Ofcom Price Accreditation Scheme

Ofcom (Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) is the communications regulator in the UK. It regulates the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles and postal services as well as the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. It makes sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and 'dishonest' practices whilst ensuring that competition can thrive.

Ofcom operates a price comparison accreditation scheme which puts sites through a rigorous independent audit. The audit checks whether the information provided to consumers is accessible, accurate, transparent, comprehensive and up-to-date.

MobilePhoneChecker is very proud to have been awarded the Ofcom Price Accreditation Scheme logo. We are one of only two mobile phone price comparison sites to be accredited by Ofcom. Our Contracts, Contract Tariffs, PAYG Sims and SIM Only comparisons are all covered by the Ofcom accreditation.

The list below details the approval criteria that sites must meet to be eligible to take part in the accreditation scheme.

Accredited price comparison calculators must be accessible, accurate, transparent and comprehensive:

Accessible

1. Services must be accessible by all consumers including disabled users.
2. Web-based services should offer consumers the option of getting advice offline.
3. PCWs must comply with existing relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act and Equality Act and any other applicable legislation.
4. PCWs should have in place clearly explained, fair and timely processes for handling complaints.

Charging

5. PCWs must provide a free service or impose only a reasonable charge on consumers accessing their services.

Accurate

6. Data used to calculate price comparisons should be updated no later than every two weeks. Web based calculators should indicate when they were last updated.
7. Data on prices and tariffs should reflect the availability of special offers and any upfront costs, for example installation and equipment.
8. PCWs should provide, on their result pages, information about any limits on data usage that apply to services identified in comparison searches
9. The price comparison service must display 'up to' broadband speeds on its results page.

Transparent

10. The price comparison calculator must enable consumers to sort the results of any price calculation by price.
11. The PCW must make it clear to consumers how it makes money or funds its activity.
12. PCWs should alert consumers that their provider may increase the cost of their monthly deal and that they should be allowed to exit their contract without penalty if this happens.
13. The price comparison service must explain that traffic management policies may apply and provide links to communications providers' policies where available.
14. PCWs should explain that actual broadband speeds experienced may vary from the 'up to' speed provided by a package and provide a link to Ofcom's work on broadband speeds.
15. Services must provide tools, or links to tools, for consumers to test the speed of their line.
16. PCWs should provide links to Ofcom's comparative information on customer service and complaints handling, including regular information on the complaints received by Ofcom.

Comprehensive

17. Price comparison information must be full and comprehensive. Data should include a comprehensive number of providers to reflect the level of choice available to consumers in the relevant market, including key players.
18. PCWs should take into account the consumers' location when presenting information on what services are available.

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Some contracts are reduced in price if you already have services with the supplier.

For example, if you have BT Broadband, you save £5 per month on a BT Mobile SIM, or if you add an additional EE SIM to your account you can save money too.

Select any of the products you already have below to ensure that you find the best deals available.
The UK has four licenced network operators: EE, Telefonica UK (O2), Three and Vodafone providing services using a variety of mobile technologies.

There are a number of other companies that provide mobile network services such as Tesco, giffgaff and Virgin. These are known as MVNO (mobile virtual network operators) which lease network capability from one of the four licenced operators.

These are all listed below so you can determine which of the four network operators provides service.

EE O2 Three Vodafone
ASDA giffgaff ID Mobile Lebara
BT Mobile Lycamobile Three Sainsburys
co-op O2 Talkmobile
EE Tesco Mobile Vodafone
Family mobile
Orange
T-Mobile
The People's Operator
Utility Warehouse
Vectone
Virgin Mobile
1.5GB of data a month gives you roughly 45MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 50 photos on facebook
• watch 7 minutes of video
100MB of data a month gives you roughly 3MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 4 webpages
• read 20 emails
• share 5 photos
10GB of data a month gives you roughly 330MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 100 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 90 minutes of video
13GB of data a month gives you roughly 430MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 100 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 250 photos on facebook
• watch 120 minutes of video
150MB of data a month gives you roughly 5MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 6 webpages
• read 30 emails
• share 10 photos
1GB of data a month gives you roughly 30MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 50 photos on facebook
• watch 5 minutes of video
2.5GB of data a month gives you roughly 85MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 15 minutes of video
200MB of data a month gives you roughly 6MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 8 webpages
• read 30 emails
• share 15 photos
20GB of data a month gives you roughly 650MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 100 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 500 photos on facebook
• watch 180 minutes of video
250MB of data a month gives you roughly 8MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 10 webpages
• read 30 emails
• share 20 photos
2GB of data a month gives you roughly 65MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 100 photos on facebook
• watch 12 minutes of video
3.5GB of data a month gives you roughly 115MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 25 minutes of video
300MB of data a month gives you roughly 10MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 12 webpages
• read 40 emails
• share 25 photos
350MB of data a month gives you roughly 12MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 14 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 25 photos
3GB of data a month gives you roughly 100MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 20 minutes of video
4GB of data a month gives you roughly 130MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 30 minutes of video
500MB of data a month gives you roughly 16MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 30 photos on facebook
• watch 1 minute of video
50GB of data a month gives you roughly 1600MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 1500 webpages
• read 500 emails
• share 4000 photos on facebook
• watch 180 minutes of video
50MB of data a month gives you roughly 2MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 2 webpages
• read 10 emails
• share 0 photos
5GB of data a month gives you roughly 160MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 30 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 40 minutes of video
600MB of data a month gives you roughly 20MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 30 photos on facebook
• watch 2 minutes of video
6GB of data a month gives you roughly 200MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 30 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 50 minutes of video
750MB of data a month gives you roughly 25MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 50 photos on facebook
• watch 2 minutes of video
7GB of data a month gives you roughly 230MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 30 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 60 minutes of video
8GB of data a month gives you roughly 260MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 50 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 60 minutes of video
Unlimited of data a month gives you roughly 99999MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 99999 webpages
• read 99999 emails
• share 99999 photos on facebook
• watch 99999 minutes of video