We have just finished compiling the ultimate SIM Only comparison spreadsheet for the UK listing all the 58 packages currently available in the country.
Sim Only offers have become significantly more popular as customers choose to keep their existing mobile handsets either because they don't want new one or simply because SIM only offer much better value than traditional mobile contracts which ultimately subsidise new handsets.
Amongst the Mobile Phone Networks listed are Talktalk (Carphone Warehouse), O2, Tesco, T-Mobile, Orange, Three, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.
Some trends that we have noticed. An increasing number of unlimited text packages with the cheapest costing a mere £10. The cheapest SIM only package now costs £7.50 and has a one-month minimum contract. The cheapest "free internet" SIM only package starts from only £18 per month.
We will endeavour to update this spreadsheet every month (last updated June 2009).
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Abbreviations & Small Prints
Internet prices are on a per day basis.
0 - In the "Texts" columns, this means unlimited.
1 - £7.50 family bolt-on
2 - Unlimited O2 to O2 calls
3 - Triple Clubcard Points
4 - 1/2 price calls and texts to 5 people
5 - Unlimited Landline Calls
6 - Magic Numbers
7 - 2-for-1 Cinema Wednesday
8 - Unlimited same network calls
9 - Unlimited skype calls
10 - No roaming charges in 35+ countries until September 2009
11 - 200 minutes to same network mobiles
EC - Existing Customers
Packages included in the comparison
Talktalk SIMple Package : http://buyth.at/tugayt
SIM Only Tariffs - simplicity Package : http://buyth.at/strmux
Tesco Mobile : http://buyth.at/t64ix
T-Mobile : Pay monthly Solo : http://buyth.at/troul3
Orange Pay Monthly SIM Only packs : http://buyth.at/sezols
Three Pay Montly SIM Only pack : http://buyth.at/t5kpu
Vodafone SIM only plans : http://buyth.at/soqxsb
Virgin Liberty SIM : http://buyth.at/vuzqaa
Virgin Liberty SIM For existing customers : http://buyth.at/av2cr
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