Compare Apple iPhone 5 Prices and Tariffs: Price Comparison Calculator

February 19th, 2013

Looking to buy an iPhone 5? Our price comparison tool searches through over 250 tariff combinations and 6 mobile networks to find the cheapest deal for you.

The iPhone 5 has been one of the bestselling handsets of 2013. Available on all of the UK’s major networks, it features a 4-inch Retina display, a powerful A6 processor and support for high-speed 4G LTE networks. Whether you’re into apps, games, listening to music or taking photos, it’s a great choice as a smartphone.

In this article, we look at the iPhone 5 tariffs being offered by EE, O2, Orange, Tesco, Three, T-Mobile and Vodafone. Our guide is fully updated for 2013. We’ve also got a price comparison calculator that will help you to find the best value deals for both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S.

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The complete list of 24 month 16GB iPhone 5 tariffs follows:

EE: iPhone 5 Tariffs

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EE is the only network currently offering a 4G price plan for the iPhone 5. With 4G, you can expect download speeds of around 15Mbit/s. This is about double what you’d expect on 3G: you’ll get download speeds of around 8Mbit/s when using the iPhone 5 on a 3G connection.

All of EE’s price plans come with unlimited calls and unlimited texts. You simply need to choose the amount of data that you want. If you opt for 4G, we recommend choosing a plan with at least 1GB of data each month. This costs £41/month plus £69.99 upfront on EE making the total cost of ownership £1,054 over 24 months.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
500MB plan Unlimited Unlimited 500MB £99.99 £36.00 £963.99
500MB plan Unlimited Unlimited 500MB £289.99 £31.00 £1,033.99
1GB plan Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £69.99 £41.00 £1,053.99
3GB plan Unlimited Unlimited 3GB £29.99 £46.00 £1,133.99
5GB plan Unlimited Unlimited 5GB £29.99 £51.00 £1,253.99
8GB plan Unlimited Unlimited 8GB £19.99 £56.00 £1,363.99
20GB plan Unlimited Unlimited 20GB £19.99 £61.00 £1,483.99

Three: iPhone 5 Tariffs

Three offer the iPhone 5 on a choice of 3 tariffs, all with all-you-can-eat data (unlimited downloads with no limits). The cheapest plan is Ultimate Internet 500: for £34/month plus £49 upfront you’ll get 500 minutes, 5000 texts and all-you-can-eat data.

Our recommended plan is Three’s flagship ‘The One Plan’ tariff. It costs £36/month plus £49 upfront and you’ll get 2000 minutes, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5000 texts and all-you-can-eat data. Tethering is included on The One Plan too: you can use it as a free mobile broadband service on your laptop, tablet or MP3 player. This is not supported on Ultimate Internet 500.

Another benefit of choosing Three is that they’ll launch an iPhone-compatible 4G service later this year. All Three customers will have access to 4G connectivity at no extra charge. This makes Three a much better alternative to EE, particularly if you’re looking for an affordable 4G service with a large amount of data.

You can order the iPhone 5 from Three’s website.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
Ultimate Internet 500 500 5,000 Unlimited £49.00 £34.00 £865.00
The One Plan 2,000 5,000 Unlimited £49.00 £36.00 £913.00
The One Plan 2,000 5,000 Unlimited Free £44.00 £1,056.00

Orange: iPhone 5 Tariffs

Orange offers the iPhone 5 on a range of plans from £20/month. Their entry-level iPhone 20 plan is the cheapest iPhone 5 plan in the UK, though it’s a rather limited offering with just 50 minutes, 50 texts and 100MB of data per month. To get the most from a device like the iPhone, we strongly recommend choosing a tariff with larger data allowances.

Our recommended plan for the iPhone 5 on Orange is the iPhone 36 Extra tariff. This comes with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB internet for £36/month plus £69.99 upfront. The total cost of ownership over 24 months is £934.

You can order the iPhone 5 from the Orange website.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
iPhone 20 50 50 100MB £319.99 £20.00 £799.99
iPhone 25 100 125 250MB £249.99 £25.00 £849.99
iPhone 31 200 250 500MB £179.99 £31.00 £923.99
iPhone 31 Extra 100 Unlimited 1GB £179.99 £31.00 £923.99
iPhone 36 Extra Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £69.99 £36.00 £933.99
iPhone 41 Extra Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £29.99 £41.00 £1,013.99
iPhone 46 Extra Unlimited Unlimited 3GB Free £46.00 £1,104.00
iPhone 51 Extra Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Free £51.00 £1,224.00

O2: iPhone 5 Tariffs

O2 offers the iPhone 5 on several versions of their flagship ‘On & On’ plan. You’ll get unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB data with the On & On plan (or 2GB data if you pay a bit more).

There are a variety of different pricing options for the On & On plan. You can either choose to pay more upfront or you can choose to pay more every month. The best value option is to pay the maximum amount upfront: this is an upfront payment of £249.99 followed by £26/month. The total cost of ownership over 24 months is £874 making this one of the best deals available on the market.

You can order the iPhone 5 from O2′s website.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
O2 On & On Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £249.99 £26.00 £873.99
O2 On & On Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £159.99 £31.00 £903.99
O2 On & On Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £99.99 £36.00 £963.99
O2 On & On (2GB Data) Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £249.99 £31.00 £993.99
O2 On & On (2GB Data) Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £29.99 £41.00 £1,013.99
O2 On & On (2GB Data) Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £159.99 £36.00 £1,023.99
O2 On & On (2GB Data) Unlimited Unlimited 2GB Free £46.00 £1,104.00
O2 Unlimited + 100MB Data Unlimited Unlimited 100MB Free £60.00 £1,440.00
O2 Unlimited + 750MB Data Unlimited Unlimited 750MB Free £63.00 £1,512.00

T-Mobile: iPhone 5 Tariffs

T-Mobile have made the iPhone 5 available on a wide variety of plans starting from £21/month.

Our recommended plan for the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile is their flagship ‘The Full Monty’ plan. Costing £36/month plus £109 upfront, you’ll get 2000 minutes, unlimited T-Mobile calls, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. The total cost of ownership over 24 months is £973.

You can order the iPhone 5 from the T-Mobile website.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
iPhone pay monthly 21 standard 50 250 750MB £339.00 £21.00 £843.00
iPhone pay monthly 26 standard 100 Unlimited 750MB £249.00 £26.00 £873.00
iPhone pay monthly 31 standard 300 Unlimited 750MB £179.00 £31.00 £923.00
The Full Monty 36 2,000 Unlimited Unlimited £109.00 £36.00 £973.00
iPhone pay monthly 36 standard 600 Unlimited 750MB £109.00 £36.00 £973.00
iPhone pay monthly 36 extra 300 Unlimited 1,500MB £109.00 £36.00 £973.00
iPhone pay monthly 41 extra 600 Unlimited 1,500MB £49.00 £41.00 £1,033.00
iPhone pay monthly 41 standard 900 Unlimited 750MB £49.00 £41.00 £1,033.00
The Full Monty 41 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £49.00 £41.00 £1,033.00
iPhone pay monthly 46 extra 900 Unlimited 1,500MB £29.00 £46.00 £1,133.00
iPhone pay monthly 46 standard 1,200 Unlimited 750MB £29.00 £46.00 £1,133.00
The Full Monty 46 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £29.00 £46.00 £1,133.00
iPhone pay monthly 61 standard 3,000 Unlimited 750MB £19.00 £61.00 £1,483.00
The Full Monty 61 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £19.00 £61.00 £1,483.00
iPhone pay monthly 66 extra 3,000 Unlimited 1,500MB £19.00 £66.00 £1,603.00

Tesco Mobile: iPhone 5 Tariffs

Tesco are offering the iPhone 5 on a choice of five 24-month plans. For £30/month plus £100 upfront, you’ll get 750 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB internet. This will cost a total of £820 over 24 months. Tesco is a virtual network operator that runs on the O2 network. The coverage offered by Tesco is identical to that offered by O2.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
Tesco £30/month 750 5,000 1GB £100.00 £30.00 £820.00
Tesco £35/month 750 5,000 2GB £50.00 £35.00 £890.00
Tesco £25/month 1,500 5,000 1GB £300.00 £25.00 £900.00
Tesco £40/month 1,500 5,000 2GB £25.00 £40.00 £985.00
Tesco £45/month 3,000 5,000 2GB Free £45.00 £1,080.00

Tesco also offers the iPhone 5 on a range of 12 month tariffs. For more information, please use our price comparison calculator or see the Tesco website.

Vodafone: iPhone 5 Tariffs

Vodafone are offering the iPhone 5 on a choice of 4 tariffs, including their flagship ‘Vodafone Red’ plan. Vodafone Red comes with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB internet for £37/month plus £109 upfront. The total cost of ownership is £997 over 24 months.

You can order the iPhone 5 from Vodafone on their website.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Upfront Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost of Ownership
Vodafone £33/month 600 Unlimited 500MB £149.00 £33.00 £941.00
Vodafone Red Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £109.00 £37.00 £997.00
Vodafone Red + Additional Data Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £49.00 £42.00 £1,057.00
Vodafone Red + Additional Data Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £19.00 £47.00 £1,147.00

Other common iPhone 5 queries:

What does total cost of ownership mean?

The total cost of ownership is the amount that you’d pay over the entirety of your contract. It takes into account the upfront cost as well as subsequent monthly payments. It’s calculated as follows:

Total Cost of Ownership = Upfront Cost + (24 x Monthly Cost)

The total cost of ownership is the best way of comparing how much different tariffs will cost in the long run. This is because some contracts charge more upfront whereas others contracts charge more later on. By looking at the total cost of ownership, we can consider the full picture.

Full tariff listing

For a complete listing of available tariffs, select the iPhone model that you’d like to buy:

You can use the form at the top of this page to find the best value tariffs based on your personal usage.

Would it be cheaper to buy an iPhone 5 on Pay As You Go?

It is sometimes cheaper to buy your handset upfront and to use a Pay As You Go service such as giffgaff. Our sister site, PAYGvsContract.com can compare the cost of buying the iPhone 5 on Pay As You Go and on contract.

    

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 27 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. 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.

  2. Helen Ayres said:

    Hello Ken

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

    Thanks!

    Helen

  3. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

    Full disclosure: Article updated with iPhone 5 tariff details.

  4. alice said:

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

  5. 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.

  6. Omer said:

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

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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

  9. channygold said:

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Ken Lo
    Ken said:

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

  21. 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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