Best cheap phones 2021

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Apple
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Pro Max
£43.00 per month
100GB data
£250.00 upfront cost
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iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro
£39.00 per month
100GB data
£249.00 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 13
iPhone 13
£36.99 per month
20GB data
£79.00 upfront cost
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iPhone 13 mini
iPhone 13 mini
£32.99 per month
20GB data
£79.00 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro Max
£39.00 per month
100GB data
£249.99 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro
£33.00 per month
Unlimited data
£269.00 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 12
iPhone 12
£23.00 per month
30GB data
£269.99 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini
£21.00 per month
Unlimited data
£199.00 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro
£49.00 per month
100GB data
£49.00 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone 11
iPhone 11
£17.00 per month
5GB data
£239.99 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone SE 2020
iPhone SE 2020
£17.00 per month
5GB data
£99.99 upfront cost
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Apple
iPhone XR
iPhone XR
£15.00 per month
5GB data
£195.99 upfront cost
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Samsung
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
£39.00 per month
100GB data
£259.99 upfront cost
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Samsung
Galaxy S21 5G
Galaxy S21 5G
£23.00 per month
30GB data
£249.99 upfront cost
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Samsung
Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Galaxy S20 FE 5G
£17.00 per month
30GB data
£235.00 upfront cost
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Samsung
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy S20 FE
£15.00 per month
30GB data
£199.00 upfront cost
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Samsung
Galaxy S10
Galaxy S10
£16.00 per month
4GB data
£268.99 upfront cost
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Google
Pixel 4a
Pixel 4a
£19.99 per month
20GB data
No upfront cost
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Best cheap smartphones 2021

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Right now, the mobile phone market is bursting with cheap contract deals on mobile handsets. You’ll be surprised at the high-end specs and features you can get for your buck.

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If you’re scouting for deals, but don’t fancy paying over the odds for the latest phones - especially if those handsets are only marginally better than their predecessors - read on. We’ll tell you how to find the best phones with all the latest mod-cons, but without the hefty price tags.

What should I consider before choosing the best value smartphones?

Before you choose a handset, it’s important to think about how you use your phone. Perhaps you enjoy taking pictures, in which case, you should look at mid-range phones, or handsets under £500 - they tend to have decent cameras.

On the other hand, if apps and photography aren’t your thing, you’ll find some great handsets, complete with some decent specs, for well under £100. After all, there’s no point spending over the odds just to call people.

Here at broadbandchoices, we scour the phone market day-in day-out to find the best value mobile contract deals to suit you. Once you’ve thought about what you’re looking for, and how much you’d like to pay per month, use the results grid above.

Where can I find the best mid-range iPhone?

With Apple churning out new iPhones each year, it’s easy to dismiss a device that’s been around for longer than a few years as ‘old hat’.

The thing is, you’ll find much of the same specs and features on these phones as you would on more recent handsets, and you’ll save hundreds of pounds to boot.

Here are a few mid-range iPhones you should check out if you don’t want to pay full-whack for the latest model:

Where can I find the best mid-range Android phones?

Typically, most Android phones are cheaper than iPhones. But a lower price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a sub-standard phone - Samsung’s Galaxy range for example stands up against any iPhone, and LG produces some gorgeous looking phones, with plenty of power under the hood.

Best smartphones under £500

Most new handsets cost £600 or more, and although there are loads of great contract deals out there to help spread the cost, that’s still a lot of money.

Fortunately, £500 handsets from manufacturers like Google and Sony come with most of the bells and whistles you’ll expect to find on newer, premium models. Use the results grid above to compare the best contract deals for phones under £500.

Best smartphones under £200

If you’re looking for a contract on a phone that’s less than £200, we recommend checking out brands like Huawei and Honor. Both make high-quality smartphones, but at unbeatable prices.

Best smartphones for under £100

Scraping the barrel? We don’t think so. Phones under £100 have a lot to offer, and in most cases, you’ll be surprised at how close they come to the latest handsets.

Of course, in terms of specs and features, they won’t be quiet as flashy as the newest phones, though brands like Honor pack some impressive specs into surprisingly swanky looking handsets.

What more could you ask for?

Best Value Smartphones

So, there you have it. Turns out you don’t need to re-mortgage your house for a half-decent smartphone after all. That said, if you already have a cheap smartphone knocking around in a draw somewhere, opting for a SIM-only plan can save you even more money.

There are hundreds of plans out there, and if you’d like to find out which would be best for you, click on the link below to read our comprehensive guide on all things SIM related.