SIM-only deals with no credit check

SIM-only deals when you have bad or no credit

Most mobile deals require a credit check before you sign up with them - but that’s not always ideal. If you have bad credit history, or a damaged one because of a challenging financial period, you may find it difficult to land a deal. There are loads of reasons this may happen - a history of debt, being on a zero-hours contract, being new to the country, having moved homes frequently to name but a few. Even simply lacking credit history can mess up your chances of grabbing a good deal.

Regardless of your circumstances, there's no need to worry. There are mobile networks that offer deals without credit checks, and they're great value to boot.

What can I get with no credit check?

Long-term phone deals, particularly two-year contracts on handsets, usually require a credit check. More often than not, the deals that don't require one are one-month SIM-only plans.

The good news is that those deals aren't half bad. Because they only last a month, they're nice and flexible, so you can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel whenever you want. And as well as that, they don't tend to cost a whole lot, so you needn't compromise on price.

What do I need?

To get a credit-check-free SIM-only deal, you will need:

  • An unlocked phone. It's no use having a SIM if you don't have a phone to put it in. And make sure it's not locked to one particular network, so you can put in a SIM from any provider. Need a new one? Check out our guide to cheap phones.
  • A debit account, so you can pay your bill.

Although the network won't do a credit check, it'll probably still do an ID check to prevent fraud - for which you usually just need to provide your name, address, and bank details.

Which networks offer SIM-only deals with no credit checks?

FreedomPop

With a FreedomPop SIM, you'll get something no other network can offer: free mobile service. Every month you'll have 200 minutes, 200 texts, and 200MB of data to use, and you'll only be charged for what you use outside of that. Or, if you want a higher allowance, there are premium plans available to buy too.

Because you're not really paying for anything on a basic FreedomPop plan (besides buying your SIM card in the first place, of course), there's no need for a credit check. Just bear in mind that you'll need to download the FreedomPop app to use its network. The app's available on iOS and Android, so it's no good for a Windows Phone or a feature phone.

See all FreedomPop deals

TPO Mobile (The People's Operator)

The People's Operator is a kinder business than most - 10% of what you pay on each bill goes to a charity of your choice. But as well as being socially conscious, it's also pretty conscious of your bank account. Its one-month SIM-only plans are cheap as chips, and because it uses EE's network you're guaranteed excellent coverage.

See The People's Operator deals

ASDA Mobile

It's not just a place for good value groceries - ASDA offers good value SIM plans through its mobile branch too.

Once again its SIM-only plans work on a monthly basis. You'll get a free SIM card, to which you can then add 30-day bundles. These are sets of minutes, texts, and data to use within a month, and with prices ranging from £5 to £20, you've got quite a lot of choice. And it makes things very flexible too - or if you prefer the peace of mind of a monthly contract, you can set your favourite bundle to automatically renew when it runs out.

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Giffgaff

Giffgaff offers cheap plans and a sense of community from its customers. It uses O2's network, so you know you'll have good coverage, and even 4G mobile internet.

Its SIM-only plans work a little differently from most. Each month you can buy a 'goodybag' of calls, texts, and data to last you thirty days, meaning it's easy to change your tariffs around whenever you like. And, most importantly, it also means there's no need for a credit check.

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iD Mobile

If you're looking to avoid the hassle of a credit check, iD Mobile's pay as you go plan is a good choice. The operator is owned by Carphone Warehouse and offers affordable 'Value Bundles' of data, texts and minutes. You can get up to 4GB data, and you're not locked into any contract, so you chop and change at any time.

Compare all iD Mobile deals

Once you've sorted out your mobile plan, why not also switch home broadband? A new plan could save you money each month - take a look at our exclusive guide:

Can I get broadband without a credit check?

FAQs

  1. If I switch, can I keep my mobile number?
    Yes you can. All you have to do is ask your old network for your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) before your contract is up. Then give the PAC - likely a nine-digit number - to your new provider and you’ll usually be able to use your old number within a working day.
  2. How do I switch mobile contracts?

    First, pick a new mobile contract by comparing different packages on our site, and click through to sign up to one that looks good.

    Then, simply contact your current provider to cancel, and switch to the new contract. Providers should walk you through the process when you sign up.

  3. Can I use my mobile phone abroad?

    It is possible to use your phone abroad, but before you can do so you may have to activate roaming with your network operator. Different countries incur different charges, but if you’re travelling within the EU, your operator should send you a message about roaming prices upon your arrival. And remember, unlike at home, you may be charged for receiving calls as well as making them.

    See our guide to using your phone abroad for more info.