Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Buying Guide

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now available to pre-order in nine countries around the world, including the UK and US. Ordering your phone today will mean it being delivered (or collected in-store) from its 19 September release date. Here’s our ultimate guide to how much the new iPhones cost, and which network offers the best deal.

SIM-free

SIM-free means buying the new iPhones without a contract. Say you’re already on a great deal and want to stick with it, you simply buy the iPhone out-right from Apple, put your SIM card in (or get a free nano SIM replacement if your’s is too big) and away you go.

The iPhone 6 costs £539, £619, and £699 for the 16, 64 and 128GB versions respectively.

The iPhone 6 Plus costs £619, £699 and £789 for the 16, 64 and 128GB versions respectively.

How to pre-order from Apple

You can pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from Apple right now - visit the store and either pay up front for delivery to your door, or head here to reserve and collect and pay at your local Apple Store at a time and date which suits you; you can collect the phone from 8am onwards on 19 September.

But you’ll have to be quick. At the time of writing, just two hours after opening for pre-order, the iPhone 6 (in any colour) has slipped to (dispatched in 7 to 10 business days) from it’s original guarantee of a 19 September delivery. And it’s even worse for the iPhone 6 Plus, which, if ordered now, will not be shipped for between three and four weeks, in any colour.

EE

EE's prices for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are showi in the two tables below. Unfortunately, due to "unpredecented demand" for iPhone pre-orders, they cannot be made online at this time (4pm, 12 Sepetember) and both new and existing users wanting an iPhone 6 must either call EE or visit one of its 520 stores.

EE is the only UK network to offer Wi-Fi calling with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Wi-Fi calling lets you make and receive phone calls using your Wi-Fi connection - perfect for if your home or office has a poor 3G or 4G signal. This doesn't require a dedicated app - it works automatically - and calls automatically switch to 3G or 4G when you leave your Wi-Fi network. The feature is being rolled out by EE in the coming months.

And the iPhone 6 Plus...

Vodafone

At the time of writing, some three hours after pre-orders were supposed to open, Vodafone is the only UK network to have a fully functioning website. We’ve included a table below outlining all of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus contracts on 4G and 3G plans.

O2

Such is the demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, O2 had to take its store offline for several hours as pre-orders opened on 12 September. The site is now back - albeit at a crawl - and below are the tarrifs for the iPhone 6. Note that the 16GB model gets its own set of contracts, while the 64GB and 129GB versions are shown in the second tablet below.

And the prices for the 64 and 128GB models...

Once the O2 website comes back online we'll update this article to include the network's prices for the iPhone 6 Plus.

UPDATE:

O2 has taken a similar strategy with the 6 Plus, giving the 16 and 64GB versions the same pricing structure, but adding a extra £63 per month option for the top-of-the-line 128GB 6 Plus.

Three

Three was one of the last networks to announce its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices, but here they are. There is a flat upfront cost of £99 for all models of 6 and 6 Plus, apart from the 128GB Plus. Monthly bills range from £38 to £67 per month and all-you-can-eat data is offered on many tariffs.

Tesco

Tesco is offering both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from their 19 September release date. Although you can't get unlimited calls and texts, unlike any other network Tesco has no upfront costs on any of its new iPhones. From the 16GB iPhone 6 to the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, all handsets are free alongside their monthly contracts.

And finally...Tesco's price plans for the iPhone 6 Plus also include no up-front costs, and range from £45 to £61 per month with between 3GB and 8GB of data.

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