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The Samsung S5 smartphone and its bigger brother the Note 4 may be more evolution than revolution compared to previous models, but they're still the main competitors to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Our comparison tool helps you track down the right Samsung model and tariff for your budget.

Finding the right deal depends on usage, contract length, if you pay upfront and your network. We've highlighted our top picks below, but use the tool to 'compare by tariffs', where you punch in minutes, text and data, or click ‘show me what I can afford’, where you search by max monthly cost.

Looking for another phone? See our iPhone comparison tool or Cheap Mobiles guide.

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

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Do you need the latest Samsung?
Samsung offers a range of phones to suit all budgets. If you're just looking for a cheap smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Y is basic but affordable. If you're looking for something top of the range, with the latest operating system and a wealth of features, the S5, S4 or Note 4 may suit you more.
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.

Want a 4G tariff?

We receive the info for our Samsung 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.

How many texts do I need?

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.
How many minutes do I need?

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.
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Cheap S5, S4 & Note deals Compare Samsung Galaxy phones & find the cheapest

Top Samsung need-to-knows

Our Samsung comparison tool pinpoints your cheapest tariff, but these extra tips could slice £100s more off your mobile bill. Starting with choosing the right phone, our guide takes you through cheap Sim-only and pay-as-you-go options, plus it'll dial down your mobile insurance costs.

If you're not bothered about having the latest smartphone, and you want a MoneySaving mobile, read the Cheap Mobiles guide for tips on how to minimise your bills.

1. Choose the right phone for you

Ask yourself what you really want from your phone, and what features are important to you. Below, we've compared the features for each model.

Choose a handset

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung's latest 'phablet'

  • Operating system: Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat)
  • Processor: 2.7GHz Quad core
  • Screen / weight: 5.7in, 176g
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 3.7MP (front)
  • Memory: RAM: 3GB
    Internal Memory: 32GB
  • Colours: Frost white, charcoal black, blossom pink and bronze gold

The Note 4 is the latest ‘phablet’ (a hybrid of a smartphone and tablet) from Samsung. It has upgraded specs, a great screen and an improved S Pen, the tool which allows you to write notes and navigate the phone - and it's received good reviews.

Spec-wise the Note 4's an upgrade on the S5, with a faster processer and more RAM which lets you multi-task even quicker than before. The big difference is the size - the Note 4 has a 5.7-inch screen compared to the S5's 5.1 inches.

Popular tech site says: "Samsung has packed in more power, an even better display and a great camera, making the Note 4 for an excellent smartphone."

It's also got a Quad HD Super AMOLED Display, which means the display has more pixels and is even sharper than the latest iPhone 6 screen - an impressive feat. The camera is 16MP and Samsung claims it’s the best smartphone camera it's made.

Photo note is a new feature - it allows you to take a photo of written notes and converts it into text on the phone. The Note 4 is also 30% faster at charging than the previous Note and Samsung claims it can go from a flat battery to 50% charge in 30 minutes. Ultra Saving Mode, a feature from the S5, is also included in the Note 4 - it allows you to switch off all functions excepts calls and texts to stop you draining the battery juice quickly.

The S5 runs on the Android Kitkat operating system, so its performance should be ultra-smooth, with no lag as you launch between functions. It should in fact rival Apple's iOS 8 operating system.

Who would this phone suit? This would suit people who like having a big, powerful phone with all the latest features. Its size means it's also particularly appealing to those who want the functionality of a tablet but don't want to buy a separate one.

Galaxy Note 4 top picks Compare all Galaxy Note 4 deals

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung's flagship phone

  • Operating system: Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)
  • Processor: 2.5GHz Quad core
  • Screen / weight: 5.1in, 145g
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 2MP (front)
  • Memory: RAM: 2GB
    Internal Memory: 16/32GB
  • Colours: Shimmer white, charcoal black, electric blue and copper gold

The S5, may not herald a new era of smartphones, but its new gadgets have impressed reviewers. In a nutshell, it's faster and more fluid to use than the S4, with extra functions and a bigger, better camera that works under water.

As tech bible Wired magazine says: "The S5 is an iteration on the S4, rather than a complete overhaul. But they're all iterations in strong areas."

It's dustproof, waterproof and features a fingerprint scanner to unlock it. If you're a fitness fanatic, its heart rate sensor may come in handy too. You can also switch all functions to solely making calls and texting - nothing else. This'll stop you draining the battery juice quickly.

For snap-happy smartphone nerds, the S5's 16-megapixel (MP) camera sets it apart. It has a slightly bigger screen (5.1in) than the S4 and its image clarity is more pristine.

The S5 runs on the Android Kitkat operating system, so its performance should be silky smooth, with no lag as you launch between functions. It should in fact rival Apple's iOS 7 operating system.

Who would this phone suit? Demand for the S5 has been huge, breaking Samsung's own records for sales of the S4. If you're a smartphone enthusiast, it'll quench your thirst for a pristine camera and clever new functions.

Galaxy S5 top picks Compare all Galaxy S5 deals

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung’s rival to the iPhone 5S

  • Operating system: Android OS, v4.2.2

  • Processor: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • Screen / weight: 5in / 130g

  • Camera: Back: 13MP, LED flash, auto focus. Front: 2MP
  • Memory: Internal: 16/32/64GB Expandable: Micro SD, up to 64GB
  • Colours: White, Black

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is still loved by techie review sites such as Tech Radar and GSM Arena, with many comparing it to the best Apple iPhones. It comes with the Android Jelly Bean operating system, and a 5in screen - an inch bigger than the screen of its rival, the iPhone 5S.

It was an improvement to its predecessor (the S3) in a few aspects (bigger screen, better camera), but the plastic body and many of the S3 features remained.

Who would this phone suit? Prices have fallen a little for the S4, and you won't have to cough up as much for the handset. Better deals on the S4 tend to be where you can get medium allowances, eg, 500 MB, 500 minutes etc.

Galaxy S4 top picks Compare all Galaxy S4 deals

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

A smaller, cuter version of the S4

  • Operating system: Android OS, v4.2.2
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
  • Screen / weight: 4.3in / 107g

  • Camera: Back: 8MP, LED flash, auto focus. Front: 1.9MP
  • Memory: Internal: 8GB Expandable: Micro SD, up to 64GB
  • Colours: White Frost, Black Mist

The Galaxy S4 Mini is a scaled down version of Samsung's most popular smartphone, the S4.

Its the baby of the S4 range, weighing just 107g - though it still has a decent sized touchscreen that's bigger than that of rival Apple's iPhone 5, measuring a mighty 4.3in.

Reviews have suggested because of it's slightly smaller size, it's a lot easier to use one-handed compared to the S4. There's a full review on Tech Radar.

Who would this phone suit? It's reasonably priced, so therefore a good option for those who want a top spec smartphone without the heavy price tag.

Galaxy S4 Mini top picks Compare all Galaxy S4 Mini 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 will put up customers' monthly payments by the full 1.1% - EE on 26 Mar and O2 on 1 Apr. Any bill you receive after those dates will reflect the increase.

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. 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. Do you need 4G?

Most providers now offer 4G but before signing up, remember you'll need to have a 4G-ready handset and live in an area with 4G coverage.

4G offers a lightning-quick internet connection for mobile devices. You’ll be able to browse the web, download music and movies, and play games on your phone at speeds up to five times faster than 3G.

However, it’s still a relatively new technology, and therefore a bit more expensive than 3G.

If speed isn't important to you, it's not essential. Also keep in mind if you travel around a lot, you'll need coverage in each area you visit.

Important. Because of the way retailers give us data for the Samsung 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.

7. Make sure you've the right size Sim

All Samsung Galaxy phones bar the S5, S4, S3, Note 4 take a normal-size Sim card. The S5, S4, S3 and Note 4 take a micro-Sim (like Apple iPhones).

Differences in Sim card sizes

If you've already got your perfect Sim-only deal and want to put your Sim card into a phone that takes a micro-Sim, speak to your network provider. It should give you a new micro-Sim for free.

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8. Spread the handset cost

Paying more upfront for your new phone usually means a cheaper Sim-only monthly contract. If you haven't got the ready cash though, a longer, 24-month contract may mean no initial outlay.

But look at overall value. Contracts with no upfront cost often mean paying more overall.

9. Get a cheap Sim-only deal

If you've already got your Samsung phone, either a new standalone handset or a cheap second-hand one, you'll need a Sim-only tariff.

The big plus is Sim-only contracts are usually cheaper, and shorter. Also, you won't pay a hidden extra monthly cost for the handset, so your tariff price and overall costs drop significantly. It does mean a large initial outlay though.

Below are the networks' best Sim-only offerings. Remember, if you're getting a Samsung Galaxy Note, S5 or S4, you'll need a micro-Sim.

Three mobile

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. If you want monthly bills by post, it's an extra £1.50/mth.

To see the 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.

10. 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.

11. 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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12. 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 second-hand mobiles, so it's very much a seller's market. Therefore, 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 Samsung Galaxy S5 in decent nick could fetch around £380.

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, the most you'd get for recycling a Galaxy S3 is £100.

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

13. Don't forget insurance savings

Android phone and tablet insuranceAccidents 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 Samsung phone from £57/year.

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

14. Can you get 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.

15. Consider a second-hand handset

Don't forget to check out second-hand models on eBay* and refurbished ones directly from your network. Make sure it's unlocked (see Mobile Unlocking for full info) though, so you can take advantage of super-cheap Sim-only tariffs.

Be warned though, you'll miss out on manufacturer warranties.

16. Watch out for auto-insurance

Some retailers, including Buy Mobile Phones and One Stop Phone Shop, automatically add insurance to a mobile phone contract w

17. Protect your mobile and its data

hen 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.

Losing your mobile phone can be a night

mare of lost data, photos and contacts. 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 can also be mega-valuable, and it's a nightmare (and probably a lost cause) to retrieve contacts, photos, apps, games, messages and more back after losing a handset.

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

18. Make use of free wi-fi

Free wifi on an Android deviceRather 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 the Cheap Mobile Broadband guide for more info.

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