New jobseeker's Sim deal gives UNLIMITED data, calls and texts for £10/mth
Jobseekers claiming certain work-related benefits can now get a new mobile tariff that will give them unlimited mobile data, minutes and texts for £10 a month. If you need that much data it's a stonking deal – and you could even use the Sim to temporarily replace your home broadband if you're struggling.
The "For Now" tariff from Voxi, which uses Vodafone's network, is available to those on jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, or employment-based universal credit. It's a Sim-only deal, so you don't need to buy a handset with Voxi and can use it with your existing phone instead.
Voxi's tariff is easily the cheapest out there for those who want unlimited data, minutes and texts, though if you're happy to opt for a deal that offers less data there are cheaper options. For a full round-up of the top tariffs, including a 3GB data Sim for just £6/month, see our Best Sim only Deals.
How do you get the tariff?
The plan can be taken out at any time before 31 January 2021 via the Voxi website – it runs for six months, though on a rolling one-month contract so you can cancel at any time.
You only need to show evidence that you're a jobseeker when you first sign up – you'll need to upload an image of your universal credit statement or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions that confirms you are in receipt of jobseeking benefits. Voxi says your documents will be verified instantly to allow you to complete its account registration and purchase the plan. You won't need to complete a credit check to get the deal.
After the six months are up, you'll be moved by default to a different £10/mth tariff which won't offer unlimited data – if you're under 25 it'll be a 6GB Voxi plan, if 25+ it'll be a Vodafone pay as you go bundle. But you'll be notified before this happens and can leave at any point.
You could even use this to tether and ditch your home broadband – but it may not be as reliable and beware disconnection fees
What's really eye-catching about this deal is that it offers unlimited data and there are no tethering restrictions – which means if you're struggling you could even consider using this as your main broadband connection, and temporarily ditch your home broadband. To do this, you'd need to create a personal hotspot on your phone, then connect to and from other devices. Voxi says it won't 'throttle' the data – ie, limit your connection speed – no matter how much data you use.
However, there are possible drawbacks to doing this, so weigh up carefully if it's really worth it. You'll be entirely reliant on the strength of your mobile data signal, and tethering may be less reliable than home broadband, may work over a smaller radius and may struggle if connected to multiple devices. If you ditch your home broadband, there could also be a delay reconnecting your line when you decide to sign up again – and if still within your contract's minimum term, you could also be hit with a disconnection fee in some cases, so check.
Yet if money is really tight and you're after a really cheap alternative to home broadband while jobhunting, this could be worth considering.
How does it stack up compared to other Sim-only deals?
As we say above, this is the cheapest deal on the market for unlimited data, minutes and texts. So if you're eligible and are a very high data user – or are going to use it to tether – this is an unbeatable tariff. The next cheapest deal on the market with unlimited data is from iD Mobile and costs £16/mth.
However, if you won't make full use of the unlimited data, then there are much cheaper deals available – and it's worth remembering that in our poll last year we found more than two-thirds of mobile customers use less than 3GB of data a month.
If you're happy to go for a tariff with just 3GB of data, multiple operators offer deals from £6/mth – see full info in Best Sim only Deals.
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