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Apple

Apple iPhone 11 (128GB Black)

Average monthly cost

£31.99 per month

£ 29.99 upfront

Apple

iPhone 12 mini 5G 128GB

Average monthly cost

£39 per month

£ N/A upfront

Apple

Apple iPhone 13 5G (512GB Pink)

Average monthly cost

£61 per month

£ 49.00 upfront

Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Pro 5G (1TB Graphite)

Average monthly cost

£66 per month

£ 49.00 upfront

Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 5G (512GB Sierra Blue)

Average monthly cost

£78 per month

£ 49.00 upfront

Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Mini 5G (128GB (PRODUCT) RED)

Average monthly cost

£50 per month

£ 29.00 upfront

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (256GB Phantom Silver)

Average monthly cost

£63 per month

£ 129.00 upfront

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (256GB Phantom Violet)

Average monthly cost

£51 per month

£ 0.00 upfront

All you need to know when comparing mobile phone deals

We’ll run you through the most important factors you should think about, so you can make sure you find the best handset on the best plan for your needs. If you want an affordable phone deal, compare mobile phones with Switch Squid.

How to compare mobile phones

Whichever type of handset deal you’re looking for, our comparison service allows you to find the right phone and package for your needs.

When you compare mobile phones with Switch Squid, you can search and filter for the exact phone and plan that you want. The following search criteria will help you compare:

  • Plan type: contract phone or SIM-only
  • Phone model
  • Price
  • Data, minutes and text limits
  • Features – phone condition, storage, colour
  • Network provider
  • 5G-only
  • Contract length
  • Freebies and incentives
  • Resellers

After filtering your search for your needs, you will be presented with a selection of our best deals for you. You can then compare the features and decide which deal you’d like to go ahead with.

Compare phones by brand

Here at Switch Squid.com, we let you compare deals on some of the most popular smartphones around, including:

Apple iPhone – One of the most popular mobile brands around, iPhones, such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max, offer simplicity and seamless integration with a host of different apps. Moreover, Apple smartphones come with a plethora of new features each year – including updated cameras and more powerful chipsets.

Interested in the latest iPhone? Check out our latest Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max deals.

Alternatively, you can also compare older iPhones with us, such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE 2020, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Samsung Galaxy – Running on Android, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones are also some of the best on the market and, like Apple, the Korean tech giant brings out a new flagship handset each year.

Like the sound of Samsung? See our latest Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21 Plus 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G deals.

Conversely, take a look at Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 FE 5G and Galaxy S8 deals.

What should I look for in a phone contract?

Used to having iPhones? The newer models have plenty to offer. Or perhaps you’d be happier with an Android phone. Either way, you’ll find a phone to suit you with Switch Squid.

Use our comparison table at the top of this page to find a phone you love and a deal to suit you.

What networks the most popular phone network?

The best-known networks are Vodafone, BT Mobile, Sky, EE, Three, O2 and iD Mobile. Smaller, less-known networks include Smarty, VOXI and giffgaff.

As you’d expect, each network has something a little different to offer. O2, for example, is known for its wide array of impressive freebies. While EE offers some of the widest-reaching coverage and best speeds in the UK.

Conversely, the likes of giffgaff and iD Mobile specialise in budget-friendly contracts and dispense with freebies to help keep their prices low.

In short, choose a network that works for you.

New contract deals vs upgrades

First, consider how you use your phone right now. For example, do you tend to make a lot of calls or do you rarely ever ring anyone? call.

You can adjust the filters, too. That way, you’ll only see deals that meet your criteria. To find the best deals, consider:

  • Data, text, and calls allowances
  • Upfront and monthly costs
  • Your favourite networks
  • 4G-only deals

Do you have to pay upfront for a contract phone?

As we say, each network has something unique to offer. And which one you should choose depends on your budget, as well as how you plan on using your phone.

With that in mind, each of the below providers have something different to offer.

  • O2
  • Vodafone
  • Three
  • Sky Mobile
  • EE
  • iD Mobile
  • BT Mobile
  • Giffgaff
  • VOXI
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Lebara
  • Plusnet Mobile
  • Smarty
  • Tesco Mobile

Should I get a phone plan with unlimited data?

If you’re unhappy with your current network, a new contract with a new provider will be the best option for you. So if you you see a deal you like, go for it – you can still carry your number across.

Conversely, if you’re happy with your current provider, you’re probably better off staying with them and upgrading to a new model on the same network.

Compare phone cashback offers and free gifts

That depends. With some contracts, you may be required to pay anything from £50 to £200 upfront. Newer phones, for example, will likely require a payment upfront.

Don’t worry, though – if you can’t afford a large lump sum, contracts with nothing to pay upfront are available. Simply head to the top of this page to start comparing deals.

How do pay monthly phone contracts work?

If you use your phone to watch movies and TV shows on the go, stream lots of music or if you use WhatsApp more than text, an unlimited data plan might be the best option for you.

Conversely, if you prefer to call or text and really only use the internet on your phone to check your emails from time to time, then a data bundle will do the job just fine.

Is it better to pay upfront or monthly for a phone?

Although plenty of networks offer cashbacks and free gifts, this type of deal might not always be worth it. In fact, in most cases, free gifts simply mean the phone itself will be more expensive.

Of course, if you spot a reward you particularly like the look of, then go for it. Just keep in mind this might not necessarily be as good as it initially appears.

Pay monthly contract vs SIM free

If you’re not too bothered about owning the very latest handset with the newest features, and you opt for a lower data allowance, you’ll save money overall.

Moreover, smaller networks such as ID Mobile and giffgaff tend to offer cheaper deals that appeal to those on a budget.

And it pays to look out for limited-time promotions and flash sales. For example, Black Friday is a great time to search for a new mobile phone deal.

Should I choose a SIM only plan?

In a nutshell, pay monthly phone plans come in the form of 12-month, 18-month and 24-month contracts. You’ll pay a monthly charge in return for an allowance of minutes, texts and data.

How do Switch Squid's mobile comparison tables work?

Well, that depends. You see, the more you pay upfront for your phone, the cheaper your monthly payments will be. Plus, by opting to pay more upfront you’ll be able to choose from newer handsets.

All that said, we appreciate that it’s sometimes difficult to pay upfront – especially for the latest phone. To that end, paying monthly will mean your bill will be cheaper over the long term.

How to get a cheaper mobile phone deal?

As we say, with a pay monthly contract, you’re paying for your monthly allowance of calls, texts and data and you’re paying off a new phone in instalments.

But when you buy a phone SIM-free, you’re buying it outright and off-contract with a lump sum. After which point, you’ll have to get a SIM-only deal with a monthly allowance of calls, texts and data.

Buying a phone SIM-free and then separately getting a SIM to go with it almost always works out much, much cheaper than buying a phone on a pay monthly contract. We’ve calculated that savings are generally about £150-£300 over the course of a two-year contract.

The catch is that you’ll need a big lump sum to pay for the phone outright. And with prices for the latest, top-of-the-range phones regularly topping £1000, it’s fair to say that not many of us have that sort of money to hand.

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