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Virgin Mobile SIM only plans: how their September deals compare

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We find out if Virgin Mobile's current best SIM only deals are cheaper than their competition on other UK mobile networks this month. SIM Sherpa is your trusty guide. Last updated: 28th September 2023.

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In our full review of Virgin Mobile, we said we liked the fact that Virgin give you full access to O2’s network coverage and data speeds, while also offering a massive network of WiFi hotspots (see our O2 vs Virgin guide).

For SIM only you’ve got the choice of a 12-month or 24-month contract with them. Their 24-month contracts tend to be cheaper per month, but it’s worth comparing here to check for any hidden deals.

They’re a cheaper way onto the O2 network than going with O2 directly and tend to be one of the cheapest networks especially on their larger data deals.

They also offer some nice benefits on top of low prices. You get unlimited data to use these social media apps, a decent data rollover scheme, inclusive roaming in 43 EU destinations.

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Virgin will send your SIM card by Royal Mail within 3-5 working days. The package you get will have each size of SIM in it, so you can fit it in any phone. Virgin don’t offer eSIMs (see the networks that do).

As with any network, you get 14 days to return your SIM after it arrives if you’re not happy with it. You will be charged for using any of your data, so you’ll only get a full refund if you haven’t used it. See more info here.

To join on their pay monthly SIM only plans you’ll have to pass a credit check so that Virgin know you can afford to pay each month. There are no pay as you go options on Virgin, so there’s no way around this.

If you want to keep your number when switching from another provider to Virgin, you should request a PAC from your old provider and give it to Virgin at any point. You can read Virgin’s instructions on how to do this here.

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