The best SIM only deals in February 2017

SIM only deals become very popular around this time of year as people keep hold of their existing phones after taking advantage of older Black Friday deals. And why not, when monthly costs start well under a fiver? On this page you’ll find links to thebest SIM only deals currently available in the UK.

SIM only deals are usually the best option for those people who are out of contract but want to wait a while before they upgrade, or for others who have bought a phone outright and want a cheap SIM only deal to use with it. If your plan is up and you don’t want or need a new phone, SIM only is your best bet.

Luckily for you, SIM only deals are very competitive at the moment, so there are a lot of great options as the networks compete on price. We’ll start with our price comparison chart, where you can find the outright best deals, and underneath that you’ll see some of the best SIM only deals that we recommend from multiple networks. Scroll on down to the bottom to find our extensive list of coverage checkers for every network too.

The best SIM only deals of the week are:

These are the deals we recommend most highly. We try to pick out a deal for everyone, whether you’re after the cheapest possible option or the best balance between allowance and cost over one-month and 12-month SIM only deals.

1. The absolute cheapest SIM only deal out there

iD Mobile | 1 month contract | 250MB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £4 per month
This is the cheapest SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. Clearly 250MB is not much data at all so you’d be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or else be careful what apps are updating in the background. BUT WAIT, CHECK OUT THE NEXT DEAL FIRST!

 

2: The best 1.5GB SIM only deal

iD | 1 month contract | 1.5GB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £5 per month
For just £1 extra a month over the above deal, you can get 1.5GB (usually 1GB at this price) of data instead of 250MB, which is much better value if we’re honest. This SIM only deal allows for much more freedom to enjoy a bit of data away from Wi-Fi such as checking emails, browsing the net or even a bit of Google Maps when needed. Be careful what apps are updating in the background though (just tell your phone to do this while on Wi-Fi only).

 

3: The best 5GB SIM only deal

iD | 1-month contract | 5GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
Looks like iD was discounting so hard it upgraded their 4GB deal to 5GB for the same price (only until sunday though). And because it’s a one month SIM only contract, you can cancel at any time.

 

4: The best 12GB SIM only deal

Talk Mobile | 12-month contract | 12GB data | 5000 minutes | 5000 texts | £12 per month
If you’re happy to sign up for 12 months you can get an excellent deal at just £12 a month for a whopping 12GB of data. That’s quite a leap up in data from Talk Mobile’s 30-day deal above for 4GB of data at £10 a month. Happy with your phone? This is excellent value for a 12 month deal.

 

5: The best best 25GB SIM only deal

Vodafone | 12-month contract | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | 12 months of Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify | £25 per month
Vodafone’s deals have been a bit pricey of late but we think the extras are well worth a look here. In addition to the massive 25GB of data, you get to choose between Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify for 12 months of free access. There’s 4GB of roaming data too!

 

6: The best unlimited data SIM only deal

Three | 12 month contract | Unlimited data | Unlimited texts | 200 minutes | £24 per month
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta have all the data. Netflix marathons, epic Pokemon Go quests, constant Spotify tunes, this all you can eat data bundle is ideal for the serious mobile user who never needs to worry about poxy thing like data allowances or Wi-Fi. Shame about the comparatively low minutes offered, but how often do you use your phone as a phone nowadays? At least there’s a £30 cashback incentive to claim.

 

The best SIM only deals by network are:

This is where we go through all the big networks, along with a few up-and-comers, to provide you a wide range of the best SIM only deals.

The best BT SIM only deals

Discounts for BT Broadband members

BT’s SIM only deals have vastly improved over the original deals. BT Broadband customers get the best deals, with everyone else paying an extra fiver a month.

For existing BT Broadband customers (click the option at the top if the prices are £5 more expensive)

12 month contract | 500MB data | 400 minutes | Unlimited texts – £5 per month at BT

12 month contract | 2GB data | 1000 minutes |Unlimited texts – £10 per month at BT

12 month contract | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £15 per month at BT

12 month contract | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £20 per month at BT

For non-BT Broadband customers:

12 month contract | 500MB data | 400 minutes | Unlimited texts – £10 per month at BT

12 month contract | 3GB data | 1000 minutes |Unlimited texts – £15 per month at BT

12 month contract | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £20 per month at BT

12 month contract | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts – £25 per month at BT

The best SIM only deals on EE

EE’s SIM only deals come with double-speed 4G
If you want a cheap SIM only deal, EE is most certainly not the network to go for. But don’t discount it entirely, because if you already own a good smartphone and you want to pair it with the fastest network in the UK with a SIM only deal, you can do that. EE’s SIM only deals all come with EE Extra 4G, which means they work with EE’s super-fast double-speed 4G network, rather than with its single-speed 4G network. The 12-month EE SIM only deals often come with additional extras like three months of BT Sport or Apple Music for free.

 

EE | 12-month contract | 10GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | Free BT Sport | Free Apple Music | £23 per month
This 12-month offer comes with a hefty 10GB of data and unlimited texts and calls. You can also use your data, texts and minutes in the EU on your hols.  You also get free access to BT Sport for three months and Apple Music for six months (be sure to add as Extras), making this one of the best EE SIM only deals of the week. Offer expires March 13 .

 

EE | 12-month contract | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | Free BT Sport | Free Apple Music | £30 per month
This is an enhanced version of the deal above.  It comes comes with a huge 30GB of data. You can also use your data, texts and minutes in the EU when on holiday. There’s more, as you also get free access to BT Sport for three months and Apple Music for six months (be sure to add as Extras), making this one of the best EE SIM only deals around. Offer expires March 14 .

 

The best SIM only deals on Three

Three’s SIM only deals with unlimited data
Three is still the only network that offers all-you-can-eat / unlimited data as an option . That’s not as impressive as you might think because other networks offer large allowances too. But if you want the absolute security of knowing you can never be charged if you go over your data allowance, these deals are brilliant and they offer good value too – particularly if you’re a heavy data user. The all-you-can-eat data plans come with in a few different guises – with the price changing according to how many minutes you require. There are some Three deals without unlimited data that you may want to consider too.

 

The best SIM only deals on iD

Cheap SIM only deals all on one-month contracts
iD is a good option if bargain basement prices are what you covet. This is a network run and owned by Carphone Warehouse – it piggybacks on the Three network and offers many of the benefits that entails, including European roaming etc. It’s an excellent option if you want great value with perks.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 250MB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £4 per month
This is the cheapest SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. Clearly 250MB is not much data at all so you’d be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or else be careful what apps are updating in the background.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 2GB data | 250 minutes | 5000 texts | £7.50 per month
The iD/Carphone Warehouse team is really cleaning up with these cheap SIM only deals and has been the go-to store for the cheapest low data deals for a while. If you’re prone to viewing a few YouTube videos away from Wi-Fi, this 2GB option may suit you better than the aforementioned 1GB deal. Not bad at all for an extra £2.50 a month.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 5GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
Looks like iD was discounting so hard it upgraded their 4GB deal to 5GB for the same price (only until sunday though). And because it’s a one month SIM only contract, you can cancel at any time.

 

iD | 1 month contract | 5GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
Excellent value once again at just £10 a month on a rolling 30-day contract for 5GB of data. This frankly embarrasses most 12-month SIM only deals.

 

The best SIM only deals on O2

A reliable network with great coverage
We’ve browsed all of the SIM only deals available on the O2 network, and they’re not great compared to the competition for bundles including the usual 1-16 GB of data. The O2 SIM only deals this months have marginally improved as the monthly costs have been cut in half for the first six months of the 12 month deals.

They’re still expensive though compared to other deals on this page.The only upside we can see to the current deals is that you’ll be able to sign up to the O2 Priority program for regular freebies and discounts.

 

The best SIM only deals on Talk Mobile

Has been known to double the data on some of their deals in Sales
The lack of a high street presence has allowed them to invest in some super cheap deals for SIM only customers on monthly or 12 month contracts.

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Talk Mobile | 30 day contract | 4GB data | 1500 minutes | 5000 texts | £10 per month
4GB of data for just £10 a month on a rolling 30 day contract is an essential purchase for middle tier data who find themselves between handset contracts.

 

Talk Mobile | 12-month contract | 12GB data | 5000 minutes | 5000 texts | £12 per month
If you’re happy to sign up for 12 months you can get an excellent deal at just £12 a month for a whopping 12GB of data. That’s quite a leap up in data from Talk Mobile’s 30-day deal above for 4GB of data at £10 a month. Happy with your phone? This is excellent value for a 12 month deal.

 

The best SIM only deals on Vodafone

A solid network with some decent deals

As with O2 above, Vodafone doesn’t offer the best SIM only deals. It would rather sell you a phone. That said, we are seeing the red network go through a sort of resurgence lately as their SIM only deals are becoming increasingly competitive.

 

Vodafone | 12-month contract | 25GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | 12 months of Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify | £25 per month
Vodafone’s deals have been a bit pricey of late but we think the extras are well worth a look here. In addition to the massive 25GB of data, you get to choose between Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify for 12 months of free access. There’s 4GB of roaming data too!

Vodafone UK Fined a Record GBP 4.6 Million for Failing Customers

Vodafone UK Fined a Record GBP 4.6 Million for Failing Customers

Britain has fined Vodafone a record GBP 4.6 million ($5.60 million roughly Rs. 37.5 crores) for “serious and sustained” customer failures, including not updating accounts when mobile phone users topped up their credit to make calls.

Vodafone, the world’s second-largest mobile operator, also failed to act quickly enough to identify or address the problems, the regulator said, which stemmed from a move to a new billing system.

Some 10,452 of the mobile phone giant’s pay-as-you-go customers collectively lost GBP 150,000 over a 17-month period between the end of 2013 and April 2015.

Vodafone said it deeply regretted the system and process failures and had refunded the vast majority of the affected customers.

Ofcom’s Lindsey Fussell said the failings were “serious and unacceptable” and the fines, which are the highest ever imposed by the regulator, sent a clear warning to all telecom companies.

“Phone services are a vital part of people’s lives, and we expect all customers to be treated fairly and in good faith,” she said on Wednesday.

Vodafone said all but 30 customers had been fully refunded or re-credited, with an average refund of GBP 14.35, and it donated GBP 100,000 to charity to ensure it did not profit from the 30 customers it could not track down.”This has been an unhappy episode for all of us at Vodafone: we know we let our customers down,” the company said. “We are determined to put everything right.”

Vodafone said it was confident its customers were already beginning to see the benefits of its investment in its new systems.

Britain’s regulators have stepped up the pressure in recent years to make sure customers are being protected. Ofcom said in September that Sky , Britain’s biggest pay-TV group, may have violated consumer rules by making it too difficult for customers to cancel or switch providers.

Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio Said to Submit Call Traffic Details to Trai

Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio Said to Submit Call Traffic Details to Trai

  • RJio said Airtel isn’t providing sufficient interconnection points
  • Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, MTNL, Idea will submit their reports
  • Trai had met telcos on the interconnection issue earlier this month

Mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, have submitted call traffic data to Trai, a move that will enable the regulator to look at the pattern, including asymmetric traffic on networks, as part of its consultation on inter-connection usage charges.

“The data pertaining to incoming and outgoing minutes have been submitted by the operators – Bharti Airtel,Vodafone, Reliance Jio, BSNL and MTNL… The data will enable Trai to examine asymmetry of traffic in the context of the IUC consultation paper that has been floated recently,” sources told PTI.

Although the details submitted by the five operators pertain to call traffic patterns, it is unlikely to be directly relevant to the inter-connect dispute that is currently playing out in the telecom sector where incumbent operators have clashed with Reliance Jio for unleashing “unprecedented asymmetry of traffic”.

 

This is because the data pertain to July when the new entrant was still in a test phase, the sources added.

“Theoretically, the incoming calls should be equal to outgoing calls, that is, in 4-5 years, call traffic tends to become symmetric… but some operators claim there is asymmetry… so we sought operator-wise data on how much asymmetry exists, which operators are facing it, what is the reason… is it due to tariff plans or consumer behaviour,” the sources added.

The operators, who had earlier not submitted these details even after a reminder, were given time till September 16 to submit the same.

Last month, Trai had issued a discussion paper to review interconnection usage charges (IUC) following a complaint by the Cellular Operators Association of India against a BSNL service that allowed its subscribers to make calls on mobile and landline through a mobile app. COAI had alleged that the offer was in violation of licensing norms as well as interconnection pacts.

Interconnection enables mobile users to make calls to customers of other telecom networks and is therefore crucial for smooth functioning of a mobile service.

A mobile operator levies IUC for each incoming call it gets from subscriber of another network and the mobile to mobile termination charge is currently pegged at 14 paise. The regulator has sought comments from stakeholders on reviewing these charges under the IUC consultation process.

However, the incumbent operators – engaged in a bitter fight with the new operator Reliance Jio – have been claiming that the real cost of termination is significantly higher than the current inter-connect settlement charge of 14 paise per minute as prescribed in the present IUC regime.

The incumbent players claim that they are incurring increasing costs due to high level of asymmetric traffic coming in from the Jio network.

 

Airtel ‘Welcomes’ Jio’s Entry Despite Reliance’s Barbs at Launch

Airtel 'Welcomes' Jio's Entry Despite Reliance's Barbs at Launch

Reliance Jio’s official announcement on Thursday has caused big waves as the new operator ditched all charges for calls and promised what appear to be the lowest rates for 4G data in India. At the announement, Chairman Mukesh Ambani even took a few digs at competitors, saying the Jio network is running entirely on 4G – not “mostly 2G, sometimes 3G, and once-in-a-while 4G.”

However, Ambani also urged the incumbent telcos to play fair and give adequate points of interconnection to Reliance Jio, so that subscribers don’t face call drops.

Bharti Airtel soon released an official statement welcoming Reliance Jio’s entry into the telecom space and wished them luck.
“We welcome Reliance Jio’s entry to the digital world and wish them the very best. We also welcome Jio’s call to leading operators to work together. As a responsible operator, we will fulfil all our regulatory obligations as we have always done,” Airtel said in a statement.
“Over the last 20 years, Airtel has been contributing towards building a digitally enabled India and remains fully committed to and take leadership in supporting the government’s Digital India vision. We will continue to innovate and deliver best-in-class products and services to our customers,” the statement added.

Taking the tariff war and competition in India’s telecom space to a new level, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on had said domestic voice calls on the Jio network will be free forever, and unveiled a four-month introductory offer of free voice and data services.

“The era of paying for voice calls is ending,” Ambani said. “No Jio customer will ever have to pay for voice calls again,” he added.

In effect, the announcements on Thursday point to a commercial launch from January 1 next year even though no specific mention was made in this regard.

This was also keenly awaited since Reliance Industries has invested as much as US$21 billion in Jio – its largest ever capital expenditure on a single project.

RCom Unveils Net Neutrality-Violating Plan That Offers 300 Minutes App-to-App Calling at Re. 1

RCom Unveils Net Neutrality-Violating Plan That Offers 300 Minutes App-to-App Calling at Re. 1

  • RCom’s offer is meant for 4G LTE users in Delhi-NCR
  • For Re. 1, customers get 300 minutes of app-to-app calling
  • The offer violates no discriminatory pricing principle of net neutrality

Reliance Communications (RCom) on Tuesday launched its ‘Call Drops Se Chhutkara’ offer, which translates to ‘relief from call drops’. The telecom operator is offering users of its 4G LTE services 300 minutes of app-to-app calling for Re. 1, a type of pack that is becoming increasingly popularbut goes against the basic principles of net neutrality that there must be no discriminatory pricing based on the type of applications.

The offer is meant for Reliance 4G LTE users in Delhi-NCR. Users will be able to use any voice calling app, from Skype to WhatsApp, imo to Facebook Messengerand Google Hangouts. The company is touting HD voice quality and instant connections, though of course, the end result would also depend on the app being used.

Detailing the offer, RCom in an emailed statement explained that the Rs. 1 offer of 300 minutes of app-to-app calling is in fact split over 30 days, meaning, 10 minutes a day for a month. Elaborating further, the telecom operator said users will get 7MB of data credited daily into their accounts, which translates to 10 minutes of HD voice calls a day.

Notably, any data remaining from the 7MB daily data credit will not be carried over to the next day, but instead be forfeited. The company adds that if the customer uses the daily data quota for any other Internet use, the app-to-app calling minutes will reduce proportionately.

Commenting on the launch, Gurdeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Business, Reliance Communications, said, “We have always had a strong emotional connect with Delhi-NCR and the people here, and are excited to redefine voice calling with our ‘Call Drops Se Chhutkara’ offer, providing app-to-app talking and complete freedom from call drops. Using the Reliance 4G LTE network, customers will experience High-Definition quality and instant connectivity, freedom from slow Internet access and blazing data speeds on the digital superhighway. Best of all, existing and new Reliance 4G LTE customers will switch to the new way of calling, and enjoy instant and crystal clear voice with great savings.”

 

US Firm Alleges China’s Government Colluded With Local Competitor ZTE

When an American company named Vringo discovered that ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications giant, had been using patented mobile technology for years without paying license fees, the US firm sought what it considered appropriate compensation.

What followed, the company says, was an extraordinary mixture of deceit, protectionism and collusion on behalf of the Chinese company by Beijing government regulators, who then launched a retaliatory investigation into Vringo.

The US company’s complaint, now being heard by a New York court, shows how China’s government, companies and even courts sometimes collude to abuse patent protection, discriminate against foreign firms and unfairly protect local businesses, US business leaders say.

While US industry groups have expressed similar concerns in the past, it is rare for individual American companies to publicly air grievances about Chinese practices for fear of losing business. This complaint, however, brings the allegations into the open.

It also shows, business leaders say, how China’s industrial policy – and particularly its policy toward the technology sector – has become more nationalist and protectionist under President Xi Jinping, a development likely to cloud his state visit to Washington later this month.

“What is clear is that this is part of a mercantilist, industrial policy that, on behalf of their global champions, they will work very closely hand-in-glove with them,” said Randal Phillips, a vice chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and managing partner for Asia for the Mintz Group.

“ZTE is clearly being favoured,” he said, adding that the Chinese government was doing “whatever it can do” to support the company against US firms. It is a trend that has been going on for years but has intensified since Xi took office, he said. “It’s a combination of the new assertiveness that you see across the bureaucracy and certainly on the IT front since 2013,” when Xi became president.

Vringo’s business involves the development and monetization of intellectual property and mobile technologies. After purchasing a patent portfolio from Nokia in 2012, it says it discovered that ZTE had been using patented mobile technology to develop and sell telecommunications equipment for a decade – without paying a license fee.

In an effort to seek a settlement with ZTE, Vringo says it entered into a non-disclosure agreement with the Chinese company, sharing confidential business information. But, Vringo says, instead of negotiating in good faith, ZTE breached the terms of the agreement, using the confidential information to launch a separate court case against the US company in Shenzhen without informing Vringo.

ZTE also illegally shared the confidential information with the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic policy-making body, in its effort to persuade Chinese state regulators to punish Vringo for overcharging to license the patent, the US company says.

ZTE and lawyers acting on its behalf declined to comment, citing pending litigation. The Chinese commission did not respond to requests for comment. But in an answer filed in federal court in August, ZTE denied infringing Vringo’s intellectual property rights and said it had acted “in good faith” and in compliance with US and Chinese laws. ZTE also disputed the validity of Vringo’s non-disclosure agreement, claiming it is “illegal or against public policy to the extent its enforcement would have the effect of suppressing evidence.”

ZTE and Vringo also have fought court battles over patent licenses in other countries. In January, a court in Germany ruled that ZTE did not infringe a pair of Vringo’s patents, but a British court ruled that one patent was infringed.

In a news release last year, ZTE also said it “steadfastly opposes” all abuses of intellectual property.

“As one of the world’s leading technology innovators, ZTE respects the intellectual property of other companies,” it said. “ZTE has signed dozens of global intellectual property licensing agreements with holders including Qualcomm, Siemens, Ericsson, Microsoft and Dolby Laboratories.”

Vringo says ZTE’s actions have allowed confidential, proprietary information that would be extremely valuable to its competitors to be widely disseminated. Vringo faces the prospect of having to defend itself in a Chinese court and faces a possible Chinese government probe.

“Vringo’s economic worth as an enterprise is based in substantial part on the value of its patent portfolio, which it licenses to third parties,” its then chief operating officer, Alexander Berger, told the US District Court in New York last year in a written statement. “If this information is ever made public, it will have lasting, irreparable harm on Vringo because every other third party will be aware of what Vringo was willing to offer in compromise and will use that in negotiations against Vringo.”

China’s development and reform commission appears to have backed ZTE completely, even advising the company to launch a campaign against Vringo in Chinese state media to influence “mass public opinion” into believing the US company was overcharging for its licenses.

Indeed, Vringo’s complaint alleges that the head of the commission yelled at the US company’s chief legal officer, David Cohen, during one meeting for not showing government officials “proper respect and obsequiousness.”

Among Cohen’s supposed offences: “not sitting with a straight back and not exhibiting a sufficiently deferential demeanour.”

During the meeting, the commission head frequently mentioned the presence of armed guards outside the office; that and the yelling made Cohen “significantly concerned about his personal safety,” Vringo’s complaint alleges.

That was in March.

Three months later, the commission allegedly threatened to bar Vringo’s employees from entering China, bring criminal charges against Cohen and others, seize Vringo’s assets in China and auction off its patents in China, starting at one penny.

China has been relentlessly promoting its domestic IT sector and making life difficult for US technology firms in recent years. That is partly a reflection of the increasingly fraught relationship between the two countries in cyberspace, as each accuses the other of cyber-espionage on a wide scale.

The promotion of Chinese IT companies also reflects an obsession with national security under Xi and an increasingly nationalist tone in policy-making, experts say.

ZTE, which is 30-percent-owned by a Chinese state-owned company, is already embroiled in an FBI and Commerce Department investigation into allegations that it shipped millions of dollars of banned US surveillance equipment to Iran. A grand jury has been empanelled in Texas to look into those charges.

The Chinese company has refused to send its general counsel, Guo Xiaoming, to New York to appear in the Vringo case, saying it believed he could be questioned or detained in relation to the criminal investigation.

That argument, though, has not impressed US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said last month that there was no evidence of an arrest warrant for Guo. Kaplan repeated his order for Guo to appear and accused ZTE of a “lack of candour” and of “stalling and game playing.”

On Tuesday, Vringo filed a motion for the New York court to decide the case and impose “litigation-ending ” sanctions on ZTE because of Guo’s failure to appear and because it had neglected to produce documents under court orders.

Airtel 4G: Here’s everything you should know

airtel 4g

Airtel launched its 4G services across 296 cities in India last week, making it the first telecom operator to roll-out the next-generation mobile Internet technology in most parts of the country. This move also keeps Airtel ahead in the competition where Reliance Jio is expected to start its 4G operations around December. If you’re wondering what Airtel 4G is all about, read on to know more.

What is 4G?

4G is the fourth generation standard for mobile communication. A successor to 3G, 4G technology offers ultra-fast broadband Internet with higher data transfer speeds and improved services. Also referred to as LTE (Long Term Evolution), Airtel network is equipped to offer max speeds of up to 45Mbps (megabits/seconds). With such high download speeds, users can enjoy zero buffering while streaming high-definition videos. Also, a 1GB file would take roughly about three minutes to download. But of course, these are peak speeds.

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As an introductory offer, Airtel is offering its 4G services at the cost of 3G; with plans starting as low was Rs 23. Once the Airtel 4G SIM card gets activated, you can subscribe to the 4G data services right away and experience high-speed internet connectivity and download speeds. Some of the interesting data plans are as mentioned below:-

Airtel 4G Postpaid(Per Billing Cycle) 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB
Delhi Rs 300 Rs 500 Rs 900 Rs 1,550
Mumbai Rs 250 Rs 450 Rs 750 Rs 1,250
Kolkata Rs 250 Rs 450 Rs 750 Rs 1,250
 
Airtel 4G Prepaid(Validity – 28 days) 1GB 2GB 3GB 5GB
Delhi Rs 299 Rs 497 Rs 699 Rs 1,099
Mumbai Rs 296 Rs 499 Rs 696 Rs 1,097
Kolkata Rs 251 Rs 455 Rs 652 Rs 849

 

Airtel is also offering some value added services to its new subscribers. For starters, you’ll get six months of unlimited music streaming and download on Wynk Music app. Users get to stream five free movies every month for six months on Eros Now channel in Wynk Movies. In order to use these services, users will have to download these apps on their handset. Both these apps can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes Store, on Android and iOS devices, respectively.

Airtel Infinity – Get more from these all-in-one combo packs!

Airtel has also come up with infinity plans for both prepaid and postpaid customers. These plans are different from the usual billing plans and include goodies such as unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local calls, music and movies streaming, roaming and much more. To offer unlimited music and video streaming services, Airtel has also bundled Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. The benefits, however, differ based on the plan you choose. Here are some of the postpaid plans you can choose from.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 999/month

This is the base plan in which you get goodies such as unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local calls, free unlimited music streaming on Wynk Music and 3GB of data for surfing and downloading.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 1,499/month

In this plan, you get unlimited local calls both Airtel-to-Airtel and other local mobile operators as well. You also get unlimited music on Wynk Music, unlimited video streaming on Wynk Movies, and 5GB of data for surfing and downloading.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 1,999/month

With this plan you get unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, and unlimited national roaming. You also get 7GB of data for surfing and downloading. If you’re one of those who makes too many phone calls, have your emails configured, do a lot of web surfing and call across India, this plan might be apt for you.

Airtel Infinity @ Rs 2,999/month

This is the most expensive plan of the lot and offers the same goodies as the Rs 1,999 plan. You get to enjoy unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited national roaming, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. This plan also includes 15GB of data for Internet surfing and downloading, which is more than double of what you get in the Rs 1,999 plan.

The prepaid infinity plans also offer the same benefits as the postpaid ones, it’s just that they are a little on the expensive side. Here are some of the prepaid infinity plans you can choose from.

Airtel Infinity Prepaid @ Rs 1,749/28 days

This plan includes unlimited local calls both Airtel-to-Airtel and other local mobile operators as well. You also get unlimited music on Wynk Music, unlimited video streaming on Wynk Movies, and 5GB of data for surfing and downloading.

Airtel Infinity Prepaid @ Rs 2,249/28 days

With this plan you get unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, and unlimited national roaming. You also get 7GB of data for surfing and downloading. If you’re one of those who makes too many phone calls, have your emails configured and use a lot of Internet on your phone, this plan might be apt for you.

Airtel Infinity Prepaid @ Rs 3,249/28 days

This is the most expensive plan of the lot and offers the same goodies as the Rs 2,249 plan. You get to enjoy unlimited local and STD calls, unlimited national roaming, unlimited music and video streaming on Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. This plan also includes 15GB of data for internet surfing and downloading, which is more than double of what you get in the Rs 2,249 plan.

While both prepaid and postpaid infinity plans look a little expensive, they are perfect for those people who pay roughly the same amount of bills. The only difference here is, instead of subscribing to four different services, such as a roaming plan, data and voice plan, you get all the benefits combined in one single plan.

So which plan to go for?

While choosing a particular infinity plan will purely be based on your budget, we feel the Rs 1,999 plan on postpaid and Rs 2,249 one on prepaid seems like a cracker of the deal – in terms of unlimited local calls, free music and movie streaming, 7GB mobile data along with free national roaming services.

Availability
Airtel 4G services can be availed by those residing in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Nagpur and Pune among 296 cities across India.

How to upgrade your old SIM to Airtel 4G?

To make the process simpler, Airtel has launched a dedicated website where you can check if your number is eligible for the 4G upgrade. If yes, you can request for a free 4G SIM right way, which will be delivered at your doorstep within four hours.

Step one:

Visit the dedicated Airtel page and enter your Airtel contact number. If it shows that your number is eligible for the 4G upgrade, click on next and fill in the required details. Depending on the availability and your locality, the new 4G enabled SIM card will be delivered to your doorstep within four hours, or on the next day.

Step two:

Once you have the SIM card, you will have to text the 20-digit SIM number to 121. It will ask you to confirm SIM number change, just select 1 to confirm and within the next one hour, your new 4G enabled SIM card will get activated.

Step three:

Insert the new SIM card in your handset and you shall get a welcome message along with Internet settings. Once all this is done, just make the top-up data refill (on prepaid) and you’re good to go and use the high-speed 4G services.