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.

Apple_iPhone_6The 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

At launch, the iPhone 6 will be available on four UK networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£379.99
upfront
£19.99
per month
£859.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£539.00
upfront
£18.00
per month
£971.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£38.00
per month
£1,011.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£38.50
per month
£1,023.00

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 .

EE - Pay Less Every Month

To get the cheapest deal, drag the slider all the way to the left under the option “How would you like to pay?”

Get the iPhone 6 on EE »

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”).

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£309.99
upfront
£24.99
per month
£909.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£539.00
upfront
£18.00
per month
£971.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£99.00
upfront
£41.00
per month
£1,083.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£49.00
upfront
£43.50
per month
£1,093.00

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).

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£309.99
upfront
£27.99
per month
£981.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£539.00
upfront
£23.00
per month
£1,091.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£99.00
upfront
£43.50
per month
£1,143.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£99.00
upfront
£45.00
per month
£1,179.00

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

EEEE is our recommended network for buying the iPhone 6. They currently have the lowest prices available in the UK (particularly if you choose the option to “pay less every month”).

All of EE’s tariffs include high-speed 4G internet and EE has the widest 4G coverage of all the UK networks. EE customers also get 2-for-1 cinema tickets as part of the EE Wednesdays offer.

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.

View EE Price Plans for the iPhone 6 »

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.

EE - Pay Less Every Month

To get the cheapest deal, drag the slider all the way to the left under the option “How would you like to pay?”

You can keep your old phone number when switching to EE: simply ask your old network to give you 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
EE500Unlimited500MB£449.99
upfront
£14.99
per month
£809.75
EE500Unlimited500MB£369.99
upfront
£19.99
per month
£849.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£379.99
upfront
£19.99
per month
£859.75
Vodafone100Unlimited100MB£249.00
upfront
£26.50
per month
£885.00
EE500Unlimited500MB£289.99
upfront
£24.99
per month
£889.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£299.99
upfront
£24.99
per month
£899.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£309.99
upfront
£24.99
per month
£909.75
Vodafone300Unlimited250MB£199.00
upfront
£30.50
per month
£931.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£379.99
upfront
£22.99
per month
£931.75
EE500Unlimited500MB£209.99
upfront
£30.99
per month
£953.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£219.99
upfront
£30.99
per month
£963.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£539.00
upfront
£18.00
per month
£971.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£299.99
upfront
£27.99
per month
£971.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£229.99
upfront
£30.99
per month
£973.75
Vodafone600Unlimited500MB£149.00
upfront
£34.50
per month
£977.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£309.99
upfront
£27.99
per month
£981.75
EE500Unlimited500MB£129.99
upfront
£35.99
per month
£993.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£139.99
upfront
£35.99
per month
£1,003.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£259.99
upfront
£30.99
per month
£1,003.75
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£38.00
per month
£1,011.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£149.99
upfront
£35.99
per month
£1,013.75
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£38.50
per month
£1,023.00
Vodafone600Unlimited1GB£99.00
upfront
£38.50
per month
£1,023.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£19.00
upfront
£42.00
per month
£1,027.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£219.99
upfront
£33.99
per month
£1,035.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£129.99
upfront
£38.00
per month
£1,041.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£179.99
upfront
£35.99
per month
£1,043.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£229.99
upfront
£33.99
per month
£1,045.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£29.99
upfront
£43.00
per month
£1,061.99
EE500Unlimited500MB£79.99
upfront
£40.99
per month
£1,063.75
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£89.99
upfront
£40.99
per month
£1,073.75
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£139.99
upfront
£38.99
per month
£1,075.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£259.99
upfront
£33.99
per month
£1,075.75
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£99.00
upfront
£41.00
per month
£1,083.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£99.99
upfront
£40.99
per month
£1,083.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£149.99
upfront
£38.99
per month
£1,085.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£539.00
upfront
£23.00
per month
£1,091.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£49.00
upfront
£43.50
per month
£1,093.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£19.00
upfront
£45.00
per month
£1,099.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£129.99
upfront
£40.99
per month
£1,113.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£179.99
upfront
£38.99
per month
£1,115.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£89.99
upfront
£43.00
per month
£1,121.99
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£99.00
upfront
£43.50
per month
£1,143.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£89.99
upfront
£43.99
per month
£1,145.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£209.99
upfront
£38.99
per month
£1,145.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£0.00
upfront
£48.00
per month
£1,152.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£49.99
upfront
£45.99
per month
£1,153.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£99.99
upfront
£43.99
per month
£1,155.75
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£0.00
upfront
£48.50
per month
£1,164.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£0.00
upfront
£48.50
per month
£1,164.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£99.00
upfront
£45.00
per month
£1,179.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£79.99
upfront
£45.99
per month
£1,183.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£129.99
upfront
£43.99
per month
£1,185.75
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£19.00
upfront
£49.00
per month
£1,195.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited8GB£539.00
upfront
£28.00
per month
£1,211.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited8GB£59.99
upfront
£48.00
per month
£1,211.99
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited7GB£49.00
upfront
£48.50
per month
£1,213.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£159.99
upfront
£43.99
per month
£1,215.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£49.99
upfront
£48.99
per month
£1,225.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£29.99
upfront
£50.99
per month
£1,253.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£79.99
upfront
£48.99
per month
£1,255.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited8GB£0.00
upfront
£53.00
per month
£1,272.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£49.99
upfront
£50.99
per month
£1,273.75
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£0.00
upfront
£53.50
per month
£1,284.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£29.99
upfront
£53.99
per month
£1,325.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£539.00
upfront
£33.00
per month
£1,331.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£59.99
upfront
£53.00
per month
£1,331.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£49.99
upfront
£53.99
per month
£1,345.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£29.99
upfront
£55.99
per month
£1,373.75
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£0.00
upfront
£58.00
per month
£1,392.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£0.00
upfront
£58.50
per month
£1,404.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£29.99
upfront
£58.99
per month
£1,445.75
EEUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£29.99
upfront
£75.99
per month
£1,853.75

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

Apple_iPhone_6The 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.

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

Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5
HTC One M8
Release Date2014, High End2014, High End2014, High End
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
LED Flash
Front Camera1.2 megapixels2.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
Internals
Processor1.4GHz 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 websites of EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

    

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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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