How did we ever manage before mobile phones? We had to make definite arrangements way in advance, and hope everyone stuck to the plan. Now, with the vogue for travel showing no signs of going anywhere, a mobile phone is a definite must – for catching up with friends, making plans and calling home.

Pay as you go is the easiest way of having a mobile phone. Put simply, you only pay for the calls and texts you make – there are no added extras. On the downside, you don’t get a phone included with this type of deal, so you need to make sure you already have one, or can beg or borrow one. It’s a good way of doing things if people need to stay in touch and will be calling you, but you aren’t going to use it lots. It’s also good for travelling, as you aren’t tied into a contract, so you can simply stop using it when you move on.

Pay monthly may well work out to be a cheaper option if you’re going to be in one country for a long time, as you may well find that overall it works out cheaper, as a new phone is generally included in your monthly payments (depending what package you choose, a one off extra payment towards the phone is sometimes charged). The downside is that you will need to provide the background information for credit checks, which can be tricky if you’ve been travelling, and you will be tied into a regular monthly payment for the duration of your contract, which is usually between 18 months and two years.

We recommend checking out our unbeatable pay as you go deals which include up to 20GB of data and the option to call countries such as the Ivory Coast and Pakistan. Order your international FREE SIM card today to stay in contact with friends and family no matter where they are in the world.