Looking to get the iPhone 8 on contract? We’ve got all of the best UK contract deals right here.
Since Apple launched the iPhone 8 at the end of 2017, we’ve been keeping an eagle eye on all of the latest contract deals for Apple’s excellent smartphone. The good news is that we can tell you that there’s never been a better time to pick up an iPhone 8.
Amazon SIM Free Unlocked Deal
Right now, Amazon has wiped off a substantial £87 from the usual price of a SIM free unlocked iPhone 8, something that doesn’t happen often. That means you can pick up a shiny new iPhone 8 for just £612 if you act fast.
Both upfront and monthly costs have tumbled considerably, meaning you don’t have to part with as much cash as you might think to grab an iPhone 8 on contract.
Right now, these are our pick of the bunch for iPhone 8 contracts that will meet the needs of most users:
The top iPhone 8 deals right now
A decent amount of data and a low monthly cost make this a great choice from EE. Use our TRUSTED10 code to save £10, too.
This is a great deal because you're getting 12GB of data for the price of 4GB from O2. Use our code: TRUSTED10 to instantly wipe £10 off the upfront cost.
Our simple to use guide has all of the best contract offers from the UK’s top networks. We’ve broken it down by data allowance, because today that’s going to be the biggest priority for anyone who loves a bit of Netflix or Spotify streaming while on the go. Be sure to read our guide to picking the right contract to help with your decision, too.
You can read our full iPhone 8 review to find out more about its cutting edge features, or simply keep scrolling to find yourself the perfect contract.
Best iPhone 8 Deals – 4-8GB of data
If you’re only a light data user, these deals will be perfect and ensure you’re not paying for more than you need. You should still have enough data for plenty of music streaming but if you’re a particularly heavy Netflix streamer over 4G you might want to consider one of the bigger data contracts from the section below,
Be sure to use our exclusive code TRUSTED10 when buying from Mobiles.co.uk to instantly take £10 off the upfront cost of an iPhone 8.
Best iPhone 8 deals – 4-8GB of data
This EE deal gets you a low monthly cost but does require more upfront. Use our exclusive TRUSTED10 code to take that upfront cost down by £10.
If you need a little more data, this is a great choice that also gets you a lower upfront cost if you want to spread the cost of your iPhone 8. Save £10 with code TRUSTED10.
Best iPhone 8 Deals – 10-30GB of data
These are the best deals for heavy data users or anyone planning on tethering their mobile data to a second device. You’ll be able to stream Netflix with reckless abandon and stream music until your ears bleed. We’ve got three different offers here and each is tailored to different needs.
Remember to use our exclusive TRUSTED10 discount code if buying from Mobiles.co.uk to instantly save £10.
Best iPhone 8 deals – 10-30GB of data
O2 is currently offering a quadruple data deal, giving you a generous 12GB for the price of 4GB. A reasonable upfront cost and low monthly cost round off a great option. Save £10 with code TRUSTED10.
If you need a serious amount of data, this is the deal for you. 30GB will leave you plenty and give you enough for mobile tethering if you need. This is also a great deal as there's no upfront cost with a perfectly manageable monthly cost.
This deal sits smack in the middle, still providing a very generous amount of data. A low upfront cost and reasonable monthly cost round off a great option. Save £10 with code TRUSTED10.
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How to pick the right iPhone 8 deal for you
Consider what you’re willing to pay upfront
A good general rule of thumb is that the more you’re willing to spend upfront, the lower your monthly cost will be. Typically, spending more upfront will also reduce the amount you pay over the course of your contract, which is typically 24 months.
This is called your total cost of ownership (TCO), which is your monthly cost x the term of your contract + any upfront cost.
If you don’t have the money to splash out at the beginning, look for a contract with a low upfront cost, some contracts will even completely forego any upfront cost, which is handy.
Work out how much data you need
We’ve talked a lot already about how important data is nowadays. Most of use don’t really care about the number of texts and call minutes you’re given for a contract. Most will give you more than you’ll ever use in a month, if not just giving you an unlimited allowance.
Nowadays, it’s all about data. Data is what you need to browse the internet on your phone, check your emails, stream Netflix or Spotify, or send messages on services like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. The likes of WhatsApp and FaceTime let you make calls and video calls that use your data allowance, too, making call minutes even more redundant.
Streaming video is going to be the biggest data gobbler, so if you plan on using Netflix on the move a lot, make sure you go for a big data package. Having said that, some networks such as Three don’t count Netflix and other services against your allowance, letting you go nuts. Just make sure to read the terms of your contract before going too overboard.
It’s also worth comparing the TCO of higher data tariffs against the lower options. Sometimes you can get more data for the same amount of money, and there’s really no reason not to have more data as it’ll give you some breathing room if you suddenly do become a massive Netflix binger.
How to choose the right mobile network
Unless you’re determined to stick with your current mobile network, you’ve got the extra job of picking a new provider when you upgrade. It could be that one knockout deal makes the decision easy, but if you’re stuck, it doesn’t hurt to get clued up on what the main providers are offering with their phone contracts – perks, freebies, warts and all.
Lots of people choose Three because the network gives you a heck of a lot more 4G data for your money than others, but there’s an extra bonus in store if you like your data in supersized servings. Three’s Go Binge service gives you unlimited 4G streaming time on apps like Netflix, Apple Music, Soundcloud and loads more without eating into your data allowance.
Vodafone is generously offering a free subscription to services such as NOW TV, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV when you buy one if its Red Entertainment packages. That could be a major deciding factor if you’ve been agonising over whether to pick up one of those subscriptions for a while.
O2 isn’t known for the being the cheapest network when it comes to contracts on major flagship phones, but it has a couple of great features that make it a solid, reliable choice.
With an O2 Refresh contract, your monthly bill gets split into two payments: the cost of the phone, and your service plan. Once you’ve paid off the cost of your phone, your bill reduces. You can also choose to trade in your phone to upgrade at any time.
O2 also offers flexible contracts that let you change your airtime tariff up or down once a month, which could come in handy if your mobile habits aren’t consistent.
EE claims to have the biggest 4G coverage in the UK – a major boon if you hate getting caught in a dead spot when you need to do some urgent Googling. The popular network also offers a free six-month Apple Music subscription, as well as a three-month sign-up with BT Sports on mobile.
Carphone Warehouse’s network, iD, is a brilliant option if you’re on a budget, but it’s also got a fantastic Data Rollover feature that might just swing it for certain buyers. At the end of the month, if you haven’t used all of your data allowance, iD kindly rolls it over into your next month.
Make sure you check mobile coverage
Finally, the one thing you should definitely do before you commit to a network is check to make sure the coverage is good in your area. Here are links to coverage checkers for the main networks:
- O2 network coverage checker
- Vodafone network coverage checker
- EE network coverage checker
- Three network coverage checker
- iD network coverage checker
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