SIM Only Contracts Explained
Many people have heard about SIM only contracts and been offered them by their networks. Here's a brief guide to what a SIM only contract is and how it can save customers money when they switch.
SIM Only Contracts Are Always Cheaper - For many years, UK mobile customers have gotten used to paying for their mobile phone and contract all in one monthly payment (and why not, its an affordable way to get a top-spec phone). Recently however, mobile phones have become more and more expensive meaning that although providing data, minutes and texts is cheaper, contracts have gotten more expensive.
SIM only contracts remove the cost of the handset so you're only paying for the cheaper parts of the contract plus you get to use your perfectly good phone that you've already payed for!
SIM Only Contracts Are Simpler - When you get a mobile phone contract it is usually for 24 months. This can mean that you're tied to an expensive phone that usually becomes out-dated after a year. With a SIM only contract customers can switch every 30 days or 12 months (Some networks may let you change more often since it's an easy process). You can keep your number and most of the time you get more data and minutes for less!
SIM Only Contracts Give Customers Choice - Happy with your current phone and don't want an expensive new one? Got your eye on next years top iPhone? SIM contracts are perfect for keeping your options open, you can simply keep your contract rolling until it's time to upgrade. All the money you save with a SIM deal has to go somewhere right?
What size SIM card do I need?
Nano SIM - The smallest SIM card, used in newer high-spec phones eg. the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8.
Micro SIM - The second smallest SIM card, used in some older phones and newer mid-spec phones eg. the iPhone 4s, Samsung Galaxy S5 & S4, LG G5 SE.
Standard SIM - The largest SIM card, used in older phones eg. the iPhone 3Gs, Samsung Galaxy S5.
SIM Only Contracts & Your Credit Score
Many customers apply for a SIM contract with SIMSave.co.uk because they have been rejected fora mobile phone elsewhere. SIM only contracts have a much lower threshhold for being accepted because you're not getting an expensive phone. We're proud of our accept rate with UK networks and so long as customers provide up-to-date details when they apply they should have no issues being approved.
Applying For A SIM Contract
There is a huge range of SIM only deals available on SIMsave.co.uk. Just choose the network that you want and the amount of data you need and you're good to go. If you find a good SIM deal on a network you're not currently with don't worry, it's easy to switch your number and start saving with a SIM only deal.
SIM Only Deals And Bad Credit
If you have been rejected for a mobile phone in the past it's possibly due to bad credit. SIM only deals have much less strict criteria for a credit check and so have a much higher approval rate than normal mobile contracts (you're not getting an expensive handset). We find that SIM deals are great for customers with poor credit and there are even deals with no credit check required.
The SIM Only Experts
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We've worked in mobile for years so we know a good deal when we see it. We find customers the best, affordable SIM deals and excel in finding SIMs for poor credit.
The Poor Credit Option
Guranteed Deals. Cheap Prices.
All UK SIM Only Contracts have a much higher accept rate due to the quicker checks done - Without an expensive mobile handset, almost anyone can get a poor credit sim only deal.
Big Plans for less!
Simply select the amount of data you want and we show you an estimate of the monthly cost. All that's left to do is choose your minutes and you've got a deal!
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What is a SIM Only Contract?
A SIM Only Contract is a contract provided by a mobile network that doesn't include a mobile handset. You pay only for using the networks data, minutes and texts but there is no monthly charge for a phone - This usually means that a SIM Contract is cheaper and has a higher accept rate.
Many cutsomers find that SIM Contracts are perfect for reducing their monthly mobile bill when they have a working phone they can use instead that doesn't cost them anything. The lower cost and better acceptance criteria make SIM Contracts good for people with poor credit.
Pick Your Bundle
Many customers are surprised at how much more they can get from a network contract when they pay for just the SIM. Bigger bundles of minutes and data are provided (up to unlimited in some cases) and they often have personal hotspot data included!
You can choose a variety of different data plans to suit your needs and if you're not a big talker there are options for lower minutes to reduce the monthly cost of your SIM deal - For example you can choose from 200 up to unlimited minutes depending what you need.
How to get started
The perfect way to get ready to use a SIM only contract is to make sure you have a mobile handset ready to go. You can use one you already have (from an older, more expensive contract) and if it's unlocked or of the same network your SIM card will be ready to go - Make sure you choose the right size card for your mobile!
If you want to make a fresh start, there are loads of places where you can find great deals on unlocked smartphones or sim-free phones that have been recycled. This is a great way to make your new SIM only contract more affordable since you already have your smartphone and don't need to pay more every month!