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What does a SIM-free phone mean?

It is as it says on the tin – a SIM-free phone is a handset that doesn’t come with a SIM card when you buy it.

If you prefer to buy your phone outright and own it, a SIM-free phone is a great way to go. As well as having your choice of cheap SIM-only deals to pair it with, it typically works out cheaper in the long run. Even though it’s more money upfront to buy a phone, a pay-monthly contract adds up, costing you more.

Can I put my SIM card in a SIM-free phone?

Yes, absolutely. SIM-free phones are unlocked, meaning you can pop in a SIM card from any network.

Can I use a SIM-free phone on any network?

Yes – one of the benefits of having a SIM-free phone is that you can use it with any network that offers SIM-only deals.

What’s the difference between a SIM-free and an unlocked phone?

Although SIM-free and unlocked phones both let you use a SIM card from a network of your choice, the way they’re obtained differs.

A SIM-free phone is a phone you purchased outright, usually directly from a retailer. It comes without being locked to any network, so it can take any SIM card straight out of the box.

On the other hand, an unlocked phone is one that was previously locked to a network – for instance, if you bought it on a pay-monthly contract which has come to an end. In which case, you’ll need to contact your old provider to ask them for a network unlock code. Our guide on how to unlock a mobile phone takes you through the process.

What Samsung phones are SIM-free?

All Samsung phones are SIM-free if you buy it outright, either from Samsung or a third-party retailer.

Whether you’re looking for a high-end flagship or an affordable mid-ranger, Samsung has an option for you. If it’s the best of the best you’re after, you could get the latest Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. On the other hand, the Galaxy S23 FE is Samsung’s ‘flagship lite’ model, offering great specs at a more budget-friendly price.

And if you’re a total tech enthusiast, you may want to check out one of its foldables, such as the Galaxy Z Flip5.

Why buy a SIM-free phone?

Although it’s a lot of money to spend in one go, there are a few advantages of buying a SIM-free phone versus getting it on a contract:

  • More flexibility – Instead of being tied to a long-term phone contract, you can get a one-month rolling SIM deal with your SIM-free phone, and change it whenever you like. Plus, you’re free to use a local SIM if you travel abroad
  • More choice – Plenty of networks offer a large variety of SIM-only deals, and with a SIM-free phone, you’re spoilt for choice
  • Cheaper in the long run – Despite the large upfront cost, a SIM-free phone tends to work out cheaper overall when compared with a pay-monthly contract
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