iPhone 5S – best deals and UK price

by , Technology Researcher Apple 23/09/2013
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The iPhone 5S is Apple’s new flagship mobile. It’s also one of the most expensive phones money can buy. It’s got a fingerprint scanner, an improved 8-megapixel camera and a better battery life, but how how much does it cost?

An iPhone 5S with 16GB storage is priced at £549 SIM-free, with the 64GB model priced at £709. Due to the phone’s popularity, you’re unlikely to find the 5S for much cheaper even if you shop around. This means your best chance of grabbing an iPhone 5S deal is on contract. Read on for cheapest iPhone 5S contracts on 3G and 4G.

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iPhone 5S – best deals and UK price

1. Cheapest iPhone 5S deal with a pre-paid handset

  • O2: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB, £17 per month [£600 handset]
  • Orange: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 250MB, £27 per month [£219.99 handset]
  • Three: 500 minutes, 5,000 texts, unlimited data £37 per month [£99 handset]
  • T-Mobile: 50 minutes, 100 texts, 250MB, £7 per month [£419 handset]
  • Vodafone: 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB, £38 per month[£149 handset]

Please note: Contract plans are for the 16GB 5S, on a 24 month contract and with 3G data.

2. Cheapest iPhone 5S handset deal

  • O2: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB, £17 per month [£25 per month handset]
  • Orange: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB, £47 per month [£49.99 handset]
  • Three: 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes, unlimited data, £41 per month [£99 handset]
  • T-Mobile: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data, £62 per month [£49.99 handset]
  • Vodafone: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 2GB data, £47 per month [£19 handset]

Please note: Contract plans are for the 16GB 5S, on a 24 month contract and with 3G data.

3. Cheapest iPhone 5S 4G deal

  • EE: unlimited calls, unlimited texts, 20 GB, £51 per month [£19.99 handset]
  • O2: unlimited calls, unlimited texts, 1GB, £22 per month [£25 per month handset]
  • Vodafone: unlimited calls, unlimited texts, 2GB data, £47 per month [£79 handset]

*All prices correct at time of writing. Orange, T-Mobile and Three do not offer 4G contracts for the iPhone 5S.

Which? expert verdict – ‘You’ll have to pay a lot of money for the iPhone 5S

Rob Leedham profile imageWading through so many differently structured iPhone 5S contracts is a confusing business, but it’s a whole lot less so if you’re clear on two factors:

1. How much data you need?
2. Whether you can afford to pay for most of the phone upfront

If you want to get the best out of the iPhone 5S, then buy it on a 4G contract with at least 2GB of data. This means you’ll be able to use the handset as Apple intended, with superfast mobile internet to hand. Although all 4G contacts are expensive. EE tends to offer more data with the 5S for less money.

Unless you want to pay close to £50 per month, you’ll have to settle for a 3G iPhone 5S contract. For 1GB of data and unlimited everything else, Orange and O2 offer reasonable deals that are priced around the £42 per month mark. Despite this, no providers offer the 5S for free.

Snap up an iPhone contract now and you’ll pay top dollar for it. Hold off on the purchase and everyone will have Apple’s new mobile before you do. It’s this kind of dilemma that makes me happy I own an Android.
Rob Leedham, writer

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