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We've rounded up great deals on popular mobile phones to help you find and compare the best prices.
With new smartphones launching every week, and stiff competition between the biggest manufacturers and contract providers, there are often deals to be had on the most expensive handsets (including ones from Samsung and iPhone). Whether you choose a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) or a Sim-free deal, or you want a cheap contract to buy a handset now, we'll show you some of the top deals around.
When looking for the best mobile phone deal, you need to decide whether to buy a new phone on contract, or pay for the phone outright and buy a Sim separately (and then navigate the deals from Sky, Tesco, Vodafone and more). Our mobile phone deals service does all the hard work for you.
Find out more: head to Which? Mobile Switch to compare phones and Sim-only contracts.
Get an iPhone 12 at a decent discount, or pick up an older model at a bargain price.
We like: Lovely display
We don’t like: No micro-SD slot
It's rare to find a discount on an iPhone, but following the release of the iPhone 13 and 14 series, you can now get money off this model. It has some fancy features, including waterproofing and wireless charging, plus it's the first iPhone range to come with 5G compatibility. See if it matches up to its impressive specs by reading our Apple iPhone 12 review.
Buy it now using the links below, or browse for the best contract deals on the Apple iPhone 12.
This Apple iPhone 13 has a number of improvements from the iPhone 12 if you're happy to spend a bit more. It features an updated processor, a bigger battery and upgraded cameras. The camera on this iPhone 13 has sensor-shift image stabilisation and a new cinematic mode, as well as sought-after photographic styles.
The iPhone 11 has the same two rear cameras as the iPhone 12 and a high-resolution 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display, but it doesn't have 5G.
The iPhone SE 2022 is worth considering if you're after a cheaper iPhone. The 2022 version is Apple's third-generation SE, and while it's currently hard to find a discount, it's still significantly cheaper than other iPhones. It comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD screen, a single rear camera lens that can film in 4K, and the same processor as the iPhone 13.
Android phones have a number of attractive discounts on handsets, proving you don't need to spend a fortune on a big brand.
We like: Long battery life
We don’t like: Weaker front-facing camera
The Oppo Find X5 Lite, released in March 2022, is the most basic phone in Oppo's Find X5 flagship range, but it still has plenty of features to enjoy. It has a high-spec screen, 5G connectivity and a huge 256GB of internal storage. It's fairly slim and light for a premium feel.
The 2021 Google Pixel 6 range has seen some pretty hefty discounts recently, which makes them even more appealing. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the largest model in the range with the most premium camera specs and all-round high specification. The 6.7-inch screen high resolution is spacious, and the phone is fuelled by a large 5,003mAh battery.
The 'standard' sized phone from Google's 2021 range, the Pixel 6 ticks a lot of boxes, with superb display specifications and an impressive Google Tensor processor. It is recognised for its high-end cameras too.
Rounding off Google's Pixel 6 range, even the cheapest 6a is currently available with a nice discount. It's not as powerful as the 6 or 6 Pro, but it's still well equipped with a bright display, quick processor and 4K video recording.
Samsung's popular A-range screams 'value', and the A23 shows just how much you can pack into a phone that's a fraction of the price of flagships. Four cameras on the back of the phone - including ultra-wide and macro, even make it a versatile snapper.
To get the best savings on a smartphone, turn to the second-hand and refurbished market. Below, we've picked out some great deals on second-hand phones that can save you serious money.
If you're looking to save even more on your next smartphone, consider buying one second-hand. We've noticed that the Samsung Galaxy A72 is popping up in second-hand retailers from around £195 to £235 for an unlocked device, depending on the phone's condition. The mid-range device is equipped with a large 6.7-inch screen and four rear cameras for versatile shots, but it doesn't have 5G. It was released in March 2021, and you can keep it secure until March 2025 with regular security updates from Samsung.
The cheapest deal we've found for one in a 'good' or grade B condition is from CEX in black for £235, which comes with a two-year warranty. Find out the full story of this phone in our Samsung Galaxy A72 review.
Also consider these popular phones that can now be found for cheaper at multiple second-hand retailers:
Find out more on how to make big savings on a second-hand phone.
If you're buying a phone outright, you'll need a Sim card. Here's our pick of some of the best low-, medium- and high-data deals in the sales.
You shouldn't pay for data you don't need, so if you're a particularly light user, opt for a cheap monthly contract that gives you the ability to switch around as circumstances change. Here are some highlights:
Talkmobile (Vodafone's network) – 4GB of data for £4.95 a month. A low-data deal with unlimited minutes on a one-month contract. Note that not all customers were satisfied with Talkmobile's service. Read our Talkmobile review if you want to see how customers rate it.
Virgin Mobile (O2's network) – 5GB of data for £6 a month. This is a good deal on a rolling one-month contract.
Smarty (Three's network) – 12GB of 5G data for £7 a month. Smarty is including EU roaming in this low-cost Sim deal. It's on a one-month contract too, so it won't tie you down.
These deals could be suitable if you use mobile data fairly frequently but don't require large amounts for activities such as HD downloading or streaming. Here are some highlights:
iD Mobile (Three's network) – 20GB of 5G data for £7 a month. You have to sign up for a 12-month contract to get this deal, but if you're looking for 15GB, it's a good price.
Talkmobile (Vodafone's network) – 30GB of data for £7.95 a month. This is an excellent price if you are looking at the higher end of medium-data deals. It's on a one-month contract too, so it won't tie you down. Note that not all customers were satisfied with Talkmobile's service. Read our Talkmobile review if you want to see how customers rate it.
Virgin Mobile (O2's network) – 25GB of 5G data for £8 a month. Another excellent medium data deal on a flexible one month contract.
High-data deals are ideal for those who need them for continuous connectivity, downloading, streaming and hotspot use. These types of deals may require a 12-month contract, so consider how committed you are and how much data you're likely to use. These are some highlights:
Talkmobile (Vodafone's network) – 100GB of data for £11.95 a month. This is a decent high-data deal, on a one month contract. Note that not all customers were satisfied with Talkmobile's service. Read our Talkmobile review if you want to see how customers rate it.
iD Mobile (Three's network) – 200GB of 5G data for £15 a month. You have to sign up for a 12-month contract to get this deal, but if you're looking for lots of data, it's a good price.
Smarty (Three's network) – Unlimited data for £16 a month. A great deal that includes unlimited minutes and texts with superfast 5G data, on a rolling monthly contract.
Not found one that's quite right for you? Browse all the best Sim-only deals on Which? Mobile Switch.
A key question will be whether you buy outright or on contract. How much each will cost overall can be difficult to work out, so use our calculator below to discover the best deal for you.
With a traditional pay-monthly contract, you pay a fixed minimum monthly fee by direct debit, which is made up of paying for the phone (usually through a credit agreement, meaning you get credit-checked) and the Sim itself, with an allowance of calls, texts and data. You'll have to commit to a period of time, typically two years. Depending on your plan, there may also be an upfront fee, which is something worth considering if you're set on a contract.
There are a few. As mentioned, you may end up paying more overall, so you'll need to weigh this up against the appeal of a lower upfront cost.
Pay attention to the length of the contract. Most last two years, but some can last three, in order to keep the monthly cost looking attractive. You should also make a note of when your contract ends. Some providers continue to charge you the full monthly cost, even after your contract has been paid off.
If you exceed the minutes, messages or data in your bundle, additional charges can be significant. It's especially important to be aware of this while roaming. Most providers now set a default 'cap' to prevent this, but if you remove it in order to continue using your phone, costs can quickly spiral out of control. For more, read our guide on how to keep track of your minutes and data, and our guide on EU roaming and international calls.
Signal is another consideration. If you know a particular network is good for your area, you may want to stick with it but move to a different provider. If it isn't, it could be time to move.
Here are the core networks the virtual providers use:
If all else fails, it might be time to switch. Outside the big four – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – a wide range of operators are now competing for your business, and some offer great-value Sim-only deals. Switching is easy and you should be able to keep your old number.
Arming yourself with a price you could get elsewhere is an important haggling tactic. Compare mobile phone contracts and Sim-only deals to find out how much you could be paying.
Smaller mobile networks consistently do better than the big four (EE, O2,Three and Vodafone) in our mobile networks survey. Read our guide to the best and worst UK mobile networks to find out more.
Generally, you'll find the best deals on mobile phones at retailers such as Amazon, Currys and John Lewis, rather than on the manufacturer's website. However, knowing when sales are on for specific mobile phone brands can be useful if you're trying to find the best deal on a specific model you want.
It's notoriously tricky to bag an iPhone on a budget – even older iPhones don't tend to see too many discounts. They hold their value better than older Androids, so you often see them on the second-hand market.
However, if you look in the right place at the right time, you can get some money off. Retailers such as Amazon and Argos occasionally bring their prices down, although you should make sure you're buying a new rather than refurbished handset.
New iPhones usually launch in September, so the end of the year is a good time to look for the previous models, particularly as the Black Friday and Christmas sales roll in.
Apple also offers a trade-in scheme, so you can knock down the price of a new handset slightly if you're upgrading from an older iPhone.
Browse all our iPhone reviews to see how all of Apple's handsets scored in our lab tests.
Google launches its flagship phones in October, so it's worth putting a Pixel on your shortlist late in the year.
You'll see the biggest bargains on older handsets, but even more recent phones can get some early discounts at major retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Laptops Direct.
See if it's worth investing in a Pixel by reading our Google Pixel reviews.
If you're after a Samsung Galaxy on a budget, you might be tempted by some of its reasonably priced handsets from its A, J and M ranges. Mid-range models have come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, and spending £300-£400 can get you a slim, stylish, powerful model that may not look too different from a high-end version.
If you have your eyes on the premium prize, though, it could be worth holding out for a top-of-the-range Galaxy S or Note series. The Samsung S series usually launch in the first quarter of the year, with the first discounts on the latest handsets beginning in the summer. It's worth keeping an eye out on Amazon Prime Day in July.
Phones in the Note range tend to launch in August, so new models are ripe for a decent discount when Black Friday rolls around. If you miss out, the Boxing Day sales are a good time to buy, too.
We've reviewed more than 40 Galaxy phones. Pick your perfect model in all our Samsung phone reviews.
Deals on phones are more common when they've been out for a little while, but depending on the brand and handset, this could mean they won't be receiving security updates for much longer. Check our security update calculator for models you're interested in buying. See our guide to mobile phone security for more.
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