What do the different types of mobile phone deals mean?

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With thousands of deals on offer it can be hard to understand which one is the one that you need. We hope this post can help you to understand what the different types of mobile phone deals mean. With that understanding searching for your next mobile phone deal should be much easier.


A contract phone means that you will pay a fixed price every month and for that you will get the handset along with a SIM which has a monthly allowance of data, minutes and texts. Contracts are usually 12 or 24 months, but this can vary.

Why choose a contract phone?

Contract phones are the most common mobile phone deals. You sign up to pay a fixed amount for a specified amount of time. This can often be the more affordable option to get the phone that you want but pay for it over a period of time if you can’t afford to pay for the handset separately.

SIM Only

With SIM only you can choose a SIM card which fits your data, minutes and texting needs. You have the option of SIM only contracts or PAYG SIM only contracts.

Why choose SIM only?

To go SIM only you will need to either buy a handset separately or you already have one. If you are looking for a SIM only contract you will need to decide on how much you are willing to spend every month along with the number of minutes, texts and data that you need. If you are looking for a PAYG SIM you will want to look at the network provider which is cheapest per minutes, texts and data.

Pay As You Go

PAYG means that you only have to pay for what you use. You will top up your mobile credit and every time you use data, minutes or texts you will be charged only for what you have used. The amount you will be charged will be provided by your network provider.

Why choose PAYG?

PAYG is a great option for those who don’t use their phone much. There is no commitment to pay every month for something that you’re not going to use. This is perfect for if you have a phone just for emergencies so that if you are out you can call someone if you need to as long as you remember to keep your phone topped up.

Hopefully, having read this post you know a bit more about what the different types of mobile phone deals mean. By having a bit more understanding it can help narrow your search and make finding the right mobile phone deal for you much easier. Follow the link to our shop and see which deals we have to offer.

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