What is SIM only? And what are the pros and cons? An explanation

Sim only: you’ve probably heard of it. But what does it actually mean and what are the pros and cons? This is everything you need to know in one article.

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Wat is sim only?

The name says it all. When taking out a sim-only subscription, you only get a sim (card). You still have to buy the phone, or you just use your current device. With a SIM-only subscription, you only pay for the calling minutes, text messages and data that you use each month. These bundles are refreshed monthly.

An example makes a lot clear. When you purchase a subscription with 200 calling minutes, 100 text messages and 2GB mobile internet, you have to make do with these numbers every month.

Are you using more than your bundles allow? Then you have to pay extra and those who use less will not receive a refund. So you pay the same monthly amount, whether you use 40 calling minutes or the full bundle (of 200). There are also unlimited SIM only plans. So you are not tied to a maximum number of calling minutes, text messages and/or data.

Running times make the difference

With sim only you can always choose from different durations. Depending on the provider, you can take out a subscription for 1, 12 or 24 months. With the first variant, your contract is renewed monthly and you are therefore not committed to anything.

You take out an annual subscription for a period of 12 months, after which the contract is converted into a subscription for an indefinite period. Then your subscription (with most providers) can be canceled monthly. The same conditions apply to subscriptions for 2 years (24 months).

Anyone who takes out a 1- or 2-year subscription and wants to cancel prematurely must take into account a lump-sum payment. The provider then makes a proposal for the remaining costs.

Not quite sure what subscription to take out? Then it is wise to first purchase a monthly cancellation package. You can then see how much you call, text and internet each month – without being tied to anything. As soon as you have clear what your consumption is, you can switch to a subscription for 1 or 2 years. They are almost always cheaper.

What are the advantages?

Secretly, the advantages of sim only already passed by. In short, it means that the ‘separate’ subscriptions sometimes cheaper and all the time are more flexible than subscriptions with a device.

Starting with the first point: with a sim only you do not get a phone and therefore you are cheaper monthly in terms of subscription costs. After all, you have to arrange the telephone yourself.

This ensures that you have to put a large amount of money on the table in one fell swoop, but if you spread this purchase amount over a period of about two years, you may be cheaper than if you buy a subscription with a smartphone. A SIM-only subscription is therefore always cheaper than a package with a smartphone, but keep in mind that the one-time telephone costs are added to this.

In addition, a sim only is more flexible than a subscription with a telephone. You can simply take a trial month to see how you like it. Is sim only not for you? Then you simply cancel the package again, without any hassle. This is ideal for people who do not yet know exactly how much data and calling minutes they actually use.

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Are there also disadvantages?

Yes, every advantage has its disadvantage. This kite also applies when we talk about sim only.

For example, it is annoying that you cannot take bundles with you. So it doesn’t matter whether you use 10 or 199 of the 200 calling minutes each month: you pay the same monthly amount. The bundles are reset monthly and you do not take the remaining minutes and data with you. Sim only is therefore not the same as prepaid, where you pay in advance.

In addition, with sim only you have to buy a smartphone yourself. Not everyone is enthusiastic about this idea, or has the money to buy a phone in one go.

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Moreover, in some cases sim only is more expensive than when you take out a telephone subscription including a device. This is because providers such as KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Vodafone can sometimes offer new telephones cheaper than individual sellers.

In addition, with subscriptions including a smartphone, you can sometimes buy off the device in one go, instead of making a monthly repayment. In that case, the provider often gives you a discount on the purchase amount, because they run less risk that you will never pay off the device. Of course it depends on the device, but with an expensive smartphone you can sometimes save 100 euros with such a construction compared to individual purchase.

Conclusion: Should I buy a sim only?

Taking out a SIM-only subscription and buying a phone yourself is therefore not necessarily cheaper than a package with a phone.

If you are faced with this choice, it would be wise to calculate the total costs of both methods on a piece of paper. First calculate the total costs of both a sim only + separate device and a subscription including telephone, and divide these costs over a period of, for example, 24 months. That way you will automatically find out which option is best for you.

Do you know enough and have you decided that a SIM-only plan is for you? Then you’re with Android Planet at the right place. In our price comparison, you will find all SIM-only subscriptions that you can take out in the Netherlands. You can easily filter by calling minutes, internet and, for example, provider. Of course you can select everything by price to find the perfect deal.

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