There are plenty of reasons why you’d choose a SIM-only package rather than a pay monthly deal. First of all, consider whether you need a new handset or not. If not, a SIM-only deal would be the best value option for you. SIM-only deals usually include the same, if not more minutes, texts and data than pay monthly deals, but they’re a lot cheaper as you’re not paying for the handset too. Given that you’re only paying for the network service, you have more flexibility too - with the option of switching at any time.
SIM-only packages tend to be a cheaper option as you’re not actually paying for a handset. If you already have a phone to use, a SIM-only deal will be a whole lot cheaper than a pay monthly contract. However, if you have to buy a new device outright too, it may be better value in the long run to go with a pay monthly deal. In essence, SIM-only packages are a fuss-free, easy way to get your hands on a decent plan.
Yes, to keep your number on a SIM-only plan you’ll need to get in touch with your current provider and get your PAC (Port Authorisation Code). Your PAC expires after 30 days, so don’t wait around too long to activate it and keep your existing number.
Sky, O2, and Three are just some of the network providers offering cheap 5G SIM-only deals. Shop around and find a deal that fits for you - with packages starting from as little as £5 you’ll be surfing on the fastest 5G speeds from as little as £5 a month. EE also does 5G SIM-only deals but they’re currently not as cheap as the 4G plans.
There are plenty of great value, trustworthy SIM-only providers to choose from, including Vodafone, EE, O2, Sky, ID Mobile, Lebara, VOXI, Tesco Mobile and more. Typically, the value networks tend to offer better value than the big name networks, but shopping around to find the best deal for your needs is a must.