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Which networks offer unlimited data?

5th November 2019

Unlimited data is great because you never need to worry about overspending or running out of data as you endlessly use up gigaloads of the stuff.

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Networks offering unlimited data

There are currently ten networks which offer unlimited data in the UK, namely Three, Vodafone, EE, iD Mobile, O2, Smarty, GiffGaff, Lycamobile, VOXI and Virgin Mobile. 

All of these operators have some form of restriction and unique selling points, so it makes sense to get fully up to speed with the ins and outs of unlimited data packages.

Three

Three offers truly unlimited data on SIM Only, Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go phone plans, as well as unlimited Mobile Broadband plans.

There are no speed restrictions on Three's unlimited data plans and you can tether as much data as you like. Three's Pay Monthly SIM Only plans are 5G Ready at no extra cost, which means that when Three's 5G network goes live this year you'll be able to enjoy 5G speeds.

Three Unlimited Data SIM Plans

Three SIM Card

24 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£21 a month

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Three SIM Card

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£22 a month

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Three SIM Card

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£24 a month

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All plans include 5G at no extra cost, Worldwide roaming in 71 destinations and unlimited tethering

Three Unlimited Pay As You Go SIM

Three SIM Card

Pay As You Go

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£35

Lasts for 30 days

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Three Pay As You Go SIM

Pay As You Go

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£90

Lasts for 90 days

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All plans include Worldwide roaming in 71 destinations and unlimited tethering

Data roaming also comes at no extra cost on all plans and covers 71 worldwide destinations in Europe and beyond. Data roaming on Three is limited to 19GB in Go Roam In Europe destinations (or 15.1GB on Pay As You Go) and 12GB in Go Roam Around The World destinations.

A fair usage policy applies on Three which states that unlimited data plans are for personal use only. They also add that data usage over 1000GB a month may be used to identify potential inappropriate usage, such as commercial use.

Three Unlimited Fair Usage Policy

Unlimited data gives you worry free internet use. Even if you used your phone for every minute of every day you could only use, subject to TrafficSense™, around 1000GB each month. We may use this cap to identify inappropriate use of the service, such as commercial use, which isn't permitted under our terms and conditions.

Related reading: Three Coverage and Network Review

Vodafone

Vodafone also offers unlimited data SIM Only and phone plans including the option for unlimited 5G data.

A choice of 3 plan types are available, each of which offers different maximum download speeds. Unlimited Lite plans offer max download speeds of 2Mbps (fast enough to browse and stream music), Unlimited plans offer speeds up to 10Mbps (fast enough to stream HD video), and Unlimited Max plans offer the maximum available speeds with no restrictions, and in reality are the only ones able to benefit from 5G speeds.

Vodafone Unlimited SIM Plans

Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited Lite

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Max download speed 2Mbps

£23 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Max download speed 10Mbps

£26 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited Max

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Max download speed: Fastest available

£30 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited Lite

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Max download speed 2Mbps

£25 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Max download speed 10Mbps

£28 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited Max

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Max download speed: Fastest available

£32 a month

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All plans include 5G, roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Tethering is included and you can use up to 25GB per month when roaming in 48 European countries. On Unlimited Max plans free roaming is extended to a total of 77 countries, not all of which are in Europe.

There is also the option to add an Entertainment bundle to the 12-month Unlimited and Unlimited Max plans for an extra £6 per month, which gives you a choice of a 12-month subscription to Amazon Prime Video, Spotify Premium, NowTV Entertainment or Sky Sports. Entertainment packages are also available on Pay Monthly with a handset.

Vodafone also has a fair usage policy which states that the plans are for personal use only, not for commercial use, but gives no indication as to how it identifies commercial usage.

Vodafone Unlimited Fair Usage Policy

All our services which are offered as “unlimited” (or similar) must only be used for your personal and non-commercial use.

Related Reading: Vodafone Coverage and Network Review

EE

EE also now offers unlimited data plans, which come in a choice of 3 types of plan, namely a basic unlimited plan, a 4G Smart plan and a 5G Smart plan, the latter of which offers unlimited 5G. They are available on SIM Only and with Pay Monthly phones.

All plans come with tethering included, 15GB roaming allowance per month in 48 EU countries, and no speed caps, although only the 5G Smart plan gives you access to 5G speeds.

EE Unlimited SIM Plans

EE SIM Card

Unlimited 4G

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

4G plan

£34 a month

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EE SIM Card

Unlimited 4G Smart

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

4G plan + 2 swappable benefits

£39 a month

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EE SIM Card

Unlimited 5G Smart

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

5G plan + 3 swappable benefits

£44 a month

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All Plans include roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

4G Smart plans give you the choice of 2 swappable benefits (choosing from BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video or Roam Further) and 5G Smart plans give you 3 swappable benefits (from the same selection). Roam Further adds an additional 5 roaming countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

Those who have multiple plans on their account can also gift up to 120GB of data per month to another EE account, which is good for those with children with heavy data usage.

There is a premium to pay for choosing EE, but the network offers higher average 4G speeds and has more widespread 4G coverage than its rivals. 

EE also has a fair usage policy which states that plans are for personal use only and that it reserves the right to move you onto a business plan if a limit of 1000GB a month is triggered.

EE Unlimited Fair Usage Policy

Personal, non-commercial use only. If you regularly tether 12 or more devices, we will consider this non-personal use and have the right to move you to a more suitable plan. We will consider usage above 1000GB/month to be commercial use and have the right to move you to a business plan

Related Reading: EE Coverage and Network Review

O2

O2 is the latest network to begin offering unlimited data. It’s available on SIM Only plans and with selected Pay Monthly phones.

There are no speed restrictions, but the plans won't give you access to O2's 5G network as you'll be limited to 4G speeds.

O2 Unlimited SIM Plans

O2 SIM Card

18 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£33 a month

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O2 SIM Card

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£35 a month

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All Plans include roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Data roaming is limited to Europe and has a 20GB limit per month. Plans also includes unlimited tethering, so you can share internet with other devices over a personal hotspot. 

O2 also has a fair usage policy which states that plans are for personal use only, not commercial use. The network adds that data usage may be investigated if you regularly tether to 12 or more devices at the same time or use over 650GB of data a month twice in a six month period.

O2 Unlimited Fair Usage Policy

You may not use your Unlimited Data for (a) commercial or illegal purposes, (b) as a mobile hotspot where you are tethering more than 12 devices to your device.

Where you regularly tether to 12 or more devices or have used 650GB of data twice within a 6 month period then we may investigate your usage further to ascertain whether your Unlimited Data usage is for the Permitted Use. Where following such investigation we determine or reasonably suspect that your usage is for purposes other than the Permitted Use then we reserve the right to transfer you to a more suitable plan.

Related reading: O2 Coverage and Network Review

Smarty

Smarty, which uses Three's network, offers a great value unlimited data SIM plan which comes with no speed or tethering restrictions. 

Smarty's unlimited plan is a 1-month rolling plan that comes with 4G included, which differs from Three's plans because it isn't 5G Ready at no extra cost.

Smarty Unlimited SIM Plan

Smarty SIM Card

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£22 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and  unlimited tethering

Data roaming is limited to 19GB per month and you can only roam for free in 35 European destinations, which is another key difference with Three's plans, as these include roaming in 71 worldwide destinations.

As is standard with unlimited data plans Smarty has a fair use policy that states that plans are only for personal use. Like Three the network adds that a 1000GB limit may be used to investigate inappropriate usage, such as commercial use.

Smarty Unlimited Fair Usage Policy

With our Unlimited plan there’s no hidden ‘fair use policies’ within the UK, giving you all the access to the Internet you’d need without worrying about hefty bills and no data speed restrictions. Even if you used your phone for every minute of every day, you’d only use around 1,000GB each month. We’ve set a usage cap at 1,000GB in order to identify commercial use of our service for example, which is not permitted under our terms. 

Currently, Smarty only offers SIM only plans, so no unlimited Pay Monthly phones or Mobile Broadband plans are available.

Related Reading: Smarty Mobile Review and Coverage

iD Mobile

iD Mobile, which uses the Three network and is owned by Carphone Warehouse, now offers an unlimited data on a 1 month rolling contract.

Roaming abroad in 50 European countries is included and you can also tether as much data as you like. When roaming a fair usage policy applies which states if you spend more time abroad in a 4 month period than in the UK you may be asked to prove you have strong ties to the UK.

 

iD Mobile Unlimited SIM plan

iD Mobile SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£23 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Unlike Three's unlimited plans, iD Mobile's unlimited plan is not 5G Ready at no extra cost, so you'll only be able to enjoy 4G speeds. At the current time iD don't specific a fair usage policy with regards to data usage.

VOXI

VOXI, which is a network run and owned by Vodafone, are now offering a 5G unlimited data plan that they've branded Endless Data.

Importantly, VOXI's unlimited data plan comes with 5G as standard and has no speed restrictions. Tethering is also included so you can share data over a personal hotspot and you also get free roaming in Europe.

Overall, VOXI's unlimited data plan is a slightly more affordable alternative to Vodafone and it comes with ultimate flexibility, as there is no contract, meaning you can leave at anytime.

Voxi Unlimited SIM plan

VOXI SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£30 a month

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Includes 5G, roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

VOXI has a fair usage policy which is fairly standard stating that the Endless Plan is not for commerical or illegal use, but no information is given how on they identify inapproriate use.


VOXI Unlimited Fair Usage Policy

Excessive usage for unlimited data or calls. We reserve the right to suspend or throttle the service if we have reason to believe that the SIM card is being used for commercial purposes, fraudulently or is having an adverse impact / damaging our network in any way. The longest single call you can make is 3 hours.

Related reading: VOXI Network and Coverage Review

Giffgaff

Giffgaff offers an unlimited data goodybag (add-on), which can be purchased with SIM Only or a mobile phone.

There are some restrictions, with only the first 40GB of use per month being at full 4G speeds. After that speeds are capped at 384kbps between 8am and midnight, which is quite slow. You can tether, but the same speed restrictions apply.

GiffGaff Unlimited Data Goodybag

GiffGaff Unlimited SIM

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£25 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Free roaming meanwhile is fully capped at 20GB per month and the only way to use your data beyond the Europe is to pay for the roaming data separately (which generally costs 20p per megabyte).

Related reading: GiffGaff Review and Coverage

Lycamobile

Lycamobile has launched an unlimited data plan which costs £20 per month and also gives you unlimited minutes and texts.

Speeds are capped after the first 9GB of usage per month to just 128kbps, which is only around 5-10% of normal 4G speeds. You also can’t tether on Lycamobile.

Lycamobile Unlimited Data SIM

LycaMobile Unlimited SIM

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£20 a month

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Related reading: Lycamobile Review and Coverage

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile also offers unlimited data, but only to customers who have Virgin TV or Virgin Broadband.

That makes it quite restrictive, but if you fit into that camp then it is truly unlimited and at 4G speeds, and you can get it for £32 per month on SIM Only or at various prices on Pay Monthly.

Virgin Unlimited Plan (for Virgin TV or Broadband customers only)

Virgin Unlimited SIM

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£32 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

You also get unlimited data for tethering – or at least, according to a customer service agent we spoke to you do, however at the time of writing there’s no confirmation of this on Virgin Mobile’s website.

However, unlimited data isn’t available on mobile broadband plans. There are also restrictions when roaming, with you currently capped at 13.75GB in the EU if you’re on SIM Only. This cap changes though, so for an up to date figure, use Virgin Mobile’s fair use calculator.

Related reading: Virgin Mobile Review and Coverage

Best unlimited data SIM deals

We've handpicked the best unlimited data SIM only deals on the market today.

We've chosen deals that offer the best value and have only included plans with no speed restrictions.

Best Unlimited Data SIM deals

Three SIM Card

24 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£21 a month

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Three SIM Card

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£22 a month

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Smarty SIM Card

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£22 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£30 a month

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EE SIM Card

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£34 a month

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Fair usage policies

All of the networks have some kind of fair usage policy or speed restriction.

They are only in place to identify commercial usage, so those using the plans for legitimate personal usage should not worry about them as they aren't really relevant.

Unlimited Fair Use Policies

Network

Restrictions

Three

Fair usage policy of 1000GB per month

Smarty

Fair usage policy of 1000GB per month

EE

Fair usage policy of 1000GB per month and maximum 11 tethering devices at once

O2

Fair usage policy of 650GB per month and maximum 11 tethering devices at once

Vodafone

Fair usage policy and speeds restricted on Unlimited Lite (2Mbps) and Unlimited (10Mbps) plans

Giffgaff

Speeds restricted to 384kbps at peak times after 40GB usage

Lycamobile

Speeds restricted to 128kbps after 9GB usage and tethering not permitted

Virgin Mobile

Existing Virgin Media customers only

VOXI

Fair usage policy

What about the other UK networks?

The other UK networks currently don't offer unlimited data. However, many do have high data limits. 

UK Networks Maximum Data Allowances

Operator

Max data

Tethering

Roaming

BT

100GB

100GB

15GB

FreedomPop

4GB

4GB

N/A

Plusnet Mobile

22GB

22GB

15GB

Sky Mobile

50GB

50GB

50GB

Tesco Mobile

50GB

50GB

50GB

Asda Mobile

15GB

15GB

15GB

Lebara Mobile

25GB

25GB

25GB

Ctrl Mobile

30GB

30GB

30GB

BT

BT Mobile Logo

BT has Pay Monthly plans with up to 100GB of data (though only with select handsets – most top out at 60GB) and SIM Only ones with up to 60GB. It also has data-only plans with up to 30GB. The network doesn’t offer any Pay As You Go plans. You can use all of your data for tethering or roaming. However, if you use more than 15GB per billing cycle while roaming, a surcharge may be applied.

BT also has an Extra Speed service, giving you twice the speed of standard 4G.

FreedomPop

Freedom Pop Logo

FreedomPop has a range of SIM Only plans offering up to 4GB of data. You can use this data to tether if you also subscribe to its Premier service.

The network doesn’t currently offer any Pay Monthly, Pay As You Go or mobile broadband plans, and you can’t roam on any of its current plans. All plans come with 4G speeds as standard.

Plusnet Mobile

Plusnet Mobile Logo

Plusnet Mobile only has SIM Only plans and these come with up to 22GB of data (though it tops out at 20GB if you’re not a Plusnet broadband customer). You can use any or all of this for tethering and up to 15GB for free roaming. 4G is included as standard.

Sky Mobile

Sky Mobile Logo

Sky Mobile offers both Pay Monthly and SIM Only plans and these include up to 50GB of monthly data. You can also get up to 50GB of data with a tablet. You can use as much of this as you want for tethering or roaming. Sky Mobile offers standard 4G speeds.

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile Logo

Tesco Mobile gives you up to 50GB of data on Pay Monthly and 50GB on SIM Only plans, and you can use as much as you want for tethering.

You can also get Pay As You Go bundles with up to 8GB of data, but there aren’t any mobile broadband plans. 4G data is included as standard, as is free EU roaming.

Asda Mobile

Asda Mobile Logo

Asda Mobile’s SIM Only plans come with up to 15GB of data, all of which can be used for tethering. You can also get up to 8GB of data with a data only bundle, or you can Pay As You Go.

The network offers standard 4G speeds and provides free EU roaming.

 

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Logo

Lebara Mobile offers SIM Only plans with up to 25GB of 4G data, while Data Only plans come with up to 2GB. You can use as much of your data as you want for tethering and you can also roam at no extra cost in the EU, but there your data is in many cases restricted, though the exact amount you can use will depend on your plan.

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Ctrl Mobile briefly offered an unlimited data

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