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:

In this section, we’ll review and compare the UK’s mobile phone retailers.

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