• Simplicity - A monthly contract is more straightforward than topping-up a PAYG phone each month, and roughly comparable from a cost perspective (if you factor in the cost of the phone).
  • Cost - You can get significant savings by shopping around for ultra-low-cost PAYG options, especially if you only use MaxMon for a portion of the year (for example the winter).
  • Flexibility - PAYG is more flexible. If you want to change network you aren't committed to a 24-month contract, although you may need to pay to have your phone unlocked.
  • Failover - PAYG can provide a useful failover option from Wi-Fi. If mobile data is enabled on your phone and you have installed a PAYG SIM (with no credit) then if the Wi-Fi fails you can remotely 'top-up' your PAYG phone to activate the mobile data. Note: you will need to check with your mobile provider as to how long your PAYG SIM can remain inactive before it is permanently deactivated by the provider.

See our review of Android deals (UK only).