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Can you get a better Samsung Galaxy S9 mobile deal from Carphone Warehouse?

Tuesday, February 27th 2018 by Emma Woollacott

Carphone Warehouse is advertising a price promise, pledging 'We won't be beaten on price'.

It guarantees that if you find a better deal on O2, EE or Vodafone, it will match it and pay your first month's rental.

There are a few caveats. Understandably, it won't pay any extras over and above the monthly contract amount, such as additional usage charges, non-inclusive charges, international charges and the like.

And it only applies to pay monthly new connections and upgrades, including SIM-only monthly contracts; unfortunately, pay-as-you-go SIM only, SIM-free handsets, business and 'gift-with-purchase' or cashback offers are excluded. Online deals can only be compared with other online deals, and in-store deals with in-store.

Finally - and this is probably the biggest catch - the deals have to be identical. Not only does the handset have to be the same make and model, the tariff has to have the same duration, monthly cost and amount of inclusive minutes, texts and data. It even has to have the same delivery terms.

So how do its offers stack up?

One of Carphone Warehouse's most popular deals right now is for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 with provider O2. With this, it's offering 20GB of data with unlimited minutes and texts for £49 a month with a £99.99 up-front fee. You'll get O2 Priority and O2 Travel thrown in.

Go direct to O2, and you won't do quite so well, paying £64 a month with a fifty quid up-front fee.

Rather further down the price scale, another of Carphone Warehouse's best-selling deals is on the Apple iPhone SE in Space Grey, with provider Vodafone. There's no up-front cost, and you'll pay just £18 a month, with 1GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts.

Head over to Vodafone itself, meanwhile, and you'll be paying £25 a month with an up-front fee of £29 for the same phone - and you'll only get half the amount of data and only 500 minutes.

There isn't always much of an advantage going through Carphone Warehouse, though, compared with going direct. Plump for the Samsung Galaxy 7, for example, and you'll get 4GB of data with unlimited minutes and texts for just £43 a month, plus a £50 up-front cost. There's even a £50 cashback, and you'll get three months free of BT Sport and six months of Apple Music.

Through EE itself, the same phone - though in a different colour - is exactly the same price for the same amount of data, minutes and texts. You do get BT Sport - but you don't get Apple Music or cashback, though.

How do its SIM-only deals stack up?

Through Carphone Warehouse, an O2 Pay Monthly Multi SIM card on a 12 month contract with 2GB data and unlimited minutes and texts costs £19 a month. And, here, you might just be able to catch the company out, as O2 has temporarily cut the price of the same deal from the same £19 to just £13.

Its cheapest monthly Vodafone SIM-only deal is £13.50 a month, for 5GB with unlimited texts and 500 minutes. Vodafone itself has exactly the same price.

When it comes to EE, one popular deal from Carphone Warehouse gives you 20GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts for £22 a month. Again, the price from EE itself is exactly the same.

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