A Closer Look at SIM Only Contracts

SIM only deals have recently been popularised as a perfect alternative to regular mobile contracts, offering all the convenience without the lock-ins that many mobile users are terrified of. SIM only contracts are basically mobile contracts without the handset, so essentially, if you're not in need of a new device but want the convenience of a contract, a SIM only plan can offer the best of both worlds.

Cheaper Phone Services

SIM only contracts typically offer more minutes and texts than your regular mobile contract or PAYG. Calls to other networks are usually charged at a flat rate, and sometimes, you may even be able to call your contacts under the same network for free. You may also be eligible for more discounts the longer you are subscribed to the service.

Affordable Monthly Fees

Your monthly payments will definitely be lower, because you don't have to pay for the price of a handset unlike with a regular mobile contract.

Flexible Terms

Because there's no phone included in the plan, you won't be tied up to a certain provider for such a long time. This means if you are unhappy with the service, you can switch easily. Unlike regular phone contracts which last for about 18 to 24 months, SIM only contracts often last between three and 12 months. In fact, you may only choose 30-day rolling contracts.

Who Are They For?

SIM only contracts may be an excellent way to save money on your mobile usage, but they are only suitable for specific types of individuals. If you're the type of person who wants a new handset on a regular basis, you might be better off with a regular mobile contract, since you can upgrade to the latest handset after each contract term. Regularly switching to the newest and most expensive mobiles in the market and paying by cash can be hard to sustain. On the other hand, if you've had had troubles paying your bills on time in the past, consider using PAYG instead.

Otherwise, SIM only deals are an ideal option for those who have existing devices that they still love, those who want to get the most value out of their subscriptions, and those who want the convenience of a contract but are not comfortable with the long term commitment.

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