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

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have landed and will be available in shops from Friday 19 September, after months of rumours. Of course, iPhones aren't MoneySaving, so it pays to carefully consider which is the right deal before splashing out.

Update Wed 17 Sept: The new iPhones are now available to pre-order on some networks and will arrive in shops on Fri 19 Sept. We are updating our tool with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus tariffs but it can take a few days for the data to come through - this is likely to be in the next few days. Until then it will only work with the iPhone 5S and 5C models. For extra help, and information on the older iPhone 4, 4S and 5 handsets, see our top iPhone need-to-knows section.

Looking for a Samsung Galaxy S5 or S4? 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.

Compare all iPhone monthly contract deals, or see PAYG handset and Sim-only deals.

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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 MoneySavingExpert.com weekly email when we have a full iPhone 5 comparison.

Do you need the latest iPhone?
iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 prices have fallen considerably since the launch of the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4 and the 4S aren't that dissimilar, and the 3GS is still a decent smartphone so consider these instead.
Shorter contracts are cheaper.
Signing up for a 12-month contract often works out cheaper overall, as it gives you the freedom to switch sooner, to either a Sim-only or PAYG deal. Be aware that 12-month contracts come with a hefty upfront cost though.
How much data do I need?

Using mobile internet on your smartphone uses data (measured in MB). The average person uses around 500MB, though this depends on how much you use the web on your phone.

BillMonitor suggests the following:
  • Occasional user: 50MB/month. With this, you can roughly: surf the web for 5 hours, send and receive 900 emails (without attachments), download 6 music tracks, or download 25 photos.
  • Regular user: 200MB/month. With this, you can roughly: surf the web for 20 hours, send and receive 3,600 emails (without attachments), download 26 music tracks, or download 100 photos.
  • Frequent user: 1GB/month (1,000MB). You can roughly: surf the web for 100 hours, send and receive 18,000 emails (without attachments), download 130 music tracks, or download 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.

There aren't many truly unlimited packages. Most have a fair usage cap of 3GB.
How many texts do I need?

The average user needs 250 texts a month, according to comparison BillMonitor – less than many would imagine. We've set the tool to 250 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.

There aren't many truly unlimited packages. Most have a fair usage cap of 3,000 texts.
How many minutes do I need?

About 300 mins a month is what the average user needs, according to comparison BillMonitor - a lot less than most people think. We've set the tool to 300 mins, 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.

There aren't many truly unlimited packages. Most have a fair usage cap of 3,000 mins.

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 - on 9 September, and both will be available to buy in-store from Friday 19 September. Outright, prices start from £539 for the iPhone 6, and £619 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.

Sim-only iPhone deals

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 £539 for the iPhone 6, and from £619 for the iPhone 6 Plus) it's worth considering.

Below are some of the top Sim-only offerings.

GiffGaff

Giffgaff*Cheapest rolling Sim-only deal

Our top pick Sim-only deal, Giffgaff*, offers a £7.50/mth rolling option with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB mobile data. Tethering is allowed on this bundle, although not on their bundles with unlimited data.

Giffgaff offers a range of bundles or 'goodybags' on a month-by-month basis, giving you maximum flexibility. It uses O2's network, so is available in most of the UK, but Sims will only work in phones that are unlocked or on O2. So if your phone is locked to Vodafone for example, you'll need to get it unlocked.

Giffgaff now offers two Sim sizes: standard and nano. If you need a micro-Sim (for the iPhone 4 or 4S) then order the standard Sim. These are "snappable" dual Sims, so they will work in phones which require a micro-Sim, as well.

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.

Tethering is permitted, and will be deducted from your allowance as if you were using data directly on your phone. Sims are available in standard, micro and nano sizes.

Three Mobile

Tesco Mobile*Best Sim-only deal for high users, plus 4G data

Tesco Mobile* has several competitive Sim-only deals. For £15/month on a 12-month contract, you get 2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 2GB of 4G data. It's available for both standard and micro-Sims.

Tesco Mobile allows you to tether with your allowance at no extra charge.

Get extra cashback on top

It's often possible to grab extra cashback on top when you sign up for a mobile phone contract. Yet 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, therefore 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.

In some cases, you may earn more cashback by getting the same deal from a retailer than going via a cashback site. For example, a tariff on Orange may get you £50 cashback by signing up via Quidco, but the same Orange tariff may be available through Carphone Warehouse, and pay more cashback.

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