Mid-Contract Price Rises On Mobile Phone Contracts: By Network

Some UK mobile networks increase the cost of your mobile phone contract with RPI or CPI inflation each year. Find out more about mid-contract price rises.

In the UK, some mobile networks will increase the price of your contract every year. This can mean the monthly price of your mobile phone contract going up with there being no option for you to end your contract unless you pay an early termination fee. This price increase is normally calculated from RPI or CPI inflation and can mean a regular annual increase of a few percent to your mobile phone bill.

In this article, we’ll discuss the mid-contract price rise policy on different UK mobile networks. We’ll also look at the interplay between this and capped contracts, discounts you may receive on your phone bill and Ofcom’s legislation around this.

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1p Mobile Review: Flexible Pay As You Go for 1p/min, 1p/text & 1p/MB

1p Mobile offers flexible Pay As You Go costing 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB, with 4G coverage from EE.

In the UK, 1p Mobile currently offers the lowest Pay As You Go rates for calling, texting and browsing. With an eye-catching tariff of 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/megabyte, you only need to pay for what you actually use with no regular monthly commitments or contracts.

An important requirement of using 1pMobile is that customers are required to top-up their phone with at least £10 of credit every 120 days.

1pMobile has been launched by a company called Telecommunications Management Limited, the sister company of Utility Warehouse and a part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group. 1p Mobile offers 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from EE and has been available to customers in the UK since September 2016.

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Virgin Mobile Review: 4G SIM Only Plans & Freestyle Contracts With EE Coverage

Virgin Mobile offers 99% coverage from EE on a range of 4G Pay Monthly & SIM Only plans.

In the UK, Virgin Mobile is a mobile network offering 4G coverage on a range of Pay Monthly SIM cards and ‘Freestyle’ Pay Monthly contracts. Customers with a 4G-enabled Pay Monthly price plan can benefit from features like data rollover and data-free messaging on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter. Customers with a Freestyle contract will also have the ability to change their price plan up or down every month.

As well as having 4G-enabled Pay Monthly price plans, Virgin Mobile also offers 3G-only Pay As You Go JAM Packs.

In this article, we’ll review Virgin Mobile’s UK service, starting from their price plans both on Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go. We’ll then look at the coverage you can expect on Virgin Mobile and how to keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.

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Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles Review: Pay As You Go From £5/month

Vodafone offers Big Value Bundles from £5/month on Pay As You Go with “total rollover” of unused allowances.

Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles on Pay As You Go give you a monthly allowance of minutes, texts and mobile internet. Starting in price from £5 per month, the bundles turn your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance.

Vodafone’s popular £10 Big Value Bundle comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of 4G internet. Customers wanting a larger allowance of data can get 8GB of data for £20/month, or 20GB of data for £30/month. Alternatively, light users can choose the £5 Big Value Bundle with 150 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of internet.

Customers can currently get a 50% discount by buying a Big Value Six Pack, where you pay for six months at a time. This allows you to get 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data for the next six months for a one-off £30 payment (this is equivalent to costing just £5/month).

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles. We’ll discuss the bundles available and how you can use the ‘Total Rollover’ and ‘Big Value Six Pack’ features. We’ll also discuss Pay As You Go 1, an alternative tariff from Vodafone for occasional users not wanting to top-up their phone every month. Finally, we’ll compare the Big Value Bundles to alternatives from other mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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Vodafone Basics SIM Only Review: Unlimited Calls From £6/month

‘Vodafone Basics’ SIM-only plans offer unlimited UK minutes & a data allowance from £6/month.

Vodafone now offers a line-up of basic SIM-only plans, promising to “include only the things you use every day”. The no-frills ‘Basics’ SIM cards start from £6/month and are an online-only exclusive for customers that are new to Vodafone. The SIM cards are only available for purchase through a special page on Vodafone’s website.

You can get a Vodafone Basics plan from just £6/month on a 12-month contract with unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and an allowance of UK data. For instance, the £6 plan comes with 500MB of data, rising up to the £10/month plan which currently includes 6GB of data.

Being a cheaper and lower-cost alternative to Vodafone’s normal SIM-only plans, there are a number of limitations. For instance, the Basics plan doesn’t allow you to use your mobile phone outside the UK. International and premium-rate calls along with picture messages and video calls are also barred on the service.

In this article, we’ll review the Vodafone Basics tariff in more detail. We’ll start by looking at the plans available, along with the features of the tariff and how this compares to regular SIM-only plans. We’ll then compare the price against rival SIM cards from other mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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SMARTY’s ‘3 Months For The Price Of 1’ January Sale

SMARTY is currently offering “three months for the price of one” on their flexible SIM-only plans from £6.25/month.

Until the 4th February 2019, SMARTY is offering “three months for the price of one” on their flexible SIM-only plans. Customers can sign up to one of four commitment-free price plans and will receive three months of usage for their first payment.

The price plans on SMARTY start from £6.25/month for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. With the “3 for 1” offer, this makes it possible to use your mobile phone between now and March for the equivalent of just £2.08/month. Customers wanting a larger data allowance can get 2GB of data for £7.50, 4GB of data for £10 and 8GB of data for £15 (equivalent to £2.50, £3.33 and £5 per month for the first 3 months).

In this article, we’ll review SMARTY’s January Sale offer. We’ll start by looking at how you can take advantage of the “3 for 1” offer, before discussing other features of SMARTY like the unused data discount. We’ll also look at how you can use SMARTY on a new mobile phone you’ve received this Christmas, the level of coverage you should expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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Best SIM Cards For Using Your Smartphone In China & Hong Kong

If you’re travelling to China or Hong Kong, having the right SIM card can save you lots of money. We review the best value SIM cards.

Each year, about 600,000 Brits visit Mainland China and another 530,000 visit Hong Kong. Whether you’re there for a bit of business or tourism, and whether it’s for the sights and scenery, or just to enjoy the food on a brief stop-over, it’s likely you’ll want to use your mobile phone whilst abroad in China and Hong Kong.

The good news is it’s now really easy to stay connected on your mobile phone in China and Hong Kong. It’s possible for you to either roam on your UK SIM card, or you can buy a local SIM card upon your arrival at the destination.

In this article, we’ll look at how you can use a UK smartphone on the Chinese mobile networks. We’ll also look at roaming and local SIM card options in more detail so you can find the most convenient and best value way to stay connected on your smartphone.

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CMLink UK Review: 4G Growth Packs With Free Calls To China & Inclusive Roaming

CMLink offers 4G coverage from EE, with free or low cost phone calls to China. Customers also get inclusive roaming when travelling to China & Hong Kong.

CMLink is a new UK mobile network offering high-speed 4G coverage from the EE network. Set up by China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network in terms of subscribers, the CMLink UK network has some unique features for customers with a connection to China or Hong Kong.

Benefits of CMLink include free phone calls to more than 900 million China Mobile customers in Mainland China (up to 1,000 minutes per month) and inclusive roaming at no extra cost when travelling to China and Hong Kong.

Most CMLink UK customers will purchase a Data Growth Pack bundle, where a £10 monthly top-up will give you 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet. For each month you remain a CMLink customer, your data allowance will grow by a further 5%, up to a maximum of three times the original amount (so up to 9GB on the £10 Data Growth Pack).

In this article, we’ll review the CMLink UK mobile network. We’ll start by looking at the CMLink price plans, including Data Growth Packs and inclusive phone calls to China. We’ll then discuss how you can top-up your CMLink SIM card, before looking at coverage on the network and how to keep your existing phone number when joining.

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Free Pay As You Go SIM Cards: Listed, Reviewed & Networks Compared

Get a free SIM card for your mobile phone: Pay As You Go offerings compared from 20 UK networks.

Pay As You Go SIM CardWhether you’re a smartphone fanatic or someone who only uses their phone on an occasional basis, there are some great deals to be had when you order a free Pay As You Go SIM card in the UK.

The best Pay As You Go SIM cards offer super-low rates that can even rival Pay Monthly SIM cards in terms of value for money. To take advantage of the best offers currently available, simply order a free SIM card below and slot it inside your mobile phone. There are no credit checks required or upfront fees to pay. There’s also no need to set up a direct debit: simply top-up your SIM card when you need credit to pay for your airtime.

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Capped Contracts: Better Spend Control on Pay Monthly Mobile Contracts

Capped mobile contracts give you greater control over spending and out-of-allowance charges. Find out how to add a ‘spend cap’ to your plan.

In the UK, all mobile phone networks are now legally obliged to offer you the option of a ‘spend cap’ on Pay Monthly contracts.

A spend cap imposes an absolute limit on how much you can be charged by your mobile network for things outside of your regular price plan. This includes premium-rate phone calls and text messages, out-of-bundle usage, international calls and international roaming.

Spend caps are a great way of taking control over your phone bill and can reduce bill shock (unexpected charges for accidentally going over your allowance). It also provides some additional protection should your phone or SIM card get lost or stolen, and provides extra peace of mind if you’re buying a mobile phone for your kids and want to pay the bill for that handset.

In this article, we’ll look at capped mobile contracts in the UK. We’ll start with an overview of the best capped mobile contracts, before looking at how you can set a spend cap on each mobile network.

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