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Data Only Sims

If you have a tablet or another device that uses data on the move, then you might consider a data only Sim. These don't come with any minutes and texts, but do tend to be more expensive than regular Sims.

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5GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-5
£1.90/mth
Thereafter
£4.90/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£3.65/mth
Ends 9 May
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Via Lebara
5GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-4
£1/mth
Thereafter
£5/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£3.67/mth
5GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
Months 1-3
1p/mth
Months 4-12
£5/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£3.76/mth
Prices may change during contract
Talk Home
Unrated service
Uses the EE network
No Wi-Fi calling 
No 4G calling 
Talk Home
Unrated service
Uses the EE network
No Wi-Fi calling 
No 4G calling 
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Via Talk Home
12GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-5
£2/mth
Thereafter
£6.90/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£4.86/mth
Ends 9 May
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Via Lebara
5GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Monthly cost
£5/mth
15GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-5
£1.49/mth
Thereafter
£7.90/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£5.23/mth
Ends 9 May
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Via Lebara
30GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
£20 Gift Card
RewardGift Card
Months 1-3
£4/mth
Months 4-12
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl reward: 
£5.34/mth
iD Mobile Customer service
Uses the Three network
iD Mobile
Customer service
Uses the Three network
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Via iD Mobile
8GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
24mthContract
£50
Automatic cashback
Monthly cost
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl cashback: 
£5.92/mth
Monthly cost will rise every April by inflation (CPI) plus 3.9%
Three Customer service
Three
Customer service
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Via Fonehouse
6GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Monthly cost
£5.95/mth
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Via TalkMobile
6GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
Monthly cost
£5.95/mth
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Via TalkMobile
12GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
£36
Automatic cashback
Monthly cost
£9/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl cashback: 
£6/mth
Monthly cost will rise every April by inflation (CPI) plus 3.9%
Three Customer service
Three
Customer service
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Via MobilePhonesDirect
10GB
4G Data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-6
£4/mth
Thereafter
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£6/mth
8GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
£12
Automatic cashback
Monthly cost
£7/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl cashback: 
£6/mth
Monthly cost will rise every April by inflation (CPI) plus 3.9%
Three Customer service
Three
Customer service
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Via Fonehouse
6GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Monthly cost
£6/mth
Ends 7 May
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Via Smarty
10GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
Months 1-3
99p/mth
Months 4-12
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£6.25/mth
Prices may change during contract
Talk Home
Unrated service
Uses the EE network
No Wi-Fi calling 
No 4G calling 
Talk Home
Unrated service
Uses the EE network
No Wi-Fi calling 
No 4G calling 
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Via Talk Home
8GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-3
99p/mth
Thereafter
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£6.25/mth
Talk Home
Unrated service
Uses the EE network
No Wi-Fi calling 
No 4G calling 
Talk Home
Unrated service
Uses the EE network
No Wi-Fi calling 
No 4G calling 
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Via Talk Home
50GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
£20 Gift card
RewardGift card
Monthly cost
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl reward: 
£6.34/mth
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Via iD Mobile
6GB
4G Data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
£5
Automatic cashback
Monthly cost
£7/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl cashback: 
£6.59/mth
Monthly cost will rise every April by inflation (CPI) plus 3.9%
Vodafone Basics Customer service
Vodafone Basics
Customer service
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Via Mobiles.co.uk
20GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
12mthContract
£15
Automatic cashback
Monthly cost
£7.95/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost incl cashback: 
£6.70/mth
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16GB
5G data
Unltd Minutes
Unltd Texts
1mthContract
Months 1-3
£3/mth
Thereafter
£8/mth
Equiv cost:Equivalent cost: 
£6.75/mth
Ends 31 May
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Via Spusu
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What is a data only Sim?

Also known as a 'data Sim', these are usually for tablets, rather than smartphones and the only difference is, you don't get any minutes or texts included — it only gives you mobile data.
However, it's important to remember that Sims which include minutes, texts and data tend to be much cheaper than data only Sims, so you might want to consider a Sim that includes calls and texts, even if you're unable to use these with your tablet device.
We've included data only Sims in our Cheap Mobile Finder so you can see how they compare to other Sims. You can sign up for a data-only Sim on a one-month (rolling contract), or a longer-term contract, which typically last for 12 or 24 months.

Do I need a data only Sim?

If you have a tablet or similar device that doesn't have the ability to make network calls, you might consider a data only Sim, but you can actually use any Sim that includes minutes and texts in your device, even if you can't actually use them. These Sims tend to be cheaper than data only Sims.

Which networks off data only Sims?

You can get data only Sims from most of the major mobile network providers, plus many of the smaller networks too.

Are data only Sims cheaper?

Not usually. Even though they don't include minutes and texts, data Sims tend to be more expensive than Sims that include these. We've included data only Sims in our Cheap Mobile Finder so you can see how they compare to other Sims. You can sign up for a data-only Sim on a one-month (rolling contract), or a longer-term contract, which typically last for 12 or 24 months.

Can you use a data only Sim in a phone?

Yes. If the Sim card fits your phone, it doesn't matter if it's a data-only plan or not. But if you want to make calls, you'll need to make them over the internet with an app, such as WhatsApp, Skype or Facebook.