Plusnet Mobile SIM-only deals explained
For light data users, Plusnet offers a reasonable range of plans; and if you’re an existing Plusnet broadband customer, there are even better SIM-only deals available with more data, minutes and texts.
Flexible 30-day contracts and a UK-based customer service are both good reasons to consider their SIM-only deals.
Also, Plusnet is powered by EE, the UK's biggest network, so you can relax knowing you have the best network coverage, speed and reliability in the UK
What SIM-only deals can I get from Plusnet?
Plusnet’s monthly data allowances range from 500MB to 6GB, with unlimited texts on all plans, and call allowances vary from 250 to unlimited minutes. If you’re a heavy data user, 6GB may not be enough, so consider other networks that offer bigger and unlimited data deals.
All Plusnet SIMs are available on one-month contracts. Longer term 12-month plans cost less per month, and higher allowances are available; while one-month deals give you more flexibility.
Keep an eye out for time-sensitive special offers that focus on high minutes or texts or bump up data allowances.
Perks and benefits
All pay-monthly SIMs from Plusnet get you these benefits:
- Mates rates - existing Plusnet broadband customers get more minutes and more data on a range of SIM-only plans
- UK-based customer service
- Roam like at home - this feature allows you to use your monthly plan allowance in EU destinations
- Smart cap - limit how much you spend above your monthly bill
- Tethering comes out of your monthly allowance - so, if your handset allows it, you'll be able to use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Flexible 30-day contracts
How to compare Plusnet SIM-only deals
Comparing Plusnet SIM deals is easy - just use the table at the top of this page. You can see all the deals together, compare what you can get, and filter them down so you only see the ones that suit what you need.
Think about things like:
- Allowance - how much data and how many minutes and texts do you need per month? If you're not sure how much to go for, take a look at our full guide to data usage
- Contract length - all Plusnet SIM-only deals are one-month plans
- Price - if you have a budget, choose the maximum you want to pay each month in the cost filter
Click on the deal you like best, and we'll take you to Plusnet's website so you can sign up and get started.
If you're not convinced Plusnet is the network you want, that's no problem - you can compare its deals right next to those from other providers too. Just select the networks whose SIMs you'd like to see and we'll show you the lot. Or, compare all SIM deals here.
Can I get an unlimited data Plusnet SIM?
No, the maximum data allowance you can get with a Plusnet SIM-only deal is 6GB on a one-month plan. This allows you plenty of data for internet browsing and frequent social use, but if you’re a regular watcher of Netflix or YouTube, consider networks that offer larger or unlimited data allowances.
What's the cheapest Plusnet SIM-only deal?
Plusnet’s two cheapest plans, on one-month contracts, are 1.5GB data, 500 minutes and unlimited texts; or 500MB data, 250 minutes and 500 texts.
To find the cheapest deal that fits your use, use our comparison table. Adjust the filters to make sure you only see SIMs that have enough monthly allowance for you, and then sort the whole table by monthly cost. You'll see the lowest-priced deals right at the top.
You'll generally find that 12-month plans work out cheaper per month than 30-day ones, so it's worth the commitment if you really want to save money. And sometimes there are limited time deals that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Is a Plusnet SIM deal cheaper than a phone contract?
Yes - it's almost always cheaper in the long run to buy a phone outright and take out a SIM-only deal.
As all Plusnet’s SIM-only deals are one-month plans, if you do want the benefits of a longer contract (like lower upfront costs, a nice new phone in your hand today, and free screen replacements), it’s worth seeing what other networks offer.
Can I upgrade a Plusnet SIM-only deal?
Yes, with Plusnet’s one-month plans, you can change your contract at any time.
Can I keep my number if I switch to a Plusnet SIM-only deal?
Yes - it's almost always possible to keep your current phone number when you switch to a new network.
1) Choose a new SIM-only plan - compare deals and sign up to one that you like the look of. Your SIM will be sent through the post to you. While you're waiting…
2) Contact your current provider and request your PAC (porting authorisation code) - you can request your code in a few ways - online, via text and even by post if you're really old-school. If you phone, they may try to talk you into sticking with them, but stick to your guns if this happens. They'll send you the PAC as a text message within two hours.
3) Give the PAC to your new network - when your new SIM arrives, it will have a new number. To change it to the old one, contact your network and give them the PAC code. They'll take care of porting the number over. It could be as fast as one working day before the old number's transferred, but be aware that on occasion it can take a little more time.
It may sound complicated, but it's very simple in practice. If you want a bit more detail, check out our full guide to keeping your phone number:
What size SIM card do I need?
There are three SIM card sizes you can get:
- Standard SIM card - 15mm x 25mm, commonly used in older feature phones
- Micro SIM card - 12mm x 15mm, used in some smartphones, primarily older models
- Nano SIM card - 8.8m x 12.3mm, used in most modern phones, including popular handsets like the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8
Don't worry if you have no idea which size your phone takes. Most networks will send you a 3-in-1 SIM, designed to fit into any handset. It'll come encased in plastic, and you can pop it out into the size you want.
In other words, don't stress about SIM size when comparing deals. Whichever you choose, the SIM card will fit in your phone.
Does my phone have to be unlocked to use a Plusnet SIM?
Some phones are locked onto a particular network, and will need to be unlocked before you can use another company's SIM. Fortunately, this is really easy to do. To find out if your phone is locked, pop in a friend's SIM card - they'll need to be on another network obviously. If it works, then your phone is good to go - otherwise, you'll need to contact your current operator and ask them to unlock it.
Different networks have different rules on unlocking. Some examples are:
- Three - all handsets are unlocked out of the box.
- O2 - phones are locked, but O2 will unlock them for free when you're out of contract. Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) customers will have to pay though.
- Vodafone - phones are locked, but Vodafone will unlock for free.
- EE - phones are locked, but EE will unlock for free - so long as you're out of contract. PAYG customers must wait 12 months after purchasing to unlock.
Those are just the major networks. To find out more about unlocking your mobile, check our full guide:
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