IPhone Costs And Tariffs Compared

A comparison of the different tariffs and up-front costs

Without a doubt, this years must have gadget has been the iphone.  However, if like me you can afford the upfront cost, the best option is to take out a phone contract that offers you an iphone at a much reduced price. 

IPhone Costs and Tarrifs Compared 

Here we compare some of the tariffs available as well the up front costs so you know exactly how much you will be spending over the length of the contract. 

 

Company

iphone model

Upfront cost

Monthly contract cost

Length of contract

Minutes included

Texts included

Internet allowance

Overall cost (for contract length)

Tesco

Iphone 3 8GB

129

35

12 months

750

Unlimited

1GB

549

Tesco

Iphone 4 16GB

229

35

12 months

750

Unlimited

1GB

649

Tesco

Iphone 4 32GB

299

35

12 months

750

Unlimited

1GB

719

O2

Iphone 3gs 8GB

95

35

18 months

300

Unlimited

500mb

725

Orange

Iphone 3 8GB

139

35

18 months

400

500

750mb

769

3

Iphone 3 8GB

49

30

24 months

500

5000

1GB

769

T Mobile

Iphone 3 8GB

79

30

24 months

300

300

500mb

799

O2

Iphone 4 16GB

199

35

18 months

300

Unlimited

500mb

829

O2

Iphone 3gs 8GB

Free

35

24 months

600

Unlimited

500mb

840

Orange

Iphone 3 8GB

Free

35

24 months

600

Unlimited

500mb

840

T Mobile

Iphone 3 8GB

Free

35

24 months

600

500

500mb

840

Orange

Iphone 4 16GB

229

35

18 months

400

500

750mb

859

3

Iphone 4 16GB

149

30

24 months

500

5000

1GB

869

T Mobile

Iphone 4 16GB

179

30

24 months

300

300

500mb

899

3

Iphone 4 16GB

69

35

24 months

500

5000

1GB

909

O2

Iphone 4 16GB

199

30

24 months

300

Unlimited

500mb

919

O2

Iphone 4 32GB

299

35

18 months

300

unlimited

500mb

929

T Mobile

Iphone 4 16GB

99

35

24 months

600

500

500mb

939

Orange

Iphone 4 32GB

319

35

18 months

400

500

750mb

949

3

Iphone 4 32GB

239

30

24 months

500

5000

1GB

959

Orange

Iphone 4 16GB

119

35

24 months

600

Unlimited

500mb

959

T Mobile

Iphone 4 32GB

269

30

24 months

300

300

500mb

989

3

Iphone 4 32GB

159

35

24 months

500

5000

1GB

999

O2

Iphone 4 32GB

299

30

24 months

300

Unlimited

500mb

1019

Orange

Iphone 4 32GB

219

35

24 months

600

Unlimited

500mb

1059

T Mobile

Iphone 4 32GB

219

35

24 months

600

500

500mb

1059

As you can see from the figures, Tesco offers the best deals by far for all models of the iphone.  Not only does Tesco offer the most minutes for the monthly cost but the contract only lasts for only 12 months which frees you up to search for an even more competitive sim only tariff after just a year. 

If you are worried about upfront costs and are happy to settle for an iphone 3, three companies will offer you an iphone for free on a £35 a month contract.  Be wary of these contracts though as you are tied in for 24 months and can end up paying much more than if you just paid a small amount upfront. 

If you are looking for the iphone 4 32GB then be prepared to pay at least £159 upfront and with most providers you are locked in for 24 months.  This means that over the life of the contract you will end up paying twice the value of the handset. 

Whatever tariff you choose, make sure you read the small print and consider insuring your phone to protect yourself in case of theft or damage. 



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