MSE News: Cut your mobile phone bill in HALF

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Don't pay more than £10/mth for calls, texts and data – plus get £50 off the new Samsung S8 or iPhone 7...
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'Cut your mobile phone bill in HALF'
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  • SystemSystem Forumite, Community Admin
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    Sim only cheaper than contract, really?
    I have a Tesco mobile contract @ 7.50 a month reduced to 4.50 a month for accepting ads. Some of the SIM only deals i see are the same price as the contracts, at least on the budget end, might be different for high end
  • LinguaLingua Forumite
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    Use cashback websites. Got my SIM for £4-5/mnth after cashback, and it has everything I could need!
    Long-Term Goal: £23'000 / £40'000 mortgage downpayment (2020)
  • JJ_EganJJ_Egan Forumite
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    Typical MSE false statement .
    Cut your mobile phone bill in HALF .
  • Ian011Ian011 Forumite
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    The important point with any deal is to get an inclusive allowance that covers all of your calls to geographic numbers starting 01 and 02 and non-geographic numbers starting 03, all of your calls and texts to mobile numbers starting 071-075 and 077-079, plus all of the data you will use. Exceeding the inclusive allowance can cost a fortune so you need to avoid that happening.

    Whether the deal is contract or pay-as-you-go is somewhat irrelevant, as is whether the deal comes with a handset or not. Both contracts and pay-as-you-go offer large inclusive allowances for very little money.

    The thing to avoid is paying a large per-minute, per-message or per-MB rate for normal usage.

    Finally, avoid calling premium rate numbers starting 070, 084, 087, 090, 091, 098 or 118. These are all very expensive and their usage is now banned for very many purposes.
  • Frozen_up_northFrozen_up_north Forumite
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    Sim only cheaper than contract, really?
    I have a Tesco mobile contract @ 7.50 a month reduced to 4.50 a month for accepting ads. Some of the SIM only deals i see are the same price as the contracts, at least on the budget end, might be different for high end

    At the high end it's a much different situation, anyone believing that a network/provider is giving them a £400 to £600 phone for free or a small deposit, is in a dream. The flexibility of SIM only often means you can switch to a better deal with 30 days notice, or opt for a lower cost 12 month deal. There are a lot of options open to SIM only, on Three for example there is a choice of 44 SIM only plans to pick from at the moment!

    Also, with a phone + SIM package are stuck for 24 months. With the current turmoil of "free" EU roaming, bill caps, etc, the flexibility of a 30 day SIM mean many of us can pick and choose what's best for us in the next couple of months (EU roaming changes 15th June, bill capping on phone contracts through parliament last week).
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