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Cheap iPhones Comparison & tips - iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the latest Apple has to offer. Of course, iPhones aren't MoneySaving, so it pays to carefully consider which is the right deal before splashing out.

You can find tariffs for both iPhones - as well as the 5S and 5C - in our tool. For extra help, and information on the older handsets, see our top iPhone need-to-knows section.

UPDATE: The upcoming iPhones, expected to be named the 6S and 6S Plus, are due to be announced on Wednesday 9 September. The new handsets are likely to be similar in design, but are rumoured to include new features such as a pressure-sensitive display and a longer lasting battery.

We will update this page as soon as they are announced. Pre-orders will most likely commence on 11 September with a probable release date of 18 September, though tariffs won't start appearing in our tool until the days following the release.

Looking for a Samsung Note 4 or Galaxy S5? Check out our Samsung comparison tool to find the cheapest deal. Or for other phones see the Cheap Mobiles guide.

Prices update automatically at 9am daily - please be aware prices can change in the meantime.

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The iPhone 5 is available from Friday 21 September, though you can pre-order it now. Available prices have been added to the tool, we’ll add more when they’re released.

We’ll give you a heads up in the free weekly email when we have a full iPhone 5 comparison.

Do you need the latest iPhone?
iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S prices have fallen since the launch of the iPhone and 6 Plus. These are still decent smartphones, so consider these instead if you don’t think you need the latest model.
It's usually cheapest to pay upfront
12-month and 18-month contracts are a rare thing with new smartphones these days - 24-month contracts have become the norm and usually give the better deals. In most cases it's best to only go with a shorter handset-included tariff if you really need the flexibility to leave the contract earlier.
How much data do I need?

Using mobile internet on your smartphone uses data (measured in MB). Many people use 1GB or less, though this depends on how much you use the web on your phone.

We think the following allowances
  • Low user: 250MB/month. With this, you can roughly: surf the web for 2.5 hours, send and receive 250,000 emails (without attachments), download 30 music tracks, or download 125 photos.
  • Medium user: 1GB/month. With this, you can roughly: surf the web for 10 hours, send and receive 1,000,000 emails (without attachments), download 120 music tracks, or download 500 photos.
  • High user: 3GB+/month. You can roughly: surf the web for 30 hours, send and receive emails 3,000,000 (without attachments), download 360 music tracks, or download 1,500 photos.
Make sure you pinpoint your exact usage, as if you'll exceed your allowance you'll be overpaying for the data. If you use less than your allowance, you'll be overpaying for the package.
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Most tariffs have unlimited texts but there are the odd few that aren’t unlimited. We've set the tool to 500 texts, but if you think you use more or less than this, adjust the slider accordingly.

Make sure you pinpoint your exact usage. If you go over your allowance, you'll overpay for the calls. If you use less, you'll be overpaying for the package.
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500 mins is enough for many users - less than what most people think. We've set the tool to 500 mins as default, but if you think you use more or less than this, move the slider accordingly.

Make sure you pinpoint your exact usage. If you go over your allowance, you'll overpay for the calls. If you use less, then you'll be overpaying for the package.

Want a 4G tariff?

We receive the info for our iPhone comparison tool in a data feed from the various networks and retailers. Unfortunately, because of the way the tool is populated and the way retailers give us the info, we're unable to specify whether a tariff is 4G or 3G. So if you're looking for a 4G tariff, click through and check first.

There's more info on 4G in the guide below.

The top iPhone need-to-knows

Apple unveiled its latest iPhones - the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus - in early September, and both are available to buy in stores now. Outright, prices start from £499 for the iPhone 6, and £579 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

But which phone is best? And how do you choose the right contract? Our iPhone need-to-knows should help you decide, as well as giving you some tips on selling your old phone and getting the most out of your current tariff.

1. Find the right phone for you

Ask yourself what you really want from your phone, and what features are important to you. iPhones are popular and well-reviewed, but they aren't cheap - so getting one is a decision you should weigh up carefully. Older iPhones often drop in price following the launch of a new model, so consider whether you really want the latest handset.

Below, we've compared the features for each model.

Choose a handset

Apple iPhone 6

The latest incarnation of Apple’s flagship smartphone

  • Operating system: iOS 8
  • Processor: A8 chip
  • Screen size / sharpness: 4.7in / 326 ppi
  • Weight: 129g
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 1.2MP (front)
  • Internal Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB
  • Colours: silver, gold, space grey

Apple's latest iPhone provides what a number of iOS users have been looking for - a larger screen. Reviews have generally been positive and its top-notch design makes it look like a premium product. In summary, it's a bigger, more powerful iPhone 5S with a better camera and a wireless payments feature.

Tech website CNET says the iPhone 6 is "the overdue screen upgrade and feature boost" that the iPhone 5S wasn't and concludes it's "an excellent upgrade for any iPhone 5 owner".

Lasy year's new iPhones work with Apple Pay, a wireless payment system that operates through 'near field communication' technology. When Apple Pay is rolled out in retailers across the UK (dates yet to be announced), you'll be able to pay for purchases with any iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, validated using the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone 6 has an improved camera, plus super-slow-motion video capture - another new feature. For fitness fanatics, there's also an improved M8 'motion copressor' chip, which allows more advanced tracking of physical activity.

Running Apple's newest operating system iOS 8, in addition to the new A8 processor chip, the iPhone 6 runs smoothly and can handle demanding games and apps with ease. Prices start at £539 for the 16GB model, running up to £699 for the 128GB model.

Who would this phone suit? For iPhone fans, this is a satisfying update to Apple's mobile range. However, unless you're set on a bigger screen you might want to stick with your iPhone 5S. For anyone else after a luxurious, feature-packed phone, the iPhone 6 ticks most of the boxes.

iPhone 6 top picks Compare all iPhone 6 deals

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The largest iPhone ever, competing in the 'phablet' market

  • Operating system: iOS 8
  • Processor: A8 chip
  • Screen size / sharpness: 5.5in / 401 ppi
  • Weight: 172g
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 1.2MP (front)
  • Internal Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB
  • Colours: silver, gold, space grey

The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s offering to the fans out there of so-called ‘phablets’ (smartphone/tablet hybrids, dubbed such because of their size). With a 5.5-inch screen, it's comparable in size to Samsung's Note 4, although with a higher-end design. It packs all the features and improvements of the iPhone 6, but is a fair bit larger.

With excellent reviews, so far it's been popular with the media. TechRadar says: "The iPhone 6 Plus answers the ever growing demand for a larger-screened, high definition iPhone - something we've been waiting for for years."

Thanks to its size the 6 Plus houses a bigger battery than the 6, giving it a longer battery life. Optical image stabilisation, which improves results in low-light photography, is another feature that gives it an edge over its little brother.

You'll pay for these privileges though, as the 6 Plus costs £80-90 more than an iPhone 6 with the same hard-drive capacity. For the phone out-of-contract, prices start at £619 for the 16GB model, going up to a staggering £789 for the 128GB model.

Who would this phone suit? Because of its immense size the iPhone 6 Plus isn't for everyone. But for those who want a powerful phone with a premium design and a big screen - and are willing to pay for it - it deserves serious consideration.

iPhone 6 Plus top picks Compare all iPhone 6 Plus deals

Apple iPhone 5S

2013's flagship iPhone, with fingerprint ID

  • Operating system: iOS 8
  • Processor: A7 chip
  • Screen size / sharpness: 4in / 326 ppi
  • Weight: 112g
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 1.2MP (front)
  • Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Colours: silver, gold, space grey

The iPhone 5S was 2013's flagship smartphone from Apple but offered minimal improvements on the iPhone 5. The design is pretty similar with a few new features thrown in. Tech blog Engadget summed it up: "The iPhone 5s is an evolution of the iPhone 5, and isn't necessarily a must-have."

New features over the previous year's model included the faster A7 chip, an improved camera and most significant of all Touch ID - a fingerprint sensor for authorising iTunes and App Store purchases on your phone.

Since launching the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has reduced the cost of the 5S to £459 and mobile networks will likely follow suit with their tariffs soon enough.

Who would this phone suit? The recent drop in price of the iPhone 5S makes it a good alternative for those who want a solid phone and like the iOS operating system, but don't need the latest handset.

iPhone 5S top picks Compare all iPhone 5S deals

Apple iPhone 5C

A more colourful, slightly stripped-down version of the iPhone 5S

  • Operating system: iOS 8
  • Processor: A6 chip
  • Screen size / sharpness: 4in / 326 ppi
  • Weight: 132g
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 1.2MP (front)
  • Internal Storage: 8GB/16GB/32GB
  • Colours: white, pink, yellow, blue, green

The iPhone 5C is Apple's cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5S, with a plastic casing instead of an aluminium body. It comes in a variety of bright colours, and now ships with iOS 8 as standard.

The internals of the handset more closely reflect those of the iPhone 5 than the 5S, which was released around the same time in 2013, with the same processor chip. One advantage over the 5 is 4G capability on all the major UK networks.

Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Apple has dropped the price for the 5C to £319 for the 8GB base model; expect providers to do the same with their tariffs in the coming months.

Who would this phone suit? As Apple's cheap and cheerful option, it's ideal for those who want a bit of colour with their tech, but don't mind having a less powerful phone with slightly outdated hardware.

iPhone 5C top picks Compare all iPhone 5C deals

2. Watch out for annual inflationary price rises

Under Ofcom's rules, providers are permitted to increase the monthly cost of mobile contracts by as much as the rate of inflation each year, as long as they are upfront about this and warn you before you sign up. EE and O2 are the only networks that do this currently, and the terms and conditions of their contracts specify this.

Adjustments are made in line with figures published in February each year based on the Retail Prices Index (a measure of inflation). This year the RPI grew by 1.1% and both EE and O2 put up customers' monthly payments by the full 1.1% - EE on 26 Mar and O2 on 1 Apr. Any bill you received after those dates will have reflected the increase, and the same may happen again next year.

3. Match your tariff to your usage

According to BillMonitor, 76% of people are on the wrong contract. Use too few minutes, data or texts and you'll overpay for the contract each month. Yet go over your allowance and the extra charges are costly.

Analyse how many minutes, texts and how much data you're likely to use to get the right tariff. If you're new to smartphones, expect to use much more data than before. Here's a rough guide, based on figures from BillMonitor, to help you determine which type of user you are:

  • Low user. Uses about 250 mins, 250 texts and 250MB of data per month
  • Medium user. Uses about 500 mins, 500 texts and 1GB of data per month
  • High user. Uses about 1,000 mins, 1,000 texts and 3GB of data per month

For info on how to calculate your exact usage, read the Cheap Mobiles guide.

4.Some deals are only available to 'new customers'

The deals you see in our tool and on most comparison sites are geared towards new customers of the relevant network. If you're already with that network, even if your existing contract is up, and you try to get the deal then technically you'll be 'upgrading' rather than taking out a new contract, and you may have to pay more as a result.

Of course, you can still get the deal if you take out a separate new contract. But if you do, frustratingly you won't be able to directly transfer your existing number across to your new phone.

There is one possible way round this, though it's a bit of work. What you can do is get the deal on a separate new contract, and also get yourself a free pay-as-you-go Sim from a different network. Port your existing number across to the free pay-as-you-go Sim, then port it again to the new contract once it's been set up. To port your number over you'll need to request a port authorisation code from your provider.

5. Buy a handset upfront and save

Unless you're a heavy user, a standalone handset with a Sim-only deal can often be the cheapest option (although at the moment we're seeing some tariffs that actually work out cheaper than doing this). There are many one-month rolling contract Sim-only deals available, so you're not tied in - you only pay for what you use. See Sim-only deals for the best.

Already have a Sim-only deal from an old phone? Unless you buy a handset for that network, to put it in a new handset you'll need to "unlock" it from its pre-set network provider. For some phones this can be free, or it could cost up to £30 - for more info, see Mobile Unlocking.

You can get cheap handsets from retailers such as Argos or Use the MegaShopBot to quickly compare prices.

6. Don't overestimate how much storage you need

All iPhone models come in different storage sizes, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models. Generally, you'll pay about £80 to go up a size.

As a rule of thumb 16GB can hold around 3,500 songs or 20 hours of video, which is plenty for many people. Unlike other smartphones, iPhones don't have memory card slots so you can't expand the storage if you decide you want more. However, be careful not to overestimate how much storage you'll need and go for a more expensive model 'just to be safe'.

We asked our techies, MSE Joe and MSE Shrey, for their top tips on saving storage space on your phone and paying less overall.

  1. Free online storage. Apple gives iPhone users 5GB of storage space in iCloud for free. It isn't much, but there are lots of other providers that also offer free storage space and many have mobile apps. If you need more, email providers such as Gmail offer free storage space. You could sign up to several with mutiple email addresses and assign categories of content to each.

  2. Stream instead of downloading. Music and video streaming services like Spotify (which is now free on mobile) and Netflix are all the rage and get rid of the need to download and store content on your phone. Streaming uses the same bandwidth as downloading, so do it when connected to wi-fi or it's costly. If you're streaming via 3G/4G, make sure you get the right tariff with a big enough data allowance.

  3. Auto-upload to 'the Cloud'. Apps from some online storage providers, such as Dropbox, have settings to automatically upload your photos and videos, after which you can delete them from your phone without losing them. For music, iTunes Match (£21.99/yr) will store all your tracks on Apple's servers for you to access online.

  4. Turn off automatic downloads. Content that automatically downloads to your device can take up more storage space than you realise. New purchases from the iTunes Store will sync to all of your iDevices with the same iCloud account, if they're set to do this. Turn off automatic downloads in Settings >> iTunes & App Store. Also, if you don't need to access older emails (especially if they have big attachments) while you're offline, you can reduce how many previous days' worth to store on your iPhone.

  5. Clean up your apps. If you go to Settings >> General >> Usage in your iPhone, it'll show a breakdown of how much space your apps take up. Go through and get rid of those you no longer use and delete content you don't want anymore (eg, watched videos). You can download them again free if you paid for them - although you can't get back personal data once it's gone.

7. Think about whether you need 4G

4G, also known as LTE or Long Term Evolution, is a lightning-quick internet connection for mobile devices. Networks claim that it's up to 5x faster than 3G, but Ofcom estimations say it's only twice as fast as 3G.

Check with your chosen provider whether you can actually get 4G where you live before signing up, and bear in mind that Ofcom says 4G and 3G performance differs between networks, with some outperforming others.

To get 4G, as well as being in an area that can receive a 4G signal, you’ll also need a 4G tariff and a 4G-compatible handset. The iPhone 5S, 5C, 6 and 6 Plus are all 4G-compatible.

Important. Because of the way retailers give us data for the iPhone tool, we’re unable to specify whether a tariff is 4G or 3G. If you’re looking for a 4G tariff, click through and check first.

8. Make sure you've the right size Sim

Daring to be different, Apple went against the grain with its iPhones, designing them to take a smaller Sim card.

For the iPhone 4 and 4S (and its iPads), Apple adopted the smaller-than-standard-size "micro-Sim". With the launch of the iPhone 5 came the arrival of a yet smaller Sim card - the "nano-Sim". This is also used in the iPhone 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus. Because it's a lot smaller, if you have an iPhone 4 or 4S you won’t be able to simply swap Sim cards.

Differences in Sim card sizes

If you're upgrading from another handset to a newer iPhone, you could ask your network provider to exchange Sim cards, or try one of their shops, which should have nano-Sims available.

9. Try haggling for a better deal

Haggling on monthly mobile phone contracts can slash the price you pay. If you have a contract deal and you're nearing the end of your fixed term, the network will be frantic to keep you, so it's the best time to haggle. Long-term customers have a better chance at success here.

Our poll found the best mobile providers to haggle with are Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and Orange. See our guide on How To Negotiate to help you get a better deal. Bear in mind though it's harder to haggle on a contract for a new phone, especially one in as much demand as new iPhones are.

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10. Get a cheap Sim-only deal

Already got an iPhone? If you're out of contract, you could stand to make serious savings by switching to a Sim-only tariff.

The main benefit of switching is that you won't pay an extra monthly cost for a handset - so your tariff price and overall costs will drop significantly.

Alternatively, if you're looking to buy a new iPhone and have the cash for the handset from Giffgaff (from £499 for the iPhone 6* or £579 for the iPhone 6 Plus*) it's worth considering.

Below are some of the top Sim-only offerings. For a full list see our top picks.

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Virgin Mobile*
Cheap Sim-only deal for heavy users

If you're practically glued to your phone, Virgin Mobile's* £15/mth Sim-only tariff gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB data/mth. It's on a 12-month contract, or you can opt for a 30-day rolling contract for £20/mth (although we wouldn't recommend it at this price as Giffgaff's biggest goodybag is better value).

This deal is great if you think you'll need the minutes and the data, but if you can do with less then one of Giffgaff's goodybags below might be a better option, which is why we've selected Giffgaff as our top pick for the average user.

Virgin's tariff is available on standard, micro and nano Sims, and if you want monthly bills by post, it's an extra £1.50/mth.

To see this deal, click the link above, then click 'No I don't', when asked if you've got Virgin broadband, TV or home phone. If you're already a Virgin Media customer, you can get this plan on a 30-day rolling basis without the increased price-tag - ie, for £15/mth instead of £20/mth.

You can use your existing handset, but only if it's already on Virgin's network or unlocked. Read the Mobile Unlocking guide for full help if your phone needs unlocking.


Cheapest 30-day Sim-only deal

Our top pick Sim-only deal, Giffgaff*, offers a range of deals suitable for low users up to smartphone addicts who eat through hefty allowances. Tethering is not allowed, however.

The company offers deals via a range of 'goody bags' with prices that start from £5/mth. For example, one popular goody bag gets you unlimited texts, 1GB data and 500 minutes for £10/mth (its prices increased in September - see the Giffgaff’s goodybags are changing MSE news story for full info). For high users, it has another goody bag at £18/month for unlimited texts, unlimited data and 2,000 minutes. These are their standard goodybags, which come with 3G data. Giffgaff now also offers a few 4G goodybags*, at a premium though.

Giffgaff uses O2's network, so is available in most of the UK, but Sims will only work in phones that are unlocked (as those direct form Apple are) or on O2. So if your phone is locked to Vodafone, for example, you will need to get it unlocked to get Giffgaff's Sim to work in it.

Three Mobile

Three Mobile*
Cheapest contract Sim-only deal

Three's basic Sim-only* deal costs £7/month on a 12-month contract. You'll get 200 mins to UK landlines and mobiles, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. That's not much to get by on but should be enough for low users.

Three has a range of other tariffs, including one for £15/mth* that comes with unlimited data (but only 200 minutes), if you're a mammoth internet user.

Tethering is permitted, and will be deducted from your allowance as if you were using data directly on your phone. Sims are available in all sizes including nano, so will work just fine in newer iPhones.

11. Don't overestimate how much data you need

Smartphones are fast becoming the norm. If you use your phone to constantly search the web, you need to watch the amount of data you use. As more data-hungry apps are released, it's fair to question whether you'll chomp through your data allowance quickly each month and wind up paying a wedge for more.Apps on a smart phone

For checking emails, looking at Facebook and watching the odd YouTube video, 1GB should be more than enough.

To give you a rough idea, MSE's Eesha says: "I have 1GB a month. I tend to use close to this limit but never go over. I generally just use Whatsapp, Facebook, emails, and check deals apps like Groupon, Wowcher, Quidco and the Paypal app."

Downloading videos, TV shows or other web-heavy apps may take you over your limit and cause you to incur heavy charges.

If you're worried about data use, try using the free Onavo app mentioned below.

12. Sneaky app gets you more from your data allowance

Heavy downloaders could end up paying out BIG if they exceed their download allowance. Some providers charge as much as 60p/MB if you go over your inclusive data limit.

Onavo Android app

Try the free app Onavo, which says it compresses data when web-browsing and using other apps such as Facebook and Twitter. This means the same amount of surfing will only use a fraction of your data allowance, avoiding any hefty fees.

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13. Sell your old phone to fund your new one

Selling your old mobile could help you recoup some of the cost of your new one. There are two ways you can do this:

Flog your mobile for more

There's huge demand for secondhand iPhones, so it's very much a seller's market. Perhaps unsurprisingly, eBay* should be your first port of call if you're willing to put in a bit of (virtual) legwork. At the time of writing, an unlocked 16GB iPhone 5S in decent nick could fetch between £230 and £270, and an 8GB iPhone 5C about £220.

Flog your mobile in a hurry

If you want a guaranteed amount of cash to put towards your next handset (or something else entirely), mobile recycling sites are an easy option.

To save you the hassle of going door-to-door, our MobileValuer tool compares how much each of the big players will offer for your old phone, whether it's working or broken. Usually you'll get a bit less than what you'd get if you listed the phone on eBay. For example, at the time of writing the most you'd get for recycling a 16GB iPhone 5S is £185.

Here are links to some of the most popular phones recycled for cash using the MobileValuer:

14. Don't forget insurance savings

Accidents can and do happen. Because mobiles are worth so much more to us these days (and they cost a lot more), if you lose 'em, break 'em or have 'em nicked, it can be costly to replace them.

Insurers play on this fear with hefty prices and unnecessary cover. Yet you can get cheap insurance for your iPhone from £65/year.

Read the full Mobile Insurance guide for full info and best buys.

15. Check coverage in your area

The quality of the signal you'll receive will depend on where you are. Across all the networks, big cities and towns should all have a decent 3G signal - and some may have 4G - while those in rural areas can struggle.

All the networks have coverage checkers on their sites, but these tend to be optimistic. Ofcom's research into 3G constitutes the most up-to-date objective info we have on coverage - view its 3G coverage map to see what signal strength will be like in your area.

16. Consider a secondhand or refurbished handset

Don't forget to check out secondhand models on eBay*. As an example, at the time of writing you can get a used 16GB iPhone 5S in good condition for between £230 and £270 on eBay, compared with a new one from Apple which costs £459. Make sure it's unlocked (see Mobile Unlocking for full info) though, so you can take advantage of super-cheap Sim-only tariffs.

It's also possible to get refurbished handsets on eBay or through some resellers online. These work just as new phones and come in new condition, plus they typically come with a manufacturer's warranty. Bear in mind that used handsets on eBay usually don't come with warranties.

17. Watch out for auto-insurance

Some retailers, including Buy Mobile Phones and One Stop Phone Shop, automatically add insurance to a mobile phone contract when you sign up online, regardless of whether you want it or not.

This has stung quite a few MSE users, so be sure to read all the small print, thoroughly, before clicking the 'buy' button.

These insurance policies are normally more expensive than standard insurance, and as there's not usually an 'opt out' option - you must remember to cancel it as soon as you get your phone.

If you cancel over the phone, ask the company to email you with confirmation of the cancellation, so you have it in writing too. Read the full Mobile Insurance guide for how to get the cheapest standalone mobile cover.

18. Protect your iPhone and its data

Losing your data, photos and contacts is a nightmare. Yet there are a number of easy ways to protect your mobile and data, many of which are free.

Sim card padlock

Regardless of how expensive your phone is, the info you've got stored on it can also be mega-valuable, and it's a nightmare (and probably a lost cause) to retrieve contacts, photos, apps, games, messages back after losing a handset.

To beat this, free services can back up this crucial info before you lose it.

19. Make use of free wi-fi

Rather than using up your monthly download allowance, when you're out and about, find a free wi-fi hotspot to use instead.

McDonald's, Starbucks and Wetherspoon pubs all offer free wi-fi access, plus check My Hotspots, Free Hotspot, and Hotspot Locations for more. There are thousands of free, legal wireless hotspots around the UK. See free wiifi for more info.

20. Get extra cashback on top

It's often possible to grab extra cashback on top when you sign up for a mobile phone contract. To get it, you need to sign up via a specialist cashback website rather than directly with the network provider. Cashback websites use affiliate links to generate revenue, so if they get paid when you sign up, you'll get paid.

Unfortunately this cash is never guaranteed, as sometimes cashback sites don't track deals in progress, so it's generally best to pick the right tariff first and view any cashback as an added extra. To find out more about how these sites can pay you, and how you can make the most of them, read the full Cashback Sites guide.

Retailer redemption cashback. Don't confuse cashback sites with cashback you can get directly through a retailer, through redemption. This kind of cashback isn't straightforward, and can often require you to send several copies of your monthly bills on certain days.

We rarely include these kinds of deals, unless they're super-cheap. If we do include them, they'll be mentioned in the free weekly email.

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