Best contract phone deals in September

Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S7

With more than a million different contract deals to choose from, picking the right phone deal is tricky. You’ve got to consider how many minutes, texts and data you need, how much you want to spend, which network to go with and how to keep your existing number.

Well, fear not - we've grabbed the top contracts for the most popular phones on the market right now. We'll give you some handy switching tips at the end of the guide too!

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

iPhone XS

So, you want to get your hands on an iPhone XS or the bigger iPhone XS Max? We don't blame you - it's the best phone that Apple's ever made, and considering that the company's not exactly known for skimping on quality, that's saying something.

Here are some of the best deals right now:

iPhone XS deals:

Best buy deals
  • iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £255.00 device cost
    • £48.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone XS 64GB Silver
    iPhone XS
    • 20GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Swap24 - Upgrade after 24 months
    • £57.00 per month
    30 month contract From Sky Mobile
  • iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £279.00 device cost
    • £48.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net
  • iPhone XS 64GB Gold
    iPhone XS
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £249.95 device cost
    • £58.00 per month
    24 month contract From DirectMobiles.co.uk
  • iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £499.00 device cost
    • £33.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone XS 64GB Gold
    iPhone XS
    • 2GB of 4G data
    • 2000 minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £249.99 device cost
    • £39.99 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse

iPhone XS Max deals:

Best buy deals
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS Max
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £620.00 device cost
    • £33.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS Max
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £455.00 device cost
    • £44.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS Max
    • 10GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £555.00 device cost
    • £38.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB Gold
    iPhone XS Max
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £349.95 device cost
    • £58.00 per month
    24 month contract From DirectMobiles.co.uk
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS Max
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £389.00 device cost
    • £48.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB Gold
    iPhone XS Max
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £499.95 device cost
    • £48.00 per month
    24 month contract From DirectMobiles.co.uk

Picking the right plan depends on how much you're willing to pay upfront, what monthly bill you can afford, and how much memory you need. And which colour you consider the most stylish, of course.

The iPhone XS and XS Max are still relatively new phones, so prices will generally be high. That's why it's important to compare - by using our comparison service, you'll be able see deals from both big networks and smaller operators side by side and quickly find the best deal.

Check out our guide to the best iPhone deals this month for more top offers.

iPhone X deals

If you want an iPhone for slightly less, you could do worse than consider an older model like the iPhone X. It's still a great phone, with a powerful processor, excellent cameras and facial recognition for unlocking the handset and authorising payments.

Best buy deals
  • iPhone X 64GB Silver
    iPhone X
    • 10GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £440.00 device cost
    • £32.00 per month
    24 month contract From Mobiles.co.uk
  • iPhone X 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £79.00 device cost
    • £67.00 per month
    24 month contract From Three Mobile
  • iPhone X 64GB Silver
    iPhone X
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £54.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • iPhone X 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 2GB of 4G data
    • 2000 minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £229.99 device cost
    • £39.99 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse
  • iPhone X 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £379.00 device cost
    • £33.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net
  • iPhone X 64GB Silver
    iPhone X
    • 26GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £66.00 per month
    24 month contract From Fonehouse

It's a phone designed to be used extensively, so we'd recommend a 4G contract with enough data to browse the web, use apps and watch a few videos freely.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 deals

There's no such thing as a bad iPhone, and Apple's older models of its handset offer excellent features and performance at a lower price point than the flagships. Here are some of the best deals right now:

Samsung Galaxy S9 deals

More of an Android fan? You can't do much better than the Samsung Galaxy S9. It sports a slick, curved design, with a massive 5.8-inch screen that stretches right down the sides of the handset, but its beauty is more than skin deep. Its innards are equally impressive, with superfast processors, 4GB of RAM, and one of the best camera systems around.

Best buy deals
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Purple)
    Galaxy S9
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £199.00 device cost
    • £18.00 per month
    24 month contract From Mobiles.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Purple)
    Galaxy S9
    • 10GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £175.99 device cost
    • £32.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Titanium Grey)
    Galaxy S9
    • 3GB of 4G data
    • 1000 minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £140.00 device cost
    • £10 off upfront cost with code 'EPICTEN'
    • £23.00 per month
    24 month contract From E2save
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Blue)
    Galaxy S9
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Blue)
    Galaxy S9
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £48.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • 130 (2017) Black
    130 (2017)
    • 500MB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £15.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk

To make the most of this phone, we recommend a contract deal that gives you fantastic 4G - EE or Virgin Mobile (which uses the same network) for example.

Samsung Galaxy S8 deals

Want something high-quality, but a little cheaper than the Galaxy S9? The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a great pick.

Samsung phones tend to iterate on each other, so the older models are typically only a small step behind the latest and greatest. That's very much the case for the Galaxy S8 - it looks the same, and has many of the same features, but at a considerably lower price.

Here are some of our favourite deals:

Best buy deals
  • Galaxy S8 (64GB Pink Gold)
    Galaxy S8
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £60.00 device cost
    • £10 off upfront cost with code 'EPICTEN'
    • £18.00 per month
    24 month contract From E2save
  • Galaxy S8 (64GB Black)
    Galaxy S8
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.99 device cost
    • £25.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net
  • Galaxy S8 (64GB Black)
    Galaxy S8
    • 8GB of 4G data
    • 2000 minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.99 device cost
    • Includes capping + data rollover
    • £24.99 per month
    24 month contract From iD Mobile
  • Galaxy S8 (64GB Black)
    Galaxy S8
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £33.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • Galaxy S8 (64GB Black)
    Galaxy S8
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £48.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • Galaxy S8 (64GB Black)
    Galaxy S8
    • Unlimited 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.99 device cost
    • £37.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net

Other Android phones

There are plenty of other great Android phones available. Check out these pages to compare deals on these handsets:

No phone!

SIM Only contract deals

What? A mobile contract without a phone? If you're happy with your current handset, then why not see if you can save yourself some cash by switching to a SIM-only contract? SIM-only plans are available from all mobile networks and come with a range of minutes, texts and data to suit your needs. There are 30-day and 12-month plans available, and you can keep your existing mobile number when you switch.

And you're not short on choice. For ultimate value and flexibility, for instance, you could choose a SIM from giffgaff. The great thing about giffgaff is that you can switch up your goodybag every month if you need to, and even choose 'Always on' data. See giffgaff SIM deals here.

Or, if you want unlimited data all year round, go for a SIM plan from Three. Spring for an Advanced plan, and you'll get a personal hotspot allowance and Feel At Home too. See Three SIM deals here.

Want to see more SIM-only deals? Just check out our guide to the best SIM-only deals this month.

Tips for switching

  • Think about how much you're willing to pay upfront. You can spread the cost with a no upfront cost mobile contract, for example, but you may end up paying more in the long run. Alternatively, you can spend a bit more initially for lower monthly bills.
  • Consider how much data you require. If you're a heavy user, a big data or unlimited mobile plan will suit, but if you only use Facebook and email, a few GB is probably all you need to pay for.
  • Make sure you're out of your minimum contract period with your current network.
  • If you want to keep your phone, it may be locked to your current network. You'll need to unlock it if you want to switch to another network, which could cost a small fee.
  • If you want to keep your number, ask your current network for your PAC code, and give it to your new provider when you have your new SIM. For full instructions, read our simple guide to keeping your mobile number when you switch networks.
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