How cheap is Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone 5C in the UK?

The UK’s mobile operators have announced their price plans for Apple’s new entry-level iPhone 5C.

As always, there’s a vast array of options that see you paying anything from nothing to 600 up front as well as the monthly payment plan.

EE is offering the 16GB version of the phone for just 9.99 up front if you commit to a 24-month 51 plan. The plan can be reduced to as little as 26 if you’re willing to pay 189.99 for the handset.

These prices increase considerably for the 12 month plans, with the cheapest tariff jumping to 41 with an up front fee of 439.99. The cheapest up front fee is 259.99 on the 66 per month tariff.

Make the jump to the 32GB iPhone 5C and you’ll see between 50 and 80 added to the handset cost.

Vodafone‘s 24-month plans offer a free handset on its 47 and 52 a month contracts although its 12-month deals see the up front handset costs start at 109. This jumps to 149 for the 32GB version on its 12-month deal or 19 on a 24-month contract.

3 is asking for 49 up front for the phone across three different tariffs starting at 37 per month. Its 12-month deals add a fiver to each of its monthly payment plans.

O2‘s Refresh plans are a little more confusing. For the 16GB model airtime plans come in at between 12 and 27 per month but users then face an array phone plan charges including a 600 up front cost or nothing up front and an additional 25 per month – plus a multitude of options in between.

These prices are all obviously increased for the 32GB version.

The UK networks have not yet revealed their iPhone 5S pricing. Both handsets will be released in the UK on September 20th.

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