iPhone 8 Plus cost comparison

Disclaimer: I am not buying one of these but the topic came up in discussion with the eldest child.

The latest iPhones are out and the numbers for me to switch to a contract continue to be a no brainer. Buying the phone outright upfront is the only sensible thing saving anywhere from £233 to £1,079 over the typical 24-month contracts. Interesting to note that O2 has shot into the lead as most expensive. Virgin is the cheapest. Interesting to note that there are no “unlimited” data deals any more.

Contract Phone Cost Monthly Cost Months 2-yr TOTAL Extra Cost Data Minutes Texts
3 PAYG £799 £15.00 24 £1,159 £0 Unlimited 200 Unlimited
Virgin £0 £58.00 24 £1,392 £233 40GB 5000 Unlimited
3 £79 £70.00 24 £1,759 £600 100GB Unlimited Unlimited
EE £10 £73.00 24 £1,762 £603 100GB Unlimited Unlimited
Vodafone £30 £76.00 24 £1,854 £695 60GB Unlimited Unlimited
O2 £30 £92.00 24 £2,238 £1,079 50GB Unlimited Unlimited

My Three.co.uk PAYG £15 I have had for many years back to when the iPhone 5 came out. Your PAYG mileage may vary. I do not make that many calls so 200 minutes for me is fine. YMMV.

So, as every, do your research, choose wisely, don’t just get another contract unless you really have no other option.