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What is SIM-only mobile broadband?

If you already own a mobile broadband dongle, you don't need anything more than a data-only SIM card to get up and running again.

SIM-only mobile broadband customers are free to cancel their agreement with just 30 days notice with no financial penalty, and like contract mobile broadband deals, subscribers qualify for a pre-determined amount of usage every month.

Check out the best SIM-only mobile broadband packages at uSwitch now.

The benefits of SIM-only mobile broadband

  • More flexible than contract mobile broadband. If you're unimpressed with the service, you can just cancel.
  • Lower usage costs than PAYG mobile broadband. As with standard contract mobile broadband, SIM-only mobile broadband features much more generous usage limits.
  • Unlike pay as you go mobile broadband, you won’t need to worry about being caught without credit at inopportune moments.
  • If you've already got a dongle, you won’t have to pay for another one. At around £30, this is a healthy saving. You should be aware, however, that if you want to access 4G SIM-only mobile broadband you'll need a 4G compatible dongle. Older dongles will only work with 3G.

For more information on mobile broadband dongles read our guide on mobile broadband dongles.

Which providers offer SIM-only mobile broadband?

Nearly all major mobile providers offer a 3G SIM-only broadband package or data-only SIM, which can also be used. Compare the best SIM-only mobile broadband packages at uSwitch now.

If you don't have a dongle yet, compare mobile broadband packages and learn more about mobile broadband here.

Who is SIM-only mobile broadband suitable for?

SIM-only mobile broadband is ideal for cash-conscious consumers, as well as those who are wary of signing up to a long contract. It is particularly useful for students (who may need short-term access at key times of year) and people whose work requires sporadic internet access.