The best UK Networks For Unlimited Streaming & Social Media 2019

The UK mobile market is becoming increasingly competitive. Standard voice, texts & data plans aren’t attracting customers these days and the networks are always looking at new ways to provide extra value to potential customers. With consumers streaming more and more data, with applications such as Spotify, Apple Music & Netflix becoming more commonly used, some networks have now begun to offer free data streaming services to their pay monthly & PAYG customers. Some of these schemes offered by the networks include free social media data on popular apps such as WhatsApp & Snapchat, where as others are offering free streaming on data heavy apps such as Netflix. To provide some context, streaming video for an hour uses up about 1GB of data, if you’re a frequent consumer of video content, you could find yourself quickly using up your data allowance. This isn’t cheap and if you are a fan of music or video streaming, you may have to reduce the frequency of streaming or look for free Wi-Fi. The other option is to purchase an expensive data plan. However, with free music and video streaming plan, you don’t have to be restricted in any way. In this article we will look at the current free streaming offers provided by UK networks, we split these into two categories. Free music & video streaming and free social media data. With free music & video streaming ranked as a better benefit due to greater potential data saving.

May 17th, 2019

Table of Contents

1. Free Data Usage

2. Free Social Media & Messaging

3. Half Cooked’s Overall Winner

Free Data Usage 

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Pro’s

  • 12 free Sky TV apps
  • Applies to SIM-Only and phone deals

 

Con’s

  • Requires a subscription
  • Adverts playing may cost you

 

Sky Mobile is in a unique position whereby it can offer streaming of its TV channels. Sky Mobile allows SIM only & phone contract customers to watch up to 12 Sky TV channels through your mobile phone at no extra charge. The channels include Sky Cinema, Sky Kids, Sky Sports, Sky+, and Sky Go. You can check out our deep dive into Sky Mobile review article to learn more about the network. This is a great perk due to the heavy data demands of the Sky TV apps. The fact that you can enjoy this on any Sky Mobile plan makes this an option for customers looking for a fairly low cost, low data plan. The only thing to consider is that you need to be a Sky TV customer to take advantage of the free streaming using your mobile phone. Additionally, you may need 50 MB or more data allowance to play video ads.

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Pro’s

  • 6 free streaming apps
  • HD video quality

Con’s

  • Requires a subscription
  • Applicable to advanced plans only
 
Three was the first network to offer free data streaming. With Three you can stream free data on up to 6 different apps. The perk is available through their proposition Go Binge. If you want to listen to music you can stream SoundCloud, Deezer & Apple Music. If you’re in the mood for movies you can stream HD video content using Netflix or the TV Player app. An additional benefit is that you can continue streaming outside the UK in certain destinations. To enjoy Go Binge, you just need to order a SIM-only Pay Monthly deal or a Pay Monthly phone contract that comes with an advanced plan of at least 12GB data. Just like Sky Mobile, you need to pay for the subscription, if relevant, for each app. Three also offers a great roaming perk, that allows you to use your data in 71 destinations worldwide within your monthly allowance, you can learn more reading out detailed Three review

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Pro’s

  • Free 6 months Apple Music

Con’s

  • Limited deals
  • No video streaming
 
For some time now, EE Mobile has been offering its customers free Apple Music streaming. This is a good perk and on top of this EE provides free access to the premium service for 6 months. However, EE doesn’t offer any video streaming perks, like the Netflix streaming perk offered by Three. Check out our detailed Three vs EE review to see how the two networks compare across a number of different areas.

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Pro’s

  • Wide selection of streaming apps
  • Endless music and video streaming

 

Con’s

  • Music and video passes needed
  • Age limit on network of 29

 

Voxi is a new service from Vodafone. The network is aimed at young mobile users, with an age limit of 29. Unlike the other plans, you don’t get unlimited streaming on your standard plans but you have the option to add the perk to your existing plan at a reasonable pay monthly fixed cost. Currently, you can pay for the Music Pass (£5/month) to enjoy unlimited music streaming or the Video Pass (£7/month) which to enjoy endless video streaming. Since you are paying for the pass, it’s important to confirm if it’s worth it. You may be paying for data that you may not need. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to just pay for your basic plan as opposed to paying extra for the pass. Some of the video apps that you can stream for free with the Video Pass are Netflix, Amazon, UKTV Play, and YouTube. As for the Music Pass, you can use it to stream Apple Music, SoundCloud, Spotify, and many others. Both passes require you to have some data left on your regular plan before you can start enjoying endless streaming. Learn more about Voxi by checking out our detailed Voxi Review.

Free Social Media & Messaging 

 
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Pro’s

  • Wide selection of social media apps
  • Endless social media usage

 

Con’s

  • Age limit of 29

 

We rate Voxi’s unlimited social media data usage as one of the strongest offers in the market in this category. If you are using WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Pinterest and Viber on your Voxi SIM you will not incur any data usage. This is the same if you use these applications when you are tethering onto another device and when you roam in the EU.

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Pro’s

  • Unlimited messaging
  • No data limit

 

Con’s

  • Limited social media apps
  • Fairly small data savings

 

Virgin Mobile offers its customers data free messaging. This effectively means any customers using WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Twitter won’t incur any data charges. Unfortunately these are the only apps covered and as a result the data savings won’t be massive. A point to be aware of is that free messaging is only available via the individual apps and any usage through a browser won’t be free. Virgin Mobile does not have the age restriction that comes with Voxi. So, it’s a great option for all individuals regardless of age. Currently, they have a free data messaging plan for Facebook. Virgin Mobile also offers several other perks to customers such as data rollover, whilst running on the super-fast EE network. To learn more about Virgin Mobile and what deals they currently have available, check out our Virgin Mobile Review.

Pro’s

  • Free Snapchat messaging
  • Benefit included when roaming

 

Con’s

  • Limited social media apps
  • Only available to advanced plan customers

 

As mentioned earlier in the article Three offers a number of Music & Video streaming services to customers. Three also offers Snapchat inclusive as part of the same ‘Go Binge’ proposition. This is however limited to customers on the advanced plan (Customers with at least 12GB per month data allowance). This perk extends to snapchat messaging abroad, which means you can share your holiday snaps without eating into your data allowance.

Half Cooked’s Overall Winner

 
First looking at music and video streaming, Sky Mobile comes out with the win. With access to 12 Sky TV apps you can watch on the go, this is more options than currently offered by the other networks. Despite Three having providing access to Netflix, Sky offers this perk to all its customers whereas Three limits this to advanced plan customers only. In terms of free social media usage, the outright winner is Voxi. They live up to their mantra of ‘Endless Social Media’ with almost every popular social media application covered as part of their proposition. The only downside is the age limit restriction which prevents any customers over the age of 29 joining the network. Despite this, with Virgin’s offer limited to only three messaging apps (Fairly low data usage) & Three only offering Snapchat, at the moment there isn’t a great deal of competition for Voxi.