Why I’d Consider A Sim Only Mobile Phone Contract


Well it’s that time again! My mobile phone contract is due for renewal in a few months so I’m starting to think about what contract I should go for next. As I’ve been browsing the web I’ve noticed some really good Sim Only mobile phone contract deals being marketed, the cheapest of which cost just £6.90 a month from Three Mobile*. In the past I’ve always turned my nose up at the Idea of getting a Sim Only Contract because I wanted to upgrade to the latest mobile phone. This time around though, I’ve been giving the idea of a Sim Only contract more consideration. Here’s why!

The Cost

Cost is probably the biggest thing that might persuade someone to get a Sim Only contract. As I’ve said the cheapest deal I’ve found so far is just £6.90 a month. With this contract I would get 200 minutes of calls, 5000 texts and 500MB of Internet data use, I think that’s amazing for £6.90 a month. I know you don’t get an upgrade to a new mobile phone with a Sim Only plan but recently I’ve found myself wondering if it’s even worth upgrading.

Do I Really Need A New Phone?

Maybe I’m just getting old but I really don’t feel the need to have the latest mobile phone anymore. For a start technology seems to move on so fast now that as soon as I get the latest phone it’s out of date within months. When you consider most mobile phone contract providers are trying to tie you into a contract for at least 24 months it seems pointless trying to keep up. With a Sim Only deal I can remove myself from the technology rat race!

I also now have kids and nothing lasts as long as you’d like it to when you have children running around the house. My 18 month old boy recently decided to bite into my 2nd mobile phone of the year which I’d been given by a friend after I’d managed to lose my first phone at the beach! Although you can bring the cost of insuring your mobile phone down you still pay more to insure an expensive new mobile than you do a more basic one. To add to this you have to pay an excess if you make a claim. If I was to get a Sim Only contract and keep my old phone, I wouldn’t have to worry as much about any damage my children or I might cause, I could cheaply replace the phone if the damage was serious. I don’t think I would even need to insure it which would save me a small fortune!

My next words have now convinced me I’m getting old, I find the simplicity of basic phones a bit of a relief! I like challenges in life but when it comes to a mobile phone I like to keep things simple. I like to answer phone calls with the click of a button rather than have to swipe a screen. I find myself avoiding texting these days because I don’t want to have to spend hours fighting with the touch screen! A Sim Only mobile phone contract might not give me a new flashy phone but I really don’t think I need or even want one anymore!

Rolling Contract

Another great thing about some Sim Only contracts is that they offer a 1 month rolling contract with no tie in. You might pay a bit more for the contract each month but it does mean you can try the Sim Only idea to see if it’s right for you, without committing to it long term. You can also cancel it easily if your finances take a turn for the worse. Three* also had a 1 month rolling contract deal for just £9.90 a month.

If your looking to save money on your mobile phone contract then a Sim Only deal could be a good option to consider. I’ll certainly consider it when my contract is due for renewal.

8 Responses to Why I’d Consider A Sim Only Mobile Phone Contract

  1. I’m so jealous that your contract is up – I can’t wait until mine is! I hate my carrier.

  2. AverageJoe says:

    I’m totally with you on not needing the newest phone. Part of me wishes I was back with the old flip phone with just text and voice period. I don’t have time for Angry Birds.

  3. I would keep my phone forever, but it just gets so beaten up. We really considered a smart phone, but I don’t know that I need to be that accessible. The prepaid option might be the way to go. We have until the end of the year to decide.

  4. Mate, I don’t even own a cell phone in Canada. Have you heard of how ridiculous the costs are to even own one let alone getting a data plan? Some are paying around 50-60 pounds ( don’t have the symbol) Mrs.CBB has an old phone and pays around $27 a month I believe Canadian. Rubbish it is over here. Back home I had a phone and I know now I had nothing to complain about that’s for sure.

  5. Darren says:

    I’ve never has an expensive new phone in my life. Sure there have been *new* phones but not one of these fancy smartphones which double as media devices. My phone as a cheap unlocked Samsung costing less than £15 from Tesco which means different providers and tariffs can be used.

    Even with 60 minutes of talk time and 300 texts a month, it still isn’t working out as value for money because I use Skype at from my laptop to call landlines (cheaply) and don’t always use up the allocated minutes from the mobile tariff. The mobile is used more for people wanting to ring me, or for when I’m sending SMS. Regular phone credit can be made to last months.

    With Facebook, email and VoIP available for little or no cost, it’s not justifiable spending on phones. Everytime someone I know takes yet another shiny gadget from their pocket I always think, “Why?”. Who cares? Save the money for something more meaningful.

    One day, when the prices have come down, I WILL get a smartphone but only because I need a decent camera for the artwork I create. I can go without in the meantime and it’ll still be Sim only and most likely second hand.

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