handset/tarrif bundle or sim only and buy handset

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As above, whats peoples opinions on this. Looking to get a new tarrrif, currently ee, like the reception i get etc, but they aren't being massively helpful on a deal with a new iPhone 13 and a tariff.
 

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jump on uswitch and filter the phone deals by total cost. That's the best way to see if you are better buying outright /sim only or signing up to a contract.
keep an eye on the deals, I recently did it with an iPhone 13 mini, total cost (phone + contract) was £877, 24 month contract, unlimited calls/texts/40gb data.
Worked out cheaper than buying the phone and sim only with the equivalent data, plus its spread over 2 years.
 

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I’ve just looked as well. For me as well as @Che , it was cheaper for a new bundle.
256GB iPhone 13, unlimited everything, 24 month contract, £42 month.
ID mobile.
Buy through TopCashback & there’s £50 back, which offsets the initial £40 up front for the phone.
 

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Yeah seems contract is cheaper now. My last phone was an iphone xr bought new unlocked and o2 payg (£10pm was 10gb, plenty for me). But recently upgraded to iphone 12 and best overall deal was a 24mnth contract, was basically only £70 more total cost than buying the phone outright again, vs 24x monthly top up woulda been £240
 

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iPhone 11 (64GB)
Three, unlimited data
(via Affordable Mobiles)
MSE Blagged £74 upfront, then £21/month
Total £578 over two-year contract
Save £459 versus buying direct from Three
Samsung S21 5G (128GB)
O2, 40GB/month
(via MobilePhonesDirect)
MSE Blagged £154 upfront, then £23/month
Total £706 over two-year contract
Save £520 versus buying direct from O2
iPhone 12 (64GB)
O2, 100GB/month
(via uSwitch)
£0 upfront, then £30/month
Total £720 over two-year contract
Save £388 versus buying direct from O2

iPhone 13 (128GB)
Three, 100GB/month
(via Affordable Mobiles)
MSE Blagged
£189 upfront, then £30/month
Total £909 over two-year contract
Save £556 versus buying direct



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I’m in the camp that buys the phone second hand. Not into having the latest tech so for example I bought my iPhone X 256gb for around £350 I think two years ago. On top of that £10 for sim only around 15gb data which is sufficient for me. Brings it to a total till date of approx £590. I prefer larger storage as I don’t like to back up on the cloud, I just back up on my laptop every month or so. And I’ve claimed a lot of free Caffè Nero coffees :muttley:

edit: for latest tech it does seem to make more sense to get a contract
 
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I’m in the camp that buys the phone second hand. Not into having the latest tech so for example I bought my iPhone X 256gb for around £350 I think two years ago. On top of that £10 for sim only around 15gb data which is sufficient for me. Brings it to a total till date of approx £590. I prefer larger storage as I don’t like to back up on the cloud, I just back up on my laptop every month or so. And I’ve claimed a lot of free Caffè Nero coffees :muttley:

edit: for latest tech it does seem to make more sense to get a contract
Tbh I’m now thinking do I need a new handset? My battery isn’t great but the sim only contract and saving a bit of money is appealing.
 

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Tbh I’m now thinking do I need a new handset? My battery isn’t great but the sim only contract and saving a bit of money is appealing.
Sell your old handset (especially if its an iphone), every 3 years is about the optimum time.
I got £230 for mine (128gb XR which was priced low as to a friend), paid £205 upfront for my new contract and then £28 per month.

Brand new iphone 13 and 24 months airtime stands me at £642
 
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I’ve always bought used in the past as well, for me & the wife.
Just fancied being bang up to date again.
TBF my phone is still pristine, iPhone XS 256GB, and the wife’s is too, but hers is an iPhone 8, so battery isn’t brilliant.
There’s always pros & cons whichever way you go I suppose.
 

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I've always bought phone outright except one occasion when Total Cost for phone and contract on a U-Switch Deal came out cheaper overall as @Che suggests.

Usually keep for 3 years then sell and recover up to 50% of the new cost (I've never scratched a phone so always sell boxed as "like new condition").

Contract wise, been paying between £4 and £6 per Month sim only through Plusnet for the last 3 or 4 years. (Cheaper end of scale if you have broadband with them). That gives unlimited minutes/texts and usually about 4GB data which is enough for me. Plusnet doesn't allow texts to shortcodes mind.

Based on a typical £500 phone that I'll sell for £200 after 3 years, and £6 per month sim only deal, its costing £14.35 per Month or £172 a year for all my cellular needs! Amazing when you think my typical Monthly bill was around £80 per Month back in the late 90's on the old Mercury One2One free evenings and weekends tariff!
 

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Always used to want the newest and latest mobile phone back in the late 90's, early 2000's (the joys of working part-time at the Carphone Warehouse when at uni) but nowadays I just can't be ****d.

Sim only, buy my mobile phone outright and offest the difference on what I would otherwise be spending on other things.

I pay £13.40 a month with Three who were stupid enough to offer me unlimited everything a few years ago when they were punting out mobile broadband like it was going out of fashion. It never offered the speeds advertised so a quick call into ofcom saw them offer to cancel that contract and offer me a reduction on my sim only contract which has continued well passed my renewal date.

Other half is coming towards the end of a 3 year contract with O2 and she's been paying £48 a month all because she insisted in having the latest iPhone at the time which was the XR I think which I absolutely hated when they issued us all replacement work phones.

I now just pick up the previous generation Google Pixel phones when the new ones come out, for some reason they never seem to hold their value as much as the Apple and Samsung equivalents despite offering a vanilla Android experience.
 

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I now just pick up the previous generation Google Pixel phones when the new ones come out, for some reason they never seem to hold their value as much as the Apple and Samsung equivalents despite offering a vanilla Android experience.

Same here, except for the last one at £350 for the 4a on launch day. Its been a great phone. My daughter paying £50 ish a Month on a iPhone 11 pro contract which she "had to have" to help on her photography course. I'm always winding her up along the lines of "what can your phone do that mine can't", she hates it, but did eventually have no choice but to agree that a fair percentage of my Pixel photos are as good or better than her 11 pro photos.

I remember being offered £1000 for my One2One sim card (the original one with free calls to landlines after 7pm). People used to think that deal was so good the company would go bust over it. I wish I accepted it now.
 

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I remember being offered £1000 for my One2One sim card (the original one with free calls to landlines after 7pm). People used to think that deal was so good the company would go bust over it. I wish I accepted it now.

I don't think any of us One2One customers would have imagined a time where we had truly unlimited minutes and text's let alone data. I still remember the shift to per second billing!

Just the same as everything at the moment, I think the cost of mobile phone contracts is far too high for the sake of the latest and greatest handsets and I can't understand why people would sign up for a 36 month contract for a phone that ends up looking like a dog's dinner after 18 months.
 
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