It is possible to take out a contract
on your existing handset by purchasing a SIM-only deal
. This will provide you with a SIM card with free minutes and texts for a monthly rate, much like a contract phone. SIM-only deals are provided separately – so you do not need to unnecessarily purchase a new handset to enjoy a new monthly tariff. The added bonus of many SIM-only deals is, not only are they usually much cheaper than contract tariffs (due to the lack of included handset), but they are also offered on a month by month basis with no minimum term. What this means is that rather than being tied down to a particular tariff for 12, 24 or even 36 months you can cancel a SIM-only deal anytime after the first month. This provides you with much more flexibility, cheaper monthly payments and a phone tariff that is more ideally suited to your phone habits.