The world of buying a new phone, upgrading or getting a fresh sim-only deal is full of people claiming to be the best, hidden costs and even poor service. With the cost of the average phone contract increasing dramatically in recent years, we looked at how you can save money on your mobile phone and mobile contract, both short and long term by switching to sim only deals.
Sim Only plans are great for anyone who has finished their contract, is currently on pay-as-you-go or owns their phone outright and is looking to cut their phone bill. They have no strings attached, many can be cancelled at any time and offer highly competitive bundles at the best prices.
Let’s take the iPhone 12 (64gb) as an example, one of the top selling phones of 2021. We've compared 2 deals, both containing unlimited minutes, texts and generous data allowences.
EE Phone Contract – Minimum 24 Month Term
10gb Data, Unlimited Minutes and texts
Monthly Cost £57 – Upfront Cost £50
Total Cost after 2 years = £1418
Buying the iPhone 12 and VOXI Sim Only
Apple iPhone 12, direct from Apple - £33.29 per month
VOXI Sim Only – 12gb Data, Unlimited Minutes and texts, plus Unlimited Social Media Data for just £10 per month
Total cost after 2 years - £1039
That’s a massive total saving of £379
Prices correct as of May 2021
They’re not only great for people buying a brand-new phone. When most contract periods finish you’re either sold into an upgrade (when you probably don't need one) or your contract continues to roll, meaning you’re likely to be overpaying for your device, making sim only deals a great way to save money.
We’ve broken down our top 3 Sim Only plans and providers, these deals are jam-packed with excellent perks and fantastic value for money, making them perfect for the FreeClub community. Whilst these are our favourite deals be sure to browse the provider’s websites to find a deal that suits you and your needs.
VOXI was introduced in 2017 by Vodafone to bring fantastic Sim Only deals to the UK market. VOXI uses Vodafone signal, meaning you can enjoy their nationwide coverage which covers approximately 97% of the UK population.
Other packages are also available including the incredibly good value deal of 12GB of data for just £10 per month, which also includes Unlimited Social Media data usage, meaning even if you use your data allowance you’ll still be able to access social media and stay in touch with everyone on Whatsapp not bad at all! But be quick, this fantastic deal is only available until May 27th. For a Sim Only with no cancellation period, this really can’t be beaten, many of the competitors will tie you in for 12 or 24 months for similar deals.
Don’t just take our word for it, VOXI were crowned the USwitch 2020 PAYG Network of the Year Winner. Best of all, you can keep your existing number when you switch to VOXI, by simply sending a text message once you receive your new SIM, it’s really that easy. Click here to find out what all the fuss is about.
Again, O2 have amongst the best nationwide coverage, with their signal reaching 99% of the UK population. Whilst O2 have had a focus on contracts over the years, their Sim Only deals are on the up. All O2 customers can also enjoy O2 priority which is one of our favourite ways of saving money and even picking up a few freebies here and there!
The majority of O2 Sim Only deals do require a minimum 12 month contract, which for us leaves it behind the offering of VOXI, Sim Only is all about freedom!
GiffGaff uses O2, meaning you can enjoy vast UK coverage. The mobile networks I designed to be flexible and simple to manage or even cancel, with no fixed term contracts.
giffgaff also range of new and refurbished phones at competitive prices, with low interest finance options available, helping you save when buying directly with a sim only deal.
So there you have it, our quick and simple guide to Sim Only packages and how you can find one that suits you. For us VOXI clearly came out on top, you have unlimted freedom, very generous data allowences included, but for us what swings it has to be the endless social media and endless video streaming, as these are what really eat away at your data throughout the month. With packages starting at just £10 per month thanks to the special offer right now, be quick as this offer is only available until May 27th.
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