For a lot of people, the best iPhone out there just became available to pre-order. And no, we’re not talking about the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple’s best phone in terms of specs, we’re talking about the iPhone 12 Mini.
This marks the first time Apple has marketed something truly powerful to the fans of small phones. Coming in at a size of just 5.4-inches, the iPhone 12 is the smallest 5G phone out there and with its A14 Bionic chip, is also the most powerful small phone around.
But while it is nowhere near as expensive as the new iPhone 12 Pro Max deals, the iPhone 12 Mini is still going to cost you a decent amount of cash, so what is the cheapest way to get it?
Well, if you have the money available upfront, the cheapest option is to get the handset SIM-free and pair it with a cheap SIM only deal. Obviously, this option won’t be for everyone with a £699 upfront cost but over the length of time of a contract, it’s your cheapest choice.
And if you’d prefer a contract, you can see our top picks so far at the bottom of this guide.
Where can you buy the iPhone 12 Mini SIM-free?
* dependent on stock levels
iPhone 12 Mini 64GB: SIM-free | £699
There are currently lots of retailers stocking the SIM-free iPhone 12 Mini, none of which have managed to drop the price, so simply choose the one that you prefer. While the prices do start at £699 for the cheapest model, you can pay more if you need a higher amount of storage with a 128GB and 256GB model available.
What are the best SIM only deals to use?
When it comes to choosing the SIM plan you want to use in your iPhone 12 Mini, there is an important factor to consider – the device’s 5G nature. Not all SIM providers are able to provide 5G connections right now.
If you do choose a network that isn’t 5G compatible, it will still work in your iPhone 12 Mini, it just won’t be able to connect to 5G speeds. Luckily, a lot of the 4G SIMs are on 1-month contracts so when 5G is a bit more… reliable, you can ditch it and pick up a 5G SIM.
Vodafone SIM only deal from Mobiles.co.uk | 12 month contract | 60GB of data | unlimited calls and texts | £16pm + £54 cashback by redemption
For anyone on a budget, this SIM plan will be perfect. It supplies you with a very healthy 60GB of data while only charging £16 a month. While that alone is a fantastic offer, it gets better when you include the cashback on offer as well. Mobiles.co.uk is including £54 in cashback by redemption in five payments throughout your contract, effectively making your monthly costs £11.50.
SIM only deal: at Smarty | 1 month rolling | 50GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £15 per month
Smarty is a lesser-known brand in the world of SIM only deals but it uses the Three network while charging some low prices. With this deal you’re getting 50GB of data for just £15 a month. That’s going to be plenty for HD Netflix streaming, lots of gaming and more. And, Smarty works on 1-month rolling SIM so you can leave at any time.
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SIM only deal: at EE | 24 months | 100GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £20
As the fastest 4G network and the leaders in 5G, EE is a network a lot of people want to be on. With this deal, you’re paying just £20 a month while getting 100GB of data. While that isn’t the cheapest plan out there, it is easily the best option available on the EE network right now.
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