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Elderly parent looking to upgrade phone to something like Mobiwire Onedia/ZTE Blade, why does she need to buy a £10 bundle that I'm assuming is for a new SIM she'll never use which seems a waste?
My understanding is that networks subsidise the cost of the phone this rules out being able to buy a phone without a service, although there are some people who would be quite willing to accept a surcharge on a phone without the service to go with it. It does seem normal practice not only with Vodafone but also through third party sites.
It might also be worth looking a SIM free phones from a third party site but you may find the phone is the same price as being sold on PAYG with the added service.
Totally understand what your saying @PNORTON
This has been the norm for quite a while.
I've personally just used the credit up or passed the sim card to someone who could make use of the Credit on the sim card.
Argos sell the phone without a Sim Card as far as I can see.
Current Phone > Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860 Snapdragon.
Samsung One Ui 3.1 / Android 11.