Fantasy football is a big deal. Here’s the expert’s guide – CNET

Two laptops. One iPad. A smartphone, maybe two. And reliable Wi-Fi.

These are “the essentials” that fantasy football geek Greg Ross says he’ll need to pick a winning team during his online draft on Labor Day, when he’ll try to set himself up to crush the season’s competition.

Two laptops. One iPad. A smartphone, maybe two. And reliable Wi-Fi.

These are “the essentials” that fantasy football geek Greg Ross says he’ll need to pick a winning team during his online draft on Labor Day, when he’ll try to set himself up to crush the season’s competition.

Why so many gadgets? The operations consultant from Oakland, California, wants player stats from as many websites and apps as quickly as possible. The information will become increasingly valuable as the 49-year-old moves deeper into his league’s 18-round draft this weekend. And there’s a lot on the line: Ross is determined to win his fourth championship, as well as $1,000 prize and an engraved trophy.

“I’m getting my war room ready,” said Ross, who’s played in a fantasy league for 19 years and wants another season of bragging rights. “You’ve got to come prepared.”

Ross’ anticipation comes as the cultural phenomenon that is fantasy football brings family, friends and total strangers together online to battle make-believe NFL teams. An estimated 40 million football fans will spend the long holiday weekend participating in fantasy drafts, which let novices pick a group of NFL players to form their team, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. If that doesn’t convince you of fantasy football’s popularity, consider this: The game served as the backdrop of a hit sitcom, unsurprisingly called “The League.”

The game-within-the-game’s history dates back more than half-century, when former Oakland Raiders minority owner Bill Winkenbach and some buddies competed to see who could assemble the best all-star team on paper. They spiced things up by putting a little cash on the line. Now fantasy football is an estimated $7 billion industry, said Paul Charchian, board president of the FSTA, and it’s fueled by free and for-pay sites, TV shows and podcasts, and video games like the long-running Madden NFL franchise.

Fantasy football has also spawned a new form of gambling that pits players against each other for as little as a day. DraftKings and FanDuel are the two biggest sites for that type of play.

Fantasy football is a simple concept. Participants create their own teams using players from across the league. Ever wondered how well a team that had both Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt would do? Fantasy football lets you find out.

Each week, you and your league mates reassess your teams, counting points for how well players passed, ran and scored in real-world football games. The person with the most points wins and those with the most wins at the end of the season compete in playoffs for the championship. Winners get to boast, and, in some leagues, losers may face a punishment.

“Fantasy makes even the dullest football game more interesting, simply because we have a vested interest,” said Charchian, who oversees the site LeagueSafe and hosts a weekly fantasy radio show.

Here are some quick tips on picking your best team, from Ross and Charchian, along with ESPN fantasy football analyst Matthew Berry and Jamey Eisenberg, senior fantasy writer for CBS Sports. (CBS Sports, like CNET, is owned by CBS).

Stay on top of fantasy news

Charchian recommends Fanball.com, Rotoworld and fftoday.com for great free and subscription-based fantasy content. He also suggests Twitter, where experts including Footballguys.com writer Matt Waldman, SiriusXM radio show host Brandon Marianne Lee and writer Patrick Daugherty answer fan questions almost nonstop. Their comments often cover queries about sleeper picks and best players.

Use your first rounds wisely

You want to move fast to pick studs in key positions, such as running back (think David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell), quarterback (perhaps Aaron Rodgers) and wide receiver (maybe Antonio Brown or Julio Jones). You can fill out the rest of your roster in later rounds.

Remember that even though you’re in a fantasy league, there’s only one Cam Newton. If a league mate chooses the Carolina Panthers quarterback, you have to make some sort of deal to bring him to your team. Or go without.

Take the best players first

The biggest mistake rookie fantasy participants make is trying to fill out all the positions first, instead of taking the best players available. You can always use an extra stud for a trade.

Focus on running backs

ESPN’s Berry, who spent 28 straight hours on air helping the network sign up more than 2 million fantasy players two weeks ago, says the best approach is trying to collect as many quality running backs as possible. For one thing, they’re hard to come by. For another, they often get injured and you’ll need backups.

No regrets

And if there’s a favorite player you must have on your team, Charchian said, “just do whatever it takes” to get him. Or feel regretful.

“At the end of the day, fantasy is supposed to be all about fun,” he said. “Right?!”

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If you’ve been waiting for Google Pixel XL deals to go cheap, NOW is the time to buy

It wasn’t so long ago that we were telling everybody we know that you could now get the Google Pixel XL – the purist large screen Android experience on the market – for deals less than £800 over the course of a two year contract.

It wasn’t so long ago that we were telling everybody we know that you could now get the Google Pixel XL – the purist large screen Android experience on the market – for deals less than £800 over the course of a two year contract.

But the prices that have dropped this week on the Pixel XL make those old prices look like a veritable rip-off. For the very first time, you can now get the 5.5-inch smartphone for less than £600 over two years – thanks to our exclusive 10OFF discount code. That’s only £21 per month, which is unheard of for this premium phone.

Who ever said that you needed to wait until Black Friday to buy a new phone on the cheap?! Read on to discover the other best Pixel XL prices you can get at the moment, as well as a potted review of the huge flagship phone.

Best Google Pixel XL deals right now

Google Pixel XL 32GB | £90 upfront (with 10OFF code) | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £21pm
Bearing in mind that the Pixel XL hit the shelves less than a year ago and on release you had to pay almost £1200 over the term, this latest price drop is nothing short of remarkable. If you simply want the Pixel XL for the cheapest price possible, then click on the link below and buy this……NOW! The total 24 month cost on this deal is £594

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Google Pixel XL 32GB | £25 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 3GB data | £27pm
If you’re looking at the first deal and are thinking “I’m tempted – but who on earth can survive on 1GB of data?”, then this option may be more your scene. Get triple the data for £6 more per month, and pay a trifling £25 upfront. Plus, with O2, you also get access to the network’s Priority rewards, for first dibs on gig tickets and regular cheap lunches.. The total 24 month cost on this deal is £673

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Google Pixel XL 32GB | £65 upfront (with 10OFF code) | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
Even though it’s a tad more expensive than the last two, this might actually be our favourite deal on the XL at the moment. As well as getting a little more data to play with, you’ll be on EE – the UK’s fastest 4G network. And there’s a really nice balance between upfront cost and your monthly bills. Total 24 month cost on this deal is £736.76

Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

Google Pixel XL | £15 (with code 10OFF) | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
The other three tariffs on this page just aren’t going to cut the mustard if you’re a big user of Netflix, Spotify and Facebook away from Wi-Fi (other streaming services and social media are available!). But this is a fantastic price for so much data. Again, it’s worth rolling back a year for some context – this kind of tariff would have cost you around £1500 over the two years on release. Total cost over 24 months is £831

Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

Although there was a lot of love out there for the Nexus 6P from Android purists, there was always a feeling that Google needed to produce a genuinely brilliant flagship phone to contend with the likes of Samsung and the iPhone. And that’s exactly what the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are.

The larger of the duo, the 5.5-inch Pixel XL is among the very best big screen phones on the market. The bright, bold AMOLED display is fantastic for watching videos on, thanks to its 1440×2560 pixels. The 4GB Ram and Snapdragon 821 chipset means it smoothly handles pretty much any task you can throw at it. And the images the camera produces can be breathtaking. Good for Google and its excellent XL.

Read our full Google Pixel XL reviewWhy are Google Pixel XL deals so cheap now?

You don’t need to know too much about market forces and supply and demand to come up with a theory for the Pixel XL price drop. The equation goes something like this: iPhone 8 + Galaxy Note 8 = cheap prices on everything else.

While Apple and Samsung prepare to put their brand new flagship phones on the market within a few days of each other this month, we’ve seen prices fall on a range of other phones. So if you’re not exactly chomping at the bit to pay in excess of £1000 for those new models, it’s a great time to go for another cheap mobile phone deal instead.

The best cheap GoPro deals in September 2017

No one expected GoPro to be so successful when it invented the action camera back in 2004. But here we are, and here you are thinking of buying one.

These things are the best of the best, but they don’t come cheap – well most of the time at least.

No one expected GoPro to be so successful when it invented the action camera back in 2004. But here we are, and here you are thinking of buying one.

These things are the best of the best, but they don’t come cheap – well most of the time at least. We’ve rounded up all of the best GoPro deals, so that if you do want to buy one, you can make sure you get the best possible price. Our deals are checked every day to make sure all GoPro prices are up to date! We didn’t really see any significant discounts on Black Friday, so we’d jump on any discounts you see rather than wait.

If you’re just after a regular camera deal, be sure to check out our guide to the best cheap cameras.

What’s a good GoPro deal?

Well, that’s up to you. We’ve ordered the GoPros on this page in order of prestige. You can get some seriously discounted GoPro deals if you opt for some of the older models like the 2015 GoPro Hero4 Session, which offers all the best GoPro features but in an easy to use and very affordable model. Naturally, we’ve updated our cheap GoPro deals page with the brand new Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session deals for those of you looking the best GoPro action camera yet.

The Hero5 Black is the GoPro we always wanted. The new waterproof design out-of-the-box makes it more resilient and the new camera has enough to make it a convincing update. The picture quality is better, it finally has video stabilization and the touchscreen makes it easier to use than any other GoPro. Sale items aside, it’s cheaper than most prices for the older GoPro Hero 4 Black now too.

The GoPro Hero5 Session is a capable 4K action camera with a minimalist design that pushes the specs to the max within its cube-shaped confines. The Hero5 Session is also a major specs boost for GoPro’s tiniest action camera. It now shoots stabilized 4K video and has a variety of new field of view modes. It’s more expensive than its predecessor, but worth the upgrade.

The model, simply called the GoPro Hero Session, has replaced the very similar GoPro Hero 4 Session. They’re the same price and considerably cheaper than the most recent GoPro Hero5 Session. Actually, looking around at the various GoPro models, this looks like the cheapest of the lot seeing as the older GoPro Hero is proving hard to get a hold of nowadays. So if you want an entry level GoPro, this could be the one to go for.

Compared to the models before it, the GoPro Hero4 Black offers the best image quality, plus a 2x more powerful processor that delivers super slow motion at 240 frames per second. High-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K601 video combines with 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion to enable immersive footage of you and your world.

With the arrival of the newer Hero5, expect to see prices drop soon. As things stand many retailers are selling it for more than the Hero5! So it may be worth checking out the deals on the newer model (see above) before opting for this one.

UPDATE: This model has now been discontinued in Australia, but retailers could still have some stock available.

Number 2 in terms of outright awesomeness, the GoPro Hero4 Silver is the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is very convenient with this model – just view, tap and swipe the screen.

This GoPro captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video, plus 12MP photos at 30 frames per second. It’s not quite the best, but it is cheaper than the GoPro Hero4 Black above.

Update: No longer available at most UK and Australian stores. This model doesn’t record in 4K, but it does offer 1080p 60fps video and 10MP photos at speeds of up to 10 frames per second. Built-in Wi-Fi enables you to use the GoPro App to control the camera remotely, preview shots and share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and more.

Compatible with all GoPro mounts, you can wear it or attach it to your gear for immersive POV footage of your favorite activities.

7: GoPro Karma Drone deals

Looking to take to the skies with your GoPro camera? There are certainly cheaper camera drones available, but this is one of the best premium setups out there. You can buy the drone on its own (often listed as ‘GoPro Karma Light’ or ‘GoPro Karma with harness’), or get it bundled with the excellent GoPro Hero5 Black camera. We’ve included price comparison charts for both below, but you may be able to save a bit of cash by buying the drone and camera separately (check out the GoPro Hero5 Black deals near the top of this page). You’ll find the best GoPro Karma prices below though.

The best iPad Air 2 deals in September 2017

Apple’s iPad Air 2 was by some distance the best value tablet on the planet, and on this page we’re going to help you find one at the right price, whether it be a standalone iPad Air 2 wi-fi or an iPad Air 2 4G on contract.

Apple’s iPad Air 2 was by some distance the best value tablet on the planet, and on this page we’re going to help you find one at the right price, whether it be a standalone iPad Air 2 wi-fi or an iPad Air 2 4G on contract.

Either way, this is a device that anyone using a tablet from 2012 or earlier should be thinking very strongly about upgrading to – it’s that good. It’s always worth keeping an eye out later in the year too for some special Black Friday deals.

After the latest and greatest iPad on the market? Check out our iPad Pro deals

The combination of lots more power compared to the original iPad Air, a far better screen, improved design and an upgraded OS make it the only real option for anyone who wants to buy a serious tablet – and that’s before getting into the fact the tablet app ecosystem is so much stronger than on Android.

And the iPad Air 2 is even better now that iOS 8 is capable of scaling apps so seamlessly – the days of low-res iPhone apps are gone. It’s another hammer blow to the Google tablet market, although you can still be fully confident that’s going to catch up in quality soon.

That said, Apple has just launched a new iPad 9.7-inch model that’s an iPad Air 3 in all but name. Check out the new iPad deals.

Key iPad Air 2 specs:

OS: iOS 8.3 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | Battery: 2703mAh (10 hours) | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

+ Superbly powerful | + Lovely screen | – No volume silencer | – 16GB option not enough

Today’s best iPad Air 2 deals and prices:

Mobile phone deals: the best contracts in September 2017

So here they are – the lowest prices on the very best phones on the market. This is the place where you can easily find the best mobile phone deal for your needs and budget.

So here they are – the lowest prices on the very best phones on the market. This is the place where you can easily find the best mobile phone deal for your needs and budget. So sit back, relax and prepare to bag a bargain.

We’ve rooted out the cheapest deals on the best handsets from the major UK networks – so you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to find get an affordable phone! Use Techradar’s price comparison chart above to find your ideal phone and contract – simply pick your desired handset, budget and allowances and we’ll tell you the very best phone deal around.

Below, you can browse through our individual handset guides for all of the best mobile phone deals out there, whether you’re after the new iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 or something a little older (and cheaper!). Want a free phone? Lots of data? The lowest possible monthly cost? We’ll help you find the perfect deal. We’ve even picked out the best SIM only deals, in case you’re not quite ready to part with your current handset.

Buying a mobile phone – what you need to know

Of course you want to find the cheapest price for your new smartphone – and our comparison chart at the top of the page will narrow that down for you – but we know there are likely to be dozens more questions you’ll want answering. Keep reading below, where we answer some of the key commonly asked questions about buying a new mobile.

Can I keep my old number?

You can indeed, and it’s really easy – so no need to send one of those texts to everybody in your phone book telling them your new digits.

What you need to do is grab a PAC – or Porting Authorisation Code – from your old network. We’ve listed the direct numbers you need for the four major networks below. As soon as they’ve sent it to you, which should be within a day or two, you just need to give it to your new network. Voila – brand new phone with the same old number. Easy.

It becomes slightly less easy if the deal you pick out above is on the same network as your current one. They won’t let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you’re moving. They’ll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but worth it.

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 8090202Vodafone 03333 040 191Three 0333 300 3333ID 0333 003 7777GiffGaff 43431 from your handsetVirgin 0345 6000 789BT 0800 800 150Tesco 0345 301 4455Sky 03300 412 524Asda 0800 079 2732

Which phone network is best?

Loyalty is an admirable trait, but could end up costing you money when it comes to the perfect phone deal. If you don’t mind leaving your comfort zone, you may find that heading to one of the other major networks may well be worth it…

Despite what Richard Branson’s adverts might suggest, EE is the Usain Bolt of phone networks. Nobody else can come close to EE’s 4G speeds in the UK. So if you rely on fast internet while away from WI-Fi, then EE is the obvious choice. Plus, EE gives you three free months of BT Sport (or more if you get a Max plan) when you sign up, as well as six months of Apple Music. The EE coverage checker will confirm how strong it is where you live.

The biggest lure to O2 is the network’s Priority rewards (well, that and Sean Bean’s mellifluous tones). From cheap lunches and free coffees to first refusal on big gig tickets, O2 is the network for regular goodies. Plus, they have 1000s of Wi-Fi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to. Use the O2 coverage checker to see whether you’ll be able to access 4G.

Good news for jet-setters – Vodafone lets you use your data, calls and texts allowances in 50 countries around the world without charge. But things really start to get good when you splash out on its bigger Red Entertainment data plans, as Vodafone will give you your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription. Click to check if Vodafone covers your home.

3 remains the king of the big data deals, and still the only one of the big four networks to offer unlimited, uncapped, all-you-can-eat delicious data. We also like that you can use 4G to make calls and texts via the dedicated Three inTouch app, and you can connect to Wi-Fi in the London Underground if you ever find yourself in the capital. But 4G coverage isn’t as strong as the other networks – check whether your postcode is covered with the Three coverage checker.

What phone contract length should I get?

Well if you’re buying a new phone plan with a contract, you haven’t got much choice. It’s 24 months or nothing, these days. If you don’t want to be tied down to that kind of commitment, then you’ll have to go down the SIM only route and buy the handset separately – we’ve rounded up the best SIM free phone deals to help you make your chocie.

How much phone data do I need?

The answer to this one will be different for everybody. If you only really carry your phone for emergencies, then go for the minimum amount of data and save a packet. If you like to scroll through Facebook on the bus and stream Spotify, you’ll need a bit more. And if you frequently stream videos and download masses of files, then 30GB or even unlimited may be worth paying extra for.

As well as checking your phone to see how much you tend to use a month at the moment, the below guidelines will also help you pick out the perfect plan:

1GB Some networks offer 500MB plans, but realistically we think you should get at least 1GB. It won’t be much more expensive (if at all) and will afford you a little bit of Google Mapping, WhatsApping and emailing when you need them.2-3GB If you like to scroll through your social media feeds and emails while out and about without fear of extra cash to pay on your monthly bill, then up your data.4-8GB The likes of Spotify and Apple Music have promised us all our favourite tunes wherever we roam. Kit yourself out with a bit more data and you’ll have plenty for music streaming and the occasional video, too.
10-16GB This should be more than enough for most users. Loads of data for streaming music, downloading podcasts and enjoying social media videos. Because there’s no such thing as too many cats falling into bins.20-30GB Big data for the big phone user. Perfect for watching Netflix videos, downloading content and streaming loads of music. And these plans often have extra freebies thrown in, too.Unlimited The 3 network is still the only one of the ‘Big 4’ to offer unlimited data. It can be really pricey though, so think long and hard whether you really need it.

Should I get unlimited calls and texts?

Actually these days, the vast majority of phone contracts feature unlimited calls and texts. We do see some of the cheaper plans sometimes limit them, but even if they do, you can use your data allowance on popular apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Hangouts to make calls and texts if your minutes run dry.

How much phone memory do I need?

You’re likely to be one of two kinds of person:

Person 1: You like all your photos, music, downloads and other media to be saved directly on to your phone. If that sounds like you, 16GB or 32GB handsets may not be enough and you should use our comparison chart to find the most affordable 64GB, 128GB or 256GB models.

Person 2: You’re a stream demon. You’ve got subscriptions to Spotify and Netflix and you save all your Word docs and snaps into the cloud. Save your money and go for a cheaper, lower memory handset.

OK person 3, calm down – you fall somewhere between the two, right? If you can afford to get a smartphone with more memory, that is probably safest. But don’t forget that most phones do allow you to insert an additional SD card if you run out of space – most phones apart from iPhones, that is.

Are refurbished phones good to buy?

Refurbished phones can provide a alternative to a new handset if you’re budget is a shoestring. ‘Refurbished’ often means that the previous owner simply changed their mind about the phone soon after buying it, so it’s still practically brand new – and the potential savings can be substantial.

If you do spy an unbelievable deal on a refurbed phone, the main thing to make sure of is the warranty. Double check that you are properly covered for a decent length of time. A year’s warranty is preferable.

TechRadar’s unbiased and independent mobile phone deals comparison

Thanks for visiting TechRadar’s mobile phone deal comparison page! Our price comparison system includes 2.47 million mobile phone contracts from all of the major networks and resellers so that you can always find the one that suits you best.

Unlike some other major sites, our philosophy is to always display you with the absolute cheapest deals for the criteria you select. So you’ll always be able to see the cheapest prices for the best phones with contracts with the most generous data allowances.

How does TechRadar make money from affiliates?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

The money that TechRadar makes from this free service allows us to improve our product comparison tools and pay the editors who trawl through all the sites and select the best deals every month.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute cheapest deal. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

How do we order these mobile phone deals?

Our mobile phone deal comparison tools sift through millions of different deals and surfaces the ones we think are the very best. Essentially that means finding deals that work out the cheapest over a 24 month contract while still supplying at least 1GB of data, as you’ve told us that 1GB is your absolute minimum. If you need more data, use the filters and we’ll display the cheapest prices for your increased amount.

On this specific page, we have many mobile phone options displaying in one comparison table. In this case, we try and find you a balance between paying the cheapest price and getting the best phone for your money.

How do the mobile phone deals comparison tools work?

The comparison tools you find on the page above will hopefully be very easy to use. You can select what your budget is, whether it be upfront cost or monthly fee or both. And you can say how much data you need or how many minutes and texts. You can even filter by network if you really want to be on a specific carrier. The deals will automatically update as you drill down in your search, always favouring the cheapest options over the more expensive ones. If you ever want to refresh and start your search again, simply select the ‘CLEAR ALL FILTERS’ option to begin again from scratch.

What is TechRadar?

TechRadar is Europe’s largest technology reviews website with over 22 million visitors every month. It’s our aim to provide you with the very best buying advice, always. If you’d like to read reviews of the mobile phones you see on this page, you can visit TechRadar’s reviews homepage.

How do we select which networks and resellers to display?

TechRadar strives to include all mobile phone deals from all UK networks and resellers so that you can search through all the available deals in the UK without having to look on all the websites separately. However, for sites to be included they need to supply us with a feed of their deals. This is the only reason why a phone reseller or network wouldn’t appear in our system – but the vast majority do.

Best value mobile phone deals of the month:

Our editors look at all of the available deals for all of the best smartphones every week of every month of every year – not just when the going is good around Black Friday. In this section, we’ve picked out the best deal available right now for each phone, as well as a link through to the ‘best deals’ guide for each individual handset.


iPhone 7 deals

Prices on Apple’s latest flagship phone are now finally starting to fall to more palatable levels. We’ve seen prices as low as £22.99 a month on the UK’s fastest 4G network EE!

Discover moreiPhone 7 deals and iPhone 7 Plus deals


Samsung Galaxy S8 deals

We were a little surprised by how expensive Samsung’s latest flagship was on release, but prices have fallen significantly since then. If you need something bigger, the even larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is closer to a phablet.

See more Samsung Galaxy S8 deals and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals


LG G6 deals

LG’s new flagship phone has a longer screen with a rather fetching rounded-corner design. A fine alternative to the Galaxy’s Edge screen and for a lower price.

Discover more greatLG G6 deals


iPhone SE deals

By far, the cheapest way to get an Apple smartphone, you’ll find the iPhone SE for £17.99 (and sometimes even lower!). It has all the power of iPhone 6S with the design of iPhone 5S. A brilliant bargain.

Read our guide:iPhone SE deals


Samsung Galaxy S7 deals

It may now have been superseded, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still a brilliant phone. And now it’s a year old, it means you can get big data deals for a reasonable price.

Get more greatSamsung Galaxy S7 deals and Galaxy S7 Edge deals


Google Pixel and Pixel XL deals

The Google Pixel replaces the Nexus 5X, comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera and we’ve seen prices for less than £17.99 a month. The Google Pixel XL is larger and more premium but dearer.

Read our guide toGoogle Pixel and Pixel XL deals


iPhone 6S deals

Grab the best possible deal on the still excellent iPhone 6S with our dedicated page. You can get very attractive plans for well under £30 per month.

See our otheriPhone 6S deals and iPhone 6S Plus deals


iPhone 6 deals

Prices just absolutely dived on the iPhone 6. Great news, considering it remains an excellent way to own an awesome Apple phone for meagre amounts of money.

See more ace prices with ourbest iPhone 6 deals and iPhone 6 Plus deals


Nokia 3310 deals

Had you told us last year whether we’d be featuring Nokia 3310 deals on these pages, we would have laughed you right out of the building. But it’s back and it costs an unfeasibly reasonable £39 from Vodafone.

Learn more about thebest Nokia 3310 deals


HTC U11 deals

Much has been made of the new HTC U11’s Edge Sense technology, but some of the tariffs available are also newsworthy. Click the link below to find the best deals.

For more deals and free handset offers, head to ourHTC U11 deals


Sony Xperia XZ deals

The Sony Xperia XZ is a great handset offering everything you’d expect from a brand new flagship phone. Want something more powerful? Then you can pay extra for the XZ Premium.

Pick your ownSony Xperia XZ deals or Sony Xperia XZ Premium deals


BlackBerry KeyONE deals

Blackberry spent many years in the wilderness, but its return with the BlackBerry KeyOne is a massive return to form.

Click for more brilliantBlackBerry KeyONE deals


Samsung Galaxy S6 deals

Like the older iPhones above, the Samsung Galaxy S6 presents an ideal way to get a superb mobile for a much lower tariff. use our dedicated deal pages to see tariffs for less than £600 over two years.

More Samsung Galaxy S6 deals, Galaxy S6 Edge deals and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus deals


iPhone 5S deals

All it takes to get this classic iPhone 5S is around £17 a month. Other than that, it’s completely free, with no upfront costs. You can upgrade it to Apple’s latest iOS 10.3.2, so you’ll have the latest software on your cheap, cheap iPhone.

Read our guide to thebest iPhone 5S deals


Sony Xperia X deals

Sony worked hard to strike a balance between top-of-the-range premium features and affordable prices – it hit gold with the Xperia X and smaller Xperia X Compact.

Follow the link for moreSony Xperia X deals and Xperia X Compact deals.


HTC 10 deals

HTC’s follow up to the One M9 was a worthy upgrade. In fact, we still think it’s brilliant, and a genuine alternative to the newer, pricier U11.

Read our guide to thebest HTC 10 deals for more cheap prices


LG G5 deals

Get modular with LG’s innovative former flagship phone. And if you just want to pick up a cheap handset that runs Android, these LG G4 deals are still worth a look, too.

Get stuck in to the best LG G5 deals


HTC One A9 deals

The HTC One A9 is a brilliant budget smartphone that could well do the job if you don’t want to spend the earth.

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Moto X Style deals

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Sony Xperia Z5 deals

Sony’s Z5 range put the iconic Japanese tech company back on the mobile phones map. You can’t get them on contract any longer, so you’ll have to team your Z5, Z5 Compact or Z5 Premium handset with a cracking SIM only deal.

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SIM only deals

If you need to plug the gap between iPhone launches or are simply happy with the phone you already have, grabbing a free SIM card may be the best option. If you have the cash, you may even find that teaming up a cheap SIM only deal with a new handset is a cheaper way of getting your new smartphone, with tariffs as low as a fiver a month for 1.5GB of data.

Visit our dedicated round-up of thebest SIM only deals

Wondering what phone to choose?

If you can’t decide what phone your should buy, check out our best mobile phones buying guide. On that page you should find everything you need to make the choice of handset.

The best EE phone deals in September 2017

EE is the fastest UK 4G network and for that reason many people want to switch to it. But you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal when you do, right? So we’ve tracked down all of the best EE phone deals currently available, both direct from EE itself or from resellers who’ll subsidise the prices for you.

EE is the fastest UK 4G network and for that reason many people want to switch to it. But you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal when you do, right? So we’ve tracked down all of the best EE phone deals currently available, both direct from EE itself or from resellers who’ll subsidise the prices for you.

And the other ting in EE’s favour is that it frequently has the best deals on flagship phones including the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. All the EE phone deals in our comparison charts are updated daily so that they remain current, in-stock and represent the best value currently available – you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to bag a bargain price.

Still want more money off? If the perfect EE plan for you is offered by Mobiles.co.uk, the reseller is currently offering a further £10 off the upfront cost of the handset (except the Galaxy S8) if you enter the code 10OFF at the checkout.

Best EE phone deals by handset


The best iPhone 7 deals on EE:

The new iPhone 7 is another smash hit mobile phone from Apple thanks to further design enhancements. It’s now waterproof, has a better screen and stereo speakers. The long-rumoured dropping of the headphone jack has become a reality. Memory capacity has been given a boost now, with the smallest models now starting at a much more spacious 32GB.

iPhone 7 32GB | £165 upfront (with 10FF code) | 2GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £22.99pm
£22.99 is still the minimum amount you’ll be able to spend to get your hands on the latest iPhone. If you’re after the cheapest iPhone 7 deal possible on EE, then this is the one you need. It may feel like a big wedge to find at the outset (up £25 from last month), but it comes with unlimited calls and texts to add to the 2GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £716.76

View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone 7 32GB | £144.99 handset | 5GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £27.99pm
Times must be good – we can’t recall 5GB iPhone 7 deals that come in at £27.99 a month happening too often. It’s a big spend up top, which won’t apeal to everybody, but the tariff gives you 5GB data and unlimited everything else. Sterling stuff. Total cost over 24 months is £816.75

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

iPhone 7 32GB | FREE upfront | 10GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £37.99pm
EE becomes uncompetitive on the iPhone 7 when you venture to the highest data deals, so if you need more than 10GB you should go to another network. But this tariff is a good’n from Affordable Mobiles. You get a completely free handset and they’ll throw £12 cashback at you, too. Total cost over 24 months is £911.76

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

iPhone 7 128GB | £125 upfront | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £32.99 per month
If you want the extra storage space that the 128GB iPhone 7 affords, you have to be prepared to spend. We understand that the huge handset price will put some people off (it’s a tad more expensive than last month), but this is not a bad price on such a desirable handset. Total cost over 24 months is £916.76

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles


The best iPhone 7 Plus deals on EE:

Apple’s larger iPhone 7 Plus is a premium upgrade over the regular iPhone 7. In addition to being waterproof, rocking stereo speakers and having an improved screen this year, the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera with an incredibly clear zoom function for professional looking pictures.

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £149.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £32.99 per month
If you tend to use apps and maps away from your Wi-Fi regularly, then 5GB will afford you a much greater buffer before you start hitting your limit. And it’s EE –
UK’s fastest 4G network – that currently has the best tariff. It’s the iPhone 7 Plus, so it’s unsurprisingly expensive upfront. But the £32.99 monthly payments are very attractive indeed. Total cost over 24 months is £941.75

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £119.99 | Unlimited calls and texts | 10GB data | £37.99pm
There are good iPhone 7 Plus deals to be had at the moment with 6GB and 30GB allowances, but not much in between. This one’s from EE – the UK’s fastest 4G network. 10GB a month should be more than most average users need, but you get more data from the next deal for less cash. Total cost over 24 months is £1031.75

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles


The best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals on EE:

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone. The lightning fast chip-set and abandonment of a large bezel around the screen makes it the premier Android experience. It’s expensive for sure, but there are bargains to be found…

Samsung Galaxy S8 |£125 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £27.99pm
But for that 1GB Vodafone tariff, this is the cheapest Galaxy S8 deal on the market right now. We’re delighted that it comes with 3GB data allowance rather than the bog standard 1GB. And of course you also get EE’s superfast 4G speeds. Total cost over 24 months is £796.76

Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S8 |£48.99 upfront | 5GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £32.99pm
You can save a few pounds by going for a 1GB or 2GB EE Galaxy S8 contract, but we think it’s worth paying the extra £40-odd and going for 5GB instead. That kind of data means that you can indulge in Spotify and podcast downloading away from Wi-Fi without too much fear of creeping over your allowance. Total cost over 24 months is £840.75

Get this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 |99p upfront | 10GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £37.99pm
This 10GB price from the UK’s fastest 4G network is very attractive, especially as you have to part with less than a pound at the start of the contract! You also get unlimited calls and texts, as well as EE’s usual perks – 6 months of Apple Music, 3 months of the BT Sport app and the fastest 4G speeds in the UK. Tempted? You should be! Total cost over 24 months is £912.75

Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S8 | FREE upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £42.99pm
If 10GB just isn’t enough and you’re happy to spend a little more, we think that this 15GB deal is the next best option. The upfront is a lot less than the 10GB deal which is a bonus – in fact, it’s absolutely free! And if you’re teetering on the edge of snapping up this deal, the £40 cashback may just sway you. Total cost over 24 months is £1031.76

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles


The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals on EE:

When it comes to large screen Android mobiles, Samsung has once again raised the bar with its virtually bezel-less Galaxy S8 Plus. EE has a spectrum of plans available for this 6.2-inch monster.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £99.99 upfront | 2GB data | 1000 minutes | Unlimited texts | £35.49pm
The Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t come cheap, but this tariff is one of the least expensive ways you can get hold of it – it’s getting closer and closer to the £950 mark for the two years. And now you get 2GB of data instead of 1GB. £36 a month is actually rather good for a phone this good…and big. Total cost over 24 months is £951.75

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £140 upfront | 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £32.99pm
This deal costs more upfront than the last one, but it’s even cheaper over the two years! Plus you get more than double the data allowance. That makes it probably the very best Galaxy S8 Plus deal on the market right now. Total cost over 24 months is £931.76

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Buymobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | FREE upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £42.99pm
Big data from EE on Samsung’s big flagship phone just got a little more affordable. This tariff now includes a FREE handset, and the monthly payments are a very reasonable £42.99 relative to what else is around. You’ll also be able to take advantage of EE’s super fast 4G signal to use BT Sport for three months and Apple Music for six months for free. Total cost over 24 months is £1031.76

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal atMobile Phones Direct


The best iPhone SE deals on EE:

The iPhone SE looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 5S. But instead of sporting two-year-old hardware it’s updated, with a fast CPU and graphics, and the 12MP iSight camera straight out of the iPhone 6S. It’s a modern iPhone in the shape of an old iPhone, for people who like the old iPhones but want more up-to-date hardware.

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £14pm (after cashback)
We’re beginning to think that EE doesn’t like the iPhone SE very much – it’s really trying hard to see the back of them! To shift its 1GB data stock, you’ll get £95 cashback, making the effective monthly spend a negligible…wait for it…£14 a month! Total cost over 24 months is £336

Get this iPhone SE deal: from e2save

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
We have to admit that 5GB deals on EE have been better over the previous weeks, so this is now the one to go for if you want the UK’s fastest 4G network but more than a negligible data allowance. You get a free phone thrown in and 5GB of data a month, as well as a £40 cashback bonus when you sign up. Total cost over 24 months is £631.76 (after cashback)

Get this iPhone SE deal: from Buymobiles

iPhone SE 128GB | £40 upfront (with 10OFF code) | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £17.99pm
The diminutive iPhone with the big internal storage. This deal for the 128GB version of the SE is brilliant and if you enter 10OFF at the checkout you’ll get a £10 discount. A great price for stacks of room to save photos, files and your favourite tunes. 128GB handsets are in short supply though, so you’ll need to get in there quick. Total cost over 24 months is £471.76

Get this iPhone SE deal:from Mobiles.co.uk


The best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on EE:

Now succeeded by a newer model, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is still a superb phone. And now it’s a generation older, there’s an even better chance of getting it at a bargain basement price.

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£124 upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £17.99 per month
Wow! You can now get the still-superb Samsung Galaxy S7 for less than £20 per month on contract. Even with the heavy upfront cost, that’s still incredible value and an extremely low price over the two year duration. Total cost over 24 months is £555.76

View this deal:at Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy S7 |£40 upfront (with code 10OFF) | Unlimited mins and texts | 2GB data | £22.99 per month
Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell EVERYBODY! You can now get the fantastic Galaxy S7 for less than £600 over the course of the two year contract with this deal from Mobiles.co.uk. This is a top deal for 2GB of data with a phone that’s one of the best around. Total cost over 24 months is £591.76.

View this deal:at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S7 | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
There’s no doubt that S7 prices are falling, but other than the 2GB deal above, EE can’t seem to compete on price with the other networks for more data – particularly Three. That said, this 5GB deal – which includes a FREE phone – isn’t bad if you want EE’s superfast 4G. Total cost over 24 months is £671.76

View this deal: over at Mobiles.co.uk

The best Three SIM only deals in September 2017

The Three network has long been the go-to destination if you’re looking for shedloads of data – it’s still the only major player offering truly unlimited (and unrestricted) data packages.

The Three network has long been the go-to destination if you’re looking for shedloads of data – it’s still the only major player offering truly unlimited (and unrestricted) data packages. And time and again now it comes up with superb SIM only deals that we just have to shout about.

If you’ve landed on this page, we imagine you’ve already figured out that combining a SIM only plan with a SIM free phone or your beloved existing handset can be a brilliant way to save cash. And if it is big data that you crave, Three’s £18 tariff for 30GB is unparalleled by the likes of Vodafone, EE or O2.

Scroll down to our comparison tool to pick out your ideal Three SIM only deal – whether you need it now, or to match up with a Black Friday bargain. And if you’re not yet sold on the Three network or are still unsure about how going SIM only works, keep scrolling down to our FAQ.


Is Three the best mobile network for me?

As we’ve said above, there are two very good reasons why you should consider Three for SIM only. The first is the price tag – it often gets the jump on the other ‘Big 4’ networks when it comes to its SIM card pricing. And the second is if you like a plan with oodles of data.

But if you’re looking for a network that’s going to send freebies and rewards to your inbox every week, you’ve come to the wrong place. Three doesn’t bother with subscriptions or gifts – it channels its energies on ensuring you get the cheapest bill at the end of the month.

Three’s Essential and Advanced plans

Grab a Three SIM, and you’ll be on one of two plans:

Three Essential Plans
The cheapest Three SIM only deals are on the Essential plan, and this will be completely fine for most people. It lacks a handful of benefits that you get with Advanced, but you still get 4G coverage, unlimited texts and use of Wi-Fi on the London Underground. Unless you’re a keen globetrotter or need to tether, stick to the bare Essentials.

Three Advanced Plans
Make the jump to an Advanced Plan and make yourself comfortable with the network’s Feel At Home extra – unlimited use of your data, calls and texts in 60 other countries, including the US and Australia. Go Binge let’s you stream Netflix, TVPlayer, Deezer and SoundCloud away from Wi-Fi without eating into your data allowance. Plus, you can use your phone as a Personal Hotspot from which to tether your laptop or tablet.

Are Three SIM only deals cheaper than contract?

If you’re at the end of your contract or blagged a friend’s old unlocked phone, then grabbing a Three SIM card is undeniably cost effective. They start at less than £10 a month.

But if you’re starting afresh with a new phone, you get no discernible benefit from heading down the handset and SIM only combo road with Three. Whether you’re after an iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 or something cheaper, the deals you can get by simply grabbing a normal two year tariff are more reasonable in the long run. You can head to our mobile phone deals page to compare contract prices of the latest, greatest handsets around.

Can I keep my old number?

Give your current network a call (on one of the below numbers), ask for your PAC – short for Porting Authorisation Code – give it to Three and they’ll gladly transfer over your old telephone number. So no need to send out a text to your entire contacts list with a new number:

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 8090202Vodafone 03333 040 191ID 0333 003 7777GiffGaff 43431 from your handsetVirgin 0345 6000 789BT 0800 800 150Tesco 0345 301 4455Sky 03300 412 524Asda 0800 079 2732

Easy, right? But not so easy if you were already on Three and then decided to go for one of the deals in our comparison chart that isn’t directly with Three. Three won’t give you a PAC in this situation, so instead you’ll have to grab the cheapest free pay-as-you-go SIM you can find from another network (e.g. O2, EE, iD, etc) and give them your PAC code from Three. Once your number has transferred to the substitute network, call them for a second PAC. Then you can give this to Three and continue using that same telephone number. A convoluted but handy workaround.

Is my phone unlocked – can I use a Three SIM in it?

If Three is where your heart is, then you may already know that it ships all of its phones completely unlocked. That means you can put a SIM card from any network in your handset and you’re good to go.

Unfortunately, not all networks are as profligate in this regard. Some networks require you to pay to unlock your mobile and Apple iPhones are generally locked completely to the network they were originally sold with. Here’s how the other major networks operate:

EE Get through the first six months of your contract, call EE on 0800 956 6000 and pay them £8.99 and it’ll unlock your phone. It says it will take around 10 days to complete. PAYG phones can be unlocked for free.O2 You can unlock any O2 phone for free if you’re on a pay monthly contract. PAYG customers have to pay £15. That’s unless your phone is a Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, in which case you’ll have to wait until the end of your contract before it can be unlocked.Vodafone Vodafone is similar to Three. It will unlock your handset for free, but you have to give them a call to do so. From there, it’s likely to take 10 days before you can use another network’s SIM in your phone.

What SIM card size do I need?

We hate to sound glib (we really do), but it doesn’t really matter if you’re moving to Three. Whatever plan you choose, you’ll receive a ‘trio-sim’. So whether your phone takes a micro SIM, nano SIM or an old-school standard SIM, you’re covered.

What contract length should I get?

Three gives you the choice between signing up for a whole year, or paying a little more for 1 month at a time. It may cost you a few quid extra per month, but if you know that you’ll only need use of your new SIM for a few months, it should save you plenty in the long run.

How much phone data do I need?

If you’re sniffing around Three, there’s a good chance that you’ve already made up your mind and want to go straight for the jugular – 30GB or unlimited data.

But if you’re still trying to make up your mind, and have no notion of exactly how much data you’ll really need per month, then our quick guide below will help. Alternatively, why not grab a big data deal for one month, see how much data you use, and then downsize after that…?

500MB-2GB If you just need a very cheap free SIM to shove in your phone and barely use data away from WI-FI, then we’re not going to persuade you otherwise. But bear in mind that Three’s 4GB tariffs can often be as cheap, or just a couple pounds more a month.4-8GB This is a solid wedge of data that you should be able to bag for a reasonable monthly rate. A good amount if you want to safely use Google Maps, stream Spotify and update your downloads without going over your limit.12-20GB Although unlimited data sounds very attractive on paper, ask yourself whether you really need it. And check your current usage – you may be surprised how far you can get with 12-20GB. It’s a huge allowance that allows for loads of downloading, social media browsing and a few films’ worth of streaming per month.30GB At the risk of repeating ourselves, this is Three’s sweet spot – whether you’re going SIM only or contract. It’s more data than most people will know what to do with, but the prices can be really reasonable. Far cheaper than going unlimited.Unlimited If you’ve already made up your mind about getting unlimited, we doubt there’s much we can say to change your mind. And it’s certainly a liberating feeling to have the freedom of unlimited data. But prices can get really expensive, so we’d urge you only to sign up if you really need it.

Should I get unlimited calls and texts?

Unlimited texts are a given with Three, regardless of whether you get an Essential or Advanced plan. But lots of plans do place restrictions on calls – usually 200 or 600 minutes. If you don’t actually make that many calls from your mobile, then you can bag a cheaper deal by going for one of these. Chatterboxes should pay extra for unlimited minutes or, if you’re going for a big data deal anyway, make use of apps like WhatsApp or the network’s Three inTouch and use data calling.

How does TechRadar make money from SIM only deals?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute best value. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

If Three sounds like the network for you, then scroll back to the top of this page and select your SIM. rather try your luck elsewhere? Then head to our best SIM only deals guide for more information and the best prices from other networks.

SIM only deals: the best plans in September 2017

A SIM only deal is a mobile phone plan that offers calls, texts and data in return for a monthly fee, but does not come bundled with a phone. Leaving the phone out of the equation means SIM only deals can be much cheaper than general mobile phone deals which makes them ideal if you already have a handset or are eyeing up SIM-free phones.

A SIM only deal is a mobile phone plan that offers calls, texts and data in return for a monthly fee, but does not come bundled with a phone. Leaving the phone out of the equation means SIM only deals can be much cheaper than general mobile phone deals which makes them ideal if you already have a handset or are eyeing up SIM-free phones.

If you take a sift through our handy price comparison tool above you’ll see that prices start from a mere £3.99 per month for a basic plan. But if you’d heard about the epic discounts on EE SIMs from Mobiles.co.uk, we’re afraid you’ve missed out. The new kid on the block is Three’s 100GB SIM only tariff – but before you buy, be sure to check out the even better deals we’ve picked out below.

Discover the best SIM-free phones your money can buy

Below you’ll find our top recommendations for the best value SIM only deals currently available, whatever your needs – ideal if you’re thinking to team one up with a brilliant Black Friday handset purchase. And if you’re still unsure whether SIM-only is the route for you, our expert advice will help you decide – our all knowing FAQ includes tips on switching your number, the networks that offer free gifts and answers to a host of other questions.

The best SIM only deals of the week are:

We’ve run the figures and plucked out the very best sim only deals available this month. Whether you’re after the cheapest plan possible, want to dig out the best value big data SIM plan or just want an all-round great deal but don’t know how much to spend, you’ll find a recommendation just for you.

1. The absolute cheapest SIM only deal out there

iD Mobile | 30-day contract | 500MB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £3.99 per month
This is the cheapest readily available SIM only deal currently available in the UK. If you just need to keep a phone up and running for occasional use, this is a good option. 500MB data is doubled from last month, but it’s still not much data so you’d be advised to either keep mobile data switched off or be careful what apps are updating in the background. BUT WAIT, CHECK OUT THE NEXT DEAL FIRST!

View this SIM only deal at iD/Carphone Warehouse

2. The best 1GB+ SIM only deal

iD | 30-day contract | 1GB data | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | £5 per month
If you’re looking for a super cheap SIM only deal but don’t want to limit yourself too much with data, 1GB for £5 is the best option out there right now. Especially given how freely wi-fi is available outside of the home nowadays. You’ll still be able to access emails, browse the net and casually check Facebook and stay under the limit. It’s a shame though…you used to get 500MB more data with this tariff.

View this SIM only deal at iD/Carphone Warehouse

3. The best 2GB-4GB SIM only deal

Three | 12 month contract | 4GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £9 per month
Leading the way when it comes to what the major networks can offer, Three SIM only deals are extremely attractive. If you’re prone to viewing a few YouTube videos away from Wi-Fi, this 4GB option may suit you better. If you want a rolling monthly deal and 3GB’s enough, then this iD SIM for £8pm may suit better.

View this SIM only deal from Three

4. The best 6GB-8GB SIM only deal

Three | 12-month contract | 8GB data | 600 minutes | Unlimited texts | £12 per month
If you can get by with less data, the deals above are better value. But if 8GB is what you need then this is the best deal – and it just got £2pm cheaper! Handily, you can use your allowances abroad and you can even use your data to create your own personal hotspot for using laptops and tablets away from Wi-Fi.

View this 8GB 3 Mobile SIM only deal

5. The best 10GB-16GB SIM only deal

Three | 12-month contract | 12GB data |Unlimited calls and texts | £14 per month
You may be getting a bit sick and tired of seeing that 3 logo by now, but the truth is that the numerical network is leading the way on SIM only at the moment – especially now that O2’s Summer Sale is over. You can almost feel the nights getting shorter!

View this Three SIM only deal

6. The best 20GB-30GB SIM only deal

Vodafone | 12-month contract | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £13.75 per month (after cashback)
This is an impeccable deal from Mobiles.co.uk. For less than an effective £15 a month (thanks to £99 cashback), you get a massive 20GB of data and can choose between free access to Sky Sports mobile, Now TV or Spotify Premium. You can use your allowances abroad for free in 50 countries too!

View this 20GB Vodafone SIM only deal available from Mobiles.co.uk

7. The best SIM only deal for unlimited data

Three | 12-month contract | Unlimited data | Unlimited texts | 200 minutes | £22 per month
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta have all the data. Netflix marathons, epic Pokemon Go quests, constant Spotify tunes, this all you can eat data bundle is ideal for the serious mobile user who never needs to worry about poxy thing like data allowances or wi-fi. Plus you’ll get £35 cashback. Giffgaff can do unlimited for only £20 a month, but once you’ve used 6GB of data each month, it cuts your speeds down from 4G.

Get this unlimited data Three deal from Buymobiles

8. The best 30 day rolling SIM only deal

EE | 30-day contract | 2GB data | 1000 minutes | Unlimited texts | 99p for a month
This deal will only suit people in certain circumstances, but we can’t not tell you about a 99p SIM card. The usual price is £20.99, but e2save is giving £20 automatic cashback. So if you just need something to tide you over until the next big phone, or want to have a bit more data this month on the cheap, it could be worth doing. But watch out, the price will be back to £20.99 after the first month.

View this 99p rolling SIM only deal

9. Best O2 SIM only deal

12-month contract | 10GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £19 per month
Since O2’s Summer Sale ended on SIM only (so soon!), the network is nowhere near competing on the best SIM only prices. But if you’ve got loyalty to O2 or like the idea of its Priority rewards for cheap coffees and lunches and first dibs on gig tickets, then this 10GB SIM is probably the best value plan. Just make sure you check out the best of the other networks first.

View this SIM only deal from O2

10. Best 3 SIM only deal

12-month contract | 30GB data | 600 minutes minutes | Unlimited texts | £18 per month
Three is often the go-to network for big data deals and the cheapest of the big networks for a 30GB SIM only deal just got £1 a month cheaper. It’s a shame they’re only sticking 600 minutes in instead of unlimited, but that should be enough for most users, especially when you can use data-driven apps like WhatsApp to make calls instead.

View this30GB 3 Mobile SIM only deal

Should I go SIM only?

If you a) want to save some money; b) don’t want to be tied into a lengthy contract; or c) both of the above, then SIM only is well worth considering. In fact, you’re probably one of two people if your thoughts are indeed turning to SIM only:

You’re coming to the end of your contract and your network is calling you a million times a day to get you to upgrade. Well if your phone is dying a death or you just fancy a change, head to our best mobile phones deal page to see what bargains are lurking, but otherwise going SIM only on your current phone is a no-brainer. You’ll wind up paying much less than you are under contract, and you can stick to a rolling 30 day contract so that if your circumstances change, you can get out of the arrangement tout suite.

It’s time for a shiny new smartphone and you want to get the best value humanly possible. You’ll have to find a few hundred quid up front for the handset (be sure to check our SIM free comparison chart) but box clever and you’ll end up paying less over the next 24 months (see below). Plus, if you’re a commitment-phobe, most SIM-only plans don’t require you to sign up for two years like you would with a normal contract.

Is SIM only cheaper than contract?

It can be. Teaming a SIM only plan with a standalone SIM-free handset could save you a few quid. It’s usually the case when a flagship phone hits the market and contracts are made deliberately expensive. Take the Samsung Galaxy S8 as a prime example, where you could have saved over £100 over two years by splashing the £800-odd for the handset and slipping in a cheap SIM card.

Not all the savings you can make are as extravagant, and on big data it’s frequently more cost effective to dive into a contract instead. But if you can afford to splash a few hundred pounds up front then the savings over the next couple of years could well be worth it – especially if you can bag a bargain on Black Friday 2017.

Is my phone unlocked – can I use a new SIM in it?

The times have passed since most phones were locked to a network and you had to pay a dodgy backstreet ‘engineer’ to unlock it. Nowadays, it’s standard practice for networks to let you use whatever SIM you want in the phone as soon as you’ve paid up the original contract (or earlier if you pay them a fee) – and Three ships all its handsets unlocked from the outset.

The exception, alas, is Apple iPhones. They’re generally sold locked to the original network that you purchase them with for the life of the handset. Very frustrating if you’re looking for a tasty SIM only deal once your 24 month sentence is up.

The good news is that your iPhone (or any other mobile before the end of your contract) can be unlocked – the bad news is that most networks make you pay for the privilege. Insert a friend or family member’s SIM into your phone to see whether it’s already unlocked and, if it isn’t, look for your network below to see how to cut ties with them:

EE Once six months have gone by on your contract, you can call EE on 0800 956 6000 and pay them £8.99 to unlock your phone. It says it will take around 10 days to complete. PAYG phones can be unlocked for free.O2 As long as you don’t own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus (they can’t be unlocked until you’ve paid off your contract), you can unlock any O2 phone – including iPhones – for free if you’re on a pay monthly contract. PAYG customers have to pay £15.Three Fear not, all phones on Three are unlocked as standard. Shove whatever SIM you like in there, it will work a treat.Vodafone The red network doesn’t quite get the same marks as Three, as your phone will be locked to them on arrival. But they have made unlocking handsets absolutely free within 10 days of your request.

What SIM card size do I need?

There are three sizes of SIM card that you can get for your phone, and the one you need will depend on your handset. It’s been a while since the traditional, so-called standard SIM (15x25mm) has genuinely been the staple in new phones. Instead, any phone you’ve bought within the last five or so years is much more likely to require a micro (12x15mm) or nano (8.8×12.3mm) SIM – the iPhone 5 was Apple’s first mobile with a nano SIM, while Samsung began using the smallest size in its Galaxy S6.

Before you purchase your new SIM, double-check the manufacturer’s website to see what size you require. And if you’re simply not sure, most networks now simply send out a triple SIM, so you’ll get one of each size.

How do I keep my old number?

Ever heard of PAC codes and wondered what a classic 80s arcade game had to do with telephone numbers? It actually stands for Porting Authorisation Code, and it’s the set of digits that you need to grab from your old network to let you transfer over your existing mobile number. If you’re on one of the major networks, you can see what phone number you can contact them on here:

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 8090202Vodafone 03333 040 191Three 0333 300 3333ID 0333 003 7777GiffGaff 43431 from your handsetVirgin 0345 6000 789BT 0800 800 150Tesco 0345 301 4455Sky 03300 412 524Asda 0800 079 2732

If you want to grab a bargain SIM only plan above, but it’s on your existing network then your network won’t release a PAC code and you’ll be forced to take a new phone number.

At least you would have, if it wasn’t for this clever (if convoluted) work-around. You have to order a free pay-as-you-go SIM from another network. Once you have it, you can tell your old network that you’re moving and they’ll give you that precious PAC code. Then, once your number is registered to the substitute network, simply get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Simple – kind of!

What contract length should I get?

Unlike with a contract, there’s a lot more flexibility available when it comes to how long your SIM only plan will last. Two year commitments are virtually unheard of, with the norm being either one year or rolling one month contracts for ultimate flexibility. You can often get better prices if you tie yourself in for 12 months, especially on larger data tariffs. But sticking to one month at a time means that you can effectively hand pick a new plan to suit you every 30 days or so.

How much data do I need?

Because you can change your plan up more regularly than a normal, lengthier contract, it’s less crucial to get this nailed from the start. But if you’re thinking of grabbing a 12-monther or just put a personal pride on getting things right first time, then we’ll help you pick out the sweet spot of data for you.

Firstly, check your phone to see how much data you’ve been using to date, and whether you have the tendency to use more than your current allowance every month. Then, if you’re still unsure, check out our guidance:

0-1GB Tiny amounts of data on SIM only deals could be a blessing or a curse. If you’re putting it in a rarely used phone that will scarcely be away from wi-fi then you’re quids in. But if you end up with one because your head’s turned by the incredible price, then you could end up paying more if you continually go over your allowance.2-3GB For anybody who needs data for little more than the occasional Google Maps route planning, 2GB and 3GB plans come cheap and give you much more freedom to check the football scores and scroll Facebook away from the wi-fi without danger.4-8GB If you can’t leave the house without having a music streaming service like Spotify pouring into your ears, then it might be worth paying for some extra GBs of data.10-16GB This is a significant amount of data and some networks offer it for a very appetising price. Whether streaming music, downloading podcasts, watching social media videos, or all three is your thing – you should be covered.20-30GB Only smartphone junkies that need regular (and hefty) data fixes need bother with this avalanche of GBs. You’ll be able to rinse Netflix, Spotify and online games without too much fear of topping out.Unlimited Maybe it’s because you use remarkable amounts of data. Maybe it’s because you simply don’t want to keep checking how much data you’ve used every month. Whatever your reason to go unlimited, you have only two choices when it comes to network: Three or GiffGaff.

Do I need unlimited calls and texts?

Call it practicality, call it greediness, call it what you want – it’s human nature to want ‘unlimited’ anything if offered. But you should think genuinely about whether you really need it in a world where the likes of WhatsApp and Skype let you call and text for free over wi-fi or 4G. If you decide that a few thousand monthly minutes and texts should do you, then you could shave off some cash from your bill.

What’s the best mobile network for SIM only?

While EE, O2, Vodafone and Three are generally considered the major four networks for contract plans, when it comes to SIM only there are some other key players are well worth a look. See what we think of them below, and whether you’ll get any free perks to help persuade you to sign up. Plus, we’ll tell you about a couple of other SIM sellers that might be able to wrangle you an even better deal.


EE SIM only deals

If you want fast and furious 4G, then your choice has to be an EE SIM only deal. Its speeds are around 50% faster than the other major networks, which is really noticeable if you like watching films or football on the move. And EE gives you three free months of BT Sport, as well as six months of Apple Music.

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O2 SIM only deals

O2’s best claim for your contract is with its Priority rewards – from cheap weekly lunch deals and pre-order privileges on gig tickets, to ad-hoc discounts and competitions. Plus, they have 100s of Wi-Fi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to for free and save your precious data.

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Vodafone SIM only deals

Vodafone seems to have been around since mobile phones were cumbersome bricks, but they remain a major player. Look out for a Red Entertainment tariff, which gives you your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription.

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Three SIM only deals

Three is still the only network to offer unlimited data and it often features unbeatable deals on other big data plans – that makes them a natural choice of many a data hungry smartphone addict. But it’s a bit shy on the free promotions stuff, and 4G coverage isn’t as strong as the other networks.

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BT SIM only deals

That familiar old stalwart of telecommunications BT is so-so when it comes to SIM only tariff prices. That’s unless you’re already a BT broadband customer, in which case you get some really favourable prices – a fiver less than the rest of the hoi polloi. Plus you get to choose an Amazon or iTunes voucher, the value of which depends on how much data you’re in for.

Check below to see the current prices plans and how what voucher you can claim when you sign up.

For existing BT Broadband customers
(click the customer option at the top if the prices are more expensive)

12 months | 500MB data | 400 minutes | Unlimited texts | £30 Amazon or iTunes gift card –£5 per month at BT

12 months | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 Amazon or iTunes gift card – £11 per month at BT

12 months | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £90 Amazon or iTunes gift card – £12 per month at BT

12 months | 15GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £100 Amazon or iTunes gift card – £18 per month at BT

For non-BT Broadband customers:

12 months | 500MB data | 400 minutes | Unlimited texts | £30 Amazon or iTunes gift card –£10 per month at BT

12 months | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £70 Amazon or iTunes gift card – £16 per month at BT

12 months | 6GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £90 Amazon or iTunes gift card – £17 per month at BT

12 months | 15GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £100 Amazon or iTunes gift card – £23 per month at BT


iD SIM only deals

iD is a good option if bargain basement prices are what you covet most. This is a network run and owned by Carphone Warehouse – it piggybacks on the Three network. It’s an excellent option if you want great value on a rolling monthly contract.

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giffgaff SIM only deals

GiffGaff is very hard to beat on price – if you want to grab a cheap SIM card deal, this could be your best option. You can’t argue with £5 a month. The cheap deals don’t give you much of an allowance to play with, but if you just want to keep your phone going and available to use for calls and texts with the occasional bit of internet use outside of your home WiFi, GiffGaff is a strong offering. Look out for the T&Cs though as some of the big data deals throttle the speed after a few gig.

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Virgin Mobile SIM only deals

Virgin Mobile has been going for a long time, and some of its SIM only deals are particularly attractive. They’re all one-month rolling contracts, so you can stop paying at any time if you so wish, giving you flexibility if you want to change your plan or go for a phone-inclusive deal down the line. Prices start from as little as £9 a month.

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Tesco Mobile SIM only deals

The UK’s biggest supermarket has been known to offer competetive – if not stellar – SIM only deals, with low data prices starting around the £6 a month mark. Where it get’s really interesting is if you download the Xtras app to an Android phone: you’ll save £3 on your monthly bill, but you will have to see adverts every time you unlock your handset.

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TalkTalk SIM only deals

TalkTalk is a telecoms company that also offers home phone, broadband and TV packages, so the best deals can be had if you sign up for more than one service. However, at the time of writing the cheapest deal is £3.95 per month for an admittedly measly 250MB of data. Better yet, for just £7.75 you can get 2.1GB.

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Plusnet SIM only deals

Plusnet might be more well known for its broadband deals, but it’s also keen to push some very cheap 30-day SIM only deals. You don’t have to be a Plusnet customer, although you could get double the data on some of these SIM only deals if you are. You don’t have to worry about signal either as Plusnet uses EE’s network that covers 99% of the UK. Plusnet’s latest cheap SIM only deals start at just £4 a month, check them out via the link below.

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Freedom Pop SIM only deals

Freedom Pop is trying something new – offering contracts for FREE. The catch being that you only pay if you do over the allowances of your bundle or opt for a larger deal. The prices for doing so vary, so be sure to take a look at the small print. It seems that they feature a different offer each week, but seeing as you can cancel at any time, they may be worth a look.

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Mobiles.co.uk SIM only deals

It’s always worth checking out Mobiles.co.uk before settling on your SIM – its aggressive price cuts are often unmatched by anyone else. While the online retailer is known more for its handset contracts, it also offers a wide range of SIM only deals from all your favourite networks.

View: SIM only deals at Mobiles.co.uk


Carphone Warehouse SIM only deals

Carphone Warehouse doesn’t just sell handset contracts. It also has a wide range of SIM only deals for Vodafone, O2, EE and ID. The online store is also known to include additional incentives such as half price fees for six months, free Beats by Dre headphones or Currys vouchers.

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Which networks have coverage in my area?

It’s one of life’s (many) little frustrations – you sign up with a network, get your SIM up and running and then discover that you get no coverage at all in your house. Well this little pain in the neck can be avoided by using the dedicated coverage checker that most networks provide. Enter your postcode and you’ll see whether your address has 2G (calls, texts and email), 3G (the basics plus picture messaging and faster web browsing) and 4G (all the powers of 3G, plus faster downloads, online gaming and media streaming) coverage.

We’ve provided links below to all the available coverage checkers on multiple networks. We’d advise not only checking coverage in your home, but also work, school, uni, favourite pubs and so on. Anywhere where you spend time on a regular basis really.

EE coverage checkerO2 coverage checkerVodafone coverage checker3 mobile coverage checkerBT mobile coverage checkeriD coverage checkerGiffGaff coverage checkerVirgin mobile coverage checkerTesco mobile coverage checkerTalkTalk coverage checkerPlusnet coverage checkerFreedom Pop coverage checker

How does TechRadar make money from SIM only deals?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute best value. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

The SIM only deals on this page are checked every day to make sure they’re still available and up to date! If you’re ready to go SIM only, then head back to the top of this page and use our tool to find the perfect plan…

The best Sky broadband deals in September 2017

Sky used to be known best for its TV service, but now its just as synonymous with home broadband internet. Sky broadband is one of the most popular providers in the UK.

Sky used to be known best for its TV service, but now its just as synonymous with home broadband internet. Sky broadband is one of the most popular providers in the UK. Whether you want broadband only, or a package of Sky TV and broadband, we’ll help you find your way to the best broadband deal.

Our postcode checker above will tell you whether the faster Sky Fibre is available in your area. The good news is that Sky has some great prices – some are almost Black Friday-esque! And keep scrolling down the page to discover more information about Sky broadband.

See also:Broadband deals | BT broadband deals | Virgin broadband deals | Fibre broadband deals

Sky broadband plans compared – what broadband speed can I get with Sky?

Even before you start thinking about whether you want to add Sky TV or mobile to your internet package, you’ll need to decide what speed and data usage best suits your household. Consider whether you want to crank up the speed – and price – with a fibre broadband package.

Sky Broadband Unlimited

If you simply want basic broadband for checking your emails and using the web, then Sky’s entry-level Broadband Unlimited deal is one of the cheapest on the market. With download speeds of up to 17Mb (that’s around 2.1MB per second) it may struggle a little with streaming, especially if there are lots of devices trying to use it at once. Sky Broadband Unlimited includes:

Up to 17Mb speedSky Hub routerUnlimited data usageSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial

Sky Fibre

You can potentially more than double your speeds by going for Sky Fibre – that’s assuming fibre optic broadband is available on your road. But be warned…you’re limited to use only 25GB of data per month. So you’ll have to be careful to ration the amount of box sets you stream and music you download. Sky Fibre includes:

Up to 38Mb speedSky Hub router25GB per month data limitSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial

Sky Fibre Unlimited

The name’s a bit of a giveaway. Take the Sky Fibre package and make the data usage unlimited. It’s quite a big jump in price and you’ll be tied into an 18 month contract, but if you’ve got a data hungry household that are all simultaneously downloading, streaming and browsing, you’ll be glad of the extra speed. Sky Fibre Unlimited includes:

Up to 38Mb speedSky Hub routerUnlimited data usageSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial

Sky Fibre Max

This is the daddy of the Sky broadband family. The provider cranks up the speed to up to 76Mb, which could give download speeds of roughly 9.5MB per second. Rapid. Plus it throws in the more powerful Sky Q Hub instead of the regular router. Sky Fibre Max includes:

Up to 76Mb speedSky Q Hub routerUnlimited data usageSky Broadband Shield and McAfee security trial

Can I add any Sky TV packages deals?

When you sign up for Sky broadband, the sales pitch for Sky TV quickly follows. Each comes with a Sky Q box, which lets you record up to 1TB worth of programming – that’s around 500 hours – and you can choose from the following bundles:

Original Sky’s most affordable TV bundle throws in more than 270 channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and Sky Living.

Variety If there are kids in the household, an extra tenner bags thousands of on-demand episodes of children’s TV. It takes the channel count to over the 300 mark, with documentary stations like Discovery and National Geographic, as well as two Eurosport channels.

Box Sets If you spend your evenings binging on box sets, Sky’s priciest starter bundle gives you immediate access to more than 350. That’s on top of the 350 channels you’ll get.

Once you’ve chosen your starter bundle, you can begin adding more bespoke services. If you want Sky Sports, you’ll be looking at almost an extra £30, while the suite of Sky Cinema channels is around £20.

What Sky Hub router will I get?

Depending on what Sky broadband plan you go for, you’ll be sent one of two different routers:

Sky Hub The standard wireless Sky Hub router should be good enough to provide a sufficient signal to the household. But it may not quite have the oomph to support a strong signal to every corner of larger houses.

Sky Q Hub It may be a little bit chunkier than the ordinary Sky Hub, but that translates into a more powerful router. If you’re desperate for fast downloads, it connect to 5GHz channels and it has the capacity to connect 64 laptops, tablets, phones and other devices. If you’re hankering for the Sky Q Hub but aren’t intending to go for Sky Fibre Max, you can pay extra to upgrade.

How long will my Sky broadband contract last?

If you go for Sky’s most affordable Broadband Unlimited plan, you’ll get a one year contract. With all of the Fibre packages, you’ll be tied into an 18 month commitment to Sky. You may not wish to be tied into a contract that long, but at least you’ll know what you’ll be paying for longer.

Sky Talk – do I get a Sky phone line?

The price you pay for Sky Broadband also includes Sky Line Rental, which lets you retain your existing home phone number.

You can pay an extra premium for a Sky Talk allowance – for example, Sky Talk Evenings and Weekends allows unlimited calls during those windows (evenings are defined as 7pm-7am), Sky Talk Anytime Extra for as many calls as you wish to UK landlines at any time and Sky Talk International Extra if you have friends or family living overseas.

Do I get Sky email?

If you want it, you’ll be assigned with a Sky Yahoo! Mail account. You can access this email account on any computer, smartphone or tablet – not just your home PC or laptop.

What is Sky WiFi?

As a Sky broadband customer, you’ll get access to unlimited usage of Sky’s wi-fi hotspots that are dotted around the UK. You can connect up to six devices to the thousands of hotspot locations, which include popular coffee and restaurant chains.

What is Sky Broadband Shield?

Access to Sky Broadband Shield is included with every internet plan and adds a layer of security to your online life at home. As well as seeking out malware and phishing scam attempts, the Shield includes parental controls so you can make sure your children aren’t landing on websites they shouldn’t.

For even greater protection, a subscription to Sky broadband also includes a free trial to McAfee Internet Security Suite. But it’s well worth checking out our pick of the best antivirus software on the market before you commit to that.

Sky broadband help and the Switch Squad

There’s a multitude of online guides, help and support on the Sky website, but you can call Sky Help as well to discuss your broadband on 0330-041-4376.

If you’re having difficulty switching to Sky broadband, the company has a dedicated so-called Switch Squad to get you transferred over from your current broadband provider.

To transfer to Sky Broadband now, you can order online at the Sky Shop.

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals in September 2017

With its huge screen, superb camera and sleek dimensions, we’ve branded the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus as the best big Android phone on the market. Quite the acclaim, considering some of the competition.

With its huge screen, superb camera and sleek dimensions, we’ve branded the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus as the best big Android phone on the market. Quite the acclaim, considering some of the competition. And a great option while we wait on the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8.

In fact, the Note 8-shaped silhouette on the horizon is probably what’s causing Samsung Galaxy S8+ prices to slip slowly downwards over the last coupleof months. We have the full rundown right here, with the best deals from the major networks – EE, O2 and Three – with Vodafone producing some of our favourite prices at the moment, especially on 16GB tariffs.

That said, EE’s sub-£33 per month tariff with 2GB data is still leading the way for value. And if the prices still look to rich for your blood, then you can buy the smaller Galaxy S8 for less. But if it’s the Plus-sized screen that you need, then we’ll find you the best deal here.

See also:Galaxy S8 deals | iPhone 7 Plus deals | Mobile phone deals | SIM only deals | Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals this month:

Directly below we’ll take you through all of the best value Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals available to purchase – handy if you don’t want to wait until Black Friday 2017. This page breaks down the best deals in the UK, but if you’re after the US or Australian pages, go to the best Galaxy S8 Plus deals in the US page or check out the best Australian Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £99.99 upfront | 2GB data | 1000 minutes | Unlimited texts | £35.49pm
The Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t come cheap, but this tariff is one of the least expensive ways you can get hold of it – it’s getting closer and closer to the £950 mark for the two years. And now you get 2GB of data instead of 1GB. £36 a month is actually rather good for a phone this good…and big. Total cost over 24 months is £951.75

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £180 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £37pm
3GB of data is plenty for the average user thanks to the abundance of free Wi-Fi. The £180 upfront cost is offset by the low £37 monthly fee. Plus, you can sign up to O2 Priority rewards for lots of monthly freebies and discounts. Look downwards before you buy, however – there are better tariffs to be had… Total cost over 24 months is £1068.

View this Samsung Galxy S8 Plus deal at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £100 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £38pm
POW! Mobiles.co.uk just dropped this terrific tariff on the Galaxy S8 Plus. This is a top, top deal considering you get 16GB of data and unlimited everything else. The retailer has somehow got the monthly bill down to less than £40 a month, which is fantastic for such a premium handset. Everything about this deal is excellent. Total cost over 24 months is £1012

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £19.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £45pm
Three is offering the cheapest 30GB deal of any network so far and this deal is almost £400 cheaper than the most affordable unlimited data deal over the 24 month contract. 30GB is a serious amount of data a month and the savings speak for themselves. So don’t go for unlimited for the sake of it… Total cost over 24 months is £1099.99

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal at Affordable Mobiles

If you want a huge Android phone with market leading specifications, an incredible display and a superb camera, then the Galaxy S8 Plus is a must for your shortlist. The price might still put you off, but this is for tech fans who crave the best of the best.

Read TechRadar’s full Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals by network…

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals on EE

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £99.99 upfront | 2GB data | 1000 minutes | Unlimited texts | £35.49pm
The Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t come cheap, but this tariff is one of the least expensive ways you can get hold of it – it’s getting closer and closer to the £950 mark for the two years. And now you get 2GB of data instead of 1GB. £36 a month is actually rather good for a phone this good…and big. Total cost over 24 months is £951.75

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £140 upfront | 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £32.99pm
This deal costs more upfront than the last one, but it’s even cheaper over the two years! Plus you get more than double the data allowance. That makes it probably the very best Galaxy S8 Plus deal on the market right now. Total cost over 24 months is £931.76

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Buymobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | FREE upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £42.99pm
Big data from EE on Samsung’s big flagship phone just got a little more affordable. This tariff now includes a FREE handset, and the monthly payments are a very reasonable £42.99 relative to what else is around. You’ll also be able to take advantage of EE’s super fast 4G signal to use BT Sport for three months and Apple Music for six months for free. Total cost over 24 months is £1031.76

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal atMobile Phones Direct

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals on O2

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £180 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £37pm
3GB of data is plenty for the average user thanks to the abundance of free Wi-Fi. The £180 upfront cost is offset by the low £37 monthly fee. Plus, you can sign up to O2 Priority rewards for lots of monthly freebies and discounts. Look downwards before you buy, however… Total cost over 24 months is £1068.

View this Samsung Galxy S8 Plus deal at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £189.99 upfront | 20GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £39pm
We’ve deleted all the O2 Galaxy S8+ tariffs at 5GB and 10GB, because this 20GB plan beats them all. It’s a huge amount of cash to pay upfront, but those sub-£40 monthly bills make it worth the pain. 20GB is a fantastic amount of data, as it will allow you to stream videos, download tonnes of podcasts and still not have to worry about going over your allowance using Google Maps or Facebook. Total cost over 24 months is £1125.99.

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal atCarphone Warehouse

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal on Vodafone

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £129.99 upfront | 1GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £34pm
The cheapest Galaxy S8 Plus deals on Vodafone have been yo-yo-esque in their ups and downs. And at the moment, the price is nice and low. You only get 1GB data allowance, with unlimited calls and texts. But £34 a month actually is very good for a phone this good. Total cost over 24 months is £945.99

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Carphone Warehouse

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £100 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £38pm
POW! Mobiles.co.uk just dropped this terrific tariff on the Galaxy S8 Plus. This is a top, top deal considering you get 16GB of data and unlimited everything else. The retailer has somehow got the monthly bill down to less than £40 a month, which is fantastic for such a premium handset. Everything about this deal is excellent. Total cost over 24 months is £1012

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | FREE upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £48pm
Now this is a very interesting offer. The free handset was enough to pique our interest initially. But dig deeper and you find that there’s a massive £182 cashback promotion attached to it as well. That brings the tiotal price in below £1000 for the two year term, which, frankly, is incredible. Total cost over 24 months is £1152

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals on Three

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £19.99 upfront | 8GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £43pm
If you don’t need huge amounts of data, this 8GB deal is competitive. We’d be tempted to go for the larger 16GB Vodafone deal mentioned earlier – it’s cheaper than this. Three becomes a lot more attractive if you start cranking up the data; just look below to see what we mean. Total cost over 24 months is £1057.99.

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £19.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £45pm
Three is offering the cheapest 30GB deal of any network so far and this deal is almost £400 cheaper than the most affordable unlimited data deal over the 24 month contract. 30GB is a serious amount of data a month and the savings speak for themselves. So don’t go for unlimited for the sake of it… Total cost over 24 months is £1099.99

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal at Affordable Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | £99 upfront | 600 mins | Unlimited data and texts | £58.15pm
There’s no getting around it. The cost for true unlimited data access per month is incredibly high. Three still won’t give you the handset for free upfront either! We’ve chosen this deal with a 600 minute call restriction as it’s over £100 cheaper than unlimited and you can always use apps like WhatsApp to make calls with all that data instead. But bear in mind that going for 30GB instead is considerably cheaper (see above). Total cost over 24 months is £1494.60

View this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal atUnshackled

Should you go SIM only on the Galaxy S8 Plus?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus costs £779 SIM-free and you can find the latest deals in the comparison chart above by clicking the ‘Handsets’ tab at the top. If you can afford to buy the phone upfront and pair it with your own SIM only deal it can be a lot cheaper than buying it on a two-year contract. Check out the best SIM only offers below. You can choose 30-day or 12-month SIM only deals. So there’s lots of room for flexibility – ideal if you’re not 100% sure how much data you’re going to need. Deals start from just £3.99 a month too.