Best iPhone X deals: If you’re looking to pick up Apple’s excellent iPhone X, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve hunted high and low for the best contract tariffs.
The iPhone X is the best Apple smartphone currently available. Sitting above the iPhone 8, it features improved hardware plus an updated, near bezel-less, mixed metal and glass design. This, plus its excellent camera and battery life has earned it a place in Trusted Reviews’ best smartphone round-up since it launched last year.
Be sure to read our iPhone X review to learn everything you need to know about Apple’s flagship.
SIM Free Unlocked Deals
If you don’t fancy a contract deal, Amazon is currently selling the iPhone X SIM free and unlocked for a tasty saving.
The iPhone X remains a relatively expensive prospect, however. Even the classic tactic of buying the phone SIM free and picking up a SIM only deal doesn’t necessarily net you a big saving. Still, picking up a contract can still get you a low total cost of ownership when considering the length of a 24 month contract.
Some of this month’s deals will mean you’re not paying much more than the SIM free cost with a high data contract for essentially £9 a month. That’s pretty great.
We’ve looked at the offers from the UK’s big networks when hand-picking these deals. Without further ado, these are the deals we feel will be the best choice for most people:
Top iPhone X deals right now
A mind-boggling amount of data that'll satisfy even the biggest data users. This deal avoids any upfront cost and, as it's on Vodafone Red Entertainment, you get a choice of 24 months of either Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV or Sky Sports Mobile. That's some serious added value.
Scroll down to see more best iPhone X deals ranked by considering a combination of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and upfront cost, and split based on data allowance. You can jump to the bottom of this page to see our advice on picking the right contract, as well as how to choose the best network operator for you, and how you can keep your old phone number if you decide to change providers.
Best iPhone X Deals – 4GB to 10GB
At the moment, you’re better off going for one of the higher data packages listed below as you’re paying around the same and getting more for your money. We’ve still listed the best small data package below.
Best iPhone X deals - 4GB to 10GB of data
Right now, you're better off opting for one of the larger data contracts on the iPhone X. These are around the same price but get you more data, so there's no reason not to go for one of those. Otherwise, this option from BuyMobiles.net is your next best bet, which does get you 6 months of Apple Music or 3 months of BT Sport included.
Best iPhone X Deals – 10GB+
Consider yourself a heavy data user? Then these will be the deals for you. You won’t be left worrying you might go over your data allowance, and there’ll be enough data to allow you to tether a secondary device.
Right now, Fonehouse’s massive 50GB contract is the best bet because you avoid any upfront cost but also get 24 months of streaming from a choice of streaming services like Spotify. This can be worth up to £240 alone if you subscribe separately, so that’s some serious added value.
Best iPhone X Deals – 10GB+
A reasonable amount of data. You're saving £40 on the usual TCO for this deal at the moment, making it a great choice if you're willing to pay a higher upfront cost. Use our code to wipe £10 off the upfront cost, too.
A staggering amount of data perfect for the seriously heavy data users. You might need that data considering this Red Entertainment package gets you a choice of 24 months of Spotify, Sky Sports Mobile, NOW TV or Prime Video. That's the entirety of your contract, making this great value with no upfront cost.
More of today’s best iPhone X deals
What you need to know about the iPhone X
- 5.8-inch OLED HDR display
- A11 Bionic CPU
- 64GB or 256GB storage
- Face ID
- Dual 12-megapixel camera with OIS
While Apple launched the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all at the same time, it’s the iPhone X that is the most coveted of the three. It’s the model to mark the tenth anniversary of Apple’s famous smartphone (hence it’s meant to be pronounced iPhone ‘ten’).
After Apple released a few generation’s worth of iPhones that all largely looked the same, the iPhone X introduces an iconic and easily-recognisable new design. One noticeable change is the ditching of the ‘Home’ button everyone had grown to associate with the iPhone.
By taking it away, it means the iPhone X now has more screen than any iPhone before, with a much higher screen-to-body ratio that reaches practically edge-toe-edge now. Instead of the Home button, you now use gestures to navigate your way around, making for a more intuitive experience and offering way more screen than before.
It’s a beautiful 5.8-inch OLED HDR screen, too, that makes colours look gorgeous. Removing the bezels means you get more screen in a body that’s actually smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. So perfectly pocketable but with loads of display.
There are also dual cameras on the back with optical image stabilisation for sharper shots. They’re some of the best we’ve seen from a smartphone. Now that the Home button is gone, that means no Touch ID. In its place you have the more user-friendly Face ID to securely unlock your phone using the front-facing camera. This clever tech also allows for new Animoji or ‘animated emojis’ that inject more personality in your messages.
Because the back is now made from glass, the iPhone X now also supports conveniently wireless fast charging. Goodbye frayed Lightning cables.
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How to choose the best iPhone X deals for you
Make sure you have enough data
Practically every contract is going to offer you more than enough minutes and texts than you’ll ever need, if not just providing an unlimited amount. Most people will therefore prioritise how much data is provided each month, as this will impact how much browsing and streaming you can do.
As more and more of us use the likes of iMessage, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger to message and call one another, traditional texts and minutes are also becoming more redundant. It’s all about that data when picking the best iPhone X deals.
If you’re going to be a moderate data user – such as streaming only a little Netflix, YouTube or Spotify over 4G – then you’ll want to aim for at least 5-10GB of data a month. If you plan on tethering your 4G connection, so that you can have internet access on your laptop or tablet, you’ll likely want to have at least 15GB of data each month, if not more. Just be sure to check how much data you’re allowed to use while tethered, as some operators limit your use.
Compare contract prices between lower data and higher data tariffs, too. Increasingly, you get a much better deal for more data, sometimes paying the same money as you would for less. There’s really no reason not to go for more data than you think you might need in that case. It’ll leave you some breathing room if you do suddenly find yourself binge-watching your favourite show on your next train journey.
Decide what you’re willing to pay upfront
As mentioned, the Apple iPhone X is a seriously pricey phone if you buy it SIM free. Not everyone has £999.99 lying around to buy one outright, so a contract is the best way to get hold of a shiny new iPhone and spread the cost.
Different contracts will have different upfront costs, which is the amount you pay at the beginning for the iPhone X. Paying more at the beginning can mean paying less each month, and vice versa. Typically, if you pay more upfront you’ll spend less over the course of the contract (called the Total Cost of Ownership or TCO).
To work out the TCO of a contract, simply multiply the monthly cost by the term of the contract (typically 24 months), then add the upfront cost. When finding the best iPhone X deals, you might be put off by a higher TCO, but keep in mind your personal financial circumstances. While you might end up paying more in the long run, a lower upfront cost could be the key to landing yourself your perfect phone while spreading the cost to something you’re comfortable with.
How to pick a network provider
Beyond just the price of the contracts, there are a range of reasons to think about what network provider you want to sign up with.
In the past, you might have gotten perks like free calls to the same network, but considering you now get more minutes and texts than you’ll probably ever need, making sure you’re on the same phone network as your friends and family is no longer an issue.
But there are other things to consider when deciding which network provider to use.
First off, you’ll want to make sure you have good network coverage for both calls and 4G. You don’t want to find out you’re living in a blackspot. You can check the network coverage of the big networks using these links:
- O2 network coverage checker
- Vodafone network coverage checker
- EE network coverage checker
- Three network coverage checker
- iD network coverage checker
Just pop a postcode in and you’ll be able to see everything from 2G, 3G and 4G coverage. Be sure to check any places you’ll regularly be using your phone such as your home and work.
One way to get around spotty network coverage is Wi-Fi Calling. This is a feature now supported by all four of the UK’s big network operators and essentially lets you use a Wi-Fi internet connection to make and receive calls and texts.
This is far more reliable and better quality than relying on network reception and lets you still use your phone anywhere you have an internet connection.
Your call minutes and text messages are still taken out of your standard tariff when using Wi-Fi Calling.
Network perks and benefits
Each network also offers some perks to entice you and we’ve listed some of them below:
Go Binge is available on select Three contracts and lets you stream as much as you want from a select number of services, and these won’t count against your data allowance. Services include Netflix, Apple Music and Deezer (you can see the full list here). This is great if you’re a Netflix binger as you won’t have to worry about how much data you’re using. Three also offers ‘Feel at Home’ roaming in 71 countries, letting you use your allowance while abroad.
EE customers can get three months of free BT Sports on their mobile letting you watch a wide range of sports including football and rugby. There’s also six months of free Apple Music for pay monthly subscribers.
EE also supports Wi-Fi calling, so if your phone also has that function, you can make regular calls through an internet connection. Perfect if you ever have patchy network coverage. If you live in London, you also get Wi-Fi on the London Underground.
Certain Vodafone Red Entertainment plans give you 24 months of Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile, Now TV or Prime Video. The latter is a new addition to Red Entertainment’s stable. Some of these services are quite costly, so it’s worth factoring these in when making a choice.
O2 gives you O2 Priority, which can give you early access to tickets to gigs and shows and exclusive offers for O2 customers. O2 also provides free access to certain public Wi-Fi networks across the UK for its customers. O2 has also announced it’s adding more countries to its list of supported roaming destinations, taking the total to 75 countries.
iD Mobile has the perk of data rollover. This means any data you don’t use from your month’s allowance is added to the next month’s. This gives you a second chance to use it, so it doesn’t go to waste.
Keep your old phone number
Gone are the days of messaging everyone in your phone book to tell them you have a new phone number. Even if you change network providers, you can keep your old phone number.
To port your old number between providers, you’ll need to contact your old provider and ask for something called a PAC code. This stands for Port Authorising Code. Once you have this, just contact your new provider and they can handle the transfer of your number. This usually takes about 24 hours.
You usually have 30 days to give your new provider the PAC code, as they tend to expire after this period. Fear not, you can always request a new PAC.
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