Compare SIM Card Deals
What is a SIM only deal?
A SIM only deal offers a package of minutes, texts and mobile data for a monthly cost, much the same as a traditional mobile phone contract. The difference, however, is that you don’t get a new handset; you get the SIM…only.
So why should you opt for a SIM only contract?
Well firstly, SIM only deals tend to be cheaper, as with traditional contracts you’re paying a premium each month within your contract to pay off the actual cost of your phone. So, with a SIM only deal (i.e. without getting a new phone) you’ll save money each month. On top of the savings, going SIM only means than that you can focus on getting the best deal to suit your usage needs - rather than just dealing with the tariffs available to ensure you get the handset you want.
Above all, SIM only deals are good for those who want flexibility. Rather than signing up for a 24 month contract, as with most mobile phone deals, with a SIM only contract you can make a commitment for as little as one month. This is a great advantage for those who might not know how many minutes, texts or megabytes of data they typically use each month.
Alternatively, you may choose to go SIM only if you’ve come to the end of your current phone contract and don’t fancy upgrading just yet as perhaps you’d rather wait until the next iPhone or Samsung hits the shelves in this scenario SIM only is a great interim solution.
What type of SIM card should you get?
If you’re keen on a SIM only deal, then you’ll need to decide which type of SIM card you need.
Be aware that there are three different sizes of SIM cards: a standard SIM, the micro SIM and the nano SIM. All smartphones fit a different type of SIM card, so it’s important to select the right one for your handset when comparing deals.
As a rough guide, the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c all require a nano SIM, as does theHTC One M8. Most Android smartphones however use a micro SIM, which is slightly larger. Other handsets which fit a micro SIM include the Samsung Galaxy S5, S4 and S3, the iPhone 4s, and most HTC, Sony and Nokia Lumia smartphones. Standard SIM cards are used less commonly these days and are typically only found in feature phones which don’t offer internet-enabled features.