7 ‘free’ phones with no upfront cost

ByKim Staples
Woman with money

What do you do when you want one of the best smartphones money can buy, but you don’t actually have the money to buy it? You get it on a plan with no upfront costs, of course.

The great thing about contract deals is that you can spread the cost of an expensive phone out across two years - and in the case of these plans, you won't have to hand over a thing besides your usual monthly bill. Here are our favourite deals on some of the most popular handsets from Apple, Samsung, LG, and more.

iPhone 6s

Apple's latest offering is one of the best smartphones ever made - and that's saying something. With an aluminium body and a curved glass display, it's also one of the more stylish phones around, whether you choose a silver, gold, space grey, or brand new rose gold model.

Improvements on the iPhone 6 include a better battery, the latest operating system (iOS 9) and processor (Apple A9), and bigger camera lenses - 12MP on the back and 5MP on the front. The screen also features the new 3D Touch, which lets you press lightly on the screen for extra options like previewing emails.

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iPhone 6

iPhone 6

The 6s' predecessor, the iPhone 6, is still going strong. The design is gorgeous, there's an A8 chipset powering it, and the 8MP camera has a dual-LED flash and Apple's Focus Pixels for some of the highest quality photos you'll get on a phone.

To get your hands on an iPhone 6 with no upfront costs, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to networks - though a high-end handset like this one won't come cheap each month.

16GB Rose Gold handset

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£98.99 off cost of handset using voicher code: BBCIP6S

O2

2GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£33.49 per month

24 month contract

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For medium user (64GB handset) Three

4GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£41.00 per month

24 month contract

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For a heavy user (128GB handset) EE

20GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£55.99per month

24 month contract

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iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

It may not be as big as the iPhone 6, but the 5s has a lot to offer. It's got the usual stunning design we've grown to expect from Apple, and the 8MP camera can take some impressive shots thanks to its dual-tone flash and OIS. It's also the phone that introduced Touch ID, for extra security as well as Apple Pay.

The 16GB and 32GB models are available on plans with no upfront costs, on a nice range of monthly allowances - both light and heavy users are well catered for.

16GB handset for a light user Vodafone

500MB data

500 minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£19.00 per month

24 month contract

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16GB handset for a heavy user EE

5GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£30.99 per month

24 month contract

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32GB handset for a light user Virgin

250MB data

250 minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£22.00 per month

24 month contract

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32GB handset for a heavy user O2 Mobile

5GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£35.00 per month

24 month contract

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 is impressive. The 5.1-inch screen is one of the clearest and sharpest on the market - teamed with the gorgeous metal and glass body, it's a lovely phone to look at. And its beauty isn't skin-deep: under the hood, there's an octa-core chipset, 3GB of RAM, and some very slick software thanks to Android Lollipop.

For a handset with lots of internal storage, EE comes up trumps if you want good value without paying anything upfront.

See our pick of the best Samsung Galaxy deals

32GB handset EE

2GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£35.99per month

24 month contract

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64GB handset virgin

250MB data

250 minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£26.00per month

24 month contract

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

If the screen on the Galaxy S6 isn't enough, it's even bigger on the S6 Edge, curving around one edge of the phone to provide a little extra space for notifications, easy access to apps, and more. Specs-wise, it's much the same as the regular Galaxy S6, with fantastic processing power and a 16MP camera.

Again, it isn't cheap - even on a plan with a lower allowance, your bill will set you back quite a bit each month. But for a phone this good, and with no upfront costs, it just might be worth it.

32GB handset EE

2GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£35.99 per month

24 month contract

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64GB handset virgin

1GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£26.00 per month

24 month contract

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LG G4

LG G4

The uniquely designed LG G4 is practically made to sit snugly in your hand, with its curved case, power button on the back, and perhaps even some luxurious leather. The QHD screen is crisp and bright, and perfect for viewing the photos you take with the 16MP camera. With the laser autofocus, colour spectrum sensor, and complex settings, you'll feel like you're using a DSLR.

It's easy to get a contract on the G4 with no upfront costs - and you've got a good number of networks to choose from.

Read our full review of the LG G4

For a light user EE

2GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£28.49 per month

24 month contract

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For a moderate user three

4GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£33.00per month

24 month contract

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For a heavy user ee

20GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£50.99 per month

24 month contract

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HTC One M9

HTC One M9

HTC's One M9 is a smartphone made for media. The HD display will show videos and pics in vibrant detail; the octa-core processors and 3GB of RAM make using apps and games nice and smooth; and the BoomSound speakers are brilliantly loud and clear. It's also sporting a 20MP camera, and includes some decent apps, such as BlinkFeed for keeping up with your social media.

For deals with no upfront costs, you've got a nice wide range to choose from, and a pretty good choice of networks too.

See our pick of the best HTC One M9 deals

For a light user three mobile

500MB data

300 minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£24.00per month

24 month contract

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For a moderate user Three

2GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£29.00per month

24 month contract

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For a heavy user three

12GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

FREE handset

£38.00per month

24 month contract

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