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 devices, as Three do not operate 2G infrastructure in the UK.

Active operators

Brand Host network Wireless Technology WiFi Calling
2G 3G 4G
1pMobile EE Yes Yes Yes No
360Coms Telecom Three No Yes Yes No
AfriMobile Three No Yes No No
Age UK My Phone Vodafone Yes[note 1] Yes No No
Airwave Smart Mobile EE Yes ? ? No
AlwaysOnline Wireless[1][note 2] Three No Yes Yes No
Anywhere Sim O2, Vodafone, EE, Three Yes[note 3] Yes Yes[note 4] No
Asda Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes No
Auracall Travel Talk EE Yes Yes No No
Axis Telecom EE Yes Yes No No
BT Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes Yes
C4C Mobile O2 Yes Yes No No
Call & Give EE Yes Yes No No
Champions Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes No
ChatSim[note 2] EE, Three, Vodafone Yes [note 3] Yes Yes No
CUniq O2 Yes Yes Yes No
CMLink EE Yes Yes Yes No
CTExcel EE No Yes Yes No
Ctrl Mobile Three No Yes Yes No
Econet Mobile EE Yes Yes No No
Economy Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes No
Ecotalk Three No Yes Yes No
ETS Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes No
FreedomPop Three No Yes Yes Yes
Fonome Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes No
Gamma Telecom Three No Yes Yes No
giffgaff O2 Yes Yes Yes No
Globalgig[note 2] Three No Yes Yes No
HP Mobile Connect EE No Yes Yes No
iD Mobile Three No Yes Yes Yes
JOi Telecom Three No Yes Yes No
Jump O2, Vodafone, EE, Three Yes [note 3] Yes Yes No
KC Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes No
Lebara Mobile Vodafone Yes Yes No No
Lycamobile O2 Yes Yes Yes No
Meem Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes No
NordTelekom EE Yes Yes No No
Now PAYG EE Yes Yes No No
Pebble Mobile Network O2 Yes Yes No No
Piranha Mobile[note 2] EE, O2, Three Yes [note 3] Yes ? No
Plusnet Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes No
Rok Mobile Three No Yes Yes No
RWG Mobile Three No Yes Yes No
Sky Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes No
SMARTY Three No Yes Yes No
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 No
The People's Operator Three No Yes Yes No
The Phone Co-op EE, O2, Vodafone Yes Yes Yes No
Torica Mobile O2 Yes Yes No No
Toggle Mobile O2 Yes Yes No No
Truphone O2 Yes Yes Yes No
U2i Mobile EE Yes Yes No[note 5] No
Vectone Mobile EE Yes Yes No No
Virgin Mobile EE No Yes Yes No
Vivio Vodafone Yes Yes Yes No
VOXI Vodafone Yes Yes Yes No
White Mobile EE Yes Yes No No
WorldSim[note 2] EE, O2, Three, Vodafone Yes[note 3] Yes Yes No
  1. ^ Internet Unsupported
  2. ^ a b c d e An International Roaming SIM
  3. ^ a b c d e Except Three
  4. ^ "Plus" Plans Only
  5. ^ Planned

Defunct, merged and acquired operators

Brand Host network Defunct date Notes
Andrews & Arnold Three 30 April 2013[2] Ceased operations when their upstream partner "pulled the plug".[3] Later relaunched on O2.
Banana Mobile EE 2015 Their site began resolving as Shebang at the start of 2015[4] who was providing Banana Mobile's MVNO as a white label service.[5]
Believe Mobile O2 ?
Bemilo Vodafone 31 May 2016
Blyk Orange 26 August 2009[6] Ceased Operations.
C Mobile EE 17 October 2014 Acquired by Shebang. Ceased operations.
Candy Telecom Vodafone August 2017 Ceased operations.
Delight Mobile EE 30 November 2017[7] Existing customers were consolidated in the sister brand, Vectone Mobile.
Desi Mobile Vodafone September 2011[8] Ceased operations.
Dialog Vizz Vodafone 1 January 2015 Ceased operations.
DidaMobile Three 2012 Ceased operations.
Easymobile EE (T-Mobile) 13 December 2006[9] Ceased operations.
Family Mobile EE 31 August 2015[10] Ceased operations.
Fresh Mobile EE (T-Mobile) 19 March 2010[11] 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.[12]
iCard Mobile Vodafone January 2017
Jadoo Mobile O2 ?
Kingdom Mobile EE ?
Kite Mobile Three 2013
Kontakt Mobile Vodafone 15 December 2016[13] Ceased operations.
LIFE Mobile EE 29 November 2016[14] Acquired by Plusnet.
Lomo Mobile EE 2 August 2017 Ceased operations.
Mobile by Sainsbury's Vodafone 15 January 2016[15] Ceased operations.
Mobilek O2 February 2017 Ceased operations.
Ovivo Mobile Vodafone 19 March 2014[16] Ceased operations.
PG Mobile Three 2016[17] Ceased operations.
Post Office Mobile EE 8 August 2016[18][19] Ceased operations.
Priyo Mobile EE 5 November 2013[20] Ceased operations.
RSPCA Mobile EE October 2014 Ceased operations. Operated as a white-label under Shebang.[21]
Samba Mobile Three 28 April 2014
Shebang Three 2015[22] Acquired by PG Mobile.
Simple Call Mobile EE 31 October 2014[23] Ceased operations.
Tello Three 31 January 2018 Ceased operations.
UK Globe EE 31 July 2016

See also

  • uSwitch guide to virtual operators

References

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  2. ^ "Andrews & Arnold Ltd - Telephony". Andrews & Arnold. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Andrews & Arnold Ltd - Telephony - SIP2SIM". Andrews & Arnold. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the - the only network with 100% guaranteed pass for everyone". Banana Mobile / Go Mobile / Shebang. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "UK Company Digital Phone Company gets new MD and adds an MVNO". MVNO dynamics. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "A fond farewell to our UK members". Blyk. 27 July 2009. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Delight Mobile - Home". Delight Mobile. Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  8. ^ Caspi, Ramy (21 September 2011). "Desi Mobi, A Ethnic UK MVNO shuts down". MVNO Dynamics. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Easymobile to close down service". BBC News. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Kubiak, Paloma (7 July 2015). "Family Mobile to close, but unused credit will be refunded". Money Saving Expert. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Carphone Warehouse apologises for Fresh confusion". Mobile Today. 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lycamobile a Global MVNO will withdraw GT Mobile from all its markets, which includes Australia, The Netherlands and the UK, and will now focus on its own main brand". MVNO Dynamics. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Kontakt Mobile - Home". Kontakt Mobile. Archived from the original on 10 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "What's happening?". LIFE Mobile. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mobile by Sainsbury's - Mobile Phones, PAYG and SIM Only Deals". Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  16. ^ Razavi, Lauren (24 March 2014). "Ovivo Mobile goes dark, leaving thousands without connectivity". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Boland, Hannah (7 July 2016). "Personal Group To Wind Down PG Mobile Business By End Of Year". Morningstar. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Post Office Mobile | Order Free SIM". Post Office. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  19. ^ Majithia, Kavit (19 May 2016). "UK's Post Office to can MVNO venture". Mobile World Live. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "PRIYO COMMUNICATIONS (UK) LIMITED - Overview". Companies House. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "NEW BR/MVNO – RSPCA MOBILE, in cooperation with Shebang". MVNO Dynamics. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  22. ^ Pearce, James (28 April 2015). "Personal Group to axe Shebang brand after MVNO buy - but Iain Humphrey stays - Mobile News Online | Mobile News Online". Mobile News. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "simplecall mobile". Simple Call Mobile. Archived from the original on 24 November 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
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