Most major mobile networks in the UK are now doing short contract (1 month rolling) sim only deals. You can order a sim card online and have it delivered to your home address for free in less than 3 days without any hidden charges. Competing for your custom, they offer lots of incentives and freebies, such as unlimited texts and data, unlimited free Skype or ever free pizzas or 2 for 1 cinema tickets.
All you have to do is grab a free sim card and pop it into an unlocked mobile phone. If you need to have your handset unlocked, most high street mobile phone shops can do it for you but they may charge you for doing it.
There are so many sim only deals out there and it might be difficult to choose which one to go for. It is essential to choose the right deal for you because, although you will get the sim card itself for free, the deal that comes with it may be unsuitable. There's nothing to worry about, though, as you only need give one month's notice to cancel the sim only deal if you want to switch to another provider. So, shop around, compare and choose wisely. Depending on your needs and requirements, deals may vary significantly. Here's our brief guide to the most popular sim only deals.
If you use your mobile phone a lot, making lots of calls, sending lots of texts and using mobile web a lot, then Three are probably the right option for you. The cheapest plan offered by Three at the moment is at just £8 per month with unlimited minutes and texts and 12 GB data included. The contract length is 12 months.
If you are one of those high power texters who send lots and lots of texts, there are lots of sim only deal options for you. Lebara gets you 200 free minutes and unlimited texts for just £3.95 a month. It's not a contract so could be cancelled at anytime. On top of this you get free 50 international minutes every time you top up.
If you have friends and family based abroad and you frequently call them, then you need a sim only deal tailored to your specific needs. O2's free International sim card deal is probably the best choice. You can claim your free sim card on O2's website and have it delivered right at your doorstep for free. Then all you need to do is top up £10 and you'll get 500 minutes and 5000 texts to the uk and abroad, 5GB data. This includes data rollover as well.
+ cheaper calls, texts and other services (because you don't need to pay for a phone);
+ no long term commitment which means you can easily change provider of you need to;
+ usually offer more minutes and texts than most PAYG tariffs;
+ you don't need to remember or spend time topping up;
- you need to provide your own phone;
- you may need to have your phone unlocked.
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