Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

Black Friday may have passed but that hasn’t stopped top network providers from offering fantastic savings. In fact, many deals from the Carphone Warehouse Black Tag Event and big savings from Mobiles.co.uk, Sky and Virgin Media are still running into December. So there’s never been a better season to splurge on a shiny, new device, especially since you save on plenty of brand-new phones that have dropped this Autumn, like Apple’s entry-level flagship, the iPhone XR, and our highly recommended OnePlus 6T.

Whether you’re looking for a budget-priced, no-frills model or a flagship-level, cutting edge device, below you’ll find the best phone deals to sink your teeth into. We’ll keep this page regularly updated over the sales season with the very best phone deals, so check back in at a later date if nothing fits your requirements now.

Best iPhone contract and SIM-free deals

Tempted by Apple’s brand-new flagship smartphones? Carphone Warehouse is offering a GBP40 Currys PC World voucher with every purchase of a iPhone XR, Xs, Xs Max or X on a pay monthly contract.

Bargain. Simply buy your new phone plan and then fill out this form to redeem your voucher. Redeem voucher here


1. iPhone XR

While Apple treated us to the Xs and Xs Max in September, the iPhone XR wasn’t released till mid-October – but it was well worth the wait.

Cheaper than its siblings, the XR has an outstanding camera, industry leading mobile perfomance and a surprisingly bigger display than the Xs.


Best iPhone XR 64GB tariff from O2

Data: 15GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP34 | Upfront fee: GBP175 | Lifetime cost: GBP991 The iPhone XR only hit shelves in mid-October but O2 and Mobiles.co.uk have already released an absolute bargain of a tariff. This 24-month plan will give you 15GB of data, as well as unlimited texts and minutes, for just GBP34/month with an upfront fee of GBP175.

The lifetime cost works out to GBP991 which isn’t that much more than the SIM-free price of an XR. Buy now from Mobiles.co.uk


Best iPhone XR 64GB tariff from Three

Data: Unlimited | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP50 | Upfront fee: GBP99 | Lifetime cost: GBP1,299 Looking for unlimited everything?

Look no further than Three’s all-you-can-eat package for the 64GB iPhone XR. Coming with unlimited data, minutes and texts, you only need to part with GBP50 a month and a one-off payment of GBP99. That’s the best iPhone XR plan for mega-data around.

Buy now from Three


2. iPhone Xs

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

Clad in the same all-metal body that defined its predecessor, the X, the iPhone Xs contains a few features that track the next stage in iPhone evolution. The all-new 7nm A12 Bionic has a six-core processor that will ramp up performance levels, a rich OLED display, and a set of cameras that take rich SmartHD images.


Best iPhone Xs 64GB tariff from EE

Data: 100GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP63 | Upfront fee: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP1,512 We’ve found that EE’s 100GB package for the iPhone Xs 64GB works out cheaper than tariffs with just 30GB of data.

You’ll enjoy plenty of data, texts and minutes for GBP63 a month, with no upfront fee, for two years. Buy now from Fonehouse


3. iPhone Xs Max

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

More interested in the Xs’s big brother, the Xs Max? For some, size really does matter.

The Xs Max has, you guessed it, a larger display of 6.5in with a 2,688 x 1,242 resolution and a longer battery life than the Xs. You may have to part with a little extra cash but that’ll be worth it if super-sized screens tickle your fancy.


Best iPhone Xs Max 64GB tariff from Vodafone

Data: 100GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP36 | Upfront fee: GBP229 | Lifetime cost: GBP1,093 The handset’s upfront fee of GBP229 might be steep but that’s brought the lifetime cost of the contract right down to GBP1,093.

For GBP36/month, O2 will give you 100GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes. Buy now from Fonehouse


Best iPhone Xs Max 64GB tariff from O2

Data: 45GB (boosted from 15GB) | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP66 | Upfront fee: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP1,584 O2’s plan comes with unlimited texts, minutes and 45GB of data, which has been boosted at no extra cost from 15GB.

There’s no upfront fee but you’ll have to fork out GBP66/month, which works out to GBP1,584.e Buy now from Mobiles Phones Direct


4. iPhone X

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

The iPhone X, aptly named to mark the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, broke the mould with Face ID, a True Depth camera, and an edge-to-edge, super Retina display. At first its hefty price tag was hard to swallow but now its successor, the Xs, is in stores we’re starting to see some healthy price drops on X contracts.


Best iPhone X 64GB tariff from EE

Data: 50GB| Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP53 | Upfront fee: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP1,272

Bargain tariffs for the iPhone X seem to be far and few between this Cyber Monday but this 50GB tariff from EE seems to be the best of the bunch. Costing GBP53/month, with a free handset, you’ll pay GBP1,272 in total over the course of two years. Buy now from Fonehouse


5. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

Both feature fast-charging with QI wireless, a sleek all-glass back, a super-speedy A11 Bionic chip and improved post-processing camera capabilities that result in better, clearer images.

The difference? The 8 Plus has a 5.5in, Full HD IPS display while the iPhone 8 features a 4.7in, True Tone HDR display.


Best SIM-free price for the iPhone 8 64GB – now GBP589 (save GBP110)

Similar to the X, the price of the iPhone 8 has been slashed in Mobiles.co.uk’s sale. Lasting for just this weekend, you can pick up a 64GB iPhone 8 for GBP589 – that’s a GBP110 saving.

Buy now from Mobiles.co.uk


Best iPhone 8 64GB tariff from Vodafone

Data: 100GB| Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP36 | Upfront fee: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP864 For just GBP36/month, O2’s 24-month tariff will give 100GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes with no upfront fee to pay. Overall, the contract works out to GBP864.

Buy now from Fonehouse


Best iPhone 8 Plus 64GB tariff from Vodafone

Data: 100GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP44 | Upfront fee: GBP100 | Lifetime cost: GBP1,155 Or pick up the same Vodafone package above but with an iPhone 8 Plus.

100GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes for just GBP36/month with no upfront cost is a steal. Buy now from Fonehouse


6. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

While the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which were released in September 2016, may seem prehistoric compared to Apple’s latest batch of flagships, they’re still great-value contenders if you’re a committed iPhone user that’d rather save a couple of pounds over owning the most cutting edge model.


Best iPhone 7 32GB tariff from EE

Data: 20GB (boosted form 15GB) | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP29.75 | Upfront fee: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP714

Enjoy a free data boost with this cheap iPhone 7 tariff from EE. Previously just 15GB, you’ll now benefit from 20GB of data, unlimtied texts and minutes for GBP29.75/month. There’s no upfront fee and the lifetime cost totals at GBP714 over 24 months.

Buy now from Affordable Mobiles


Best iPhone 7 Plus 32GB tariff from O2

Data: 80GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP28.04 | Upfront fee: | Lifetime cost: GBP672.96 Suprisingly, this O2 plan for the 7 Plus works out cheaper than EE’s iPhone 7 tariff above. Lasting two years, you’ll pay GBP28.04 monthly with no upfront fee which totals to GBP672.96.

That’ll buy you 80GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes. Buy now from Carphone Warehouse


The best Android contract and SIM-free deals

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

We were very impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S9’s features and overall performance.

With a 5.8in QED display that delivers crisp, well-balanced picture, a super-fast 2.7GHz Exynos 9810 processor and enticing, easy-on-the-eye design, this is one of the most formidable smartphones of 2018.


FREE Galaxy Tab A tablet with Samsung Galaxy S9 tariff

Data: 2GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Monthly cost: GBP30 (down from GBP40) | Upfront cost: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP720 Bag a Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet for FREE with Sky’s cheap and cheerful package on the Galaxy S9. Costing just GBP720 over 24 months, there’s no upfront cost for the handset and the monthly cost has been slashed from GBP40 down to GBP30.

Bargain. If 2GB is too small, no worries, there’s the option to scale the data allowance and contract length up or down. Buy now from Sky Mobiles


Best SIM-free price for the Samsung S9 – now GBP699 (was GBP739)

Samsung has dropped a few bargains, including this cracker for the Samsung S9.

Usually setting you back around GBP739, for a limited time you can save GBP40 and pick up the smartphone for GBP699. Buy now from Samsung


2. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

Featuring Samsung’s first dual-camera and largest screen to date, we claimed that the Note 8 was “the creme de la creme of smartphone flagships” for good reason.

Not only are the internals bang-up-to-date, but the S Pen’s new and improved features and the fancy dual rear cameras really set it apart from the rest.


Best Samsung Note 8 tariff from Vodafone

Data: 30GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP36 | Upfront fee: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP864 This is by far the best Samsung Note 8 tariff we’ve come across this Cyber Monday. For just GBP36/month with no upfront fee, you’ll get 30GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes.

Overall, the contract will cost GBP864 over 24-months. Buy now from Fonehouse


3. Sony Xperia XZ3

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

The Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s first smartphone to come with a stunning 6in OLED display that uses the same technology as Bravia TVs.

And that’s not all – the Xperia XZ3 comes equipped with the latest Android 9 Pie operating system, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.


FREE PS4 500GB Assassins Creed bundle with Sky tariffs for Xperia XZ3

With Sky you can really get a lot of bang for your buck. Not only are they offering a free PS4 500GB Assassins Creed bundle with every Sony Xperia XZ3 plan, but they’ve also knocked money off their pay monthly packages. The cheapest of the bunch at GBP30/monthly with no upfront fee will get you 2GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes.

Buy now from Sky


4. Sony Xperia XZ2

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

In our review of the Sony Xperia XZ2, we praised its speedy performance, impressive 18:9 display and snazzy new design. We weren’t too pleased with the original RRP price, though, which makes this hot new deal all the more exciting to shout about.


Best Sony Xperia XZ2 tariff from EE

Data: 20GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP31 | Upfront cost: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP744

Snap up this Sony Xperia XZ2 plan from EE and pay just GBP31/month (over two years) with no upfront fee for the handset. At that price you’ll get 20GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes. Buy now from Carphone Warehouse


5.

Sony Xperia XA2

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

The Sony Xperia XA2 ticks all the right boxes: it’s competitively priced, a pocketable size, has a superb colour accurate display and impressive battery life. The 23-megapixel rear camera is decent, it runs Android 8.0 Oreo and comes with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.


FREE PS4 with the Sony Xperia XA2 – from just GBP19/month

Choose any 36-month contract for the Sony Xperia XA2 and Virgin Media will include a PlayStation 4 and copy of FIFA 19 at no extra cost. The cheapest tariff comes in at GBP19/month with no upfront cost but that’ll only get you 1GB of data.

We’d point you in the direction of the 10GB plan, that’ll give you 10GB of data, unlimited texts and 2,500 of minutes. Buy now from Virgin Media


6. Huawei P20 Pro

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

This Huawei number costs about the same as a flight to Hawaii, but in our opinion, it’s worth it.

While we were hardly bowled over by the regular P20, the P20 Pro’s masterful camera, stunning design, and enduring battery life won us over completely. We even went as far to say the P20 Pro is 2018’s most interesting phone.


FREE Huawei T3 8in tablet with Huawei Mate 20 Pro or P20 Pro tariffs

Sky Mobiles has treated us to another bargain, this time giving away a free Huawei T3 8in tablet with Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro tariffs. But that’s not all – they’ve also knocked a fair slice off their pay monthly packages, too.

The cheapest gets you 2GB (for the price of 1GB) as well as unlimited texts and minutes for GBP30/month with no upfront fee. Buy now from Sky Mobiles


Best SIM-free price for the Huawei P20 Pro – GBP629 (save GBP70)

Mobiles.co.uk has really treated us with their Cyber Monday sale on SIM-free smartphones. You can save GBP70 on the Huawei P20 Pro which brings the price down to just GBP629.

Buy now from Mobiles.co.uk


7. OnePlus 6T

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

The OnePlus 6T, which came out in November, is excellent value for money. The in-screen fingerprint reader, super-fast Snapdragon 845 processor and longlasting battery life really set it apart from other smartphones, as well as its competitive price point, although that came at the expense of its headphone jack.


Best OnePlus 6T tariff from O2

Data: 20GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP31 | Upfront cost: GBP75 | Lifetime cost: GBP819

You can pick up a contract from EE – through Mobiles.co.uk, mind – that will get you a 128GB handset with 20GB of data and unlimited calls and texts for GBP31 a month (for two years) and an upfront cost of GBP75. Compare that to some of the astronomic sums of Apple and Samsung phones, and you may well be tempted to defect to OnePlus. Buy now from Mobiles.co.uk


8.

Motorola Moto G6 Play

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

In our review of the Motorola Moto G6 Play, we made mention of the budget-priced smartphone’s impressive battery life, beautiful 18:9 display and the fact its processor performs just as well as its pricier sibling, the Moto G6 Plus. It’s one of the best phones that in market to fall under the GBP150 bracket.


Best Motorola Moto G6 tariff for Vodafone

Data: 5GB | Minutes: Unlimited | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP19 | Upfront cost: GBP89 | Lifetime cost: GBP545 Over at Carphone Warehouse, pick up a tariff that’s GBP19 per month, for 2 years, along with an upfront cost of GBP89, which will get you 5GB of data, unlimited minutes and texts each month.

Buy now from Carphone Warehouse


9. Honor 9 Lite

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

Combining high-end features, usually found in pricier models, with a bargain price point, the Honor 9 Lite is one of the best budget smartphones out there. The stunning camera, sleek design and supersized display really set it apart, we only grumbled about the short battery life in our review.


Best Honor 9 Lite tariff from iD

Data: 10GB | Minutes: 1,000 | Texts: Unlimited | Contract length: 2 years | Monthly cost: GBP23 | Upfront cost: Free handset | Lifetime cost: GBP552

Fancy picking up the device with a 10GB data plan? This package from iD comes with unlimited texts and 1,000 minutes, too, all for GBP23/month with no upfront fee. In total, you’ll only part with GBP552 over two years.

Buy now from Carphone Warehouse


10. Honor 7S

Best UK phone deals this December: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones

We may have been left disappointed with the camera and slow processing speeds on the Honor 7S, but it’s still one of the cheapest Android Oreo smartphones we’ve seen. Plus, it comes equipped with a pretty decent battery life and display.

Overall, the Honor 7S is not the worst but definitely not the best.


Best price for the Honor 7S

Until 24 November, you can pick up the Honor 7S at its new sale price of GBP80 at Amazon.

The ecommerce giant has knocked GBP20 off in its Christmas sale.

Buy now from Amazon

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