Carphone Warehouse is the UK’s biggest phone retailer and a superb place to browse the latest mobile phone deals. Indeed, not only is Carphone the UK’s biggest, it’s also the largest independent telecoms retailer in Europe. It sells a host of SIMs and networks including Vodafone, Virgin and iD. Currently it does not offer Three, O2 or now even EE contracts.
While it has recently made the decision to close down most of its high-street stores, Carphone is still going strong online, offering a huge range of offers on a number of top handsets in the UK.
We’ll help you narrow down the retailer’s best prices on the market’s flagship phones – including the likes of the iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S20 and Huawei P40 – using our industry-leading price comparison below.
After our comparison widget, read on to find out the best Carphone Warehouse deals on these and many more handsets. Plus, we’ll tell you all you need to know about buying a handset through Carphone Warehouse.
- Not bothered about buying from Carphone? Then be sure to check out our all-encompassing guide to the best mobile phone deals
The best flagship Carphone Warehouse deals:
The best mid-range Carphone Warehouse deals:
The best budget Carphone Warehouse deals:
Carphone Warehouse pay as you go phones
As you might know, pay as you go (PAYG) deals don’t tie you into any kind of contract whatsoever. You simply buy a phone from Carphone Warehouse and then top up your minutes, texts and data when you need it (you’ll know when you’ve run out). You also don’t get credit checked, which you do with any type of pay monthly contract. Lots of handsets are available from Carphone on PAYG deals including phones from Samsung, Sony and Motorola. View all the Carphone Warehouse pay as you go deals.
Carphone Warehouse upgrades
Carphone Warehouse offers upgrades across the networks it offers on pay monthly and, what’s more, you don’t need to have bought from the retailer before. You can use Carphone’s online upgrade checker to see if you’re eligible. Some networks will even let you upgrade early.
Note that you’ll need to enter all your network details into the upgrade checker so Carphone Warehouse can check with your network. So it’s best to have your bill to hand.
Text to Switch with Carphone
If you plan on switching mobile phone networks, Carphone Warehouse (like all of other retailers) now operates a text to switch programme. That means that when you buy a new mobile phone contract from Carphone, you can simply text your old network to get your code and switch, making it a far easier process than before.
Will Carphone Warehouse let me keep my number?
In a word, yes. You need to ask your current network for your PAC code (done using the text to switch method mentioned above).
Once you’ve got the PAC it’s valid for 30 days – so don’t hang about! if it expires you’ll need to get another one.
Next, buy your new phone from Carphone Warehouse and tell them your PAC and your number will be transferred within a few days. If your new phone is on Virgin you’ll need to call them directly once your phone is connected.
Trade ins with Carphone Warehouse
We all like a new phone, but if you’re just stuffing your old handsets into a drawer then you’re missing out, because you can get decent cash for your old handset. Carphone Warehouse offers a decent trade in scheme, with many two year old handsets still worth £200 – worth doing! Carphone will send you a packet to use to send in your handset, too.
Mobiles.co.uk and e2save
If you’ve been extensively hunting the web for the best price on your new mobile, you may have come across Mobiles.co.uk and e2save. These two websites are part of the Carphone Warehouse family, but frequently come up with much better prices than Carphone manages itself.
Mobiles.co.uk features brilliant deals on the majority of the current flagship phones and if you enter the code 10OFF at the checkout, you’ll save an extra tenner on the upfront price of the handset. e2save usually offers better value on older, budget phones – so if spending a lot on a new phone doesn’t hold much appeal, click on the link above to see if they can help you out.
Who is Carphone Warehouse?
Carphone Warehouse is the UK’s largest phone retailer. While it used to deal in all four of the main networks, it now focuses on Virgin and Vodafone. It also has its own network – iD.
Originally started in a London flat in 1989, Carphone Warehouse grew to have 20 stores by 1994 and floated in 2000. In 2014 it merged with Dixons Retail to form Dixons Carphone, hence why many Currys PC World stores now incorporate Carphone Warehouse concessions. The retail giant owns the iD network. It’s a virtual network that uses the Three mobile network.
Now, as of 2020, Carphone Warehouse has closed up most of its high-street stores meaning its business is almost entirely online at this point.
If you need to contact Carphone Warehouse, you can do so via this page depending on what you need to do. If you need buying advice, there’s also a large section of frequently asked questions to help you.