If you’re coming to the end of your phone’s contract you’re probably looking for a new SIM or SIM and handset deal.
But trying to work out the best offer for your needs can be tough, often to the point where we just stay with the same provider. But with Black Friday a few days away, now’s the perfect time to snap up the deal of dreams.
Black Friday weekend - the one time of year when cut-price deals and offers rain down on us like a confetti cannon - is coming.
This year the shopping frenzy will begin on Nov 26 and finish on Monday Nov 29, aka Cyber Monday. It’s prime time to tick off your shopping list, whether you’ve got your eye on kitchen tech, new home entertainment, or a better phone contract - preferably one that comes with the latest handset.
The good news is that this year, Black Friday is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with tech brands and phone networks expect to swing the scythe on the RRP of their mobile phone packages and SIM only offers.
This means you could get your hands on a new device for a snip of the price, or dramatically reduce the price of your monthly contract if you’re happy with your phone and just want a SIM deal.
Although tech deals are normally reserved for Cyber Monday, every year brands start the sales firing gun earlier and earlier - meaning discounts are coming thick and fast now. But with so many great-sounding deals flying around, it can be bewildering to know what to go for.
That’s where we come in. We’re Black Friday veterans here at ES Best, and will bring the best of the phone deals to you as soon as they come in. No more endless scrolling and comparing - we’ll sift through the offers to sort the wheat from the chaff.
If you can’t wait until then, we’ve had a look at some of the best phone deals to be had right now.
See our favourites below
Best SIM only deals
Love your phone but fed up with your provider? Life’s too short to spend on the wrong SIM - especially when there are much better offers around.
A humble tenner can get you quite a lot these days, but this Black Friday it’s working overtime at Three. The mobile network, which offers super-fast 5G, is offering two juicy deals for the occasion, including a SIM-only plan that offers 30GB of data for just £12 (on a 24 month plan).
Like the freedom of unlimited data? Get it for £10 a month for the first six months, £20 thereafter. It comes with a £50 gift card as a sweetener.
One of the country’s leading phone providers, O2 is well known for offering its customers a host of perks and extras; think six months of free Disney+ or Prime Video, fast-tracked handset upgrades and double data. This Black Friday you can get in on the action with a SIM-only plan from fro £15 for 30GB data (plus unlimited calls and texts).
Black Friday deals get the Midas touch over at value provider Giffgaff which is making all its SIM-only deals gold. The £10 goodybag gives you 15GB of data and it’s ready for 4G and 5G networks. Pay just £5 more and you can double your data to 30GB (£15pm).
For phone and SIM deals on brands like Samsung, Apple, Moto and Acatel, there are plenty of golden savings to be made there too.
Double the data, twice the fun: that’s the name of the game this Black Friday at SMARTY where each SIM-only deals sounds more incredible than the next. The prover is offering to turbo-charge data on its existing 50GB deal to a stonking 100GB for just £15. As well as the Herculean data allowance, you’ll also bag free minutes and texts.
Laugh in the face of 100GB? Go for the unlimited data deal, also with free calls and texts, for just £2 more - £17 a month.
All SMARTY’s plans are offered on a rolling one-month basis, perfect for commitmentphobes and powered by Threes networks.
If you’re looking for a great SIM-only deal, Sky has one that will give other providers a run for their money. For Black Friday, it’s offering 8GB for just £8 a month, as well as unlimited calls and texts.
With WFH now the norm for many and free Wi-Fi widely available, 8GB should be enough data to see you through the blind spots for the month.
What’s more, you’ll enjoy unlimited Sky app streaming without hurting your allowance. And you can share any spare data you have remaining at the end of your month from your Piggybank, keeping it saved for up to three years.
Make a beeline for iD Mobile’s website, where this Black Friday you pocket £170 in savings on most-wanted handsets: think the latest iPhones and the Samsung A12. One month SIM Only plans, include a deal for 40GB for just £10 per monthn (we know) while others offer three months half price when opting for a two-year contract.
The operator has launched SIM-only deals in the run up to Black Friday, with massive data allowances for small monthly costs.
Deals on 12 Month SIMS
iD Mobile SIM - 20GB, £5.00 per month (after cashback), 12 month contract
iD Mobile SIM - 50GB, £6.50 per month (after cashback), 12 month contract
iD Mobile SIM - 100GB, £8.00 per month (after cashback), 12 month contract
Deals on 1 Month SIMs
Best handset deals
With piles of plastic cluttering up the planet, finding a way to own the latest tech without it costing the Earth is at the forefront of our minds. Envirofone to the rescue! The company expertly refurbishes gadgets back to new working order, saving them from landfill. Best of all, they cost a snip of what they would brand new and this Black Friday you can save even further on the price of a practically-new handset.
You can get your hands on an Apple X for less than £260, for instance. As well as handsets there are deals on tablets, watches, laptops and more.
Best contract deals (SIM and Handset)
Looking for a total phone upgrade? Black Friday is the best time to pounce on contract deals that put a fresh handset in your pocket for less.
The company will also donate 10GB of data to the National Databank to help tackle data poverty. It applies on plans bought between now and Jan 31, 2022.
As part of its BF deals, Sky Mobile is offering the latest 5G-ready iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy 21 on half-price data plans (60GB) if you commit to a two-year contract.
Online mobiles retailer E2save has today released budget-friendly large data deals on a selection of Samsung Galaxy A range models, with deals starting from as little as £12 per month.
Samsung Galaxy A02s - Vodafone, 105GB data, £12 per month, free handset
Samsung Galaxy A12 - Vodafone, 105GB of data, £13 per month, free handset
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G - Vodafone, 105GB of data, £16 per month, free handset
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G - Vodafone, 105GB of data, £28 per month, free handset
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G - Vodafone, 105GB of data, £15 per month, free handset
Mobile Phones Direct
Black Friday has arrived at Mobile Phones Direct where there are a range of standout deals across contract phones and SIM only offers.
Apple iPhone 12 64GB - £34pcm, £89.99 upfront cost with O2 (comes with free 150GB data boost)
Apple iPhone SE 64GB - £20pcm, £49.99 upfront cost with O2 (comes with 10GB free)
Samsung Galaxy A21 64GB - £15pcm, no upfront cost WITH O2 (£40 automatic cashback offered)
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 128GB - £35pcm, £49.99 upfront cost with O2 (comes with free 150GB data boost)
Desperate to get your hands on the latest iPhone? Head to Carphone Warehouse where you can pick up the mini version of the iPhone 13 for just £39pm. The 24-month deal comes with 100gb of data a month and unlimited calls and texts as well as superfast 5G and global roaming in 190 European towns and cities - so no need to fret on your next holiday. There’s 5G as standard, and you can get it in blue, pink or red.
For a limited time you can get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 from £35pm. The device has hints of 90s nostalgia, but is made for the busy 21st century user with a 6.7 inch folding glass display and a cover display that lets you take selfies and check messages without having to open it up. Genius.