Which is the best value iPhone 7 Contract ?

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Looking for the best value iPhone 7 Contract deal?

After many months of rumours and anticipation, the latest Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been released for Pre-order. We all know the Sim Free price from the Apple website but what is the best iPhone 7 contract deal currently available from the major UK networks.

Well we have been frantically analysing those deals and have a quick summary for you below.

Our analysis was based on the mid-range 128Gb iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as we feel that the 32Gb version just does not have enough space for all your music, photos and apps and the 256Gb is a little overkill given the price hike.

In addition, anyone using an iPhone is probably going to be quite data hungry so we looked at plans that offer at least 5Gb of 4G data.

Firstly, let’s look at the Sim free, contract free pricing of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This is how much you will be looking to pay if you want to buy the handset outright.

iPhone 7 Prices
32Gb: £599 | 128Gb: £699 | 256Gb £799
iPhone 7 Plus Prices
32Gb: £719 | 128Gb: £819 | 256Gb: £919

iPhone 7 Contract

iPhone 7 Contract Deals

Our analysis is based on contracts offering 5Gb of data or more.

The tables below also show you the Equivalent Monthly Tariff costs i.e. how much you are paying for the data and airtime contract if you had bought a Sim/Contract Free phone.

Our analysis of the iPhone 7 phone contract prices for the major networks has revealed the following:

128Gb iPhone 7 contract with 5gb of data or more
These are all 24 month contracts with unlimited calls and texts.

Network Data Up front Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost Equivalent Monthly Tariff
EE 5Gb
£49.99
£55.99 £1,393.75
£28.95
EE 10Gb
£49.99
£60.99 £1,513.75
£33.95
mobiles.co.uk 12Gb
£329.99
£37.00 £1,217.99
£21.62
O2 5Gb
£59.99
£55.00 £1,379.99
£28.37
Three Unl
£0.00
£79.00 £1,896.00
£49.88
Three 30Gb
£99.00
£51.00 £1,323.00
£26.00
Three 12Gb
£149.00
£46.00 £1,253.00
£23.08

Best 128Gb iPhone 7 Contract Deal ?

Part of the answer depends on how much data you need and network reception in your area but on balance, we believe the Vodafone Red contract through mobiles.co.uk offers the best value. This contract will cost you a total of £1,217.99 over the 24 months. A close second is the Three Essentials contract that offers double the data at 12Gb for a total cost of £1,253.00.

128Gb iPhone 7 PLUS contract with 5gb of data or more
These are all 24 month contracts with unlimited calls and texts.

Network Data Up front Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost Equivalent Monthly Tariff
EE 10Gb
£129.99
£60.99 £1,593.75
£32.28
EE 25Gb
£149.99
£65.99 £1,733.75
£38.11
Vodafone 6Gb
£240.00
£52.00 £1,488.00
£27.88
mobiles.co.uk 6Gb
£229.99
£47.00 £1,357.99
£22.46
O2 5Gb
£69.99
£60.00 £1,509.99
£28.79
Three Unl
£99.00
£67.00 £1,707.00
£42.00
Three 30Gb
£99.00
£59.00 £1,515.00
£34.00
Three 12Gb
£149.00
£54.00 £1,445.00
£31.08

Best 128Gb iPhone 7 Plus Contract Deal ?

Part of the answer depends on how much data you need and network reception in your area but on balance, we believe the Vodafone Red contract through mobiles.co.uk offers the best value. This contract will cost you a total of £1,357.99 over the 24 months.

Absolutely the Best iPhone 7 Contract

In our analysis, we uncovered what appears to be a pricing error on the EE Business website.

If you have a business and can obtain a business contract, you can pick up a 128Gb iPhone 7 Plus on a 12 month business contract:

Network Data Up front Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost Equivalent Monthly Tariff
EE 8Gb
£100.00
£68.40 £920.80
£8.48

As you can see, the total cost over 12 months is not far off the SIM/Contract free price of the phone which means you are paying the equivalent of £8.48 per month for the 8Gb contract. We imagine this deal will not last long.

UPDATE (10 Sep 2016): Cheap Business Plan price updated
As we predicted yesterday, it looks like the pricing of their 12 month business plan may have been error as the price has now been updated as of this morning.

New pricing is:

Network Data Up front Cost Monthly Cost Total Cost Equivalent Monthly Tariff
EE 8Gb
£180.00
£68.40 £1000.80
£15.15

This is still not a bad price for a 12 month contract. Compared to buying the iPhone 7 Plus outright, you are paying just £15.15 per month for the 8Gb mobile contract.

Could be a good option for those looking to upgrade next year when the 10th anniversary iPhone is released.

iPhone Upgrade Programme

This year, Apple have introduced a new way of purchasing an iPhone with the launch of their iPhone Upgrade Programme.

This option has the potential to disrupt the traditional way of buying a new iPhone with mobile contract.

We take an in-depth look at the iPhone Upgrade Programme here.