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.
The 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
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:
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).
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. For an extra £39.99, O2 has a similar deal but with unlimited calling also included.
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.
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
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.
iPhone 6: Full List of UK Mobile Tariffs
The following table shows all available tariffs for the 16GB Apple iPhone 6:
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
The 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.
|Apple iPhone 6||Samsung Galaxy S5||HTC One M8|
|Release Date||2014, Flagship||2014, Flagship||2014, Flagship|
|Software||Apple iOS 8.0||Google Android 4.4||Google Android 4.4|
|Size||4.7-inch display||5.1-inch display||5.0-inch display|
|Resolution||1334x750 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels|
|Pixel Density||326 pixels per inch||432 pixels per inch||441 pixels per inch|
|Rear Camera||8 megapixels||16 megapixels||4 megapixels|
|Flash||✔ Dual-LED flash||✔ LED flash||✔ Dual-LED flash|
|Front Camera||1.2 megapixels||2.0 megapixels||5.0 megapixels|
|Processor||Apple A8||Snapdragon 801||Snapdragon 801|
|Speed||1.4GHz dual-core||2.5GHz quad-core||2.3GHz quad-core|
|External Storage||✘||✔ Up to 128GB micro-SD||✔ Up to 128GB micro-SD|
|Battery||1,810mAh (14 hours talktime)||2,800mAh (21 hours talktime)||2,600mAh (20 hours talktime)|
|3G Networks||✔ Up to 42Mbit/s||✔ Up to 42Mbit/s||✔ Up to 42Mbit/s|
|SIM Card Type||Nano SIM||Micro SIM||Nano SIM|
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