iD Mobile SIM Only
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Choosing your SIM Only
The Carphone Warehouse has launched a new mobile phone network called iD mobile which offers superb value mobile phone contracts as well as SIM only deals from only £3.99 a per month. More about these below.
The iD name and brand aspires to be a "network that's as individual as you are" but we'll have to wait and see how well they perform and what their customer service is going to be like. It will run on the Three network so we expect 3G and 4G coverage to be very good at nearly 98% of the UK. iD customers will also get 4G at no extra cost so you can enjoy super fast Internet.
Being a product of Carphone Warehouse, iD Mobile can be found online via their website or via the new, dedicated iD Mobile website. If you prefer to purchase in-store then you can also find the network's new deals in Carphone Warehouse retail shops and online.
iD SIM Only Deals
There are 3 types of SIM only deals available on iD Mobile: DataOnly, GoTo and ShockProof. Keep reading to find out more.
iD SIM Only contracts
iD Mobile's cheapest SIM only package starts at £3.99 and comes with either 500 minutes plus 500MB of data. SIMs are capped SIM plan where you can control the monthly spend on your plan. All of these plans come with a £5 cap so you'll never get bill shock!
The next price points arrive at £10, £12.50 and £15 per month on 1 month rolling contracts. All of these deals are very competitive when compared to the likes of Three, Virgin and Giffgaff who offer some of the best SIM only contracts.
Best iD Mobile SIM only Deals:
1. 500 Minutes + 5000 Texts + 4GB Data = £12.50
2. 2000 Minutes + 5000 Texts + 6GB Data = £15
What SIM card type do I choose?
One thing to note when purchasing from iD Mobile is that there isn't any information on what type of SIM card to choose. Having done a bit of digging ( I had a quick scan of their FAQ page ) I found out that they offer an all-in-one SIM that has a Standard, Micro and Nano SIM card that you can change to your needs by removing or adding the required adaptor. Genius! This gets brownie points from me as it something that makes ordering less confusing and also makes the SIM card adaptable for more than one phone.
iD Mobile for Tablets
The DataOnly deals are specifically designed for use with an iPad or other tablet device. As mentioned above, the price starts from just £5 and finishes at a premium plan of £20 per month. Much will depend on how much data you require but on the whole, the iD tablet SIM only plans offer great value for money. When comparing with Three's own data only SIMs they aren't as competitive though. For £15 per month, Three offers 10GB of data whereas iD Mobile offers just 5GB. Half the amount!
iD Mobile Add-ons
The prices aren't that great in all fairness. £10 for an extra 1GB of data is a bit extortionate so you're better of making sure you have a plan that is sufficient for you needs to begin with and try your best to stick within the limits. Of course, there may be situations where you have that extra need for more minutes, texts or data and an add-on will be more suitable than being charged outside of your allowance.
The full break down of add-ons is in the table below.
Outside Allowance Charges
For a full list of outside allowance charges, please see the iD Mobile website.
SIM Only Contracts' top tip:
Our editor says:
For a new network, iD Mobile certainly has a very competitive offering both price wise and in terms of the plans they offers. It's still too early to say whether they are good from a customer service point of view but the effort seems to have been made to identify what customers want. Being provided by Carphone Warehouse and operating on the Three network there is no doubt that they will gain credibility quickly.
I like: There are generous data allowances with most of the GoTo SIM only plans and the ShockProof plans provide an excellent way to cap your monthly usage. Many customers on other networks have been calling out for this feature particularly if the SIM only contract is for a teenage child.
I don’t like: Calling voicemail will eat up your allowance minutes so be aware that it isn't totally free.
iD Mobile offers another tariff called TakeAway that lets you roam 22 countries using your plans inclusive minutes, texts and data allowance. Unfortunately, this is not available on SIM Only yet and is only open to mobile phone contracts starting from £25.50 per month.
iD Mobile - Useful Links
iD Mobile Customer Service
Other UK phone: 0333 003 7777
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