mattman4

What’s cheaper – PAYG or contract?

My friends say it’s cheaper to get a contract. Is this true? I use about 200 minutes a month and send 250 texts. I check Facebook sometimes too. What do you think would be good for me?

Most Useful Answer emmajk42  Feb. 8, 2011 at 21:56

You've got quite a few options I guess. First of all, work out how much you currently spend on PAYG and then compare it to the likes of the following:

There are some sim only deals on tesco mobile - for £10.21 per month you get 250 minutes and unlimited texts - that sounds like an option for you.

Also sim only on Orange- for £10.21 a month, it's 300 free anytime minutes, and unlimited texts (Canary 10 plan).

The benefit of the sim only is that it's almost as good a plan as a contract, but you're not tied into a lengthy payment plan (only 1 month).

I just looked at Orange and Tesco mobile, you should also check out prices from T-mobile, o2, vodafone. :)

If you're willing to sign up to a mobile contract, there's also the added bonus a new phone for free. For example, on Orange just now, you can get a free Samsung Wave s8500 on a 24 month contract, 300 mins & unlimited texts.

If you move over to a contract from PAYG, you'll have to consider your spending though - if you go outside your free minutes, you can sometimes be hit with an unexpectedly large bill which you must pay. The benefit of the PAYG is that you know exactly how much you are spending, and cannot really over-spend.

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emmajk42 / MOD  Feb. 8, 2011 at 21:56

You've got quite a few options I guess. First of all, work out how much you currently spend on PAYG and then compare it to the likes of the following:

There are some sim only deals on tesco mobile - for £10.21 per month you get 250 minutes and unlimited texts - that sounds like an option for you.

Also sim only on Orange- for £10.21 a month, it's 300 free anytime minutes, and unlimited texts (Canary 10 plan).

The benefit of the sim only is that it's almost as good a plan as a contract, but you're not tied into a lengthy payment plan (only 1 month).

I just looked at Orange and Tesco mobile, you should also check out prices from T-mobile, o2, vodafone. :)

If you're willing to sign up to a mobile contract, there's also the added bonus a new phone for free. For example, on Orange just now, you can get a free Samsung Wave s8500 on a 24 month contract, 300 mins & unlimited texts.

If you move over to a contract from PAYG, you'll have to consider your spending though - if you go outside your free minutes, you can sometimes be hit with an unexpectedly large bill which you must pay. The benefit of the PAYG is that you know exactly how much you are spending, and cannot really over-spend.

benjyyy  Feb. 8, 2011 at 22:26

What about Giffgaff?

250 mins, unlimited texts and data for £10 and no contract

mattman4  Feb. 9, 2011 at 17:07

Thanks for the tips. I am worried about going over the minutes on a contract though.

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