The 5 best mobile phones for work and business

ByKim Staples
Businesswoman using phone in car

Looking for a business-based phone to use for work? You’ll want something dedicated to the job at hand - a smartphone with top-notch security, easy-to-use interface, access to business apps and tools, and a nice big screen so you can see your emails and read documents.

Here are a few favourites of ours that you can put to work as a business phone. We recommend either taking out a contract, or buying one on company expenses and slipping in a SIM with plenty of minutes and texts.

Three

4GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£9 per month

12 month contract

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Virgin Mobile

2GB data

2500 minutes

Unlimited texts

£12 per month

1 month contract

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LIFE Mobile

6GB data (3G)

Unlimited minutes

5000 texts

£12.95 per month

1 month contract

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The best for business: Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel

If money is no object and you want the best of the best for your work phone, we love the Google Pixel XL. With a 5.5-inch screen - a whole half-inch bigger than the regular Pixel - it's a nice big phablet with plenty of screen real estate to play around with, and the next best thing to the poor old Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Its specs are impressive, with fab processing power and lots of internal storage, and put together in such a way that it runs raw Android (7.0 Nougat, no less) absolutely perfectly. Plus, you won't run out of juice too soon with the 3,450mAh battery.

The Pixel XL isn't specifically business-oriented in the way that, say, BlackBerry phones are, but it'll do everything you need it to without a problem - and stay future-proof for quite some time.

O2

1GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£43 per month

£80 upfront

24 month contract

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Best from Apple: iPhone 7

iPhone 7

iOS more your thing? Your best bet is a brand spanking new iPhone 7 - the best and fastest iPhone yet. You can even spring for the Plus model for a little extra screen space. All your business-related apps are present and correct in the App Store, and if the Apple vs FBI fiasco is anything to go by, we know that iPhones are really quite secure.

And since you'll just be using it for work, the absence of a headphone jack - or #headphonejackgate, as the kids most definitely are not calling it - is less of a dealbreaker.

EE

1GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£30.99 per month

£75 upfront

24 month contract

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For security: Blackberry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

Yep, BlackBerry phones are still alive and well, even if the company isn't making its own phones any more. What's great about the BlackBerry Priv is that combines all the business-friendly features we've grown to love from BlackBerries - like high-powered security and that all-important QWERTY keyboard - with an Android interface.

So you'll get things like extra security settings, system checks, and notifications when apps request access to your data… and all the apps you could want from the Google Play Store. Perfect.

Vodafone

500MB data

500 minutes

Unlimited texts

£24 per month

£29.99 upfront

24 month contract

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For office tools galore: Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Windows Phones are always built with your work life in mind. The whole suite of Microsoft Office apps are available (Skype, Outlook, and so on), and they work perfectly and integrate across all your gadgets seamlessly. You'll even get a few GB of free OneDrive storage.

The best of the Lumia bunch for a business phone, in our opinion, is the 950 XL. This one has a 5.7-inch QHD (Quad HD) screen, boasts great performance and a long-lasting battery, and isn't housed in a neon-coloured case like the rest of the range.

EE

1GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£20.99 per month

£93.99 upfront

24 month contract

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Business on a budget: Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640

If you want something that won't break the bank but still need those all-important business apps on the go, we'd stick with Microsoft. The Lumia 640 comes with a far cheaper price tag than the 950, but still has Office apps, OneDrive storage, and a decent level of security.

As specs go, it's fairly basic - 8GB of internal storage, quad-core processors, 720p display - but it'll serve you well as a simple work phone. And thanks to a fairly large battery, you won't find yourself rushing to a charging point in the middle of a working day.

giffgaff

1GB data

500 minutes

Unlimited texts

£16.83 per month

£35 upfront

24 month contract

Get deal

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