Black Friday phone deals for 2018: the discounts have already begun

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Let's be completely honest...Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 season has now started. No need to double check your calendar, it's the retailers that have got all in a flap and started early. And that means good news if you've been hoping to replace that busted old mobile, because Black Friday phone deals are now on.

Whether you're looking for a new handset or a whole 24-month contract, we're confident that Black Friday 2018 will be well worth the wait. And you probably also know by now that TechRadar is a fantastic source of mobile phone deals all year around. Thanks to our up-to-the-minute price comparison tools, we're always here to help you locate the perfect prices and plans for you. We'll even tell you the latest on the cheapest SIM only deals.

But around Black Friday and Cyber Monday we crank that up to the next level. We're in constant contact with the UK's biggest smartphone and general tech retailers to make sure we're bringing you the best discounts - regardless of your budget. And some of the exclusive discounts that we've managed to wangle in previous years have been pretty special.

Although the Black Friday frenzy seems to be getting earlier and earlier every year, it's probably no surprise to discover that there aren't any Black Friday mobile phone deals to be had yet. But we can tell you what to expect: Who usually offers the best discounts? What kind of markdowns did we see last year? What retailers' websites should you be bookmarking? It's all below.

When is Black Friday 2018?

Aha, so you're a details person. We like it. This year's official Black Friday falls on November 23, which means Cyber Monday is November 26.

But the truth is that you won't need to wait until the actual day to get some great offers. We've already seen some major brands begin discounting phones in the name of Black Friday and Christmas. So essentially you can begin your smartphone now. Then it will be a test of nerve...do you strike while the deal is hot? Or wait to see if the temperature goes up even more?

The best 2018 Black Friday phone deals so far

Let's not beat around the bush any longer...we can already start telling you about the Black Friday phone deals that are catching our eye:

Galaxy S9 deal price drop - best price ever:

Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | Vodafone | £100 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £23pm
Android fans have been laughing at iPhone prices for some years now, and considering Apple's newest flagship phone will cost you more than a grand on contract nowadays, this excellent S9 deal blows us away every time we see it. Total cost over 24 months is just £642.
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EXCLUSIVE Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | EE | £70 £50 upfront with TECH20 code | 9GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £28pm
We know, we know - EE is the fastest 4G UK network and you won't settle for anything less. Well, you don't have to. It may be a fiver more a month than the Voda deal, but use our TECH20 discount code and the upfront spend is exactly half while the data allowance is more than doubled. Total cost over 24 months is £722.
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Super cheap Samsung S8 contract: 

Samsung Galaxy S8 deal at iD | FREE upfront | 500MB data | Unlimited texts | 500 minutes | £19.99pm
This is one of those deals that only comes along every so often. The S8 is still a stand out phone and isn't really much of a downgrade from Samsung's S9. You've only got the £19.99 monthly bills to pay but be careful of that 500MB data allowance, it isn't very much and may suit the less data heavy users out there.
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FREE Nintendo Switch from EE:

Free Nintendo Switch with 10GB of data on select Huawei and Nokia phones 
EE is so ahead of the curve that this deal actually ends before Black Friday itself! It's is offering a FREE Nintendo Switch with selected phone contracts including the Huawei P20 Pro, Nokia 7.1 and more below...

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Google Pixel 3 with FREE Google Home Mini

Google Pixel 3 at Three + FREE Google Home Mini | £99 upfront | Unlimited minutes and texts | 100GB data | £48 per month
This deal really is full of bonuses - not only do you get the Pixel 3 but you also get a Google Home Mini and a whopping 100GB of data! And all for under £50 per month. 

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FREE PS4 + FIFA 19 with the Xperia XA2

Sony Xperia XA2 at Virgin Mobile | PlayStation 4 + FIFA 19 | FREE upfront | 1000 minutes | 1GB data | £19 per month
Virgin is offering up a great bundle deal here. Not only are you getting the Sony Xperia XA2 getting the PlayStation 4 bundle as well (which would normally be worth around the £250-mark. An astonishing freebie to celebrate Black Friday.

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Carphone Warehouse £40 Gift Card deal on iPhones

£40 Currys PC World Gift Card | Carphone Warehouse | On  iPhone XR, XS, XS Max and X
iPhone's X series of phones are some of the best handsets out there right now and well worth getting your hands on if you can bear the massive price tag. Carphone Warehouse has sweetened the deal by offering a £40 Curry's PC World Gift Card when you buy an iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, X  from them. 
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Carphone Warehouse Black Tag discounts:

Samsung Galaxy S9 on EE | £99.99 upfront | 9GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £28pm
Plenty of data, the UK's fastest 4G network and a delicious balance of upfront spend and monthly bills. There's nothing not to like with this S9 deal.  Total cost over 24 months is £771.99
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Samsung Galaxy S8 on O2 | £49.99 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £27pm
That Galaxy S9 deal still feeling a bit on the expensive side? Well the S8 is still a fantastic phone. Worth checking out our best Galaxy S8 deals guide though, as it's even cheaper elsewhere.  Total cost over 24 months is £697.99View Deal

iPhone 8 on O2 | £79.99 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
This one's already selling like hotcakes, probably thanks to that really healthy data allowance and possible because of the lure of O2's Priority rewards. A good price this on Apple's 2017 flagship. Total cost over 24 months is £895.99
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Google Pixel 3 on Vodafone | £79.99 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £42pm
How long has the Pixel 3 been out again? We're delighted to see a reduction in price on Google's latest and greatest as the release tariffs were lofty. Thanks Carphone! Total cost over 24 months is £1,107.99
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iPhone X on O2 | £49.99 upfront | 45GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £56pm
A big discount on the big iPhone with a big data allowance. This is a BIG bargain. Despite now being over a year old, iPhone X discounts remain rare, so we're glad to see this. Total cost over 24 months is £1,393.99
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EXCLUSIVE OnePlus 6T discount - and other reductions

EXCLUSIVE OnePlus 6T at e2save | £115 £90 upfront with TECH25 code | Unlimited calls and texts | 9GB data | £28pm
We love this OnePlus 6T deal, we really do. It's the best on the UK market at the moment, in our view. 9GB is a healthy place to be in terms of data, £28 per month for a phone so new is ace and our TECH25 code to apply at the checkout brings the upfront spend to under £100.
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OnePlus 6T at Mobiles.co.uk | £210 upfront wth 10OFF code | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £18pm
The brand new Oneplus 6T is an absolutely stand out phone and definitely one to match the higher end models like the Samsung S9. This is the cheapest of all the Mobiles.co.uk deals, coming in at £220 upfront and £18 a month. That upfront may seem high but the monthly cost is so low for a phone this new it's hard to pass up. Watch out for the 1GB data limit though.
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OnePlus 6T at e2save | £175 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £22pm
If that 1GB wasn't enough data for you, then e2save can quadruple it up to 4GB offer. This is a much more manageable amount and should be more than ample if you're not blasting through data at alarming speeds. This deal has a slightly higher monthly cost but your upfront won't be quite as bad.
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Big reductions on SIM-free handsets:

Moto G6: £239 £195.99 at Amazon
Our favourite cheap phone is even less right now thanks to Amazon's deals. A cut of £40 is a significant discount, so if you're after an affordable phone this time is a great time to buy.
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Moto G6 Play: £179.99 £139.99 at Amazon
For this price you're getting a surprising amount of features. The G6 Play has a good battery life, a strong screen and is overall a great phone for the price, especially with this £40 saving.
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Huawei P20: £599 now £399 at Carphone Warehouse
Save a whopping £200 on the excellent Huawei P20 which boasts dual rear cameras, a premium design, 5.84-inch screen and 128GB of storage.
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Sony Xperia XZ1: £399 £219 at Amazon
This is the deal that most catches our eye in Amazon's 50% off promotion (more details on which, below). There's a monumental 45% off discount, bringing the 2017 flagship down to an incredible £219. That's a bargain price for a brilliant phone.
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Nokia 3.1: £149 now £119 at Carphone Warehouse 
You're only getting a £30 saving here but the phone was already so cheap it's amazing it's dropped even lower. Now sitting at just under £120 this is an absolute bargain for a smartphone.
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Huawei P Smart: £179 now £149 at AO.com
The Huawei P Smart is our second best cheap smartphone right now, and you can pick it up for even less thanks to this Black Friday deal from Amazon taking it below the £150 mark.
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iPhone 8 contract discounts

iPhone 8 direct from iD | £69.99 £49.99 upfront | 500MB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £24.99pm
Here you get the best of both worlds, you're not getting a huge upfront cost and the monthly cost is pretty good too. Balance out the two by paying a bit in each with this contract - one of the cheapest iPhone 8 deals we've seen to date. Total cost over 24 months is £697.75
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iPhone 8 with 1GB data from Virgin Mobile | FREE upfront | 1000 minutes | Unlimited texts | £24pm
This is a pretty cheap contract overall, you've got no upfront costs to pay and then you only need to pay £24 a month, not a bad deal at all overall. You will have to watch your data usage with this contract though as you'll only have 1GB a month.
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iPhone 8 with 60GB data from Virgin Mobile | FREE upfront | 5000 minutes | Unlimited texts | £38 £34pm
If you're a big data user this deal might be more for you. You get a massive 60GB of data to get through a month, that's more than enough for most people's streaming habits and internet usage. You also only have to pay £10 a month more than the other deal so you're not breaking the bank too much.
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O2's Black Friday quad data phone deals:

iPhone XR | £200 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £36pm
Apple released four new models this year, ranging from affordable to seriously spectacular in price. This model is the lowest cost of all of them, giving you a mixture of high specs and a less scary price tag. Total cost over 24 months is £1074 (With 10OFF code)
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Samsung Galaxy S9 | £40 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £30pm
Samsung Galaxy S9 has been a stand out phone this year and there are a lot of great deals going round for it. O2 are fighting their way up the deals page with this massive data package for Samsung's newest Galaxy model. Total cost over 24 months is £760 (With 10OFF code)
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Huawei P20 Pro | £105 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £30pm  
Huawei has made a big impression in the last couple of months and the P20 Pro is no exception, in fact we loved the phone so much we gave it our Phone of the Year award. Total cost over 24 months is £835 (With 10OFF code)
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Google Pixel 3 | £240 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £30pm
The Google Pixel 2 had one of the best camera of 2017 and now the Pixel 3 has one of the best camera of 2018. Google strives to bring you picture perfect quality and a powerful processor and screen to work with it. Total cost over 24 months is £970 (With 10OFF code)
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OnePlus 6T | £140 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £27pm
The OnePlus 6T is a new player to the game and yet despite it matching a lot of the other flagships out there for specs and features, it is one of the cheapest phones in this list. Total cost over 24 months is £798 (With 10OFF code)
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iPhone 8  | £150 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £30pm
The iPhone 8 may have come out last year but that doesn't mean it can't compete. Even now the 8 still holds up as one of the best phones available and comes at a price a bit more bearable than some of Apple's newer products. Total cost over 24 months is £870 (With 10OFF code)
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iPhone 7 | £90 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 4GB 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £27pm
We've covered all the new and shiny devices but the big issue with all of them is the price tag. This iPhone 7 deal comes in £100 cheaper over the two years than tits successor and is still a great phone. Total cost over 24 months is £738 (With 10OFF code)
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50% off Sony handsets at Amazon.co.uk

Up to 50% off Sony mobiles at Amazon.co.uk
Looks like the Amazon warehouse is having a clear out of old Sony phones, as its gone and dropped some massive discounts on former flagships. The one catching our eye most is the Sony Xperia XZ1, barely a year old, down to £219 from £399. The rest of the highlights can be found listed below...
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How do I get the best mobile phone deals on Black Friday?

Forget trawling the web, and certainly don't go booking Friday November 23 off work to go marching up and down the high street to see what bricks and mortar mobile phone shops are offering. You'll find the very best standout deals right here on this page - so we'd advise adding it to your favourites.

In our experience, there are different tactics to employ depending on whether you're looking for a handset or contract deal, though.

If it's a full on contract that you want, there doesn't tend to be so much of a rush. We should start seeing new tariffs landing towards the start of November, and they tend to hang around through Black Friday.

But if you're looking to go for a SIM-free phone then it's a slightly different story, as that's when the likes of Amazon and the other big dogs get involved. That means you're more likely to see some grandstanding discounts starting from November 21 and peaking on Black Friday itself. And look out for those Amazon Lightning Deals, which, in the past, Amazon has guaranteed that it won't undercut at a later date.

Where can I find the best mobile phone deals in the meantime?

Contract just ended? Just dropped and smashed your old smartphone screen? Then Black Friday and Cyber Monday may just be that too far away to wait for.

We have dedicated deals guides for pretty much every phone you can think of - visit our all-encompassing mobile phone deals page to home in on your chosen handset or simply scroll to the bottom of this page and get going on our price comparison.

Alternatively, if you're already pretty certain what phone you want, then here's a list of some of the most popular handsets on the UK mobile phone market right now: