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The Best SIM Only Deals

By Edited Jun 3, 2016 0 0

Running a mobile phone doesn't have to be expensive. With the cost of handsets being in the hundreds of pounds, it's probably best for your wallet if you try to get the best deal on service that you can find. Today we're talking about the best SIM only plans out there. Which mobile service operator you go with is really up to you, but you might want to take advantage of some of the deals we've listed below. Choose carefully, you can get big savings with the right plan...

Why Would I Want SIM Only?

The benefit of a SIM only contract is that it will be cheaper than an incentive contract. Incentive contracts offer you a calling plan and a free or discounted mobile phone. However, the monthly prices for an incentive contract are much higher than with a SIM only contract. The extra fees are how the mobile operator can afford to give you a phone for little or no money down. And over the course of your incentive contract, all those extra fees will add up to more than the actual retail cost of the phone that you're given, which is the price you pay for basically buying your phone in instalments. A SIM only deal will give you only the calling plan that you need, so it works out cheaper.

T-Mobile SIM Only Deals...

There are some great T-Mobile SIM only deals, but by far the best offer right now is for the T-Mobile SIM Only Full Monty deal. For just £21 you get unlimited everything. That means unlimited calling, texting and data. And it's only a twelve month contract as well. If you don't want unlimited, there are other plans available. With SIM only 8, 15, 20, 25 or 26 (the numbers refer to the number of pounds you'll pay per month) you get a range of twelve month contracts that have different limits for calling, texting and data use.

SIM Only with O2...

To be honest, O2 doesn't have the cheapest SIM only deals. In fact, their most expensive package is £56 per month, and includes only unlimited calling and texting, not unlimited data. The data allowance on that plan is only 1 GB. If you're looking for good data plans then O2 probably isn't the company for you. On the other hand, if you don't have a smart phone, or don't want to use the internet on your smart phone, then O2 has no data SIM only deals for as low as ten pounds a month. They're one of the few companies that does not automatically add data into all their plans, so if you don't want the internet, then O2 is a great choice.

SIM Only with Vodafone...

Vodafone is another company that's not great if you're looking for the best data deals. However, you do get plenty of calling minutes and unlimited texting with a lot of Vodafone's SIM only packages. And these packages go for as low as £7.50 per month. Plus, they have nice rolling contract options, so you can get just thirty days service at a time that rolls over automatically every month until you cancel the deal. That's an excellent choice for people who don't want to be locked into a contract.

Three SIM Only Deals...

Three is a great network for data addicts. Three actually concentrate most of their efforts on providing good mobile internet for good prices, so if you're looking for a reliable and cheap phone internet connection, then you might want to go with Three. You can get truly unlimited data for as little as just £12.90 a month. The cost of calling minutes with Three does rapidly add up though, so you might not want to go this route if you're a frequent caller. Texters fair a little better than callers, with plenty of Three's plans offering unlimited texts.

Orange and SIM Only...

If you're a complete text addict, then you need to go with Orange. All of Orange's SIM only plans come with unlimited texts, for as low as seven pounds a month. Orange has reasonable data limits as well, though unlimited data comes at a pretty hefty price. As for calling, prices are pretty average. Orange has some nice optional extras that you can add on to your package though, like extra data and music downloads.

Which Network Should I Choose?

Your choice should probably be less about the network and more about the calling plan. However, there is an important consideration when thinking about which mobile operator to go with, and that's coverage. You're going to need to make sure that you get decent coverage in your local area with whichever network you choose to go with. This is especially important if you live outside of an urban area. Not all mobile operators get the same kinds of coverage everywhere. You can check the coverage for a given network by going to the mobile provider's web page. Or, if you want to compare who offers the best coverage in your area, go to the OFCOM web site. OFCOM keeps an updated map of which mobile operators cover which areas best.

Choose the Right Plan...

You'll also want to make sure that you go with the right calling plan before you sign. If you take a look at some of your old mobile bills you should be able to get an idea of what kind of average calling minute use you have, as well as averages for text messages and data. Choose a plan that's too big and you're going to be paying for services that you're not using. But go for something too small and you're going to end up with some pretty expensive extra charges for going over your contract's limits. Find the kind of plan that you need, and then start shopping around for providers that offer something to match your needs. You can also use an online comparison site to match your needs to plans and find out the latest best deals for you.



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