For modern smartphones, there is an argument that pay-as-you-go is the worst option of all. When you consider how you use your phone, it is likely that watching videos, streaming music and undertaking many other activities that use data will form part of your daily routine. You will not want to be constantly worrying about what you are doing every time you pick up your phone – this can greatly reduce your enjoyment and take away the main reason you bought it in the first place. With a pay-as-you-go phone though, you do have the option to swap to a SIM-only package at any point because you have already bought the phone and are not tied to a contract in any way. Think of this system as an option that is mainly suited for calls and texts, one that is not wholly suitable for modern mobile data usage.
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