5G SIM Only Deals

A 5G SIM Only deal offers you a bundle of minutes, texts and data just like a standard phone contract. They enable you to save money because you don't need to pay for the cost a new phone and they also come on shorter contracts.

Simply order a 5G SIM card and put it into a 5G Ready phone to enjoy superfast speeds when you are in a 5G coverage area.

Which networks offer 5G SIM Only deals?

The only networks currently offering 5G SIM Only plans in the UK are Vodafone and EE. 

O2, Three, BT Mobile and VOXI are expected to begin selling 5G SIM Only plans before the end of 2019, while all other networks are yet to confim when they will launch 5G services.

EE

EE has switched on its 5G network so unsurprisingly it also offers 5G SIM Only deals. 

They currently offer two 5G SIM Only plans starting at £32 a month, which come with tethering and free EU roaming included. They now also offer an unlimited 5G plan which has no speed or usage restrictions.

EE 5G SIM Only Plans

EE SIM Card

20GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

12 month contract

£32 a month

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EE SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

12 month contract

£44 a month

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EE’s 5G SIM Only plans come with ‘Swappable Benefits’ letting you choose between extras that you can swap out whenever you want.

The 20GB plan includes two swappable benefits and you can choose between BT Sport in HDR, Amazon Prime Video, Roam Further, Video Data Pass, Music Data Pass or Gamer's Data Pass. While, the unlimited data plan comes with three swappable benefits which are BT Sport in HDR, Amazon Prime Video and Roam Further.

Related reading: Where is EE 5G Coverage available?

Vodafone

Vodafone has also now switched on its 5G network and offers a number of 5G SIM Only plans, including some with unlimited 5G data.

The plans, which start at £11 a month, are available on 12 month or 1 month plans and all come with unlimited minutes and texts. 

Vodafone 5G SIM Plans

12 Month Plans
Vodafone SIM Card

1GB data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Red 1GB - 12 month plan

£11 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

5GB data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Red 5GB - 12 month plan

£15 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

20GB data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Red 20GB - 12 month plan

£20 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Unlimited Lite - 12 month plan

Maximum download speed: 2mbps

£23 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Unlimited - 12 month plan

Maximum download speed: 10mbps

£26 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Unlimited Max - 12 month plan

Maximum download speed: Fastest available

£30 a month

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1 Month Plans
Vodafone SIM Card

1GB data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Red 1GB - 1 month plan

£13 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

5GB data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Red 5GB - 1 month plan

£17 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

20GB data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Red 20GB - 1 month plan

£22 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Unlimited Lite - 1 month plan

Maximum download speed: 2mbps

£25 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Unlimited - 1 month plan

Maximum download speed: 10mbps

£28 a month

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Vodafone SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

Unlimited Max - 1 month plan

Maximum download speed: Fastest available

£32 a month

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The difference between the Unlimited Lite, Unlimited and Unlimited Max plans plans is the maximum speed offered. The cheapest Unlimited Lite plan offering speeds up to 2mbps (good for browsing, social media and music streaming), the mid-range Unlimited offerings speeds up to 10mbps (enough to stream HD video), while the Unlimited Max plan has no speed restrictions (for superfast downloads and streaming in UHD).

Related reading: Where is Vodafone 5G coverage available?

Three

All of Three's current SIM Only plans are 5G Ready at no extra cost meaning you can buy them now and you'll be able to access 5G when they switch on 5G later this year.

Three 5G SIM Plans

Three SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

24 month contract

£10 a month £20

Half price for first 6 months

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Three SIM Card

8GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

12 month contract

£10 a month

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Three SIM Card

12GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

12 month contract

£15 a month

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Three SIM Card

Unlimited data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

12 month contract

£20 a month

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Related reading: Where is Three 5G coverage available?

O2

O2 also doesn’t currently offer 5G SIM Only plans, but its 5G network is supposedly going to arrive this summer, meaning it should be here by September 23rd, 2019, and along with it we’d expect some 5G SIM Only plans.

Related reading: When will O2 launch 5G coverage?

MVNOs

MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) by and large haven’t announced their 5G plans yet, so we wouldn’t expect them to offer 5G SIM Only deals until at least 2020 in most cases.

There are some exceptions though, most notably BT Mobile and Sky Mobile. BT Mobile owns EE and has said it will be switching on a 5G service of its own this year, so expect it to also then offer 5G SIM Only deals.

Sky Mobile meanwhile has announced that it will switch 5G on at the same time as O2, so in theory should have a 5G service by September 23rd, and it’s almost certainly going to offer 5G SIM Only deals to go with it.

Other MVNOs which might offer 5G SIM Only deals before too long include VOXI, Plusnet Mobile, and Giffgaff, as they’re all owned by proper networks. However, they’re also positioned as cheaper alternatives, so may not be in a hurry to offer a premium service like 5G.

In any case though, right now no MVNOs have 5G SIM Only deals, and some might not do for a long time yet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I’m not in a 5G coverage area?

If you’re not in a 5G coverage area then your phone will revert to a 4G, 3G or 2G signal, depending on what coverage is available, just as 4G phones will revert to 3G or 2G when needed.

However, if you don’t live or work in an area that currently has 5G coverage then you might want to wait before getting a 5G SIM deal anyway, since you probably won’t benefit much until you do have coverage.

Will a 5G SIM card work in a 4G phone?

Yes, but of course it will only be able to provide a 4G signal at most. For 5G speeds you’ll need a 5G handset.

What sizes of 5G sim cards are available?

Currently only EE offers 5G SIM Only deals and the cards it provides are a ‘Multi SIM’, which can be made to fit any size SIM card slot.

Vodafone also offers 5G SIM cards if you buy a 5G phone on Pay Monthly, and these are the same idea, but called ‘3-in-1’ SIMs, as they can be converted into a standard, micro or nano SIM card.

It’s likely that most if not all networks will take the same approach, just as they have done with 4G SIM cards.

However, it’s worth noting that most if not all 5G phones are likely to have a nano SIM slot in any case, as this is the most modern size.

Can I keep my number?

Yes, and the process is the same as it’s ever been.

If you’re upgrading on your current network then your number will stay the same anyway, but if moving network you just need to request your PAC code from your old network (while the number is still active), then activate your new SIM if you haven’t already, and tell your new network your PAC code and old number.

This is usually done via on online form, but the exact process will vary from network to network. If in doubt, give your new network a call.

Can I get an unlimited data 5G SIM deal?

Currently there aren’t any unlimited data 5G SIM deals available. The highest data limit at the time of writing is 60GB, with EE.

However, it may be possible to get unlimited data before too long. Three is launching its 5G service later in 2019 and currently offers unlimited data on its 4G SIM Only plans, so may well do the same with 5G.

Why choose a 5G SIM Only deal?

A SIM Only deal typically doesn’t lock you in to a contract for as long as a plan that comes with a phone, and – as you aren’t getting a phone with it – it’s usually also cheaper.

Of course, only a handful of very new phones support 5G at the time of writing, so you will probably need a new phone anyway, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy it on contract – sometimes it can be cheaper to buy the phone outright and then get a 5G SIM Only deal.

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