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10 best data SIMs for tablets in January 2017

Wednesday, January 11th 2017

When it comes to getting your tablet online at home or in a café, wi-fi is great, but what happens when you’re away from a wi-fi signal? That’s where a 3G or 4G SIM-only data plan comes in handy.

There is a wide variety to choose from, with data allowances ranging from 500MB for light users up to 20GB+ for those who want to stream and surf all the time. Here are 10 of the best SIM-only deals on the market right now.

1
Virgin Mobile SIM-only

Virgin Mobile

2GB Tablet 4G SIM only

  • Data2GB
  • Contract length30 days
  • Monthly cost£8

This SIM-only tablet deal is one of the mid-level plans on offer from Virgin Mobile and represents great value. The 2GB allowance is great for light users who don’t want to run the risk of going over the limit. For an extra £4 per month you can choose to get the 5GB plan.

Virgin's data SIMs can also be used in dongles and other wi-fi devices. Plus, you can use WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger for free with Virgin Mobile without using any of your data.

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2
EE SIM-only

EE

16GB 4G Mobile Broadband

  • Data16GB
  • Contract length12 months
  • Monthly cost£23

We enter the high-speed mobile internet realms of 4G with this SIM-only tablet plan from EE. With 4G, you can download, browse, and stream music and video faster than on the slower 3G connections.

EE offers the most extensive 4G coverage in the UK, but it still isn’t available everywhere. To see if you’re covered, you can use the checker on its website.

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3
Asda Mobile

Asda Mobile

2GB data-only plan

  • Data2GB
  • Contract length30 days
  • Monthly cost£12.50

Renowned for its cheap SIM deals, Asda Mobile also offers a small section of data-only SIM deals, including this 2GB tablet plan.

If you want a bit more for your money, you can choose to pay an extra £2.50 and double your data to 4GB - the most on offer from Asda mobile. Alternatively you can go for the 1GB plan for just £7.50.

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4
Three SIM-only

Three

Broadband 5GB One month

  • Data5GB
  • Contract lengthOne month
  • Monthly cost£15

Another good and cheap SIM-only deal for average internet users, Three’s 5GB allowance will comfortably enable you to browse the web when you’re away from a wi-fi signal, including moderate amounts of downloading and streaming.

If you go over your data limit you’ll be charged 1p per megabyte. It’s best to keep an eye on your usage with this plan to avoid any unnecessary charges at the end of the month.

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5
iD Mobile

iD

500MB DataOnly SIM

  • Data500MB
  • Contract lengthOne-month
  • Monthly cost£5

If you're looking for budget-friendly data plans you may want to consider iD. This plan comes on a one-month contract with 500MB of data, which is enough for occasional browsing, emailing and social networking when you are away from your home wi-fi connection.

If the allowance isn't enough for you, iD also offers DataOnly plans with up to 15GB data. However, make sure you check iD’s coverage in your area before purchasing your plan.

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6
Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile

4GB Monthly 4G Tablet SIM

  • Data4GB
  • Contract length12 months
  • Monthly cost£15

Tesco Mobile offers seven SIM-only tablet deals on 4G. This SIM plan comes with 4GB data for £15 per month. The allowance is more than enough to download a few apps, as well as emailing, browsing the web and social networking. You can also stream YouTube videos now and again.

If you do go over your allowance, you’ll be charged 10p per MB but you can add more data at any point using the Tesco Mobile app. Also make sure you check Tesco Mobile's coverage in your area before purchasing, as you don’t want to be left disappointed.

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7
Three SIM-only

Three

Broadband 15GB 12 months

  • Data15GB
  • Contract length12 months
  • Monthly cost£18

The huge 15GB allowance included in this plan will keep even the most internet-hungry tablet user online for the whole month. Another boon is the free upgrade to Three’s 4G network when the rollout reaches your area.

If you somehow manage to use up all 15GB of data, you’ll be paying 10.2p per extra megabyte. You can also send text messages on this plan for 10.2p per UK text if you’ve gone down the phablet route.

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8
iD Mobile

iD

15GB DataOnly SIM

  • Data15GB
  • Contract lengthOne month
  • Monthly cost£25

All iD’s data-only SIMs are compatible with the Huawei 4G MiFi device, which is a small device that projects a local wi-fi connection, enabling several devices to connect to the web and is available to purchase from iD.

iD’s 4G coverage is still limited, so make sure you use its coverage checker to see if it is available in your area before you commit to buy.

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9
EE SIM-only

EE

32GB 4GEE Extra Mobile Broadband

  • Data32GB
  • Contract length30 days
  • Monthly cost£29

EE’s 4GEE Extra is a boosted version of its 4G network, providing even faster download speeds in a limited area. The 32GB data allowance should be more than enough for those who want to browse the net all day long, as well as stream TV programmes and movies.

Again, the main drawback with EE’s 4G plans is the limited coverage. Be sure to check coverage in your area before you decide to purchase one of the provider’s tablet SIMs.

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10
Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile

8GB Monthly 4G Tablet SIM

  • Data8GB
  • Contract lengthOne month
  • Monthly cost£25

Tesco Mobile offers 8GB of data with this deal that is useful for streaming and downloading high definition content. 8GB is the most data on offer from Tesco for a tablet SIM deal and comes on a rolling one-month contract.

Tesco Mobile uses EE to carry its data, but it's not available in certain areas. You can use the coverage checker on Tesco's website to see which services you can receive.

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Not found what you’re looking for?

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