Advantages Pretty cheap for what you're getting.
Disadvantages Need to have a 3G phone before you can use the SIM, tech support can be difficult
Following my move to Nottingham, and a new fiancee and a new house I decided a new mobile contract would be in order since I'd had my previous one taken off me when I decided to bail out of the Northwest. The problem was I already had a phone (Sony Ericsson W595) that I actually liked so I decided to look for a SIM only deal.The one that caught my eye was a 3 £15 deal. For the deal I got 300 any network minutes, 3000 texts and 2000 3 to 3 minutes as well as free Skype. Now I decided that I also needed the internet max package to allow me to go on Facebook and YouTube for when I had long train journeys which bumped the whole package up to £20. Not a bad deal, because if I'd gone with the PAYG option (which was seriously tempting) I'd have forked out that a month anyway. The thing that was tempting was that it was what is known as a 'rolling contract'. Your signed up for one month and then it just keeps rolling until you decide to cancel and then all you need to do is give 30 days notice. As there is no phone that you're subsidising, there's not a lengthy contract so you're not locked in.
Don't be fooled by the fact it's SIM only. You still get credit checked, albeit not as in depth as the one for a standard phone. My problem was as I'd just moved to the area, and the fact I'd forgotten to update my bank details *DOH!* I got refused. It may also be the fact that I wasn't on the electoral roll or whatever, but Shushy (my fiancee) stepped in and saved the day by having the contract in her name.Now there is also a plus with this contract. You can actually set a credit limit so if you're a parent and what to get your child a contract, but not have to worry about them calling Azerbijan or something and running up a huge bill you simply set the credit limit to zero or £5 or something. They will do this in store if you mention it so it's done pretty much straight away.
So what do you get? Well to be honest, just a SIM to pop into an unlocked *3G* phone (the phone HAS to be 3G as 3 don't allow 2G phones on their network and the SIM won't work) or a 3 phone. You do get a Pay As You Go SIM too, but thats not much use unless you either have another phone or someone who has a spare phone and wouldn't mind it being revived for you to call them. This is where the 2000 3 to 3 minutes come in because if you give it to someone who has an unlocked 3G phone then you can call them to your heart's content. I actually popped it into my PDA and gave Shushy my PDA so I could call her without eating into my any network minutes.As an aside, a quick outlay of call charges per minute should you go over your minutes is in order here...
3 to 3 - 20p
To landline - 20p
To other UK mobile network - 40p
Voicemail - Free
Videocalling (NOT included in contract) - 50p
Videomail (NOT included in contract) - 25p
Text message - 10p
MMS (NOT included in contract) - 25p
Anyway, when you pop the SIM in they say it might take around 24 hours for it to fully register on the network, but mine was up and running within an hour or so.
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