Best phones for under £50 per month

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You don’t need to spend over the odds on your next smartphone. In fact, here’s some of the best handsets – including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices – for under £50 per month on contract

Buying a new smartphone can be expensive work. And if you’re someone who simply must own the newest cameras and processor, you could end up spending as much as £50 per month on a contract.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be out of pocket to get the most up-to-date specs and features. And there are plenty of mid-range alternatives available that mean you won’t be left with a sub-par smartphone, either.

Here’s some of out top picks:

Apple iPhone SE 2020

iPhone SE 2020 editions

Image credit: Apple

An updated version of Apple’s popular smartphone, the SE 2020 edition combines high-end features with a compact design.

One of the stand-outs, though, is the inclusion of Apple’s excellent A13 Bionic chipset. In a nutshell, this powerful processor means the phone will deliver seamless performance, plus the kind of specs you might see on a pricier handset.

And despite the single 12-megapixel camera, features like 5x digital zoom, portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control, plus 4K video recording mean you’ll still get your money’s worth.

With a smooth glass front and back, the iPhone SE 2020 is almost identical to the iPhone 8 – which isn’t a bad thing. It boasts a 4.7-inch retina display, Dolby Vison with HDR 10 and comes in black, white and (PRODUCT) RED colourways. In short, the iPhone SE 2020 edition is an excellent mid-range smartphone worth your money.

Handset Name Data Amount Monthly Costs
iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Black) 5GB data £23.00
iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Black) 1GB data £19.00
iPhone SE 2020 (64GB White) 1GB data £19.00
iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Red) 1GB data £19.00
iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Red) 1GB data £19.00
iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Black) 1GB data £19.00
  • iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Black)
    iPhone SE 2020
    • 5GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £35.00 device cost
    • Free BT Sport and Apple Music
    • £23.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net
  • iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Black)
    iPhone SE 2020
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.00 per month
    36 month contract From Virgin Mobile
  • iPhone SE 2020 (64GB White)
    iPhone SE 2020
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.00 per month
    36 month contract From Virgin Mobile
  • iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Red)
    iPhone SE 2020
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.00 per month
    36 month contract From Virgin Mobile
  • iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Red)
    iPhone SE 2020
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.00 per month
    36 month contract From Virgin Mobile
  • iPhone SE 2020 (64GB Black)
    iPhone SE 2020
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £19.00 per month
    36 month contract From Virgin Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S20

Galaxy S20 image

At 6.2-inches and 163g, the Galaxy S20 is the smallest of the S20 family.

Standout features include a 6.1-inch screen with a Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display and 20:9 aspect ratio to ensure one of the best viewing experiences on a flagship smartphone, plus it’s more compact than the Plus (6.7-inches) and Ultra (6.9-inches) versions.

To look at, the Galaxy S20 is every inch the flagship handset; it’s got a smooth aluminium metal chasis with extra thin bezels. And with a mammoth 4,000mAh battery which should be plenty big enough to last a full day, its practical, too.

Other notable features include a finger print scanner under the screen, plus some col and adventurous two-tone colour options, including: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink.

Handset Name Data Amount Monthly Costs
Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey) 100GB data £46.00
Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey) 1GB data £13.00
Galaxy S20 (128GB Cloud Blue) 1GB data £13.00
Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey) 1GB data £13.00
Galaxy S20 (128GB Cloud Pink) 1GB data £13.00
Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey) 1GB data £14.00
  • Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey)
    Galaxy S20
    • 100GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £46.00 per month
    24 month contract From Fonehouse
  • Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey)
    Galaxy S20
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £476.99 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £13.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net
  • Galaxy S20 (128GB Cloud Blue)
    Galaxy S20
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £482.99 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £13.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey)
    Galaxy S20
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £482.99 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £13.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S20 (128GB Cloud Pink)
    Galaxy S20
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £482.99 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £13.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • Galaxy S20 (128GB Cosmic Grey)
    Galaxy S20
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £460.99 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £14.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro

If a superior phone camera is important to you, then the iPhone 11 Pro is well worth a look. It’s got three 12-megapixel cameras; one wide, ultra-wide and a telephoto lens with 2 x optical zoom. These let you capture up to four times the scene and performs brilliantly in low-light, plus the handset also boasts excellent video-recording and crystal-clear XDR display.

To look at, the iPhone 11 Pro is almost identical to the iPhone XS Max, measures 5.8-inches and is available in four colours, including Midnight green, space grey, silver and gold. And unlike the standard 11 version, the Pro also comes in a swanky matte finish.

Handset Name Data Amount Monthly Costs
iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Space Grey) 0MB data £46.00
iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Gold) 50GB data £32.00
iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Midnight Green) 0MB data £66.00
iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Gold) 10GB data £60.00
iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Space Grey) 1GB data £39.99
iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Gold) 1GB data £39.99
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Space Grey)
    iPhone 11 Pro
    • Unlimited 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £149.99 device cost
    • Maximum download speed 2mbps
    • £46.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Gold)
    iPhone 11 Pro
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £399.99 device cost
    • Free BT Sport and Apple Music
    • £32.00 per month
    24 month contract From Buymobiles.net
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Midnight Green)
    iPhone 11 Pro
    • Unlimited 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.00 device cost
    • £66.00 per month
    24 month contract From Vodafone
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Gold)
    iPhone 11 Pro
    • 10GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £99.00 device cost
    • £60.00 per month
    24 month contract From Sky Mobile
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Space Grey)
    iPhone 11 Pro
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £199.99 device cost
    • Free Data Rollover
    • £39.99 per month
    24 month contract From iD Mobile
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64GB Gold)
    iPhone 11 Pro
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £199.99 device cost
    • Free Data Rollover
    • £39.99 per month
    24 month contract From iD Mobile

Google Pixel 4

Google Pixel 4

Not bothered about owning the staple Apple or Samsung handset? The Google Pixel has a lot to offer.

Indeed, at 5.7-inches, its compact for a premium handset and boasts an excellent dual- camera setup, which includes a 12.2-megapixel main camera and a 16-megapixel tele-lens. Moreover, new portrait mode will mean you’ll get to take crystal clear photos, and zoom in on objects from far away without any trouble.

Other notable features include enhanced 90Hz display, face unlock, plus a motion sensor so you can do things like skip songs without unlocking the phone.

It’s also got a unique and practical design, too. Indeed, the aluminium frame black rubber coating makes the phone feel pretty sturdy and provides extra grip, especially when compared to today’s flagship handsets with glass backs.

Handset Name Data Amount Monthly Costs
Pixel 4 (64GB Black) 0MB data £35.99
Pixel 4 (64GB Black) 0MB data £38.00
Pixel 4 (128GB White) 0MB data £38.99
Pixel 4 (128GB Black) 0MB data £38.99
Pixel 4 (64GB Black) 0MB data £42.00
Pixel 4 (64GB Black) 0MB data £42.00
  • Pixel 4 (64GB Black)
    Pixel 4
    • Unlimited 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £49.99 device cost
    • £35.99 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse
  • Pixel 4 (64GB Black)
    Pixel 4
    • Unlimited 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £9.99 device cost
    • £38.00 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse
  • Pixel 4 (128GB White)
    Pixel 4
    • Unlimited 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £49.99 device cost
    • £38.99 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse
  • Pixel 4 (128GB Black)
    Pixel 4
    • Unlimited 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £49.99 device cost
    • £38.99 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse
  • Pixel 4 (64GB Black)
    Pixel 4
    • Unlimited 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £9.99 device cost
    • £42.00 per month
    24 month contract From Carphone Warehouse
  • Pixel 4 (64GB Black)
    Pixel 4
    • Unlimited 5G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.00 device cost
    • £42.00 per month
    24 month contract From Vodafone