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Your Smartphone SIM Type: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM?

February 24th, 2017

Find out which size of SIM card is required by your new smartphone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

SIM cardIf you’re getting a new smartphone, you’ll need to make sure you have a SIM card of the right size to fit in your phone. If you’re changing mobile networks (e.g. to a SIM-only deal or Pay As You Go SIM), you’ll also need to make sure you order a SIM card of the right size.

Depending on the model of smartphone you buy, there are three sizes of SIM card that can potentially be used in your phone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM.

In this article, we’ll look at the differences between the three types of SIM card. We’ll list the required SIM card size for different handsets and we’ll discuss how you can order a SIM card of the right size. Finally, we’ll look at how to change the size of your SIM card (e.g. into Micro SIM or Nano SIM).

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How to replace your SIM Card with a Micro SIM or Nano SIM Card

February 17th, 2017

Newer handsets typically require a Micro SIM or Nano SIM. Therefore, if you’re changing handsets, you may also need to change the size of your SIM card at the same time.

If you’ve recently upgraded to a new smartphone, there’s a good chance it’ll require a Micro SIM or Nano SIM. Before you’re able to use your SIM card in the new handset, you’ll first need to make sure it’s of the right size. If not, you can replace your current SIM card with either a smaller Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

In this article, we’ll explain how you can change your current SIM card for a Micro SIM or Nano SIM. We’ll discuss the process on each UK mobile network and also how much you can expect it to cost. We’ll then discuss the option of manually cutting down your SIM card, and how to use a smaller SIM card in an old handset.

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Cheapest Pay As You Go Bundles: The Best Prepaid Plans For Your Mobile

February 15th, 2017

With a Pay As You Go bundle, you can convert your credit into a one-month allowance of calls, texts and mobile internet. We compare the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.

Pay As You Go SmartphonesIn the UK, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Pay As You Go deals. With more than 60 Pay As You Go bundles across 12 different mobile networks, the strongest deals can now rival those found on a Pay Monthly contract.

To get the best value from your Pay As You Go tariff, you’ll normally need to convert your credit into a 30-day bundle. This is a little bit like buying your airtime in bulk. Rather than paying for usage on a per-minute, per-text and per-megabyte basis, you just buy a 30-day bundle to cover all of your usage. If you’re a regular mobile user, this should save you money compared to traditional Pay As You Go. You’ll also keep full control over how much you spend, with no need to sign any contracts or to undergo a credit check.

In the UK, there’s a wide range of Pay As You Go bundles available to choose from. In this article, we’ll compare the best value Pay As You Go bundles currently available to buy.

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BT Mobile Review: 4G SIM Cards & Handsets With Coverage From EE

February 11th, 2017

BT Mobile provides a 4G mobile service using coverage from EE. Customers living in a BT Broadband household get a £5/month discount.

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In the UK, BT Mobile offers a 4G mobile service with 99% population coverage from EE. Customers living in a BT Broadband household receive a £5/month discount, making the entry-level tariff just £5/month. Customers also receive unlimited BT Wi-Fi and a monthly spend cap on their plan.

In this article, we’ll review the BT Mobile network. We’ll start by looking at BT’s mobile price plans including SIM Only, Family SIM and Pay Monthly with a new handset. We’ll then look at the key features of BT Mobile including BT Wi-Fi, monthly spend caps and BT Sport. Finally, we’ll compare BT Mobile to rival networks, we’ll look at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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How To Use Up Your Remaining Pay As You Go Credit

February 10th, 2017

Find out how to use up your remaining Pay As You Go credit when moving to another network.

In the UK, it isn’t possible to get a refund for unused Pay As You Go credit, nor is it possible to transfer your credit to another network. This can be an issue if you’re changing to another mobile network and if you have some leftover credit on your old Pay As You Go account.

For this reason, we typically recommend trying to use up your remaining Pay As You Go credit before moving your phone number to another mobile network. Alternatively, you could donate your credit to charity or you could keep your old SIM card as a backup.

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In this article, we’ll explore the four things you can do with remaining Pay As You Go credit.

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Three 321 Pay As You Go Review: 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB Rates

February 8th, 2017

Three charges 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB on Pay As You Go, with optional All in One bundles available from £10/month.

Three 321 Pay As You GoIn the UK, Three charges just 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB on Pay As You Go. With there also being 150MB of free data each time you top-up, this makes Three one of the best value mobile networks for Pay As You Go usage.

Three’s 321 tariff is particularly suited for light and occasional mobile users as the top-up doesn’t expire providing your SIM card remains active. For regular mobile users, optional All in One bundles are available from £10/month and roaming at no extra charge through the Feel At Home offer is also available.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s 321 Pay As You Go tariff. We’ll start by looking at the features of the tariff and how it compares to Pay As You Go offerings on other mobile networks. We’ll also look at handset availability, at the level of coverage you can expect and how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to Three.

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Three’s Data Reward SIM Card: 200MB of Free Data Every Month

February 1st, 2017

Three’s Data Reward Pay As You Go SIM card gives you 200MB of free data every month. There’s no need to top-up to get your free allowance.

In the UK, Three’s Data Reward SIM card gives you 200MB of free internet every month on Pay As You Go. Also known as the “internet with legs” tariff, you’ll get free allowances every month without the need to top-up your SIM card.

Outside of the inclusive 200MB per month, you’ll pay Three’s standard rates for Pay As You Go usage (3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB). You can also benefit from inclusive roaming in 42 countries as part of Three’s Feel At Home offer.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s Data Reward SIM card. We’ll start by looking at the free allowances and at the cost of additional usage. We’ll then compare the SIM card to alternatives, look at supported devices and the level of coverage you can expect.

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Tello UK Review: Flexible Plans With Low UK & International Rates

January 31st, 2017

Tello is a low-cost mobile network with flexible plans and competitive rates for UK & international calling.

Tello

In the UK, Tello is a low-cost mobile network specialising in flexible 30-day plans and low-cost UK and international phone calls. The network, which uses 3G & 4G coverage from Three, allows you to build custom 30-day plans from only £3/month. For out-of-plan usage, Tello will then charge just 3p/minute, 3p/text and 1p/MB for usage in the UK. International phone calls start from 1p/minute.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Tello UK mobile network. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available and at how the prices on Tello compare to other UK mobile networks. We’ll also look at the coverage on Tello, how you can join as a new customer and how you can keep an existing phone number.

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FreedomPop Review: The UK Network With Free Minutes, Texts & Internet

January 26th, 2017

FreedomPop is a UK mobile network promising a free mobile service with no monthly charges. Customers receive 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of internet per month.

FreedomPop LogoIn the UK, FreedomPop advertises itself as a “100% free mobile phone service”. Customers using FreedomPop get 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of internet per month. However, phone calls are different in that they’re made over the internet using the FreedomPop application. Basic features like usage alerts and voicemail also come with an additional monthly charge.

In this article, we’ll review the FreedomPop mobile network in the UK. We’ll look at available price plans and paid-for extras, as well as key catches that could cause you to pay more. We’ll then look at the alternatives to FreedomPop, at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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Buying Your Mobile Phone & SIM Card Separately: Best Unbundled Deal Providers

January 19th, 2017

Rather than getting a 24-month contract, a better alternative is now buying your mobile phone separately from the tariff. This saves money, increases flexibility and gives greater transparency.

One of the topics we’ve frequently talked about on this blog is the disadvantages of getting a 24-month contract. From being locked in to the same provider and having the same handset for two years, to having little flexibility on when and how you change these two things, better alternatives now exist to getting a 24-month contract.

For most people, there are now substantial benefits to making an unbundled purchase (or in other words, buying your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements). Not only can you save money by side-stepping the hidden APRs on a 24-month contract, you also gain extra flexibility on changing your handset and mobile network, and get greater transparency about how much each one really costs.

In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying your mobile phone and SIM card on separate agreements (this is sometimes known as an ‘unbundled deal’). We’ll then compare the best ways of getting an unbundled deal, including from retailers like Unshackled, directly from the mobile network and by doing-it-yourself.

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