In this day and age mobile phones have become such a necessity that is practically impossible to live without them. There are certainly choices for mobile phones, you can get a phone on a contract, pay as you go or even SIM free. Having said that in this article we are going to look at SIM free VS pay-as-you-go as this is one of the most heavily discussed topics at the moment.
Pay as You Go
Firstly, we are going to look at the pay-as-you-go phone. The pay-as-you-go phone will usually come with a SIM card to a dedicated network such as Vodafone. This means that the phone can only be used with this network and no other. The benefit of pay-as-you-go is that it is usually cheaper than the SIM free equivalent.
The SIM free phone is open to all networks and therefore can be used with any SIM card. In general these phones are usually more expensive than the pay-as-you-go, however they are not restricted to one network which can be beneficial for people who have multiple SIMs on different networks.
Let’s go into this topic with more detail and see why these would be suitable for certain people.
The benefits of pay-as-you-go phone are that if you are not heavy user and only use your phone occasionally you will end up paying less on pay-as-you-go and you will not be tied to a contract where you have to pay monthly regardless of how much you use the phone. These days on pay-as-you-go there are some great tariffs where you get anything from 150 minutes a month and unlimited texts for £10 a month. You also get the option to renew the following month if you please. If you don’t want to go for one of these types of tariffs used to get the option of SIMply paying for each call. These options you can select one topping up.
Although the range of phones is not as good as what are available on contracts, there are still some good phones available on pay as you talk. So, on this type of tariff it’s about compromise when it comes to selecting the phone, you will not get the best phone, but you also won’t be paying money monthly to SIMply have the phone.
Pay-as-you-go is defiantly ideal for low end users who are not obsessed with having the latest phone with all the latest top-notch features and functions.
SIM Free Phones
SIM free phones have a wider range to select from, in fact you will find some of the bestselling contract phones available SIM free which makes this option a bit more desirable for people who are looking for a top end phone.
SIM free phones are good for people who are midway through a contract but would like to upgrade their phone without having to cancel a contract and getting stuck with cancellation fees which could end up being the same amount as a SIM free phone. Cheap SIM free phones are also a good option for people who have been on pay as you talk for quite a number of years but would like to have a more up-to-date phone with more than a top end features and functions.
So, as you can see the SIM free and pay-as-you-go phones appeal to different people. Pay-as-you-go is ideal for someone who is just looking for a mid-range phone that is used occasionally.
Whereas the SIM free phone should be looked at as an upgrade on your current phone, whether you’re on contract or pay-as-you-go, because of the wide range available in SIM free this is a good option to upgrade without having to cancel a contract or being stuck with the mid-range mobile phones as a pay as you talk user.
I hope this article has helped you understand which type is best for your needs. As you can see, SIM free and pay-as-you-go fulfil very different needs.