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SIM Free Phones

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Everything you need to know about SIM free mobile phones

What is a SIM free phone?

SIM Free phone

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 are available on shorter commitments, usually ranging from 1 month to 12 months or a Pay As You Go SIM.

Why buy SIM free?

Why buy SIM free

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. It’s also the perfect way to pick up a cheap spare, or as an emergency handset for the glovebox.

Budget-friendly SIM free mobile phones are also ideal for tech newbies or elderly relatives who want to give smartphones a go, without making a long-term commitment. Additionally, buying a SIM free phone and pairing with a SIM only deal is often cheaper than a contract over the two years.

SIM free benefits

SIM free benefits

Phone only deals 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 one month.

With a handset only deal, you completely own the phone. 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, giving you more freedom.

Unlocked mobile phones

Unlocked SIM free phones

At every SIM free phone we offer is unlocked, meaning they aren't tied to a specific network. SIMs from any provider can be used with the phone without a problem. With our unlocked SIM free phones, you'll have zero delay getting yourself connected.

SIM free mobile phones are sold without a SIM card, giving you the option to choose the SIM plan which suits you the best. Just be aware that most iPhones will lock to the network of the first SIM inserted, so be sure you consider your preferred network before use.


Are SIM free phones unlocked?

All SIM free phones sold by are unlocked, so you can use them with any of the major UK networks. However please note that Apple handsets will lock to the network of the first SIM inserted, so be sure you only use the SIM you intend to continue with.

My contract has run out - can I use my existing SIM in my new SIM free phone?

You can use any connected SIM with a SIM free phone. With a SIM free phone you have the freedom to change to a SIM only deal, either via new deal, upgrading, or switching (porting) your number to another network.

Can I make my existing phone 'SIM free'

If you want to use your existing phone with a new SIM, you'll just have to check that it's unlocked. You can do this by calling your network. Although there are usually phone-unlocking services available on most high streets, be aware that doing this independently can invalidate the warranty.

Can SIM free phones be used on any 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.

I'm still in contract with a network, can I change to SIM free now?

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.

What's the difference between SIM free and Pay As You Go?

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 with your phone only deal.

Do SIM free phones have a warranty?

All SIM free phones come with the same 12 month warranty as contract phones.. 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.