Apple currently offers two main iPhones: the flagship iPhone 5s and the slightly cheaper and very colourful iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5c is not quite as cheap as many had expected it to be, but there are lots of good deals from UK carriers and phone stores that can help make it more affordable. Here, we round up the best iPhone 5c tariffs, contracts and pricing in the UK to help you find the best iPhone 5c deal for you. 

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Best iPhone 5C deals: SIM-Free iPhone 5C prices

If you have the cash, you can grab yourself and iPhone 5C without a contract (aka unlocked or SIM-Free) from Apple’s online store, from its physical stores and from third-party resellers.

The iPhone 5C comes in five different colours – green, blue, yellow, pink and white - and offers a choice of 8GB, 16GB or 32GB storage capacities. See: Best cases for iPhone 5c.

From Apple, it'll cost you £429 for an 8GB iPhone 5C, £469 for a 16GB iPhone 5Cor £549 for a 32GB iPhone 5C.

Obviously you also will need to factor in the monthly outlay of whatever contract or pay-as-you-go deal you opt for to get your minutes, texts and data.

The price of the iPhone 5C will be the same or very similar from most resellers, but if we spot an exceptional deal we'll let you know here.

See: iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C comparison

Do you have an older iPhone? Find out how to unlock your iPhone 4 here.

Best iPhone 5C deals: iPhone 5C contracts

Buying an iPhone 5C on a contract is a more complicated business thanks to the huge variation of tariffs and networks on offer. We've investigated all of the biggest carriers to discover the best iPhone 5C deals for you. We've highlighted our pick of the best deals for various different needs here, and you can scroll down to find a breakdown of some of the best all-round deals from EE, Three, O2, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Three, Tesco Mobile, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U.

Note: Contract prices and tariffs are ever changing, but these deals are correct at time of writing. We'll be checking back and updating this article regularly.

Which iPhone 5C contract is best for data

If you're looking for unlimited data, we've found that the best deal comes from Three, though it's not one of the deals we've listed later in this article as it's not the best all-rounder. Three offers all-you-can-eat data with 600 minutes and all-you-can-eat texts for £19.66 upfront and £33 per month for an 8GB model or £36 per month for a 16GB model. There's no 32GB model option, though.

Which iPhone 5C contract gives a free handset 

You can get an iPhone 5C for no upfront cost from O2, Vodafone, Tesco Mobile, Carphone Warehouse or Phones 4 U. For the lowest overall cost, we'd suggest Tesco Mobile or Phones 4 U, but take a look at our charts below to help you with that decision.

Which iPhone 5C contract has the lowest monthly cost 

If you're still looking for a an all-rounder but want a low montly cost, we'd recommend EE for the 8GB model, Three or Tesco Mobile for the 16GB model and Phones 4U for the 32GB model.

Which iPhone 5C contract is cheapest over two years?

For the 8GB iPhone 5C, we'd suggest Phones 4U for the cheapest overall cost, while the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 5C are cheapest over two years from Tesco Mobile.

See: Should I buy iPhone 5S or 5C or wait for iPhone 6?

Best iPhone 5C deals: EE

The UK's biggest network, EE, has a recommended deal for each capacity of iPhone 5C, as listed below.

iPhone 5C model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

8GB

£49.99

£26.99

Unlimited

Unlimited

4GB

4G, EU roaming

£697.75

16GB

£9.99

£34.99

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

4G

£849.75

32GB

£19.99

£54.99

Unlimited

Unlimited

5GB

4G

£1339.75

After taking a look at EEs other deals, we think that these recommendations are indeed the best all-rounders from the carrier.

However, if you're after the 32GB model and want the prices to be lower (that £54.99 is pretty high!) we think the following is the best option, though you'll sacrifice some minutes and data, as well as 4G connectivity.

iPhone 5C model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

32GB

£39.99

£44.99

1000

Unlimited

1GB

 

£1119.75

Currently, EE is offering a discount on its iPhone 5C contracts. We particuarly like the £23.99 per month contract which gets you 2GB of data, and unlimited minutes and tests. It would normally cost you £129.99 for the 16GB phone upfront, but by entering "EE5CDISCOUNT" in the voucher box upon checkout, you can get the phone for free. (Thanks for the tip, Matt!)

Best iPhone 5C deals: Three

Three has some brilliant deals for the iPhone 5C, all of which come with free 0800/0808/0500 calls, 4G, international roaming and all-you-can-eat texts. Here are some the deals we'd recommend.  (Three doesn't offer the 32GB model of iPhone 5C, so you'll have to look elsewhere if you're set on that model).

iPhone 5C model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

8GB

£19.66

£30

600

Unlimited

2GB

4G, Free 0800/0808/0500 calls

£739.661

16GB

£19.66

£33

600

Unlimited

2GB

4G, Free 0800/0808/0500 calls

£811.66

Best iPhone 5S deals: O2

O2 is one of the carriers that has a free iPhone 5S option, and still gives reasonable allowances that aren't extortionately priced. Here's our pick of the best O2 deals.

iPhone 5S model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

8GB

Free

£33

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

4G, O2 Refresh

£792

16GB

Free

£38

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

4G, O2 Refresh

£912

32GB

Free

£43

Unlimited

Unlimited

1GB

4G, O2 Refresh

£1032

Best iPhone 5C deals: Vodafone

Vodafone seems to be pricier overall than some of the other contracts listed here, though you will get Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile TV rolled into the package. Plus, there are still some 3G contracts available from Vodafone, so if you decide you don't need 4G it might be worth checking those out, though you won't get Spotify or Sky Sports with a 3G contract.

However, at time of writing, Vodafone seems to only offers the 8GB model of the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5C model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

8GB

Free

£33

Unlimited

Unlimited

1GB

 

£792

8GB

Free

£38

Unlimited

Unlimited

3GB

4G, Spotify, Sky Sports Mobile TV

£912

Best iPhone 5C deals: Virgin Mobile

If you already have Virgin Broadband, TV or home phone, you can get reasonable deals from Virgin Mobile. Here, we've listed some of those deals. We wouldn't recommend opting for Virgin Mobile if you're not already a Virgin customer, as it'll probably be more expensive than other carrier options.

iPhone 5C model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

8GB

£49

£32

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

Unlimited texts and call to other Virgin mobiles, free insurance

£817

16GB

£49

£38

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

Unlimited texts and call to other Virgin mobiles, free insurance

£961

32GB

£49

£40

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

Unlimited texts and call to other Virgin mobiles, free insurance

£1009

Best iPhone 5C deals: Tesco Mobile

A carrier that customers often forget is Tesco Mobile, but it's certainly worth investigating, particularly if you're looking to get a contract with no upfront cost. We've listed our pick of the best all-rounder contracts, but Tesco offers some really cheap ones if you don't need so many minutes, texts or data.

Tesco does offer the 8GB model of iPhone 5C, but we haven't listed it here because it's the same price as the 16GB model so it'd be unwise to choose it when you could get more for your money.

iPhone 5C model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

16GB

Free

£32

2000

5000

2GB

4G

£768

32GB

Free

£38.50

2000

5000

2GB

4G

£924

Best iPhone 5C deals: Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse offers deals from many different carriers, and lots of those deals are exclusive to the company, so you won't find them anywhere else. As with Tesco, the 8GB model on Carphone Warehouse was actually priced exactly the same as the 16GB model so we'd advise you to opt for the higher capacity to get more for your money.

iPhone 5S model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

16GB (O2)

Free

£28

Unlimited

Unlimited

1GB

4G

£672

32GB (Vodafone)

Free

£42

Unlimited

Unlimited

3GB

4G

£1008

32GB (O2)

£49.99

£38

Unlimited

Unlimited

1GB

4G

£961.99

Best iPhone 5S deals: Phones 4U

Like Carphone Warehouse, you'll find lots of deals from various carriers at Phones 4U. Here, though, the best overall deals come from EE.

iPhone 5S model

Upfront cost

Monthly fee

Minutes

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Total cost over two years

8GB (EE)

Free

£29.99

1000

Unlimited

1GB

4G, £50 cashback

£669.76

16GB (EE)

Free

£39.99

Unlimited

Unlimited

2GB

4G

£956.76

32GB (EE)

£49

£37.99

Unlimited

Unlimited

4GB

4G

£960.76

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