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  • Choose from flexible 30-day or 12-month contracts
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Which SIM size do I need?

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Deal allowance

Most contracts now offer unlimited texts and minutes. How much data you need depends on how you use your handset.

1GB per month: email, occasional web browsing and watching the odd YouTube video.

2GB per month: heavier web use, email regularly and occasional music and video streaming. For the average smartphone user, 2GB of usage should be just right.

3GB: Cloud-based photo services, streaming video, downloading music and regular email and social networks.

5GB or more: Regularly stream video and music, upload images to social networking sites and multi-player online games. Higher allowances let you make the most of your phone.

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Contract length

One-month SIM only contracts give you the freedom to switch provider with just 30 days' notice if a better deal appears, while still providing more generous usage allowances than pay as you go deals. One month-sim only deals usually work on a rolling contract basis.

12-month SIM only contracts provide more generous usage allowances than one-month SIM only deals. However, because you're committing to a longer term deal, you haven't got the same freedom to switch if a better deal becomes available.

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If you use the internet beyond occasional email and web surfing, you'll want 4G. It's faster than 3G, provides smoother online video and music streaming and lets you do more of whatever it is you like doing.

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Nano SIM Three
Three Mobile
12 month
contract - 4G

Three Mobile
Nano SIM
£25 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card.

Three Mobile
12 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 20GB data

£13.00
per month
£25 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card.
£13.00
per month
3 Direct See deal
Nano SIM O2
O2
24 month
contract - 4G

O2
Nano SIM

O2
24 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 40GB data

£25.00
per month
£25.00
per month
O2 Direct See deal
Multi SIM Ee
EE
1 month
contract - 4G

EE
Multi SIM
Double speed 4G 1 month contract

EE
1 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 32GB data

£28.00
per month
1 month contract
Double speed 4G
£28.00
per month
EE See deal
Nano SIM O2
O2
24 month
contract - 4G

O2
Nano SIM

O2
24 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 30GB data

£30.00
per month
£30.00
per month
O2 Direct See deal
Multi SIM Ee
EE
12 month
contract - 4G

EE
Multi SIM
Double speed 4G

EE
12 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 32GB data

£28.00
per month
Double speed 4G
£28.00
per month
EE See deal
Nano SIM Three
Three Mobile
1 month
contract - 4G

Three Mobile
Nano SIM
1 month contract

Three Mobile
1 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 20GB data

£23.00
per month
1 month contract
£23.00
per month
3 Direct See deal
Nano SIM O2
O2
1 month
contract - 4G

O2
Nano SIM
1 month contract

O2
1 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 15GB data

£20.00
per month
1 month contract
£20.00
per month
O2 Direct See deal
Nano SIM Three
Three Mobile
12 month
contract - 4G

Three Mobile
Nano SIM
£25 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card.

Three Mobile
12 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 15GB data

£18.00
per month
£25 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card.
£18.00
per month
3 Direct See deal
Multi SIM Ee
EE
1 month
contract - 4G

EE
Multi SIM
Double speed 4G 1 month contract

EE
1 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 16GB data

£22.00
per month
1 month contract
Double speed 4G
£22.00
per month
EE See deal
Nano SIM Three
Three Mobile
1 month
contract - 4G

Three Mobile
Nano SIM
1 month contract

Three Mobile
1 month
contract - 4G

- minutes - texts 15GB data

£20.00
per month
1 month contract
£20.00
per month
3 Direct See deal
 
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A SIM card is vital if you want to make the most of your iPad and get online and download fresh content while you’re on the go.

With a wide range of pay as you go and ipad pay monthly SIM deals to choose from, here we’ll walk you through what each one offers to help you find the right iPad SIM card deal for your needs.

Why do I need a special iPad SIM card?

Unlike dongles and most mobile broadband enabled laptops, iPads use SIM cards called a microSIM or a NanoSIM, with the former having been replaced by the latter in newer iPad models.

If you own an iPad mini or iPad air, it's an NanoSIM that you need. All other models require a microSIM.

Both of these are smaller than standard SIM cards and use newer SIM technology.

One consequence of this is that you won’t be able to use your existing dongle and SIM with it in order to get online.

iPad SIM cards are placed directly in the iPad, which means there's no need to carry around a dongle.

NanoSIM or microSIM: which do I need?

The sole difference between nanoSIMs and microSIMS is that the former are smaller. The size difference, however, means that not all SIMs will fit all iPads.

The newer iPad models, such as those branded iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad Pro, use nanoSIMs.

If you're the owner of an older iPad, such as the first-ever iPad or the iPad 2,3 or 4, you'll need a microSIM.

Choosing an SIM for an iPad

Once you've established whether you need a microSIM or NanoSIM, the fundamental question you need to ask when selecting an iPad SIM card deal is how much you plan to use mobile broadband on the device.

If you’re a fairly heavy user, it’s a good idea to opt for a pay monthly deal, which will offer a higher usage limit.

Conversely, lighter web users may prefer to simply add credit on a pay as you go basis.

Getting the right iPad for SIM deal hinges completely on your usage, so make you're honest when assessing your needs.

iPad SIMs & mobile broadband providers

Most of the major UK mobile broadband suppliers now offer a wide range of affordable iPad SIM cards. These are O2, Three, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.

Which network is best for iPad SIM cards?

This largely depends on your usage habits, which will surely determine which mobile broadband provider’s deals are best for you.

However, before you sign up for any of them, it’s a good idea to check which of the three iPad SIM card deal providers offers the best and most extensive coverage in your area.

One other factor that may sway your choice is the fact that some providers include free WiFi access when you take out an iPad SIM card deal with them.

Some networks offer unlimited WiFi access via hotspots across the UK operated by BT Openzone and The Cloud. However, some of these are limited to pay monthly customers.

iPad SIM card insertion

If you have an original iPad the SIM card slot will be on the left hand side towards the middle. If you have an iPad 2, 3, or 4 then the SIM card slot is located along the top left side. For the iPad Air, the SIM card slot is on the bottom to the right.

You can open the SIM card slot with a SIM card remover tool or a small paperclip. The tray will pop open and you'll be able to remove your SIM or insert one.

Which SIM do I need?
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    Standard SIM Card

    This SIM fits hundreds of different devices. Older handset models usually need this size of SIM card, and it is commonly compatible with non-smartphones.

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    Micro SIM

    This SIM fits most of the modern smartphones. It is smaller than the standard SIM, consuming less space.

    Which phones can I use this in?

    • Apple
      iPhone 4/4S and Apple iPad
    • HTC
      One series (excluding the M8)
    • Samsung
      Galaxy S3, S4 & S5 and Galaxy Note 2, 3 and 4
    • Sony
      Xperia S & Z and Z2 series
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    Nano SIM

    This SIM fits the most recent smartphones. It is smaller than the standard and micro SIM.

    Which phones can I use this in?

    • Apple
      iPhone 5/5s/5c and iPhone 6 series
    • Samsung
      Galaxy Alpha
    • Sony
      Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact
    • HTC
      One M8, Desire 610 and Desire 816
    • Nokia
      Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320, Lumia 930
    • Motorola
      Moto X