Compare the Best Mobile Phone Tariffs

Paying too much for your mobile phone plan? We've made it simple to compare hundreds of tariffs & deals. Find the one that's best for you.


The Peoples Operator 4G SIM Only plan 3.99
The Peoples Operator
The Peoples Operator 4G SIM Only plan 3.99
  • 1 month contract
  • £3.99 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at The Peoples Operator
200
Minutes
500
Text
500MB
Data
£3.99
per month
 
iD mobile
iD mobile 500 mins and 500MB
  • 1 month contract
  • £3.99 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at iD Mobile
500
Minutes
5000
Text
500MB
Data
£3.99
per month
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iD mobile
iD mobile 250 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 1 month contract
  • £4.00 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at iD Mobile
250
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£4.00
per month
 
iD mobile

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime - iD mobile 150 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 24 months contract
  • £169.76 total cost of the contract over term 24 months
  • £50.00 upfront cost
  • at e2save
150
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£4.99
per month
 
FreedomPop
FreedomPop 1250 mins 1250 texts and 1250MB
  • 1 month contract
  • £5.98 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.99 upfront cost
  • at FreedomPop
1250
Minutes
1250
Text
1.3GB
Data
£4.99
per month
 
iD mobile

Microsoft Lumia 535
Microsoft Lumia 535 - iD mobile 150 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 24 months contract
  • £144.76 total cost of the contract over term 24 months
  • £25.00 upfront cost
  • at mobiles.co.uk
150
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£4.99
per month
 
FreedomPop
FreedomPop 1250 mins 1250 texts and 1250MB
  • 1 month contract
  • £4.99 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at FreedomPop
1250
Minutes
1250
Text
1.3GB
Data
£4.99
per month
 
iD mobile

Doro 5516
Doro 5516 - iD mobile 150 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 24 months contract
  • £119.76 total cost of the contract over term 24 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Carphone Warehouse
150
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£4.99
per month
 
Talk Mobile
Talk Mobile Small 12 month SIM
  • 12 months contract
  • £60.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Smart Phone Company
100
Minutes
5000
Text
100MB
Data
£5.00
monthly
 
Three
Three 200 mins and 500MB
  • 12 months contract
  • £60.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Smart Phone Company
200
Minutes
Unlimited
Text
500MB
Data
£5.00
per month
 
Three
Three 200 mins and 500MB
  • 12 months contract
  • £60.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Affordable Mobiles
200
Minutes
Unlimited
Text
500MB
Data
£5.00
per month
 
Talk Mobile
Talk Mobile Small 12 month SIM
  • 12 months contract
  • £36.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Smart Phone Company
100
Minutes
5000
Text
100MB
Data
£5.00
monthly
 
Three
Three 200 mins and 500MB
  • 12 months contract
  • £60.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Mobile Phones Direct
200
Minutes
Unlimited
Text
500MB
Data
£5.00
per month
 
giffgaff
giffgaff Goodybag with 100MB of 4G data
  • 1 month contract
  • £5.00 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at GiffGaff
150
Minutes
500
Text
100MB
Data
£5.00
per month
 
Three
Three 200 mins and 500MB
  • 12 months contract
  • £60.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Buy Mobile Phones
200
Minutes
Unlimited
Text
500MB
Data
£5.00
per month
 
Three
Three 200 mins and 500MB
  • 12 months contract
  • £60.00 total cost of the contract over term 12 months
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at 3 Mobile
200
Minutes
Unlimited
Text
500MB
Data
£5.00
per month
 
iD mobile

Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone 5s - iD mobile 150 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 24 months contract
  • £268.76 total cost of the contract over term 24 months
  • £125.00 upfront cost
  • at e2save
150
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£5.99
per month
 
iD mobile

Microsoft Lumia 535
Microsoft Lumia 535 - iD mobile 150 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 24 months contract
  • £153.76 total cost of the contract over term 24 months
  • £10.00 upfront cost
  • at mobiles.co.uk
150
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£5.99
per month
 
iD mobile

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime - iD mobile 150 mins 5000 texts and 250MB
  • 24 months contract
  • £178.76 total cost of the contract over term 24 months
  • £35.00 upfront cost
  • at e2save
150
Minutes
5000
Text
250MB
Data
£5.99
per month
 
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile 300 mins and unlimited texts with 600MB
  • 1 month contract
  • £6.00 total cost of the contract over term 1 month
  • £0.00 upfront cost
  • at Virgin Mobile
300
Minutes
Unlimited
Text
600MB
Data
£6.00
per month
 

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Common Questions


There are perks to both arrangements. Contracts limit your ability to switch carriers, restrict unlocking your phone for travel and often cost a little more in the big picture. However, you can typically score a nice phone for little to no upfront cost or enjoy a substantial discount on the latest flagship devices.

SIM-only will require more money upfront if you don’t already own a phone. However, you are often free to switch providers or devices as you wish without worrying about termination fees. Be sure to check that your handset is compatible with the carrier you intend to use. This is particularly important in regards to 3G and 4G networks.

Not sure about the different options? Try our handy comparison tool to help you find the best tariff.


While the specific amount of data you need will depend on how you use your phone, research indicates that the average user goes through anywhere from 800-megabytes to 1.3-gigabytes of data a month.

Anything requiring video uses more data. A couple YouTube videos might use as much data as a week of emails. In most cases, you’ll want to start with AT LEAST 500-megabytes. Then just monitor your usage and adjust to suit your needs.

We offer a comprehensive guide to determining how much data you need as well as tips for reducing your data usage if you’re already locked into a tariff but want to make the most of your data allowance.

In nearly every case, upgrading your data package through your carrier is cheaper than paying even one overage fee. Be sure to keep an eye on usage to maximize savings.


If you’re looking for basic communications in the event of an emergency, a prepaid standard mobile phone is often your best bet. By getting rid of the bells and whistles of a smartphone, you can count on exceptional battery life. You also can pick up a prepaid tariff that doesn’t include data to make topping up your phone affordable.

Most prepaid carriers require you to add minutes at regular intervals to maintain service. Check with your prepaid carrier to see if they offer any long-term minute options. While these minutes often cost a little more upfront, they will remain active for as long as one year (specifics vary by carrier) resulting in a lower cost overall.


If you have the money to pay for your device upfront, there is an argument to be made that you shouldn’t sign a contract at all. However, for many, subsidized phones are the only option for picking up a new device.

In this case, consider how long you tariff to live in your current location. If you’re intending to relocate, consider coverage at your intended destination as well. Most contracts do not make exceptions for relocation unless it is for military deployment.

Also consider the impact on your subsidized phone payments. Longer contracts might offer a lower monthly payment on your subsidized phone, but the additional fees for your device could end up costing more than buying the phone outright. Find a balance that fits your budget with as few payments as possible to minimize extra expenses.


This will depend on your intended usage. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. You’ll probably use less minutes that you think you need. With rise of smartphones, email, text messaging and voice chat apps, we just don’t place as many calls as we once did.
  2. Tariff to text regularly? Unlimited texting is almost always cheaper than per-text rates--even for just a few hundred messages.
  3. Have family or friends out of town? Get a tariff that includes Canada-wide calling. Even inbound calls can add up quickly when talking often out of your home calling area.
  4. Always start by overestimating slightly. You can always readjust your tariff later. Overage fees add up fast. Better to slightly overpay in the beginning than be shocked when the bill arrives.

Once you’ve used your phone for a month or two, be sure to check out our guide on cutting your monthly bill for more tips and tricks for optimizing your costs and usage.


We take the confusion out of picking a mobile tariff. Our tool compares tariffs from all the major carriers, allowing you to find the best options easily and quickly. With our unbiased, objective summaries, you’ll know exactly what to expect with your new service. Best of all, this costs you absolutely nothing. All of our tools, guides and summaries are free!



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