Compare SIMs with Free Social Data

Compare the best social data SIM deals

Social media and chat apps have exploded in recent years. Certain networks have taken advantage of this and incorporated separate unlimited allowances in their SIM-only plans for certain services.

We take a look at what you can get in the way of free social media data and other data-saving features and plans…

What is a free social data plan?

Whenever you use your phone to access the Internet, you use a certain amount of data. It could be a small amount to browse your email or a chunk of it to stream music or watch video - and it might be that a lot of your data allowance is taken up using social and chat apps.

If so, you’re in luck, as there is now a selection of SIM-only mobile plans, from networks such as VOXI and Virgin Mobile, which offer free social data. This means you can Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to your heart’s content, and it won’t affect your plan’s data allowance.

Cheap SIM deals with free social data

VOXI

There aren’t loads of plans to choose from with this network, but all VOXI plans are SIM-only and include endless social data, which means unlimited data for Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viber, Pinterest and Facebook Messenger as standard. You must, however, be under 30 to sign up to the network. Sorry Gran.

What are the benefits of a VOXI plan?

  • Reasonably priced plans with varying data allowances
  • Unlimited social data on all SIM-only plans - without using your data allowance
  • Unlimited minutes and unlimited texts on all SIM-only plans
  • Flexible one-month contracts
  • Endless roaming - use your phone in Europe at no extra cost
  • Video and Music passes for endless use of Netflix, YouTube, Spotify etc
  • Gift cards when you introduce your friends to VOXI online

Find a VOXI SIM-only plan with free social media

Virgin Mobile

Virgin’s SIM-only plans include data allowances from 500 MB to unlimited data (though to get this one, you need to be an existing Virgin customer), and all these plans let you use WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as much as you want - the data used won't be deducted from your monthly allowance.

What are the benefits of a Virgin Mobile plan?

  • Data-free use of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Twitter
  • Flexibility - you can easily change your allowance every month
  • Data rollover - keep any unused data from your allowance to use the next month
  • Free use of Virgin Media Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Free calls to other Virgin Mobile numbers, if you have Virgin Media broadband or TV
  • Excellent coverage, thanks to EE's network

Find a Virgin Mobile SIM-only plan with free social media

Other data-saving SIM-only deals

Three

All of Three’s SIM-only Advanced plans of 12GB and above include the Go Binge feature, which lets you access selected music and video services, such as Netflix, Apple Music, Deezer, SoundCloud and TVPlayer, at no extra cost and without using your own data. You also get free Snapchat too!

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Vodafone

On selected SIM-only plans, Vodafone include a few extras. A Red Entertainment plan (12-month only) gives you a free one-year subscription to an entertainment app of your choice - either Spotify, NOW TV, or Sky Sports Mobile TV.

Vodafone also offer a range of passes, where for a set fee you can access a variety of popular apps and sites without eating into your data allowance. For example, a Social Pass gets you access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, while the Video Pass lets you use Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and Vevo etc.

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EE

If you’re a 30 day or 12-month SIM-only customer with EE, you’ll get six months’ free Apple Music membership, which means you can stream music from this service without using up your regular data allowance.

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Unlimited data SIM-only deals

If your online habits include lots of watching videos and streaming music, you’re going to need a decent data allowance. But how much data are you likely to use each month? If you’re not sure, check out our guide: How much data do you need?

If you decide you do need unlimited data, there are some good SIM-only plans on offer:

Three

With varying call allowances, Three offers a selection of plans that include unlimited 4G data and unlimited texts, for either a one-month or 12-month contract. However, you can’t use unlimited data abroad.

See Three deals with unlimited data

Virgin Mobile

Though you can only take advantage of this Virgin Media SIM-only plan if you’re an existing customer, there aren’t any restrictions on the use of this data.

See Virgin Media deals with unlimited data

Giffgaff

While giffgaff offers unlimited data with its ‘Always on’ plans, once you download 9G of data, the rest of the usage (which is unlimited) is subject to some speed restrictions.

See giffgaff deals with unlimited data

Can I keep my mobile number?

It’s easy to keep your number if you decide to switch plans. Ask your existing supplier for your PAC (Porting Authorisation Code) - usually three letters and six numbers long. Give the code to your new supplier who will take care of the admin and port the number from your old SIM to your new SIM. You have a 30-day window to do this. If you exceed this time, you’ll need to request another PAC code.

FAQs

  1. If I switch, can I keep my mobile number?

    Yes you can. All you have to do is ask your old network for your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) before your contract is up. Then give the PAC - likely a nine-digit number - to your new provider and you’ll usually be able to use your old number within a working day.

    For more info, see our guide: Can I keep my mobile number?

  2. How do I switch mobile contracts?

    First, pick a new mobile contract by comparing different packages on our site, and click through to sign up to one that looks good.

    Then, simply contact your current provider to cancel, and switch to the new contract. Providers should walk you through the process when you sign up.

    Compare mobile deals here

  3. Can I use my mobile phone abroad?

    It is possible to use your phone abroad, but before you can do so you may have to activate roaming with your network operator. Different countries incur different charges, but your operator should send you a message about roaming prices upon your arrival. And remember, unlike at home, you may be charged for receiving calls as well as making them.

    If you're travelling within the EU, you can use your usual monthly allowance at no extra cost - whatever network you're with.

    See our guide to using your phone abroad for more info.