SMARTY deals

Operating under the slogan “Simple, honest mobile”, SMARTY has two unique selling points. The first includes offering alternative payment methods, rather than insisting on direct debits; the second is its data discount scheme.

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
3GB
£5/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
4GB
£6/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
8GB
£7/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
10GB
£8/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
12GB
£8/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
30GB
£10/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
50GB
£15/month

SMARTY SIM card

SMARTY
Contract length
No Contract
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Unlimited
£16/month

Product nameContract lengthMinutesTextsDataMonthly cost
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£5 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£6 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£7 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£8 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£8 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£15 /month
SMARTY SIM cardNo ContractUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16 /month

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Which network does SMARTY use?

As an offshoot of Three, SMARTY naturally runs on the Three network. 

The SMARTY way

SMARTY prides itself on making things simple and affordable. According to its web site, it was founded on the belief that there is a better way to do mobile. SMARTY cites several core values that underpin its approach:

  • Low costs

  • Straightforward plans

  • Transparent pricing

  • Flexibility 

SMARTY is, in its own words, ‘on a mission to put trust back into the industry, by doing things properly’. It joins other modern, simplified networks, like giffgaff and VOXI, in doing away with bells and whistles in favour of a simple, great-value service. 

SMARTY SIM-only model

SMARTY only offers SIM-only plans, so if you’re looking for new phone deals, you’ll have to look elsewhere. If you’re after cheap data plans, though, SMARTY takes some beating: it was crowned the best value SIM-only network in the 2020 Uswitch awards

All SMARTY SIM card plans offer:

  • 30-day contracts

  • The freedom to cancel at any time

  • Fast 3G and 4G performance

  • No credit check requirements

  • Unlimited tethering in the UK

  • No speed caps

SMARTY SIM plans

At present, SMARTY offers the following plans:

  • 30GB

  • 100GB

  • Unlimited data

All plans come with unlimited calls and texts and are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis, meaning you make a one-off payment that gives you access to the plan for 30 days. 

SMARTY data discount plans

One of SMARTY’s unique selling points is the way it refunds unused data at the end of the month. While some providers let you roll over unused data, SMARTY’s data discount feature compensates you by giving you money off your next plan. The amount varies from £1-3 depending on the amount of unused data. Considering SMARTY’s most expensive plan is a mere £8 per month, that means you could get back almost 50%.

SMARTY data-only SIMs

Ideal for dongles, tablets and Mi-Fi, SMARTY data-only SIMs offer the same great value as regular SMARTY mobile SIMs. They also offer money off your next month’s contract for any unused data. 

SMARTY add-ons

SMARTY SIM plans don’t come with any frills, but you can still enjoy extras in the form of add-ons. These include:

  • Data add-ons (1GB, 2GB or 3GB)

For when you want to top up your data before your plan has reached its end date. 

  • Top-up add-ons (£5, £10, £15) 

For when you need to make a premium call – say, to an 084 number – that’s not covered by the free calls component of your plan.

You can add these extras to your plan through your online customer account. Dubbed as ‘Out of Plan’ top-ups, these extras don’t expire when your plan does, so you can keep using them until the purchased credit runs out.

SMARTY coverage

SMARTY is powered by the Three network, which boasts a 97% coverage rate across the UK. With it, you can enjoy 2G and 3G connectivity, as well as 4G where available – visit the coverage checker on its website for more details. 

SMARTY roaming

SMARTY roaming is free within the EU, with all the features of your plan working the same way they do back home. You will need to set up your phone for roaming before you go, though. If you plan to make calls outside of these locations, you will need to buy an Out of Plan top-up to fund your calls as they won’t be covered by free roaming. 

SMARTY tethering

So long as your plan is still active and your data supports it, you can tether as many devices as you like to your SMARTY SIM card. This is true even if you are using your SIM in the EU. 

Student SIM cards 

There are no specific SMARTY student SIM cards, but the brand does style itself as a great student option. No contracts, low costs and the freedom to use its SIMs to tether laptops and consoles make it a great choice for those on a budget – especially as an alternative to kitting out a shared house with home broadband.

SMARTY customer service

SMARTY’s customer service can only be accessed through the following online channels:

  • Email

  • Online FAQs

However, you can request a call-back when you email and its help centre is open seven days a week.

SMARTY’s refer-a-friend scheme

If you convince a friend to join SMARTY, you’ll each get a month free. You can do this with as many friends as you like – once they have been customers for two weeks, you’ll be rewarded with a free month’s service. 

SMARTY group plans

SMARTY’s new group plans enable you to save 10% by joining the network alongside friends or family members. You each choose your preferred plan and the group can have up to eight SIM cards. The plan is managed under one account by one person, termed the Group Owner. As well as getting 10% off for each SIM you use, you can also reap the benefits of SMARTY’s data discount and you can leave at any time, of course. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay for my SMARTY SIM?

SMARTY plans are paid for in advance, either with a credit or debit card or in cash from a PayPoint retailer. SMARTY doesn’t accept direct debits, so you don’t need a bank account. Those paying by card can opt for automatic renewal, but it’s not mandatory. You can opt-out of the renewal system at any time, leaving you free to leave or switch providers at the end of your 30-day plan. 

Will a SMARTY SIM work with my phone?

Yes, so long as your phone is unlocked. If not, you will need to approach the provider you purchased it from and request that it be unlocked. All Three phones come unlocked as standard. 

Can I keep my number with SMARTY?

Yes, but you’ll need a PAC code – the text-to-switch scheme is the best way to get hold of this. 

Does SMARTY use 5G?

Not yet, but it’s coming. Wi-Fi calling is also in the works, so it’s worth keeping an eye on SMARTY’s web site and social network accounts for updates.