The simple truth is that smartphones are so good these days that people just don't need to update to new handsets every year or even every other year (that sound you hear is the air moving as everyone in the UK using an iPhone 6 nods in agreement).
The practical upshot of this is that instead of signing up for an expensive new deal for a new phone, many people are sensibly opting for a SIM only option (a quick poll of the TechRadar office reveals that almost everyone is on a SIM only plan).
This has resulted in a truly competitive and deal-tastic SIM only market and there have been some really great deals lately. This one, though, is selling like hotcakes at both Mobiles.co.uk and e2save.com (both affiliates of Carphone Warehouse) as it offers really fantastic value via a cashback offer:
SIM only deal in full:
Vodafone | 12 month contract | 8GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £5.50 per month
This is the UK's best selling SIM only deal at the moment and it's not surprising because it's an absolute bargain. You'll pay £17 per month for 12 months, but when you sign up you'll immediately be eligible for £138 cashback, leaving you paying the equivalent of just £5.50 per month which is extremely cheap! For your money you get unlimited calls and texts and 8GB data which is enough for almost anyone. You simply won't be able to find a better SIM only deal than this - be fast though as it won't last forever. The same deal is available from both Mobiles.co.uk and e2save.com (more cashback from e2save.com makes it 50p per month cheaper).
View this deal: at e2save.com
View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk
As you can see from the below table, the absolute cheapest SIM only deal out there right now is a £5 tariff which bags you just 200MB. So this £5.50 deal for 8GB is fantastic value and gets the TechRadar seal of approval.
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