The UK’s Cheapest iPhone 6: EE, O2, Three & Vodafone Tariffs Compared
September 13th, 2014
In the UK, the iPhone 6 is available on four networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. In this article, we’ll compare the prices on each network and find the UK’s cheapest deal for buying a new iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone: it’s currently available for pre-order and will be released in the UK on September 19th.
Compared to last year’s iPhone 5s, the new iPhone 6 has a larger display. The 4.7-inch Retina HD display is 38% bigger than on last year’s model. The larger screen should give you a better multimedia experience (for instance, when you’re browsing the web or watching videos on your phone).
The iPhone 6 also has a brand new design, Apple’s A8 processor for even faster performance and NFC connectivity for payments on your phone. Apple have also upgraded the 8 megapixel iSight camera. There’s a brand new sensor and faster auto-focus so your images should look clearer and better than ever before.
At launch, the Apple iPhone 6 will be available on four networks in the UK: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Combined, the four mobile networks offer the iPhone on nearly 80 different tariffs. Each tariff comes with varying amounts of calls, texts and internet. This article will try and help you to find the best deal: we’ve compared the tariffs from each network in one easy-to-read table. We’ve also highlighted the UK’s best deals, the tariffs to go for and the tariffs to avoid.
Cheapest Deals: At A Glance
The main difference between each tariff is the amount of data included in the plan. To find your best value tariff, you’ll need to know how much data you use. In general, we would recommend around 2GB of data for an iPhone 6 user. A light users can sometimes get away with only 1GB whereas heavy data users will need to have 4GB of data or more. For more information, see our in-depth guide to mobile data allowances.
With 1GB of Data
If you only use your smartphone on an occasional basis or if you mainly use your smartphone when connected to wi-fi (e.g. at home or in the office), you can often get away with 1GB of data every 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 16GB iPhone 6. All tariffs are 24 months in length and include at least 1GB of data per month. The total cost is how much you’d pay over the 24 month period. It’s calculated from: total cost = upfront cost + (24 x monthly cost). Monthly line rental may increase with inflation.
Note: To get the cheapest deal available on EE (£379.99 upfront + £19.99/month), you’ll need to go to their website and to click the link for “See all plans for this phone”. Under “How would you like to pay?”, drag the slider all the way to the left. This will minimise the amount you pay every month. It’ll also give you a lower total cost despite the increase in how much you’d pay today .
With 2GB of Data
For the average user buying an iPhone 6, we’d recommend choosing a tariff with at least 2GB of data every month. The cheapest available tariff comes from EE: you’ll get unlimited calling, unlimited texting and 2GB of internet for £24.99/month (there’s an upfront cost of £309.99 to buy the iPhone 6). The total cost over 24 months is a little bit under £910. Compared to the next cheapest network (O2), it’s more than £130 cheaper over 24 months.
Once again, to get the best deal, you’ll need to drag the “How would like to pay?” slider over to the left (under the option: “Pay less every month”).
The cheapest available tariffs for the 16GB iPhone 6. All tariffs are 24 months in length and include at least 2GB of data per month. The total cost is how much you’d pay over the 24 month period. It’s calculated from: total cost = upfront cost + (24 x monthly cost). Monthly line rental may increase with inflation.
With 4GB of Data
For heavy users, we would recommend choosing a tariff with at least 4GB of data every month. The cheapest available option comes from EE: for £27.99/month plus £309.99 upfront you’ll get unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 4GB of double-speed 4G internet. The total cost over 24 months is £981.75. It’s a £130 cheaper than O2 (though the O2 tariff comes with 1GB of data more every month).
The cheapest available tariffs for the 16GB iPhone 6. All tariffs are 24 months in length and include at least 4GB of data per month. The total cost is how much you’d pay over the 24 month period. It’s calculated from: total cost = upfront cost + (24 x monthly cost). Monthly line rental may increase with inflation.
To get the best deal, you’ll once again need to drag the “How would like to pay?” slider over to the left (under the option: “Pay less every month”).
Our Recommended Network: EE
All of EE’s tariffs include high-speed 4G internet and EE has the widest 4G coverage of all the UK networks. For anyone choosing a ‘4GEE Extra’ plan, there’s double-speed 4G data and the ability to use your minutes & texts for free at no extra charge when travelling in the EU.
For a typical user, our recommended tariff is:
- Unlimited calls & texts
- 2GB of 4G internet
By default, this tariff will cost you £40.99/month plus £99.99 upfront (£1,083.75 over 24 months). However, you can cut the cost substantially by choosing to pay less every month. By moving the “How would you like to pay?” slider over to the left, you could instead pay £24.99/month plus £309.99 upfront. This will reduce your total cost of ownership to £909.75 over 24 months.
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 network and want to keep your old phone number, see our guide to using a PAC Code.
Before ordering, you should consult an online coverage checker to make sure coverage is available where you live. Select a network to see their online coverage map:
About the iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone. Due to be released on September 19th, it features a larger and higher resolution screen compared to its predecessors (the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display whereas the iPhone 5s only had a 4-inch Retina display).
Other key features include the ultra-thin design made with 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, High End||2014, High End||2014, High End|
|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|
|Front Camera||1.2 megapixels||2.0 megapixels||5.0 megapixels|
|Processor||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|
I'm a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology. I've been blogging at Ken's Tech Tips since 2005 with the aim of demystifying mobile technology for the rest of us.
Before writing about mobile technology, my background was in space & atmospheric physics. I have also worked in software development. Nowadays, I help companies to explain mobile technology to their customers. Please check out my portfolio or get in touch for more information. I'm also on Google+.