As your mobile phone contract end date approaches, you're faced with so many choices… Should you upgrade to the latest model? Switch to a SIM Only plan? Or maybe you're considering other options?

Before diving in, take a moment to think about what you actually need from your mobile. Do you need the latest features and technology, or are you happy with your current device? You’ll probably also want to consider how much data you get through every month, or if you need extras like roaming as part of your plan.

We know it can all seem a little bit overwhelming, but fear not! We’ve put together this article to guide you through what to do when your phone contract ends, to help you make the right choice to suit your needs, and (just as importantly) your budget.

Should I upgrade or switch networks?

If you’re satisfied with your current coverage and network quality, upgrading to a new plan on the same network would be a convenient choice. That way you can enjoy the same level of service that you’re used to.

Some networks also offer loyalty rewards or incentives to existing customers, like discounted plans or device upgrade options, so that's worth keeping in mind.

However, though sticking with the same provider might sound like the easiest option, it’s always a good idea to shop around. In fact, you’ll often find the same deal you’re being offered or currently enjoying on another network at an even better price.

Ultimately, the decision to upgrade within the same network or switch should be based on your priorities and what best meets your needs and budget.

Should I buy new or refurbished?

If you're a tech enthusiast who loves having the latest features, upgrading to a new mobile phone might be the right choice for you.

New models almost always come with the latest software, as well as improvements in camera technology, battery life, and performance. But we won't deny it – they're often rather pricey.

If you're interested in a slightly newer device than you currently have, but don't want to pay the full retail price, exploring refurbished phones might be the perfect middle ground.

Buying refurbished can provide a balance between cost and functionality, as they still offer impressive performance and features, just at a reduced price.

Our refurb mobiles are just like new; the only difference is they’ve been owned for a short period and returned. You might be surprised to learn that most of our refurbs show little to no signs of use, depending on how they’ve been graded.

But if you're still worried, all refurbs are quality tested and come with a 12-month warranty and a 14-day money-back guarantee, for extra peace of mind.

Explore SIM Only options.

Switching to a SIM-only plan can be a cost-effective option if you're still utterly smitten with your current mobile and want to save some money.

With a SIM Only plan, you’ll get a brand-new SIM card to pop inside your current mobile, but since you're not paying for the device as well, these plans are generally more affordable than traditional contracts that bundle the device cost with the plan.

Our SIM Only plans are offered on a flexible, monthly basis, including 30-day plans – which means you can easily switch providers or adjust your plan as your needs change.

So, if in a couple of months, you decide you want to upgrade to the latest iPhone or Android, it's no big deal – you can go ahead without paying any unpleasant exit fees.

Where can I find the best mobile deals?

That’s where we come in, of course. Whether you're itching for the latest mobile phone or looking to save some money, there are tons of options for when your contract ends.

Whether you’re upgrading to the latest device or sticking with the mobile you’ve got and switching to a SIM Only plan. Be sure to take a look at our amazing offers on the best UK networks.