Every autumn, millions of mobile users celebrate with glee as the next generation of Apple products are released: for 2014, this means the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. With such fanfare about the new devices, it can be easy to rush out and grab one before giving it too much thought. There can be some downsides to doing this, though, and so we recommend that you learn more about the pricing and services available for such a new device. If you have an iPhone 4, then it may be time to upgrade; it you have a newer version of the iPhone, you might be better off keeping your current device for now. For those who have decided that they need an upgrade, however, we want to be sure that you understand all of the service plans available, and what models of the iPhone exist.
The purchase of any Apple product comes with the unspoken acknowledgement that you are paying a premium for the device. Because of this, it is important to shop around and do your homework before making any potential commitment. While there may not be huge differences in cost for the actual iPhone itself, there can be stark differences in what you’ll pay for service. There are also plenty of different types of service plans available to help you get exactly what you need. Whether you just want to buy an iPhone 6 (which can only be used with a SIM card) by itself or you want to sign a multi-year contract to get a better price, we’ll show you the options so that you can make the best decision.
Just the iPhone 6, Please
Some people like the flexibility that being outside of a contract offers. Others may not have the ability right now to renew their contracts but want the latest Apple products. Whichever circumstance applies to you, there is an iPhone 6 solution. One example is the package offered by Three, which gives you 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1 GB of 4G data for only £10 per month. Combined with an iPhone 6 16 GB model, the one-year total cost for this plan would be £660.
GiffGaff also offers solutions to those who simply want to purchase service without a hefty contract that locks them down. You’ll be able to procure 250 minutes of talk, unlimited texts to anyone in the United Kingdom and unlimited 3G internet for just £12 per month; this works out to a total one-year cost of ownership of £680 when selecting the base model of the iPhone 6. All of GiffGaff’s solutions for iPhones with SIM-only purchases can be found on their website.
Just for reference, the costs of each model of the iPhone 6 vary considerably. You’ll spend £540 for the base level iPhone 6, while a 64 GB version will cost £620. If you want the 128 GB iPhone 6, then be prepared to spend £700. For the iPhone 6 Plus, the 16 GB model costs £620, the 64 GB costs £700 and the 128 GB costs £790.
Full information on the SIM only packages can be compared at http://www.simonlyexpert.co.uk/iphone-sim-only/.
Contract Solutions with the iPhone 6
Many people choose instead to sign a contract, so as not to have to cough up hundreds of pounds in order to get the latest iPhone. Contracts are not one-size-fits-all contraptions, as you’ll be able to find a plethora of different service options to consider before agreeing to anything. Take a look below to find out what some of the biggest carriers currently offer.
You’ve certainly heard of EE’s great deals on a variety of phones and contracts, and they have several different solutions for the new iPhone 6. If you want to spend as little as possible upfront but are okay with having larger monthly payments, then you can fork over £29 today and pay £50 per month over the next twenty-four months for a new iPhone 6. This plan includes 2 GB of 4G data, as well as unlimited talk and unlimited text. If you are in the position to put down a hefty down payment toward your new device, then EE’s two-year contract with 1 GB of data, unlimited domestic messaging and 1,000 minutes of talk time may be the best solution for you. After spending £380 for the iPhone 6, your monthly bill will be around £20. If you’re ready to view their plans, you can check EE out through this link.
On O2, another popular carrier, you can secure one of several different contracts that provide exactly the right amount of data, talk and text that you desire. Serious data users will be happy to discover that a 20 GB, 4G data plan is available in conjunction with an iPhone 6 base model. With this plan, users will put down £49 at the beginning of the contract and will have a monthly bill of around £50 for two years (£620 per year), which also features unlimited talk and text message capability.
Perhaps the best deal of them all can be found through O2 – if you need minimal data and want an iPhone 6 Plus. You’ll be able to pay £10 down and only £50 each month for 2 GB of 4G data (combined with unlimited text/talk), which brings your one-year cost of ownership to around £610. More information on O2’s contract details can be found here.
Deals are available for all budgets, so take the time to work out the best one for your talk, text and data needs.