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Benefits of SIM only deals

If you’re unsure about what sort of deal you want for your mobile phone, we’re here to help. 

Looking for great savings and more convenience? You should consider switching to a SIM only plan. Check out some of the many benefits of SIM only below to see if it’s the right choice for you.

What is SIM only?

As opposed to paying for your usage and the cost of your handset, going SIM only means you only pay for your network use.

You can get a SIM only deal on a fixed term basis that lasts for a year or two, or if you want more flexibility, Asda mobile offers SIM only as a monthly rolling bundle.

What are the benefits of SIM only deals?

There are many advantages of going SIM only, such as: 


Usually, SIM only deals are more affordable than an average phone contract. This is because you’re not paying for your handset alongside your network. 

With a SIM only deal, you’ve already purchased the phone upfront, so you’re not being charged extra. Through the duration of a phone contract, you’ll probably end up paying more than what the phone is actually worth. 

Still on the lookout for a new handset? Take a look at what’s available in our phone shop.


Most phone contracts tie you in for 12 to 24 months, so you run the risk of being trapped in a deal that doesn’t reflect your phone usage. For example, you could be overpaying for mobile data that you don’t even use! 

With a SIM only deal from Asda mobile, you’re not tied into any contract, you have an incredible choice of bundles, and you’re free to adjust your plan depending on whatever features you need most - at any given time. 

You can also monitor your overall usage and change your allowance each month to have more or less data. This way, you’re never paying for more than what you use.


On a SIM only bundle, you have the freedom to swap, upgrade, and buy a new phone whenever you like. You’re also not tied into contracts where you’re actively paying off the phone and forced to keep it for a set amount of time. 

Phone contracts usually stipulate that you have to buy the phone and complete the whole contract before being allowed to replace it. And even then, the phone is usually locked to the network you bought it from, making it more difficult to switch to a new network. 

With SIM only, you can swap to a different handset whenever you want. Take the time to choose the right phone for you, so even if you pay it in instalments, you’d still be able to afford it alongside your network bills. Basically, you have complete control over your expenditures! 

If you want to keep costs down, consider a refurbished phone or take a look at some of our budget-friendly recommendations. 

No credit check 

Unlike some other networks, when you go SIM only with Asda mobile, you won’t be subject to a credit check. 

We can even offer you advice on how to get a mobile phone with bad credit.

Network benefits

With an Asda mobile SIM only deal, you have access to our many network benefits! These include: 


Switching and save with Asda Mobile's SIM only offers

There are three different ways you can switch to SIM only with us:

1. Pay As You Go

By choosing a Pay As You Go plan, you’ll only pay for what you use - and not a penny more. Just top-up your phone and take advantage of our great rates. It’s flexible, easy to manage, and the most affordable option if you don’t use your phone a lot.

2. Monthly bundle

We have loads of great value monthly bundles for you to choose from. Whether you’re after deals with just minutes and texts or bundles with unlimited data, there’s something for everyone! 

All our bundles include:

  • Unlimited minutes and texts
  • 4G or 5G compatibility
  • No compulsory contracts or credit checks
  • Roaming in 36 European destinations
  • Up to 99% UK population coverage

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3. Recurring bundle

Our bundles last one calendar month, but you can always make yours recur! You’ll get the same deal each month until you decide to change, upgrade, or cancel your bundle. 

You can set up a recurring bundle through My Account.


Is SIM only right for you?

It’s simple, really:

  • Do you like saving money?
  • Do you only want to pay for what you use?
  • Do you want the flexibility to change your allowance each month?
  • Are you worried about being stuck in a compulsory contract?
  • Do you want the freedom to change your phone whenever you like?

If you answered yes to some or all of these, then SIM only is right for you! 

For a more affordable, flexible, and stress-free network experience, kickstart your SIM only journey with Asda mobile.

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Never had a problem with Asda mobile. Always efficient service. Customer service is always friendly and helpful.


Consistently helpful customer services team, good network coverage, no contract commitments, excellent value for money.


I have been with Asda mobile for some years now. I personally believe their service and value for money the best I've come across. I can honestly say that Asda mobile is the best out there.


Never had any problems using data or phone calls. Great price for month to month contract. Purchased another Sim for my son as it’s half the price of our Virgin Media contract.


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