If you’ve already got a 3G dongle or a 4G compatible model but don’t want to sign up for a lengthy contract, SIM-only mobile broadband could be the right option for you. Instead of being forced to buy an expensive new dongle when you sign up, these offers include a SIM and one month rolling contracts.
SIM-only mobile broadband customers are free to cancel their agreement with just 30 days notice with no financial penalty, and like contract mobile broadband deals, subscribers qualify for a pre-determined amount of usage every month.
Compare the best SIM-only mobile broadband packages at uSwitch now.
The benefits of SIM-only mobile broadband
- More flexible than contract mobile broadband. If you are unimpressed with the service, you can just cancel.
- Lower usage costs than PAYG mobile broadband. As with standard contract mobile broadband, SIM-only mobile broadband features much more generous usage limits.
- Unlike pay as you go mobile broadband, you won’t need to worry about being caught without credit at inopportune moments.
- If you’ve already got a dongle, you won’t have to pay for another one. At around £30, this is a healthy saving. You should be aware, however, that if you want to access 4G SIM only mobile broadband you'll need a 4G compatible dongle. Older dongles will only work with 3G.
For more information on mobile broadband dongles read our easy-to-understand What is a Mobile Broadband Dongle? guide page.
Which providers offer SIM-only mobile broadband?
Nearly all major mobile providers offer a 3G SIM-only broadband package. Compare the best SIM-only mobile broadband packages at uSwitch now.
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Who is SIM-only mobile broadband suitable for?
SIM-only mobile broadband is ideal for cash-conscious consumers, as well as those who are wary of signing up to a long contract. It is particularly useful for students (who may need short-term access at key times of year) and people whose work requires sporadic internet access.
SIM-only mobile broadband is also a superb option for first time users. Customers can sample without being locked into an unsuitable, long-term monthly contract.