I have just done an overview of the top three UK networks in terms of pricing and deals (yeah I forgot about o2) and if you missed it, here’s the details.
Vodafone: If you decide to go for the cheapest plan available at £37 a month then you will be paying £888 over two years, for the £42 per month plan you will be paying £1,008 and the £47 per month comes in at a whopping £1,128.
Three: If you take the cheapest option available then you are looking at £840 a year which is £48 cheaper than Vodafone’s cheapest deal or you could look at the £37 a month which which works out at £888, the same as Vodafone’s cheapest offer and you get unlimited everything.
EE: If you go with the £31 a month option then you are looking at a staggering £1,013.99 over 24 moths making it less attractive than any other offer. The £41 a month deal works out at £1063.99 which in fairness is probably a better deal than the £31 a month option despite the additional £50.
So it would seem that, if you can afford it, the cheapest way for anyone to go is Sim Free. The price outright for the handset from Clove is £579.99 which is cheaper than any other sim free UK price – add to that a PAYG or Rolling Contract sim from Three and you have yourself the best deal possible.
As Google+ reader Azzedine Bouleghlimat points out:
If you buy the One plan off contract it is £25 a month, so over two years that is £600 + £580 for the phone gives you a two year cost of £1180, nearly £300 more than buying it on contract with a huge upfront cost (although you do get the flexibility from being on a rolling contract).
If you get the Ultimate Internet 200 for £13 a month then the total cost is only £892 over two years, which is now only £50 more than the cheapest contract deal, but still has the massive upfront cost and less minutes (although who really needs that many minutes when you have unlimited data?).