This Black Friday and Cyber Monday is shaping up to be the most competitive yet as many mobile providers slash prices on Sim-only mobile plans.
It’s great news if you’re looking for a cheap deal on your monthly bundle, either to replace your current contract or to buy a new phone outright.
Make sure you read our pick of the best Sim-free mobile phone deals to see some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains on handsets, and our survey of the best and worst mobile networks for 2018 can point you in the direction of the best providers.
Best Sim-only deals: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018
Despite O2 taking their time to announce their mobile offers, they have not disappointed and is offering three superb deals to customers.
For Black Friday, new customers can access Netflix free for six months, alongside all the other discounts they are offering!
All their offers come with a 12-month contract and free access to O2’s wi-fi network.
- 15GB, unlimited minutes for £18
- 20GB, unlimited minutes for £20
- 60GB, unlimited minutes for £30
BT Mobile is offering a raft of Sim-only deals with a prepaid reward card of up to £100 as a signup bonus as part of their Black Friday bonanza.
All deals are 12 months and if you are a BT broadband customer, you can access even greater savings as all deals are £5 cheaper.
- 2GB, unlimited minutes for £13 – £50 Reward Card
- 5GB, unlimited minutes for £15 – £60 Reward Card
- 12GB, unlimited minutes for £19 – £80 Reward Card
- 20GB, unlimited minutes for £22 – £90 Reward Card, double the data
- 40GB, unlimited minutes for £30 – £100 Reward Card
Despite being the largest mobile network in the UK, EE is also getting in on the Black Friday act, offering three fantastic SIM-only deals.
All deals are 12-months and come with unlimited minutes and texts. EE also boasts the fastest 4G speeds in the UK – read our article on which mobile network has the best signal for more.
EE’s offers end on the 4th December.
- 25GB, unlimited minutes for £20
- 40GB, unlimited minutes for £25
- 60GB, unlimited minutes for £30
Three is no stranger to a good deal, offering copious amounts of data for a relatively low cost. This year it has something special on offer: unlimited data, minutes and texts for only £20 per month.
The deal also comes with Go Binge, which allows you to use certain apps such as Apple Music and Netflix without using up your allowance, and Go Roam, which allows you to use your UK allowances at no extra cost in over 70 countries.
The deal becomes live on Black Friday at 8am and will be live until midnight on Tuesday 27th November.
- Unlimited data and minutes for £20 per month – down from £27
Tesco Mobile has grown to have over five million customers and it is not shying away from offering some stellar deals for Black Friday as part of Tesco’s Black Friday event.
Packages are 12 months as standard and all come with 5000 texts. Tesco Mobile customers also get the opportunity to collect Clubcard points to spend in-store or exchange for rewards.
5GB, 1,000 minutes for £10 per month – save £12
10GB, 5,000 minutes for £13.50 per month – down from £18, save £54
- 20GB, 5,000 minutes for £16.50 per month – down from £25, save £102
Virgin Mobile is running some great Sim-only offers for Black Friday, cutting £4 off its 5GB data package and trebling the data for mid-tier packages.
All packages require a 12-month contract and come with unlimited texts, spending caps and data rollover, meaning whatever data you don’t use in the month previous gets rolled over to the next one.
There are offers for light, medium and heavy data users.
5GB, 2,500 minutes for £9 per month – down from £13
24GB, 2,500 minutes for £15 per month – three times more data
- 45GB, 5,000 minutes for £18 per month – three times more data and double the minutes
Carphone Warehouse-owned iD Mobile is known for having cheap Sim-only packages, as well as the UK’s lowest-priced Sim-only deal.
As part of Carphone Warehouse’s Black Tag event, iD Mobile is upping the data on offer. You won’t get tied down here, either: all iD Mobile packages come with a one-month rolling contract, unlimited texts, data rollover and data capping as well.
4GB, 500 minutes for £8 per month – 1GB extra free
7GB, 500 minutes for £10 per month – 2GB extra free
Sky is no stranger to Black Friday and it’s offering great savings across its range of services this year. Sky Mobile is no exception, as it’s bumping up the data included on a couple of packages that are ideal for light users.
All deals involve a 12-month contract and come with unlimited minutes and texts free for six months, although it’s free indefinitely if you’re a Sky TV customer. Data rollover and Piggybank Rewards are also included, which allow you to cash in your unused data for monthly rewards.
2GB, unlimited minutes for £8 per month – 2GB for the price of 1GB
4GB, unlimited minutes for £12 per month – 4GB for the price of 3GB
How to get the best deal on a new mobile contract
At Which?, we work hard to give you all the information you need about mobile networks.
You can read more about Sim-only packages in our guide to the getting the best Sim-only deal, which has a round-up of the best deals each month. If you’ve found a deal you like but are tied to a contract, try haggling with your mobile provider.
We can also help you work out how much data and how many minutes you really need, so you can see if you could settle for a smaller and cheaper bundle.
We regularly survey customers of 13 major mobile networks to find out their views on everything from customer service and ease of contacting the provider. Read our detailed mobile provider reviews to see how they fared.