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Best Cyber Monday mobile phone deals on iPhone, Galaxy, Pixel and more

If you’re looking to upgrade your handset, the post-Black Friday sale is the time to do it

Steve Hogarty
Monday 27 November 2023 09:51 GMT
O2, Vodafone, Three and EE have all slashed the price of contracts
O2, Vodafone, Three and EE have all slashed the price of contracts (The Independent)

Black Friday is over. Enter Cyber Monday. There are still plenty of mobile phone contract deals to snap up. The last day of this annual shopping bonanza is known for ushering in big discounts. At Coggles, there are major big discounts on designer fashion, while Cult Beauty and Lookfantastic are cutting prices on all things beauty-related. You can also still save onair fryers, laptops, TVs, tech, home appliances and of course a new phone contract.

Most of the UK’s biggest carriers, including O2, Vodafone, EE, Sky Mobile, Virgin Media, Tesco Mobile, and Three have an impressive range of deals available on SIM-only and pay-monthly contracts. There are even some extra data allowances and other add-on bonuses for new customers up for grabs.

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But not all deals are created equal, and some Cyber Monday phone plans aren’t as good as they appear at first glance. That’s why, every year, our team of IndyBest experts is on hand to help you wade through the offers and find the genuine discounts worth caring about.

We track phone plan prices year-round and know a good deal when we see one, and we’ll recommend tried and tested products too. So if you’re ready to upgrade to a new device, keep reading for the best Cyber Monday mobile discounts we’ve found so far.

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Best SIM-only deals

You don’t always need to sign up to a contract with a network provider to spread the cost of your new phone. Apple, Samsung and Google all offer zero per cent finance on new handsets, meaning it often works out cheaper to buy directly. Once your phone is sorted, use a cheap SIM-only plan for your data, texts and minutes.

These SIM-only plans are nearly always more affordable than the airtime plans from major carriers, have shorter contracts and run on the same set of mobile networks. Here’s a selection of the best SIM-only deals right now.

  • Lebara – From £5 per month for 5GB of data
  • giffgaff – From £10 per month for 20GB of data
  • Smarty – From £12 per month for 125GB of data
  • Voxi – From £12 per month for 60GB of data
  • id Mobile – From £10 per month for 80GB of data

Google Pixel 8: Was £699, now £599, Currys.co.uk

(Google)

The newest Pixel phone is down to just £599 at Currys. Our Pixel 8 review declared it the “best Google phone yet”, powered by the new Tensor G3 processor, which enables powerful AI photo- and video-editing features. Use the voucher code “PIXEL100” at checkout to grab the discount.

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Apple iPhone 15 with 300GB data: Was £99 upfront and £39pm, now £0 upfront, Affordablemobiles.co.uk

(Apple)

The iPhone 15 has only been out for two months, but already we’ve found a fantastic deal that takes the upfront price down from £99 to absolutely zero. The 24-month contract, which comes from the Affordable Mobiles Cyber Monday sale, includes 300GB of monthly 5G data from Three (plus unlimited calls and texts) for £39 a month. This deal includes the 128GB version of iPhone 15, and all five colour options – black, blue, green, pink and yellow – are available.

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Google Pixel 8 Pro with 400GB data and a free Fitbit Charge 6: £39 per month with no upfront fee, Affordablemobiles.co.uk

(Google)

Here’s an excellent deal on the new Google Pixel 8 Pro at Affordable Mobiles. You get the phone with nothing to pay up front on a £39 per month contract with Vodafone, which is already a bargain. Your monthly data allowance then gets boosted to 400GB per month instead of 100GB, plus you can claim a free Fitbit Charge 6 worth £139.99.

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Samsung Galaxy A34: Was £399, now £349, Amazon.co.uk

(Samsung)

Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy phone has £50 off. The Galaxy A34 manages to squeeze in premium features such as a 120Hz OLED screen, excellent battery life, decent cameras and flagship-style materials and finish.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Was £1,249, now £999, Samsung.com

(Samsung)

The most powerful and versatile Android phone around, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is half-tablet, half-smartphone, and comes with Samsung’s S-Pen stylus included. For Cyber Monday, you can get a giant £250 off when you use the code S23ULTRA250 at checkout.

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iPhone 15 Pro with unlimited data: £44.99 per month with £129 up front, idMobile.co.uk

(Apple)

This id Mobile plan comes with a heft £129 up-front charge, but if you can afford the steep entry fee, this turns out to be one of the best iPhone 15 Pro deals we’ve found. Your total payments over two years mean you’re effectively paying the regular price for the phone (£999) and just £8.74 per month for unlimited data.

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iPhone 15 Pro with 10GB data: £49.99 per month with £79 up front, idMobile.co.uk

(Mobiles.co.uk)

If you don’t have a spare £129 lying around for the above deal, your next best option at id Mobile is this alternative 10GB data plan, which costs £79 up front then £49.99 monthly for two years. Crunching the numbers, you’ll pay £1,278 over the course of your contract. That works out to £999 for the phone and about £11.65 per month for your data.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 with 250GB of data: £29.99 per month with £0 up front, Carphonewarehouse.com

(EE)

Carphone Warehouse is offering the baseline Samsung Galaxy S23 with 250GB of data for £29.99 per month on iD Mobile with nothing to pay up front. Plus, you get peace of mind, as the phone is guaranteed to receive software and security updates until 2028.

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iPhone 13 with 250GB of data: £26.99 per month, £9 up front, Carphonewarehouse.com

(Amazon)

For the best discounts on the iPhone, you should look to the iPhone 13. The phone is two years old now, but still a great device with an exceptionally good camera. This model is also far from obsolete, as it’s still sold and fully supported by Apple. Carphone Warehouse offers the iPhone 13 with an enormous 100GB of data on a two-year contract for just £26.99 per month with £9 upfront.

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When is Black Friday 2023 in the UK?

Black Friday is well underway – it started on 24 November, the day after the American holiday Thanksgiving. The sales event concludes with Cyber Monday, which was traditionally focused on online shopping, though both sales have long since merged into one weekend-long shopping event.

When is Cyber Monday 2023 in the UK?

Cyber Monday falls on 27 November this year. The sale comes after Black Friday (24 November), which takes place the day after the American holiday Thanksgiving.

Originally focused on online shopping (back when it was a novelty), Cyber Monday has since merged with Black Friday to form one giant sale spanning the entire weekend. Many retailers still treat them as two distinct events, though, with unique deals for each.

When will the best Cyber Monday mobile phone deals be available?

Cyber Monday deals will start on 27 November, picking up the baton from the Black Friday sale, which runs from Friday until Sunday.

Unlike Black Friday, when retailers sometimes start dropping discounts days ahead of the actual event, Cyber Monday deals start sharp on Monday and can hang around for a few days after the sale officially ends.

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