The investment in mobile phone deals has quickly become a regular part of life. Whether you're looking for a high-end flagship device, something mid-range or a budget handset, comparing phone contracts is crucial to ensure you get the best price.
But unfortunately, its not quite as simple as grabbing the cheapest price on the phone you want. Do you want it to be on EE? Do you need a healthy chunk of data for your Netflix streaming habits? And most importantly, who has the cheapest mobile phone deals?
From years of experience and daily involvement, our team of editors have put together this guide to help answer all of those questions and make the task of finding a new phone contract a breeze.
Compare mobile phone deals
Above, you'll find a price comparison chart, letting you see all of the available mobile phone deals for a host of handsets. And, if you have one particular device in mind, you can use the drop down options on the side to narrow down your choice.
However, if that's skipping way too many steps and you're not even sure what brand you want or if Apple is better than Android, then read on to find out more about how to choose the perfect phone contract.
We've covered everything from the above questions around brands, operating systems and networks all the way through to what an MVNO is and the new and exciting world of 5G mobile phone deals.
So whether you're looking for something cheap and cheerful or the best of the best with an Apple iPhone deal or a Samsung phone deal, you will find it below. There you can compare the best UK phone contracts and plans and have all of your queries answered.
The best mobile phone deals on the top devices:
Obviously for many, one of the many flagship handsets (a manufacturers top phone) or something high-end will be the obvious choice. If that is the sort of thing you're looking for with your new phone contract then you're in luck, we've picked out all of the top handsets from the big four - Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Google - and listed them below, with links to dedicated pages where you can explore prices and deals.
Alongside those four main options, we've also cherry picked 'the best of the rest' allowing you to see options from the likes of Oppo and OnePlus.
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Best iPhone deals
The cheapest of Apple's new trio of phones, the iPhone 11 is an excellent phone to go for. It sports a dual camera set-up, an ultra fast CPU, IP68 rating and a 3110mAh battery and that's not even scratching the surface of what this phone can offer! And even more impressive, it comes in at a lower RRP than the iPhone XR.
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iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
Along with the iPhone 11, we also got two other devices - the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Pro Max blends some impressive features with a (relatively) affordable price. You get a triple camera setup, a beefy 3190mAh battery and a host of other features. Or, for a slightly larger spend, you can get the iPhone 11 Pro.
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The brand new iPhone 11 is now here but that doesn't make the he iPhone XR any worse off, in fact this is still one of our favourite mobile phone deals. It manages to blend whats brilliant about Apple's top iPhones with affordable pricing...or at least affordable for a flagship! A powerful processor, 2942 mAh battery and a top performing camera all combine to make a top Apple device.
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The iPhone X was a massive leap for Apple so the iPhone XS didn't have to change much to impress. It 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.
For a company that has a tendency to not change much between devices Apple really went all out on the innovation with the iPhone X and it is safe to say we were impressed. Even now going into 2019 this is still a brilliant device, although prices do seem to go up and down so don't feel too disheartened if you come across it during a costly period.
We've found the best iPhone X deals
The iPhone 8 fits perfectly into the slot between Apple's older devices (the iPhone 7 and SE) and some of it's newer options (iPhone XR and X). What makes this device so popular is its takes from both of these areas - cheap and affordable pricing with high-end specs.
So there's no getting around the fact that the iPhone 7 is feeling its age now. After almost three years, this device has been replaced by a host of new Apple handsets but, it is still brilliant for its age. While this may not suit the needs of spec fans, it definitely will win over the low price hopefuls, wanting to bag a cheap phone deal.
- To see the best offers on all of Apple's phones, check our best iPhone deals guide
Best Samsung deals
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The latest and greatest from Samsung is now here - the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. This impressive work horse phone packs in the full use of Samsung's S pen, a giant battery and a powerful processor. A quick glance through this device's specs show it is aimed at the gamers, creatives and power users of the phone world.
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Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung's newest release, the S10 is a powerhouse of a phone. Finally removing the bezels to create a flawless screen makes this a device to stand out. With this handset you're getting three impressive cameras, a big battery and processor and a hefty price tag to back it all up. If you've got the money to go all out on your new phone, then the best you can go is a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G deal - but be warned it is very expensive.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Were you hoping to get Samsung's newest device, the S10 but we're put off by the price. This is Samsung's direct answer to that issue, a relatively budget device with high-end specs. While you won't get quite as many features as the S10 or S10 Plus and a slightly smaller screen, you're really not losing a whole lot for the reduced price.
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Samsung Galaxy A80
With all of the 'S' series devices Samsung makes, it is easy to forget about all of the excellent 'A' devices out there. Most recently, the A80 - a device that mixes affordability with specs to bring you perfect mobile phone deals. For a more affordable, high-end Samsung, look no further.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9
When it comes to high-end phablet devices, the Note 9 has been well ahead of its time since its release. With the unique S pen, a top-line camera and high-end specs, this really is one of Samsung's best devices yet (even with the release of the S10). The one downside is the price, but for specs this good, who can complain.
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Samsung Galaxy S9
Much like the Galaxy S8, the S9 is now in a weird state of limbo when it comes to pricing, jumping back and forth between extremely affordable and a little bit more on the expensive side.
Although the S9 didn't make many big changes on the S8 we're still big fans of the design, features and swift biometric security - not to mention the price of this device has dropped considerably since its release.
- Go to our best Samsung phone deals page to compare all of Samsung's devices
Best Huawei deals
Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei's latest and greatest, the P30 Pro is one of the best phones in the world right now. With a camera to match Google, a screen to compete with Samsung and a processor pushing for Apple's crown - this is the phone to be looking out for in 2019. Consider this a direct competitor to the likes of the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10. Just consider whether the Google ban has put you off this device first.
Learn more about the best Huawei P30 Pro deals
The P30 is the younger brother to the P30 Pro and while it takes a bit of a dive in terms of features, cutting out the likes of wireless charging and dropping down to water resistant instead of water-proof, the massive drop in cost makes it worthwhile. It still has all of the brilliant features of the P30 Pro, like 30x zoom and a massive battery but without the blinding price tag.
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Huawei P30 Lite
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro a little bit too expensive? Consider the P30 Lite as a more affordable phone deal. Almost halving the overall, the P30 Lite is a cut down version of the companies most recent run of phones. You still get the triple camera set up and tonnes of internal storage but lose out on a few other features like a big battery and in-screen fingerprint.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Until very recently, this was Huawei's biggest, boldest and most expensive device. Now the P30 Pro might have replaced it but this is still a incredible device. The Mate 20 Pro is a massive powerhouse device, sporting three unique cameras and impressive features such as in-screen fingerprint scanning and reverse charging. If you're looking for a phablet device with powerful specs this is the one to go for.
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Best Google deals
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
After Google managed to win the public over with three generations of top camera phones, hopes were high for the Google Pixel 4. For those wanting a camera phone to compete with the best out there, this will be the way to go. It will be no surprise to hear that this is Google's best phone yet.
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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL
There is one thing that the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL do better than any other device - photography. Both devices come with incredibly powerful cameras and features including night and portrait mode. On top of the camera, this is an overall impressive device with a nice display and decent processor.
See today's best Google Pixel 3 deals
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
If the Google Pixel 3's above were just a little bit too expensive, the brand new Google Pixel 3a series is a cheaper alternative. You're still getting the high-end camera quality but the price is cut way down. Although with that price cut you are losing out on a few features like wireless charging.
See today's best Google Pixel 3a deals
- For all of Huawei's devices in one place go to our best Huawei mobile phone deals page
Best of the rest
OnePlus 7 Pro
Recently released, the OnePlus 7 Pro is here to compete with the likes of the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S10. With standout features like a pop-up camera, super fast processor and a price tag well below what you would expect, OnePlus 7 Pro deals stands out as one of the best options on the market right now.
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Fitting perfectly in-between the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 6T, this is the perfect combination of brilliant specs and an affordable price tag. While it doesn't get some of the more impressive 7 Pro features (pop up camera for one), we think this is a great step up from the OnePlus last year.
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The name Oppo may not be the first to come to mind when you think mobile phone deals, but the Chinese company is slowly winning over the phone world. The Oppo Reno features an impressive battery, processor and camera, backing all of that up with Oppo's powerful software.
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LG G7 Thinq
The LG G7 Thinq is a great alternative to the more expensive devices that Samsung and Apple are pushing out. Yes it might not have quite the same features but for the price you are paying this is a great device to own.
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Honor View 20
Something quite new in the grand scheme of mobile phones, the Honor View 20 only recently came out in 2019. It was the first device to bring in the infinity-O display and packs in a incredibly impressive camera. These high-end features are topped off by a less than high-end price, dropping it well into the range of budget flagships.
See today's best Honor View 20 deals
A brand new device from Honor, if you're looking for a 2019 handset repping some fancy specs at an affordable price, this could be a great way to go. It rocks the impressive camera set-up we've come to expect from phones these days, a beautiful design and even a hefty battery/processor combo.
See today's best Honor 20 deals
Sony Xperia XZ3
Ah Sony, it used to be the go to brand for phone fans but now the likes of Samsung, Apple and Huawei have taken over. But, and this is a big but, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is easily a competitor to those devices. With a incredibly good screen, premium look and feel and brilliant 4K video - this phone is a underdog worth consideration.
See today's best Sony Xperia XZ3 deals
Want to hold on to your phone for a little bit longer? Or feel like a SIM-free contract is the way to go? We understand and that's why grabbing a SIM only deal can be a great way to go.If you have a little bit of spare cash lying around, 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.
Looking for a high data SIM only? Three Mobile has that region under lock, although you will have to pay a bit more. Or on the other side of the spectrum, iD offers some of the cheapest contracts for just a SIM.
Visit our dedicated round-up of the best SIM only deals
Mobile phone deals FAQ
Text to switch: can I keep my mobile phone number when I change contracts?
For the longest time, it has been a massive pain to switch your number. This required calling your network and having a tedious chat about PAC codes. Now, thanks to a new ruling from OFCOM, you can simply text to get your PAC code.
The new Text to switch feature means you can simply send a free text with the word 'PAC' to 65075. Your provider will then need to reply within a minute, sending you a PAC code that will last for 30 days.
The response sent to you must also include information about any early termination fees or pay-as-you-go credit balances. You can then give your PAC code to the new network you're joining.
You can now also text 'INFO' to 85075 to get information about your contract. This includes what charges you might need to pay or if you can end your contract early.
You can now also request your new PAC code via your online account with your network. Like the texting option, your network must respond within a minute. If you have more than one number linked to your account (e.g family accounts) you must request your PAC online.
What phone network is the best for my new mobile phone deal?
Each phone network has it's own advantages and disadvantages, there isn't necessarily a wrong choice it just depends on what's most important to you. Whether that be free rewards, good signal, cheap prices or good roaming options. Loyalty may be an admirable trait but we advise going for the phone network which has the best deal on the device you're looking for, you can't go too wrong no matter which network it is.
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 an EE phone deal 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.
If you've been holding out for the 5G phone revolution it looks like it has finally arrived and EE is at the forefront, offering a host of 5G SIM only deals.
The biggest lure to O2 is the network's Priority rewards. 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 and then decide if an O2 phone deal is for you.
Good news for jet-setters - with a Vodafone phone deal, you can 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.
Vodafone now offers unlimited data SIM only deals and 5G enabled SIMs, giving competition to both EE and Three on their respective niches.
Three remains the king of the big data mobile phone 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 with a Three phone deal 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.
Can I get a 5G enabled phone deal?
Well, 5G is estimated to be roughly 20x faster than 4G, allowing films and albums to be downloaded in seconds. It is essentially a super-boost to your phone.
It's a lot more than just speed though: it's about super low latency, so barely any waiting between input and action. That means gaming in the cloud can finally be reality, or remote control of devices from miles and miles away.
But here's the kicker, 5G mobile phone deals are still incredibly costly. While we imagine the prices will come down in the future, you'll have to wait a while until that is a more affordable reality.
Both EE and Vodafone have now launched their 5G SIM only deals. EE came first and went big on its offers, however it is charging a high-premium on its offers. Vodafone has now followed and has brought with it some more affordable options.
Three has recently announced that it will be following with its own 5G SIM only deals soon.
Should I get a contract or a SIM-free phone deal?
When trying to find a new mobile phone deal, it essentially boils down to two options. A phone contract or going SIM-free and combining the handset with a SIM only deal.
Most of the options you will see are contracts. These allow you to pay for both the phone and a SIM in one bundle. These are the more popular options in the UK and tend to be a lot easier, especially if you don't want to spend a tonne upfront on your new phone.
The other, less used option is buying phones SIM-free. This means buying the handset in full and then buying the SIM separately. There is a bunch of advantages of doing it this way. You get a lot more freedom with your data plan so you can choose the cheapest or biggest data plans from EE, O2, Three or Vodafone. It also tends to be a lot cheaper doing it this way. The one downside, you will have to pay a tonne of money upfront.
How much data do I need for my phone deal?
- 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 once a luxury that only the Three network could offer, all four networks now offer unlimited data. However, Three and Vodafone tend to have the best prices if you're looking at contracts.
How much memory do I need on my phone?
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.
Are refurbished mobile phone deals any good?
Refurbished phones have built up a bad reputation but you shouldn't be scared of them they are perfectly safe and can be great if you're budget isn't quite up to the high-end prices that 2018 and 2019 seem to have brought in.
'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 or go to one of the more recognisable refurbished sites such as Music Magpie or maybe something like Envirofone.
So there you have it - we hope that you're now fully prepared to go ahead and finally commit to one of the UK's best mobile phone deals. Now you're equipped with all the information, you can head back to the top of this page and narrow down the deal for you.