iPad UK data-only SIM

Steven Jackson

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Original poster
Dec 8, 2006
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Lincoln, U.K.
Hi,

I've had many iPads, over the years, but have just got my first cellular model (2018 iPad Pro). I've been looking for a data SIM, but it seems all the big providers (EE, 3, etc) all want you to sign a rolling contract. I was under the impression I'd be able to just buy a SIM with several gigs of data, then top-up as necessary. Maybe this isn't the modern way, but does anyone know of a cost-effective SIM that can be topped up as and when I need more data?

Steve
 

netdudeuk

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Nov 27, 2012
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249
Hi,

I've had many iPads, over the years, but have just got my first cellular model (2018 iPad Pro). I've been looking for a data SIM, but it seems all the big providers (EE, 3, etc) all want you to sign a rolling contract. I was under the impression I'd be able to just buy a SIM with several gigs of data, then top-up as necessary. Maybe this isn't the modern way, but does anyone know of a cost-effective SIM that can be topped up as and when I need more data?

Steve
You can get them from GiffGaff. They used to do phone and data packages but I believe that they now have the same for both purposes. The data doesn't roll over and you have to top up every month.

I have had a Three contract SIM for six years, in a Gen 4 iPad. I also now have a 2018 iPad Pro and I will not accept for much longer the really poor performance as shown in the Speedtest app. My XS Max is ten times faster on BT (EE).
 

raymanster

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Feb 13, 2008
328
87
UK
Hi,

I've had many iPads, over the years, but have just got my first cellular model (2018 iPad Pro). I've been looking for a data SIM, but it seems all the big providers (EE, 3, etc) all want you to sign a rolling contract. I was under the impression I'd be able to just buy a SIM with several gigs of data, then top-up as necessary. Maybe this isn't the modern way, but does anyone know of a cost-effective SIM that can be topped up as and when I need more data?

Steve
Yes you can get pay as you go SIM cards from most providers. I often find the cheapest way of doing this is via eBay. Although make sure you read the listing carefully as they can be misleading.

Or just buy direct? For example:

http://store.three.co.uk/view/searchTariff?deviceType=SIM_ONLY_MBB&priceplan=&greatForServices=&manufacturerName=&payGPriceForTariff=50to99.99&payGPriceForTariff=0to49.99
 

Seamaster

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Feb 24, 2003
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They're rolling 30 day contracts like the rest, but BT Mobile offers some very cheap data-only SIMs, and you get a discount if you have BT Broadband.