These pre-Black Friday deals have already landed:
Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | Vodafone | £69.99 upfront with OMD15 code | 4GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £23pm
BEST. GALAXY S9 DEAL. EVER. This is it, Samsung fanciers. There's no point in waiting it out to see if the S9 will come down in price any further. We just can't see this getting any better. The Phone DEal of the Year just got even better. Total cost over 24 months is just £621.99.
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.
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...
Deal must end on November 23View Deal
- Huawei P20 Pro with free Nintendo Switch for £53 per month
- Huawei Mate 20 Lite with free Nintendo Switch for £42 per month
- Huawei P20 Lite with free Nintendo Switch for £38 per month
- Nokia 7.1 with free Nintendo Switch for £43 per month
- Nokia 3.1 with free Nintendo Switch for £33 per month
£40 Currys PC World Gift Card | Carphone Warehouse | On iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or iPhone XR
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 X, XS, XS Max or iPhone XR from them.
Samsung Galaxy S9 from Carphone Warehouse | iD |
£99.99 FREE upfront | 500MB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £26.99pm
Having a big upfront fee can be daunting so we completely understand wanting to cut that out, here you just have to pay your monthly costs. But watch your data usage as you will only have 500MB to use. Total cost over 24 months is £647.76
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
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.
iPhone 8 with 60GB data from Virgin Mobile | FREE upfront | 5000 minutes | Unlimited texts |
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.
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.
Deal must end on the December 4View Deal
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.View Deal
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. View Deal
You no longer have to whisper it quietly - Black Friday 2018 is basically here. We can say that confidently because cheap seasonal mobile phone deals are already coming out of the woodwork. You won't hear us complaining!
But shopping for mobile phone deals is easy anyway, right? Once you've got an idea of the model you want, you just go to a few websites of the most famous networks and pick out the very cheapest price. Sorted.
Well not quite. There's a headache-inducing multitude of options you can choose from. And once you start looking into the vast array of mobile phone deals available it can soon get overwhelming. How much data do you need? What network would suit you best? Is it possible to pay nothing upfront with your contract and how to you get cheaper bills?
Think of TechRadar as your phone deals paracetamol. Our custom-made price comparison above lets you quickly and easily weave your way to the perfect tariff. Using the buttons and filters, we'll help you compare and whittle down smartphone deals. And further down the page you'll also find advice on buying, choosing and switching.
The big news in phone deals world at the moment (other than Black Friday and Cyber Monday, of course) is the arrival of the new trio of iPhones - the XR, XS and XS Max. It won't surprise you to hear that they're pretty pricey. Generally, the best prices out there are mostly on Android phones and Samsung Galaxy S9 deals, for example, have fallen dramatically in price since launch back in the spring. The likes of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S8 have also proved very popular Android alternatives to the expensive Apple iPhones.
- Get £10 off the upfront cost of any mobile phone deal (except the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max) at Mobiles.co.uk with our exclusive 10OFF discount code
Mobile phone deals: what you need to know about buying your new phone
Of course you want to find the cheapest price for your new smartphone - and our comparison chart at the top of the page will narrow that down for you - but we know there are likely to be dozens more questions you'll want answering. Keep reading below, where we answer some of the key commonly asked questions about buying a new mobile.
Will my new mobile phone deal let me keep my old number?
You can indeed, and it's really easy - so no need to send one of those texts to everybody in your phone book telling them your new digits.
What you need to do is grab a PAC - or Porting Authorisation Code - from your old network. We've listed the direct numbers you need for the four major networks below. As soon as they've sent it to you, which should be within a day or two, you just need to give it to your new network. Voila - brand new phone with the same old number. Easy.
It becomes slightly less easy if the deal you pick out above is on the same network as your current one. They won't let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you're moving. They'll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they'll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but worth it.
- EE 07953 966 250
- O2 0344 8090202
- Vodafone 03333 040 191
- Three 0333 300 3333
- ID 0333 003 7777
- GiffGaff 43431 from your handset
- Virgin 0345 6000 789
- BT 0800 800 150
- Tesco 0345 301 4455
- Sky 03300 412 524
- Asda 0800 079 2732
Which phone network is best for deals?
Loyalty is an admirable trait, but could end up costing you money when it comes to the perfect phone deal. If you don't mind leaving your comfort zone, you may find that heading to one of the other major networks may well be worth it...
Nobody else can come close to EE's 4G speeds in the UK. So if you rely on fast internet while away from WI-Fi, then EE is the obvious choice. Plus, EE gives you three free months of BT Sport (or more if you get a Max plan) when you sign up, as well as six months of Apple Music. The EE coverage checker will confirm how strong it is where you live.
The biggest lure to O2 is the network's Priority rewards (well, that and Sean Bean's mellifluous tones). From 2-4-1 dinners and free coffees to first refusal on big gig tickets, O2 is the network for regular goodies. Plus, they have 1,000s of Wi-Fi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to. Use the O2 coverage checker to see whether you'll be able to access 4G.
Good news for jet-setters - Vodafone lets you use your data, calls and texts allowances in 50 countries around the world without charge (except on its Basics tariffs). But things really start to get good when you splash out on its bigger Red Entertainment data plans, as Vodafone will give you your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription. Click to check if Vodafone covers your home.
Three remains the king of the big data deals, and still the only one of the big four networks to offer unlimited, uncapped, all-you-can-eat delicious data. We also like that you can use 4G to make calls and texts via the dedicated Three inTouch app, and you can connect to Wi-Fi in the London Underground if you ever find yourself in the capital. Its Wuntu app gives weekly perks, too. But 4G coverage isn't as strong as the other networks - check whether your postcode is covered with the Three coverage checker.
Mobile phone deals: what phone contract length should I get?
Well if you're buying a new phone plan with a contract, you haven't got much choice. It's 24 months or nothing, these days. If you don't want to be tied down to that kind of commitment, then you'll have to go down the SIM only route and buy the handset separately - we've rounded up the best SIM-free phone deals to help you make your chocie.
Mobile phone deals: how much data do I need?
The answer to this one will be different for everybody. If you only really carry your phone for emergencies, then go for the minimum amount of data and save a packet. If you like to scroll through Facebook on the bus and stream Spotify, you'll need a bit more. And if you frequently stream videos and download masses of files, then 30GB or even unlimited may be worth paying extra for.
As well as checking your phone to see how much you tend to use a month at the moment, the below guidelines will also help you pick out the perfect plan:
- 1GB Some networks offer 500MB plans, but realistically we think you should get at least 1GB. It won't be much more expensive (if at all) and will afford you a little bit of Google Mapping, WhatsApping and emailing when you need them.
- 2-3GB If you like to scroll through your social media feeds and emails while out and about without fear of extra cash to pay on your monthly bill, then up your data.
- 4-8GB The likes of Spotify and Apple Music have promised us all our favourite tunes wherever we roam. Kit yourself out with a bit more data and you'll have plenty for music streaming and the occasional video, too.
10-16GB This should be more than enough for most users. Loads of data for streaming music, downloading podcasts and enjoying social media videos. Because there's no such thing as too many cats falling into bins.
- 20-30GB Big data for the big phone user. Perfect for watching Netflix videos, downloading content and streaming loads of music. And these plans often have extra freebies thrown in, too.
- Unlimited The Three network is still the only one of the 'Big 4' to offer unlimited data. It can be really pricey though, so think long and hard whether you really need it.
Mobile phone deals: should I get unlimited calls and texts?
Actually these days, the vast majority of phone contracts feature unlimited calls and texts. We do see some of the cheaper plans sometimes limit them, but even if they do, you can use your data allowance on popular apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Hangouts to make calls and texts if your minutes run dry.
Mobile phone deals: how much memory do I need?
You're likely to be one of two kinds of person:
Person 1: You like all your photos, music, downloads and other media to be saved directly on to your phone. If that sounds like you, 16GB or 32GB handsets may not be enough and you should use our comparison chart to find the most affordable 64GB, 128GB or 256GB models.
Person 2: You're a stream demon. You've got subscriptions to Spotify and Netflix and you save all your Word docs and snaps into the cloud. Save your money and go for a cheaper, lower memory handset.
OK person 3, calm down - you fall somewhere between the two, right? If you can afford to get a smartphone with more memory, that is probably safest. But don't forget that most phones do allow you to insert an additional SD card if you run out of space - most phones apart from iPhones, that is.
Mobile phone deals: are refurbished handsets good to buy?
Refurbished phones can provide a alternative to a new handset if you're budget is a shoestring. 'Refurbished' often means that the previous owner simply changed their mind about the phone soon after buying it, so it's still practically brand new - and the potential savings can be substantial.
If you do spy an unbelievable deal on a refurbed phone, the main thing to make sure of is the warranty. Double check that you are properly covered for a decent length of time. A year's warranty is preferable.
Sound good? Then head to our dedicated buying guide to the best refurbished phone deals.
How do the mobile phone deals comparison tools work?
The comparison tools you find on the page above will hopefully be very easy to use. You can select what your budget is, whether it be upfront cost or monthly fee or both. And you can say how much data you need or how many minutes and texts. You can even filter by network if you really want to be on a specific carrier. The deals will automatically update as you drill down in your search, always favouring the cheapest options over the more expensive ones. If you ever want to refresh and start your search again, simply select the 'CLEAR ALL FILTERS' option to begin again from scratch.
How do we order these mobile phone deals?
Our mobile phone deal comparison tools sift through millions of different deals and surfaces the ones we think are the very best. Essentially that means finding deals that work out the cheapest over a 24 month contract while still supplying at least 1GB of data, as you've told us that 1GB is your absolute minimum. If you need more data, use the filters and we'll display the cheapest prices for your increased amount.
On this specific page, we have many mobile phone options displaying in one comparison table. In this case, we try and find you a balance between paying the cheapest price and getting the best phone for your money.
How do we select which networks and resellers to display?
TechRadar strives to include all mobile phone deals from all UK networks and resellers so that you can search through all the available deals in the UK without having to look on all the websites separately. However, for sites to be included they need to supply us with a feed of their deals. This is the only reason why a phone reseller or network wouldn't appear in our system – but the vast majority do.
Best value mobile phone deals of the month:
Our editors look at all of the available deals for all of the best smartphones every week of every month of every year - not just when the going is good around Black Friday. In this section, we've picked out the best deal available right now for each phone, as well as a link through to the 'best deals' guide for each individual handset.
iPhone XR deals
We like the iPhone XR a lot. It feels like a genuine leap in quality without shoving up the price too much. We can see this phone being extremely popular over the 12 months from its 2018 release.
Discover more iPhone XR deals
iPhone XS deals
Taking the recipe that won Apple all the plaudits for the iPhone X and improving it ever so slightly, the iPhone XS has made tweaks to the camera technology, added an extra 1GB of RAM and introduces a mighty 512GB storage model. Perhaps the 6.5-inch Max model is more exciting this year.
Samsung Galaxy S9 deals
We really loved the Galaxy S8, so we probably shouldn't be that disappointed that its successor only offers a relatively minor improvement. But to be fair to the latest Samsung handset, the Galaxy S9's cameras are nothing short of extraordinary and it's definitely among the best Android phones on the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 deals
Currently in its pre-order phase, the Note 9 improves again on the greatness of the Note 8. It's grown in size (now 6.4 inches) and power (up to 8GB RAM) and the S Pen is more useful than ever. It's bonafide Android royalty.
See more Samsung Note 9 deals
iPhone X deals
We know it's a word that bugs a lot of people, but please let us use it this once - GAMECHANGER. After years of incremental gains and upgrades, Apple finally unveiled a radically improved handset to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.
We've found the best iPhone X deals
iPhone 8 deals
It's really the iPhone 7S by another name, as it's little more than an incremental upgrade on the iPhone 7. And it has had its thunder stolen by the iPhone X somewhat. Wireless charging is the big new feature - the first time we've seen it on an Apple phone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 deals
We were a little surprised by how expensive Samsung's latest flagship was on release, but prices have fallen significantly since then and it's now dirt cheap. If you need something bigger and can't stretch to the Note 9, the even larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is closer to a phablet.
Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL deals
The Pixel 3 (and bigger brother 3 XL) is all about the cameras. That's the play that Google thinks it should make to break in to the upper echelons of the smartphone tribe. And, on the evidence, it may just have worked.
See today's best Google Pixel 3 deals
Huawei P20 deals
The phone that seems to have broken the stranglehold of Apple and Samsung over the mobile phone market. With 128GB storage as standard, pretty 5.8-inch screen and Android Oreo, it's well worth the reasonable deal price.
Learn more about the best Huawei P20 deals
Huawei P20 Pro deals
The triple lens Leica camera and equally impressive 24Mp selfie-snapper have made the Huawei P20 Pro stand out from the crowded phone market. We love the big battery and speedy CPU, too.
Learn more about the best Huawei P20 Pro deals
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals
Big in stature and price tag, this 6.3-inch monster will only appeal to people who use their phone as a multimedia hub. It has a QHD+ display and 6GB Ram - and isn't far behind its successor.
See more Samsung Note 8 deals
iPhone 7 deals
Prices on Apple's recently surpassed flagship phone are now finally starting to fall to more palatable levels. We've seen prices as low as £22.99 a month on the UK's fastest 4G network EE!
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL deals
With the spectre of the Pixel 3 looming large, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are super affordable Android smartphones. Particularly worth looking at if the camera is of paramount importance for your mobile phone choice.
Read our guide to Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals
iPhone SE deals
By far, the cheapest way to get an Apple smartphone, you'll find the iPhone SE for around £15 per month at its cheapest. It has all the power of iPhone 6S with the design of iPhone 5S. A brilliant bargain.
Read our guide: iPhone SE deals
LG G7 ThinQ deals
For its 2018 flagship phone, LG decided to make the screen bigger, the chipset faster, the camera sharper and the audio clearer. We're still unsure on the extra suffix on the name, however.
Discover more great LG G7 ThinQ deals
Honor 10 deals
If you fancy something different to Samsung and Apple mobiles, then the Hinor 10 may be the Android smartphone you've been looking for. It's really affordable in comparison and high in quality.
See all the best Honor 10 deals
LG V30 deals
LG finally showed what it could really do when it released the LG V30, and for that reason it has made a splash with shoppers. With its 16MP main camera and beautiful 6-inch screen, it is going to areas that other LG smartphones fear to tread.
Head here to see today's best LG v30 deals
Samsung Galaxy S7 deals
It may now have been superseded, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still a brilliant phone. And now it's a year old, it means you can get big data deals for a reasonable price.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL deals
The Google Pixel replaces the Nexus 5X, comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera and we've seen prices for less than £20 a month. The Google Pixel XL is larger and more premium but dearer.
iPhone 6S deals
Grab the best possible deal on the still excellent iPhone 6S with our dedicated page. You can get very attractive plans for well under £20 per month.
iPhone 6 deals
Prices absolutely dived on the iPhone 6. Great news, considering it remains an excellent way to own an awesome Apple phone for meagre amounts of money.
Nokia 8 deals
If the Nokia 3310 is a fun bit of nostalgia, then the Nokia 8 means business. It's The Finnish brand's first rue flagship for a few years and it's well worth a look if you're on a budget.
Learn more about the best Nokia 8 deals
Nokia 3310 deals
Had you told us last year whether we'd be featuring Nokia 3310 deals on these pages, we would have laughed you right out of the building. But it's back and it costs an unfeasibly reasonable £39 from Vodafone.
Learn more about the best Nokia 3310 deals
Honor 9 deals
We're big fans of the Honor 9. It's a genuinely good Android mobile at a price you'd expect to pay for a Samsung Galaxy a few generations old. The design is a treat and the 20MP main camera is better than we could have dreamed of.
Learn more about the best Honor 9 deals
HTC U11 deals
Much has been made of the new HTC U11's Edge Sense technology, but some of the tariffs available are also newsworthy. Click the link below to find the best deals.
For more deals and free handset offers, head to our HTC U11 deals
LG G6 deals
LG's erstwhile flagship phone has a longer screen with a rather fetching rounded-corner design. A fine alternative to the Galaxy's Edge screen and for a lower price.
Discover more great LG G6 deals
Sony Xperia XZ deals
The Sony Xperia XZ is a great handset offering everything you'd expect from a brand new flagship phone. Want something more powerful? Then you can pay extra for the XZ Premium.
BlackBerry KeyONE deals
Blackberry spent many years in the wilderness, but its return with the BlackBerry KeyOne is a massive return to form.
Click for more brilliant BlackBerry KeyONE deals
Samsung Galaxy S6 deals
Like the older iPhones above, the Samsung Galaxy S6 presents an ideal way to get a superb mobile for a much lower tariff. use our dedicated deal pages to see tariffs for less than £600 over two years.
iPhone 5S deals
All it takes to get this classic iPhone 5S is around £17 a month. Other than that, it's completely free, with no upfront costs. You can upgrade it to Apple's latest iOS 10.3.2, so you'll have the latest software on your cheap, cheap iPhone.
Read our guide to the best iPhone 5S deals
Sony Xperia X deals
Sony worked hard to strike a balance between top-of-the-range premium features and affordable prices - it hit gold with the Xperia X and smaller Xperia X Compact.
HTC 10 deals
HTC's follow up to the One M9 was a worthy upgrade. In fact, we still think it's brilliant, and a genuine alternative to the newer, pricier U11.
Read our guide to the best HTC 10 deals for more cheap prices
LG G5 deals
Get modular with LG's innovative former flagship phone. And if you just want to pick up a cheap handset that runs Android, these LG G4 deals are still worth a look, too.
Get stuck in to the best LG G5 deals
HTC One A9 deals
The HTC One A9 is a brilliant budget smartphone that could well do the job if you don't want to spend the earth.
Discover even more cheap HTC One A9 deals
Moto X Style deals
If you want a 20MP camera and 2K display without busting your bank balance, then the Moto X Style is worth considering.
All the best Moto X Style deals in one convenient place
Sony Xperia Z5 deals
Sony's Z5 range put the iconic Japanese tech company back on the mobile phones map. You can't get them on contract any longer, so you'll have to team your Z5, Z5 Compact or Z5 Premium handset with a cracking SIM only deal.
SIM only deals
If you need to plug the gap between iPhone launches or are simply happy with the phone you already have, grabbing a free SIM card may be the best option. If you have the cash, you may even find that teaming up a cheap SIM only deal with a new handset is a cheaper way of getting your new smartphone, with tariffs for less than a fiver a month.
Visit our dedicated round-up of the best SIM only deals
Still wondering what phone to choose?
If you can't decide what phone your should buy, check out our best mobile phones buying guide. On that page you should find everything you need to make the choice of handset.
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