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SIM Delivery Time and Options

By ParentShield’s postage and packing department

Getting a SIM for a birthday or Christmas or back to school can be a stressful affair. Here at ParentShield we are really conscious of this. We want to make everything as simple as possible, and get everything right for you. The last thing we want is a late delivery on a special day!


How Long does a SIM take to arrive?

We post same day Mon-Saturday and if you order before the cut-off time, you should receive it next day but Royal Mail’s target is 1-3 working days. Or you can choose Special Delivery to guarantee next-day SIM delivery. Watch out for bank holidays and posting times though!

Do you do Special Delivery of a SIM?

Yes. Choose the Special Delivery option at checkout and we will send the SIM card with tracked Next-day Delivery.

Is the SIM Delivery Signed for? Do I need to be in?

Regular First-Class delivered will go through the letterbox and Special Delivery orders will need to be Signed For.

Can I collect SIM cards?

Yes – just call or email and let us know that you’d like to collect your SIM order and we’ll arrange that.

Can I have an eSIM instead and get that instantly

Probably – yes! Call 03301221180 after placing a normal order and let us know straight away, or put a note in checkout that you’d like an eSIM.

O2 SIM card delivery time?

If you have selected O2 network at ParentShield checkout the SIM will be activated on O2 and posted Same Day as normal.

Vodafone SIM card delivery time?

If you have selected Vodafone network at ParentShield checkout the SIM will be activated on Vodafone and posted Same Day as normal.

Three SIM card delivery time?

If you have selected Three network at ParentShield checkout the SIM will be activated on Three and posted Same Day as normal.

Roaming Anywhere SIM Delivery time?

All SIM orders for Super-Roaming SIM cards are despatched Same Dat

Can you send a SIM in plain packaging?

Yes – SIM cards can be sent in disguise if you want to keep the new phone as a surprise. This is always a pleasure – just put notes on the order.

What’s the quickest way to get a SIM card?

Order a ParentShield SIM and choose Special delivery at checkout to get it before 1pm tomorrow if you order before the post goes at 4pm Monday-Friday.

SIM card delivery time

Under normal circumstances we post SIM cards by Royal Mail First Class Post or Royal Mail ( Signed for ) Special Delivery Next day – Before 1pm, depending on the option that you choose at checkout.

The majority of First Class posted SIM cards do arrive next day but the Royal Mail ‘window’ is technically three working days for First Class. Outside of Christmas and the outbreak of some pandemic or other, they’re generally very good. But do bear in mind that it’s not guaranteed new day delivery unless you select that option.

There is a £6.60 charge for Next day delivery Special Delivery which is the cost to us.

Order cut-off time

Our very last collection Monday-Friday is 4:15. The postman is very punctual and it’s rare that there is any fluctuation. We say 4:00pm ( 16:00 ) is the cut-off point for same day SIM postage as this will give us time to get the SIM card packed and in the post-bag before that day’s deliveries go on their way.

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Last SIM Order time is 4pm Mon-Fri ( 10am Saturdays ) for Same Day despatch

SIM packaging

For orders of up to 4 SIM cards they will go out in a ‘standard’ C5 envelope. The envelope will have the ParentShield Logo on the front so you can recognise what it is. The envelope will contain the letter that carries the SIM card and your temporary Portal access password, and also two ParentShield brochures and a sheet of ‘my name is’ stickers for your child. Who doesn’t like a sticker? We certainly do.

The Brochures will carry a barcode that your friends can scan before placing an order and that will automatically mark them as a referral of yours and credit both them, and you, with a free month each.

We always read the SIM card order notes very carefully, so please put any special delivery instructions on the order!

Plain packaging a SIM to keep things secret!

It’s not unusual to get a request to post the SIM in an anonymous ( boring! ) envelope to prevent children spotting this in the pile of post that comes through the letterbox and potentially spoil a birthday or Christmas surprise. Just place a note on the order in the order notes and we’ll take care of this. We carefully read the order notes on every SIM card order and won’t miss the instructions.

SIM orders for Special Occasions

Most of the SIM cards we ship are for first mobile phones for children for:

  • Birthday presents
  • Christmas Presents
  • Starting a new School

If it’s something like this and you wan to be all organised! then place an order and let us know in the order notes when you’d like billing to start and we’ll arrange that. We activate all SIM cards immediately so they will work straight away – even before the billing starts – so you have the ability to get the SIM card into the phone and yourself logged into the ParentShield Portal and have everything set up before the big day. The second the phone is unwrapped, it will vanish up into a bedroom and you’ll not see it again for days! so getting set up in advance is key?

SIM delivery address verification

We check every order for delivery against the Royal Mail Postcode database and will ‘tidy’ up any address that appears to be malformed or incorrect. If you have a new property or it’s one of those that the Royal Mail always gets wrong! And you know that there is a best way to address the envelope – then let us know. We regularly put ‘postie notes’ on the front of the envelope where you tell us – “the house with the red door” and “The New build on the corner” sort of thing – whatever you know will get the envelope to you easily.

Separate Delivery Address

You will have noticed that we only have an option in the ParentShield checkout for one address – the Billing address. This is to keep the checkout as simple as possible, and also to ensure that the person who has ordered the SIM is the person administering the child’s phone.

If you need the SIM delivering to a different address – then put a note on the order or give us a call on 03301221180 or email with delivery instructions.

Next-Day SIM Delivery with Special Delivery

The Next-Day Before 1pm guaranteed delivery that we use is a tracked and Signed-For service so you will need to ensure that someone is going to be able to receive it the morning after the day we post it. If nobody is in you will get the “sorry we missed you” card posted through the letterbox with instructions on how to track in down.

Special Delivery SIM tracking

At some point before the end of the day you will receive an email confirming despatch, and containing your Tracking code. Delivery from that point can be tracked at the Royal Mail Tracking service online. The first updates are usually around 8:30pm – 9pm on the day we post the SIM and you will see the next day when the SIM card is out for delivery.

After a couple of days we’ll drop you an email and let you know that the SIM is on its way and include a reminder of our contact details just in case you need it. Contact us on the usual contact details and let us know if the SIM hasn’t arrived. Or even just to let us know that it has!

SIM card postage at Weekends

Although the last order time Monday-Friday is 4pm, on Saturdays we have to make a special run to the sorting office so last order time for same day despatch on a Saturday is 10am. SIM cards posted on a Saturday usually arrive on Monday but Tuesday occasionally if it’s one of the more remote areas of the country. Remember Royal Mail does say up to 3 days so with the Weekend taken into account even up to 5.

SIM card collection

We are based in South Derby – on the Burton on-Trent / Derby Border near Willington. You are more than welcome to collect SIM cards and this happens every year at Christmas for last minute orders and occasionally for last-minute birthday ideas. Just drop us an email : or call: 03301221180 and let us know that you want to arrange to collect and we’ll organise that.

No SIM Deliveries on Bank Holidays in 2024

Friday 29 MarchGood FridayNo collections or deliveries
Monday 1 AprilEaster MondayNo collections or deliveries
Monday 1 MayEarly May Bank HolidayNo collections or deliveries
Monday 6 MayEarly Bank HolidayNo collections or deliveries
Monday 27 MaySpring Bank HolidayNo collections or deliveries
Monday 26 AugustSummer Bank HolidayNo collections or deliveries
Monday 25 DecemberChristmas DayNo collections or deliveries
Tueday 26 DecemberBoxing DayNo collections or deliveries
Royal Mail’s Bank Holidays no Delivery or Collection days in 2024
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