The best 3 mobile deals in December 2016

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Three mobile has for a long time been well known in the UK for offering good deals, especially for customers looking for some seriously big data bundles. In the early days, the network was blighted by poor reception in many areas but these days Three mobile doesn't have any such issues. 

The network once had prices so low you could get a better deal on this network for pretty much any phone. These days it's more of a mixed bag - it's not always the cheapest but it's often very competitive. And the trump card is that Three mobile is the only network to offer deals with unlimited data allowances.

Want to browse the best phone deals at other networks too? Here you go: Vodafone deals | EE deals | O2 deals

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The best iPhone 7 deals on 3 mobile:

The new iPhone 7 is set to be another smash hit mobile phone thanks to further design enhancements. It's now waterproof, has a better screen and stereo speakers. The long-rumoured dropping of the headphone jack has become a reality, but there's an adapter in the box for your old cans, or there's a pair of lightning cable-friendly headphones in the box too. Memory capacity has been given a boost now, with the smallest models now starting at a much more robust 32GB.

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iPhone 7 32GB |  £99 £79 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £42 per month
Very strong deal on the Three network here. Our voucher code TR20 will take £20 off the upfront cost of any phone at BM, making it £79 rather than £99 upfront and that means it's less than buying from Three direct. The only way to pay less than this is to seriously compromise your allowances so we love this deal. Total cost over 24 months is £1087.

View this deal: at buymobiles.net
Voucher code: TR20 (works on any phone)

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iPhone 7 32GB | £99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 30GB data | £44 per month
For only £2 more per month than the cheapest Three deal on this page, you get 30GB instead of 4GB which is awesome. If you need LOADS of data, this is the best iPhone 7 deal in the UK this week. 30GB is enough even for heavy streamers, and the £44 monthly fee is cheap compared to comparative deals on the other networks. You can use your entire allowance as a portable hotspot if you want, too. Total cost over 24 months is £1155.

View this deal: at Three.co.uk

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The best iPhone 7 Plus deals on 3 mobile:

Apple's larger iPhone 7 Plus is a premium upgrade over the regular iPhone 7. In addition to being waterproof, rocking stereo speakers and having an improved screen this year, the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera with an incredibly clear zoom function for professional looking pictures.

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iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £149 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £45 per month
For £1 more than Three's best price on a 1GB contract you can get a much more reasonable 4GB of data, making it the best value 'cheap' deal on the network. at least you're getting unlimited minutes and texts too, which is where Three often skimp out on cheaper contracts. Total cost over 24 months is £1229.

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iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £52 per month
With Three's unlimited data deals starting at £60 a month, we thought you might be able to get by with this 30GB offer instead for £52 per month. In addition to unlimited minutes and texts, you're also getting a 30GB hotspot allowance and the Feel at Home incentive allows use of your phones allowances from abroad too. Total cost over 24 months is £1347.

View this deal at Three: Black | Silver | Rose Gold | Gold

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iPhone 7 Plus 128GB | £149 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £52 per month
If you really need the larger 128GB iPhone 7 Plus in stead of the 32GB, expect the cost to leap up. This 4GB deal is the same price as the cheapest 1GB deal, so it's the best value offer so far from Three. Total cost over 24 months is £1397.

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The best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 deals on 3 mobile:

The Note 7 comes with 64GB as standard but has expendable storage options which means you can add up to another 256GB with a memory card if you wanted to. At the moment some sites are offering a free Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset to use with the Note 7 when you pre-order which could soften the blow of those early pre-order prices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 | £79.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £38pm
Three's prices are about standard at the moment, provided you go via one of the resellers like Buymobiles.net or Mobile Phones Direct. If you want to be on Three and you want the cheapest deal available with 1GB data this is it. It's not spectacular but it's the best there is. Total cost over 24 months is £991.99.

View this deal: at buymobiles.net

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 | £84.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £42pm
You can quadruple the amount of data you get on Three by paying a shade more upfront and £4 more per month. With this deal you get 4GB data for £42 per month and £84.99 upfront which again is about standard. Not as good as those Vodafone deals but about the same as the other networks. Total cost over 24 months is £1092.99.

View this deal: at buymobiles.net

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 | £194.99 upfront | Unlimited calls, texts and data | £50pm
If you want the very best phone out there and you want to let it loose on the world, you might want to go for an unlimited data plan. If that's the case, this is probably the deal for you as it offers unlimited everything for £50 per month and 194.99 upfront. This isn't a bad deal actually when you compare it to the prices on O2 and particularly EE but those Vodafone deals do make it look a bit much. Still, it's the best unlimited data option. Total cost over 24 months is £1394.99.

View this deal: over at BuyMobiles.net

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The best iPhone 6S deals on 3 mobile:

The iPhone 6S is the the UK's best selling handsets but Three hasn't had the best deals of late if we're honest. We've checked all the sites, including Three's own, and we think these are the best iPhone 6S deals on Three this month...

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iPhone 6S 16GB | £79.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £30pm
Three is rarely the cheapest network these days and that remains true this month. That being said this is the best iPhone 6S deal on the network this month. All the other Three deals are very expensive and so we can't really recommend any of them. Total cost over 24 months is £799.99.

View this deal: at Buymobiles.net

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The best iPhone 6 deals on 3 mobile:

So you're looking for the best iPhone 6 deal on Three? We've done all the research for you, and found the best of the bunch below. With prices now under £35 a month, there's never been a better time to pick up this phone, as thanks to the arrival of the iPhone 6S there are some corking deals to be had on the iPhone 6. Fill your boots with unlimited texts and minutes, as well as a healthy slug of data.

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iPhone 6 16GB | FREE upfront | 600 minutes and unlimited texts | 1GB data | £34pm
Slim pickings from Three this month. You can still get a free 16GB handset, but you'll have to settle for 600 minutes and 1GB of data with your unlimited texts if you want to keep your outlay to £34 per month. Total cost over 24 months is £816.

Get this deal: direct from buymobiles.net

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iPhone 6 64GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £40pm
No joy with the 64GB iPhone 6 deals on Three either this month. If you're looking to curb your spending then £40 per month will get you a free iPhone 6 64GB, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £960.

Get this deal: direct from Mobile Phones Direct

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iPhone 6 64GB | FREE upfront | 600 minutes, unlimited texts and data | £54pm
Three is the home of unlimited, and if you want unlimited data with a free 64GB iPhone 6 look no further. A monthly outlay of £56 may sound steep, but considering what you're getting in return it's more than fair. Total cost over 24 months is £1,296.

Get this deal: direct from Mobile Phones Direct

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The best iPhone SE deals on 3 mobile:

The iPhone SE looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 5S. But instead of sporting two-year-old hardware it's fully up to date, with a super-fast CPU and graphics, and the 12MP iSight camera straight out of the iPhone 6S. It's a modern iPhone in the shape of an old iPhone, for people who like the old iPhones but want more up-to-date hardware. Three is now running contracts from £28 per month.

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iPhone SE 16GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £25pm
PRICE DROP NUMBER THREE! Three also has some solid deals this month, kicking off with this offering which is asking for just £25 per month (down from £26) over two years in return for a free 16GB iPhone SE. There's unlimited calls and texts, and a lovely 4GB of data (up from 2GB last month) to keep you going every month. Lovely. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £600.

Get this deal: direct at buymobiles.net

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iPhone SE 16GB | FREE upfront | 300 minutes and unlimited texts | 12GB data | £31pm
Okay, so 300 minutes is oddly low, but if you can get past that fact then this deal has an awful lot going for it. A free 16GB iPhone SE, unlimited texts, £31 per month asking price and a simply HUGE 12GB of data. There's a lot to love. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £744.

Get this deal: direct at Mobile Phones Direct

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iPhone SE 64GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 12GB data | £36pm
Splash out an additional £4 per month though and you get the same 12GB of data, an upgrade to unlimited minutes and the bigger 64GB iPhone SE. There's nothing to pay up front and more data than you can shake a stick at. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £864.

Get this deal: direct at Mobile Phones Direct

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The best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge deals on 3 mobile:

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a a good deal different to the S6 Edge we saw last year. It's bigger, it's better and there's a real reason to go for it over the smaller Galaxy S7. At 5.5-inches it's a little larger than the S7 but a tad smaller than the Galaxy Note 5 or the S6 Edge+ - it's the perfect size for those who covet the big screen but don't have the big hands to match, thanks to it being curved nicely into the chassis.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | £94.99 upfront | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | 1GB data | £30pm
Let's get going with some deals from Three, as finally there are some half-decent choices to go for. this is the more expensive for only 1GB of data, but if you check above you drop the price per month if you're happy to spend a bit more upfront. This one has a slightly higher cost to entry and £30 is even less per month - but there are deals on other networks that are better. Total cost over 24 months is £814.99.

View this deal: at buymobiles.net

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | £49.99 upfront | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | 4GB data | £32pm
Right - things are getting a little better now. The best smartphone in the world, with a nice 4GB of data and then you're only paying the slightly-higher £49.99 upfront. £32 isn't the cheapest option here for 4GB allowance, but it's a lot cheaper this month - and very close to the 1GB option above. Total cost over 24 months is £817.99.

View this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | £9.99 upfront | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | 12GB data | £41pm
This is a huge amount of data per month and for just £9.99 it's a low barrier to entry. £41 per month is quite a lot compared to the others around here, but it's not a bad price - and we've done the best mathematics we can to work out which of the multiple variations of this deal saves you the most money. Total cost over 24 months is £993.99.

View this deal: over at BuyMobiles.net

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The best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on 3 mobile:

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been around for a few months and is still the cheaper one of the 'best phone in the world' duo, with the S7 Edge a tasty - if more expensive - alternative. As is the techradar way we've found all the best deals from Three and their partner stores online for this high end phone -and the good news is that while we were expecting the Galaxy S7 deals to be very expensive to start with, it's already come down a little in price - the UK market is very competitive, and prices do alter regularly. So if you're thinking about buying one it might be best to go early rather than wait a while – prices could easily go up in a few weeks.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 | Free upfront | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | 1GB data | £29pm
Three is never the cheapest places to find the best deals for phones these days, but at least it's started offering some better tariffs on the Galaxy S7. Here you can get the new phone for free upfront and with not TOO high an outlay each month - and it's a pound less than it was last time around! Total cost over 24 months is £696.

View this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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Samsung Galaxy S7 | Three 4G | Free upfront | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | 4GB data | £30pm
If you're after a little bit more data without having to worry too much about keeping an eye on your usage, then check out this deal. It feels like the 'inflexion point' of the Three deals this month, where additional data isn't ramping up the price too much (until you get to unlimited, that is). 4G is in there too, of course and this muthaflubber doesn't have an upfront cost - and it's dropped a lot in lifetime cost this month! Total cost over 24 months is £720.

View this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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Samsung Galaxy S7 | £99.99 upfront | 300 mins, unlimited texts | 12GB data - £32pm
This is one of the best Galaxy S7 deals this month if you need oodles of data. Here you get 12GB for just £32 per month, and the best news is the overall cost has PLUMMETED despite the upfront cost. For the amount of data it's an incredible price - if you don't mind being on Three and need lots of bytes, this is the one. Total cost over 24 months is £867.99.

View this deal: over at Mobile Phones Direct

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The best HTC 10 deals on 3 mobile:

The HTC 10 is HTC's best smartphone in years. Building on a legacy of premium flagship smartphones like the HTC One M8 and M9, it offers premium build quality and mostly high-end features and components, giving it the firepower it needs to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6S. We reviewed this phone and gave it a near-perfect 4.5 out of 5 which is as clear a recommendation as you can get. Three is one of the most expensive networks around for the HTC 10 though.

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HTC 10 | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 2GB data | £36pm @ Mobile Phones Direct
This 2GB deal from Three is only £1 a month extra over the best 1GB deal on the network, so we think it's the one to go for as it provides that little bit of extra breathing room. Total cost over 24 months is £864.

Get this deal from: Mobile Phones Direct

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HTC 10 | £28.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 8GB data | £40pm @ BuyMobiles
You have to really love the Three network to go with them this month. they've only just started doing HTC 10 deals, but you can get better prices on the other networks. Total cost over 24 months is £989.

Get this deal from: BuyMobiles.net

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HTC 10 | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | Unlimited data | £51pm @ Mobile Phones Direct
The Three network is known for its unlimited data and maybe next month (update: no, I was wrong) it'll be known for not charging over £50 a month for it. It's only recently started stocking the HTC 10, so we reckon prices will come down soon. This is your cheapest unlimited data bundle for now though. Total cost over 24 months is £1224.

Get this deal from: Mobile Phones Direct

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The best LG G5 deals on 3 mobile:

The LG G5 features a stylish metal case design with a removable battery pack that can be supported with modular speaker or camera add-ons. Let's take a look at the best deals for this innovative handset that may well prove to be something of a trendsetter.

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LG G5 | £26.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £25 per month
Three is usually known for its high and unlimited data bundles, but it's managed to come out on top of the 1GB pile today too. Coming in cheaper than the impressive Vodafone deal. Total cost over 24 months is £626.99.

View this deal at: Affordable Mobiles

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LG G5 | £20.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £33 per month
Three has finally got around to sporting some deals for the LG G5 and this is a very competitive offering for 3GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £812.99.

View this deal at Mobile Phones Direct

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LG G5 | £43.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | Unlimited data | £41 per month
If you want the guaranteed safety of unlimited data, you're going to have to pay quite a bit extra. But, if you're streaming lots of content away from Wi-Fi and downloading tonnes of media, then this is the ultimate bundle and £24 cheaper than last month's best unlimited data offer. Total cost over 24 months is £1027.99.

View this deal at: Affordable Mobiles

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The best Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge deals on 3 mobile:

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of our very, very favourite phones, even a year after its release. The curved edge may not have had much functional use (although it's been imbued with greater powers of late), but as a thing of beauty it's up there with the best. Those gorgeous looks of the S6 Edge don't have to cost as much now it's been usurped by the newer S7 Edge – so it's a good job that we're here to help you find the best deal for a phone that still packs in some wicked talents.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge | £81.99 upfront | unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 4GB data | £24pm
Ah, Three - you've actually improved your deals this month. Here's our favourite low internet deal still boasting 4GB of tasty data. It's a little expensive upfront, but if you're after a low cost every month this is the best choice you'll get on Three. Total cost over 24 months is £657.99.

Get this deal: over at Affordable Mobiles

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge | £93.99 upfront | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 12GB of data | £34pm
Three is offering up some fantastic deals this month. This one will suit you if you don't mind spending near on £100 upfront, but it does pack 12GB of data as well as unlimited calls and texts. Total cost over 24 months is £909.99.

Get this deal: over at Affordable Mobiles

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge | £9.99 upfront | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | 30GB data | £36pm
Say goodbye to the unlimited deal on Three. The network is phasing it out by rising the price each month and August is no exception. Instead we've included a 30GB deal here that costs £36 a month and £9.99 upfront. Go for this if you're going to be using a lot of internet each month. Total cost over 24 months is £873.99.

Get this deal: over at Affordable Mobiles

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The best Samsung Galaxy S6 deals on 3 mobile:

If you're interested in buying the Samsung Galaxy S6 then you aren't alone, because while this was the best phone of last year, it's still a brilliant handset to be lusting after. And there's a good reason the S6 is so popular – it was a ground-up reworking of Samsung's popular Galaxy S range. It features glass and metal, shedding the plastic of the older models and bringing the phone into the premium end of the market - something that's been improved on by the Galaxy S7, but you're still getting a lot of the great features here (such as the great camera) for a lower price).

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Samsung Galaxy S6 | Free phone | unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 4GB of data | £28pm
Three isn't the cheapest when it comes to total cost over ownership - if you buy the phone outright and just get a SIM free deal, it's a lot cheaper - but this is a solid choice if you want the bundle. To make it all the sweeter it's now the price of a 1GB deal, but instead it's with 4GB of internet. Total cost over 24 months is £672.

Get this deal: from Affordable Mobiles

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Samsung Galaxy S6 | Free phone | unlimited calls, texts and data | £45pm
Fancy unlimited data with your Samsung Galaxy S6. Be warned, you'll need to pay for it. September is a great month to buy it though. You get unlimited calls and texts as well as limitless data to make the deal even sweeter, plus it's even £1 cheaper this month. Total cost over 24 months is £1080.

Get this deal: from Affordable Mobiles

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