Best O2 phone deals this week

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It may be one of the UK's oldest mobile networks, but O2 has come a long way from its humble beginnings as Cellnet in the 1980s. Today, it offers a huge spread of mobile plans, big enough to cover anyone's cellular needs - and throws in O2 Priority as an extra too.

Here's what you can get from the network, and how to compare deals and find the O2 plan for you.

Top O2 mobile contracts this week

Handset Name Data Amount Monthly Costs
Galaxy S9 (64GB Purple) 30GB data £43.00 p/m
Galaxy S9 (64GB Blue) 30GB data £43.00 p/m
Galaxy S9 (64GB Titanium Grey) 30GB data £43.00 p/m
Galaxy S9 (64GB Purple) 15GB data £43.00 p/m
Galaxy S9 (64GB Blue) 15GB data £43.00 p/m
Galaxy S9 (64GB Titanium Grey) 15GB data £43.00 p/m
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Purple)
    Galaxy S9
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Blue)
    Galaxy S9
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Titanium Grey)
    Galaxy S9
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Purple)
    Galaxy S9
    • 15GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Blue)
    Galaxy S9
    • 15GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S9 (64GB Titanium Grey)
    Galaxy S9
    • 15GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk

O2's mobile remit covers phone contracts, in which you get a mobile phone as well as a SIM, and SIM-only deals, in which you just get a SIM card with a monthly allowance. It also offers pay-as-you-go SIMs, though they don't come with all the benefits of a pay-monthly plan.

O2 mobile contracts and pay monthly deals

Tons of pay-monthly phone contracts are available from O2 on dozens of handsets - including iPhones, and the best from Samsung, LG, Google, HTC, Sony, Nokia, and more. You can get everything from fancy high-tech smartphones to basic feature phones.

There's a wide range of tariffs on each phone too, with allowances going all the way up to 50GB of data with unlimited calls and texts.

The best thing about O2 mobile contracts is its Refresh system. When you take out a contract, your monthly bills are split into what you owe on the handset, and what you're paying on your SIM. That means you can pay your handset off early if you want a new one, trade it in to O2 for an upgrade, or drop the extra cost automatically once the minimum contract terms are over.

So, all you need to do to find a contract phone from O2 is pick a handset from the list - or select a few if you can't decide - and compare all the available plans. You can filter them by upfront cost, monthly cost, monthly allowance, the colour of the phone, and plenty more.

O2 SIM-only plans

You'll also find a good range of SIM-only deals from O2, which you can slip in any mobile phone as long as it's unlocked. It's the ideal setup if you already have a phone you're happy with, or if you prefer to buy smartphones outright.

O2 offers both 12-month and 30-day plans on a variety of tariffs. The 30-day ones cost a little more than the long-term contracts, and there are fewer options available, but it's a good choice if you want flexibility.

Allowances on SIM-only range from a nice light 250MB of data and 250 minutes per month, up to 30GB data and unlimited minutes. All include unlimited texts too. To find the top deal for you, compare them with our tool, and use the filters to pick an allowance, contract length, and budget that suits you. Or take a look at our best SIM-only deals.

Provider Data Amount Contract Length Monthly Costs
O2 sim only 9GB data 12 months £19.00 p/m
O2 sim only 25GB data 12 months £28.00 p/m
O2 sim only 50GB data 12 months £45.00 p/m
  • O2 sim only
    4G
    • 9GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.00 per month
    12 month contract From O2
  • O2 sim only
    4G
    • 25GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £28.00 per month
    12 month contract From O2
  • O2 sim only
    4G
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £45.00 per month
    12 month contract From O2

O2 coverage

O2 mobile coverage is great. 99% of the population can get basic signal to call or text, and almost as much as that can connect to 3G mobile internet as well. Faster 4G coverage isn't quite as high, but still decent - OpenSignal's stats say users can access it around 75% of the time.

That's not quite as good as EE, which has the best coverage in the country, but most stats say O2 is a good second best.

O2 benefits and perks

O2 has some of the best perks of any network, including:

  • O2 Priority - All O2 customers can use Priority. This gives you discounts, coupons, priority booking on various gig tickets, VIP service at O2 venues, and other bonuses.
  • O2 Gurus - Head into any O2 store on the high street with your phone, and you can get free tech support. They'll help you out whether you think your phone is broken, or if you just can't figure out the volume controls.
  • TU Go - This lets you make calls and send texts over Wi-Fi when you can't get signal.
  • O2 Wi-Fi - You get free use of O2's Wi-Fi public hotspots. You'll find them in places like Costa, McDonald's, All Bar One, and tons of other shops and locations.

Want to find more about O2? Read our full review here.

Other mobile networks

Find and compare SIM-only plans and contract deals from mobile networks in the UK.

  • Vodafone - Enjoy entertainment subscriptions to Spotify, Prime Video and Sky Sports through Vodafone's Red Entertainment packages.
  • Giffgaff - Great value-for-money 30-day rolling SIM deals
  • iD Mobile - Affordable and simple plans with data rollover on the Three network.
  • EE - Six months of Apple Music for free and the best UK network coverage.
  • Three - Reasonably-priced SIM deals with excellent roaming perks