Vodafone now offers free Pay Monthly upgrades for SIM-only plan holders

Waiting for the next flagship smartphone to launch can prove to be a pain for many consumers, especially if they're looking to save a penny by taking out SIM-only plans. Vodafone is looking at ways to offer upgrade paths for those on SIM-only contracts who may wish to upgrade to pay monthly for a brand new smartphone.

All that's required is for you to be signed up to one of the UK network's 12-month SIM-only plans and you'll unlock the option to upgrade to pay monthly after three months for free. To celebrate the launch, Vodafone is offering an additional 25 percent off Red Bundles, offering 3GB of 4G, unlimited minutes and SMS, as well as access to entertainment packages for £19.80 per month.

See the press release below, as well as the Vodafone website (opens in new tab) for more details.


  • Customers who sign up for one of our flexible 12 month SIM only contracts can now upgrade to a new Pay monthly phone bundle after only 3 months
  • 12 month SIM only bundles start from only £9.50 a month
  • Our Data Test Drive remains to give customers the confidence to experiment with their new phone or plan

Vodafone UK has launched the latest in mobile flexibility with our new SIM only bundles. As of today, customers who sign up for one of our 12 month SIM only bundles* will have the freedom to upgrade to a new Pay monthly phone bundle after only three months.

For customers that are waiting for the next big phone launch to upgrade or those that are happy holding onto their current phone, our flexible upgrade on SIM only really is the way to go. By taking advantage of one of these great value bundles, customers really will have the freedom to make the choices that work for them without being tied in to a full-term contract.

There's no hassle, no early termination fees, and customers won't have the remaining time from a previous agreement added on to the new one. Plus, they'll get all the minutes, texts and data they need from just £9.50 a month. To celebrate this launch, Vodafone is offering an additional 25% off Red Bundles, so for £19.80 per month, customer can enjoy 3GB data, access to our 4G network**, unlimited minutes and UK texts as well as access to a choice of Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass as part of Vodafone's Ultimate 4G Entertainment Package***.

Cindy Rose, Consumer Director at Vodafone UK says: "Our SIM Only bundles are already massively popular with customers, but we knew there was more that we could offer, so we have! It means that our customers now really do have the flexibility to upgrade to a phone or bundle that they want, when they want to. And with access to our ultrafast 4G network, our great entertainment packages and unlimited data for the first three months of a contract with Data Test Drive, customers really can enjoy more of what they love."

Vodafone has now expanded its ultrafast 4G coverage to 564 cities, towns and districts as well as thousands of smaller communities across the UK.

  • Just in time. 12 months just gone and I was looking at monthly sim only now I can go for the full 12 month and upgrade anytime after 3 months. Fab. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great news. I'll definitely be considering upgrading to this new plan, while I wait for the ahem... BlackBerry Slider. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Rim only oops :)) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Rim aka research in motion only plans? Posted via the Android Central App
  • My bad lmao Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol rich Posted via the Android Central App
  • As I'm not in the UK I'm not really understanding this. If you don't have a contract plan, as I assume that is what is meant by SIM-only wouldn't you already be able to make the switch to a subsidised plan at any time? Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are SIM-ONLY contracts avaliable in the UK. Still using the Sprint GSIII on FreedomPop Unlimited for $19.99
  • Interesting. I had no idea that even existed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess it's for those locked to a 12 month sim contract. There are rolling 1 month contracts on most UK carriers. I pay £18 for 1 month on Three, the same would be £15 if I commit to 12.
    I think I've been on this a year now, lol. I get uld / 1tb data and 200 mins. I still think Vodafone and O2 are aiming at people who don't check rhe competition, or believe the salesperson that they won't need more than 1 - 3 gb.. That said, I stayed on 1.5 gb for 2 years.
    Maybe they have cheap monthly data bolt ons, I haven't looked. Either way they are still going to be expensive as usual, I suspect, but I have no desire to look into it. I want to move to EE for better signal and speeds, they are not bad on data allowances but not as cheap as Three. Posted via the Android Central App
  • O2 have offered this for years... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wouldn't prepay be cheaper than this? Posted via my Motorola Startac