Virgin's new Truly Unlimited data deal is gunning for Giffgaff, Three

Virgin’s £25 Truly Unlimited data deal is gunning for Giffgaff, Three

Thursday, 22 February, 2018

The gloves are off in the race to offer unlimited data deals on SIM Only contracts, with Virgin launching ‘Truly Unlimited’ in direct competition with Giffgaff and Three.

Unlimited data deals are the Holy Grail for many phone users, meaning they can stream, download, upload, Twitch, game, to their heart’s content without ever worrying about going over a limit, or paying more on their bill.

While the average phone user chews through 1.9GB of data every month, the most switched-on consumers get through a vast amount more than that.

It used to be the case that only the big upfront and ongoing charge to customers from contract phones allowed companies to offer unlimited data.

But Giffgaff broke the mould early doors with limitless data on its 4G network, which is locked to O2.

Giffgaff later dropped the ‘totally unlimited’ moniker and admitted its £20 goodybay only really had 9GB of data before speeds were throttled down to a lower-than-3G speed of 384kbps.

  • GiffGaff UL/UL/Always On
    Contract 30 days (rolling)
    Mins UL unlimited
    Texts UL unlimited
    Data 20GB /month
    • Continue to use data at 384kbps after your 20GB allowance
    • Free Calls and Texts to GiffGaff numbers
    • Award Winning Provider
    GiffGaff Standard/Micro/Nano SIM
    • Internationalno information
    • Wifi Hotspotsno information
    • 6GB Tether Data Use your Allowance for tethering
    • Roaming CostsEU Roam Like Home

Three were next on the hop with a £28 a month, 12 month deal that really did offer unlimited data. Unlimited texts and calls come as standard.

This deal spun out to a proper SIM Only flexible deal on a 30-day rolling contract, priced at £30 a month.

  • Three UL/UL/UL Advanced
    Contract 12 months
    Mins UL unlimited
    Texts UL unlimited
    Data UL unlimited
    • Travel upgrades with easyjet
    • 30GB Personal Hotspot
    • Stream your favourite shows and music infinitely without using up your data
    Three Standard/Micro/Nano SIM
    • Internationalno information
    • Wifi Hotspotsno information
    • 30GB Tether Data Use 30GB of your Allowance for tethering
    • Roaming CostsFeel at Home Around the world
  • Three One Month UL/UL/UL Advanced
    Contract 30 days (rolling)
    Mins UL unlimited
    Texts UL unlimited
    Data UL unlimited
    • Travel upgrades with easyjet
    • 30GB Personal Hotspot
    • Stream your favourite shows and music infinitely without using up your data
    Three Standard/Micro/Nano SIM
    • Internationalno information
    • Wifi Hotspotsno information
    • 30GB Tether Data Use 30GB of your Allowance for tethering
    • Roaming CostsFeel at Home Around the world

For Virgins only

Now it’s Virgin’s time to join the party. The only catch? You have to already be a Virgin customer to take advantage.

If you’ve got any other product with Virgin, that includes Virgin TV or broadband, you can get a SIM with unlimited data for £25 a month on a 12 month contract.

It’s cheaper than Three, and more unlimited than the less expensive Giffgaff, with no restrictions on data speed after you’ve used a certain amount.

The other bonus is that Virgin uses EE’s network in the UK, so you’ll be getting the fastest 4G data speeds available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

EE has also switched over a lot of its old 2G sites to open up more space on the 4G spectrum, so speeds are less likely to be an issue even in normal mobile blackspots.

  • Virgin UL/UL/UL 12 Month
    Contract 12 months
    Mins UL unlimited
    Texts UL unlimited
    Data UL unlimited
    • VIRGIN MEDIA CABLE CUSTOMERS ONLY
    • Roam Like at Home
    • Free WiFi at over 2 Million Hotspots
    Virgin Standard/Micro/Nano SIM
    • Internationalno information
    • Wifi HotspotsFree WiFi at over 2 Million Hotspots
    • No Tethering
    • Roaming CostsRoam Like at Home
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