Best iPhone 7 Deals: The iPhone 7 is now more affordable than it’s ever been and we know exactly where to find it at the best possible price.
When the iPhone 7 was released, the phone came under a bit of criticism for being Apple’s first major smartphone to ditch a traditional headphone jack – a feature which is largely commonplace nowadays. Adding to people’s irritation was the iPhone 7’s price, with £599 being a hefty sum in 2016.
The passage of time has only been good to the iPhone 7 however, as price is no longer an issue and the once jarring transition to a world without headphone jacks is now a little less so. The end result is that the iPhone 7 is the most affordable way to get into the iOS ecosystem and a great device in its own right.
Best iPhone 7 Deals Available Right Now
The iPhone 7 is now affordable no matter where you look, but we know where to go to save even more on your purchase.
Fantastic iPhone 7 Deals
Being able to get 20GB of data with a brand new iPhone 7, all for less than £30 is an absolute steal. Plus, you get six months of Apple Music and three months of BT Sport, all on the house. Don't let this banger pass you by.
If you don't mind going for a refurbished model, you can get the 128GB version of the iPhone 7 for no extra cost – and with a respectable 15GB of data to boot. Just be aware, this contract in particular is a limited time offer.
After a high data contract? This is one of the best options out there right now, all for the low price of just £33.74 a month and no upfront cost. This contract also comes with the same freebies listed in the previous deal.
More Affordable iPhone 7 Offers Available
It’s never a bad idea to double check what else is out there, which is where our fancy comparison tool comes in handy.
Best SIM-free iPhone 7 Deals
If you’ve already found a smashing network offer elsewhere and simply want to change your handset then you’re in the right place, here are the best deals available for a SIM-free iPhone 7.
Best SIM-free iPhone 7 Deals
£409 is the best rate going right now, but John Lewis has the competition beat by offering a two-year warranty as standard and three months of Apple Music, absolutely free.
What you need to know about the iPhone 7
Trusted Reviews score: 7/10
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
If you decide to take up a new contract and change network provider, the great news is that you can take your old phone number with you. To do this, you’ll simply need to phone up your old operator and ask for a PAC code. Then you contact your new provider – either over the phone or often online – and give them this PAC code.
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?
- Related: Best Samsung Galaxy S9 deals
- Related: Best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals
- Related: Best iPhone X deals
- Related: Best iPhone 8 deals
- Related: Best SIM only deals
We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs.