Over the past few years, SIM-only contracts have seen something of a resurgence in the consumer market. There are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, carriers (or networks) don't make much money on selling phones, and so they can make practically pure profit from selling you a SIM-only contract.
Secondly, consumers have watched as regular contract tariffs monthly costs have grown from around £35 per month to almost £50 per month. SIM-only then, is much more affordable than a conventional phone+line contract.
SIM-only can often be the best way to get great value for money, especially if you already have a phone, or if you'd rather buy your unlocked phones direct from manufacturers.
Here, we will round up the best available SIM only deals available right now.
£15 a month (was £30 - 50% off time limited offer) for 30GB data. EU roaming included in 48 countries. Read more about it here.
£21 a month for 12 months which includes 20GB data, unlimited texts and calls. You can use your data text and minutes in the EU without incurring further charges. You also get access to the BT Sport app for 3 months. Read more about it here.
£19 a month for 12 months which includes 16GB data, unlimited texts and calls. You have a choice of either Spotify Premium, NOWTV or Sky Sports mobile for 12 months. Vodafone global roaming in 110 countries is also included. This sim only deal has a discount of £13 applied to it. Read more about it here.
£14 a month for 12 months which includes 8GB data, unlimited minutes and texts. You can use your Three mobile sim in over 60 countries. Three boast a 97% UK coverage. Read more about it here.
£12 a month for 12 month which includes 8GB data, 2500 minutes and unlimited texts. If you have Virgin Media broadband or TV, you'll also be able to get unlimited minutes to other Virgin mobiles. Read more about it here.
£10 a month on a 30 day rolling contract which includes 5GB data, unlimited minutes and texts. PlusNet use the EE network so expect fast 4G speeds. Read more about it here.
£6 a month on a 30 day contract which includes 2GB data, 1000 minutes and unlimited texts. Read more about it here.
BT currently have a sim only offer for £13 a month which includes 3GB data, unlimited minutes and texts and unlimited BT Wi-Fi. There is also a promotion currently where you will get a £75 Amazon gift card. Read more about it here.
£9 a month with 4GB 4G data, 1000 minutes, 5000 texts on a monthly rolling contract. You can use your ID Mobile sim in 50 countries and uses the Three network. Read more about it here.
UK network coverage checkers
Below you'll find links to the four coverage checkers you need. Why four? Because any other network is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), which means they don't have their own masts and signal, they use the networks provided by Vodafone, EE or O2. GiffGaff and Tesco mobile, for instance, uses O2's network, while BT Mobile uses EE's.
Or, if you'd rather go independent, you can try Ofcom's mobile signal checker.