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SIM free means you only receive the handset, and no network or fixed contract is attached to the phone. This means you are able to decide which network you would like to use, based on your own personal preferences, or the best coverage in your area.
To receive and make calls and texts and use data you’ll then need a SIM card. You can get one as part of a SIM-only contract which can range from 1 month to 12 months or a Pay As You Go SIM.
Yes, with our handset only deals you can! All our phones are unlocked, so you don’t have to worry about being tied to a particular network. Just make sure you pick up the right type of SIM! There are currently 3 types in use - a Mini SIM (often referred to as a ‘Standard SIM’), a Micro SIM and a Nano SIM.
A lot of the newest flagship phones use the smaller Nano SIM. Many of our SIM cards are also available as Multi SIMs. A Multi SIM is a three-in-one SIM with perforations in the plastic so you can simply ‘push-out’ the size of SIM you require.
If you don’t have a SIM card or are looking to change your network provider or plan, then why not check out our SIM Only deals.
SIM free phones are perfect for reducing your monthly phone bills, enabling you to control how many texts, minutes and data you can get through without being tied down to a longer contract. They provide flexibility, and SIM-only contracts can be as short as 1 month.
With a SIM free phone, you completely own the handset. This means you can pick up the likes of the newest iPhone or Samsung release at any time, without having to wait for an upgrade or for your existing contract to end.
We also offer a range of refurbished SIM free handsets which means you can still get some of the best phones on the market for an even cheaper upfront cost.
Anybody who is happy with their existing SIM only contract or PAYG SIM but wants a new handset or doesn’t want to commit to a two year contract to get their hands on a phone. No long term commitment is required with SIM free phones, so they are also ideal for people whose mobile usage varies throughout the year, for example those who travel a lot.
As SIM free phones come with a variety of price-tags, they're also the perfect way to pick up a cheap phone for a spare, or as an emergency handset for the glovebox. Budget-friendly SIM free phones are also pefect for tech newbies or elderly relatives who want to give smartphones a go, without making a long-term commitment. If you do have the latest flagship in sight, take a moment to work out the contact's total cost - it may turn out that buying SIM free and pairing with a SIM only deal is cheaper in the long run.
It's also worth considering if you'd prefer to pay for your phone in one go, or via monthly bill. If you’d rather spread the cost out over a longer period, then one of our great contract phone deals might be better for you.
Unlocked phones aren’t tied to a network, SIMs from any provider can be used with the phone or swapped back and forth without a problem.
SIM free phones are also sold without a SIM card, despite this a handset could still be tied to one specific network unless it is advertised as being unlocked, meaning you would have to get a SIM from a particular provider.
At Mobiles.co.uk every SIM free phone we offer is unlocked, meaning you can combine a handset and SIM only deal that suits you no matter the manufacturer or network provider.
You can use any connected SIM with a SIM free phone, but letting an old connection roll after the contract has ended isn’t the best value for money. With a SIM free phone you have the freedom to change to a SIM only deal, either via new deal, upgrading, or transferring (porting) your number to another network.
As SIM free phones are unlocked, they can be used on any of the major UK networks. As mentioned, iPhones will lock to the network of the first SIM inserted, so be sure to only insert the SIM you plan to use.
If you’re still in contract, you’ll need to honour this before changing your deal. If you want to terminate your contract early, you’ll need to contact your network to enquire regarding an early termination fee.
Pay As You Go phones come with a SIM that can be topped up with credit - there’s no contract attached and you just pay for what you want to use. SIM free phones don’t arrive with a SIM, and it’s your decision as to what type of SIM you’d like to pair it with.
All SIM free phones come with the same warranty as contract phones. This includes a 12 month warranty with ourselves that doesn’t affect the manufacturer’s warranty. If your handset develops a fault within the first month, we’ll offer a free exchange. Outside of the first month you can book the phone in for a free repair at your local Carphone Warehouse store.
If you’re happy with your existing SIM, want to purchase a new phone without getting into a longer term contract or require flexibility with your texts, minutes and data then a SIM free phone could be the right choice for you!
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