SIM only vs. contract phone plans – what is there to know


Have you upgraded to a new phone? Good for you! You now have a display that is easier to read and you can count on your battery for an entire day. Smartphone technology is continuously improving, making our lives better. If you are not interested in image quality, then maybe you’re interested in communicating with friends and family. Or spending time online. When you get a new smartphone, you have two options available: you can commit to a contract or purchase a SIM only card. The question now is, which one is the best and which should you go for?

What is up with SIM only?    

Mobile carriers offer a great selection of SIM only deals. A SIM only deal means that you’re getting a SIM card but not a handset. It provides you an allowance of 3G data, as well as minutes and texts. As the name clearly suggests, the SIM card does not include a mobile device. Therefore, you do not have to get a smartphone – you already have one – or a tablet. You are required to pay by direct debit monthly. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that you cannot use the SIM card in a phone that is locked in another network.  What are the advantages of a SIM only deal? Well, you pay less, so your bills are lower at the end of the month. Most importantly, you do not have to make a commitment. If you do not like your current provider, you can change them after 30 days. What is more, if you have failed credit checks in the past, it is a great option.

What to know about contract phone plans

Cell phone contracts are some of the few guarantees in life. With a contract, you’re locked for a set amount of time. You are required to pay the handset as well as the service that you use. the good news is that you have the possibility to renegotiate the contract, so you cannot complain that you are not getting the best deals. One of the perks of getting a contract deal is that you get a free smartphone. It is not technically free, but it is better than nothing. Another perk is that you do not have to worry about having enough credit. Contract cell phone plans are not exactly growing in popularity, which is the reason why carriers are struggling to bring in clients by offering them irrefutable deals.

So, do we have a winner?

Taking into consideration that you already have a smartphone, there is no point in choosing a contract phone plan. You are better off with a SIM only deal. The SIM card provides you the freedom that you want.  If you want, you can switch to a different network. The best thing of all is that you can use any device to connect to the Internet. You can utilize your smartphone or your tablet. So, what will it be? Do you not want a SIM only deal?