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iPhone 7, 6s deals: The best, the cheapest, and how to choose a network

Friday, April 7th 2017

Are you eager to get your hands on an iPhone 7 but aren’t sure which network to go for? Most iPhone users will benefit from a 4G connection and a decent amount of data to fully benefit from Apple’s smartphone. But you also have to consider coverage and cost.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, we’ve narrowed down the vast amount of options to these deals – all of which offer data-generous, well-priced and flexible plans.

The 5 best iPhone 7 deals in December 2017

Competition between mobile providers is fierce, as they all offer tempting mobile deals for the new iPhone 7. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re prepared to pay an large upfront fee in return for a lower monthly bill, or are happy to pay a higher monthly cost to get your hands on it for peanuts initially.

So how do you choose? Here are five of the best iPhone 7 deals for the new 32GB handset. If the price or data limits are not quite what you're after, simply click on the links to go to the provider's website and tweak your selection.

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Three

Three

All-you-can-eat plan

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • DataUnlimited
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special featuresFeel At Home
  • Upfront cost£99
  • Monthly cost£52
  • Lifetime cost£1,347

Three comes out on top again, offering All-you-can-eat minutes, texts and data for just £52 per month with a brand new iPhone 7. This knocks the socks off the offerings of the other networks in terms of value for money.

Three also comes with with Feel At Home, so you can use your hefty allowance to call and text the UK – and use your data – from 19 international destinations (including the USA, Australia and France) and it won’t cost you a penny extra.

Like Vodafone and O2, the only major snag is the limited 4G coverage. Three lags behind EE in terms of 4G rollout and those outside major towns and cities will have to make do with 3G for the time being.

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BT Mobile

BT Mobile

15GB

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data15GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special featuresFree BT Wi-fi/li>
  • Upfront cost£30
  • Monthly cost£52
  • Lifetime cost£1,446

This package comes with free unlimited access to the thousands of BT Mobile Wi-fi hotspots across the country, meaning you can save your data for when you need it. This deal comes with 15GB of data and only costs a few pounds more per month than the 5GB plans with EE or O2, making it a great deal. BT offers just two alternative packages – 3GB of data and 500MB data – if you think 15GB is too much.

BT Mobile runs on the EE network, which has the widest 4G coverage in the UK. Plus, if you are already with BT broadband you will automatically receive a £5 discount off the monthly cost.

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vodafone

Vodafone

Red Bundle

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data12GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special features2GB inclusive roaming data
  • Upfront cost£50
  • Monthly cost£57
  • Lifetime cost£1418

Vodafone offers a selection of plans with data options from 500MB to 30GB ranging in price from £37 to £68 per month. Price-wise, this deal is comparable to the BT Mobile one above, with a generous amount of data for around £50 per month.

For an extra £6 per month, you can choose to upgrade to a 20GB plan, which also comes with a 24-month subscription to Now TV, Spotify or Sky Sports.

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O2

O2

Refresh

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data5GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special featuresUnlimited EU data roaming
  • Upfront cost£59.99
  • Monthly cost£50
  • Lifetime cost£1259.99

There are currently no options to get the iPhone 7 deal with no upfront cost, but O2 offers some good deals ranging from 1GB to 50GB of data with a range of pricing options, depending on how much you are prepared to pay upfront. The 5GB plan will be ample for many iPhone users.

O2 operates a unique payment plan called O2 Refresh, which effectively loans you the phone and allows you to increase your monthly repayments should you wish, so you can upgrade your handset early while continuing on the same contact.

The only major drawback of getting the iPhone 7 deal from O2 is limited 4G coverage. While customers in major towns and cities are likely to be able to access the faster network, those elsewhere will be stuck with 3G until O2 expands its 4G rollout.

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EE

EE

4GEE

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data5GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special features4G Extra
  • Upfront cost£49.99
  • Monthly cost£50.99
  • Lifetime cost£1273.75

With an upfront cost of £49.99 you can get an iPhone 7 contract on 4G with a 5GB data allowance with EE. Although EE is one of the more expensive providers, you will benefit from double speed 4G. EE also offers the most extensive 4G coverage in the country.

If you want to enjoy the optimum experience that the iPhone 7 has to offer, EE's fast download speeds and good 4G coverage make it a good choice.

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The 5 cheapest iPhone 6s deals in December 2017

The iPhone 6s, Apple's previous mobile incarnation, is still a good choice for an iPhone, with special features like 3D Touch. But to get the most out of it, you need a good plan. So what’s the best thing to look for?

You’ll be looking for a generous minutes and text allowance, but primarily you’ll want data. For some, it may be cheaper to buy the iPhone 6s outright and add a SIM-only plan. But the initial payment of £499 will be far too high for many. To help you decide, here are five of the cheapest iPhone 6s deals.

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giffgaff

giffgaff

4G

  • Minutes500
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data1GB
  • Contract length12 months
  • Special featuresPhone comes unlocked
  • Upfront cost£60
  • Monthly cost£47.73
  • Lifetime cost£632.76

Giffgaff’s iPhone 6s contract plans are far cheaper than those offered by other mobile providers. Technically, giffgaff could take up all five slots in this guide, as it offers the cheapest way to get an iPhone 6s on contract – but to provide a greater range of provider choice, we have only presented one of giffgaff’s deals.

This plan is a 12-month contract with an upfront fee. It comes with 500 minutes and 1GB of data, along with unlimited texts, so it isn’t the most generous plan, but is certainly one of the cheapest giffgaff iPhone 6s plans. The iPhone 6s comes unlocked too, so once your contract expires, you can switch to another provider without paying an extra penny.

All giffgaff SIM-only plans come with 4G coverage. You can get between 100 to unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB to unlimited data (traffic management applies).

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Vodafone

Vodafone

4G

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data5GB
  • Contract length12 months
  • Special features4G provider
  • Upfront cost£200
  • Monthly cost£63
  • Lifetime cost£956

Vodafone is one of only two providers at the moment to offer the iPhone 6s on a 12-month contact – everyone else requires you to commit to 24 months. This is a big plus as you can switch providers or upgrade after a year, but shorter contract lengths come with higher upfront costs.

The unlimited text and call allowance is another bonus, and the 5GB data limit is more than enough for most day-to-day activities. It's worth checking Vodafone's coverage in your area before purchasing this deal.

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 EE

EE

4GEE

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data5GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special featuresDouble-speed 4G
  • Upfront cost£19.99
  • Monthly cost£45.99
  • Lifetime cost£1123.75

In stark contrast to the previous deals, EE offers double-speed 4G, which will feel lightening-fast if you’re used to 3G, or even standard 4G. Pictures and webpages will load more quickly and there will be far less buffering while watching videos and playing games. However, doing all this every day will eat through the 5GB data limit pretty quickly. 

EE’s 4G coverage is quite widespread, but it’s not available everywhere so if you can’t get it in your area, you’ll need to look at alternative 3G plans instead. The 24-month contract might also feel too restrictive, but it’s the only option on offer for the iPhone 6s from EE. 

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Three

Three

1GB Data SIM plan

  • MinutesUnlimited
  • TextsUnlimited
  • Data1GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special features4G provider
  • Upfront cost£99
  • Monthly cost£33
  • Lifetime cost£891

Three’s iPhone 6s deal on the 32GB model comes with unlimited minutes and texts and a healthy 1GB of data. You can use it on Three’s 4G network, so you’ll benefit from high-speed downloads and browsing when you’re in an area with sufficient coverage. And with ‘Feel at Home’, Three’s roaming rates are also far cheaper than those of other providers.

The 24-month contract length is a serious commitment. For two years, you’ll be tied in, so you need to be 100% certain that this is the right deal before you purchase. And that’s not all. Three’s 4G network is still being rolled out, so many areas have no coverage whatsoever. Be sure to check using Three’s mobile coverage checker before deciding on a deal.

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iD Mobile

iD

TakeAway 2GB SIM

  • Minutes1200
  • Texts5000
  • Data2GB
  • Contract length24 months
  • Special features4G provider
  • Upfront costFree
  • Monthly cost£33.50
  • Lifetime cost£804

This iPhone 6s deal from iD comes with 2GB of monthly data, 5000 texts, and 1200 minutes. And, like Three and EE before it, it’s also a 4G plan, so those downloads should be completed in record time. This plan comes with no upfront cost and unused data automatically rolls over into your next month's allowance.

The contract lasts 24 months which is a pretty long time so make sure you are happy with the deal before purchasing. It may also be a good idea to check iD's coverage in your area.

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What’s the best network for iPhone?

The best network for iPhone is currently EE. EE takes the crown for the best network for iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, thanks in part to operating the biggest 4G system in the UK. If your heart is set on buying an iPhone 6, you’ll want to get the most out of its online capabilities, and ensuring that you can receive a strong 4G signal is key. It also has some generous data allowances.

Monthly cost Data Minutes Texts Contract (months) Handset cost Get deal
EE £33.49 - £55.99 500MB - 25GB 500 - Unltd Unltd 24 £0 - £99.99 Go →
EE
Monthly cost
£33.49 - £55.99
Data
500MB - 25GB
Minutes
500 - Unltd
Texts
Unltd
Contract (months)
24
Handset cost
£0 - £99.99

Best of the rest

Our aim is not to diminish the offerings of these other telecoms providers. If 4G coverage is less important to you, or if you know the coverage of these other providers is quite adequate for where you live and work, you should consider them equally.

Monthly cost Data Minutes Texts Contract (months) Handset cost Get deal
£25 - £51 500MB - Unltd 300 - Unltd Unltd 24 £29 - £99 Go →
giffgaff £21.86- £97.42 1GB - Unltd 500 - Unltd Unltd 6 - 24 £0 - £439 Go →
£27 - £48 500MB - 20GB 500 - Unltd Unltd 24 Free - £561.99 Go →
£31 - £52 1GB - 20GB 1000 - 5000 5,000 24 Included in monthly price Go →
Virgin Media £32 - £50 500MB - 10GB 250 - 5000 Unltd 24 Included in monthly price Go →
Vodafone £32 - £78 500MB - 30GB 500 - Unltd Unltd 12 - 24 Included in monthly cost Go →
3 Mobile
Monthly cost
£25 - £51
Data
500MB to Unltd
Minutes
300 - Unltd
Texts
Unltd
Contract (months)
24
Handset cost
£29 to £99
giffgaff
Monthly cost
£21.86 - £97.42
Data
1GB - Unltd
Minutes
500 - Unltd
Texts
Unltd
Contract (months)
6 to 24
Handset cost
£0 - £439
O2 Mobile
Monthly cost
£27 - £48
Data
500MB - 20GB
Minutes
500 - Unltd
Texts
Unltd
Contract (months)
24
Handset cost
Free - £561.99
Tesco Mobile
Monthly cost
£31 - £52
Data
1GB - 20GB
Minutes
1000 - 5000
Texts
5,000
Contract (months)
24
Handset cost
Included in monthly price
Virgin Media
Monthly cost
£32 - £50
Data
1GB - 10GB
Minutes
250 - 5000
Texts
Unltd
Contract (months)
24
Handset cost
Included in monthly price
Vodafone
Monthly cost
£32 to £78
Data
500MB to 30GB
Minutes
500 to Unltd
Texts
Unltd
Contract (months)
12 to 24
Handset cost
Included in monthly cost

Choosing a contract iPhone

Due to the high cost of a new iPhone, for many people the best option is to spread that cost over a fixed-term contract – usually 24 months. Some providers, such as giffgaff, offer contracts of just six months, with flexible upfront payments. Some providers offer contracts that allow customers to upgrade their iPhone at any time, providing its full value is settled. These contracts split your monthly bill into two parts: your phone payments (the cost of your handset) and your usage payments (minutes, texts, mobile internet data). You’ll find this type of contract with O2 and giffgaff, amongst others.

Paying off your contract and upgrading your phone will create a new 24-month contract for both your handset and usage plan. The exception is giffgaff, which only has 30-day usage plans which you can cancel at any time.

The downside to choosing a contract iPhone is that you are tied into a contract, your handset is likely to be locked to your chosen provider (unless you choose giffgaff), restricting your options for the duration of your contract, and, you will most likely end up paying more overall for your handset than if you had bought it outright.

Buying an iPhone outright with a SIM-only deal

Buying an iPhone outright usually means you will pay less overall, and you are not tied into a contract. By buying your iPhone upfront, you avoid the two biggest issues of getting it on a contract: paying interest and being tied into a contract. This usually means you pay less overall and you can sell it to upgrade whenever you want.

Buying an iPhone direct from the Apple Store – or from select mobile operators such as giffgaff and Three – will guarantee that it’s unlocked for use with any provider you choose.

Most of the mainstream providers offer SIM-only deals for iPhone – for the 5s, the 6, the 6s or 7. Depending on your budget, how much data you want, and whether you want a one-month or 12-month deal, there is something for everyone. O2, EE, giffgaff, iD, Three and Vodafone all offer SIM-only deals, with prices starting as little as £10 per month.

Most SIM-only deals come with huge amounts of inclusive texts and minutes (or even unlimited amounts). When it comes to data, the more you want, the more you will pay.

giffgaff handset only prices

PAYG on iPhone

Pay-as-you-go is an alternative to SIM-only whereby you simply top-up your calls, texts and data by buying vouchers – usually available in denominations from £5 to £30. There is no monthly deduction from your bank account and you can top up as much or as little as you want at a time.

It’s worth bearing in mind that most Pay-as-you-go bundles only last for 30 days – you will lose anything that is unused after that. Most providers offer iPhones with PAYG deals – including O2, Vodafone, EE and Three.

iPhone 4 deals – Which providers still offer them?

You can currently still get an iPhone 4 deal with a contract through a few third-party sellers such as Carphone Warehouse (iD Mobile). However, we would advise against doing so.

We would equally advise against purchasing a handset outright. Amazon, for example, has plenty of iPhone 4 models to choose from through third-party sellers – not actually stocked by Amazon itself. The problem here is that in almost all cases, these are refurbs: previously owned handsets that may have had some kind of fault in their past.

But that's not the main reason we would advise against going for an iPhone 4 deal at this stage. The main reason is that they just aren't good enough anymore. They'll make calls, sure, but their relatively puny memory capacity has enough room for Apple's latest operating system and not much else.

Worse than that, though, a lot of apps simply won't work on an iPhone that old. Almost no matter what you might spend on an iPhone 4 is going to be a false economy. If you're looking to save money and don't care about having the latest thing, an iPhone 5 is most definitely the sweet spot.

iPhone 5 deals – which providers still offer them?

Most providers still offer the iPhone 5s – including O2, Vodafone, EE, Three, giffgaff, EE and Tesco. If you are looking for a contract, prices start at around £20 per month and go up to over £50 per month depending on how much data you want and the repayment term you choose.

If you want to buy the handset outright and choose a SIM-only deal to go with it, you can no longer buy it directly from Apple, but many high street retailers will sell you a brand new phone from around £250 for a 16GB model. SIM-only deals start from as little as around £10 per month. if you want a new iPhone but aren't prepared to fork out over 600 quid for the latest model, the iPhone 5s is a good option.

Which iPhone 7 model is the best?

The latest iPhone from Apple is the iPhone 7. If you have to have the latest iPhone, this is the best iPhone for you. With an advanced new camera system including optical image stabilisation for improved images taken in dark settings, and Quad LED True Tone flash, the IPhone 7 also comes with an improved battery life and water resistance.

If you like the idea of a larger screen, then the iPhone 7 Plus could be a good choice. With the same tech but a sized-up screen, the Plus models are ideal if you tend to use your handset for browsing or watching videos rather than making calls. In addition, the iPhone 7 Plus comes with an additional telephoto (or zoom) camera lens, enabling you to create high quality pictures from further away.

How to unlock your iPhone so you can get a SIM-only deal

1. Check if your iPhone is already unlocked

Not all iPhones are locked by default; those purchased directly from Apple will already be set up to work with any network. Or, if you bought your iPhone from giffgaff or Three (after 1 July 2014) it will also be unlocked.

To test whether or not your phone is unlocked, insert a SIM from another provider. You can borrow a friend’s or order a free pay-as-you-go SIM online. If the network’s name appears in the top left-hand corner of the screen, the iPhone is already unlocked. A locked iPhone will display ‘Invalid SIM’.

2. Back up your iPhone and update it

You may need to erase and restore your iPhone at the end of the unlocking process, so you should back up your settings and content before proceeding. To do this, connect it to iTunes on your PC or Mac.

The first thing to do is update to the latest version of iOS, which is the iPhone’s operating system. You can also do this by connecting the iPhone to iTunes. Alternatively, tap ‘Settings’ on the iPhone home screen; select ‘General’ and then ‘Software Update’. The menu will tell you whether or not it’s up-to-date. You can then install the latest version by following the on-screen instructions.

Be aware that iTunes won’t back up the photos or videos on your iPhone’s camera roll. You will need to import them using your computer’s photo software or enable iCloud backups in your iPhone’s setting. Details on doing both can be found on Apple’s website.

3. Find your iPhone’s IMEI number

To unlock your iPhone you will need its IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier), which is a 15-digit number unique to your handset. Apple needs your iPhone’s IMEI to identify it and remove it from the database used to manage locked devices.

You can find your iPhone’s IMEI number in several ways.

  • In the ‘About’ section of the general settings
  • By dialling *#06# on the phone’s keypad
  • On the back of your iPhone (on iPhone 5 and later)
  • Some providers list the IMEI number on your online account

Make sure you note down the IMEI correctly. If you get it wrong (even by one digit), your iPhone won’t be unlocked.

4. Get in touch with your provider

You can’t unlock your iPhone directly with Apple; the request has to come from the network to which it’s locked. Most major providers (EE, O2, Three, Vodafone) allow you to register online to get your iPhone unlocked from the network. You’ll need to include your IMEI number and a few other personal details.

If your provider doesn’t provide an online unlocking form, call them to get the ball rolling. Third-party unlocking services are best avoided as they may prove to be fraudulent, ineffective or needlessly expensive.

Your provider may charge you for the unlocking service; it is unlikely that you will be able to unlock your iPhone for free. Some charge a flat fee (including EE and Virgin Mobile), while others base it on how long you’ve owned the phone or whether it’s a pay monthly or pay-as-you-go device (for example, Vodafone and Tesco Mobile).

Further information on iPhone unlocking costs can be found on Ofcom’s website or by contacting your provider directly.

5. Wait for it to be unlocked

The unlocking process isn’t instantaneous and waiting times differ between providers.

  • EE: Up to seven days
  • O2: Up to three days
  • Tesco Mobile: Up to 28 days
  • Three: Up to seven days
  • Virgin Mobile: Up to 30 days
  • Vodafone: Up to 10 days

You’ll be notified by email or text message once your phone has been unlocked. You’ll then be prompted to complete the process in the following way.

6. Insert a new SIM or connect to iTunes

To complete the process, connect to wi-fi and switch off your iPhone before opening the SIM tray. Insert a new SIM card and switch your iPhone back on again – this will reset the network status to ‘unlocked’. The provider name of any SIM you insert will appear in the top left of the screen and you’ll be able to make calls, send texts and use mobile internet.

If you don’t have a new SIM yet, you can connect your iPhone to iTunes and complete the unlocking process. Do this by clicking on the "erase and restore" option on iTunes and then following the on-screen instructions to use the backup you made in step 2. You can then continue to use your old SIM until you decide on a new provider.

You can compare SIM-only deals on our comparison pages or check out our top-five SIM-only guides, which are updated each month.

iPhone deals on EE

EE prides itself on offering the fastest, widely available 4G service in the UK – ideal for iPhone users. Its standard 4G service claims, at 30Mbps, to be at least 50% faster than Vodafone, O2 or Three, and its Double Speed 4G faster again at 60Mbps. EE now offers an even faster speed – 4G+ – that offers up to 90Mbps.

These are impressive speeds but they are not available everywhere, so look at the EE coverage checker before you commit your money in the hope of receiving superfast 4G where you are.

EE offers the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 models on contract, SIM-only or PAYG.

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iPhone deals on Vodafone

Vodafone offers widespread, reliable coverage across the UK. Vodafone offers all its customers a 30-Day Network Guarantee; if you are not content with the signal you are getting, you can cancel your contract without penalty at any time during this trial period.

In terms of extras, on its Red Value bundles, you can choose to take either Spotify Premium, a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, or Sky Sports Mobile TV for free. You can also use your iPhone abroad in 40 European destinations with no roaming charges. Choose from contract, SIM-only or PAYG on the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. Prices start from around £25 per month for an iPhone 5s with a bundle of calls, texts and data.

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iPhone deals on Three

Three has an excellent reputation amongst iPhone users for download speed and network coverage. It also doesn’t charge extra for 4G – which some providers still do.

For a small fee each month, Three offers Three Rescue – a warranty and insurance policy that will replace your lost, stolen or damaged iPhone within 24 hours. It comes with the Three Rescue app, which will back up and save your phone's contents and locate it if lost.

All Three's 24-month plans include unlimited texts, and most also include unlimited minutes. Three offers contract, SIM-only and PAYG deals for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 7. Prices start from around £15 per month for an iPhone 5s and a bundle of minutes, texts and data.

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iPhone deals on O2

O2 isn’t the cheapest iPhone provider but you do get a few bonuses as a result. O2 splits its monthly contract payments into two sections – a Device plan for the handset and an Airtime Plan for your calls, texts and data. You can choose to pay off your Device plan at any time – meaning your chosen Airtime Plan will simply roll on until such point as you decide to cancel it.

O2 offers deals on iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 – choose from pay monthly contract, SIM-only or PAYG – and prices start from around £19 per month for an iPhone 5s.

All O2 customers are automatically entitled to sign up to O2 Priority – the app that gives you discounts and freebies on everything from coffee to concert tickets.

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iPhone deals on giffgaff

Giffgaff offers some of the most flexible and affordable deals around when it comes to iPhones. All the handsets (iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 7) come unlocked as standard, and you then have the choice to pay it off over six, 12, 18 or 24 months. You can choose an upfront payment of £25, £50, £100, £200 or nothing – and the more you can pay upfront, the smaller your monthly repayments will be.

You then simply choose a ‘goodybag’ plan of texts, minutes and data to suit you, which can be changed at any time as they only operate on a month to month basis. Giffgaff runs on the O2 network so coverage is good across the UK, although, as ever, check what it’s like where you are before you sign on the dotted line.

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iPhone deals on Virgin Mobile

Virgin offers some great value deals for iPhones but there is one major flaw – Virgin do not offer 4G (unless you are a business customer). This is particularly frustrating as Virgin runs on the EE network – the fastest 4G network in the UK.

Much like O2, Virgin Mobile has separate contracts for handset repayments and for minutes, text and data, known as Freestyle Contracts. This means you can pay off your handset when you like and upgrade to a newer model. With Virgin Mobile you are free to change tariff at any point during your contract – you can upgrade or downgrade without penalty.

If you are happy with 3G, Virgin Mobile offers deals on the iPhone 5, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, with prices starting from just £17 per month for handset and data.

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iPhone deals on Tesco Mobile

Tesco offers all the current models of the iPhone – including the 5s, the SE, the iPhone 6 and 6s and the iPhone 7. You can choose from pay monthly contract, SIM-only or pay-as-you-go, and prices start from around £15 per month. Tesco uses the O2 network to carry its calls texts and data.

If you are prone to over-expenditure, Tesco sets account limits on its standard pay monthly tariffs to prevent you from breaking the bank, or, for even more control, you can opt for a capped tariff, which is set much lower than an account limit.

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Frequently asked iPhone questions

What sizes are available?

Along with the variations in tariffs outlined above, when you purchase an iPhone 7 you'll have a choice of two sizes. The two models are the 4.7-inch display iPhone 7, and the 5.5-inch display iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 Plus, while more expensive that the standard model, sports a larger battery, offering a substantially longer battery life than its still-respectable smaller brother. This means the new iPhones are better able to compete with Samsung's popular smartphone, the Galaxy S5.

How slim are the latest iPhone models?

The iPhone 7 measures slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 at 7.1mm front to back (the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick), with the iPhone 7 Plus being slightly thicker at 7.3mm. Both models feature more rounded edges than the 6 series, and feel and look smoother especially with the removal of the antenna lines and the headphone jack.

The introduction of the Taptic Engine to create touch feedback when using the new digitized home button and certain apps is probably largely responsible for the minute increase in width.

Why has Apple scrapped the headphone jack/h3>

With the increase in all things wireless, Apple argues that its new Lightning EarPods remove the clutter of wires but maintain audio quality. If you are doubtful, you can simply use an adaptor to use your existing headphones – it just means you can't charge the phone at the same time.

In place of the headphone jack, Apple has introduced stereo speakers, meaning an improved audio experience when not using headphones.

What operating system does the iPhone use?

The iPhone 7 comes pre-loaded with the iOS 10 (operating system 10), rather than the older iOS 8 system seen in the iPhone 6, and the now defunct iPhone iOS 6. Not only does this mean you'll be able to use all the latest apps and games, it also means you can use Apple's latest features, such as Apple Pay, AirPlay and AirPrint.

Can I use my iPhone to buy things?

Contactless payment takes the hassle out of shopping, and thanks to partnerships with Visa, MasterCard and American Express, you can make contactless payments with the iPhone 7.

This works via an NFC chip (Near Field Communication Device) inside the phone that lets you make purchases at contactless payment sites directly through your iPhone. It’s similar to the contactless chips in some debit and credit cards, working in much the same way.

On which networks is iPhone 7 available?

Currently, the iPhone 6 is available through Three, EE, O2, Vodafone, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile and giffgaff; along with the Apple stores on the high street. The iPhone 6’s features work best on the new, high-speed mobile network, so it pays to be on a network which has good 4G coverage.

Are all iPhones 4G compatible?

Yes. If your chosen network offers 4G, you’ll be able to use it with your iPhone. Uncertainty about this is understandable, as some iPhone 5 models were incompatible with certain 4G networks.

O2 and Vodafone customers found that their iPhone 5 wouldn’t work on 4G due to an incompatibility between the frequency used by both providers and the receiver inside the iPhone 5. No such worries with the iPhone 6.

What kind of deal should I look for?

When it’s time to get your hands on the iPhone 7, you’ll want a contract or SIM-only deal with a focus on high data allowances.

A recent report by Arieso found that, on average, iPhone users consume more downloaded data than other smartphone users, and that iPhone 5s users are downloading around 20 per cent more data than those still using the original iPhone 5 model.

All this means is that you’ll need a contract or SIM with a high data allowance, preferably 4G.

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