Ovivo goes pop. Where should you go now?

If you don’t like paying much money then Ovivo were ideal. Some of their plans cost absolutely nothing per month, but just recently Ovivo unexpectedly went pop and their customers were left with no service instantly.

So what now? Well, we’ve put some options together for you. They’re all SIM only, so you’ll need to pick a phone from a provider of your choosing.

Ovivo goes pop. Where should you go now?

If you’re a fan of those rolling monthly plans then here’s a list at the cheaper end of the market. It’s by no means definitive, but there’s a great selection here. All prices are per month. You can also get a slightly better deal if you choose to go for 12-month SIM only plan, but here we’re concentrating purely on the one-month plans. No long contracts, no ties. Simple.


Virgin Media
– £5 for 100 minutes and unlimited texts. No data though.
– £7 for 150 minutes, unlimited texts plus 500MB of data.
– £10 for 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data.

Packages include free giffgaff-to-giffgaff minutes. They’ve also announced that they’re giving an additional £5 credit for Ovivo customers porting their number over to giffgaff. The network already offers £5 credit to new customers when they top up £10, so a £20 total for merely adding your first £10 credit is a deal indeed. The deal finishes tomorrow night.

– £5 for 300 minutes, 60 “UK minutes”, 300 texts, 20MB internet.
– £7.50 for 200 “UK minutes”, unlimited UK texts, 250MB internet.
– £10 for 500 “UK minutes”, unlimited UK texts, 1GB internet.
– £12 for 250 “UK minutes”, unlimited UK texts, unlimited internet.

4G access is included on these plans.

– £9.90 for 250 minutes, 5000 texts, 500MB data.
– £12.90 for 600 minutes, 5000 texts, 1GB data.
– £12.90 for 200 minutes, 5000 texts, unlimited internet.

Tesco Mobile
– £7.50 for 250 minutes, 5000 texts, no data.
– £10 for 250 minutes, 5000 texts, 500MB internet.
– £12.50 for 750 minutes, 5000 texts, 2GB internet.


Running on the Three network, this MVNO offers “no credit checks”.

– £2.25 for 30 minutes, 30 texts, 30MB internet.
– £5 for 100 minutes, 100 texts, 100MB internet.
– £9 for 200 minutes, 200 texts, 200MB internet.

The Peoples Network
Running on EE you can donate to a worthy cause while using your phone.

– £14.99 with three months half-price – Unlimited texts, calls and internet.
– £10 for 300 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data.
– £5 for 50 minutes, 50 texts, 50MB internet.

Don’t forget to do a coverage check before you choose but, with the fact that you’re on a one-month deal, it’s easy to swap if you get a signal problem.