SIM Only Best Choice for Some

SIM only is a type of mobile contract which comes without a phone. The mobile network provider will give you texts, minutes and data for a monthly line agreement.
There are some subtle differences between PAYG (Pay As You Go) and Pay Monthly. With PAYG you are not tied to a contract but can top up when desired. They are also referred to occasionally as SIM only too, you also do not get a phone but a SIM card. These types of offers are not subject to credit checks, which is ideal for people with bad credit or for the young who have not built up their credit score yet.
With a Pay Monthly you will usually have to be on a contract for 12, 18 or 24 months. SIM only is a great option, as the minimum contract is 30 days or optionally you can go for a better value 12 months plan.

Advantages of SIM only

The primary reason most will go for a SIM only deal, is that you do not have to pay for the cost of a new mobile phone. If the phone is adequate for making calls and browsing the internet or social media apps then there is no need to update the handset. Offline or SIM free mobile phones can cost several hundred pounds but by choosing to go for SIM only some significant savings can be made.
The tariff is also much better than PAYG and these are recurring if you do not cancel the plan, where as with PAYG you would have the inconvenience of topping up when your credit finishes.
Also as you are not tied down like Pay Monthly for 24 months, you can chop and change your tariff without hassle.

Disadvantages of SIM only

There are usually less offers with SIM only like bundled freebies. You would also have to provide the phone before committing to such a deal. SIM free phones are pricey to buy outright and the networks do tend to subsidise the cost of the handset on a Pay Monthly to attract you to these deals.

Prices

affordable-simIf you are looking for cheap SIM only deals, they can be found for as little as £9.99. There are also many tariffs with unlimited minutes and a few with unlimited data but currently not for 4G plans.

EE Mobile

With EE you can get 4G SIM only with up to 10GB of data. Prices start from £9.99 on a 12 months deal with 500MB data and 500 minutes. They have a total of 4 plans on their 12 months tariffs, for the similar tariff on a 30 day contract it will cost an additional £3 per month with slight tariff changes.

Three

Three offer unlimited data on their All You Can Eat plans with up to 4GB which you can use as a personal hotspot. The cheapest tariff is for unlimited data is from £15.

Vodafone

Vodafone also offer 4G but they have bundled some exclusive offers with entertain packages on their Red and Red L 4G only. You can choose from Sky Sports, Spotify or Now TV for 12 months free subscription which will cost £27 per month.

TalkTalk offer the lowest cost SIM plan from £3.50

If you are looking for a cheap SIM only deal, than you don’t really have to look far than TalkTalk. They currently have one of the cheapest SIM only deal from just £3.50 per month.

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So what do you get with this fantastic deal from this MVNO?

Contract:12 Months
Minutes:100
Text:250
Data:100
Price:£3.50

There is also extra incentive you should buy online. You can get double the internet data from 100MB to 200MB.

Dan Meader from TalkTalk is quoted as saying, “Our new tariffs are centered around having more time to chat, text and surf the net without paying a penny extra.”

All the plans have been refreshed to offer more inclusive minutes, texts and data. Their most expensive plan is for £17.50 and comes with 4GB of data. Their other low cost medium SIM only plan isn’t bad either costing, £7.50 with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB data.

TalkTalk runs on the Vodafone network so new subscribes should get reliable network coverage and internet speeds on their smartphones.