Cheap iPhone 5 Options & the Alternatives

iPhone 5The latest version of the much loved iPhone has arrived (we even got to play with one in the office), and although many have been underwhelmed with the new and up graded features, it’s still flown of shelves at an alarming rate. Which isn’t really much of a surprise.

That being said, it’s still ludicrously expensive; buying it unlocked, directly from Apple will set you back £529 and that’s just for the 16GB version. So what are the options if you’re in the market for a new phone?

Up Grade

For some, it’s a timely opportunity as their current contracts come to an end and are looking to cash in their free up grade to an iPhone 5. Although in your haste to get it, don’t be undersold by you’re provider. Take some time to compare tariffs with other providers, and ensure you’re getting a similar package to what you had. You also want to pay attention to your data allowance as well.

If you are upgrading to a new phone, don’t forget to recycle and the old one for some quick cash, Asda have a pretty good trade in which I’ve used before, or you could sell it on eBay.

SIM Only

If you’ve got the cash upfront, then using your existing SIM or going on a SIM only contract, like GiffGaff is much cheaper in the long run. Their cheapest option gives unlimited data, unlimited web and 250 mins for £10 a month.

Three mobile also have some pretty reasonable deals, such as £12.90 a month for unlimited data, 5000 texts and 200 mins.

If you choose to go SIM only you’ll need to ensure that they are able to provide you with the new nano-SIM which the iPhone 5 now uses.

Pay Monthly

For the majority of us, buying an iPhone 5 outright isn’t the easiest of options; therefore you’ll be looking to get yourself the cheapest pay monthly deal. That being said there’s still upfront costs for the hand set on both Three and T-Mobile, which have the most competitive tariffs going at the minute, all of which are on a 2 year contract – which is where the money really starts to stack up.

Three

Along with T-Mobile, Three is the only operator to provide unlimited data and probably offers the best all round deals, although you’ll still need to pay an upfront fee for the handset.

Cost Per Month Calls Texts Data Handset
£36 2000 5000 Unlimited £79
£34 500 5000 Unlimited £79

T-Mobile

Alternatively similar plans with unlimited data, but with higher monthly and up front costs.

Cost Per Month Calls Texts Data Handset
£36 2,000 Unlimited Unlimited £109
£41 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £49
£46 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £29
£61 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £19

O2

The only tariff on O2 which will give you a ‘free’ handset is their £46 one, which provides unlimited calls and texts, but caps you at 1GB of data. In fact all of O2’s tariffs have unlimited calls and minutes with 1GB of data, with the only variation being the monthly/handset cost. So the more you pay per month the cheaper the handset

Cost Per Month Calls Texts Data Handset
£26 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £249.99
£31 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £199.99
£36 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £99.99
£41 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £49.99
£46 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB Free

Vodafone

Vodafone’s monthly costs are some of the cheapest, but that’s reflected in what you get per month in minutes/text/data.

Cost Per Month

Calls

Texts

Data

Handset

£33 600 Unlimited 500MB £149
£37 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £99
£42 Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £49
£47 Unlimited Unlimited 2GB Free

Orange

Orangehas perhaps the worse of the deals, despite owning T-Mobile, but offers tariffs with a ‘free’ handset.

Cost Per Month Calls Texts Data Handset
£36 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £109.99
£41 Unlimited Unlimited 2GB £29.99
£46 Unlimited Unlimited 3GB Free
£51 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Free

Smartphone Alternatives

Contrary to what Apple want you to believe, the iPhone isn’t the only smartphone on the market. Most notably is the Samsung Galaxy 3, which thanks to a lawsuit by Apple has told everyone how good and how frightened Apple is of Samsung.

Other’s include the Blackberry Bold 9900, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia series, LG Optimus and Sony Xperia, which all rival the iPhone functionality and user experience and don’t forget the iPhone 4 and 4S. It’s simply a case of ignoring the hype and find what works best for you.

Now is perhaps the best time to pick up a smartphone which isn’t an iPhone 5.

 

 

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