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We compare pay as you go mobile phone plans in the UK

Whether you're finally getting round to jumping on the smartphone bandwagon or are a seasoned professional simply looking to save a few pound every month by switching your phone plan, this article is for you. We have taken a look at everything available out there right now from the seven major mobile operators in order to compare mobile phone plans in the UK on pay as you go to give you all the information you need to make the decision that's right for you and your mobile needs.

With so many different plans available out there it can be tricky to get a straight forward answer to your questions directly from the networks in question. When it comes to impartial advice, you're much better off checking out some of the great resources online, such as this website, in order to clue yourself in.

In this feature we're not going to ask which is the best network, but instead present to you their various charges so that you can decide which one best suits your needs.

O2 charge 25p per minute for voice calls, while texts cost 12p each. Data costs a maximum of £1 a day for up to 50MB of usage and a £10 top up each month entitles you to 300 texts and 500MB of data.

Orange charge 20p per minute for voice calls, while texts cost 10p each (the cheapest of all the networks for both). However their data charges are up to £2 per day. A £10 monthly top up gets you 300 free texts and 100MB of data use.

T-Mobile charge 25p per minute for voice calls and 12p per text message, while data costs a maximum of £1 per day. You can buy an additional internet booster pack for just £5 per month which gets you 500MB of data use over 30 days, while topping up with £10 gets you unlimited texts for the duration of the calendar month you topped up in.

Virgin Media charge 26p per minute for voice calls and 10p per text message. Data costs 30p per day for 25MB of usage, while a £10 top up gets you 300 free texts.

Vodafone charge 21p per minute for voice calls and 10p per text message, while data costs £1 per day for 15MB of usage. Topping up by £10 will get you a bonus of 300 texts and 500MB of data usage per month.

3 have a £15 all in one pack where you get 300 minutes, 3000 text messages and as much data as you can use for the month. If you go over your minutes, calls cost 26p per minute, and if you go over your texts you'll pay 11p per additional message.

Talk Mobile charge 25p per minute for voice calls and 10p per text. Data is 25p per day for 25MB and a £10 top up gets you 75 minutes of free international calls.

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