The Apple iPhone SE was unveiled earlier this week

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Apple’s forthcoming smartphone, the iPhone SE, officially goes on sale in the UK on Thursday, March 31.

The highly anticipated Apple handset will sell alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but will be significantly cheaper, at a starting cost of £359.

Customers in the UK can pre-order the iPhone SE from today (Thursday, March 24),either directly from Apple, or from one of the main other retailers that will be stocking the device.

The new model will be available on Virgin Media, O2, Vodafone, EE, Three and Giffgaff, with each service provider unveiling their best UK price plans from today.

We’ve broken down the best deals on monthly tariffs with no additional cost that have been revealed so far below .

So what makes this model so great?

The Apple iPhone SE was unveiled earlier this week

In a nutshell the new phone is a smaller, cheaper device that will be sold alongside Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

The iPhone SE will replace the iPhone 5s – bringing Apple’s 4-inch iPhone up to date with the other two 6s and 6s Plus devices.

What’s the spec:

  • The 64-bit A9 chip as found in the newer iPhone models.

  • High-definition Retina display, longer battery life, 4K video, faster 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Touch ID with Apple Pay.

  • M9 motion co-processor, meaning it is capable of supporting graphics-intensive mobile games.

  • A 12-megapixel camera with fast-focus technology, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction and better face detection. The result will be sharper, more detailed photos.

  • Still capture Live Photos on the device – the same feature that is available on on the newer models.

Every customer who buys the iPhone SE directly from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online, to help them customise their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more.

Customers in the UK will be able to pre-order the iPhone SE from today (Thursday, March 24).

Read more:Release date, price and specs revealed at launch of Apple’s new iPhone SE

Top iPhone SE 16GB contract deals

EE – from £24.99 per month

A 24-month EE contract will cost £24.99 for the 16GB model with no upfront costs, the package includes 1GB data, 500 inclusive minutes and unlimited calls.

The bundle is available for all four colours, including the rose-gold. You can pre-order now here.

O2 – from £27 per month

Carphone Warehouse are offering a 24-month package for a 16GB model with O2 for £27.

The deal includes 500 inclusive minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data and there’s no additional upfront costs. Pre-order here now.

Vodafone – from £25 per month

A 24-month Vodafone contract for a 16GB handset from will cost £25 a month. The package includes 1GB of data and 1000 free minutes.

Carphone Warehouse also have a good 24-month Vodafone contract for a 16GB handset which costs £26 a month.

There are no upfront costs for the package, which includes 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Pre-order yours here.

If you’re after more bit more data or minutes, Carphone Warehouse are also offering a 24-month contract which includes unlimited minutes and texts and 7GB of data.

The package costs £31 a month and you’ll have to pay £9 upfront.

GiffGaff – from £17.81

GiffGaff have an incredibly low price for the 16GB model on a 24-month contract at just £17.81.

The package includes an unlocked phone and ‘Goodybag’ bundle from £5 up to £20. If you opt for £20 you’ll get unlimited minutes and texts and ‘always on’ data.

For £21.77 you can upgrade to the 64GB model, or if you plan to buy outright the 16GB model will cost £359 and the 64GB model will set you back £439. You’ll be able to purchase from 31 March here.

Tesco Mobile – from £26.50

Tesco Mobile have a 24-month contract for the 16GB model for £26.50 with no extra upfront cost. The package includes 1000 free minutes, 5000 free texts and 1GB of data.

If you’re looking for more data there’s a monthly tariff for £30 that includes 3GB plus 3000 minutes and 5000 free texts. You can order yours here.

Virgin Media, Three and Tesco Mobile are yet to reveal their UK price plans, but watch this space for new updates and further information.

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      How to get rid of your current phone for cash

      If you do decide to switch to a new phone, you might be able to make money on your old one.

      Online companies such as Mazuma Mobile, Envirofone, Fonebank and MusicMagpie will give you cash in return for your old handset. You can find out what it’s worth by entering the model or IMEI number.

      If your phone is damaged or broken, it may be worth investigating whether it’s worth fixing your phone and then selling it. Phone recycling companies pay their best prices for full working condition handsets, so if it’s got a cracked screen, you could only be rewarded half. and Amazon are also good places to sell, as competitive auctions and the ability to set your own price means you could get even more out of your device.

      O2 Recycle

      If you’re looking to upgrade your current handset, you can recycle your current mobile phone to get hold of the latest must-have device through O2 Recycle.

      The mobile phone retailer and exchange service will pay out the following for your device, but there’s a catch – you have to trade it for an O2 handset. Your phone must be in working condition. O2 also offers a price match promise and immediate payment in store or bill credit.

      5 retailers that will buy your phone for cash


      2. Official Apple website

      3. eBay UK

      4. Amazon

      5. Mazuma Mobile

      Read more: Broken iPhone? 5 best places to get your phone fixed fast

      5 questions to ask yourself when taking out a new contract

        1. How much data do you need? AVOID overestimating how much you’ll use

        2. ALWAYS haggle for a better deal – don’t settle if you think you can get it for less

        3. How much will you use your device? Is it cheaper to buy on auction and invest in a sim-only plan?

        4. How reliable are you? Is insurance necessary? If that’s a yes, look into third parties or your bank for a good deal

        4 things you need to know before you switch

        There are plenty of secrets to landing a cheaper phone deal – you just have to know what to ask for.

        1. Grab your current bill

        What Brits spend on data penalties


        Out-of-tariff data charges


        Your current bill will show you how many minutes, texts and data you use in a typical month, so use this as your guide.

        If you have a smartphone, pay close attention to your data usage. Every year, Brits spend around £885million on out-of-tariff data charges, according to One in four of us regularly exceed our data – you could be one of them.

        2. Check if you’ve paid off your handset

        Most of us opt for mobile deals that come with ‘free’ handsets, rather than forking out for a phone upfront. It’s not free, of course. But it means we can spread the cost of a pricey smartphone over a longer period, rather than having to pay a big sum upfront.

        But once your contract has ended, if you don’t switch to a new deal, you are effectively continuing to pay for a handset you’ve already paid off in full. Your mobile network won’t automatically discount your bill – it’s up to you to find a new deal.

        3. Consider SIM-only

        If you have paid off your phone, a simple answer is to switch to a SIM-only deal. That’s so long as you’re happy with your current handset, and it’s still in good working order.

        4. Explore flexible tariffs

        A more flexible tariff allows you to pay for your phone separately to your tariff.

        Once you’ve finished paying for the handset at the end of a certain period, your monthly cost will reduce so you pay only for your airtime. A few of the mobile providers offer these types of tariffs including Virgin Media’s Freestyle and O2’s Refresh.

        I’m still locked into a contract. Can I escape?

        Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker

        YES. If there is something seriously wrong with your phone service, you have everything to gain by asking to leave.

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