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Best SIM only deals today

Fred Isaac (Presented by Mobiles.co.uk)

Fred Isaac (Presented by Mobiles.co.uk)
Jan 8, 2016


 

If you have a handset that you’re happy with then you could save yourself a fortune by switching to a SIM Only deal. A SIM Only deal means you’re only paying for a tariff of minutes, texts and data, as opposed to a phone contract where you’re paying for the tariff and the handset.

 

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If your phone contract term has expired (usually 24 months) then you are free to switch to a SIM Only deal. Reasons why should seriously consider doing this:

  • If you don’t, you could effectively be continuing to pay for the cost of the handset.
  • SIM Only deals are often much cheaper than pay monthly phone contract deals, because you’re just paying for the tariff and not the handset.
  • SIM Only contracts are usually 30 day or 12 month contracts. Much shorter than the average phone contract.
  • Loads of networks offer SIM Only deals, and there are great deals from smaller networks too.

 

Here’s our handpicked list of the best SIM deals today depending on your habits. These deals are brought to you by Mobiles.co.uk and we earn a small commission for any customers who take up one of these offers.

 

Best 4G SIM with loads of internet data

If you want a 4G SIM in particular then you’re probably going to want one with quite a bit of data. This isn’t because 4G uses up more data than 3G (they both use up the same data, it’s just that 4G is a faster connection), but people choose 4G data SIMs to ensure they get a decent connection for watching videos and movies on the go. The average movie can use around 1GB per hour. We recommend the chunky 10GB data plan which you can get today on EE, the biggest and fastest network in the UK.

 

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

EE

Unlimited mins

10GB data

Unlimited texts

£28.99 a month

12 month contract

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Today’s best SIM deal with unlimited minutes

So you’re a bit of a talker eh? You get a lot for your money with this Virgin Media SIM only deal. It’s just a one month contract and you can talk to your heart’s content with unlimited minutes. 2GB of data per month is plenty for most users and Virgin Media uses the EE network, so you’re actually connected to the biggest, fastest network.

 

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

Virgin Media

Unlimited mins

2GB data

Unlimited texts

£15.00 a month

1 month contract

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A great SIM Only deal for iPhone 4S (or any other iPhone!):

There are still loads of iPhone 4S handsets out there, with many being hand-me-downs or lost in amongst the electrical graveyard in people’s homes. If you’re lucky enough to have your mitts on an iPhone 4S and you don’t have a phone contract, then a SIM Only deal is perfect for you. If you’d like to use the internet a bit, but tend to still use your phone for texting and making calls, then we recommend this excellent value SIM Only deal which you can get today from Mobiles.co.uk. The iPhone 4S needs a Micro SIM card size. iD Mobile has taken the hassle out of getting the right SIM card size. You get a one-size-fits-all card that snaps into the required size for your handset.

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

iD Mobile

500 mins

1GB data

5000 texts

£10.00 a month

1 month contract

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Best SIM deal for Blackberry phones:

Blackberry phones are great for emailing and have been massively popular with businesses. You’ll need a Micro SIM card if you’ve got a Z or Q series, a Standard SIM if you’ve got a Curve or a Nano if you’ve got a Passport or Priv. A great deal today is the 1GB data SIM from iD Mobile. Remember, iD Mobile SIM cards cover all sizes and just snap into the right one for your handset, so you don't need to worry about getting the right size.

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

iD Mobile

500 mins

1GB data

5000 texts

£10.00 a month

1 month contract

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Today’s best SIM deal with no internet

OK, so you don’t fancy spending 12 hours a day on Facebook and Twitter? We get that. If you want to go the whole hog and not use internet data at all, then there are some very cheap SIM Only deals available for you. This super cheap deal comes to you courtesy of Virgin Media. You get unlimited texts and 150 minutes of data a month. There’s a 1 month contract period, so this offers flexibility to change to another plan within 30 days. There is very small 500MB of internet data allowance a month, which is handy if you ever do change your habits in future.

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

Virgin Media

150 mins

500MB data

Unlimited texts

£7.00 a month

1 month contract

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Today’s best SIM deal with cashback

There are 2 types of cashback. Redemption and Automatic. Redemption cashback means you claim it back in installments. Automatic cashback means you get the cash back to you by way of cheque without you needing to take further actions. Redemption cashback rates are often much higher, because they’re paid out over a longer period of time and rely on more work from you. Automatic cashback deals are often smaller amounts, but you get the cheque without having to do any more legwork.

 

Vodafone 2GB SIM with £178 redemption cashback

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

Vodafone

Unlimited mins

2GB data

Unlimited texts

£17.00 a month

12 month contract

Save £138 cashback by redemption (£5.50 equivalent)

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Vodafone 2GB SIM with £40 automatic cashback

Network

Tariff

Deal

 

Vodafone

Unlimited mins

2GB data

Unlimited texts

£15.30 a month

12 month contract

Save £40 by auto cashback (£11.97 equivalent)

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We hope this guide helps you save some money by getting on the right SIM plan for you. If you reckon it'll help a friend then please share! For other ways to save on your mobile, check out our guide on how to save money on your mobile phone bills.