When you are looking for a new mobile phone contract, you will have no doubt come across specific mobile phone deals that come with a free gift. This means along with your new handset you'll also receive an additional item such as a PlayStation 4, a laptop or some headphones as part of your contract.
The thing to remember here is the word free is misleading. While you will be receiving the gift with a nominal or zero upfront cost, you'll be paying for it in monthly instalments just like the free handset that came with your contract.
There aren't any. You will always be better off buying the product advertised as free outright from the retailer.
Customers looking for free gift deal generally fall into three categories:
Let's look at this example:
Total price over 24 months: £1608
You can buy the iPhone XR outright for £749, paired with a 12 month SIM only contract that comes with 10GB data + unlimited minutes/texts for £13 a month. This equates to £312 over 24 months. That's a total so far of £1061.
An Xbox One S 1TB at the time of writing costs £217.99 via Amazon.co.uk. So the total is £1278.99, a saving of £329.01 vs the contract phone and free gift deal. That's £13 per month over 24 months.
It's primarily resellers that offer free gifts with mobile phones rather than the mobile phone networks. From time to time network operators will bundle in free items as part of their sales tactics. Items like Headphones, Bluetooth speakers and power banks are commonly bundled in. However, rarely do networks offer higher ticket items like games consoles, laptops or iPads.
We get this question a lot from customers, and it's rather worrying as it's a clear indication they don't understand their credit score or how free gift deal works. Some do, but they're just chancers hoping to get something for nothing then default on the payments.
The answer is no; you won't be able to get a contract phone with a free gift if you have bad credit. This is because the credit checks are far harsher for free gift deals. If you can't pass a credit check for a mobile phone, then you won't pass one for a phone and a gift.