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Should I get a contract or go SIM free?

Which usually works out cheaper - contract or SIM free (with a £10 giffgaff goodybag say)

Most Useful Answer mrew42  Sep. 9, 2011 at 14:50

very difficult to say precisely as it depends on the phone and any special offer that may be available. It IS possible to get a new SGSII or HTC Sensation on a contract for not much more than a SIM free or PAYG handset. Theen you 've got to add the monthly cost of a goodybag on top.
Find the phone you want, add to that the price of say, 12 x you goodback purchase and you already add £120 to the handset cost.
Look at a 12 month contract with say, Talk Mobile and look for a deal with the same minutes as the goodbag provides (Internet will always be less allowance on contract comapred to giffgaff) and you could find yourself surprised at the difference
p.s. http://www.omio.com is a great source for contract info.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 14:46

Don't you mean contract or prepay? Your phone can be simfree on prepay OR contract.
And I have no idea about giffgaff goodybags - sounds like something Corrie actresses get when the exit the Whiny Awards :p
I'll check out giffgaff (we dont have them in Ireland ;) )

mrew42  Sep. 9, 2011 at 14:50

very difficult to say precisely as it depends on the phone and any special offer that may be available. It IS possible to get a new SGSII or HTC Sensation on a contract for not much more than a SIM free or PAYG handset. Theen you 've got to add the monthly cost of a goodybag on top.
Find the phone you want, add to that the price of say, 12 x you goodback purchase and you already add £120 to the handset cost.
Look at a 12 month contract with say, Talk Mobile and look for a deal with the same minutes as the goodbag provides (Internet will always be less allowance on contract comapred to giffgaff) and you could find yourself surprised at the difference
p.s. http://www.omio.com is a great source for contract info.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 14:59

thanks, mrew,
I think your answer was more useful than mine.
Contracts are not my thing...

mrew42  Sep. 9, 2011 at 15:10

Nor probs Jan.
giff gaff are a novel take on the payg bolton.
You guy a goodybag out of your credit and you get an allowance just as if you would on a contract. once that allowance is gon you resume using your remaining credit (if you have any that is) but you won't be able to get another goodybag until one calendar month has expired. Upside to this is that it a (minimum) £10 goodybag give you truly unlimited Internet (no tethering allowed ;)
Oh and it's Mike by the way :)

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