What’s the difference between pay as you go (PAYG) and SIM-only?

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If you find yourself weighing up mobile deals and you’re at a loss then we’re here to help out! It can often be a bit confusing with pay as you go, SIM-only and pay monthly contracts to choose from. And what does all the lingo even mean? If you’re not a fan of commitment (we hear ya) and already have your favourite mobile then a SIM-only plan could be the perfect option for you.

Feeling Confused? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

If you’ve already got a mobile and you need a new SIM you may be wondering what to expect from Pay As You Go (PAYG) or a SIM-only deal? Well, in both cases you’re getting a low-cost SIM card to pop in your mobile; this means you’re only paying for the services you’re going to use and not the mobile itself. With pay as you go you’ll need to purchase a top-up whenever you spend your balance. You can do this online, in a shop or at a cashpoint, which can often be frustrating...

If having to keep topping up sounds like a bit of a hassle then a SIM-only plan might be more your style - you pay a small monthly amount for a generous helping of data, calls and texts. A SIM-only plan can last as little as 30 days, so it won’t tie you down! Superdrug Mobile is totally contract free. In other words, a SIM-only deal starts as more of a fling; you can choose if you want to stick with it long-term or move on. If you want something that’s going to keep you messaging, snapping and Instagramming uninterrupted, then a SIM-only plan is the perfect choice for you.

3 Ways A SIM-only Contract Can Work For You

1. Save yourself some dosh by keeping your existing mobile

SIM-only options are perfect if you’re happy to keep your current mobile - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right? And speaking of broke… a SIM-only contract is a great way to save your hard-earned cash. We’re sure there are plenty of other things on your wishlist (like a manicure or some new makeup) and the savings really add up. Generally, a SIM-only contract will be better value for money than PAYG, especially when it comes to data. Yay! Or, if you’re simply biding your time until your dream mobile is released then a SIM-only contract will tide you over.

2. Don’t get tied down with a long contract…

If a 18-24 month mobile contract seems a bit much then there’s no need to stress. PAYG is probably up your street if you’re not super addicted to your mobile. However, you can end up paying a bit more with PAYG if you’re someone that’s glued to your mobile. We have to admit, we’re a bit addicted - I mean, who doesn’t love a cheeky Insta scroll? With a SIM-only plan, you won’t have the hassle of having topping up as your plan will automatically renew every month (as long as auto-renew is switched on). Nice! A SIM-only plan doesn’t shackle you because with most rolling SIM-only contracts you’ll have a 30 cancellation period. And a Superdrug Mobile contract doesn’t require a credit check either. Feeling free? This way you can focus specifically on getting the data, texts and minutes that you need.

3. Are you a bit of a chatterbox? Make sure your plan meets your needs!

There’s nothing worse than running out of data in the middle of a Game of Thrones episode or not being able to call your mates, so opt for a plan that’ll keep you covered. We’re here to help you avoid any oops moments! Have you been known to go over your monthly allowance? This can be less than ideal, especially when you rack up a massive bill. A SIM-only deal can help you be clear on your allowance and make sure that you’re not over-spending. Our plan offers data rollover so if you don’t use it all up in one month, you’ll have more for the next. That’s a great feeling. If you’re running a bit short then you can also grab a data add-on through your mobile app 24/7; we’ll always send you a text when you’re running out of data so you can stay in control of your usage.

How easy is that?!

Now you know the difference between PAYG and SIM-only you’re well on the way to making a decision! When choosing between the two, it’s a matter of assessing convenience, value for money, and flexibility. The beauty of going SIM-only is that you get competitive rates because the network provider will want to keep you interested and it’s also super easy for you to leave if you want. If you think you’re hooked then take a look at our plan: with 4GB of data and unlimited calls and texts for just £10 a month, what more could you want?

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