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Which networks offer unlimited data?

17th September 2020

Unlimited data is great because you never need to worry about overspending or running out of data.

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Networks offering unlimited data

Unlimited data is currently available on 12 networks in the UK, which are BT Mobile, GiffGaff, iD Mobile, Lebara Mobile, Lycamobile, O2, Smarty, Three, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and VOXI.

Different networks have different restrictions and unique selling points, so it is worth getting fully up to speed before choosing and unlimited data plan.

We have handpicked some of the best unlimited data SIM deals available today. They all come with no speed or usage restrictions and offer great value for money.

Best Unlimited Data SIM deals (September 2020)

Three Unlimited SIM plan

Three

12 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£18 a month

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5G ready at no extra cost, no speed restrictions and worldwide roaming

iD Mobile

iD Mobile

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£18 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Smarty Unlimited SIM Plan

Smarty

1 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£20 a month

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1 month rolling plan with 4G data, no speed restrictions, and EU Roaming

Vodafone Unlimited SIM Plan

Vodafone

24 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£15 a month £30

6 months half price

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5G plan with no speed restrictions and worldwide roaming

O2 SIM Card

O2

18 Month Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£33 a month

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5G plan with roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

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. Additionally, all Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go SIM plans are 5G ready at no extra cost.

Three Unlimited Data PlansThree Unlimited Data SIM Plans

Pay Monthly contracts

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

12 Month Plan

£18 a month

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24 Month Plan

£11 a month

6 months half price

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1 Month Plan

£24 a month

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Pay As You Go

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Pay As You Go

Lasts for 30 days

£35

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Pay As You Go

Lasts for 90 days

£90

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All plans include 5G at no extra cost, 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 20GB in Go Roam In Europe destinations and 12GB in Go Roam Around The World destinations.

At the time of writing there is no fair usage policy for unlimited data on Three. They used to mention a 1000GB monthly soft cap (which is still far more than most people would ever use), but reference to this has been removed.

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 Data SIM Vodafone Unlimited data SIM Plans

Unlimited Lite plans

Max download speed 2Mbps

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

24 Month Plan

£11 a month £22

6 months half price

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12 Month Plan

£24 a month

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1 Month Plan

£32 a month

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Unlimited plans

Max download speed 10Mbps

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

24 Month Plan

£13 a month £26

6 months half price

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12 Month Plan

£28 a month

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1 Month Plan

£36 a month

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Unlimited Max plans

Fastest available speeds

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

24 Month Plan

£15 a month £30

6 months half price

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12 Month Plan

£33 a month

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1 Month Plan

£41 a month

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Pay As You Go

Pay As You Go

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Pay As You Go

Lasts for 30 days

£50

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All plans include 5G, roaming Europe and unlimited tethering

Tethering is included and you can use up to 25GB per month when roaming in 51 European countries. On Unlimited Max plans free roaming is extended to a total of 81 countries, not all of which are in Europe.

There is also the option to add an Entertainment bundle to the 12 or 24-month Unlimited and Unlimited Max plans for an extra £7 per month, which gives you a choice of a subscription to Amazon Prime Video, Spotify Premium, NowTV Entertainment or Sky Sports Mobile TV for the duration of the contract. Entertainment packages are also available on Pay Monthly with a handset.

Vodafone now also have an unlimited Pay As You Go plan, which costs £50 a month. It is a 5G plan that comes with roaming in 48 European countries with a 25GB limit and you will also get VeryMe Rewards.

EE

EE now offers unlimited data plans on SIM Only and with Pay Monthly phones.

EE now only offer a single unlimited SIM plan, which is available on a 24-month contract for £37 a month. It comes with 5G data, 50GB roaming allowance in 48 European countries and 1 Swappable Benefit.

Swappable Benefits currently available to choose from are Apple Music, Amazon Prime Video, BritBox, BT Sport Ultimate and Roam Further Pass. Find out more about Swappable Benefits.

EE Unlimited Data PlansEE Unlimited data SIM Plans

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

24 Month Smart Plan

Includes 5G data + 1 Swappable Benefit

£37 a month

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Both plans include roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Those who have multiple plans on their account can also gift up to 100GB of data per month to another EE plan, which is good for those with children who run out of data.

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

O2

O2 was the last of the major networks to begin offering unlimited data. It is now available on SIM Only and with select Pay Monthly phones.

There are no speed restrictions as such and all of O2's unlimited plans come with 5G data included.

O2 Unlimited SIM plans O2 Unlimited data SIM Plans

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

18 Month Plan

£33 a month

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12 Month Plan

£35 a month

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

Free data roaming in Europe has a 20GB limit per month, however some plans also let you roam further afield. Plans also include unlimited tethering, so you can share internet with other devices over a personal hotspot. 

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, but you will not get access to 5G as you would on Three.

Smarty Unlimited SIM plansSmarty Unlimited SIM Plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

1 Month Plan

£20 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

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

Data roaming is limited to 20GB 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.

iD Mobile

iD Mobile, which uses the Three network and is owned by Carphone Warehouse, now offers an unlimited data plan 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 there’s a fair usage policy applies which states that 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 Unlimited SIM plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

1 Month Plan

£18 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 currently 5G ready at no extra cost, so you will only be able to enjoy 4G speeds. At the current time iD Mobile does not specify a fair usage policy with regards to data usage in the UK.

VOXI

VOXI, which is a network run and owned by Vodafone, is now offering a 5G unlimited data plan that’s been 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 any time.

VOXI Unlimited SIM planVOXI Unlimited SIM plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

1 Month Plan

£35 a month

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Includes 5G, roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

Lebara Mobile

Lebara (which runs off Vodafone’s infrastructure) offers a 30-day SIM Only plan that comes with unlimited 4G data, minutes, and texts.

The network additionally lets you roam for free across the EU and use your data to tether, but the big selling point if you also get unlimited international calling to 41 countries, including Australia, United States, Canada, India, New Zealand, China and many more.

Lebara Mobile Unlimited SIM planLebara Mobile Unlimited SIM plan

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

+ Unlimited international minutes

1 Month Plan

£35 a month

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Includes roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

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 80GB 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 SIM PlanGiffGaff Unlimited Data Goodybag

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

Pay As You Go

£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 Europe is to pay for the roaming data separately (which generally costs 20p per megabyte).

Lycamobile

Lycamobile has launched unlimited data plans, and these also give you unlimited minutes and texts.

One of these plans gives you unlimited data at 4G speeds, while on the other 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 cannot tether on Lycamobile.

Lycamobile Unlimited SIM planLycamobile Unlimited Data SIM

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

Pay As You Go

£20 a month

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

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

12 Month Plan

£23 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 is no confirmation of this on Virgin Mobile’s website.

However, unlimited data is not available on mobile broadband plans. There are also restrictions when roaming. This cap changes though, so for an up to date figure, use Virgin Mobile’s fair use calculator.

BT Mobile

BT Mobile is offering an unlimited data SIM plan, but only to BT Halo customers (previously called BT Plus).

The plan costs £25 a month and comes with unlimited data, plus unlimited minutes, and texts. It also includes tethering and free roaming in Europe. As part of the package you also get an unlimited home phone plan worth £12 a month.

BT Unlimited SIM PlanBT Mobile Unlimited Plan (for BT Halo customers only)

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

18 Month Plan

£20 a month

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12 Month Plan

£25 a month

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Includes unlimited home phone plan worth £12, roaming in Europe and unlimited tethering

What about the other UK networks?

The other UK networks currently do not offer unlimited data. However, many do have high data limits which you can see in the table below.

UK Networks Maximum Data Allowances

Operator

Max data

Tethering

Roaming

EE

200GB

200GB

50GB

FreedomPop

4GB

4GB

N/A

Plusnet Mobile

12GB

12GB

15GB

Sky Mobile

20GB

20GB

20GB

Tesco Mobile

100GB

100GB

100GB

Asda Mobile

15GB

15GB

15GB

Ctrl Mobile

30GB

30GB

30GB

Talkmobile

30GB 30GB 30GB

Audacious

10GB 10GB 10GB

FreedomPop

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 only has SIM Only plans and these come with up to 12GB of data (though it tops out at 10GB if you are not a Plusnet broadband customer) at the time of writing.

However, these are constantly changed special offers. The standard plans top out at 10GB/5GB depending on whether you are 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 offers both Pay Monthly and SIM Only plans and these include up to 20GB of monthly data. You can also get up to 20GB of data with a tablet. You can use as much of this as you want for tethering or roaming. Sky Mobile also supports 5G.

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile gives you up to 100GB of data on both Pay Monthly and 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 16GB of data, but there aren’t any mobile broadband plans. 5G data is offered, as is free EU roaming.

Asda Mobile

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

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

Ctrl Mobile

Ctrl Mobile briefly offered an unlimited data plan, but that is no longer available, with the maximum available data now being 30GB a month. EU roaming is included.

Talkmobile

Talkmobile offers SIM Only plans with up to 30GB of data, which is a middling allowance. You can however use this to tether and roam.

Audacious

Audacious is focused on improving call quality for people with hearing loss, so it’s not a network most people will probably be considering, but if you are, you can get up to 10GB of monthly data, which is rather low.

Is unlimited data unlimited?

Yes, in most cases unlimited data really means unlimited.

Most networks do have a fair usage policy, but they are only in place to identify commercial or illegal usage. Therefore, those using the plans for personal usage don't need to worry about them.

However, you should note that some networks implement speed restrictions on unlimited plans. You can view any restrictions or significant fair usage policy for each network in the table below.

Unlimited Fair Use Policies

Network

Restrictions

Three

None

Smarty

Fair usage policy of 1000GB per month

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

iD Mobile

None

BT Mobile

BT Halo customers only

Lebara Mobile

None

Giffgaff

Speeds restricted to 384kbps at peak times after 80GB usage

Lycamobile

Tethering not permitted and on some plans speeds restricted to 128kbps after 9GB usage

Virgin Mobile

Existing Virgin Media customers only

VOXI

General fair usage policy

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