contract later on.

View this deal: at Talk Mobile

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The best SIM only deals on TalkTalk

Often has half-price deals once you click through!
TalkTalk is a telecoms company that also offers home phone, broadband and TV packages, so the best deals can be had if you sign up for more than one service. However, at the time of writing the cheapest deal is actually £3.50 per month – that's the £7.90 deal below, which is currently half-price once you click through.

View: all TalkTalk SIM only deals

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TalkTalk | 12 month contract | 2.1GB data | 1000 minutes | Unlimited texts | £15.50 £7.75 per month
An odd amount of data, but still a decent offering for just £7.75 a month over a 12 month contract. 1000 minutes should be plenty for most users and unlimited texts is a nice bonus.

View this deal and other offers: at TalkTalk

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The best SIM only deals on EE

EE's SIM-only deals come with double-speed 4G
If you want a cheap SIM-only deal, EE is most certainly not the network to go for. But don't discount it entirely, because if you already own a good smartphone and you want to pair it with the fastest network in the UK with a SIM-only deal, you can do that. EE's SIM-only deals all come with EE Extra 4G, which means they work with EE's super-fast double-speed 4G network, rather than with its single-speed 4G network.

View: all EE SIM only deals

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EE | 30 day contracts | £10-£25 per month

If you want the flexibility of a 30 day rolling pay as you go contract, you may want to take a look at EE's latest promotional deals. Generally, you can get cheaper elsewhere, but EE's superfast 4G data can be a very tempting draw over the competition if you use the net away from a Wi-Fi hotspot. There are some handy tabs for people who want data focused deals, talk and text deals or everything included.

View these deals at: EE's site.

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EE | 12 month contract | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £24.99 per month - £108 cashback!
You get 6GB data and unlimited everything else for just £24.99 per month which is excellent value. What's more, by purchasing this through Mobile Phones Direct you can claim £108 cashback, which makes the price more like £15.99 per month.

View this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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EE | 12 month contract | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £34.99 per month - £144 cashback!
This is the best SIM only deal currently available on EE. You get 16GB data and unlimited everything else for just £19.99 per month which is excellent value. What's more, by purchasing this through Mobile Phones Direct you can claim £144 cashback, which makes the price more like £22.99 per month.

View this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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vodafone

The best SIM only deals on Vodafone

A solid network with some decent deals

As with O2 above, Vodafone doesn't offer the very best SIM only deals. It would rather sell you a phone and charge you £30 per month, but if you're after a cheapo deal and you don't need heaps of data or loads of minutes, Vodafone could be a good option for you. Do be aware that some of these deals are on one-month rolling contracts, while with others you have to sign up for 12 months. You can tell which ones are which under the logo which states the contract length.

View: all Vodafone SIM only deals

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Vodafone | 12 month contract | 10GB data | 500 minutes | Unlimited texts | £17 per month
Vodafone has upgraded their 5GB bundle to a much more appealing 10GB for the same price of just £17 per month, meaning we can finally include one of their deals here as they haven't been great of late.

View this deal: at Vodafone

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The best SIM only deals on Life Mobile

Life Mobile is a new addition to our SIM only deals page and they have some very tempting offers for fans of 30 day rolling contracts. With plans starting at 500MB and going up to 4GB, there's something for everyone. Well, except for you Netflix bingers without access to Wi-FI maybe.

Life Mobile | 30 day contract | 500MB data | 600 minutes | 5000 texts | £4.95pm @ Life Mobile

Life Mobile | 30 day contract | 1GB data | 1000 minutes | 5000 texts | £7.45pm @ Life Mobile

Life Mobile | 30 day contract | 2GB data | 2000 minutes | 5000 texts | £9.95pm @ Life Mobile

Life Mobile | 30 day contract | 4GB data | 4000 minutes | 5000 texts | £13.95pm @ Life Mobile

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Mobiles.co.uk SIM only deals

Often the place with the best bargains

It's always worth checking out Mobiles.co.uk - its aggressive price cuts are often unmatched by anyone else.

View: SIM only deals at Mobiles.co.uk

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giffgaff SIM only deals

One of the cheapest SIM-only deals in the UK

GiffGaff is very hard to beat on price – if you want to grab a cheap SIM card deal, this could be your best option. You can't argue with £5 a month. The cheap deals don't give you much of an allowance to play with, but if you just want to keep your phone going and available to use for calls and texts with the occasional bit of internet use outside of your home WiFi, GiffGaff is a strong offering.

View: all giffgaff SIM only deals

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Freedom Pop SIM only deals

Putting the 'Free' in Freedom

Freedom Pop is trying something new - offering contracts for FREE. The catch being that you only pay if you do over the allowances of your bundle or opt for a larger deal. The prices for doing so vary, so be sure to take a look at the small print. It seems that they feature a different offer each week, but seeing as you can cancel at any time, they may be worth a look.

View: all Freedom Pop deals

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BT SIM only deals

Discounts for BT Broadband members

With these early deals, you'll find cheaper prices elsewhere. That said, if you're already a BT broadband customer, you can save £5 a month on their contracts. So far, they're only doing 12 month contracts too.

View: all BT Mobile SIM only deals (BT Broadband customer prices)
View: all BT Mobile SIM only deals (non-BT Broadband customers)

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Virgin mobile SIM only deals

An oldie but a goodie, offering one-month deals galore

Virgin Mobile has been going for a long time, and some of its SIM-only deals are particularly attractive. They're all one-month rolling contracts, so you can stop paying at any time if you so wish, giving you flexibility if you want to change your plan or go for a phone-inclusive deal down the line. Prices start from as little as £5.

View: all Virgin Mobile SIM only deals

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