Best iPhone 8 Deals: If you’re after the best UK iPhone 8 deals on the internet, you’ve come to the right place.
Apple’s current mainstream smartphone champ (the iPhone X is out of most people’s price league) has been on the market for some time now, and it’s nearing the end of its reign.
It’s still a great phone, however, and the fact that it’s going to be superseded over the coming months just increases your odds of grabbing a great deal.
Looking around the web, both upfront and monthly costs have plunged a fair amount over recent months, which means you don’t have to spend as much cash as you might expect to grab an iPhone 8 on contract. SIM Free costs are also starting to drop.
To find out more, check out our in-depth iPhone 8 review. If you’re already sold, scroll down to see our pick of the best iPhone 8 deals.
Best iPhone 8 SIM-Free Deals
Right now, Amazon has wiped off a substantial saving 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 cheap if you act fast.
We gave the iPhone 8 a very positive review, concluding that it was probably the best bet for most people in the market for an iPhone. In particular, we praised its great camera, blazing-fast speed, colourful display and wireless charging capabilities.
All in all, it has many of the core components than make the iPhone X so appealing for a significantly lower price. It’s a more than solid pick.
Read on to find some of the best iPhone 8 deals from the UK’s biggest online retailers.
Still not sure whether to sign up for an iPhone 8 contract? Skip a little further down this article to find a breakdown of what’s on offer and how to pick the right mobile network for you.
All prices were correct at the time of writing, but as is always the way with these things they’re prone to sudden changes. Keep your eyes and browsers on this page for updates.
The top iPhone 8 deals right now
More data than you can shake a stick at combined with absolutely nothing to pay up front. This is our top deal for the iPhone 8 at the moment. You also get 3 months BT Sport and 6 months Apple Music, too.
Be sure to read our guide to picking the right contract to help with your decision, too.
Best iPhone 8 Deals – 4-8GB of data
If you’re only a light data user, then these are the deals for you. At the moment however, there aren’t any major deals on available right now for the low-data category, leaving us to recommend spending just a tiny bit more and opting for one the fantastic offers in the following category.
Best iPhone 8 deals – 4-8GB of data
If you're willing to pay an upfront cost, you can bring the TCO for your contract down, plus reduce your monthly outlay on this deal.
Best iPhone 8 Deals – 10-40GB 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
The best deal of the bunch. With no upfront cost and 30GB of extra data a month. You also have 3 months BT Sport and 6 months Apple Music courtesy of EE.
You get slightly less data than the above deal, but instead you get the limited edition Product(Red) finish that seriously stands out. You get the same BT Sport and Apple Music perks thrown in.
Willing to forgo a good chunk of the data from the other deals for a lower monthly cost? This deal still provides an ample 20GB of the good stuff, but for just £38 per month.
If the deal above just isn't to your fancy (30GB can be too small for some) to delve into this behemoth of a contract, offering 50GB just a few quid more.
More of the best iPhone 8 deals
What you need to know about the iPhone 8
The iPhone 8, along with the larger iPhone 8 Plus, was released alongside the pricier iPhone X. It shares some features with its pricier cousin, including the latest A11 Bionic chip that makes it feel slick and responsive. It also introduces fast wireless charging for the first time, letting you top up the battery just by placing it on a wireless charging pad.
Otherwise, you can expect the usual fantastic camera capabilities that have become associated with iPhones. This is thanks to a 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera with OIS. The 4.7-inch HD True Tone display can change its temperature to match your environment, making it look better and be less damaging to your eyes. The iPhone 8 currently runs the latest version of iOS 11, which has all the apps and games you could want.
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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.
Extra perks and freebies can really help separate one provider from the next. Some contracts will bundle in subscription services for free, like Now TV or Apple Music, so if you’re interested in these already, these can compound the savings. A service like Spotify normally costs £9.99 a month, so over a typical 24 month contract that’s a saving of £240. Not to be sniffed at if you want streaming music from your shiny new iPhone 8.
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
Wi-Fi calling for when you don’t have network reception
If there are still places where you can’t get network coverage, fret not. The iPhone 8 supports something called Wi-Fi Calling, which is also supported by all of the UK’s big network operators. This essentially lets you use a Wi-Fi internet connection to make and receive calls and texts, bypassing the need to have reception from a traditional cell tower.
The calls and texts still come out of your regular allowance as normal, but you should find you have much better call quality over Wi-Fi. To turn this on, on your iPhone 8 just go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling and toggle this setting on. This is great if there are certain places where you never get reception, such as in basements.
Move providers but keep your phone number
If you’re moving network providers, say from O2 to EE, you can bring your old phone number with you. No need to message everyone in your phone book with your new digits. To do this, simply contact your old provider either by phone or online and ask for something called a PAC code.
You then take this PAC code and give it to your new provider. This gives them permission to port over your old phone number, which often takes about one business day so be sure to keep your old SIM in the interim if you don’t want to go off the grid. After it’s all done, you’ll have the phone number it’s taken you years to memorise available to use with your shiny new phone and provider. Result.
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