As an alternative to buying your smartphone directly from a mobile network, you can buy it from a third-party retailer such as the Carphone Warehouse.
In the UK, many people like to buy their smartphone from a third-party retailer as you can often get an unlocked handset at lower prices than directly from the mobile network. This will sometimes come in the form a 24-month contract with cashback, or it might allow you to instead pick up a SIM-only tariff from elsewhere.
Popular third-party retailers include the following:
- Carphone Warehouse
- John Lewis
- Tesco Direct
In this section, we’ll review and compare the UK’s mobile phone retailers.