Looking for a new phone contract? We can help you find your ideal handset on a pay monthly plan that suits your needs.
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iPhone 15 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S22
£23.00 per month
100GB 5G data
Apple iPhone 15
£45.00 per month
150GB 5G data
Apple iPhone 14
£29.00 per month
100GB 5G data
iPhone 15 Pro Max
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Whether you're looking for the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or any other popular smartphone, we can help you choose a new pay monthly phone contract. Find out more about data packages, benefits, coverage, and which network could be best for you.
Depending on your needs and your budget, there’s a vast range of options out there - and we’ve got loads of deals to choose from.
Here are some benefits you can look forward to when you sign up for a pay-monthly phone contract (and a few potential cons to be aware of too).
Lower upfront costs - Pay monthly packages are a great way of getting the latest phones without having to pay loads upfront.
Larger allowances - You usually get a bigger text, call and data allowances compared to pay-as-you-go deals. Perfect if you’re always on the phone.
Convenience - There’s no need to fuss with top ups. You can just set up your Direct Debit and your payments will automatically come out of your account.
Freebies - Your pay monthly plan may come with a reward or free gift like a subscription to a streaming service. Be mindful of whether this is actually good value.
Locked in for longer - Pay monthly contracts last 12, 24, or 36 months, so you’re making a long term financial commitment.
Credit checks - Most networks require you to pass a credit check before you’re able to sign up for a pay monthly contract.
Pay more in the long run - Since you’re not covering the full cost of the phone upfront, you’ll usually end up paying a little more than if you bought the device outright.
When picking the right plan, it’s essential to think about how you use your phone. You don’t want to end up being tied into a contract that doesn’t suit your lifestyle.
Here are some things to consider:
Whether it’s the latest iPhone 14 or Samsung Galaxy S23, or smartphones from brands like OnePlus and Oppo, finding the best mobile phone contract deal starts with the right phone. Choose a model that includes all of your most-used features.
Check out our phone comparison table for help deciding.
Consider how much you’ll use your phone for things like texting, calls, streaming, or browsing websites, and pick an allowance to match.
Most phone contracts now include unlimited call and text allowances. Unlimited data contracts are harder to come by, though you can get unlimited SIM only data deals from networks such as Vodafone and Three.
Not sure how much data you need? Use our mobile data calculator to get a helpful estimate.
Some rural areas don't have the best mobile phone coverage, so check the coverage for your chosen provider before signing up for a pay monthly contract that could tie you in for as long as two years.
Our mobile phone statistics show that people in urban areas are more likely to connect to a 4G network than in rural areas (83% vs. 77%).
When you get a contract phone, you pay for the handset and allowances in monthly instalments over your contract length.
You may have to pay something upfront to help cover the cost of the handset. If you can afford to pay more upfront, your monthly costs will be lower as you’ll pay less in total over your contract length. If not, there are lots of mobile contracts available without upfront costs.
Usually phone contracts last from 12 to 36 months. A longer contract allows you to spread the cost over a longer term, so you won’t have to pay as much every month for your phone - but you'll usually pay more in the long run than shorter contracts.
And it's also worth noting that on shorter contracts, you may have to pay quite a bit upfront to help cover the cost of the phone.
When you find a handset and deal you like, you can continue to the retailer’s website to buy it. Here’s what happens next:
Sign up to your new contract - Check your deal and contract terms first. Then provide personal details for your credit check.
Pay any upfront costs - If you’re getting one of the latest handsets, you mighty have to pay a fee upfront.
Get your phone - Hooray! Now you can start using your new mobile phone.
Plan for the end of your contract - Make a note of your contract end date, so you can shop for the best deals when it’s time to upgrade.
Switching to a new mobile phone plan? Keen to keep your current number? Good news, you can port over your number in a few simple steps, all you need is your PAC code. Here's how to get it:
Text 'PAC' to 65075 and you'll get a message back with your PAC code
Call your new network and give them your PAC code when you sign up for a new deal
You'll now be able to use the same number on your new plan!
From pay monthly smartphone contracts to SIM only deals, Uswitch can help you compare thousands of offers to help you find the best package for your needs.
Using the latest mobile phone statistics, we can ensure that what you are getting really is the best that the market has to offer.
We make finding a new mobile phone pay monthly deal easy by putting offers from all the major networks, including O2, Vodafone, Sky, Three, giffgaff, iD Mobile, Lebara, Tesco Mobile, Talkmobile, VOXI, SMARTY, Lyca Mobile and Asda Mobile on easy-to-compare deals tables.
Just select or search for the handset you want above, and you’ll be able to filter by the network you want.
If you prefer to filter deals by monthly cost, you can. You can apply filters for call minutes, upfront cost and contact length too.
You can also sort by data allowance or cost, just click the filter you’re most interested in to see your ideal deals.
When you sign up for a contract you’ll get a smartphone and price plan that you’ll pay for over the duration of your agreement. This plan will also cover your data, call time and texts.
You won’t get a phone with a SIM only deal, so you’ll need to have one already or be prepared to buy one SIM-free. This means you’ll have to pay the whole cost of the phone upfront. SIM only speaks for itself - you just get a SIM card.