IF YOU prefer to buy your phones SIM-free, second-hand or refurbished, SIM-only contracts are a must-have.
Combine a cheap handset with the best SIM-only package and you can save yourself a bundle compared to getting a contract through your network.
*Prices in this article are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change. Shop around before you buy a SIM-only contract to ensure you're getting the best price.
Best SIM-only deals: Lebara
Lebara specialises in short term contracts with bundles including international minutes to 41 countries.
Most bundles include 100 international minutes as standard, with the £35pm package including unlimited international minutes.
Lebara runs on Vodafone's network and offers 50% off the first three months for new customers.
- 2GB data, £5 a month – buy here
- Unlimited data, £25 a month – buy here
Best SIM-only deals: Smarty
Smarty runs on Three's mobile network and boasts some of the best value short term SIM-only deal you can find. The company also offers data discount plans that give money back for unused data.
- 30Gb data, £10 a month – buy here
- 50GB data, £15 a month – buy here
- Unlimited data, £18 a month – buy here
Best SIM-only deals: Voxi
Voxi gives its users unlimited social data, which means you can use Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp without eating into your data allowance.
Voxi runs on Vodafone's network.
- 12GB data, £10 a month – buy here
- 20GB, £15 a month – buy here
- 45GB, £20 a month – buy here
- Unlimited data, £35 a month – buy here
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