The UK’s Cheapest iPhone 6: EE, O2, Three & Vodafone Tariffs Compared

February 10th, 2015

The iPhone 6 is currently the most popular smartphone available in the UK. We compare the cost of the iPhone 6 on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. We’ll also find the UK’s cheapest available iPhone 6 tariff.

iPhone 6 ColoursThe iPhone 6 is Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone. With a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, it has a super-sharp screen that 38% larger than the 4.0-inch display on the iPhone 5s. The handset has a beautifully-thin design constructed from glass, aluminium and steel. There’s also a 64-bit Apple A8 processor for superior performance and there’s an 8 megapixel iSight camera which takes great quality photos.

The iPhone 6 is primarily available on four mobile networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Between them, the four networks have more than sixty tariff combinations only for the 16GB version of the iPhone 6. Each tariff comes with varying amounts of calls, texts and internet. They also differ substantially in price: some tariffs will charge you more upfront whereas other tariffs will charge you more every month.

In this article, we’ll help you find the best available iPhone 6 deal in the UK. Below, we’ve compared all of the UK’s iPhone 6 tariffs in one easy-to-read table. We’ve also highlighted the best available deals, the tariffs to go for and the tariffs to avoid.

Looking for the iPhone 6 Plus? See our iPhone 6 Plus price comparison table.

Cheapest Deals: At A Glance

EE vs O2 vs Three vs VodafoneThe iPhone 6 is primarily available on four UK networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Between them, the four mobile networks currently offer more than 60 different tariff combinations.

When choosing a tariff, the first thing you’ll need to know is how much data you’ll typically require. In general, we would probably recommend having around 2GB of data every month. Light users can sometimes get away with only 1GB of data per month whereas heavy data users might require 4GB of data or more every month. For more information, please see our in-depth guide to mobile data allowances.

With 1GB of Data

If you’ll normally be using the iPhone 6 on wi-fi (e.g. when at home or at work) or if you’re only planning to use the iPhone on a very occasional basis, you can often get away with 1GB of data per month.

The following table shows the UK’s cheapest deals for a 16GB iPhone 6 with at least 1GB of data per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco2,0005,0001GB£0.00
upfront
£35.00
per month
£840.00
Three600Unlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£34.00
per month
£915.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£89.99
upfront
£37.50
per month
£989.99
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£139.99
upfront
£36.99
per month
£1,027.75
Vodafone1,000Unlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£39.00
per month
£1,035.00

The cheapest available tariffs for the iPhone 6 with at least 1GB of data per month. All tariffs are 24 months in length and include the 16GB version of the handset. The total cost is how much you’d pay over the 24 month period. It’s calculated as: total cost = upfront cost + (24 x monthly cost). The total cost is only approximate: monthly line rental on O2 and EE can increase with RPI inflation.

Besides the low price, key benefits of choosing Three include the ability to use your phone abroad at no extra charge. The Feel At Home offer currently covers 18 countries including the USA, Italy, France, Australia and Republic of Ireland. Spain will be covered in the offer from April 2015 (see a full list of Feel At Home countries).

Get the iPhone 6 on Three »

With 2GB of Data

For the average user buying a new iPhone 6, we’d typically recommend choosing a tariff with at least 2GB of data every month.

The cheapest available tariff is currently from Three: you’ll get 600 minutes, all-you-can-eat texts and 2GB of internet for £38/month plus £99 upfront. The total cost of ownership over 24 months is £1,011.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco3,0005,0004GB£0.00
upfront
£37.00
per month
£888.00
Three600Unlimited2GB£99.00
upfront
£37.00
per month
£987.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited3GB£89.99
upfront
£41.00
per month
£1,073.99
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£19.00
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,075.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£139.99
upfront
£39.99
per month
£1,099.75

The cheapest available tariffs for the iPhone 6 with at least 2GB of data per month. All tariffs are 24 months in length and include the 16GB version of the handset. The total cost is how much you’d pay over the 24 month period. It’s calculated as: total cost = upfront cost + (24 x monthly cost). The total cost is only approximate: monthly line rental on O2 and EE can increase with RPI inflation.

With 4GB of Data

For heavy users, we’d recommend a tariff with at least 4GB of data every month. The cheapest available option is currently Three’s tariff with all-you-can-eat unlimited 4G data. For £42/month plus £99 upfront, you’ll get 600 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited 4G data. There’s 4GB of tethering included in the price and you’ll also get access to the Feel At Home offer.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco3,0005,0004GB£0.00
upfront
£37.00
per month
£888.00
Three600Unlimited4GB£99.00
upfront
£40.00
per month
£1,059.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£79.99
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,135.99
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£0.00
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,176.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£99.99
upfront
£44.99
per month
£1,179.75

The cheapest available tariffs for the iPhone 6 with at least 4GB of data per month. All tariffs are 24 months in length and include the 16GB version of the handset. The total cost is how much you’d pay over the 24 month period. It’s calculated as: total cost = upfront cost + (24 x monthly cost). The total cost is only approximate: monthly line rental on O2 and EE can increase with RPI inflation.

Our Recommended Network: Three

ThreeAt present, Three is our recommended network for buying an iPhone 6. They currently have the lowest prices available in the UK (particularly if you take full advantage of the Feel At Home offer).

View Three Price Plans for the iPhone 6 »

For a typical user, our recommended tariff comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of 4G internet. The tariff costs £38/month with a £99 upfront fee for the new iPhone 6. The total cost of ownership over 24 months is £1,011.

You can keep an old phone number when moving to Three: simply ask your old mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code.

iPhone 6: Full List of UK Mobile Tariffs

The following table shows all available tariffs for the 16GB Apple iPhone 6:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco2,0005,0001GB£0.00
upfront
£35.00
per month
£840.00
Tesco3,0005,0004GB£0.00
upfront
£37.00
per month
£888.00
Three600Unlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£34.00
per month
£915.00
O2500Unlimited500MB£119.99
upfront
£33.50
per month
£923.99
Tesco5,0005,0003GB£0.00
upfront
£39.00
per month
£936.00
Three600Unlimited1GB£29.00
upfront
£38.00
per month
£941.00
O2500Unlimited500MB£29.99
upfront
£38.50
per month
£953.99
O2500Unlimited500MB£629.99
upfront
£13.50
per month
£953.99
EE500Unlimited500MB£209.99
upfront
£31.99
per month
£977.75
Three600Unlimited2GB£99.00
upfront
£37.00
per month
£987.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£37.00
per month
£987.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£89.99
upfront
£37.50
per month
£989.99
Three600Unlimited2GB£29.00
upfront
£41.00
per month
£1,013.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£29.00
upfront
£41.00
per month
£1,013.00
Vodafone500Unlimited500MB£149.00
upfront
£36.00
per month
£1,013.00
EE500Unlimited500MB£129.99
upfront
£36.99
per month
£1,017.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£139.99
upfront
£36.99
per month
£1,027.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£9.99
upfront
£42.50
per month
£1,029.99
Vodafone1,000Unlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£39.00
per month
£1,035.00
EE500Unlimited1GB£209.99
upfront
£34.99
per month
£1,049.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£629.99
upfront
£17.50
per month
£1,049.99
Tesco5,0005,0006GB£0.00
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,056.00
Three600Unlimited4GB£99.00
upfront
£40.00
per month
£1,059.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£99.00
upfront
£40.00
per month
£1,059.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited3GB£89.99
upfront
£41.00
per month
£1,073.99
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£19.00
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,075.00
Three600Unlimited4GB£29.00
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,085.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£29.00
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,085.00
EE500Unlimited1GB£129.99
upfront
£39.99
per month
£1,089.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£89.99
upfront
£41.99
per month
£1,097.75
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£139.99
upfront
£39.99
per month
£1,099.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£99.99
upfront
£41.99
per month
£1,107.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited3GB£9.99
upfront
£46.00
per month
£1,113.99
Tesco5,0005,0008GB£0.00
upfront
£46.50
per month
£1,116.00
Three600Unlimited8GB£99.00
upfront
£43.00
per month
£1,131.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£99.00
upfront
£43.00
per month
£1,131.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited3GB£629.99
upfront
£21.00
per month
£1,133.99
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£79.99
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,135.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£9.99
upfront
£46.99
per month
£1,137.75
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£99.00
upfront
£44.00
per month
£1,155.00
Three600Unlimited8GB£29.00
upfront
£47.00
per month
£1,157.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£29.00
upfront
£47.00
per month
£1,157.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£89.99
upfront
£44.99
per month
£1,169.75
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£0.00
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,176.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£0.00
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,176.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£99.99
upfront
£44.99
per month
£1,179.75
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£19.00
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,195.00
Three600UnlimitedUnlimited£99.00
upfront
£46.00
per month
£1,203.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£99.00
upfront
£46.00
per month
£1,203.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£629.99
upfront
£24.00
per month
£1,205.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£79.99
upfront
£46.99
per month
£1,207.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£9.99
upfront
£49.99
per month
£1,209.75
Three600UnlimitedUnlimited£29.00
upfront
£50.00
per month
£1,229.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£29.00
upfront
£50.00
per month
£1,229.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£59.99
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,235.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£9.99
upfront
£51.99
per month
£1,257.75
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£99.00
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,275.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£0.00
upfront
£54.00
per month
£1,296.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£0.00
upfront
£54.00
per month
£1,296.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£0.00
upfront
£54.00
per month
£1,296.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£49.00
upfront
£52.00
per month
£1,297.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£629.99
upfront
£29.00
per month
£1,325.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£9.99
upfront
£54.99
per month
£1,329.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£59.99
upfront
£54.00
per month
£1,355.99
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£0.00
upfront
£59.00
per month
£1,416.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£0.00
upfront
£59.00
per month
£1,416.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£0.00
upfront
£60.00
per month
£1,440.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£629.99
upfront
£34.00
per month
£1,445.99
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£0.00
upfront
£65.00
per month
£1,560.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£9.00
upfront
£66.00
per month
£1,593.00

If you’re changing mobile networks and want to keep your old phone number, see our guide to using a PAC Code.

Before ordering a new handset, we recommend consulting an online coverage checker. This will allow you to check that coverage is available where you live. Choose a mobile network to see their online coverage map:

About the iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6The iPhone 6 is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone. Compared to its predecessors such as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, it has a larger and higher-resolution screen (the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display whereas the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have only a 4-inch Retina display).

Other key features of the iPhone 6 include the ultra-thin design made from anodised aluminium, stainless steel and glass. There’s also a 64-bit Apple A8 processor, a new and improved 8 megapixel iSight camera and iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for smartphones.

The iPhone 6 compares as follows to the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8:

Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5
HTC One M8
Release Date2014, Flagship2014, Flagship2014, Flagship
SoftwareApple iOS 8.0Google Android 4.4Google Android 4.4
Display
Size4.7-inch display5.1-inch display5.0-inch display
TypeLCDOrganic LEDLCD
Resolution1334x750 pixels1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density326 pixels per inch432 pixels per inch441 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera8 megapixels16 megapixels4 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash Dual-LED flash LED flash Dual-LED flash
OIS
Front Camera1.2 megapixels2.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorApple A8Snapdragon 801Snapdragon 801
Speed1.4GHz dual-core2.5GHz quad-core2.3GHz quad-core
Internal Storage16/64/128GB16/32GB16/32GB
External Storage Up to 128GB micro-SD Up to 128GB micro-SD
Handset Weight129g145g160g
Battery1,810mAh (14 hours talktime)2,800mAh (21 hours talktime)2,600mAh (20 hours talktime)
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMMicro SIMNano SIM

For more information about the iPhone 6, please refer to the Apple website. For details about the tariffs on each network, please refer to the EE, O2, Three and Vodafone websites.

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 30 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. anon said:

    Interesting to note the cheaper EE deals are *not* available in the apple store – I tried to buy an iphone 6 today in an apple store and their equivalent contract was about £100 higher. EE had the cheaper deals in store, but had less stock.

  2. Alex said:

    EE have the worst connectivity where my mum lives. She only has 2 bars. My iPhone that is on Vodafone 4 bars. I have a iPhone 4, and my mum has a iPhone 5S.

  3. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    We’ve rewritten & updated the article with tariffs for the iPhone 6. The comments below may still refer to an older version of the iPhone.

  4. May said:

    Ken,

    I read an article today at the Standard in London that EE is not working so well as the marketing launch was, and on top of that, it is more expensive. Not sure if a monthly fee is worthwhile than pay as you go, if one have broadband at home already.

  5. Helen Ayres said:

    Hello Ken

    What news on the iphone 5 *64Gb* tariffs?

    Thanks!

    Helen

  6. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Full disclosure: Article updated with iPhone 5 tariff details.

  7. alice said:

    so how do i purchease the bolton is there a number i could rring? and when can i buybthe bolton

  8. ballswinger said:

    Just for reference, the cheapest deal offering a free iPhone 4S has now dropped to just £41 per month on a 24 month contract on Vodafone with the CPW group of websites which include e2save, onestopphoneshop and mobiles.co.uk.

    This is obviously for the 16Gb edition but is available for both the black and the white colour schemes, can be found here.

    However, for value for money it is worth holding out for Tesco Mobile to launch their iPhone 4S deals as they will be offering a 12 month contract that beats all competition for total expenditure over the contract period although you will obviously be paying an upfront cost for the phone.

  9. Omer said:

    This is very useful. Thank you very much for the efforts.

  10. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Just updated everything with 20% VAT. Also we have a brand new version of the comparison tool. Let me know what you guys think :)

  11. where_is_my_iphone said:

    I think Three just released theirs as well… http://www.three.co.uk/Phones/iPhone

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Thanks; you're right. Update coming ASAP

  12. channygold said:

    Could you do business tariffs as well? Would be handy to try and encourage the boss!

  13. channygold said:

    Ken – Three have announced their tariffs. Could you also add Total Cost of Ownership to the Table?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi there,

      Well noticed! Yep update coming soon… as well as info about the Total Cost of Ownership. For the time being, the calculator over at http://cow.neondragon.net/iphone/ has this information.

      Ken

    2. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Ok, Three's tariffs are now up! The comparison site will show you Total Cost of Ownership for each tariff, considering any excess call/text costs.

  14. ed said:

    needs updating!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Thanks Ed – update for the iPhone 4G will be coming once all of the networks have released information on their tariffs.

    2. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Ok, iPhone 4 tariffs are here!

  15. Jenny said:

    I’m currently on O2 but am thinking of switching to Orange as I think they have better 3g coverage in my area. My only worry is with the ‘Fair Usage’ limit on internet use. Is 750MB a lot or am I going to find myself paying extra? I often watch youtube clips and stuff on my phone and receive a lot of emails.

  16. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Hi guys,

    Updated the prices to the post-VAT cut prices (at 17.5%) on both this page and the price comparison tool.

    It’s worth nothing that Orange and Tesco haven’t increased the price of their PAYG iPhone. They might be absorbing the VAT increase… which would mean they now beat O2 price-wise. Alternatively, they haven’t yet updated their price and you’ll be charged more at the checkout. Double-check before buying!

    Ken

  17. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Theres an update on the way for the VAT cuts. At the moment, Orange is still advertising pre-VAT cut prices so I have left O2 prices at their pre-VAT cut levels for ease of comparison. See the article log for details of page updates.

  18. gareth said:

    any news on a 3 uk iphone release date (if any)? im on the network and am very happy with it and its services, although am prepared to leave 3uk for an alternative network if 3uk dont provide the iphone 3gs. it is annoying it has not yet reached 3uk, seeing as it is on the 3 network in other countries, such as ireland and austrailia.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Gareth,

      Afraid not. Three have said they would like to stock an iPhone in 2010 but nothings been set in stone yet. We don’t know whether 3 are even in negotiations with Apple yet.

      Ken

  19. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Dear all,

    You can now use our comparison tool to automatically compare prices amongst 23 iPhone tariffs:
    http://cow.neondragon.net/iphone/

    The tool will calculate the total cost of ownership of the iPhone for each of the tariffs listed here and help you decide which one presents the best value for money.

    Regards

    Ken

  20. seb said:

    when I look at O2, Orange and Vodafone pricing it remind me the definition of the word Cartel more.

    cartel [(kahr-tel)]

    An association in which producers of a similar or identical product try to obtain a monopoly over the sale of the product.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_fixing

  21. Bob said:

    Ken on the Tesco £20 a month tariff after 12 months the unlimited download and internet ends and you have to start paying for the down loads, do you see this as a big disadvantage.

  22. Paintball Kolbudy said:

    I am trying to transform the prices to my country, well i must say it is much cheaper abroad. European Comission is trying to force the prices th the right track, this far 50% success.

  23. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Thanks David; I’ve amended the article. Also added info. about Orange’s fair usage policy.

  24. David said:

    I think you’ve missed one of the O2 contracts – having looked at their website, it looks as though they do have a £30 18-month contract, just not a 24-month one.

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