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Get Free Pay As You Go Sim Cards For Your Mobile Phone

Updated on February 3, 2016

I am a complete money savvy person and love making the most of free stuff. Not because I want a free ride in life, but because like everyone else, I’ve already got an almost never ending list of expenses and I welcome any help available to keep those expenses down to a minimum. After all, we all work hard to bring in an income.

I can’t help but notice how many shops, websites and even mobile phone companies are selling sim cards that mobile phone companies themselves are more than willing to give away for free!

And because I know they are free, it makes me want to actually pay for them a whole lot less. It makes me feel like they are ripping off the unknowing customer and makes me cautious as to what else they might be trying to sell to me that I can get for free.

How do the shops, websites and even the mobile phone companies get away with selling sim cards then, if they are available for free?

Despite what it feels like; they are not really trying to rip us off, they are simply trying to bring in extra customers. Believe it or not, it’s actually incredibly difficult trying to convince someone that they can have something is for free and that’s why they also sell such items.

We often feel better if we’ve paid for something because it makes us fully believe we own it. If you’ve ever had someone in the street trying to offer you something for free, I bet your first though is ‘what’s the catch or show me the small print’. Even when reading the small print, we sometimes still walk away not believing it if it seems too good to be true. And in most cases you would probably be right, ‘if something seems too good to be true, it usually is’.

But rest assured, you can get ‘pay as you go’ sims for your mobile phone for free.

Keeping up with the times
Keeping up with the times

So why are the phone companies willing to give them away for free?

The phone companies realise that if you have one of their Sim cards then it’s more than likely because you want to use it. And to use it, you will eventually have to pay to top up your phone credit (which is where they make their income). They give away free sim cards and make up the loss of money from your phone top ups.

They also gain another valued customer who they hope will use their service, talk about it and recommend them to friends. (Optional of course)

Sometimes they are so keen on getting new customers that they are even willing to give away some extra freebies, such as £5.00 free phone credit when you top up your first £10.00. This doesn’t mean these companies are desperate and about to go bankrupt, it just means they have a good marketing technique in place and they want customers to feel happy enough to talk to friends about them.

Ok I believe you now, but come on! There has got to be small print?

Well, they usually give you a limit on how many you can have per household. This is to stop people ordering a batch of 300 and reselling them.

Also they make ask you for your email address. Again, this is a marketing technique and they want to be able to keep you up to date on their latest products in hope you might purchase something (Optional of course). Reputable companies will not spam you with a 100 emails a day as it would ruin their reputation, but they may email you once a week, once a month or something on a similar time scale.

My personal note to you: You should always read terms and conditions for your self as they can change from time to time

Where to get the free sim cards?

You can order them online.

I’ve included an idea of the extras you could get with each sim card below, but please be aware that these offers do change from time to time, so it’s always worth checking first.


Orange is currently offering up to 4 free Sim cards so that you can share them out among friends. Plus if join up with orange and order your free Sim card they will also give you a free £5.00 credit when you’ve topped up your first £10.00

T mobile

T mobile offer a great deal if you are a big fan of texting. As well as the free sim cards, you can also get unlimited texts for life, (as long as you top up your phone credit by £10.00 a month). You can order up to 2 Sim cards per household.

3 Mobile

Three mobile will send you 2 free Sim cards. You also get the added bonus of some free Internet and texts every time you top up your credit. You will get free £10.00 credit if you keep your number. Plus if you give one of the Sims to your friend, you will both get free sktpe-to-skype calls and instant messages.


You can choose if you would like one or two free Sim cards sent to you. Plus you can also make your Top Ups go further by purchasing a freedom pack and get such deals as free weekends or unlimited texts once you have received the sim card.


Offer a free Sim card. And if you top up £15.00 a month, you will also get unlimited texts and web access. It’s also worth noting that if your first Top Up is £10.00 or more, you will get one months allowance for free. (Allowances start on the first day of the following month). If you prefer to Top Up £10.00 a month instead then you will receive 300 texts. There is also the added comfort of knowing that if you run out of credit you will also get 5 free call back texts every month so that you can text your friends or family asking the to call you.

Tesco mobile

Order a free tesco Sim card and you can triple your credit, e.g. if you top up £10 credit, then tesco will give you a further free £20.00 credit.

What now?

Order your free sim card(s) and sit back and wait for the post


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    • Victoria Stephens profile image

      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Your very welcome Aya

    • Aya Katz profile image

      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thanks, Victoria! I did not know that! It's amazing!

    • Victoria Stephens profile image

      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Hi Aya Katz,

      You need a sim card for mobile phones, then even without credit on it, people can still ring or text you. Hope that helps.


    • Aya Katz profile image

      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      I'm new to all this. Can you explain what is the usefulness of a SIM card without the telephone line credit?

    • Victoria Stephens profile image

      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      I hope so! :-)

    • Gordon Hamilton profile image

      Gordon Hamilton 7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Lots of great information here, Victoria. I'm sure that you will help stop a lot of people being ripped off.