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Unlimited data SIM plans are currently available on 13 UK networks, including O2, Three and Vodafone.

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Lycamobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£9.99 a month No contract Lycamobile Lycamobile See Deal
£25 after first 6 months 5G
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iD Mobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£14.88 a month 12 month contract iD Mobile iD Mobile See Deal
Data Rollover & Roaming 5G
Recommended
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Smarty
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£16.00 a month 1 month contract Smarty Smarty See Deal
EU roaming 5G
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Talkmobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£16.00 a month 1 month contract Talkmobile Talkmobile See Deal
Free EU Roaming 5G
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iD Mobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£16.00 a month 12 month contract iD Mobile iD Mobile See Deal
Data Rollover & Roaming 5G
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iD Mobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£16.00 a month 24 month contract iD Mobile iD Mobile See Deal
Data Rollover & Roaming 5G
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Lycamobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£18.00 a month 12 month contract Lycamobile Lycamobile See Deal
EU Roaming & No price rises until 2026 5G
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ASDA Mobile
Unlimited Data Unlimited Mins Unlimited Texts
£20.00 a month No contract ASDA Mobile ASDA Mobile See Deal
Max speeds 2mbps EU Roaming 5G
Mobile networks may increase prices in line with the consumer price index each year. Please check individual network's terms before purchasing.
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What is an unlimited data SIM?

An unlimited data SIM is a plan that comes with unlimited data. They work much like any other SIM, but allow you to use as much data on your device as you want without worrying about running out or getting a big bill.

Typically, these plans will also come with an allowance of minutes and texts (often also unlimited), unless it’s a plan for a mobile broadband device, in which case the SIM card might just come with data.

Unlimited data SIMs are available as SIM-only plans, which just include your SIM card and allowances, usually on a 30-day or 12-month plan, or you can get a Pay Monthly plan with a phone included as well, and these usually tie you in for 24 months.

Then there are unlimited data Pay As You Go SIMs, which give you unlimited data for a period of time (usually 30 days) but don’t tie you into a contract. You can also get unlimited mobile broadband devices, or a data-only SIM, which is like a SIM-only plan but doesn’t include minutes or texts.

What’s so good about unlimited data?

An unlimited data plan is a great choice if you tend to use a lot of mobile data. This might be the case if for example you tether a lot, as devices like laptops and tablets can be more data-hungry than phones.

They are also essential if you download lots of big apps or other files using mobile data. A single mobile game for example can use up well over 1GB to download in some cases.

Those who stream a lot of video, such as Netflix shows, while away from a Wi-Fi connection can also benefit from unlimited data, especially if you want to stream in high quality. Different services use differing data amounts, but if you’re a media fiend then you’re sure to eat through a huge quantity.

And unlimited data can also be a good choice for peace of mind, so you know you’ll never run short. It means you never need to even think about data or check how much you have left, and if there’s ever an unforeseen event like your Wi-Fi going down at home, you’ll be well equipped to keep your gadgets online through tethering.

Do I actually need unlimited data?

Not everyone needs unlimited data, so figuring out whether you do or not is a good idea before committing to a contract.

If you’re watching on average more than around an hour of streamed video content from Netflix or elsewhere in the maximum available quality each day using mobile data, then you should get an unlimited data plan.

Video tends to be one of the biggest consumers of data, but if you’re constantly using mobile data throughout the day for other things, such as downloading apps, streaming music, video calls, and online gaming, then you might also want to consider an unlimited plan.

If not, then you would probably be fine with a 100GB plan or maybe even a lot less, according to your own usage. For a breakdown of how far different data allowances go, check out our how much data do I need guide.

Which networks offer unlimited data SIM deals?

Currently, in the UK 13 networks offer unlimited data SIM deals, which includes the four main UK networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone), along with nine MVNOs that piggyback of other networks (Asda Mobile, GiffGaff, iD Mobile, Lebara Mobile, Lyca Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Voxi). Currently, the networks not offering unlimited data plans are FreedomPop, Sky Mobile and Talkmobile 

Three

Three Mobile
Pros Cons
Good value plans Charges for roaming
5G included and no speed restrictions  
Shorter contract lengths and PAYG plans available  

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 and you can tether as much data as you like. All plans are also 5G ready at no extra cost, so you can enjoy superfast speeds when 5G comes to your area.

However, unless you’re on Pay As You Go, on a new Plus or Premium plan, or signed up for a plan or upgraded before October 1st, 2021, you’ll have to pay to roam on Three. Though it’s affordably priced, at £2 per day in Europe and £5 per day for a selection of locations outside Europe. You can also only use up to 12GB of data per month when roaming.

Beyond these roaming restrictions there is currently no fair usage policy for unlimited data on Three.

Related reading: Three Coverage and Network Review

EE

EE Mobile
Pros Cons
Great coverage and speeds Premium prices
5G included Speed restrictions on some plans
Data sharing and Inclusive Extras  

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

Currently EE offers unlimited data SIM Only plans on a choice of 1-month, 12-month, and 24-month durations. They come with 5G data, as well as unlimited minutes and texts, but note that some of these plans cap your speeds at 100Mbps.

If you go for a plan with a handset then you’re stuck at 24 months, and some plans have the same speed restrictions.

Whether you go SIM Only or Pay Monthly with a handset, you can also get ‘Inclusive Extras’ with select plans.

You can choose either 1 or 3 extras (depending on the plan), and possible options include Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, BT Sport, Netflix, Microsoft 365, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and a Roam Abroad Pass (which lets you roam for free outside Europe, and removes the £2 daily European roaming charge). Note that not all of these benefits are options on every plan – you may only be offered a subset of them.

There are also plans that come with Apple One, which bundles subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and includes 50GB of iCloud+ storage.

Those who have multiple plans on their account can also gift up to 100GB of data per month to another EE plan (or 120GB if you have a 5G Smart handset 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 high average speeds and has more widespread coverage than most rivals. There are some slight fair usage terms though, which you can see in the ‘unlimited data fair use policies’ chart elsewhere in this article.

Related Reading: EE Coverage and Network Review

O2

O2 Mobile
Pros Cons
5G included and no speed restrictions Premium prices
Shorter contract lengths available  
5G roaming offered in select countries  

With O2, unlimited data is available on SIM Only and Pay Monthly handset plans, with 1-month, 12-month and 24-month options for SIM Only, and customisable contract lengths if you’re getting a handset.

There are no speed restrictions and they all come with 5G data included. . Some plans also come with up to six months of Apple Music and another extra of your choice (with options such as Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Audible, and more).

Free data roaming in Europe has a 25GB 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.

O2’s fair usage policy states that you shouldn’t use 650GB of data twice within a six-month period, or regularly tether 12 or more devices.

Related reading: O2 Coverage and Network Review

Vodafone

Vodafone
Pros Cons
5G plans available Speed restrictions on plans other than Unlimited Max
Shorter contract lengths and PAYG plans available Premium pricing for Unlimited Max plans
Option to add Entertainment Bundles  

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 are the only ones able to benefit from 5G speeds.

Tethering is included and you can use up to 25GB of data per month when roaming in 51 European countries (though in most cases you’ll still have to pay a £1 or £2 daily fee to use your allowances abroad). On plans with ‘Xtra’ in the name though roaming is free, and some of these unlimited plans also let you roam for free in additional locations, for 83 in total.

There is also the option to add an Entertainment bundle to the 12 or 24-month Unlimited and Unlimited Max plans for an extra £8 per month, which gives you a choice of a subscription to Amazon Prime, Spotify Premium, or YouTube Premium for the duration of the contract. Entertainment packages are also available on Pay Monthly with a handset.

Vodafone now also has an unlimited Pay As You Go plan. It’s a 5G plan that comes with roaming in 51 European countries (with a 25GB monthly roaming limit), and you will also get VeryMe Rewards on all plans – which include things like free movie rentals and tasty treats.

Related Reading: Vodafone Coverage and Network Review

Asda Mobile

Asda Mobile
Pros Cons
Flexible Pay As You Go plans Speed restrictions on all plans
Uses Vodafone network  
5G and 5G roaming included  

Asda Mobile launched unlimited data plans later than most, but they’re available now, alongside 5G speeds using Vodafone’s infrastructure.

At the time of writing the network sells three different unlimited data 30-day SIM Only plans, and while they all let you use 5G signals, only the one listed at ‘150Mbps’ will offer 5G speeds – the other two options are slower, and even the top option is presumably capped, since 5G is capable of higher speeds than 150Mbps. Asda Mobile also allows tethering and free roaming (sometimes at 5G speeds) in much of Europe (up to a 5GB limit), but there aren’t any handset plans – you can only go SIM Only or pay as you go, or spread the cost of a phone that you buy outright.

Related reading: Asda Mobile Review and Coverage

Giffgaff

GiffGaff
Pros Cons
Uses O2 network Speed restrictions after 100GB usage on cheaper plan
5G comes as standard  
Flexible Pay As You Go plans  

Giffgaff, which use O2's network, offers an unlimited data goodybag (add-on) or a 100GB Always On goodybag (add-on) which also has unlimited data included. They can both be purchased on SIM Only or with a mobile phone, and both include 5G, and last just 30 days.

There are some restrictions with the 100GB Always On goodybag though, with only the first 100GB of use per month being at full 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.

The unlimited data goodybag has no such speed restrictions, but it costs more and there is a fair usage policy stating that you should use under 650GB of data a month, and shouldn’t tether with 12 or more devices at once.

Free roaming meanwhile is fully capped at 5GB per month on both plans and the only way to use your data beyond Europe is to pay for the roaming data separately.

Related reading: GiffGaff Review and Coverage

iD Mobile

iD Mobile
Pros Cons
Uses Three network Free roaming mostly limited to Europe
5G data included and no speed restrictions  
Shorter contract lengths available  

iD Mobile, which uses the Three network and is owned by Currys plc, offers an unlimited data plan on a 1 or 12-month SIM Only contract, or as part of a 24-month handset plan. There are also 24-month SIM Only plans, but at the time of writing these don’t offer unlimited data.

Roaming abroad in 50 mostly European destinations is included and you can also tether as much data as you like. When roaming there’s a fair usage policy 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.

There’s also a variable fair use limit on data when roaming, which depends on the cost of your plan. You can find it here.

Like Three's unlimited plans, iD Mobile's unlimited plans are 5G ready, so you will be able to enjoy 5G speeds. At the current time iD Mobile does not specify a fair usage policy with regards to data usage in the UK.

Related reading: iD Mobile Review and Coverage

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Mobile
Pros Cons
Uses Vodafone network and now has 5G A little more expensive than you might expect
International calling to 42 countries included  
Short contract durations  

Lebara (which runs off Vodafone’s infrastructure) offers 30-day SIM plans that come with unlimited 5G data, minutes, and texts.

The network additionally lets you roam for free across the EU and India, and use your data to tether, but the big selling point is you also get either 100 or unlimited minutes of international calling to either 41 or 42 countries, including Australia, United States, Canada, India, New Zealand, China and many more locations.

There aren’t any fair usage restrictions in the UK, but when roaming you’re limited to 30GB of data in Europe, and 10GB in India.

Related reading: Lebara Mobile Review and Coverage

Lyca Mobile

Lyca Mobile
Pros Cons
Uses O2 Network and includes 5G Limited to EU Roaming
International calling included  
Pay As You Go plans  

Lyca Mobile, which uses O2's network, has launched unlimited data plans, and these also give you unlimited minutes and texts.

One of these plans gives you unlimited data at 5G speeds plus 100 international minutes to dozens of locations, while one does the same but with unlimited international minutes. You can tether on Lyca Mobile too, and you can roam within the EU at no extra cost – though there’s a 12GB or 14GB cap (depending on plan) when doing that.

There’s also a general fair usage policy saying you should limit your use to under 650GB per month.

Related reading: Lycamobile Review and Coverage

Smarty

Smarty Mobile
Pros Cons
Uses Three network and has 5G Only offers SIM Only plans
Great value 1-month plan  
No speed restrictions  

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 5G included.

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

Data roaming is limited to 12GB per month, and you can only roam for free across the EU, which is another key difference with Three's plans, as these include roaming in a number of places further afield too – although it typically comes at a small cost.

Related Reading: Smarty Mobile Review and Coverage

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile
Pros Cons
Uses O2 network Prices not significantly lower than O2
5G plans available with no speed restrictions  

Tesco Mobile, which uses O2's network, offers unlimited data on both SIM Only and Pay Monthly, and it supports 5G.

The plans are available in 1, 12 or 24-month varieties on SIM Only, or variable lengths with a handset. You can also roam for free in Europe (at least until 2024) and tether.

There’s no fair usage limit in the UK, other than that it should be for your personal use and on your own mobile, and there isn’t really when roaming either – except that you should be using your phone more in the UK than abroad.

Related reading: Tesco Mobile Review and Coverage

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile
Pros Cons
Uses O2's network No Pay As You Go plans
5G included and no speed restrictions  
5G roaming offered in select countries  

Virgin Mobile, which uses  O2’s network, also offers unlimited data, and while this used to only be available to customers of other Virgin products, it’s now available to everyone at the time of writing.

It’s also truly unlimited, includes 5G, and comes in at a competitive price, while being offered on a short-term and flexible 30-day rolling plan. You also get unlimited data for tethering, and seemingly when roaming too, as references to fair usage that used to be present have been removed

However, while unlimited data is available with phones and SIM Only, it’s not available with tablets. Also, Virgin Mobile is in the process of moving customers over to O2 plans, and also sells O2 plans (alongside its own ones). If you buy or are moved to an O2 plan, then you’ll be subject to that network’s fair usage terms, detailed further up.

Related reading: Virgin Mobile Review and Coverage

VOXI

Voxi
Pros Cons
Uses Vodafone network Only slightly more affordable than Vodafone
5G included and no speed restrictions  
Short contract duration  

VOXI, which is a network run and owned by Vodafone, is now offering a 5G 30-day unlimited data plan.

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 cheap – but not free - roaming in Europe (up to 20GB per month).

Overall, VOXI's unlimited data plan is a more affordable alternative to the equivalent plan on Vodafone, though Vodafone gives you more options in terms of duration and speed.

Related reading: VOXI Network and Coverage Review

Is unlimited data really unlimited?

In most cases when using your phone in the UK unlimited data really is unlimited. However, some networks limit speeds on certain plans. It's also worth noting that the majority of networks have usage limits when roaming abroad with an unlimited data plan. 

Unlimited Data Fair Use Policies

Network

Speeds/speed restrictions

Fair usage

Roaming

Three

5G

12GB limit

Smarty

5G

12GB limit

O2

5G

650GB per month

25GB limit

EE

5G

600GB per month

50GB limit

Vodafone

5G. Speeds restricted on Unlimited Lite (2Mbps) and Unlimited (10Mbps) plans

25GB limit

iD Mobile

5G

Variable roaming limit and must demonstrate UK ties if roaming extensively

Lebara Mobile

5G

30GB limit in Europe, 10GB in India

Giffgaff

5G

Under 650GB per month

5GB limit

Lyca Mobile

5G

Under 650GB per month

12GB or 14GB roaming limit

Tesco Mobile

5G

Must spend more time in UK than abroad

Virgin Mobile

5G

None - but customers are being moved to O2 plans

VOXI

5G

20GB roaming limit

Asda Mobile

5G. 2Mbps – 150Mbps cap depending on plan

5GB limit

These details were up to date to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing, but it’s always worth checking with a network directly if in doubt. Also note that where there are no fair usage restrictions listed, it’s still likely that the network doesn’t allow commercial use.

Speed restrictions

At the time of writing, all networks with unlimited data plans offer 5G, so you can potentially get the maximum available speeds in the UK.

In a lot of cases, the only limit will be your phone, your network’s infrastructure, and the coverage in your area. However, some plans on some networks do have additional limits.

Specifically, if you’re on an Unlimited Lite plan on Vodafone you’ll be limited to 2Mbps speeds, while standard Unlimited plans on the network top out at 10Mbps. So for unrestricted speeds you need an Unlimited Max plan.

Similarly, Asda Mobile caps its unlimited data plan speeds at either 2Mbps, 10Mbps, or 150Mbps – the last of those won’t slow you down much, but it’s still a limitation.

Fair usage policies

Outside of tethering and roaming, which we’ll touch on below, no UK networks have significant fair usage restrictions.

Most networks do have a fair usage policy, but they are typically 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, O2, Giffgaff, and Lyca Mobile ask you to keep your usage under 650GB per month, while EE wants you to keep it under 600GB. Those limits are high enough that they should hardly affect anyone though.

Tethering restrictions

When tethering, few networks mention any limits, but O2, EE, and Giffgaff say you shouldn’t tether your phone to more than 11 other devices at a time. And of course where networks have fair usage data limits (detailed above) they will apply to tethering too.

Roaming abroad

The main limits with unlimited data plans come when roaming, as almost all networks apply a cap to the amount of data you can use from your allowance when abroad.

This cap varies a lot, from 5GB on Asda Mobile to 50GB on EE, but in all cases – other than with Virgin Mobile and Tesco Mobile, which don’t mention specific limits – it’s a lot less than unlimited.

Can I get unlimited data on Pay As You Go?

Pay As You Go plans with unlimited data are currently available on Asda Mobile, iD Mobile, Giffgaff, Three and Vodafone. They offer even more flexibility and don't require a credit check, but you will have to pay a little more than a pay monthly plan.

Best Unlimited Pay As You Go SIM plans

Asda SIM Card

Asda Mobile

Unlimited 5G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

150Mbps max speeds

£24

Lasts for 30 days

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Three SIM Card

Three

Unlimited 5G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£35

Lasts for 30 days

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Vodafone SIM Card

Vodafone

Unlimited 5G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£40

Lasts for 30 days

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GiffGaff SIM Card

GiffGaff

Unlimited 5G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£35 a month

Lasts for 30 days

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