EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) is a British mobile network operator, internet service provider and a division of BT Group. As of 2019 it is the largest mobile network operator in the UK, with around 32 million customers. The company was formed in 2010 as a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom (now Orange S.A.), and was acquired by BT in January 2016. Since April 2018 it has been part of BT's consumer division which operates three brands: BT, EE and Plusnet. EE has its headquarters in Hatfield and has main offices at BT Centre in London, Bristol, Darlington, Doxford, Greenock, Merthyr Tydfil, North Tyneside, Plymouth and Leeds. As of 23 November 2016, EE's 4G & 2G networks' combined coverage reaches more than 99% of the UK population, with double speed 4G reaching 80%, while EE's 3G network reaches 98% of the population.
Telefónica UK Limited (trading as O2) is a telecommunications services provider in the United Kingdom, owned by the Spanish multinational Telefónica, and is headquartered in Slough. With 26 million subscribers (as of November 2019), O2 is the second-largest mobile network operator in the United Kingdom after EE, with Vodafone in third place. The company was formed in 1985 as Cellnet, at first a joint venture between BT Group and Securicor, later wholly owned by BT. Cellnet was the second mobile phone network to launch in the UK after Vodafone three years earlier. It was spun off from BT in 2002 to form a new holding company, mmO2 plc, which introduced the "O2" brand for the businesses. In 2006 the company was purchased by Telefónica, who retained the O2 brand and the company's UK headquarters.
Vodafone UK is a provider of telecommunications services in the United Kingdom, and a part of the Vodafone Group, the world's second-largest mobile phone company. As of November 2019, Vodafone UK has 17.8 million subscribers and is the third largest mobile telecommunications network nationally after EE and O2. In October 2017 the network had a complete rebrand and image overhaul with a new 2D logo and slogan, "The future is exciting. Ready?" On 9 September 2017, Vodafone launched their VOXI sim-only plans which offered under-25s unlimited minutes, texts and endless data to social media websites and apps. On 6 November 2019, it was announced that Virgin Mobile would end their 20 year contract with BT and EE moving to and starting to use Vodafone's network from 2021, initially for 5 years until 2026.
Hutchison 3G UK Limited, doing business as Three UK, is a British telecommunications and internet service provider operating as a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings, operating under the global Three brand. The company launched in March 2003 as the United Kingdom's first commercial video mobile network. It provides 3G, 4G and 5G (certain areas) services through its own network infrastructure. In June 2018, Three UK and sister company Superdrug entered an MVNO partnership to launch Superdrug Mobile, which is exclusive to members of Superdrug's "Health & Beautycard" loyalty scheme. Network was built for the internet - it carries over 40% of the UK’s mobile data traffic. Until then, 3G network already covers more than 98% of the UK population – with over 80% enjoying a fast internet experience on advanced 3G network.
Lycamobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating in 23 countries. The brand is active in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the USA. The bulk of Lycamobile revenue is claimed to be generated from its SIM products. Lycatel, also a part of Lyca Group, targets customers within expatriate and ethnic markets that want to make international calls. Lycamobile sells international pay-as-you-go SIM cards to customers wanting to make international telephone calls. Being an MVNO, Lycamobile leases radio frequency from mobile phone network operators and it forms partnerships with the operators in each country it serves. In 2015 Lycamobile renewed a multi-year MVNO deal with O2.
Virgin Mobile, also known as Mobile from Virgin Media, is a mobile phone service provider operating in the United Kingdom, and a subsidiary of Virgin Media. The company was launched by Virgin Group in 1999 as the world's first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). As a virtual operator, Virgin Mobile does not maintain its own network but instead has contracts to use the EE network. Telewest bought Virgin Mobile on 4 April 2006 and rebranded itself as Virgin Media on 9 February 2007. Virgin Mobile became part of the quadplay of Virgin Media services and received a new logo in line with its parent. Virgin Media was subsequently purchased by Liberty Global in 2013. In November 2019, it was announced that Virgin Mobile will move from the EE network to the Vodafone network from 2021, initially for five years until 2026.
Sky Mobile is the UK’s mobile network that puts customers in control. They can roll over all their unused data, swap their phone each year, and tailor their plan whenever they like. Sky Mobile rolls any data you have leftover at the end of the month into your Sky Piggybank. It’s yours to keep for 3 years to use when you need it most, or you can exchange it for a range of discounts on phones, tablets and accessories. Mix your plan whenever you like, so you only pay for what you need. And enjoy Unlimited Streaming on all Sky apps, like Sky Go, Sky Sports and more on the go, without using your data. Sky Mobile UK is a British telecommunications company which serves the United Kingdom owned by Comcast, an American telecommunications conglomerate.