There are three quick and easy ways to buy an iD Pay-as-you-go SIM: online, over the phone or in-store:
1. Buy a Pay-as-you-go SIM online from the iD website here. You can choose to add top-up credit, buy a bundle, or even both.
2. Buy a Pay-as-you-go SIM over the phone. Give us a call on 0800 049 0250 (charges from landlines and other mobile networks may vary), and we'll be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the most suitable Pay-as-you-go option.
3. Pop into any Carphone Warehouse store in the UK. One of our helpful advisors will help you choose the best bundle or amount of top-up credit to go with your Pay-as-you-go SIM.
How long will my SIM card take to arrive?
Your SIM card will be sent via First Class post and will take 2-3 working days to be delivered.
My phone is currently locked to another network, but I'd like to use it with an iD Pay-as-you-go SIM. What should I do?
You'll need to contact your network provider and ask them to unlock your phone. When this is done, you'll be able to use an iD Pay-as-you go SIM with it.
Please note that your network might charge you a fee for unlocking your phone. You can ask for details when you call them.
How many bundles are available?
£5 - 125 mins / 500 texts / 100MB
£10 - 500 mins / unlimited texts / 1GB
£15 - 1000 mins / unlimited texts / 4GB
What are value bundles?
Value bundles allow you to combine our standard bundles with top-up credit We've created options to suit all budgets, so we're sure there'll be something for you.
How long do bundles last?
Bundles last one calendar month from the date of purchase. Think of them as monthly bundles, with a few days added to cover delivery timescales. If you purchase your first bundle online with your Pay-as-you-go SIM, this will last 35 days to give you some extra time to use it once it arrives in the post. Any bundles then purchased afterwards will only last one calendar month.
Can I choose to make my bundle recurring?
Yes, you can set up recurring bundles that refresh every month. You can do this via the iD Mobile app or My Account online.
Is it better to top-up my credit or buy a bundle?
It all depends. Both have their advantages.
With a bundle, you know the exact amount of minutes, texts and data
you're getting. So if you generally use your phone in the same way
from month to month, it could be the right choice for you.
Topping up your credit gives you a bit more flexibility, as it can be
used for lots of different things. You can use it to makes calls, send
texts and use data, as well as roaming when you're abroad, and using
premium features. You can also purchase bundles with it.
If I run out of an allowance, can I still use my phone?
Yes. If you run out of a particular allowance, you can still use your other remaining allowances.
For example, if you run out of data, you can still make calls and send texts.
If you want to use the allowance you've run out of, you'll need to top up your credit. You'll then be charged at our out-of-bundle rates, but don't worry as these rates are among the lowest in the UK:
Calls to other UK mobiles,landline numbers, voicemail: £0.03 per minute.
Picture, video messages: £0.05
Text messages: £0.02
Internet usage per MB: £0.01
4G for free.
4G is the next step up from 3G, giving you mobile internet speeds up to five times faster than before. In fact, even the average home broadband speed can't match 4G. That means you can stream movies in HD without buffering, play online games in real time and upload photos to Facebook instantly.
The 4G network we use already covers huge parts of the country and by the end of the year we're aiming to cover 98% of the population, so you'll be able to experience faster internet almost anywhere.
If you do find yourself somewhere that we haven't brought 4G to yet, don't worry, you'll still have access to our Advanced 3G service, the fastest 3G connection in the UK.
Our network uses the fastest version of 3G ever. Known as Advanced 3G, it gives impressive speeds that'll let you download your favourite movies in a matter of minutes, and make smooth, HD video calls over Skype or Facetime.
The great thing about Advanced 3G is that it already covers 98% of the population. So wherever you go with your iD plan, you'll get fast and reliable internet.
New countries added.
We've just added Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
This is in addition to the existing list of countries:
Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and USA.
So when you're in any one of these countries, you'll be able to use your data, and make calls or send texts to UK mobile numbers and landlines.
Calls to foreign numbers (even when you're in the same country) aren't included.
Add-ons (coming soon).
These will be available to buy through the iD App and My Account. You'll be able to use them to call and text UK numbers, or surf the web. Just add what you need as you need it.
With Data Rollover, you automatically roll over your unused data to the next month, and then it gets used first. Here's an example of how it works.
Total allowance for month
Used in a month
Unused tariff allowance
Expired rollover allowance
Your monthly inclusive allowance of data, listed in GB (gigabytes).
A free feature that lets you roll over unused data to the next month.
Your monthly inclusive allowance of texts you can send.
Your monthly inclusive allowance of call time, listed in minutes.
An adjustable, pre-set £5 cap that lets you control your monthly bill limits.
Roaming lets you use data, and call or text the UK at no extra cost, in 29 countries.
SIM Only is ideal for customers with phones. Plans available from 1-12 months.
This is a 30 day rolling plan. It will refresh automatically every month, unless the customer asks for it to finish.
This plan expires 12 months after the start date. Customers can then renew, or choose something else.
This plan expires 24 months after the start date. Customers can then renew, or choose something else.
Add-ons are extra bundles of minutes, texts or data that you can buy in addition to your normal contract.
Where can I find this information?
Your standard monthly plan cost can be found by logging in to the iD Mobile app or My Account online, and going to the 'My Dashboard' section.
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Save some serious cash with refurbished phones.
Pocket the difference with a refurbished deal.
We all know the main benefit of choosing a refurbished smartphone is to save some cash. You can expect cheaper monthly line rental, or less to pay up front, and get the latest tech in your pocket without the usual price-tag.
You might be wary of ordering a refurbished phone, but there's no need to worry. Our stock is provided directly from mobile manufacturers, who have expertly inspected the goods to ensure they're in top working order. This gives you peace of mind, as well as great savings.
As well as being kind on your wallet, ordering a refurbished phone is also great news for the environment. With components being re-used, this means less of an environmental footprint than a newly-manufactured phone.
Does refurbished mean these phones were faulty?
Most refurbished stock is due to change-of-mind returns, where a customer has sent the phone back during their cooling off period. Returned items cannot be sold as new, so we offer these as refurbs. Occasionally of course, handsets may be returned to us due to a slight manufacturer's fault. In these cases the phones will be repaired in-house by our approved technicians, then inspected by fully qualified engineers who carry out extensive checks and tests until all faults are fixed.
If a handset is returned due to a fault, it will only be sold as a refurbished once the engineers are satisfied that any issues have been fully repaired. We have the highest grading process on the market, as we ensure that all refurbished stock is Grade-A rated. This means that the item is "good as new", and we don't offer handsets for sale that are rated any lower. This gives you peace of mind that your refurbished smartphone will reach you in immaculate working condition.
Are refurbished phones still covered by warranty?
Yes, they're subject to the same warranty as brand new handsets. As with our new handsets, all refurbished phones are covered by a 12 month warranty. In fact, if your phone should develop a manufacturer's fault within the first month of ownership, we'll send a courier to your home to pick up the phone, and get this exchanged in our warehouse right away, so you don't have to wait ages without a working phone.
Outside of the first month, you're covered by free repairs at your local Carphone Warehouse store, should the phone develop a fault during the first year. As well as the one-year retailer's warranty provided by us, most handsets are also covered by a manufacturer's warranty too. This differs depending on the manufacturer, so you may wish to check this at the point of sale. The warranty offered by us doesn't affect the manufacturer's, with most mobile brands offering 12 or 24 months alongside our own. So even if your refurbished phone develops a fault somewhere down the line, you get the same level of cover as you do with a brand new device.
Do I still get everything that comes in the box?
Due to the nature of refurbished mobile phones, the original accessories can't be guaranteed. As the item may have been handled already, we don't include accessories such as earphones for hygiene reasons. However, it's worth remembering that the amount of cash you're saving on a refurbished phone is a lot more than the value of a pair of headphones, so even if you pick up an accessory or two separately, you'll still be in pocket in the long run.
The handset may also come in plain white packaging (although sometimes it'll be delivered in the original box, depending on its condition). In all cases, you can be guaranteed to receive a charger, so you won't lose any time in getting your handset juiced up and ready to go.
Do you offer refurbished iPhones?
Yes we do. Ordering a refurbished iPhone is a great way to grab yourself the latest iPhone tech on a budget. Just be aware that refurbished iPhones tend to be locked to the network you've ordered, so you wouldn't be able to use it with a different SIM if that was your plan. Other than that, you get the same great phone and warranty as you would with a new iPhone, so take a look at the full range offered.
As one of the market leaders in smartphone technology, iPhones have never been the cheapest option. However, with a refurbished iPhone deal you can get the latest models without the usual price-tag. With a refurbished iPhone 6s, you'll enjoy Apple's most advanced iPhone to date, while a refurbished iPhone SE offers similar features in a smaller, cheaper design. Even less recent handsets, such as a refurbished iPhone 5s, would still deliver awesome specs at a price to suit.
Why not browse our range of refurbished iPhone deals?
Refurbished VS New
When sat side-by-side, there's not much that would separate a cheap refurbished phone from a new phone. Other than a cheaper price-tag and a non-branded box, you still get a fully working handset, full warranty, the excitement of receiving a great bit of tech, and complete peace of mind.
New phones arrive in their original box, with all accessories included. However, they're listed at our regular prices, so you don't get the extra savings. You're covered by a warranty to protect against manufacturer faults, which is included when you buy refurbished phones too.