Which UK mobile network has the best value data contract?

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When it comes to figuring out the best mobile contract for your mobile, the networks don’t make it easy. There’s a myriad of different options, and there’s no easy way to offset minutes, with text messages, with data – let alone taking into consideration the various freebies that get thrown in. But let’s face it: What you really need is data. Forget calling – who makes those? And forget text messaging, as everyone just uses Facebook or WhatsApp now. So which network has the best data deal?

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In the following comparison, we looked at 12 month SIM-only contracts – because once you factor in specific handsets it gets unbelievably complex. We’ve also ignored any extras – such as Vodafone throwing in free Spotify or Netflix or EE’s free cinema tickets because it is difficult to put a price on what these would be worth to you.

The “value” has been calculated in this instance by price-per-gigabyte of data, dividing the price by how much data you get – because nobody cares about calls or texts.

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As you can see, top of the pack is EE perhaps unsurprisingly because it offers the biggest data packages – and generally the more you buy in bulk the cheaper it gets.

Where can I get an unlimited mobile data contract?

The only network to offer unlimited is Three, which currently has, umm, three different contracts – varying the number of minutes. £15/month will get you 200 minutes and unlimited data, £20/month will get you 600 minutes and unlimited data, and £25/month will get you unlimited everything.

James O’Malley