Have you just come to the end of a long, monogamous relationship with a mobile contract? Two years is quite the commitment. But before you go hooking yourself up to the old ball and chain again, it might be time to consider the benefits of an open relationship. After all, it’s 2014, and for many, being tied down to just one mobile phone provider is a bit of a drag. SIM only deals are flexible, cheap and they won’t give you a hard time for flirting with the idea of another handset. Read on for more reasons to play the field with your next mobile deal.
The price is right
The best SIM only deals tend to offer a far more competitive price than contracts. After all, there’s no premium for owning that oh-so-current hipster handset, so you know you’re paying for exactly what you need, and not a penny more.
You can keep your current number
This saves you having to write that awkward Facebook request for friends to send you over their digits, typing them all in, and coming to the realisation that all the people whose numbers you actually use are not on your Facebook.
You can eye up other deals
SIM only commitments can be as fleeting as a month, which means you can afford to investigate that hot new deal that just caught your attention. Similarly, your needs may well change; you might find you’re using half your call allowance and needn’t be paying for minutes, or that your data usage is considerable. You’re not locked in, so there’s no problem about switching things up. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.
As a temporary solution
You might find yourself between aspirational handsets, or on the rebound from a particularly demanding contract. Before committing again to the latest release from Apple, Samsung or Nokia, you can temporarily use a SIM-only contract with your existing handset while you’re waiting for the next big thing in technology to be released. Think of it as a rebound relationship – you both know it’s going to end, but it passes the time.