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The life and times of the SunLife free pen

Posted on 23 November 2015

In the era of the tablet and smartphone, there’s still a place in our hearts for the humble pen. Especially a free pen. Over the years we’ve given away a staggering 1 million SunLife free pens!

To celebrate reaching this milestone and to honour all those who’ve done whatever it took to get hold of a SunLife free pen (sometimes more than once), we’ve created this video of the many amazing ways our pens are being put to use.

So where do you stand on our famous freebie? Is there always a trusty SunLife pen tucked in your inside pocket or handbag? Are you eagerly awaiting your 50th birthday so you can finally get your hands on one of your very own? Or do you believe it’s time the SunLife free pen ran out of ink?

5 stupendous stats about the SunLife free pen

  1. Everyone who enquires about the Guaranteed Over 50 plan gets a SunLife pen
  2. A SunLife pen is given away every 5 minutes
  3. The SunLife pen measures 13cm. The iPhone 6 is a teeny bit bigger. Coincidence?
  4. Originally made by Parker, the SunLife pen is now made by Schaeffer
  5. The pen now contains black ink. Until 1997 the ink was blue, even though our application forms had to be completed in black ink. Awkward

By the power of a million pens

1 million ballpoint pens could…

…draw a line from earth to the moon and back and still have ink left over.

…draw a line around the world over 20 times. But is there a toilet roll long enough for the job?

…supply enough ink for every single person on the planet to write an extra Christmas card.

…copy out every Harry Potter book 55,350 times. Now that’s a detention.

...sign over 60 billion autographs. The average signature is 1.45cm long apparently.

Amazing pen prize draw

To celebrate giving away a staggering 1 million free pens, we gave away five limited-edition 22-carat gold versions of our famous pen in our Amazing Pen prize draw.

The prize draw has now closed.

SunLife offers a range of straightforward and affordable products including over 50s life insurance, funeral plans, equity release, pet insurance, home insurance, car insurance, ISAs and Will writing services.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.