The best mobile phone deals in 2019 - including the iPhone 11 and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

best mobile phone deals 2019
We've compiled a guide to the best mobile phone offers, updated every month, to help you find the best deal for you  Credit: David Borrat/REX

Hunting for the best smartphone deals can be complicated and frustrating. With different networks offering similar-looking contracts at wildly different rates, it's easy to feel like you might be missing out on the deal that's best for you.

On top of that, the release of Apple's long-awaited iPhone 11 has just thrown a spanner into the works, leaving many people wondering whether it's simply worth splashing the cash and going SIM-free to get their hands on the latest tech. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of diamonds in the digital rough and we have searched high and low to find the best of the best, taking the hassle out of everything but the decision-making itself. 

Our list of 2019's best mobile phone deals, below, not only features top of the range models but the cheapest network offers and SIM-free deals to get them in your hands as soon as possible.

With the launch of the iPhone XSSamsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3, Sony Xperia 1 and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G all taking place over the last few months, the options available on this smartphone smorgasbord are truly better than ever.

Here are the best mobile phone deals in 2019:

Best iPhone deals

1. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Meet the new iPhone 11 flagship, alongside two new iPhone 11 Pro handsets Credit: Apple

Now that the features of the long-awaited iPhone 11 (and its 'Pro' counterparts) have been revealed, the heat is on for Apple fans to get their hands on one of their own. 

As anticipated, the new models come with a multi-camera square on the back, boasting a new wide-angle shot mode and improved zoom and night shooting. Advanced AI tech also contributes to the 11's sharper colours, slow-motion selfies (or "slofies") and a new graphics processing unit, apparently the fastest ever on a smartphone.

The key difference between the iPhone 11 and its Pro models is the inclusion of a third camera with a telephoto lens, helping users can shoot close-up and wide-angle from the same vantage point.

You can sign up to receive £30 cashback on launch at mobiles.co.uk or register at Carphone Warehouse

2. iPhone XS and XS Max

The iPhone XS Max Credit: AP

Apple’s last major iPhonerelease, the iPhone XS and XS Max. marked a modest improvement on 2017’s iPhone X; they offering a slightly better camera, a dual SIM feature, and a slightly faster processor. You’ve also got all the stuff that made the iPhone X so popular - the lightning fast A11 Bionic chip, a gorgeous super retina display and, for the first time on an iPhone, Face ID. Check out our thoughts on the device here.

3. iPhone XR

Presenting: the iPhone XR Credit: YASS

In conjunction with the premium iPhone XS, Apple launched a cheaper alternative for buyers who want the iPhone experience without the iPhone price tag (typically upwards of £1,000). The iPhone XR still has a powerful A12 Bionic chip inside but, instead of Apple's OLED display, it comes with an LCD screen that is less expensive. It also comes in six colours; black, white, blue, yellow, red and coral. You can read our take on the iPhone XR here.

4. iPhone X

Apple's iPhone X

When launching the iPhone XS last year, Apple decided to immediately discontinue the iPhone X, so you may not be able to find these around for much longer. Still, considering the XS is a very modest update, it might be worth seeking one of these out if you can find it cheaply. Check out our first thoughts on the device here.

5. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley 

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are still on sale and offer a considerably cheaper Apple experience compared to the iPhone XS devices. However, they’re still fairly pricey as the wide world of smartphones go. The iPhone 8 features wireless charging, an incredibly fast processor and Apple's iOS 11 software. You can read the Telegraph's review here.

6. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The slim (and affordable) iPhone 7 Credit: Apple

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have long been superseded by the brand, but they still offer a great mobile experience with a solid camera and good software. While the big bezels on the 'forehead' and 'chin' of the screen look pretty dated nowadays (most phones have abandoned them entirely), they are entirely a matter of personal taste. If you can find this phone at a bargain, it's still worth having - even if the iPhone 8 and iPhone XS are just that much better.

Best Android deals

7. OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

The brilliant OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Credit: OnePlus

For those eager to try the latest tech, you'll love the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. It's the UK’s first commercially available 5G smartphone and utilises a 90 Hz 6.67in QHD+ fluid AMOLED screen to maximise the network's potential for gaming and streaming on the go. The combination of the phone's immersive GamingSound (driven by Dolby Atmos), intuitive flip-out selfie camera and Warp Charge capabilities make it this month's must-have.

You can order the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G on EE

8. Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Credit: Amazon

The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has secured the highly-coveted position of iPhone enemy number one. The 6.4-inch model performs better than any of its predecessors in speed, camera quality, and edge-to-edge screen capabilities (for those less keen to Netflix in hand, the 5.8-inch S1 should suffice). The triple rear camera (with two 12-megapixel and an ultra wide 16-megapixel lens) is particularly impressive.

Samsung Galaxy S10

9. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus in Burgundy Red Credit: Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones are still some of the best Android devices on the market. The 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch smartphones have high-end camera technology (much better than Apple’s) with a dual aperture camera, its superb screen and general design easily edge out most of its competitors, and there's even an Animoji alternative for Apple fans with 'AR Emoji'. You can read the Telegraph's full review of the five star Samsung Galaxy S9 here.

10. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung's Note 9 smartphone, revealed

The Galaxy Note 9 is basically a big Galaxy S9 with a stylus. Still, that stylus proves very useful as we noted (pardon the pun) in our review. With powerful dual cameras, a fingerprint scanner and a brilliant battery life, this is a great phone if you want something a bit bigger. It's also by far Samsung’s most expensive phone to date, however, starting at £889 and going all the way up to £1,099.

11. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Credit: Reuters

If you want to buy a top quality Samsung phone and you don’t want to pay a fortune, the best course of action might be to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s basically a carbon copy of the S9 in all the ways that count, but significantly cheaper as a 'last gen' model. This phone comes with an infinity display, a super fast processor and one of the best smartphone cameras available.

12. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 X

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a jaw-dropping camera capable of taking beautiful photos Credit: Google

Google's Android-powered flagship, the Pixel 3, has been commended by many for having the camera on a mobile phone and comes with unlimited cloud storage so you can snap away to your heart’s content. Simply put, this device is beautiful, clutter-free and powerfully run by the smart AI of Google Assistant. It's also got a cool new wireless charging pod which turns the phone into a smart speaker - just like the Google Home Hub. 

13. Google Pixel 2

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Credit: Google

Despite the launch of its successor, the Pixel 2 still has one of the best mobile phone cameras on the market. Plus, far cheaper than the Pixel 3. What's more, Google have promised that many of the major updates to its software from the Pixel 3 will eventually make their way to the Pixel 2. Basically, you're getting 85% of upgrade's features for £100s less. This one is a real bargain. It can also link up with other products like the Google Home or the virtual reality Daydream View.

14. Sony  Xperia 1

The Sony Xperia 1 Credit: Sony

The Xperia 1 is the new top-end smartphone in town and, for phone Netflixers, it's going to be a welcome addition. The handset has much the same hardware as other 2019 flagships, but its 6.5-inch screen comes features the world's first 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display as well as a waterproof pro-quality triple lens camera; the Xperia 1 is perfect for both consuming and creating.

15. Sony Xperia XZ3

The Sony Xpera XZ3 Credit: Sony

Sony’s latest Xperia is a solid little piece of tech. For starters, it boasts a handsome design and a very powerful camera. It also offers all the functionality of any other top of the range Android phone for a fraction of the price. Arguably, looking better while doing it. Sony has also cribbed Samsung’s edge-to-edge screen, which you can touch the sides of to gain further utility.

While the Xperia XZ3 is one of the newest devices on the market, it launched at a lower price point than the Apple or Samsung equivalents, setting great groundwork for some of the best mobile phone deals around.

16. Sony Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Credit: Sony

Like so many other phones released in 2018, the latest Xperia XZ3 is really just a slight rehash of the truly innovative XZ2. You’re going to get a lot of the same features on the XZ2 that you would on the XZ3, just with a slightly slower processor and less powerful cameras (though, to be honest, you probably won’t notice the difference).

The best part is that the XZ2 is an absolute steal these days. If you’re looking for a bargain, you could do far worse.

17. Huawei P30 Pro and P30

The Huawei P30 Credit: Huawei

The camera king of smartphone market has done it again. This time, with a Leica quad camera and 'super spectrum' sensor which boosts the clarity of its focal 40-megapixel camera, nonetheless.  Even the selfie camera (an upgrade from the P20 Pro's 24 megapixels to 32 megapixels) is a game-changer. Like the Samsung Galaxy S10, the AI-enabled P30 Pro also has an IP68 water and dust resistant rating (making it as indestructible as it is future-proof). 

18. Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro Credit: Huawei

The Huawei P20 Pro has emerged as one of the most sought-after phones of the decade after launching back in March 2018. The camera is unbelievably good (we're talking a Leica Triple AI Camera combining 40MP, 24MP and 8 MP) in all light and the all-day battery life exceeds most reviewers' expectations. Everything considered, the most beguiling thing about this phone is its low price, obviously put in place to attract Apple and Samsung fans who can’t justify the immense costs of their latest flagships.

How to pick a good mobile phone deal

Trying to find the very best smartphone contract can be overwhelming. Many providers only offer deals for a limited time and there can be huge price disparities between different networks.

Right now, some of the best value deals you can find are on Three, although O2 and Vodafone both have deals on larger data packages. Some of the best sim-only deals can be found with iD, Plusnet, Three and Virgin.

To work out just how much a contract will cost in total, consider both the upfront fee and monthly costs to see if it makes sense for you both long and short-term. Always add both prices together when comparing rates.

Finally, you should always make a choice around how much data you plan to use. This is one of the areas where people easily exceed their budget. Many providers offer great deals on unlimited data packages or add-ons for the app addicts among us but those who typically connect to Wi-Fi to browse may not need to spend anywhere near as much.

Where can I find the best mobile phone contracts?

While you might prefer to buy a phone through one of the major providers, many of the best deals are actually available through third party retailers. Websites such as Mobiles.co.uk, which is part of Dixons Carphone, and retailers such as Carphone Warehouse are safe to use and offer exclusive prices that you won't find on major networks.

Several of the main carriers don't market all handsets on their websites. In these cases, discount retailers are the best place to find them.

For a more flexible option, GiffGaff allows you to pay for your phone by buying packages of data and minutes each month. It lets customers switch or downgrade their data plan more easily than with other providers.

What should you look for in a mobile phone contract?

  • Minutes: Most mobile phone deals come with unlimited calls and texts, but make sure you check as some cheaper deals have limited minutes.
  • Data: If your only data usage is rarely checking emails, you may need as little as 1GB of data. Most people will require 2GB or more, particularly if you are a regular user of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Significantly more will be required for those who want to stream videos or music.
  • Roaming charges: Following changes to roaming charges, you are now billed the same fee in any EU country as you would in the UK. Some providers offer global roaming packages, which provide better international rates across continents.
  • Benefits: Mobile networks often include added perks in their packages, such as discount cinema tickets and priority bookings for music events. O2 Priority offers tickets, entertainment and food discounts, EE offers six months of Apple Music, and some Vodafone deals come with  discounted access to apps such as Spotify.
  • Cashback deals: Some third party providers use cashback offers to cut monthly phone bills. This requires the buyer to claim back some of their money in several installments across the life of the contract to secure a lower price.

This month's best SIM-only deals:

Instead of picking up a smartphone contract on its own, you could consider buying the handset outright and turning to a cheap sim card deal instead. These can provide you with more minutes and data while adding the flexibility of choice over an existing or preferred handset.

Right now there are some big offers on sim only deals for users happy to buy their phone outright:

Tesco: 1GB of data, 500 minutes and 5000 texts from £7.50 per month.

iD: 500MB of data with 150 minutes and unlimited texts from £3.99 per month.

Plusnet: 1.5GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts from £6.50 per month. 

Virgin: 1GB with 1,500 minutes and unlimited texts from £7 per month.

Three: Unlimited data, minutes and texts from £24 per month.

Vodafone: 20GB of data with unlimited calls and texts, plus Spotify, Sky Sports and NowTV for £20 per month.

GiffGaff: 3GB of data with unlimited calls and text from £10 per month.