Best phone deals of the week

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Xperia Z2

There's never been a better time to be on the hunt for a new phone. There are loads of amazing handsets out there, filled to the brim with the latest tech. Even better, there's plenty of fantastic deals that ensure you don't have to break the bank to get a great phone.

All these handsets and deals does mean it can be a bit of a chore searching shops in the hunt for the best offers. The good news is that we've teamed up with uSwitch to bring you the best prices for top of the range smartphones like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Sony Xperia Z3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

We don't just have deals for the latest and greatest handsets, with slightly older devices like the HTC One (M8), LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the iPhone 5S also getting a look in.

Our deals have two elements for each phone we're featuring: the first is one of the most popular of the week, with the most interest from consumers all over the UK.

The second is the lowest total cost of ownership, where we work out how much the combined total of handset plus monthly cost will hit the wallet over the duration of the deal.

Apple iPhone 6

The Apple iPhone 6 has been out for a little while but it continues to be one of the most sought after phones on the market.

One of the most popular iPhone 6 deals this week gets you a 16GB version in grey on EE through mobiles.co.uk. You'll get 5GB of 4G data as well as unlimited minutes and texts every month.

The deal costs £36.99 per month for two years and there would usually be a £129.99 upfront charge, but you can avoid that if you enter IPHONE6129 at checkout.

All in all then it will set you back £887.76 over the course of the two year contract, which for almost any other phone would be fairly expensive but it's not a bad price at all for an iPhone 6.

iPhone 6

Cheapest Apple iPhone 6 deal

The iPhone 6 is still relatively new, not to mention the fact that it's, well, an iPhone, so we're not expecting any impressively cheap deals just yet but that doesn't mean there aren't savings to be had.

Right now for example you can get a 16GB gold iPhone 6 on Vodafone. The contract comes with 100MB of data (following three months of unlimited data), 100 minutes and unlimited texts for just £26.50 per month. You will need to spend £66.99 upfront, however.

The deal is through mobilephonesdirect and although you'll need to pay a little upfront, over two years the deal comes to just £702.99, which isn't bad.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple's first 'phablet' is big, bold and really rather good. It's also got quite a high price tag to boot. One of the most popular deals right now is for a 16GB version of the handset in gold, grey or silver, with giffgaff.

It will cost you £41.29 per month and comes with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of 4G data. There's a £40 upfront charge, so the overall cost of this deal is £1,030.96 over 24 months, which is pricey, but this is Apple's most expensive phone we're talking about.

iPhone 6 Plus

Cheapest Apple iPhone 6 Plus deal

The cheapest iPhone 6 Plus deal is still pricey, but considering what you get for your money it's pretty good value. At the moment the lowest cost deal you can get for Apple's phablet is for a gold 16GB handset on Vodafone through mobilephonesdirect.

This deal comes with 100MB of data (following unlimited data for three months), 100 minutes and unlimited texts. It'll cost £26.50 per month for two years and comes with an upfront cost of £144.99. Over the course of the contract this deal will add up to £780.99, so it's fairly expensive given the allowances, but it sets you up with one of the biggest and best phones around.

Samsung Galaxy S5

One of the most popular deals this week for the Samsung Galaxy S5 gets you the phone in black on Vodafone with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of 4G data (following three months of unlimited data).

That's through mobilephonesdirect and it's just £26.50 per month with no upfront cost on a 24 month contract, so overall it's £636, which is good value for a flagship even if it is getting on a bit. Though bear in mind that the Galaxy S6 will probably be arriving very soon.

Galaxy S5

Cheapest Samsung Galaxy S5 deal

While the deal above is good you can get the Galaxy S5 even cheaper. This week's lowest cost deal is for it on Vodafone and comes courtesy of mobilephonesdirect. This nets you a gold version of the handset with 100MB of data (following three months of unlimited data), 100 minutes and unlimited texts.

The deal costs £14.50 per month for two years and will set you back £155.99 upfront, for a total of just £503.99, which is pretty great value, but considering the limited allowances the deal above is a better bet if you can afford the extra.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

While the Galaxy S5 will remain Samsung's flagship until the Galaxy S6 arrives, the company has since released a metal-clad marvel that's clearly aimed at the iPhone crowd.

A particularly popular deal at the moment is for it in white on Three through buymobiles.net, with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of 4G data. That costs £25 per month with no upfront cost, for a total of £600 over 24 months, which really is great value.

Galaxy Alpha

Cheapest Samsung Galaxy Alpha deal

Looking for something a little cheaper? We've got you covered, because you can also get a refurbished blue Samsung Galaxy Alpha on O2 from mobiles.co.uk for just £18 per month with £49 upfront, coming to £481 over two years.

That comes with 500 minutes, 500MB of data and unlimited texts, which are better allowances than many of the cheapest deals around, but remember it's a refurbished handset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung's latest high-end handset is a phone of monstrous proportions and the price tag is pretty hefty too, but it's probably worth the money as our glowing review attests and if you shop around it needn't be extortionate.

One of the more popular ways to get it right now is in white from mobiles.co.uk on an O2 contract with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of 4G data. That will set you back £33 per month with no upfront cost.

So in total it will cost £792 over 24 months, which is quite a lot of money, but then the Galaxy Note 4 always costs a lot money and at least this way you get some solid allowances with it.

Galaxy Note 4

Cheapest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 deal

If the above deal is too pricey the Note 4 can be had for a little bit cheaper. Right now the most affordable deal gets you a white Galaxy Note 4 for just £22.50 per month plus £172.99 upfront on a Vodafone contract. In all that will cost you just £712.99.

That's through mobilephonesdirect and the allowances are a little lacking, as it comes with just 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of data (following three months of unlimited).

Considering the Note 4 has a SIM free RRP of £599 that's still reasonable value, but you can get it cheaper if you shop around and you might be better off stretching to the deal above if you can afford to.

HTC One (M8)

One of the most popular HTC One (M8) deals of the week is for the handset in grey on O2. The deal works out at £28 per month with no upfront cost, for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of 4G data.

It's available from mobiles.co.uk and it even comes with £40 cashback, so once you factor that in the overall cost comes out at £632 over 24 months. The HTC One (M8) is getting on a bit but it's still one of the best phones around, so that's not a bad deal at all.

HTC One M8

Cheapest HTC One (M8) deal

The above deal is already good value, but right now you can get the HTC One (M8) cheaper if you're okay with paying some money upfront. The cheapest overall deal this week is just £14.50 per month with an upfront charge of £158.99.

For that you'll get a refurbished handset in grey with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of data, though for the first three months it gives you unlimited data.

That's with a 24 month Vodafone contract and is available through mobilephonesdirect. In total it will cost you £506.99. So the allowances aren't the best but it's still great value, just remember you won't be getting a new handset.