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Black Friday SIM only offers 2019:
even more new deals added

Black Friday SIM only offers

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With Black Friday just a couple of weeks away, we rate the SIM only deals already launched by a few mobile networks and predict what else is coming. SIM Sherpa is your trusty guide. Last updated: 18th November 2019

Our Black Friday 2019 SIM only deal guide

Tracking each network's SIM only offers over Black Friday

Black Friday sale logos

Half the networks have started early

Now that Black Friday is only a week and a bit away on 29th November, we're tracking which networks have already launched SIM only offers for the period - and predicting what deals the others will have nearer the time.

To see what SIM only deals each UK mobile network already have live or what we're predicting they'll launch, go to our offers by mobile network section here.

To see which pre-Black Friday deals we rate the best according to how much they cost or their data allowance, go to our best rated deals section here.

Or if you'd rather just do your own price comparison, then you can compare all plans using our deal comparison tool here, which lets you filter for exactly what you're looking for.

Our best-rated offers

Pre-Black Friday SIM offers

We've broken down what's already available into categories:

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Unlimited data offers

Black Friday offers already live

Three unlimited data deal

Get this deal

at Three.co.uk
(opens in new window)

We're thinking this is going to be a very competitive category as about half the networks now offer unlimited data plans. It's Three, who've currently got the cheapest price:

That is on a 24-month contract, so it's worth checking your signal on Three up front to be sure. But you get some nice stuff like 5G at no extra cost when it launches and inclusive worldwide roaming in 71 countries.

For way less commitment, Three's sub-brand SMARTY have got excellent pricing on this 1-month plan when you order by 17th December:

It's an ultra-flexible deal on a speedy network. SMARTY use Three, so check your coverage here before signing up. You can read our full SMARTY network review here too.

Mobiles.co.uk have some excellent automatic cashback deals that reduce the cost of joining major networks for unlimited data (you receive a cheque after 38 days).

This O2 deal makes the effective cost £20 a month over a 12-month period:

This deal from Vodafone works out to a much more palatable £21.60 a month, over 12 months:

Or this is the best cashback on EE's unlimited data plan from Fonehouse:

All other mobile networks have their unlimited data SIMs still priced at full price. But we'll update if this changes.

Useful link: Compare all unlimited data plans here

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Deals with 50GB or more

First offers are now live for Black Friday

SIM card and Black Friday imagery

See full offer

at virginmedia.com
(opens in new window)

It's hotting up in the 50GB+ data category, with SMARTY and Virgin Mobile both launching two price-leading deals:

In terms of GB per pound, SMARTY's is better value and on a shorter contract. But it's worth checking both networks' coverage up front before choosing in cases there's a local difference. Check Virgin's here. And SMARTY's here.

These two Tesco Mobile offers are the best value we've seen from them all year, even if the starting prices were a bit unrealistic to start off with:

If you'd rather join a major network, O2's pre-Black Friday offer here lasts until 20th November but is on a longer 18-month deal:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Offers with 20GB+ data

We're expecting fierce competition

SMARTY 45GB for the price of 8GB

Get this deal

at SMARTY.co.uk
(opens in new window)

This is the category where we're expecting the most competition for your custom on Black Friday, with some of the bigger networks offering deals too.

For the time being, one of the only networks to have published their offer is SMARTY with this 45GB for the price of 8GB plan, which is available until 17th December:

The other providers with a Black Friday deal already live is VOXI, who use Vodafone's network. They've added 5GB extra to their 15GB deal to make it even more competitive:

Or for a deal on the O2 network, this Tesco Mobile offer is the best price we've seen from them on 20GB data in the whole year:

No other networks have declared their Black Friday offers yet in this category (we'll update the page when they do). Fonehouse are offering a good value way to join EE with this cashback offer:

And you can still get pretty near to this pricing with these networks' existing deals:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Offers with 10GB+ data

Virgin Mobile's 10GB Black Friday SIM only deal

Virgin Mobile 10GB SIM deal

See full offer

at virginmedia.com
(opens in new window)

The first Black Friday offers have started to come in for this category and the deal we rate the highest is Virgin Mobile's 10GB for £10 plan here, which ends on December 2nd (Cyber Monday):

Other than the value for money in the deal, Virgin Mobile have a lot going for them, like using EE's superfast 4G network for excellent coverage and blistering downloads (check Virgin signal here), plus nice added benefits like data rollover and data-free social media messaging (read our Virgin Mobile review here).

Otherwise, it's still pretty quiet for this amount of data, with no other specific Black Friday offers out-competing Virgin's. This hidden plan from Three offers very good value too:

It's a hidden offer, with improved pricing compared to what's available if you look at Three's main range of SIM only plans at Three.co.uk. Follow the link to go straight to the checkout.

You can get £5 free credit with this 1-month plan from giffgaff that uses the O2 network:

Tesco Mobile's Black Friday deal here lasts until 1st December and also uses O2's network, plus comes with some nice benefits like discounts for Clubcard holders:

Or this SIM only deal from Virgin Mobile is available until 2nd December, which gives you more data for a slightly higher price than the above on the EE network:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon 5GB+ SIM only deals

Some decent pre-Black Friday offers already

Sky Mobile 8GB offer

Get this deal

at Sky.com
(opens in new window)

There are a few Black Friday specific SIM only deals in this category already. But this existing hidden offer from Three is still the strongest with more than 5GB - it's only for customers arriving from comparison websites:

If you've got Sky TV, we'd recommend having a look at their Black Friday offer here, which has been reduced by £5 a month for 12 months and gives you unlimited Sky TV app streaming data:

For a deal that uses the EE network, there's a couple of excellent value options from Virgin Mobile lasting until 2nd December (Cyber Monday):

And Plusnet Mobile, whose hidden offer here actually ends just before Black Friday on 20th November and is on a shorter contract:

For a deal on the Vodafone network, have a look at VOXI's data boosted plan here which now comes with an extra 2GB data on a short 1-month term when you order by Cyber Monday (2nd December):

If you want the comfort of joining a major network directly, this 1-month Flex Plan from EE has triple data for 6 months offer, when you order before 30th January 2020:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Deals with 3GB to 4GB

Only one specific Black Friday deal so far

Plusnet hidden deal banner

Get this deal

at Plus.net
(opens in new window)

While there are plenty of plans available with this much data, the only specific Black Friday SIM only deal comes from iD Mobile, which is the cheapest in this category so far:

If you want a deal on the EE network, Plusnet Mobile's hidden offer here is a good rival and it actually ends before Black Friday on 20th November:

If you want to join a major network, Vodafone's existing Basics Plan stacks up very competitively but it's important to know you don't get any roaming with it and 4G calling and WiFi calling do not work on it either:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon 1GB to 2GB offers

Expect lots of competition among low-cost providers

SMARTY data discount banner

How it works

at SMARTY.co.uk
(opens in new window)

If you're only after a smallish amount of data, don't expect any dramatic discounts, because plans in this category are already extremely well-priced ahead of Black Friday.

You won't see the main networks EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 competing in this category either. Low-cost providers like iD Mobile will have the best deals, like these already available:

As SMARTY pay you back £1.25 per GB of unused data, these two plans can work out to as little as £5 a month (if you don't use any!) even though they're not in any specific Black Friday offer yet:

This is also a very well-priced deal from Plusnet Mobile, who use the EE network:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Offers around £5 a month

There's only one deal £5 or under

iD Mobile £5 deal banner

Get this deal

at idmobile.co.uk
(opens in new window)

If you've got £5 to spend on your monthly SIM only deal, this plan from iD Mobile is your only option without spending extra:

If you can spend an extra £1 a month, you do open up a few more options with more data. Here's a look at what you can get:

You can even join one of the main four networks Vodafone, on one of their Basics Plans for £6. But be aware the SIM doesn't work at all abroad and doesn't include 4G calling or WiFi calling:

We may see more offers launch in this category once Black Friday comes, so it's worth checking back closer to the time.

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Deals around £7.50 a month

You can already get 3GB to 4GB for around £7.50

Plusnet Mobile hidden SIM plan

Get this deal

at Plus.net
(opens in new window)

Even before Black Friday has properly got underway, there are some good value deals floating around that get you a sizeable chunk of data for your £7.50, from cheaper providers.

This is a hidden deal available for people getting to Plusnet's website via comparison sites with more data at a lower cost than advertised directly. It's only available until 20th November:

If you can do without any roaming, no 4G calling or WiFi calling, then Vodafone's Basics Plan below could be worth a look, even though it's not a Black Friday specific offer:

Useful link: Compare all plans

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SIM card with Black Friday ribbon Deals around £10 a month

Virgin offering the most data for a tenner

VOXI data boost offer banner

Get this deal

at VOXI.co.uk
(opens in new window)

This Black Friday SIM from Virgin Mobile gets you the most data on the UK market for your £10 monthly spend and is only available until Cyber Monday, 2nd December:

Otherwise, it's networks' existing offers that get you the most value like Three's hidden deal below, which gets you more data for less money than advertised directly:

For a shorter plan, this deal from VOXI on Vodafone's network comes with unlimited data for social media and has been given a data boost over the Black Friday period, if you order by 2nd December:

If you want a plan that works on the EE network, take a look Plusnet Mobile's deal here too, which is just £1 more than the above:

You get more for your money than with EE's own 1-month deal here that's got triple data for 6 months when you order by 30th January:

Useful link: Compare all plans

Black Friday offers and predictions by network

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Here are our guesses at what Black Friday SIM only offers each network might launch this year:

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Three: £20 unlimited data SIM and other hidden offers

Three unlimited data deal

24-month contract Get this deal

at Three.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Launch date: 18th November 2019
Expected end date: 2-3 weeks later
Order now or wait?: We'd wait - just in case

As we predicted, Three have gone with an unlimited data for £20 offer as their headline Black Friday deal:

It's a decent price but not really better than what it's cost throughout the year. It's also on a 24-month contract, so you need to know you're ready to commit. Check Three have good signal near you here to be confident.

If you don't need that much data, they're also running two hidden plans, with more data at a lower cost than what's advertised directly at three.co.uk. Just follow the links straight to the checkout to get the secret deals:

In previous years, Three had waited until the actual Black Friday day itself before launching their main offer, so it could be worth waiting it out to see if they have anythin extra going on the actual day.

Useful links: Three's Black Friday page | Our Three review

BT Mobile: we predict large pre-paid Reward Cards

BT Mobile Black Friday SIM only plans

BT had a Black Friday Sale last yearSee current deals

at BT.com
(opens in new window)

Expected launch date: 22nd November 2019
Expected end date: 30th November 2019 (at the end of "Cyber Monday")
Order now or wait?: We'd definitely wait

Throughout the entire year, BT Mobile have offered pre-paid Mastercard Reward Cards alongside their SIM only plans. The value of the Reward depends on the plan, and they go up and down from week to week.

So we're 99.9% certain that's what they'll be offering during the Black Friday period in 2019. The only real question is how large the Rewards themselves will be.

There's currently no Reward Cards available on BT's SIM only plans, which makes us believe they are saving up budget to go big for Black Friday. So if you're thinking of joining BT, it's definitely worth waiting it out.

Though the offers should go live a week before Black Friday, they could surprise us on the day itself with a greater deal. Maybe an added freebie like a wireless speaker or noise-cancelling headphones.

If you don't have broadband with BT you're less likely to find their deals as competitive so make sure to compare all SIM only offers.

Useful links: BT's Black Friday page | Our BT Mobile review

EE: no specific Black Friday SIM only deals yet

EE Black Friday banner

No EE Black Friday offers yetSee current offers

at EE.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Expected launch date: 27th November 2019
Expected end date: 13th December 2019
Order now or wait?: We'd wait

EE's current batch of SIM only offers are timed to end of 26th November, which makes us think they'll launch their Black Friday SIM only deals the next day on the 27th - or they might wait for the day itself.

You only ever see EE run offers on their large data allowance, more-expensive plans - with 20GB or more data. And that's what they did for Black Friday last year. If you're after less data, we suggest you look elsewhere.

They've got some nice cashback deals if you sign up via re-seller Fonehouse. You get the same benefits as joining direct, become an EE customer like normal but also get automatic cashback 90 days later:

If you're only after a smallish amount of data (under 10GB), don't expect anything exciting from EE on pay monthly. They never discount below 20GB.

These pre-paid 1-month Flex SIMs do come with Triple data for 6 months when you order by 30th January 2020 and come with as little as 2GB 6GB for £10.

Useful links: EE's Black Friday page | Our EE review | Our guide to Flex Plans

giffgaff: we're not expecting anything special on SIM only

giffgaff's £5 free credit offer

There's always their free joining creditGet £5 free credit

at giffgaff.com
(opens in new window)

Expected launch date: 29th November 2019 (phone contracts only)
Order now or wait?: We'd wait

giffgaff are fairly cheap year-round and you can already get £5 free credit with them when you join via our special invite page here. For Black Friday their SIM only prices probably aren't going to get much lower.

They have to be careful about bold giveaways for new customers, because having only 30-day plans means all their existing customers can also move easily on to any new deal.

For that reason, Black Friday has usually been a pretty muted event on giffgaff in the past. They could again offer slight discounts on phones or possibly bring back the £10 free credit deal from summer 2019.

If you want to join giffgaff on a SIM only, your best shot at squeezing some extra value out of your deal is to use our free £5 credit offer here, with your first £10 top up or goodybag purchase.

Useful links: giffgaff's Black Friday page | Our giffgaff review

iD Mobile: Black Friday event SIM offers already live!

iD Mobile Black Friday SIM

iD Mobile's SIM offers available nowSee their offers

at idmobile.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Launch date: 5th November 2019
Expected end date: 2nd December 2019 (TBC)
Order now or wait?: We'd wait (to see what others launch)

As we predicted, iD Mobile are the first mobile network out of the traps with a huge range of new Black Friday Event offers, across their SIM only plans.

At the time of writing, this offer leads the UK market for price for 3GB data, if 500 mins is enough:

We also have this hidden deal, which is the cheapest on the UK market too, although it's not specific to Black Friday:

All the other SIM only plans featured in iD's Black Friday event are very competitive but can actually be beaten if you do a comparison of all SIM only deals here. Here's what they've launched:

It's not yet clear whether iD will change any of these offers to react to whatever other networks release. We know these are around for four weeks after their launch, so it could be worth waiting it out.

Useful links: iD Mobile Black Friday SIMs | Our iD Mobile review

O2 Black Friday SIM only offers to focus on large data plans

O2 Black Hole Friday Offer

O2's pre-Black Friday offerSee current SIM offers

at O2.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Expected launch date: 21st November 2019
Expected end date: 13th December 2019
Order now or wait?: We'd wait

O2's current batch of SIM only deals are all timed to end on 20th November, so we're reasonably confident that their Black Friday offers will go live on the 21st. Although there's no info on their page here yet.

Last year, we found that O2's best Black Friday SIM only deals all came on plans with large data allowances ranging from 15GB to 60GB. The offers weren't really any better than what you'd see throughout the year from O2.

Since last year's Black Friday, O2 started offering 18-month SIM only contract at lower prices than their 12-month equivalents. We suspect O2 will focus their offers on these, like this current deal:

We'd be surprised if O2 went beyond a few discounts here and there on their big data plans for Black Friday. So they're never that exciting. They tend to focus on phone contracts during the period.

Useful links: O2's Black Friday page | Our O2 review

Plusnet Mobile: we could see a hidden Reward card offer

Expired stampPlusnet Mobile Reward Card

No Reward Cards currently availableSee current deals

at plus.net
(opens in new window)

Expected launch date: 21st November 2019
Expected end date: Various per plan
Order now or wait?: We'd wait

Plusnet Mobile always have about 3 or 4 offers live at once and they change rapidly. And during last year's Black Friday period they chopped and changed their offers multiple times. We expect the same again.

In the past year, we've seen Plusnet experiment with giving away pre-paid Mastercards with their 12-month plans. They could re-release something like 8GB for £10 with a £25 Reward Card.

At the moment, they've got two hidden deals for people arriving on their website from comparison sites. We could see more hidden offers from them for Black Friday.

Here are the current hidden plans, which are timed to end on 20th November:

Don't hold out for Plusnet to slash prices wildly but they will almost certainly be in around the cheapest SIMs over the Black Friday period, particularly in the 1GB to 8GB categories.

Useful links: Plusnet's SIM only deals | Our Plusnet Mobile review

Sky Mobile: one Black Friday SIM offer so far

Sky Mobile Black Friday SIM offer

£10 £15 a month for 12 monthsSee current offers

at Sky.com
(opens in new window)

Launch date: 17th November 2019
Expected end date: 2nd December 2019
Order now or wait?: We'd order now if after 8GB plan - otherwise wait

At the moment, Sky have one SIM only Black Friday offer. They've reduced the cost of their 8GB plan by £5 a month for the 12-month contract, making it currently the best-priced option of any provider using O2:

On top of their extensive coverage through the O2 network (check your signal here), you also get nice benefits like streaming Sky TV apps without using data, keeping unused data for 3 years and changing plans mid-contract.

If the deal gives you the amount of data you need, we'd say you can be confident to order without Sky replacing it with an improved offer nearer to the actual Black Friday date.

If you're after something else, it might be worth waiting it out to see if anything else comes along. We have a slight suspicion, Sky might add extra offers later.

Useful links: Sky's Black Friday page | Our Sky Mobile review

SMARTY: they've gone all out on big data SIMs

SMARTY SIM card and Supercharge Your Large text

Bonus data for 12 months (1-month deal)Get this offer

at SMARTY.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Launch date: 5th & 14th November 2019
End date: Depends per offer
Order now or wait?: We'd order now if you can't wait

SMARTY have already launched what we expect to be their headline SIM only offers during the Black Friday period. This one is available until 17th December and beats all other 20GB+ SIM only plans for price at the moment:

It's only on a 1-month contract, which makes the price pretty remarkable. It's worth noting the boosted data returns to 8GB after 12 months, so remember to keep an eye on your plan and compare again later.

This is also a price-leading deal from 50GB upwards but is only available until 3rd December:

There's also £3 a month off SMARTY's unlimited data SIM plan for your first 12 months (it's also on a 1-month deal so you're actually free to leave whenever):

We're now at the stage where we don't think there will be any additional offers from SMARTY for Black Friday (although you could hold out until the day as these deals aren't going away).

Useful links: SMARTY's other SIM only plans | Our SMARTY review

Tesco Mobile: discounts across multiple SIMs

Tesco Mobile pre Black Friday SIM only offers

Tesco's current main dealsSee all plans

at tescomobile.com
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Virgin Mobile: all Black Friday deals now live

Virgin Mobile 5GB SIM only offer

We think this will the most popularSee all SIM offers

at virginmedia.com
(opens in new window)

Launch date: 22nd November 2019 (extra deals)
End date: 2nd December (Cyber Monday)
Order now or wait?: We'd order now

We now know what Virgin Mobile's full range of SIM only deals looks like for Black Friday 2019. As predicted, they're offering huge value across multiple data allowances. Here's what you can get:

For us, the standout deals here are £10 for 10GB and £19 for 50GB. They're excellent value ways to get on the superfast EE network for the impressive data speeds and coverage (check signal here), without the premium.

Useful links: Virgin's Black Friday offers page | Our Virgin Mobile review

Vodafone: 18 month deals last through Black Friday

Vodafone Black Friday deal

Quadruple data on one planSee 18-month deal

at Vodafone.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Expected launch date: November 29th
Expected end date: mid-December 2019

Vodafone already have two offers live, which are scheduled to last until Cyber Monday (2nd December). Both are data boost offers on their 18-month contracts:

For last year's Black Friday, Vodafone didn't launch any specific SIM only offers (theirs concentrated on phone contracts instead) but this year, we've noticed a bit more promotional activity from Vodafone.

You can already register to hear about Vodafone's Black Friday offers here, which we expect to only launch very close to the actual 29th (probably literally on the day).

Since last year, Vodafone have introduced some very popular unlimited data SIMs. We're not sure they'll discount these much (Vodafone don't tend to do this) but we might see some free months or maybe an extra gift with purchase.

We think it will also be worth looking at Carphone Warehouse for Vodafone offers on Black Friday, as we expect they will have some large automatic cashback offers you can't get via Vodafone's own website.

Useful links: Vodafone's Black Friday offers page | Our Vodafone review

VOXI: data boosts on two plans over Black Friday

VOXI data boost offer banner

6GB 8GB and 15GB 20GB data plansSee all plans

at VOXI.co.uk
(opens in new window)

Launch date: 9th November
End date: 2nd Decemember
Order now or wait? Safe to order now if you want either plan

As a mobile network that already crams quite a lot of value into their deals, we'd predicted that VOXI would only do a few minor data boosts during the Black Friday period.

And that's what they've done, with extra data on both these plans for no extra cost, when you order by 2nd December (Cyber Monday).

Due to the timing of these offers, we're not expecting anything extra from VOXI closer to Black Friday. They don't tend to change their plans rapidly, so we think you can be condident to order now if you're ready.

Useful links: VOXI's other plans | Our VOXI review

Types of offer for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Here are the types of offers we think are likely to launch on SIM only

Black Friday banner

Expect plenty of black

If you're thinking of waiting until Black Friday to sign up to the best possible SIM only deal, we thought you'd find it useful to know the types of offers to expect.

Based on previous years, we'd say there are 4 main categories of offer:

1) Money-off discounts
2) Gifts and rewards
3) Promotional tariffs (extra data)
4) Free months where you pay no monthly charge

In the sections below, we pick through each type of offer and list where you might be able to find that type of deal.

1) Out-and-out discounts off the monthly cost of your SIM

Discounted Black Friday SIM only deals

Some networks will just reduce their SIMs' cost

Black Friday is supposed to be about discounts, and getting things cheaper than normal. We expect a large number of mobile networks to offer outright discounts against the 'usual price' of their SIM only plans.

This is usually the most valuable type of offer, particularly if you want to join one of the traditionally more-expensive networks. But we'd advise a bit of caution when choosing your deal.

The reason we've said 'usual prices' above is that you sometimes see providers subtly increase particular plans in the run up to Black Friday so that they can be slashed during the event (called price establishing).

Our advice is to use price comparison tools like ours to compare all deals at once, rather than be lured in by a particular plan that seems like it's got a huge discount.

Networks expected to discount plans:Three logoBT logoEE logoO2 Mobile logoTesco Mobile logoVirgin Mobile logoVodafone logo

2) Extra gifts or rewards with your SIM only deal

A Plusnet Reward cardAmazon / iTunes voucher offer

Some will offer additional extras like vouchers

In 2018 we thought we'd see more networks offer free gifts, rewards or vouchers alongside their SIM only plans but this didn't really happen. Only BT really did this.

For Black Friday 2019 we're predicting a return of BT's high cash value Reward Cards. SMARTY could join the race by bringing back their Amazon voucher promo. We also think there's a chance EE and Plusnet may offer a voucher or other freebie.

As long as the gift is genuinely valuable, these can be good deals to pick up. From previous years, these have tended to be things like Amazon or iTunes vouchers or perhaps pre-paid cash cards from Mastercard or similar.

Mobile networks like these offers because it avoids them discounting the overall price of their deals. Often you'll have to jump through a few hoops to actually get the reward though.

Our advice with gifts and rewards is to check you'd actually ever use the reward and that you're not paying more than you would normally just to get the reward!

Networks with free gifts and extras:BT logoEE logoPlusnet Mobile logoSMARTY Mobile logo

3) Extra data for the same price / one-off promotional plans

Black Friday SIM with extra data

Some will offer extra data or minutes for the same price

This was the most common type of deal available during the Black Friday period on SIM only, we think because it avoids networks having to drastically cut their prices.

Look out for deals this November 2019 with more data, minutes or texts than what's regularly available with a provider. We expect double data, triple data or even quadruple data on a limited number of plans, usually 12-month ones.

We think this year's Black Friday data boosts will come from BT, iD, Sky, Virgin and VOXI as we've seen them toy with this type of offer over recent months.

We'll also be keeping an eye out for one-off promotional plans from Three, Vodafone, EE, Plusnet and Virgin. These networks are keen to attract long-term customers with headline-grabbing mega deals.

These are the favourite type of promotions among the cheaper networks because it means they don't have to cut the prices of their already low-cost deals. They can just give you more for the same price.

For customers, it's great too as it's a chance to get more for your money. We'd recommend using our comparison tool to compare all deals against one another once Black Friday comes.

Networks with one-off and boosted plans:Three logoBT Mobile logoEE Mobile logoiD Mobile logoO2 Mobile logoPlusnet Mobile logoSky Mobile logoVirgin Mobile logoVodafone logoVoxi logo

4) SIM deals with a number of months free or half price

Three's Black Friday offer last year

SMARTY's offer earlier in 2019

The final type of SIM only deal we expect to see during the Black Friday period is probably the least common: where networks give you a number of free months.

Naturally you're usually only going to see this type of promotion on 12-month or longer SIM only contracts, because on shorter 1-month deals, you could just take the free months and then do a runner!

With these types of deals, you should calculate the average monthly cost of a deal over 12 months minus how many months free you get. But remember you'll continue paying the full rate once your 12 months is up.

For Black Friday 2019 we might see a return of previous 'six months half price' promotions with O2, possibly on their 18-month contracts. Tesco could offer some free months as well.

Already in 2019 we've seen SMARTY offer an excellent deal where your second month is free. This is particularly good as they only have one-month contracts. We think this could make a comeback in November.

Most likely networks:O2 Mobile logoSMARTY Mobile logoTesco Mobile logo

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