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UK mobile networks make the iPhone 8 available for pre-order

By Oprah Flash
Tuesday, September 19th 2017

People across the UK can soon get their hands on the eagerly awaited iPhone 8 and its big brother the iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple has launched its new generation of iPhone and both handsets can now be pre-ordered from a number of mobile providers. The phones will be available to buy from Friday 22 September.

The new handsets feature a glass and aluminium design in space grey, silver or gold.

With Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip the new iPhone 8 editions are designed for the “ultimate augmented” reality experience, says Apple.

Other new features include single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on the iPhone 8 Plus and wireless charging capabilities.

The handsets come with a storage capacity of 64GB or 256GB. The RRP will be £699 including VAT.

Apple also announced it will skip the ninth generation of iPhone and will release the iPhone X. The handset packs a punch with an array of new features and a hefty price tag of £999. Pre-orders for this handset start on Friday 27 October.


EE is celebrating the new launch with a special offer. Until Thursday 2 November customers can get 100GB for the price of 25GB on a £67.99 per month plan, plus £9.99 upfront for the iPhone 8 (64GB).

This offer is combined with the EE Annual Upgrade which lets customers have a new iPhone every year.

If 100GB is too much data allowance EE is also offering 4GEE Max plans from £52.99 per month, plus £99.99 up front, including a 3GB monthly data allowance.

For 8GB the price goes up to £57.99 per month, plus £49.99 upfront.

The iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) is available on the same plans as the iPhone 8 (64GB) for an additional cost of £5 a month.

As an added bonus with the iPhone, EE is providing customers with six months free Apple Music and three months of free access to the BT Sport app.


O2’s tariffs for the iPhone 8 (64GB) start at £50 a month with an upfront cost of £99 for 1GB of data allowance.

The same handset costs £63 a month for 20GB of data and an upfront fee of just £29.99.

The iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) starts at just a pound more than its little brother on a 1GB tariff.

For 20GB customers who want the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) will pay £67 a month with an upfront cost of £29.99.

O2 is giving its customers free screen replacement on tariffs of 20GB or over. With an all glass display this added bonus may come in useful.

Existing customers get an added 10GB as an extra perk from O2.


Three is offering nine plans for the new iPhones.

The cheapest of which is a 500MB data allowance for £42 a month with £99 upfront for the iPhone 8 (64GB).

For 1GB and all you can eat texts and calls customers will pay £99 upfront then £46 a month over a period of two years.

All you can eat data, unlimited texts and calls will set customers back £77 a month on a 24 month contract and £79 upfront.

The bigger version of the new handset - the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) - costs £47 for Three’s cheapest tariff, which includes 500MB data.


Vodafone’s “best selling plan” for the iPhone 8 (64GB) is £60 a month and £20 upfront. This plan gives customers 26GB of data allowance as part of 24-month bundle.

For the same allowance but for the larger iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) Vodafone charges £4 more a month.

Its cheapest deal is £44 a month which gives you 500MB for the iPhone 8 (64GB).

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile customers can get the new iPhone 8 and IPhone 8 Plus on the Anytime Upgrade and Anytime Upgrade Flex plans.

Over 30 months the iPhone 8 (64GB) costs £41.25 a month or if customers want a phone with more storage for apps and music the iPhone 8 (256GB) is £46.75.

If customers opt to have a contract for just two years the iPhone will cost £47.75 a month.

All of the above prices include 3,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 4GB of monthly data allowance.

Sky Mobile

With Sky’s Swap 24 plan the cheapest way to get a hold of the new iPhone through Sky is £42 for 500MB of data and unlimited texts and calls. This plan is similar to Tesco’s and lasts 30 months with an upgrade available after two years.

For the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) with the same data allowance, it will cost £47 a month with no upfront cost.

If customers feel 500MB is not enough Sky offers a 10GB plan with unlimited calls/texts that will cost £57 a month for the smaller iPhone and £62 a month for the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB).

Calls and texts are free for Sky TV customers so will cost £10 less.

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile has quadrupled the data allowance in its cheapest package to offer 1.2GB with the iPhone 8 (64GB) for £43 a month.

Virgin has also doubled its largest plan from 20GB to 40GB for £52 a month.

The iPhone 8 Plus costs £6 a month more for both packages.

Both of these prices are over the course of a 24-month contract with no upfront cost. The provider also offers 36-month contracts.

BT Mobile

BT’s ‘Great Value Starter Plan’ gives customers 500MB of data, 400 minutes and unlimited texts for £42 a month. This plan lasts for two years and customers will have to pay £250 upfront for the iPhone 8 (64GB).

The ‘Perfect All Rounder Plan’ lets customers have the new iPhone 8 (64GB) for £52 a month and £100 upfront. This option includes 6GB of data with unlimited texts and calls.

The iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) is the same monthly price but with an extra £50 upfront cost.

As an added bonus for customers who opt for the 6GB plan or higher, BT Mobile is offering up to £60 to spend on Amazon or an iTunes gift card.

BT Mobile customers can watch BT Sport on their phones for free when they download the app. BT Sport is available on all BT Mobile 6GB or higher plans.

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