With Pay As You Go, there’s no need to sign any contracts. Find out how to get a free SIM card and which PAYG networks offer the lowest prices.

Instead of getting a Pay Monthly contract, many consumers prefer to use their phone on a Pay As You Go basis. Compared to Pay Monthly, Pay As You Go offers better flexibility: there’s no need to sign any 24-month contracts and you have the ability to change networks or tariffs at any time you like. There’s also no need to undergo a credit check and there’s no chance of spending more than your top-up. With better spend control, Pay As You Go can often be the perfect product for younger mobile users.

In the UK, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Pay As You Go. There are more than 20 networks offering a Pay As You Go service. Frequent smartphone users can take advantage of a bundle for even better rates. In this section, read more about the UK’s Pay As You Go tariffs.

Free Pay As You Go SIM Cards: Review & Comparison 2019

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

Best Pay As You Go SIM For Light Users: No Monthly Top-Up & No Expiry

If you're a light mobile user, it's best to choose a low-cost Pay As You Go tariff with no monthly subscription or credit expiry.

Compare Pay As You Go Networks: Prices & Coverage Comparison Table

Looking for the cheapest Pay As You Go tariff in the UK? Our interactive comparison table allows you to compare Pay As You Go mobile networks by price and coverage.

Best Pay As You Go Bundles: UK's Cheapest Prepaid Mobile Phone Plans

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

PAYG Inactivity: Time For Credit Expiry & SIM Card Cancellation

If your Pay As You Go SIM card isn't used for a certain amount of time, your credit can expire and your account can be closed.

Topping-Up on PAYG: Minimum Top-Up & Available Methods

Find out the minimum top-up on each UK network and the available methods for topping up your handset.

PAYG Calling: Minimum Charge, Per-Minute & Per-Second Bills

Pay As You Go mobile networks differ in the method they use to charge customers for a call. Techniques such a minimum call charge and per-minute billing can add substantially to the cost of your service.

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  • NEIL WILLIAMS said:

    Thank you very much for your excellent information. I am in the U.S. and travel to Britain occasionally and the last phone I had has expired (several years old). I use my U.S. phone in Britain on WIFI and use Google Hangouts Dialer. But I would like another U.K. phone for standby. It also seems like to get access to the hotspots from networks like O2 you have to have a U.K. mobile number.
    I like the O2 Classic Plan and will enroll in it…but was wondering if you have a recommendation for a very cheap handset..I looked at O2 s Alcatle and the Alcatel Pixie 4 or the ZTE BLade..is this the best way to go?
    Again, thank you so much for all of your fine work and excellent writing/presentation. It is much appreciated.

    • Hi Neil,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t have a specific handset to recommended amongst this price range, though if you’re just looking for a basic phone that can make phone calls and do some basic browsing, all of the handsets you’ve mentioned should probably be fine! If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, I do rather like the Moto G, but I don’t think it’s worth it if you only want to use it on your trips here (more an option if you want a GSM handset that you can continue to use when you go back home as well).
      Ken

  • Rakesh Dharamsi said:

    Hi Ken
    I am from New Zealand and planing to travel to UK and Europe and need a sim to cover, I plan to use more data then calling what do you recommend.

    • Hi Cleveland,
      To the best of my knowledge, I don’t believe Lycamobile has cruise ship roaming. However, you might be able to pick up a land-based network when close to the shore which would allow you to use Lycamobile. If you’d like a definitive answer to this question, it’s probably worth contacting Lycamobile directly.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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