In this article, we look at whether Pay Weekly Phone Contracts and Pay Weekly SIM only contracts are real or not, and what alternatives exist.
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No, there are no pay weekly contracts or pay weekly SIM only deals on the UK market. Despite the massive search demand for Pay Weekly Phone contracts and Pay Weekly SIM only deals, these simply don’t exist in the UK. We understand why some mobile users might need a pay weekly contract, but overall you’re better off with a pay monthly flexible plan or a traditional pay as you go deal. Luckily, most mobile networks have other great alternatives, which come with some amazing features and offer better value than a Pay Weekly Contract could.
Google search results may direct you to some suspicious websites, or services based in other countries stating that they have Pay Weekly Phone Contract deals available. Well, this is false, as there are currently no pay weekly mobile deals on the market.
Most mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the UK have 30-day rolling SIM only deals, which offer great flexibility for their customers. You can simply jump between plans every month or move to a whole new network. Plus, these deals are usually competitively priced and require no credit checks. There are even deals with 5G coverage like VOXI’s endless data plan or super cheap unlimited data plans like SMARTY’s and Superdrug’s.
If the reason you’re looking for a pay weekly contract is because you don’t use your phone that often, then a traditional PAYG service might suit you better. This way you’ll only pay for what you use and your SIM will stay active for months even if you don’t use your device at all. We’ll cover some of the best pay as you go deals in this article, but for an in-depth review you can also read our Best PAYG Deals in the UK guide.
Powered by Vodafone, VOXI provides some of the best monthly rolling, flexible price plans in the UK. The carrier has four different 30-day tariffs to choose from, and they all come with VOXI’s unique feature, unlimited social media data, as well as unlimited UK minutes and texts. This feature allows you to use Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram without burning through your data, provided it’s through the app.
The network also offers an unlimited data plan dubbed as ‘Endless Data’ with no restrictions and it comes with 5G coverage. You can also tether freely on all VOXI deals, and the ‘Endless Social Media’ perk will work just fine on tethered mobile devices too. Inclusive roaming in Europe is also included in all deals, however VOXI’s endless data plan is also subject to a roaming cap of 25GB/month. VOXI’s plans are on a prepaid basis, so no credit checks are required.
You can discover more about the mobile provider by reading our extensive VOXI Review!
Running on Three’s network, SMARTY proposes one of the cheapest 30-day rolling unlimited data plans in the UK. This may sound great, but this isn’t even the best thing about SMARTY. You can also find competitively priced low-data plans, and you get your money back for the data which you didn’t use. The base cost of SMARTY’s data discount plans is £5, which basically covers their expenses & gives you unlimited minutes & texts. Past the base cost you get back £1 per unused GB of data.
You don’t have to undergo a credit check to join SMARTY, the network offers commitment-free SIM plans. You can also purchase a data add-on if you run out of data. The data add-ons are £1 per GB. SMARTY price plans include unlimited UK minutes and texts, allow you to tether freely (though their unlimited plan comes with a fair usage cap of 1000GB), and you can roam in the EU like at home by using your UK allowances. However, when roaming outside the UK, you’ll be limited to 20GB.
Make sure to read our SMARTY Review to learn everything you need to know about the MVNO.
giffgaff is owned by O2’s owners Telefónica and the mobile virtual network is using O2’s infrastructure to provide 2G, 3G and 4G coverage to its customers. The carrier offers unique prepaid SIM deals called ‘goodybags’. What makes them unique is if you run out of your allowances before your 30-day period is over, you can simply start a new goodybag. You don’t have to wait at all. Plus, they have a good variety of goodybags to choose from and you can even use their network as a traditional pay as you go, combining the two services for the best experience.
There are no credit checks, no contracts and no commitments. You can simply get a free SIM, purchase a goodybag and start using your phone. The network also offers an unlimited data plan dubbed as ‘Always-On’, but it comes with a fair usage cap of 80GB. After reaching this cap your download speed will be restricted to 384kbps between 8 a.m. and midnight for the rest of the month. The MVNO also has an active online community full of helpful members. Make sure to read our giffgaff Review to learn more about their offers.
This is another mobile virtual network operator using Three’s network and just like SMARTY, they also have a great unlimited data plan priced at just £20. Superdrug Mobile offers four different commitment-free SIM only tariffs to choose from. These deals include unlimited UK minutes and texts and double Health & Beautycard points on all your Superdrug shopping. You also get the cost of your first month back in Health and Beautycard points when you first start using your SIM.
While we strongly recommend their unlimited data plan, the network’s other offers aren’t bad either, however, they’re preferable if you’re already a frequent shopper at Superdrug stores. Superdrug Mobile plans also come with a data rollover feature, giving you a second chance to use your leftover data from the month before. If you want to learn more about the network, you can read our extensive Superdrug Mobile Review.
Owned by Dixons Carphone and powered by Three, iD Mobile offers competitively priced 30-day rolling price plans to their customers. However, when there is a contract involved, you’ll have to undergo a credit check before you can sign up.
iD Mobile offers a decent range of price plans to choose from, including an unlimited data deal which offers great value for its price. The carrier is one of the very few mobile virtual networks to offer both 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling. You can find these two perks on other MVNOs but they almost always ask for a long term contract in order for you to benefit from them, unlike iD Mobile.
iD Mobile also rewards their first time customers with a data boost that’s valid for three years as long as they use the same price plan. The extra data you get can be between 10GB and 100GB. Read our iD Mobile Review to learn more!
Three is one of the four major mobile network providers in the UK and they also offer 30-day rolling SIM contracts. Three’s prices are the cheapest out of the major operators. All their 1 month contracts come with unlimited UK minutes & texts, 5G at no extra cost and Go Roam. You can also get your hands on an unlimited data plan.
Make sure to read our comprehensive Three Review to learn everything you need to know about the network and their super competitive offers.
O2 is the UK’s second largest mobile network operator and they definitely deserve all the credit. At Half Cooked we love all the exclusive offers O2 Priority brings to the table. O2 Priority customers get exclusive deals with high street brands, tickets to thousands of gigs & events, online entertainment discounts and more.
The carrier offers a decent range of 1-month contracts and their deals start from as low as 500MB all the way up to 50GB. There are no unlimited data plan offers though. O2’s 1-month contracts with 25GB or more also include a great roaming feature dubbed as O2 Travel Inclusive Zone, which increases the amount of countries you can freely roam in to a total of 75.
If you’re interested but want to learn more, make sure to check out our O2 Review.
Vodafone is the oldest mobile network in the UK and they have a couple monthly rolling contract offers. Vodafone currently offers three unlimited data plans and three low-data plans. Their unlimited data plans are called Unlimited Lite, Unlimited and Unlimited Max. First two are subject to speed restrictions, respectively at 2Mbps and 10Mbps, while unlimited max is truly unlimited. These deals also come with 5G coverage, but of course the Unlimited and Unlimited Lite customers can’t benefit from super-fast download speeds, however, other benefits of 5G are available to them. You also get 81 roam-free destinations with Unlimited Max, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many others. Vodafone’s entertainment packages are not available to 30-day contract customers.
We are not going to dive deep and review each and every network with a pay as you go service thoroughly, because we already have! You can read Half Cooked’s Best Pay As You Go Deals in the UK guide and learn everything you need to know.
This won’t stop us from making a couple recommendations here though. Mobile virtual network operators like 1p Mobile and ASDA Mobile offer super-low pay as you go rates and both carriers are using EE as their network provider. This means they offer the best 4G coverage in the country, as well as the fastest download speeds. You can read our 1p Mobile Review and ASDA Mobile Review to find out which network suits your needs better.
Alternatively you can have a look at the youngest network provider in the country, To The Moon Mobile. They are powered by EE as well, and similarly to VOXI and SMARTY, they offer commitment-free 30-day price plans. You also get 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling with TTM Mobile. You can read our To The Moon Mobile Review to find out more.
If you want a pay as you go deal with 5G Coverage, then you should check out Three and Vodafone. Three’s PAYG bundles come with 5G at no extra cost, and Vodafone offers two 5G PAYG bundles.