SIM Only Deals for your iPhone
So you own an iPhone?
Which SIM Only contract is right for your iPhone? Which type of SIM card will you need – micro or nano? And how much money can you save?
Maybe you’re near, or at, the end of your contract and want to save money with a SIM Only iPhone deal. Or, you’ve cleverly just bought your iPhone outright and SIM free. If either of these rings true, then you’ve plenty of SIM Only plans to choose from.
The great thing about SIM Only is that you can easily switch to another network with a great deal. You will however, need to make sure your phone is unlocked to any network. If it isn't, you can find out more about how to unlock your iPhone here.
How much data do you need?
The contracts we’ve detailed are a selection of the best ones suited to most users looking for a decent sized data package to get the best out of their iPhone.
With more Internet data included, you can enjoy more data intensive applications such as Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook. Downloading these apps, watching YouTube videos, emailing etc, can mean you build up the amount of data you use without realising. We therefore recommend you choose a tariff with enough Internet data for all your needs.
Although 500MB is enough for the average user, we advise a minimum of 1GB of data allowance for iPhone users to be on the safe side. iPhone sim only deals with unlimited internet are ideal if you stream videos, download music and apps frequently and don't want to worry about going over your allowance. There aren't many of these types of deals around so compare iPhone SIM only contracts first to see which offer the most data for your needs.
Should you buy your iPhone outright?
Although buying your mobile phone SIM free can seem expensive, the cost is wiped out by the continuous monthly savings on your cheaper tariff. This is especially true if you bought your iPhone for a good price or even second hand. Choose a cheap iPhone SIM Only deal between £4.99 to £15 and those savings will happen even faster. To calculate how much you could save, use our savings calculator.
Buying online can be cheaper
Tariffs online sometimes offer deals with savings of between £5-10 a month and going for a SIM Only could be up to 50% cheaper than a monthly iPhone contract tariff.
Do bear in mind that you can get both 30-day and 12-month SIM Only contracts. The longer option gives more minutes and data for your money, which we recommend.
Nearly all of the networks now offer specialised iPhone SIM Only tariffs with a sizeable data package for you. A SIM only contract with Three will allow you to use your UK data, minutes and texts allowance abroad at no extra cost while Vodafone offers 12-months free Spotify, NOW TV or Sky Sports Mobile on selected tariffs.
Which SIM for which iPhone?
iPhone 3 and 3G
Look for the Smartphone tariffs as these will offer the standard SIM card you need for your iPhone 3G/3GS. There are now combi SIMs available too so if you decide to upgrade your phone at a later stage you will have a Micro SIM card ready to use.
iPhone 4 and 4S
The iPhone 4 is unique in many ways, especially with its micro SIM card, giving you two options to get a SIM card for your Smartphone. You can either order a micro SIM or cut a normal one down to size. Unless you’re confident about this, it’s probably safer and easier to buy it or ask your network provider for a replacement SIM card.
You can buy a micro SIM Only contract from all the networks including Three, Vodafone and giffgaff online.
iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
These iPhones both retain the Nano SIM card type from the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S features a new and improved camera as well as finger ID feature for improved security. It also comes in a new gold colour. The iPhone 5C features an all new body (similar to that of the 5th Gen iPod touch) with several different colours to choose from.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are compatible with all types of 4G frequency bands unlike the iPhone 5 before them. To take advantage of the phones capabilities and faster data speeds we recommend opting for a 4G SIM only deal.
iPhone 6/6S and 6/6S Plus
The iPhone 6 has a larger screen for great Internet surfing at your fingertips. This only takes the nano-SIM: no other type is compatible and you can’t cut a normal sized SIM down to fit.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launched by Apple in 2016 both require a nano SIM. Apple now have an interest free purchase and yearly upgrade program for iPhones so now is a better time than any to get a SIM-Only deal for iPhone.
iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X
These are the latest iPhones that now come with an all new glass back designed for wireless charging and the A11 bionic chip making them the fastest iPhones ever. The iPhone X also sports a full screen design, doing away with the physical home button and Face iD security for unlocking your phone and payments. All these new phones will require a Nano SIM.
Our editor’s top pick
Three Mobile have some great Internet deals and our current favourite is only £9 a month. This fantastic tariff is made for the iPhone as it gives you 4GB of Internet plus unlimited minutes plus unlimited texts. This also includes 4G so you're ready to surf at super fast speeds.
Alternatively, for even more flexibility, we highly recommend giffgaff's £10 goodybag PAYG SIM which gives you 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data.
For the best 4G experience opt for EE or Vodafone.
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