Best £15/month mobile phone deals
Picking the best mobile phone deal can be a daunting task. So we’ve done the hard work for you!
Every month the Which? Tech Daily team trawl through all the available deals to find which ones offer the best value. This month we’re kicking off things off at the cheaper end of the market – the £15 a month deal.
£15 a month is pretty much the cheapest monthly mobile phone contract that you can buy. While it’s true that there are a few cheaper options out there, these give you so few inclusive minutes, texts and data that they’re unlikely to appeal to many contract phone users.
Don’t forget to check out our advice on choosing the best mobile phone deal.
Most people get a free phone when they take out a new contract so we looked for deals that include one – rather than any that are kept artificially low by forcing you to pay hundreds of pounds for your handset. And because most of us are now smartphone users, where possible we’ve opted for packages that included a data allowance.
We’ve also based our selection on the inclusive minutes, texts and data that come with each deal. We’ve not looked at out of bundle costs so if you often exceed your monthly allowance then we’d recommend checking these before taking out the deal.
All tariffs are for 24 months unless otherwise stated.
You can also find out which is the best mobile phone network according to our research.
Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone
Three of the big four phone providers have identically priced, £15.50/month tariffs. All come with 100 free minutes but the other aspects of the deal are slightly different. Orange gives you unlimited texts and 100MB of data through its Dolphin plan; T-Mobile gives you unlimited texts and 250MB of data; while Vodafone offers 500 texts, 250MB of data plus 500MB of Wi-Fi access through BT’s Openzone.
O2 and the rest
O2′s £13.50/month deal is slightly cheaper but comes with just 50 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data.
Tesco Mobile and Utility Warehouse don’t have deals at this price that come with free smartphones, while Virgin Mobile’s cheapest deal (Starter) costs £20/month. However if you already have Virgin Broadband, TV or home phone then you can get the package, which comes with 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data, for just £15/month.
The best deal – Three
Three’s Ultimate Internet 500 is fantastic value. For just £15/month you get 500 minutes, 5000 texts and unlimited data. This is far more generous than the deals from the other providers.
Obviously the most advanced smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 4S won’t come free with this deal. But Three do supply the HTC Explorer which has a 3.2-inch touchscreen and runs on the popular Android operating system.
To see how the phone fared in our tough lab tests read our HTC Explorer review.
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