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Saturday, 3 August 2013

How you can save loads of money with a SIM only deal

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If your mobile phone contract has expired, you're free to move to a SIM only deal. This means that you can keep your current phone but get a new SIM card, with much lower monthly costs.

In other words, a SIM only deal could save you a lot of money.

There are loads of deals out there, but to save you spending ages finding them all, here's a summary of some of the best out there from the UK's leading networks:

Minutes
Extras
Deal information
Cost/Mth
30
minutes
30
texts
• 30 minutes to any network and 30 texts
• 30MB internet data per month
• Upgrade to any smartphone after 6 months
• Capped plans to avoid bill shock
• Over 97% UK network coverage.
60
minutes
300
texts
• 60 minutes to any network and 300 texts
• 20MB internet data per month
• Unlimited calls to other Giffgaff customers
• Get an extra free UK minute for every minute you are called, subject to terms.
100
minutes
100
texts
 
100 MB
internet
• 100 minutes to any network and 100 texts
• 100MB internet data per month
• Upgrade to any smartphone after 6 months
• Capped plans to avoid bill shock
• Over 97% UK network coverage.
100
minutes
100
texts
 
100 MB
internet
• 100 minutes to any network and 100 texts
• 100MB internet data per month
• The UKÆs cheapest SIM only tariffs
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
100
minutes
100
texts
 
100 MB
internet
• 100 minutes to any network and 100 texts
• 100MB internet data per month
• The UKÆs cheapest SIM only tariffs
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
200
minutes
5000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
7 months half price line rental saving £24
• 200 minutes and 5000 texts to any network
• 500MB internet data per month
• Great value for money and 97% coverage
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
250
minutes
500
texts
 
500 MB
internet
9 months half price line rental saving £36
• 250 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 500MB data per month.
500
minutes
500
texts
 
100 MB
internet
7 months half price line rental saving £28
• 500 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 100MB internet data per month.
200
minutes
5000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 200 minutes and 5000 texts to any network
• 500MB internet data per month
• Great value for money and 97% coverage
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
200
minutes
5000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 200 minutes and 5000 texts to any network
• 500MB internet data per month
• Great value for money and 97% coverage
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
200
minutes
5000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 200 minutes and 5000 texts to any network
• 500MB internet data per month
• Great value for money and 97% coverage
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
250
minutes
5000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 250 minutes to any network and 5000 texts
• 500MB internet data per month.
250
minutes
Unlimited
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 250 minutes to any network and unlimited texts
• 500MB internet data per month.
100
minutes
200
texts
1 GB
internet
3 months FREE line rental saving £24
• 100 minutes to any network and 200 texts
• 1GB internet data per month.
150
minutes
Unlimited
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 150 minutes to any network and unlimited texts
• 500MB internet data per month.
1 GB
internet
• 1GB mobile internet data per month
300
minutes
500
texts
 
250 MB
internet
4 months FREE line rental saving £36
• 300 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 250MB internet data per month.
200
minutes
Unlimited
texts
 
250 MB
internet
• 200 minutes to any network and unlimited texts
• 250MB internet data per month
• Unlimited calls to other Giffgaff customers
• Get an extra free UK minute for every minute you are called, subject to terms.
250
minutes
500
texts
500 MB
internet
• 250 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 500MB data per month.
250
minutes
500
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 250 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 500MB data per month.
200
minutes
500
texts
500 MB
internet
• 200 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 500MB internet data per month
• The UKÆs cheapest SIM only tariffs
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
500
minutes
500
texts
 
100 MB
internet
• 500 minutes to any network and 500 texts
• 100MB internet data per month.
100
minutes
200
texts
 
1 GB
internet
• 100 minutes to any network and 200 texts
• 1GB internet data per month.
300
minutes
1000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 300 minutes to any network and 1000 texts
• 500MB internet data per month
• The UKÆs cheapest SIM only tariffs
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
300
minutes
1000
texts
 
500 MB
internet
• 300 minutes to any network and 1000 texts
• 500MB internet data per month
• The UKÆs cheapest SIM only tariffs
• Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM and standard SIM available.
Prices correct on 03/08/13
 

Can I switch to a SIM only deal?

If you’re happy with your current phone but want a cheaper monthly payment or to increase your minutes, texts or data limit, a SIM deal might be for you.

Another advantage of SIM only deals is that often they’re for 1 month at a time, rolling contracts, so you’re not tied in next time you want to change.

 

Do I need to get my phone unlocked?

Possibly, if you want to take up a SIM only deal. Some networks lock their phones when you buy one from them to discourage you from switching to another network. There’s nothing wrong with unlocking them however.

All you need to do is have a look online to find a website that will give you the unlocking code for your particular phone. Put your new SIM into your phone and enter the code.

Codes for most phones can be found for free, but occasionally you may have to pay for it. Again, there are websites that will sell you the code you need, or you may have a shop in your high street that will do it for you.

 

What’s a PAC code?

It’s short for Porting Authorisation Code, and you’ll need one if you want to switch network but keep your existing number. See question 7 for more info on how to do this.