Top 5 Mobile Phone Companies

When it comes to buying your new mobile phone, one of the hardest decisions you will have to make are not which phone to go for, but which company you choose as your provider. There is a multitude of different contract options, and companies offering you numerous different deals, but which company is best? We have compiled the top 5 mobile phone companies in the UK to try and make the decision a little easier for you.

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1. Giffgaff

One of the UK’s most popular and notoriously cheap networks, Giffgaff is first under the microscope. One of Giffgaff’s most popular selling points is the fact you are not tied down to a contract. You are pretty much free to leave anytime you like to join another mobile network.

They do of course offer fixed-term contracts similar to other networks, with the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy just two of the phones available. You can also opt for Giffgaff’s sim only plan which usually comes cheaper because a phone doesn’t come as part of the package. All you’d need is an unlocked phone. Plans start from as low as £10, so you can be in control of how much you are spending.

Finally, any phone you buy from Gigggaff, regardless of whether it’s an upfront payment or pay monthly, it’s yours to keep forever!


2. EE

EE was launched in 2010 as part of a joint venture between Orange mobile and Deutsche Telekom. They are one of the largest and most well-known names in the mobile phone game, and currently, have a customer base of over 28 million. They provide both 3G and 4G coverage, with a big emphasis played on their 4GEE networks speeds.

As part of your contract with EE, they offer multiple benefits from BT Sport membership to discount on Apple Music. They offer pay monthly and pay as you go deals for some of the biggest phone companies on the market, at impressive prices.

Not only do they offer the best mobile phone contracts for you, but they can also provide you with Broadbands, pay monthly technology offers amongst other things. This fast-growing network is set to take over the phone market and is certainly worth looking into when you’re buying your phone.

3. Vodafone

Vodafone is one of the UK’s leading phone companies and are notoriously reliable and popular with over 400 million customers across 21 countries.  Vodafone is a well recognised mobile phone brand used by many across the UK since they came into existence in 1985, making them one of the UK’s oldest mobile phone companies.

Vodafone offers a multitude of offers and contracts whether you’re looking for pay monthly, pay-as-you-go or sim only. They can also provide you with broadband deals if that’s something you’re interested in alongside your mobile,  you can also get Vodafone broadband as a separate package.

They also offer package deals for businesses who are looking to incorporate numerous phones within their business. They offer deals for small, large and public sector companies. These are also offered as pay monthly, pay-as-you-go or sim-only plans.

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4. Virgin Mobile

Between Virgin Mobile and EE, they cover 99% of the UK’s network coverage, and Virgin are the UK’s largest network. Part of the Virgin brand, Virgin Mobile is the UK’s most recognised phone providers, incorporating years of business experience to provide their users with the best deals possible. Virgin chief Richard Branson was at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution, so they truly are a brand you can trust.

They have a huge number of tariffs and packages available whether you are looking for pay monthly deals or pay-as-you-go, there is bound to be something for all budgets, small or large. Virgin Mobile can be accessed both online or in-store, their dedicated customer services team will be happy to help you with any enquiries that you have regarding their deals.

You may also be interested in finding out what Virgin Media can do for you.

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5. O2

Last but by no means least, O2 was voted number 1 by OFCOM for customer service satisfaction on 7 separate occasions. Originally named Cellnet, O2 came into existence in 1985 as a joint venture between BT Group and Securicor. They have over 23 million customers in the UK and over 450 retail stores. They run on 2G, 3G and 4G networks, and are famed for sponsoring Academies across the UK and the England rugby team.

O2 can offer you with multiple deals on phone contracts, whether you’re looking for a fixed term contract or a more shorter term contract. They supply all the top mobile phones and are one of the UK’s top mobile phone brands for reliability and prices.

If you’re looking for additional technology alongside your new phone, they also can provide you with new products like the iPad as part of the deal with your new phone. This either comes in the form of a free gift in phone deals, or you can pay monthly rather than paying one upfront cost.

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We found this useful guide from the Which? offering you guidance on how to buy a mobile phone.