15th December 2017

How Does a SIM Only Deal Work?


Tariffs, bolt-ons, contracts… There are so many different deals that you will come across when searching for mobile phone related savings, but have you heard about SIM only deals? They’re all the rage right now with most providers hopping on board with this. But do you know what they are and are they for you? Let’s find out…

So what is a SIM only deal?

A SIM only deal is pretty much what it says on the tin, you just get a SIM card. It’s not just that though, you get to choose from a whole host of tariffs and bolt ons on the SIM you get and there are even some exclusive deals to being on SIM only. You will need to provide your own handset though and if you already have a phone, it may not be “SIM free” which means it may be costly to unlock it. A SIM free phone means a phone that will take any networks SIM card as some phones will only take say, o2 SIM cards.

Is a SIM only deal for me?

Do you already have a phone in which you’d like to keep a bit longer? Then swapping to a SIM only deal gives you the flexibility to do so. Would you rather not be stuck in a long term contract? Then SIM only deals may also be for you because some are as short as a month. Also, are you in between phones or waiting for the newest upgrade on your current phone? Then choose a short SIM only deal that you can cancel when you need to.

What can I get with a SIM only deal?

Lots of things are included with a SIM only deal depending on your pick. Spend hours talking on your phone or making business calls abroad? There’s definitely a SIM only deal for you. If you’re a savvy social media user, then you can be sure that there’s a data deal tailored to fit your needs whether you need 100mb or 15gb of data per month. Talkative texter? Then if you need 100 or 10,000 texts per month then there’ll be something for you. Some even offer free Whatsapp messaging without eating into your data.

How do I get one?

Most phone providers are currently offering SIM only deals and these include VodaPhone, Virgin Media, o2, EE, Tesco and more. You can find out more about the deals on price comparison sites such as¬†Carphone Warehouse. It’s worth considering a deal that goes slightly over what you normally use, just in case you use too much. This is because if you go over your monthly allowance, it may be costly to use extra minutes, texts or data.


SIM only deals are a great alternative to contracts, bolt-ons and tariffs due to their flexibility and the fact that you can tailor them to fit your needs. If you think a SIM free phone is for you, you could start making big savings today.