iPhone 5 price: deals and tariffs compared
19th Sep 2012 | 10:00
All the iPhone 5 deals in one handy place
Don't know where has the best iPhone 5 price or what's the best iPhone 5 deal for you? You're in the right place: this is TechRadar's ultimate guide to all the UK tariff information you need and we'll be updating it with more tariff information when we get it.
Apple's without contract iPhone 5 price is £529 for 16GB, £599 for 32GB and £699 for 64GB. As you probably know by now, it's available in both black and white.
Unless otherwise stated, these are all 24 month contract deals. All the networks will doubtless offer SIM packages for unlocked handsets bought from Apple (or elsewhere) but remember you'll need a new nanoSIM, you can't just use the microSIM from the iPhone 4 or 4S.
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Orange and T-Mobile have announced their tariffs for the iPhone 5, but we're yet to see any information regarding their parent company's 4G EE plans - expect these to be announced closer to the time that the network goes online.
If you fancy getting in on the 4G action, EE will apparently make it easy for you to upgrade your iPhone 5 plan from Orange or T-Mobile without an additional charge - as long as you pick a tariff at an equivalent or higher price.
O2 has resolutely stuck with 1GB of data across the board, taking a different approach to everybody else. Quite why it has not decided to offer something a bit different is beyond us and is quite surprising considering the breadth of customers it has. Or perhaps O2 just wants high data usage customers to be picked up by Three?
Calls and texts are unlimited on all tariffs, which fall under O2's On & On brand.
The handset costs £250, £160, £100, £30 and free on the £26, £31, £36, £41 and £46 tariffs, respectively.
The 32GB handset costs £360, £270, £210, £140 and £90 on the £26, £31, £36, £41 and £46 tariffs, respectively.
If you want the 64GB iPhone 5 it will cost £450, £350, £270, £210 and £170 on the £26, £31, £36, £41 and £46 tariffs, respectively.
Because they're both the same company, we thought (long and hard, obviously) about putting Orange and T-Mobile as one company here. That's because the tariffs are similar in many ways. But there are still some definite differences, so we've separated them out. Orange is far more restrictive on data, for one thing.
Orange's The Works tariff gives you unlimited calls and texts, plus provides you with 1GB of data for £36 a month, 2GB for £41, 3GB for £46 and unlimited internet for £51.
Handset prices for are £110, £30, free and free with the £36, £41, £46 and £51 deals, respectively.
Prices are £220, £140, £90 and £40 with the £36, £41, £46 and £51 deals, respectively.
The biggest iPhone 5 prices are £270, £210, £180 and £130 with the £36, £41, £46 and £51 deals, respectively.
- Check out Orange's iPhone 5 tariffs
It's clear that the T-Mobile offering is better value than that of its sister company, Orange. The tariffs start at £36 per month, both offering unlimited texts, with T-Mobile's "Full Monty" giving you 2,000 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data.
You get unlimited everything with the £41, £46 and £61 deals. It's odd that the latter is £10 more than the high end tariff on Orange for some reason.
Handset prices are £109, £49, £29 and £19 with the £36, £41, £46 and £61 deals, respectively.
iPhone 5 phone prices are £219, £149, £99 and £29 with the £36, £41, £46 and £61 deals, respectively.
The biggest iPhone 5 prices are £269, £219, £189 and £139 with the £36, £41, £46 and £61 deals, respectively.
- Check out T-Mobile's iPhone 5 tariffs
The iPhone 5 is also coming to Tesco Mobile (remember that Tesco uses O2's network in the UK).Like O2, Tesco is also resolutely sticking to a 1GB data allowance. You also get 5000 texts on each.
There are three monthly tariff costs across the board - £25 (1500 minutes talk), £30 (500 minutes talk), and £45 (500 minutes talk).
The cheaper iPhone 5 costs £300, £200 and £50 on each of the three tariffs.
The 32GB model iPhone 5 costs £375, £275 and £125 on each tariff respectively.
The most expensive iPhone 5 costs £450, £3501and £200 on each of the three tariffs.
There are also a bunch of 12 month options on £30 and £40 a month tariffs with Tesco Mobile. These are rather costly options though, since the basic 16GB handset will cost you £400 and £300 upfront.
Tesco confirms the handset will be available on pay as you go at a later date.
Three has by far the most exciting handset pricing. The guy in the 3 Store we went to explained the great pricing is a result of the network shifting so many iPhone 4S handsets. What's more, Three is keeping things simple and there are just two 24 month contracts to choose from.
The unlimited internet 500 tariff gives you 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and unlimited data, while The One Plan offers up 2,000 minutes plus 5,000 Three to Three minutes, 5,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for an extra £2 per month - it includes tethering to other devices, too.
It's an upfront cost of £79 for the 16GB model, while the two tariffs work out at £34 and £36 a month, respectively.
The 32GB iPhone 5 will set you back £89 on Three, while the two tariffs work out at £37 and £39 a month, respectively.
You'll need to pay £109 for the 64GB handset - the two tariffs work out at £40 and £42 a month, respectively.
- Check out Three's iPhone 5 tariffs
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Vodafone's flagship tariff is the £47 Red Data plan, so you'll get a free handset, unlimited calls and texts, plus 2GB of internet.
Vodafone has confirmed this will cover you for FaceTime over 3G (but if you're planning to do anything like this, you're probably better off going to an unlimited tariff). It still seems rather expensive for an unlimited tariff compared to Three or T-Mobile, though.
The other tariffs also have unlimited texts and calls (aside from the cheap £33 plan, featuring only 600 minutes talk).
Monthly iPhone 5 contract costs are £47 (Red Data), £42 for 2GB of internet, £37 for 1GB and £33 for 500MB. Handset costs are free, £49, £99 and £149, respectively.
The monthly costs remain the same for 32GB - so that's £47 (Red Data), £42 for 2GB of internet, £37 for 1GB and £33 for 500MB. Once again, calls and texts are unlimited, apart from on the cheaper tariff, which gives 600 minutes of talk. Handset costs are where things change - at £89, £149, £209 and £269, respectively.
Monthly costs are the same again here - so that's £47 (Red Data), £42 for 2GB of internet, £37 for 1GB and £33 for 500MB. Once again, calls and texts are unlimited, apart from on the cheaper tariff, which gives 600 minutes of talk. Handset costs are £169, £229, £289 and £329, respectively.
- Check out Vodafone's iPhone 5 tariffs