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iPhone 4S UK contract deals: Find the best deal for you

With over a million iPhone 4S pre-ordered in the first 24 hours across the globe, the most successful product launch in Apple history, interest in the new iPhone does not seem to have been hit very hard by the lack of a new design or a bigger screen, which was expected from the iPhone 5.

You might be among the millions looking to upgrade to the iPhone 4S over the coming days, weeks, and months. One of the key considerations is therefore how to get the best deal possible on the iPhone 4S. We have quite a few networks offering the iPhone 4S here in the UK and comparing deals can often be quite complicated as contract lenghts, minutes, data offering, and prices are not uniform across providers. Some key considerations before starting to compare iPhone 4S deals include:

  • How much can i afford to pay up-front for the iPhone 4S?
  • 16gb, 32gb, or 64gb version?
  • Length of contract? Are you wanting to upgrade again when the next iPhone comes out?
  • What is most important; minutes or data allowance?
  • Are there any other special offers included (O2 priority, Orange Wednesday etc.)

Once you have an idea of how much you can afford to pay up-front and per month for your contract, you can start comparing the deals available. To help you on the way, we have done some comparison of our own and pulled together the following overview of what we see as some of the top iPhone 4S deals in the UK based on different scenarios, including contract length and total cost over contract. You of course also have to take into consideration any upgrade deals form existing networks etc. which we have not included in this comparison. Hopefully this information might help you find the right deal for you and save you the time of having to do all the comparison yourself.

iPhone 4S 16GB

iPhone 4S 32GB

iPhone 4S 64GB

You can see the full comparison table as a Google docs spreadsheet here

iPhone 4S 16GB best network deals

Here are the top deals on the 16GB iPhone 4S.

No upfront cost: Vodafone £51/month (18 months)

Vodafone is offering the best deal in terms of overall contract cost if you want the iPhone 4S 16GB for free. It is a 18 month deal at £51/month that includes 1200 minutes, unlimited text, and 750MB data. In total it will set you back £918 over the contract period –> Go to Vodafone iPhone 4S deals

If we base it on a Cost Per Month calculation the best deal is from Three on a 24 month contract offering 900 minutes, 5000 text, and 1GB data allowance. The total cost per month is £43 with a total cost of £1,032 over the contract time –> Go to Three iPhone 4S deals

Top free contract deals iPhone 4S 16GB

Best 12 month contract: Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile is offering the lowest overall Cost Per Month (including handset cost) contract, with a handset upfront cost of £335, monthly contract cost of £25, which includes 250 minutes, 5000 text, and 1GB data. Total cost over the year is £635 (£52.92/month) –> Go to Tesco Mobile iPhone 4S deals

If you want more minutes and a lower upfront cost, Tesco Mobile can offer 750 minutes, 5000 text, and 1GB data for £35/month which takes the total annual cost to £655 (£54.58/month).

Top 12 month contract deals iPhone 4S 16GB

Value for money deal: Three £35/month (24 month)

The value for money deal is based on low overall cost per month, low upfront handset cost, and of course lots of minutes, text and data. Three can offer the iPhone 4S 16GB on a £35/month 24 month contract that includes 500 minutes, 5000 text, 1GB data with a low upfront cost of £49 for the handset. Total cost of the deal is £889 (£37.04/month) –> Go to Three iPhone 4S deals

PAYG: GiffGaff PAYG £10/month + Apple unlocked iPhone 4S

If you prefer not to be tied down to a specific network and contract you can look at PAYG Sim deals, including this one from GiffGaff that gives you 250 minutes, unlimited text and data, for only £10/month. Combine that with an unlocked iPhone 4S 16GB from Apple at £499.

 

iPhone 4S 32GB best network deals

Here are the top deals on the 32GB iPhone 4S.

No upfront cost: Orange £51/month (24 month)

Orange is offering the 32gb iPhone 4S for free on a 24-month contract at £51/month, including 1200 minutes, unlimited text, 1GB data. The overall cost of the deal is £1,224 (£51/month) –> Go to Orange iPhone 4S deals

O2 also have a strong offer in terms of overall cost on a 18 month contract at £68/month, including unlimted minutes and text, 500mb data. Overall cost is £1,224 (£68/month) –> Go to O2 iPhone 4S deals

Top free contract deals iPhone 4S 32GB

Best 12 month contract: Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile is again dominating the 12 month contract deals with a £35/month contract that includes 750 minutes, 5000 text, and 1GB data. The upfront cost of the handset is £300 and the overall cost of the deal is £720 (£60/month) –> Go to Tesco Mobile iPhone 4S deals

If you want to pay less for the handset it is also worth mentioning O2 deal at £52/month which includes 1200 minutes, unlimited text, and 500gb data, with upfront handset cost of £139.99. Total cost of the deal is £763.99 (£63.67/month) –> Go to O2 iPhone 4S deals

Top 12 month contract deals iPhone 4S 32GB

Value for money deal: Three £35/month (24 month)

The value for money deal is based on low overall cost per month, low upfront handset cost, and of course lots of minutes, text and data. Three can offer the iPhone 4S 32GB on a £35/month 24 month contract that includes 500 minutes, 5000 text, 1GB data with a low upfront cost of £139 for the handset. Total cost of the deal is £979 (£40.79/month) –> Go to Three iPhone 4S deals

PAYG: GiffGaff PAYG £10/month + Apple unlocked iPhone 4S

If you prefer not to be tied down to a specific network and contract you can look at PAYG Sim deals, including this one from GiffGaff that gives you 250 minutes, unlimited text and data, for only £10/month. Combine that with an unlocked iPhone 4S 32GB from Apple at £599.

 

iPhone 4S 64GB best network deals

Here are the top deals on the 64GB iPhone 4S.

Lowest upfront cost: Vodafone £62/month (24 months)

The top model is not available for free anywhere at the moment, but you can get it for £29 on a Vodafone £62/month contract over 24 months, including 3000 minutes, unlimited text, and 1GB data. Overall cost of the deal is £1,517 (£63.21/month) –> Go to Vodafone iPhone 4S deals

Best 12 month contract: Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile is offering the lowest overall Cost Per Month (including handset cost) contract, with a handset upfront cost of £370, monthly contract cost of £35, which includes 750 minutes, 5000 text, and 1GB data. Total cost over the contract is £790 (£65.83/month) –> Go to Tesco Mobile iPhone 4S deals

Top 12 month contract deals iPhone 4S 64GB

Value for money deal: Three £35/month (24 month)

The value for money deal is based on low overall cost per month, low upfront handset cost, and of course lots of minutes, text and data. Three can offer the iPhone 4S 64GB on a £35/month 24 month contract that includes 500 minutes, 5000 text, 1GB data with a low upfront cost of £229 for the handset. Total cost of the deal is £1,069 (£44.54/month) –> Go to Three iPhone 4S deals

PAYG: GiffGaff PAYG £10/month + Apple unlocked iPhone 4S

If you prefer not to be tied down to a specific network and contract you can look at PAYG Sim deals, including this one from GiffGaff that gives you 250 minutes, unlimited text and data, for only £10/month. Combine that with an unlocked iPhone 4S 64GB from Apple at £699.

 

* Hopefully you have found this information useful. We have done our best to make sure all the information is correct as we have taken it from the respective network websites, but can not guarantee that errors might have sneaked in so let us know if you spot anything wrong. On the O2 tariffs we have added the advised £6 for 500mb data allowance into the tariffs themselves, so they are not identical to tariffs listed on their website. Please note that some of the links in this page are affiliate links from which we might make a commission on any purchases made. Prices and tariffs are as per 13th October 2011.

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