Black Friday Phone Deals: Deals live now and what to expect

Black Friday Phone Deals: Whether you’re in a contract or SIM-free, now might well be the best time of the year to bag yourself a new smartphone.

Black Friday Phone Deals

2017 brought us some impressive savings by the time Black Friday and Cyber Monday rolled around, so we’re hoping to see some more great discounts for Black Friday 2018.

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Whatever your smartphone budget may be, whether you’re looking at an entry-level handset or a top-tier flagship, Black Friday will likely yield a deal to suit you. Black Friday officially falls on November 23 but we’ve already picked out plenty of deals companies have already pushed out into the world for you to consider.

Read on to nab yourself a great smartphone at a great price; we’ve grouped deals by SIM-free availability as well as collated a few deals for some of this year’s most popular smartphones.


Best Mobile Phone Deals Right Now

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Jump to SIM-free mobile phone deals:

Jump to contract mobile phone deals:

Head to the bottom of this page if you’re struggling to decide whether to go SIM-free vs contract, where you’ll find some of our guidance on the pros and cons of each approach.

Then have a look at our Best SIM Only Deals article if you decide to go for a SIM-free phone deal below.

Otherwise, here are some of the best mobile phone deals available right now.

Prices were correct at time of publication but are subject to change. Be sure to snap up any SIM-free phone that grabs your interest before prices change.


SIM-free Phone Deals

SIM-Free Mobile Phone Deals – Amazon

Amazon Best SIM-Free Deals – Flagship Phones

Apple iPhone X 64GB – Space Grey

The best iPhone (and best smartphone to some) on the market can be bought with a £99.01 reduction via Amazon.

Google Pixel 2 64GB – Just Black

The previous iteration of Google’s flagship device is perfect for anyone obsessed with having a great smartphone camera.

LG G7 ThinQ 64GB – Black

The LG G7 benefits from a beautiful display coupled with great audio capabilities, making it a perfectly suitable phone for streaming content.

Amazon SIM-Free Deals – Mid-range Phones

Huawei P20 Lite (Dual SIM) 64GB – Black

In addition to dual SIM capabilities, an FHD+ display and a metal chassis, the P20 Lite has two rear-view cameras for taking detailed shots on the go.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Dual SIM 64GB 4GB RAM Black

The Mi A2 has punchier performance than its price might suggest, as well as classy build quality, a large 1080p display, and stock Android. Unless you’re big into Android Pay (there’s no NFC), it’s a great buy.

Amazon SIM-Free Deals – Budget Phones

Motorola moto g6 Play 32GB – Deep Indigo

One of the best value phones around just got even better with a £20 discount through Amazon.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 4.6 Inch HD Screen, Android 8.0 Oreo, UK SIM-Free Smartphone with 4Gb RAM and 32 GB Storage (Single SIM) - Black

The lowest price Amazon has ever sold the Xperia XZ1 Compact. A great choice if big phones turn you off.


SIM-Free Mobile Phone Deals – Argos

Argos SIM-Free Deals – Flagship Phones

iPhone 8 64GB (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

This special edition version of the iPhone 8 can now be snapped up for a tasty discount.

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

If you fancy the iPhone 8 Plus version of the RED Special Edition (with a bigger screen and 4K video recording) then you can nab this with a great saving.

Argos SIM-Free Deals – Mid-range Phones

Sim Free Apple iPhone SE 32GB Mobile Phone - Space Grey

If you want the iOS experience but don't want to fork out a ton of money then the iPhone SE is a fantastic option to pick out, now with £30 off.

Argos Best SIM-Free Deals – Budget Phones

Honor 7X

How do you make a great value smartphone even better value for money? Knock £20 off the asking price, that's how.

Samsung Galaxy J3 with 40% off Samsung Evo Plus 32GB Memory Card

Any purchase of the Galaxy J3 includes a 40% saving on a 32GB Memory Card – giving you an extra 32GB of storage for just £14.99.


SIM-Free Mobile Phone Deals – John Lewis

John Lewis SIM-Free Deals – Flagship Phones

Apple iPhone X 64GB – Space Grey

While there's no discount on the standard price of the iPhone X, buying through John Lewis does get you a two-year warranty.

Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB – Midnight Black

No discount here either but it still comes with a two-year warranty.

John Lewis Best SIM-Free Deals – Mid-range Phones

Apple iPhone SE, 32GB – Space Grey

The iPhone SE comes with a £40 discount and a two-year warranty through John Lewis.

Apple iPhone SE, 128GB – Space Grey

Less of a saving but still a great offer on the 128GB model of the iPhone SE.

John Lewis Best SIM-Free Deals – Budget Phones

Nokia 3 16GB – Black

It won't win any 'best of' awards but the Nokia 3 has a great battery life and runs a fairly modern version of Android – not bad for just shy of a hundred quid.


SIM-Free Mobile Phone Deals – Currys

Currys SIM-Free Deals – Flagship Phones

iPhone 8 64GB – Space Grey

Shop through Currys and enjoy a £60 saving on one of Apple's top-tier iPhones.

Pixel 2 64GB – Just Black

Those who love a smartphone with a good camera will do well to make use of the £140 discount now running on the Pixel 2 at Currys.

Currys SIM-Free Deals – Mid-range Phones

iPhone SE 32 GB – Space Grey

Not only do you save £40 off the price of the iPhone SE through Currys, but you also stand to save an additional £30/£50 if you purchase it with an Apple Watch or MacBook respectively.

Currys Best SIM-Free Deals – Budget Phones

Moto E5 16GB – Grey

It might not be on offer at the moment but the E5 is still one of the best smartphones you can buy for under £200.


SIM-Free Mobile Phone Deals – Tesco

There are only a handful of deals available through Tesco right now, so we’ve decided to consolidate them into a single section instead of being spaced across the usual three.

Best Tesco SIM-Free Deals – Low to High

Moto G6 Deep Indigo – SIM Free

The Moto G6 holds the honour of being one of Trusted Reviews' most highly recommended budget smartphones – made even better with £20 off.

Honor 10 Phantom Blue – SIM Free

Tesco has matched Amazon on the Honor 10, coming in at 99p cheaper than its competitor. True to its word, every little helps.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Black – SIM Free

Tesco boasts one of the best deals around for the Samsung Galaxy S9, netting you a saving of £50. Not too shabby for one of the best phones money can buy.


SIM-Free Mobile Phone Deals – AO

AO has a great price on a SIM-free Nokia 7 at the moment, beating its rivals.

Best AO SIM-Free Deals

Huawei P20 128GB Smartphone – Black

At its previous price, the Huawei P20 was a tricky sell but with a massive £200 off, it's an absolute steal.

Huawei P20 Pro 128GB Smartphone – Black

As Trusted Reviews' Product of the Year, there are plenty of reasons to love the Huawei P20 Pro, but I think a £170 saving really helps to seal the deal.


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Contract Mobile Phone Deals

iPhone X contract deals

Apple’s 2017 flagship is still a killer smartphone. If you’re after the high-end iPhone experience, this is the one you want.

Top iPhone X deals right now

iPhone X 64GB – 60GB of data on EE

With 60GB in your pocket each month, you'll never be left scrounging for any data, plus, with no upfront costs there's a lot to love about this contract from EE.


iPhone 8 Plus contract deals

If you like your iPhone on the more ‘phablet’ end of the spectrum, the iPhone 8 Plus still has a lot of the features of the beefier iPhone X but with a more wallet-friendly price, especially after this year’s price drop following the arrival of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

The top iPhone 8 Plus deals right now

Apple iPhone 8 Plus – 50GB, £48/month and no upfront cost on EE

A massive 50GB monthly allowance makes this Vodafone contract a great option for all you hardcore gamers, streamers and surfers out there. EE customers also get several perks including a free six-month membership to Apple Music.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB, SIM-Free – Space Grey

A £100 saving, two-year warranty and three months free access to Apple Music? Come on, what's no to love about this incredible SIM-free deal from John Lewis.


iPhone 8 contract deals

The smaller of the two iPhone 8 models, which is perfect if you find larger phones unwieldy.

The top iPhone 8 deals right now

iPhone 8 64GB Space Grey – 30GB of data on EE

This deal from BuyMobiles.net is incredible value, with a super low TCO of just £864. You're currently getting 30GB instead of 25GB, too, making this perfect for heavier users. As this is EE you also get 3 months BT Sport and 6 months Apple Music.

iPhone 8 64GB Space Grey – 45GB of data on EE

If you still need more data, then this offer is more 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.


iPhone 7 contract deals

The iPhone 7 is still widely on sale, even if it is now a little older. Considering the iPhone 8 didn’t see a massive design change, the iPhone 7 is yet to feel dated and can be had for a comparatively bargain price.

The top iPhone 7 deals right now

iPhone 7 32GB – 20GB of data on EE

If you're a very heavy data user, you might want to consider this fantastic deal from EE. It also includes 6 months of Apple Music to sweeten the deal as well as BT Sports Mobile for the entirety of your contract. Great if you're a sports fan and some serious added value.

iPhone 7 32GB – 4GB of data on Vodafone (use code TRUSTED10 to save £10)

This Vodafone deal has a decent amount of data for most average users and the upfront cost means lower monthly payments. Save £10 with code TRUSTED10.


Samsung Galaxy S9 deals

The Samsung Galaxy S9 features lots of clever camera tech including a camera with an automated adjustable aperture that offers it great low-light performance.

The Top Samsung Galaxy S9 Deals Right Now

Samsung Galaxy S9 – 4GB, £23pm, £100 upfront from Vodafone (use code EPICTEN to save £10)

e2save has come out with this brilliantly affordable contract for the Galaxy S9, made even better with a £10 discount when using the code EPICTEN.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – 30GB, £36pm, no upfront from Vodafone

30GB of data and no upfront cost for only £36pm? As far as high-data contracts go, this one's a steal.


Samsung Galaxy S8 deals

If stretching to the Galaxy S9 is a bit much, the Galaxy S8 is now available for a lower price and isn’t that big a step down in terms of performance and functionality.

The top Samsung Galaxy S8 deals right now

Samsung Galaxy S8 – 4GB, £23/month and £5 upfront (with code TRUSTED10) on Vodafone

A fantastic offer for anyone in the market for a low data contract on a Samsung Galaxy S8. Use the code TRUSTED10 at the checkout to save £10 on the upfront cost.


Huawei P20 deals

The smaller of the two Huawei P20 phones but one that still packs a fantastic camera and a slick design.

Best Huawei P20 Deals

Huawei P20 – 8GB, £26/month (after cashback) with no upfront cost on EE

Loads of data and nothing to pay upfront make this a great choice. EE also gives you 6 months Apple Music and 3 months BT Sport, too.

Huawei P20 – 15GB, £34/month with £34.99 upfront on O2

15GB is more than enough for moderate surfers and streamers, plus signing up with O2 grants you a bunch of perks including weekly freebies via O2 Priority.


Huawei P20 Pro deals

Step up to the Pro model and you get Huawei’s innovative triple-lens camera system that improves upon some already strong photography skills.

Best Huawei P20 Pro Deals

Huawei P20 Pro – 10GB, £53/month and no upfront on EE Comes With Free Nintendo Switch

This incredible offer nabs you 10GB of data each month (plenty for a bit of surfing and streaming), and a brand new Nintendo Switch – on the house. You can't ask for a better deal than that.


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Contract vs SIM-free phones

If you’re trying to decide whether to opt for a SIM-free phone or pick one up on contract, there are a few things you need to weigh up.

In terms of the total cost of ownership (TCO), it’s generally cheaper to opt for a SIM-free phone and buy your handset outright. You can then either pair this with an existing contract you might already have, or sign up for a SIM only deal. Going this route does mean a high initial outlay to pay off the phone, but once you factor in the monthly contract cost after 24 months (the typical contract length if going for a contract phone) then you end up spending less overall.

However, if this isn’t really an option – which it might not be with the high cost of some of today’s smartphones being prohibitive – then a contract option may well be the better bet. This might be your only option for picking up your shiny new dream phone.

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When selecting a contract phone, you generally spread the cost of the phone across the 24 months of the contract, making it more approachable. Contract phones come with something called an ‘upfront cost’, which is the amount you pay at the beginning towards the cost of the phone. Some contracts will have no upfront cost, which make them more suitable.

If you’re able to pay an upfront cost, you can typically bring your TCO down after 24 months. As a general rule of thumb, the more you pay upfront, the less you’ll pay each month as you have less of the phone to pay off. Your monthly bill consists of an amount towards paying off the phone and the rest to cover your network service. It’s worth doing the maths to calculate the TCO, which you can do with this formula: upfront cost + (monthly charge x 24).

Even then, it might still be worth paying a little more for your TCO if it means you can have a lower upfront cost, which lets you get the new phone you want. It’s all down to your personal circumstance.


What to expect

There was money off the then-brand-new iPhone X and iPhone 8 on contract, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Note 8. The Samsung Galaxy A5 was also a massive seller last year courtesy of a big discount. You could also get money off cheaper phones like the Sony Xperia XA1, the WileyFox Swift 2, the Nokia 8 and more coming in at under £200.

This year, we would expect Sony Xperia phones to feature heavily again, the Xperia XA2 was in Amazon Prime Day so we would expect it to make another appearance. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some discounts on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus now that they’ve been out a few months, as well as discounts on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. On that note, Honor phones like the Honor 8X and Honor 10 will also likely feature. Motorola’s budget line up are also a mainstay, so expect to see the Moto G6 Play to be discounted, too.

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