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The iPhone 5 tariffs compared
By Jeremy Thackray 21 September 2012
Game Name: iPhone 5 | Manufacturer: Apple | Format: iPhone

Who knew? Apple has only gone and launched its new iPhone 5 on the very day Tim Cook promised it would. Splendid.

From the moment the aforementioned smartphone was unveiled by The Big A, the people responsible for counting the pennies at the five major UK carriers have been crunching numbers like nobody's business. Well, except Apple's. Presumably.

So, to try and appease all of the folks waiting patiently in the queues in front of their UK branches, The Big Five have created a range of iPhone tariffs for customers.

Because we are kind, generous, and devilishly handsome, we have spent hours scouring the interweb to put together the following comprehensive guide to the UK iPhone 5 tariffs. Thank us in the morning.

As a sidenote, Apple itself is offering the six iPhone 5 models (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB) unlocked for £529, 599, and £699, respectively. They're available in black or white. Hence, the "six".

O2 - 24-month contracts

MinutesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
TextsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data1GB1GB1GB1GB1GB1GB
       
£/month£26£31£36£41£46£63
16GB£249.99£199.99£99.99£49.99FREEFREE
32GB£299.99£249.99£199.99£149.99£99.99£49.99
64GB£399.99£349.99£299.99£249.99£169.99£99.99

O2 has the simplest range of contracts, with identical minutes, texts, and data allowance across the whole price range. All that matters is the balance between upfront and monthly payments.

Orange - 24-month contracts

Minutes50100100200
Texts50125Unlimited250
Data100MB250MB1GB500MB
     
£/month£20£25£31£31
16GB£319.99£249.99£179.99£179.99
32GB£439.99£379.99£269.99£269.99
64GB£519.99£449.99£379.99£379.99

MinutesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
TextsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data1GB2GB3GBUnlimited
     
£/month£36£41£46£51
16GB£109.99£29.99FREEFREE
32GB£219.99£139.99£89.99£39.99
64GB£269.99£209.99£179.99£129.99

Orange's £20 monthly contract is the cheapest available, but its allowances are suitably minimal. The Works plans, running from £36 - £51 a month, are useful for those who want to tailor the contract to internet usage without having to worry about texts and calls.

Three - 24-month contracts

Minutes5002000 + 5000 Three-to Three
Texts50005000
DataUnlimitedUnlimited
   
£/month£34 (16GB), £37 (32GB), £40 (64GB)£36 (16GB), £39 (32GB), £42 (64GB)
16GB£79£79
32GB£89£89
64GB£109£109

Three has two generous iPhone 5 tariff plans (Ultimate Internet 500 and The One Plan) up its sleeve. It is, however, the only network that's charging different monthly costs depending on the model of iPhone 5 purchased, with rising one-off payments still included for each.

T-Mobile - 18-month contracts

Minutes501003006009001200
Texts250Unlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile calls
Data750MB750MB750MB750MB750MB750MB
       
£/month£26£31£36£41£46£51
16GB£399£339£249£179£109£49
32GB£449£419£379£269£219£149
64GB£499£449£429£369£279£219

T-Mobile - 24-month contracts

Minutes50100300600300900
Texts250Unlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile calls
Data750MB750MB750MB750MB1.5GB750MB
       
£/month£21£26£31£36£36£41
16GB£339£249£179£109£109£49
32GB£419£379£269£219£219£149
64GB£449£429£369£279£279£219

Minutes600120090030003000
TextsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile callsUnlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile calls Unlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile calls Unlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile calls Unlimited texts, landline, or T-Mobile calls 
Data1.5GB750GB1.5GB750MB1.5GB
      
£/month£41£46£46£61£66
16GB£49£29£29£19£19
32GB£149£99£99£29£19
64GB£219£189£189£139£89

T-Mobile Full Monty Plan (24-month)

Minutes2000 + unlimited T-Mobile callsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
TextsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
DataUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
     
£/month£36£41£46£61
16GB£109£49£29£19
32GB£219£149£99£29
64GB£269£219£189£139

T-Mobile offers a wide range of different contracts for the iPhone 5, including the only 18-month deals available in the country.

You should be able to find a tariff suited to your needs with T-Mobile, but the Full Monty plans, featuring unlimited texts, data, and plenty of minutes, provide the best value for money.

Vodafone - 12-month contracts

Minutes3006009001200
TextsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data500MB1GB1GB1GB
     
£/month£36£41£46£51
16GB£349£289£229£169
32GB£419£359£299£239
64GB£499£439£379£319

Vodafone - 24-month contracts

Minutes600UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
TextsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data500MB1GB2GB3GB
     
£/month£33£37£42£47
16GB£149£99£49FREE
32GB£269£209£149£89
64GB£329£289£229£169

Vodafone is the only UK telco offering the iPhone 5 on a 12-month contract, though it does come with a suitably steep one-off handset cost. All Vodafone contracts include unlimited texts.


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