Mobile Data

A collection of the best deals on data from mobile providers.

Useful information

LAST UPDATED

June 12, 2020

Overview

There are different ways of providing internet access depending on your client’s circumstances and needs and your organisation’s resources and digital inclusion plan. 

If you are providing limited or ad-hoc support - topping-up someone’s existing account through their current phone/internet provider is simplest and can be done remotely. See guidance on topping up someone’s phone remotely 

Depending on their provider, this may not be the best value for money or give all clients equal amounts of data for the money spent.

Huawei T3-7 Tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 7

£65.00

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Budget tablet

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Can be slow

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Poor audio

Amazon Fire HD 8

£80.00

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Attractive design

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Easy to use

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Decent battery life

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Can be slow

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Focus on Amazon services

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So-so screen

Mediapad 10 Tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 10

£126.00

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Good battery life

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Fast speed

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Weak audio through speakers

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 8-inch

£139.00

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Compact size

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Low price

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Good all-rounder

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Not the fastest

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Sub-par speakers

Lenovo Tab 10 Tablet

Lenovo Tab M10

£150.00

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Reasonable price

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Can be used as voice assistant

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Fast performance

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Battery life not as good as rivals

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Chunky design

Monqi S2 smartphone

IMO S2 with Monqi

£50.00

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Designed for children

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Monitoring features for parents

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Inexpensive

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Good screen size

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Can be slow

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Poor battery life

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Battery charges slowly

Xiaomi 6A smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

£75.00

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Good battery life

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Strong security features

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Can be slow

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Struggles in noisy environments

Motorola E4 smartphone

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

£90.00

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Large display

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Fingerprint scanner

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Good battery life

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NFC capable

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Can be slow

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Slow charging

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Poor quick-charge battery life

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Heavy and wide

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No supplied headphones

Motorola G6 smartphone

Motorola Moto G6 Play

£100.00

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Fantastic value

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Great battery life

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Good display

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No headphones

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Not powerful enough for serious users

Costs and data deals for pay-as-you-go providers

If you want better value for money and equal amounts of data for the money spent - you can purchase data-only sim card deals. 

Solidaritech in West Yorkshire have negotiated a bulk-buy deal of pay-as-you-go, data-only sim cards with 5GB a month for £7 on O2. 

A data-only sim card from Smarty provides unlimited data for £20 a month. The sim card comes with an app where you manage your data and top up. Their cheapest £6 per month deal lets you buy small amounts of data online or in shops that offer PayPoint services -  £1 for 1GB – not be the cheapest rate, but you only pay for what you use, rather than losing unused data at the end of the month. There is also the option to transfer your phone number across to the new Smarty sim card. However, it isn't straightforward for someone to top up someone else's account remotely.

If you want to provide data for a whole household, without having to top-up multiple devices, you could provide a new data-only sim card that can be inserted into a Mobile Broadband WiFi Router, which acts as a hub for other devices (phone’s, tablets, laptops) to tether to.