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In a sea of notches, punch holes and foldable designs, there’s something delightfully retro about the iPhone 7. Its classic iPhone design, complete with a physical circular home button, was for the longest time, synonymous with market leading innovation – and the iPhone 7 is still a premium product after all.
While it might not be as fast as today’s leading smartphones, the iPhone 7 stands as the most affordable iPhone in Apple’s collection, and a cheap way of tapping into the iOS ecosystem. Taking the next logical step ahead of you, we’ve already saved you the time of finding the best iPhone 7 deals out by doing so ourselves. Just take a look below to find the one that best suits you.
Best iPhone 7 Deals Available Right Now
Pulling out all the stops, here at the iPhone 7 contracts that offer the best value for money and a substantial amount of data to boot.
More Affordable iPhone 7 Offers Available
Still making up your mind? Here’s a quick selection of alternatives that might be closer to what you’re looking for.
Best SIM-free iPhone 7 Deals
Staying with your current contract certainly has its benefits, particularly if you’ve already managed to obtain a sweet deal.
What you need to know about the iPhone 7
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Much like ripping off a band-aid, there’s no point in denying the iPhone 7’s slightly underwhelming battery life. Sometimes struggling to make it to the end of the day on a single charge, I’d recommend keeping a power bank handy – even just a small one – so that you’re prepared for anything.
Jumping into the good stuff, the iPhone 7 is about as silky smooth in its operation as you would expect any iPhone to be. Featuring Apple’s ‘retina display’, the iPhone 7’s 4.7 inch screen is crisp and easy on the eyes. The iPhone 7 also boasts a far more robust camera over its predecessor, packing a six-optic lens, OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a wider f/1.8 aperture.
“Barring its battery life the iPhone 7 is a great phone. Its camera, screen and performance are awesome, and the water resistance is a real boon.”
How to pick the right iPhone 7 deal for you
Work out how much data you need
Nowadays, call minutes and texts are practically redundant. Most networks will give you more than you’ll ever need – if not just an unlimited amount of each. The amount of data provided is how most contracts now differ, as everyone increasingly uses their phones for the internet and streaming.
With the likes of WhatsApp and FaceTime, people no longer need their call or text allowances, as both of these services will use your data allowance. If you’re stream a lot of video, on YouTube or Netflix for instance, you’ll want to have more data. A safe starting amount for a low data user is around 4-10GB. If you find yourself streaming music and video a lot, you’ll want more.
Having more data will also mean you can tether your secondary device like a laptop or tablet to use your phone’s data allowance over a mobile hotspot.
Make sure you compare the contract prices for both low and high data contracts. Sometimes you can get more data for exactly the same price, and there’s no reason not to have the extra data just in case. It gives you a bit of breathing room if you decide you do want to tether a second device or stream a lot of content.
Consider what you’re willing to pay upfront
Buying a phone outright SIM free can be seriously expensive. But as phones get older, their cost also tends to decrease. This is one of the reasons why the iPhone 7 is now a good budget choice even though it was a flagship phone less than two years ago.
As the iPhone 7 is a bit older, you’re typically expected to pay less upfront than when it first launched. This is great news as it means you can spread the cost. Having said that, the general rule still applies: the more you pay upfront, the less you pay for the total cost of ownership (TCO).
TCO is calculated by taking the monthly cost and multiplying that by the length of the contract (typically 24 months). Then simply add the upfront cost to calculate how much you’ll have spent by the end.
How to choose the right mobile network
If you’ve had a great experience with one particular network, the thought of leaving it for the sake of a better deal elsewhere can be daunting. But there’s a good chance you might even end up feeling more at home once you’ve settled into a new network and exploited some of its perks and features.
Take Three and O2. Both providers have some cracking extras that could well clinch it for the undecided shopper. Three’s Go Binge Service is a brilliant bonus that gives you unlimited 4G streaming on top apps like Netflix, Deezer and TVPlayer without guzzling your own data allowance.
Sign up with O2 and you get access to Priority Tickets, which lets you buy gig tickets 48 hours before everyone else. There’s also O2 Refresh, letting you trade in your phone at any time to upgrade, as well as cutting your monthly bill once you’ve paid off the cost of your phone.
O2 also has introduced Flexible Tariffs that give you the option of changing your airtime tariff up or down once a month – a great option if your phone needs and habits change drastically from month to month because of work, travel or social commitments.
Make sure you check out what free subscription services the networks are offering along with their mobile deals. It might be that there’s a perfect package waiting for you somewhere that you didn’t know existed.
Vodafone is giving customers the pick of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV or Amazon Prime Video access with certain Red Entertainment packages at the moment, while EE is offering Apple Music and BT Sports. It’s worth factoring in the usual cost of these services (provided you actually want them) when weighing up different contract prices.
Check network coverage
Good coverage for calls and mobile data in your area is important, and luckily the main networks offer a coverage checker on their website, as well as boasting fairly unapologetically about just how far their coverage stretches. EE claims to have the biggest 4G coverage in the UK, while it was actually O2 that won the best network coverage in the 2018 uSwitch Mobile Awards.
Here are links to the main coverage checkers so you can be sure you’re not living in a total dead spot before you sign up:
- O2 network coverage checker
- Vodafone network coverage checker
- EE network coverage checker
- Three network coverage checker
- iD network coverage checker
If you find yourself struggling for network coverage in certain locations, but you do have access to Wi-Fi, then Wi-Fi calling might be your saviour. This lets you use your internet connection to make and receive calls and texts, bypassing the need for reception from a traditional cellular tower. This is great if you’re working somewhere that’s not got great reception like a basement and can seriously alleviate network woes.
To turn on Wi-Fi calling, on an iPhone 7 simply go to: Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling and enable the option. All of the UK’s big network operators now support Wi-Fi calling.
Transfer your old phone number
Moving your old number across to your new network provider may seem like a daunting task, but in truth, it couldn’t be easier. In order to do so, all you need to do is call your old network provider and request your PAC code. Once you have the code, simply call up your new provider and hand over your unique PAC code. Once they have it, they can take care of the rest.
The PAC code basically gives permission for your number to be ported across from one provider to the other. This whole process typically takes one business day, so it’s worth keeping your old SIM around until it happens. But the good news is that you don’t need to message everyone in your phone book to tell them you have a new phone number like days gone by.
iPhone 7 not the phone for you?
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