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    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 4th Aug 13, 9:30 PM
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    Best Sim Only Deals (MEGATHREAD)
    • #1
    • 4th Aug 13, 9:30 PM
    Best Sim Only Deals (MEGATHREAD) 4th Aug 13 at 9:30 PM
    Hello and welcome!

    This is a post that contains the hottest sim only deals right now. It also contains a link to a spreadsheet with a full list of every networks best sim only deals with cashback rates updated every week. This is a great way to compare Sim Only deals between providers and get the best bang for buck.

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW WEBSITE AND SIM ONLY DEALS


    The website can be bookmarked and viewed from any device at any time. The spreadsheet has tabs at the bottom of the page for different types of deals, there is also an FAQ page. Please read it (FAQ also on second post of this thread)

    Visit the HUKD thread for more:
    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/best-sim-only-deals-megathread-1623625

    Apologies for any mistakes in the above post.



    On August 4th 2013 i created a thread on HUKD and MSE that compiled a list of the best sim only deals in the UK from major and minor networks. The deal was received well on HUKD with over 65,000 views and 5,000 degrees of heat within the first 24 hours. One month on the thread has been viewed over 100,000 times

    The thread was a continuation of HUKD member QyestionMarks sim only thread which he had started 18 months earlier and closed down at the end of June. He was happy for me to take over and create my own take on an ultimate sim only guide. This led to the creation of the ultimate sim only deal spreadsheet which a lot of you will have seen by now. Maybe even used.

    The goal of the spreadsheet is to create a concise and up to date guide with all sim only deals from major and minor networks. The first page deals with 2G and 3G deals. It also filters in cashback into the deals, shows the best rates for international calls, includes a selection of recommended apps to save money and it has 2 honourable mentions of pay as you go deals that may be useful to those who don't want a sim only or who are low users.

    My goal is to create an ultimate sim only guide that is maintained and up to data at all times and that anyone can open and view on any device at any time.

    Please view the 2G/3G Sim Only deals here-
    CLICK HERE FOR SIM ONLY TARIFFS



    Are you ready for 4G?
    Starting from September i've updated the sim only deals spreadsheet to include 4G Sim Only tariffs from EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three.

    At the moment Vodafone offer the best 4G tariffs due to cashback of over £130 from both Quidco and TCB. Three offer the best 4G deals for data but their 4G network won't launch until December. The page also contains a handy FAQ as well as a section on 4G handsets and why 4G won't work on the iPhone 5 on O2 and Vodafone.

    Feel free to have a look through the 4G Ready Sim Only deals section below-
    CLICK HERE FOR 4G SIM ONLY TARIFFS



    And now i've included the best data sim only deals. This is a list of all networks that provide data sims for your Dongle, Mi-Fi or iPad/Tablet. This is very useful for those who need data on the go in the form of mobile broadband and already have a mobile broadband device.

    The deals include some little known deals from Ovivo and Samba who provide a virtually free data service.

    Feel free to have a look through the Data Sim Only deals section below-
    CLICK HERE FOR DATA SIM ONLY TARIFFS

    Written 05/09/2013
    Last edited by ZhugeEX; 03-10-2015 at 8:33 PM. Reason: 1
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    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 4th Aug 13, 10:05 PM
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    • #2
    • 4th Aug 13, 10:05 PM
    • #2
    • 4th Aug 13, 10:05 PM
    I also posted this on HUKD by the way.

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/best-sim-only-deals-megathread-1623625
  • Earthworm
    • #3
    • 5th Aug 13, 7:59 AM
    • #3
    • 5th Aug 13, 7:59 AM
    Nice post but I have a few bits of feedback to hopefully improve the page.

    4G SIM Only tariffs would also be helpful (especially in a month or to) so having a section confirming EE and quite soon O2's would help users who want 4G.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 5th Aug 13, 8:22 AM
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    • #4
    • 5th Aug 13, 8:22 AM
    • #4
    • 5th Aug 13, 8:22 AM
    moved this up as a "sticky" thread
    I'm the Board Guide of the Referrers ,Telephones, Pensions , Shop Don't drop ,over 50's and Discount Code boards which means I'm a volunteer to help them run smoothly and I can move and merge posts there. However, please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
    • MillicentBystander
    • By MillicentBystander 5th Aug 13, 8:54 AM
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    • #5
    • 5th Aug 13, 8:54 AM
    • #5
    • 5th Aug 13, 8:54 AM
    Great thread, OP!

    Not sure if it's true but I read that only £12.50 of the £15 you pay to Ovivo is credited to your account now as the VAT element is taken out. Anyone?
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 5th Aug 13, 10:23 AM
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    • #6
    • 5th Aug 13, 10:23 AM
    • #6
    • 5th Aug 13, 10:23 AM
    Nice post but I have a few bits of feedback to hopefully improve the page.

    4G SIM Only tariffs would also be helpful (especially in a month or to) so having a section confirming EE and quite soon O2's would help users who want 4G.
    Originally posted by Earthworm
    Thanks for the feedback. I will be updating this thread tonight and cleaning it up a bit. And ill be adding in the sim only 4G deals and other stuff.

    The ultimate goal is to create an online spreadsheet that can be accessed anywhere at anytime and can be updated by myself or anyone else.

    Itll be a link that can be bookmarked and accessed anywhere at the persons convienience.

    @Millicent bystander- ill look into it.
    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 5th Aug 13, 10:34 AM
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    • 5th Aug 13, 10:34 AM
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    • 5th Aug 13, 10:34 AM
    Also agree it's a great thread.

    Another item to include is whether a network allows voice over IP (VOIP), which can be a great money saving feature allowing free calls to friends and family anywhere in the world. Facetime (an iPhone App), Skype and similar voice/video Apps use a form of VOIP and may be banned on some networks. The situation is very confusing, T-Mobile state in their terms and conditions:
    You cannot use mobile internet on your phone to make internet phone calls ('VoiP')

    Yet Virgin (who use EE/T-Mobile for their network), don't appear to have such a restriction...
    • sdduk
    • By sdduk 5th Aug 13, 8:46 PM
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    • #8
    • 5th Aug 13, 8:46 PM
    • #8
    • 5th Aug 13, 8:46 PM
    A really excellent thread ZhugeEX keep up the good work
    Nobody is Perfect. I am Nobody, therefore I am Perfect
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 5th Aug 13, 9:41 PM
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    • #9
    • 5th Aug 13, 9:41 PM
    • #9
    • 5th Aug 13, 9:41 PM
    What do you guys think?

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjKnq7RtRv_sdDEyTkdIN1FCZ1RZUjdJTUdUV294b FE#gid=0

    It's still in early stages of development.
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 5th Aug 13, 10:21 PM
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    moved this up as a "sticky" thread
    Originally posted by Browntoa
    Cheers. I appreciate that
    • SandLake
    • By SandLake 6th Aug 13, 8:35 AM
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    Tesco do support tethering for Android but not for iPhones

    Look on their website under "How Do I" in the "Phone settings and help" section there is a Q&A "Can I use my phone for tethering.

    I am in the process of changing networks and was surprised by this
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 6th Aug 13, 7:18 PM
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    Tesco do support tethering for Android but not for iPhones

    Look on their website under "How Do I" in the "Phone settings and help" section there is a Q&A "Can I use my phone for tethering.

    I am in the process of changing networks and was surprised by this
    Originally posted by SandLake
    Weird... According to T&C tethering is not allowed.

    4.1 Inclusive Credit can be used on GPRS and 3G networks (as applicable to your handset), for personal internet use via your mobile phone whilst you are in the UK.4.2 All usage must be for your private, personal and non-commercial purposes. You may not use your SIM Carda) in, or connected to, any other device including modems;(b) to allow the continuous streaming of any audio / video content, enable Voice over Internet (VOIP), P2P or file sharing; or(c) in such a way that adversely impacts the service to other Tesco Mobile or Telefonica O2 UK customers
    • Lara
    • By Lara 14th Aug 13, 1:34 PM
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    Lara
    This is excellent, thank you for putting it together.
    • AdamUK
    • By AdamUK 14th Aug 13, 5:49 PM
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    AdamUK
    not bad I just been on the phone with Virgin and now on 600min, 1000 texts and 500mb for £7 per month - sim only.

    thought is decent
    • Lara
    • By Lara 17th Aug 13, 9:19 AM
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    Lara
    not bad I just been on the phone with Virgin and now on 600min, 1000 texts and 500mb for £7 per month - sim only.

    thought is decent
    Originally posted by AdamUK
    Were you with Virgin before this deal?
    • yenool
    • By yenool 4th Sep 13, 10:26 AM
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    yenool
    Hmm, stupidly I just bought a new sim only plan before checking the MSE forums!

    So I'm really pleased to discover that I actually got one of the highlighted deals in the 'best sim only deals' document. Decided to go with O2 in the hope that their customer service will be better than the hopeless 3 mobile.

    ps: anyone ever tried to cancel with three? - Nightmare they just wont take no for an answer!
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 4th Sep 13, 9:11 PM
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    ZhugeEX


    On August 4th 2013 i created a thread on HUKD and MSE that compiled a list of the best sim only deals in the UK from major and minor networks. The deal was received well on HUKD with over 65,000 views and 5,000 degrees of heat within the first 24 hours.

    The thread was a continuation of HUKD member QyestionMarks sim only thread which he had started 18 months earlier and closed down at the end of June. He was happy for me to take over and create my own take on an ultimate sim only guide. This led to the creation of the ultimate sim only deal spreadsheet which a lot of you will have seen by now. Maybe even used.

    The goal of the spreadsheet is to create a concise and up to date guide with all sim only deals from major and minor networks. The first page deals with 2G and 3G deals. It also filters in cashback into the deals, shows the best rates for international calls, includes a selection of recommended apps to save money and it has 2 honourable mentions of pay as you go deals that may be useful to those who don't want a sim only or who are low users.

    My goal is to create an ultimate sim only guide that is maintained and up to data at all times and that anyone can open and view on any device at any time.

    Please view the 2G/3G Sim Only deals here-
    CLICK HERE FOR SIM ONLY TARIFFS



    Are you ready for 4G?
    Starting from September i've updated the sim only deals spreadsheet to include 4G Sim Only tariffs from EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three.

    At the moment Vodafone offer the best 4G tariffs due to cashback of over £130 from both Quidco and TCB. Three offer the best 4G deals for data but their 4G network won't launch until December. The page also contains a handy FAQ as well as a section on 4G handsets and why 4G won't work on the iPhone 5 on O2 and Vodafone.

    Feel free to have a look through the 4G Ready Sim Only deals section below-
    CLICK HERE FOR 4G SIM ONLY TARIFFS



    And now i've included the best data sim only deals. This is a list of all networks that provide data sims for your Dongle, Mi-Fi or iPad/Tablet. This is very useful for those who need data on the go in the form of mobile broadband and already have a mobile broadband device.

    The deals include some little known deals from Ovivo and Samba who provide a virtually free data service.

    Feel free to have a look through the Data Sim Only deals section below-
    CLICK HERE FOR DATA SIM ONLY TARIFFS

    Written 05/09/2013
    Last edited by ZhugeEX; 05-09-2013 at 1:48 AM.
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 5th Sep 13, 12:12 AM
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    So HUKD banned me for posting my deal.....

    Apparently clearly marking ONE affiliate link as an affiliate link on an external website not related to HUKD gets you banned straight away...
    Last edited by ZhugeEX; 05-09-2013 at 12:36 AM.
    • Splurge
    • By Splurge 5th Sep 13, 1:32 PM
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    Splurge
    So what does the mega thread tell us that we can't find out from looking a proper SIM only deals comparison website such as www.Comparisim.com, Uswitch.com or Omio?
    Bearing in mind that comparison sites have filters and sliders to make finding the perfect deal easier than reading all the above text

    This is just a question not a criticism :-)

    Last edited by Splurge; 14-03-2015 at 4:59 PM.
    • ZhugeEX
    • By ZhugeEX 5th Sep 13, 1:44 PM
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    Because these third party sites do not include all suppliers including smaller ones such as talk mobile or tesco etc... Also they do not have a dedicated section on international calls on honourable mentions for cheap pay as you go tariffs. Also these deals have network notes next to them which allow the user to check up specific facts about the network without needing to do their own research. Plus there is a list of recommended deals and apps.

    Also third party sites do not cover cashback at all or provide an easy way to go to cashback sites from the deal. Also this spreadsheet is community run and up to date at all times. It also provides access to 4G tariffs as well as a detailed FAQ on what 4G is as well as a list of all 4G phones.

    Not only that but the new section on Data only deals is something other sites do not cover. To be honest a lot of comparison websites don't cover sim only deals anyway. My page links to an in depth FAQ that has loads of useful answers, it includes links to the T&C's and coverage maps, and as mentioned above contains notes about each networks advantages and disadvantages.

    It is a much more personal and in depth way to find the best deal as it combines the HUKD and MSE communities together to work on updating and helping others on where to find the best sim only deal. Plus it allows people to ask questions in this thread or the HUKD thread relating to the type of deal they're looking for and others can learn from the answers provided.

    Now i'm not saying this is a definitive or the best comparison tool out there but i can say with some certainty that no comparison site does all the above^. Please understand that i'm not looking to replace comparison sites, the aim is to allow users to find the best deal for themselves all in one place without having to go back and forth between various websites or brochures etc...
    Last edited by ZhugeEX; 05-09-2013 at 1:48 PM.
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