SIM Free Phones
The Best Unlocked SIM-Free Phones in The UK
The perfect smartphone has so many details that would definitely change from one user to the other in terms of specs, features, and price range, among other things. One of these details is the SIM card you are going to use with your phone once you buy it. Luckily, there is not much of a price difference when it comes to buying SIM-free smartphones. In fact, these types of phones can cost less as they reduce the cost of including a SIM card!
If you are buying a locked phone, you would have nothing to think about as your phone will probably come with a SIM card inside which will be the only one you can use it with. As for SIM-free phones, they will come without a SIM card even if the phone is locked. While some sellers allow you to change your SIM card by yourself in locked smartphones as long as the new SIM card would belong to the same carrier that the phone is locked to, others don't allow that and you won't be able to use any other SIM card with your phone.
Buying a phone that already has a SIM card included and everything set up may seem better for users who prefer to have care-free purchasing experiences. However these locked phones come with more restrictions than you think. Buying an unlocked SIM-free mobile phone allows you not only to use your old SIM card with the same phone number that all your friends and family have, you also get multiple benefits from such a phone. Before getting into more details, find out the differences between unlocked phones and SIM-free phone below.
SIM-free mobile phones explained
The word "SIM-Free" is often used interchangeably between two concepts. The first meaning refers to the phone that comes without a SIM card included in the device while the second is the phone that works with any SIM card from any carrier. The only constant here with the term "SIM-free" is that the phone you are buying will NOT come with a SIM card. This is why it is important to ask whether the phone you are buying is an unlocked SIM-free phone or just a SIM-free phone.
This is when you buy a smartphone that can only work with a single mobile phone carrier which should be disclosed in the phone listing. Yet, when you buy the phone, it will not come with the SIM card from this carrier of any other carrier. So, you will, in this case, be obligated to buy your SIM card from the specified network service provider.
Unlocked SIM-free phones
With an unlocked SIM-free mobile, you would still have to buy the SIM card separately, but you can buy whatever SIM card from any carrier you desire. With such a device, you can also travel to any country, buy a local SIM card from a local carrier, insert it in your phone's SIM tray, and it will work fine!
When to buy each type?
Buying a locked SIM-free phone requires a very specific circumstance where you already have a SIM card from the carrier which the phone's SIM software is locked on. There is also the chance when you can find a good deal from a certain carrier and you can find a SIM-free phone that is locked for that carrier only, but, as you can see, this, too, is a very specific situation.
If you have your eyes set on a certain phone while you have an old SIM from a different carrier, it would be better, in such a case, to choose an unlocked SIM-free smartphone. In the next section of this page, you will find a full guide for buying SIM-free phones in the UK.
Can you use SIM-free phones outside the UK?
Most of the newer SIM free, unlocked handsets can be used in other countries. However, there are still some exceptions to the rule. For example, there are certain countries that may have different standards when it comes to their phones, which means that, what may be common in the UK or in the USA may not be the same in Asia. Most handsets will let you make, receive calls and send and receive texts, but it is important that you check your network provider first or the phone manufacturer if their phone can be used in other countries.
So, while unlocked SIM-free phones will enable you to switch between different SIM cards from different carriers that belong to different countries, you have to make sure that the phone itself supports the network technologies and protocols that the carrier's network is using.
Fortunately, most phones today are designed with support for a wider range of bands making it easier for you to travel in other countries with your phone. Still, it is important that you check this with the network provider or the phone manufacturer prior to buying their handset. Most budget phones that you’ve seen before and today only support dual or tri-band which means that they have less compatibility abroad. Modern phones, however, are offering quad-band or penta-band support, which means that they can support more bands for international usage.
This information can easily be found on the internet. So, if you, for example, want to check what bands your phone, or any mobile phone you are considering to buy, supports, you can visit gsmarena.com and search for the phone to find all of its specs and technical details which will include its network details. Similarly, a few minutes of search will enable you to find a local carrier in the country you are traveling to that uses the same tech. So, it may take a little time to find the right SIM-free unlocked phone you're seeking, but it is much better to spend that time when you're still at home rather than travel to a foreign country just to find out that, even though you bought a SIM-free unlocked phone, it wouldn't be able to work with a local carrier's SIM card.
Are there any restrictions on using SIM-free mobile phones?
Since most people are used to buying their mobile phones from a carrier to guarantee a contract that will enable them to pay monthly installments for their phones instead of paying full price upfront, it is not common knowledge that you can buy your mobile SIM-free without facing any problems.
Some of the risks that come with unlocking a locked smartphone that, if it was a part of the sellers warranty as a locked phone, unlocking it would break the warranty. However, since our SIM-free phones are unlocked by our in-house mobile experts, the phone would be covered by the QwikFone warranty as unlocked and SIM-free.
QwikFone experts ensure and guarantee that your SIM-free smartphone will work as good as any phone you buy with a carrier's contract, with the added value of the freedom in choosing your carrier and changing your SIM card and phone number whenever you like to!
The best SIM-free phones in the UK by QwikFone
QwikFone is offering the best of the best SIM-free phones in the UK which are the unlocked variant. As we strive to provide our customers with a maximum quality and freedom of user experience at the affordable prices possible, our unlocked phones come with the guarantee of our testing process, due diligence, warranty, and refunds!
With QwikFone's deals, you will find out that there is a whole new meaning to the word affordable as you will see that low-budget SIM-free phones mean quality and dependability in performance.
Pristine SIM-free mobile phones
The pristine SIM-free mobiles at QwikFone are in the stat of a like-new phone thanks to the experience of our team that helped the QwikFone brand thrive in the mobile market for over 10 years. As we started at first as a mobile repair service center, every single one of our professional team members have the rare skills of returning any smartphone to its new state using OEM spare parts and year of repair experience.
As a result, all of QwikFone's smartphones look as good as new and perform as good as new, too.
Due diligence with CheckMEND
CheckMEND services provide QwikFone with a detailed report about each device as to how it was acquired by the previous owner. Naturally, all devices that have any sort of illegal history in terms of how they were sold or bought in the past are rejected by QwikFone. This is how we ensure that all of our SIM-free phones are 100% original and legally bought. This report by CheckMEND is also available by QwikFone if a customer wants to view it when purchasing one of our devices.
As for the originality of the inner parts and the quality of the spare parts that are being used in the repair process, if the phone requires any, these are guaranteed by QwikFone's warranty and the experience of our team members.
Free new accessories with each handset
Dealing with smartphone professionals who have been in the game for a little more than a decade has to come with many benefits. So, we at QwikFone include a full set of whatever accessories your SIM-free phone requires in the phone box. These accessories do NOT increase the price of the phone as QwikFone offers them for free with any of our smartphone deals.
As for the level of quality, the accessories are especially made to match the quality, and in some cases, the look, of the original accessories that comes with the phone as brand-new.
So, for example, if you chose to buy a SIM-free unlocked iPhone from QwikFone, the iPhone box will include a brand-new charger brick, lightning cable, SIM ejection tool, and a pair of earphones if the iPhone that you chose has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
In such a case, these accessories would be especially manufactured to match the performance and quality of Apple's original accessories in order to provide our customer of a user experience that is as similar to brand-new Apple iPhones as it can be.
12-month quality assurances
All SIM-free smartphone deals from QwikFone comes with the included warranty of 12 months. This warranty ensures that the user would get free repairs or free replacement of the phone in case the phone has any manufacturing issue.
So, let's assume that a certain QwikFone customers comes across an issue with his or her phone. In this case, and assuming that the issue was not caused due to negligence or an accident such as dropping the phone on a hard floor or in water, the user would have the right to have his or her phone repaired for free by QwikFone repair professionals using OEM & grade A parts.
If, during the repair process of the phone, our repair professionals find out that this problem cannot be fixed or that it will reappear in the future, we, then, offer to replace the device with another SIM-free pristine handset of the same brand and model for free.
Returning a SIM-free unlocked smartphone
Perhaps this is the most important part when it comes to choosing a perfect deal for a SIM-free phone in the UK or anywhere else in the world. The return policy of any seller is a huge indicator of whether you can trust the quality of the product or not. The lack of a return policy, especially with a smartphone deal, is a red flag that should warn you about this phone.
Thankfully, QwikFone is allowing a 30-day return policy that includes a full refund guarantee for all orders. So, no matter what your reason for returning your SIM-free phone to QwikFone is, we will issue a full refund of your payment for the phone once we receive the device and run our regular test.
QwikFone's shipping policy presents our customers with multiple shipping options that include many benefits.
The free shipping option is available for all orders. In addition to that customers who place their orders on unlocked SIM free phones during our business hours will get a free same-day shipping where their orders are dispatched and shipped out on the same day they placed their orders. This means that you can pay only the affordable price of the unlocked phone and get everything else for free including a fast and secure shipping service.
QwikFone is also offering a late shipping option to enable customers who missed the cut for the free same-day shipping to get their order dispatched and shipped on the same day for a fee if they place the order late.
PayPal Credit & Klarna
Monthly instalments are available for the QwikFone deals on the SIM free phones in the UK. While both payment methods have similarities in terms of how the customer can use the monthly plan, Klarna is offering an additional exciting option that eliminates the risk of shopping online for a cost-effective SIM free phone altogether.
PayPal Credit: With this option PayPal UK enables you to use credit to pay for your online purchases with the opportunity to pay for that credit within 90 days. Each individual customer can choose the amount and duration of the payments within these 90 days. This option by PayPal Credit UK is interest-free. So, the phone's price would remain the same even if you pay the credit off over 3 months.
Klarna instalments plan: Klarna's option for monthly instalments is similar to PayPal in terms of being interest-free. However, with Klarna, instalments are determined by the payment provider. So, Klarna will charge your account with the first instalment upon order confirmation and the second and third payments will be 30 days and 60 days from the order date respectively.
Klarna 30-day plan: This plan allows the customer to pay later within 30 days if you find the order is satisfactory. If not, the customer can return the order without paying for it at all.
Best SIM free phones to buy in 2021
Among the variety of SIM free phones offered by QwikFones, our list of the most recommended smartphones to buy in 2021 include a combination of Android phones and Apple iPhones. These smartphone models and brands are selected to satisfy the needs of our users in terms of the phones' hardware capabilities and software features. So, if you want to keep up with the latest 2021 trends whether it is in social media, gaming, or photography, take your pick out of this list and be sure that the experience will be almost as if you have a smartphone that was just recently released.
SIM free Apple iPhones in 2021:
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 11 Pro Max
SIM free Google phones in 2021:
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3a
SIM free Samsung phones in 2021:
Galaxy S8 Plus
Galaxy S10 Plus
You can now choose your favorite smartphone from a wide variety of brands and models of SIM-free smartphones by the UK's top experts and have your phone shipped out your way on the same day that you placed your order. Take your first step now towards a more free smartphone experience with the QwikFone team and enjoy our massive assurances and guarantees!
Most asked questions about SIM-free phones
What does a SIM free phone mean?
SIM free phones are smartphones that are bought without a SIM card so that the user is able to use his or her own SIM card. While SIM free phones don't necessarily mean that the device is unlocked, with QwikFone, all SIM free phones are also unlocked. So, no matter what SIM card the user already has, it will work fine with the QwikFoen SIM free phone regardless of the carrier.
What is the best SIM free mobile phone?
Depending on the user's preference, SIM free phones vary in price, specs, features, and performance. QwikFone is offering a wide collection of SIM-free phones that caters to all preferences and budgets limits.
Choose between iPhones, Samsung S series, OnePlus, or Google Pixel phones and your phone is guaranteed to be pristine, unlocked and equipped with the best most essential accessory items as well as a 12-month warranty for the phone and accessories.
Is it better to buy a SIM free phone?
If you already have a SIM card with a number that is attached to all of your important contacts or just want to save money and use a SIM with an old plan instead of purchasing a new one, then SIM-free unlocked phone would be the perfect option for you.
The unlocked SIM-free phone by QwikFone is the optimum option for users who travel internationally and need to use local carriers around the world at affordable rates by using local SIM cards in their mobile phone devices.
Why would you buy a SIM free phone?
There are multiple reasons for buying a SIM-free phone and there are even more reasons to buy QwikFone's SIM-free mobile phones as they are guaranteed to be pristine and unlocked.
So, this deal does not only allow you to use any old SIM card that you already have at home, but it also gives you, as the user, the chance to travel to any country in the world, buy a SIM card from a local vendor, and use it with your QwikFone handset.
This, of course, eliminates the need to use roaming bundles or additional phones for users who travel internationally and need a low-cost communication service.
Can I put my old SIM card in a SIM free phone?
Yes, no matter which carrier has issued your old SIM card, you can put it in a SIM-free phone from QwikFone. The device comes without a SIM card and it can accept and work with and carrier's SIM card since it is unlocked. So, once you receive the SIM-free phone from QwikFone, you can put in your old SIM card and start using it right away.
What does a "UK SIM-free smartphone" mean? Will the phone work in other EU countries?
While a SIM-free smartphone comes without a SIM card included so that the user is able to use an old SIM card or a new one of his or her choice, it does not necessarily mean that it is unlocked. So, a UK SIM free smartphone may or may not be unlocked to accept the SIM cards of different carriers.
With QwikFone, however, the UK SIM-free smartphones mean that the phone was also unlocked by professional experts in order to work in other EU countries as well as the USA and any other country just by using a local SIM card from whichever country the user is in.
Do SIM free phones need a SIM card?
Of course. SIM free phones come without SIM card included in the phone. So, the user will need to use his or her own SIM card. This is a great opportunity for users who already have an old SIM card with an important number for business and old contacts. QwikFone offers you an extended freedom to choose the carrier you want if you're going to buy a new SIM card for your SIM free phone. Our phones are unlocked which mean that the user has no limitation on which carrier's SIM card to use.
What are the advantages of SIM free phones?
QwikFone's SIM free phones are also unlocked which doubles the advantages. Not only do you get to use an old SIM or buy a new one as you see fit, but also, you get to choose whichever carrier to get your SIM card from.
This, of course, includes foreign carriers outside the UK. So, instead of having to buy a new phone when traveling to another country to be able to use local carriers and save the roaming costs, you get to use the same handset you're already using at home!
Does a SIM free phone have a slot for a SIM card?
Yes, SIM free phones have a dedicated slot, or more depending on the model of the phone, for SIM cards.
SIM-free does not mean that the phone works without a SIM card, but rather that the phone will come from the seller without a SIM card included. This means that the user will provide the SIM card of the phone whether that is by using an already existing SIM card that the user had before buying the phone, or by buying a new SIM card with a new deal and bundle.
Are there any disadvantages of SIM free smartphones?
SIM free smartphones do not have disadvantages per se as it cannot have any downside in any scenario. Having a SIM free phones opens more opportunities for the user to have a space for choosing between different choices in SIM cards and carriers. Thus, SIM free cards cannot be viewed to have disadvantages.
Can the SIM free smartphones be repaired?
Absolutely! in fact, QwikFone's SIM free phones have a free repair service for a full year as a part of the standard 12-month warranty. QwikFone repair center provides its services for free during this period and, if there is a problem that cannot be solved, there is also a free replacement for the SIM free phone as a part of the same warranty policy.
Can SIM free mobile phones be hacked?
SIM free phones are phones that come without a SIM card or a carrier contract included. So, a SIM free phone's safety is not jeopardized by any means.
Some customers may feel that the phones can be at risk since they are unlocked. However, QwikFone's smartphones are unlocked at the hands of some of the UK's top specialists who perform the unlocking process professionally in a way that guarantees the phone's future security.
What kind of issues can be expected in a SIM free phone?
Depending on the source of the phone, the issues can vary. QwikFone's SIM free phones, however, are guaranteed to look and function as good as brand-new phones as they are renewed using original and grade-A parts at the hands of the industry's top experts.
If our customers face any issues with any of our SIM free phones, the device is then repaired for free as a part of our 12-month warranty. Also if the customer is not satisfied or wish to change their mind about the order, our 14-day return policy entitles them to a full refund.
Are the SIM free smartphones original?
Yes! All QwikFone's SIM free smartphones are 100% original devices that were renewed using either OEM or grade-A spare parts.
What SIM free phone deals are the best value for money?
QwikFone's renewed SIM free phones come at great affordable prices. Whatever brand and model you choose, the value for the price is perfect.
The Apple iPhone 8 deal is one of the best devices that gives much more value than its price may initially indicate. The capabilities of this iPhone in both software and hardware gives the user an opportunity to experience Apple's creation at its finest.
What should I check before buying unlocked SIM free phones in the UK?
Before you buy a SIM free unlocked phone, you must read the terms and conditions of the seller as well as the return policy, warranty policy, and shipping policy to make sure that all conditions are acceptable to you.
With QwikFone, the SIM free phones have a 12-month warranty and a 14-day return policy that guarantees a full refund as well as a free next-day shipping service for orders that are placed during QwikFone's business hours.
Is the IMEI info of the SIM free phones safe?
QwikFone uses CheckMEND services to check all devices' IMEI numbers to make sure that all the phones are safe, original, and legally obtained by the previous owner.
What is the best value SIM free smartphone contract currently available in the UK?
QwikFone's SIM free mobile phone contracts offer the best terms in the UK. The contract does not limit the user to a certain carrier as the phones themselves are unlocked.
The contract comes with a set of terms to guarantee the deal safe for the user to get the best SIM free phones. SIM free unlocked phones from QwikFone come with a free set of new accessories, they have a 12-month warranty, a 30-day refund period, free shipping, and monthly instalment interest-free payment plan for customers using PayPal Credit or Klarna.
Will the SIM free phones bought in the UK work outside the UK?
Yes, as long as the SIM free phone is also unlocked. SIM free phones don't come with a SIM card included and unlocked phones are the ones that would work with any network or carrier inside and outside of the UK.
Which SIM card should I purchase in London, England to work with unlocked SIM free phones?
Unlocked SIM free phones will work with any SIM card from any carrier. This applies to whether the phone is going to be used in London, or any other city in the world. SIM cards from any carrier from around the world will work fine with unlocked phones.
I'm moving to UK (London) in a week, what's the best SIM free phone to buy or mobile phone company to have a contract with?
QwikFone's deals are perfect. You can get a pristine SIM free unlocked phone at the most affordable price range with the opportunity to pay monthly instalments without being obligated to use one carrier SIM card with that phone as it is with carrier contracts.
Is COD option available with the QwikFone's UK SIM free mobile phones?
Cash on Delivery is not available, however, there are several other payment methods that make this deal easy to order. You can use Klarna's option to pay over 3 instalments or to purchase your iPhone and pay later in 30 days. This option will allow you to get the phone and use it before deciding to pay for it which makes up for the cash on delivery option and allows the user to get the best SIM free phones with no risk.
What if there is an issue with the screen of my SIM free handset that I purchased from QwikFone?
The 12-month warranty period will protect the quality of your QwikFone smartphone for the first year. If there is a manufacturing-related problem with the phone's screen, it will be replaced for free by QwikFone's repair professionals.
If the problem is beyond warranty terms and period, our repair experts would be happy to help you through our paid mobile repair services.
What gadgets are available or I can get with the QwikFone's SIM free phones?
QwikFone's SIM free phones come with a standard set of accessories in a brand-new condition. The accessory set contains a USB cable, a charging adapter, a pair of 3.5mm earphones, and SIM ejection pin to help you put and replace your SIM card whenever you like and with whatever carrier's SIM card since this is a SIM free mobile phone and unlocked as well.