Listen to Martin Lewis - these SIM-only deals are no more than £10 and come packed full of data

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Phone price hikes have arrived, and as ever, Martin Lewis has hit our screens to make sure everyone knows just how easy it is to make big savings on your phone deal, and as ever, he's quite right. According to Lewis, 14 million people in the UK are currently out of contract on their phone plan and are therefore likely to be massively overpaying on their bill, which doesn't have to be the case. 

Modern smartphones are lasting longer than ever, so you probably aren't fussed about replacing the phone you might be reading this on - but making sure you're not overpaying for your data is just as key. It's likely that when you first started your current phone contract, your phone and airtime plans were combined. But, if you've finished your contract, chances are you are still paying for a phone that you've technically already paid off - leaving the amount you're paying for just data at an extortionately high price. 

The easiest way to fix this is simple; keep the phone you currently have, cancel your contract, and switch to a SIM-only deal. SIM-only packages are cheaper, the contracts are shorter, and the service you receive is no different from what you'd usually expect. This makes them a great way to save on your bill quickly. To help you make the switch, here are some top picks of SIM-only contracts for £10 or less that are available right now.

SIM only deals for under £10

talkmobile: 60GB data, unlimited calls and texts, £9.95 per month, 12-month contract

talkmobile: 60GB data, unlimited calls and texts, £9.95 per month, 12-month contract

This 60GB data plan from talkmobile is an instant win for any avid social media scrollers, streamers, or busy navigators. With 60GB of data, you're unlikely to risk ever running out. Using Vodafone's network means talkmobile is also able to provide a premium service to your device with both 4G and 5G coverage, making the fact you can get all this for under a tenner even more impressive. 

SMARTY: 50GB data, unlimited calls and texts, £8 per month, 1-month rolling contract

SMARTY: 50GB data, unlimited calls and texts, £8 per month, 1-month rolling contract

With 50GB of data, unlimited calls and texts, and a contract that you can cancel at any time for only £8 per month, this offer from SMARTY isn't one to sleep on. Available till the 25th of July, SMARTY is more than tripling its 16GB plan for customers once they sign up, giving them 50GB of data per month for the first fifteen months of their SIM-only deal.

iD Mobile: 70GB data, unlimited calls and texts, £10 per month, 12-month contract

iD Mobile: 70GB data, unlimited calls and texts, £10 per month, 12-month contract

iD Mobile is currently offering some of the best SIM-only deals available. Powered by the UK's fastest 5G network from Three, This SIM-only deal features 70GB of data, unlimited calls and texts, and free-roaming up to 30GB in 50 destinations. For only £10 per month, this is an amazing deal to choose. Plus, iD Mobile is one of the few networks to not raise your prices each year, meaning you won't be paying any more than you sign up for any time soon. 

Price Hikes FAQs

What are phone price hikes?

Phone price hikes are a yearly occurrence in the UK where some mobile networks increase their contract prices in line with inflation - using either CPI or RPI - plus a figure of usually 3.9%. This increase is - supposedly - to enable providers to manage rising business costs and continue to develop infrastructure to improve service, however, this has come under some scrutiny. 

In recent months, Ofcom made it necessary that providers outline these price hikes in terms of pounds and pence, to increase consumer understanding and confidence surrounding the increases. However, this has been ineffective at tackling a practice which is continually tightening the purses of consumers.  As of writing,  we are yet to see any progress that would help end this regular occurrence altogether.

When do phone price hikes take place?

Phone price hikes take place on either March 31st or April 1st officially, depending on the provider in question, however, you won't notice these increases till your bill at the end of April. This timing is so that providers can increase prices in line with the announcement of inflation for February, which falls in mid to late March.

Do all phone networks increase their prices

No, more often than not, smaller networks such as GiffGaff, Smarty, and talkmobile, will not increase their prices, instead offering cheaper deals that serve as a great alternative to the big four providers - EE, Vodafone, Three, and O2 - who all increase their prices every year. 

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Rob Dunne
Deals Editor

Rob is the Mobile and Broadband Deals Editor for TechRadar. Coming from years of experience working with phones on shop floors and giving customers the best deals on their tech, Rob is the dream adviser for readers looking to save money on top mobiles, accessories and broadband no matter what their needs are. Whether it's helpful information and expertise, niche benefits, or simply finding the best value for money, Rob has the know-how to guide you in the right direction towards your next tech endeavour. Outside of work, you'll find Rob on the tennis courts, in the gym, or diving into the biggest and best games of the year.