The best SIM only deals: Unlimited 5G data for £16/m on Three

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(Pocket-lint) - Ordered a new phone? Such as the new Samsung Galaxy S21, iPhone 12, OnePlus Nord 2, or even a Xiaomi Mi 11?

Or are you just in the market for a great SIM Only deal? It's an idea time to switch as there are some good plans around, and we've rounded up the best below.

Over the past few years, SIM contracts have seen something of a resurgence. These SIM Only deals allow you to move networks easily and give you great value for money; they're available either on a 12-month, or even rolling monthly plans. 

These SIM-only arrangements are also ideal if your contract is up and you want to save money by not upgrading to a new phone, or you'd rather buy a mobile phone SIM free.

The best SIM Only deals

On this page we'll bring you the best SIM only deals selected from EE, Three, Vodafone, O2, Giffgaff and more, all saving you the time and effort of hunting around for these very offers

The best deal for heavy data users

Three unlimited data for just £16

• Three's famous unlimited data, minutes and texts is back for just £16 a month (was £22, then £18), on a 12 month plan with 5G and free roaming in 71 destinations. That's a great, great deal of data for all your streaming, web surfing and social media needs. 

Smarty unlimited for £18

• Smarty (running from Three) has an unlimited SIM plan for £18 a month, with a free £20 Amazon gift card. That's on a 30-day plan, and you need to be with the network for three months for the gift card.

Virgin Media unlimited data priced at £20

Virgin Media is offering unlimited data for £20 a month, with unlimited texts and minutes. This is running from the EE network, and is on a 24-month plan.

The best offer for medium data users

Vodafone 160GB priced at £20

There's a Vodafone deal around with 160GB data allowance at £20 a month, with £25 cashback via Carphone Warehouse . That has 60GB extra for the same price on a 24-month plan. 

O2 120GB data priced at £20

There's an O2 SIM with a 120GB of data, unlimited minutes and texts SIM on offer - priced at £20 a month. That's a good deal of data on a 24-month setup with a choice of 6 months of Disney+ or Amazon Music Unlimited, alternately you can opt for either 12 months of Audible  or Amazon Prime Video.

giffgaff 100GB coming in at £20

• giffgaff (running from the O2 network) has a 30-day 100GB SIM deal for £20 a month, with unlimited mins/texts.

The best deal for low data users

Vodafone 4GB for £6

 Vodafone has a good low entry deal, with 4GB of data for £6 a month. You'll also get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts (12-months).

iD Mobile 6GB costing £7

iD Mobile has a good entry level plan with its 6GB of data for £7 a month (unlimited minutes and texts). That is a limited offer and was the price of 3GB, on a 12-month plan that also allows any used data to be rolled over to the next month.

Sky Mobile 8GB at just £10

• Sky Mobile is offering 8GB for £10 a month, running from the O2 network. It comes with unlimited minutes and texts, plus unlimited data for the Sky apps. 

Compare the cheapest SIM only deals

Couldn't find a SIM deal above? Here you can compare all the best SIM only deals available right now. You can use the sliders and menus to choose the best deal that suits your needs.

Writing by Rob Kerr. Originally published on 9 August 2016.

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