List of United Kingdom mobile virtual network operators

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Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the United Kingdom lease wireless telephone and data spectrum from the four major carriers EE, O2, Three and Vodafone for resale.

SIM cards provided by MVNOs that are using Three's network will only work with 3G, 4G and 5G devices, as Three does not operate 2G infrastructure in the UK.

Active operators[edit]

Brand Host network Wireless Technology WiFi Calling MVNE MVNO Type
2G 3G 4G 5G
1pMobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No PAYG
360Coms Telecom Three No Yes Yes ? No
Abz (Abzorb) EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Anywhere Care Ownfone (formerly Age UK Ownfone) Vodafone Yes[note 1] Yes No ? No PAYG
AlwaysOnline Wireless[2][note 2] Three No Yes Yes ? No PAYG
Anywhere Sim O2, Vodafone, EE, Three Yes[note 3] Yes Yes[note 4] ? No PAYG
Asda Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No PAYG
Auracall Travel Talk EE Yes Yes No ? No PAYG
Axis Telecom EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Beebu EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
BT Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes PAYM
BT Onephone (BTOP) EE Yes Yes Yes ? Yes PAYG
C4C Mobile[needs update] EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
Call & Give EE Yes Yes No ? No PAYG
Calteq EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Champions Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No PAYG
CMLink EE Yes Yes Yes ? No Transatel PAYG
CTExcel EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYG
Ctrl Mobile Three No Yes Yes ? No PAYM
Ecotalk EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
ETS Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Extreme Connect O2 Yes Yes Yes Coming soon ?
Flexiroam O2, Three No Yes Yes ? Yes PAYG
FreedomPop Three No Yes Yes ? Yes PAYM/PAYG
Fonome Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Gamma Telecom Three No Yes Yes ? No
Gemini Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
giffgaff O2 Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[3] Coming soon[4] PAYG
Global[note 5] EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
Globalgig[note 2] Three No Yes Yes ? No
Honest Mobile Three, O2, EE Yes[note 3] Yes Yes Coming soon Yes PAYM
HP Mobile Connect EE No Yes Yes ? No
i3 Mobile Three No Yes Yes ? No
iD Mobile Three No Yes Yes ? Yes PAYM/PAYG
JOi Telecom Three No Yes Yes ? No
Jump O2, Vodafone, EE, Three Yes [note 3] Yes Yes ? No
Just Utilities EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel FMC
KC Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Lebara Mobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes ? No
Lycamobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Moochies EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Meem Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Network Rail GSM-R O2, Vodafone, EE, Three Yes[note 3] Yes Yes ? No
NordTelekom EE Yes Yes No ? No
Now PAYG EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
Pebble Mobile Network O2, Vodafone, EE, Three[5] Yes[note 3] Yes No ? No
Plusnet Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No Transatel PAYM
Rok Mobile Three No Yes Yes ? No
RWG Mobile EE No Yes Yes ? No
Sky Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes PAYM
SMARTY Three No Yes Yes Coming soon Yes PAYM
Superdrug Mobile Three No Yes Yes ? No PAYM
SYSCONFiG EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM / FMC
SwishPhone EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Talk Home Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
Talkmobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes ? No
TalkTalk Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
TalkXtra Mobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes ? No
Telecom Plus EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
Telfoni Three No Yes Yes ? No
Tesco Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No PAYM/PAYG
The Phone Co-op EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM/PAYG
To The Moon Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No PAYG
Torica Mobile O2 Yes Yes No ? No
Truphone O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Toggle Mobile O2 Yes Yes No ? No
Touch Technology EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
Utilita EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYG
Vectone Mobile EE Yes Yes No ? No [note 6]
Virgin Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[6] Yes
Vivio Vodafone Yes Yes Yes ? No
VOXI Vodafone Yes Yes Yes Yes No PAYM
White Mobile EE Yes Yes No ? No
XLN Telecom Three No Yes Yes ? No
Zevvle[7][note 7] EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[1] Coming soon[1] Transatel PAYM
  1. ^ Internet Unsupported
  2. ^ a b An International Roaming SIM
  3. ^ a b c d e Except Three
  4. ^ "Plus" Plans Only
  5. ^ MVNA/ MVNO Provider (https://globalsim.uk/).
  6. ^ VoWiFi not supported. Uses an Android VOIP app.
  7. ^ No ex-EEA roaming.

Defunct, merged and acquired operators[edit]

Brand Host network Defunct date Notes
365 Mobile O2, Vodafone 2019
AfriMobile Three 13 October 2020 Dissolved 13th October 2020
Andrews & Arnold Three 30 April 2013[8] Ceased operations when their upstream partner "pulled the plug".[9] Later relaunched on O2.
Banana Mobile EE 2015 Their site began resolving as Shebang at the start of 2015[10] who was providing Banana Mobile's MVNO as a white label service.[11]
Believe Mobile O2 ?
Bemilo Vodafone 31 May 2016
Blyk Orange 26 August 2009[12] Ceased operations.
C Mobile EE 17 October 2014 Acquired by Shebang. Ceased operations.
Candy Telecom Vodafone August 2017 Ceased operations.
CUniq O2 31 October 2020[13] Ceased operations.
Delight Mobile EE 30 November 2017[14] Existing customers were consolidated in the sister brand, Vectone Mobile.
Desi Mobile Vodafone September 2011[15] Ceased operations.
Dialog Vizz Vodafone 1 January 2015 Ceased operations.
DidaMobile Three 2012 Ceased operations.
Dalya Mobile ? ? Liquidated.
Dot Mobile Vodafone March 2008 Went into administration, all customers transferred automatically to Vodafone
Easymobile EE (T-Mobile) 13 December 2006[16] Ceased operations.
Econet Mobile EE 20 July 2015[17] Ceased UK operations.
Economy Mobile EE 18 February 2019 Economy Energy ceased operations, resulting in Economy Mobile having the same fate.
Family Mobile EE 31 August 2015[18] Ceased operations.
Fresh Mobile EE (T-Mobile) 19 March 2010[19] Ceased operations. Existing customers were incentivised to move to the sister network, Talkmobile.
GT Mobile O2 July 2016 Existing customers were consolidated in the sister brand, Lycamobile.[20]
iCard Mobile Vodafone January 2017
Jadoo Mobile O2 ?
Kingdom Mobile EE ?
Kite Mobile Three 2013
Kontakt Mobile Vodafone 15 December 2016[21] Ceased operations.
LIFE Mobile EE 29 November 2016[22] Acquired by Plusnet.
Lomo Mobile EE 2 August 2017 Ceased operations.
Mobile by Sainsbury's Vodafone 15 January 2016[23] Ceased operations.
Mobilek O2 February 2017 Ceased operations.
Our Telecom EE 16 August 2016[24] Dissolved.
Ovivo Mobile Vodafone 19 March 2014[25] Ceased operations.
PG Mobile Three 2016[26] Ceased operations.
Post Office Mobile EE 8 August 2016[27][28] Ceased operations.
Priyo Mobile EE 5 November 2013[29] Ceased operations.
RSPCA Mobile EE October 2014 Ceased operations. Operated as a white-label under Shebang.[30]
Samba Mobile Three 28 April 2014
Shebang Three 2015[31] Acquired by PG Mobile.
Simple Call Mobile EE 31 October 2014[32] Ceased operations.
Stan Mobile Three ? Ceased operations.
Tello Three 31 January 2018 Ceased operations.
The People's Operator (TPO Mobile) Three 26 February 2019[33] Entered Administration. Existing customers were incentivised to move to SMARTY.[33]
U2i Mobile EE 11 July 2017[34] Ceased operations.
UK Globe EE 31 July 2016
Vizz Africa Vodafone ? Ceased operations.

See also[edit]

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