Looking to pick-up Apple’s latest phablet, the iPhone 8 Plus, but don’t want to pay full price? Then you’re in luck, as we’ve hunted high and low to find all the best iPhone 8 Plus deals.
In case you missed it, the iPhone 8 Plus is the middle child in Apple’s current smartphone line-up, sitting above the regular-sized iPhone 8, but below it’s flagship iPhone X.
From a hardware perspective it’s the most balanced choice. It features a larger screen and better camera than the regular iPhone. Key camera improvements include an extra telephoto lens and OIS (optical image stabilisation), which radically improves low light performance.
Add to this its speedy A11 Bionic processor and a lovely glass design and the iPhone 8 Plus justifiably earns its place in Trusted Reviews best smartphone guide.
The only downside is that with pricing starting at £799 for the lowest storage option it’s super expensive. Luckily key retailers including Amazon, Carphone Warehouse and Argos are offering a number of great deals on it.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the phone before you buy, make sure to check out our in-depth iPhone 8 Plus review.
These are the best deals we’ve seen that will meet the needs of most people:
The top iPhone 8 Plus deals right now
A decent amount of data that will meet most people's needs alongside zero to pay upfront make this a great choice.
A great deal for anyone who needs a lot of data. Zero upfront cost and manageable monthly cost round up a great option from Three.
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.
Best iPhone 8 Plus 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 Plus Deals – 4-8GB of data
If you need more data, this is a fantastic choice from Three that has a manageable monthly cost alongside zero to pay upfront.
Best iPhone 8 Plus 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.
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Best iPhone 8 Plus Deals – 10-30GB of data
Don't want to pay anything upfront and want more data than you can shake a stick at? This is the deal for you.
A decent amount of data and a moderate monthly cost make this a great choice. Use our code to take the upfront cost down by £10.
What you need to know about the iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 Plus is the bigger of the two iPhone 8 models, which both sit below the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 Plus is the biggest, with a 5.5-inch display, so it’s great if you’re a fan of larger phones. These are great for watching films on, for example. Otherwise, all three phones share the same A11 Bionic chip, which brings with it plenty of performance for your apps and games.
The iPhone 8 Plus differentiates itself from the iPhone 8 thanks to dual cameras on the back, which is used for some fancy effects like studio lighting, which isn’t available on the smaller model. The 5.5-inch display has a 1080p resolution and supports Apple’s True Tone technology. This helps match the display’s colour temperature to your environment, making it look much better. The iPhone 8 Plus also manages to pack in a bigger battery to its smaller sibling, too.
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How to pick the right iPhone 8 Plus deal for you
Work out how much data you need
For most smartphone users today, it’s all about data. Your data allowance affects how much you’re able to stream, browse the web, message using apps like WhatsApp or make video calls (while away from trusty Wi-Fi), basically all of the good stuff.
Data allowance is therefore the main thing that separates most contracts, because the age where minutes and texts were most important are long gone. Most contracts will just give you an unlimited amount of minutes and texts.
If you’re only a light data user, you can get away with 4-8GB a month, which will still let you stream music and watch occasional Netflix over 4G. If you’re a heavy streamer or want to tether your mobile connection to another device, you’ll want at least 10GB of data a month. Many of the deals available today are actually cheaper for the data heavier options. You can never have too much data, after all.
Decide what you can afford to pay upfront
Typically, the more you’re willing to spend upfront, the lower your monthly cost will be. Spending more upfront can 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 and can open up the door to grabbing your favourite new smartphone while spreading the cost.
How to choose the right mobile network
You might be happy with the service and benefits of your current network, but we think it’s always worth shopping around to see what kind of benefits other networks are bundling into their mobile phone contracts.
The main providers are offering some incredibly tempting extras and flexible contract options at the moment, and we’ve summarised them below to help you settle on the best network for you.
Renowned for piling on loads more data for your money than other networks, Three is a good option if you like take your internet in supersized doses. The biggest boon with Three at the moment is its Go Binge service, which gives you unlimited streaming time on apps like Netflix, Apple Music and TVPlayer (you can see the full list of services here) without eating into your own precious data allowance.
The network now offers ‘Feel at Home’ roaming in 71 countries, which lets you use your data allowance while you’re abroad.
Popular for its affordable deals on flagship phones, EE claims to boast the biggest 4G coverage in the UK, as well as offering a three-month subscription to BT Sport on your mobile when you sign up, plus six months of free Apple Music for pay monthly subscribers.
You can get 24 months of Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile or Now TV with certain Vodafone Red Entertainment plans. That’s certainly not a freebie to be sniffed at since some of these services are pretty costly when bought separately.
Fancy getting first dibs on gig tickets 48 hours before the rest of the general population? That’s the special treatment you get with O2’s Priority Tickets service when you sign up for a mobile contract.
You also get free access to certain public Wi-Fi networks across the UK, plus O2 now supports roaming in 75 countries.
The network also offers Flexible Tariffs that you can customise each month according to your needs, along with an attractive O2 Refresh service that reduces your bill when you’ve paid off the price of the phone.
This budget busting network comes courtesy of Carphone Warehouse, who knows by now how to keep its mobile customers happy. One of iD’s great features is Data Rollover, which does what it says on the tin. At the end of the month, any unused data from your allowance gets carried over into the next.
Check mobile coverage
One last thing – make sure you check the coverage in your area before you sign up with a new network to avoid getting stuck in a dead spot. Here are the links for the main networks’ coverage checkers:
- O2 network coverage checker
- Vodafone network coverage checker
- EE network coverage checker
- Three network coverage checker
- iD network coverage checker
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