List of United Kingdom mobile virtual network operators

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 operatorsEdit

Brand Host network Wireless technology WiFi calling MVNE MVNO type
2G 3G 4G 5G
1pMobile[1] EE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anywhere SIM[2] EE, O2, Three, Vodafone Yes Yes No No No
Asda Mobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [3] PAYG
BT Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes PAYM
CMLink EE Yes Yes Yes Yes No Transatel PAYG
Ecotalk EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[4] Coming soon[4] Transatel PAYM
Extreme Connect O2 Yes Yes Yes Coming soon ?
FreedomPop Three No Yes Yes ? Yes PAYM/PAYG
giffgaff O2 Yes Yes Yes Yes[5] No PAYG
iD Mobile Three No Yes Yes Yes Yes PAYM/PAYG
KC Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Lebara Mobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Lycamobile O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Now PAYG EE Yes Yes Yes ? No
Plusnet Mobile EE Yes Yes Yes ? No Transatel PAYM
Sky Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes PAYM
SMARTY Three No Yes Yes Coming soon [6]
Superdrug Mobile Three No Yes Yes No Coming soon PAYM
TalkTalk Mobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes No No
Talkmobile Vodafone Yes Yes Yes No[7] No PAYM
Tesco Mobile O2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No PAYM/PAYG
The Phone Co-op EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon[4] Coming soon[4] Transatel PAYM/PAYG
ToTheMoon[8] EE Yes Yes
Truphone O2 Yes Yes Yes ? No
Utility Warehouse-Telecom Plus EE Yes Yes Yes Coming soon Yes
Vectone Mobile[9] EE Yes No No No
Virgin Mobile EE, Vodafone[10] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VOXI Vodafone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes PAYG

Defunct, merged and acquired operatorsEdit

Brand Host network Defunct date Notes
AfriMobile Three 13 October 2020 Dissolved 13th October 2020
Andrews & Arnold Three 30 April 2013[11] Ceased operations when their upstream partner "pulled the plug".[12] Later relaunched on O2.
Blyk Orange 26 August 2009[13] Ceased operations.
Delight Mobile EE 30 November 2017[14] Existing customers were consolidated in the sister brand, Vectone Mobile.
Dialog Vizz Vodafone 1 January 2015 Ceased operations.
Dalya Mobile ? ? Liquidated.
Easymobile EE (T-Mobile) 13 December 2006[15] Ceased operations.
Econet Mobile EE 20 July 2015[16] Ceased UK operations.
Family Mobile EE 31 August 2015[17] Ceased operations.
Fresh Mobile EE (T-Mobile) 19 March 2010[18] 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.[19]
Kontakt Mobile Vodafone 15 December 2016[20] Ceased operations.
LIFE Mobile EE 29 November 2016[21] Acquired by Plusnet.
Mobile by Sainsbury's Vodafone 15 January 2016[22] Ceased operations.
Our Telecom EE 16 August 2016[23] Dissolved.
Ovivo Mobile Vodafone 19 March 2014[24] Ceased operations.
PG Mobile Three 2016[25] Ceased operations.
Post Office Mobile EE 8 August 2016[26][27] Ceased operations.
Priyo Mobile EE 5 November 2013[28] Ceased operations.
RSPCA Mobile EE October 2014 Ceased operations. Operated as a white-label under Shebang.[29]
Shebang Three 2015[30] Acquired by PG Mobile.
Simple Call Mobile EE 31 October 2014[31] Ceased operations.
Stan Mobile Three ? Ceased operations.
The People's Operator (TPO Mobile) Three 26 February 2019[32] Entered Administration. Existing customers were incentivised to move to SMARTY.[32]
U2i Mobile EE 11 July 2017[33] Ceased operations.
Vizz Africa Vodafone ? Ceased operations.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  30. ^ 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.
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