iPhone 5 from Carphone Warehouse UK?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Nye, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Nye, Dec 3, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012

    Nye macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2007
    Hello all,

    My contract with Vodafone on my iPhone 4 runs out in March but I can upgrade from December 19th to an iPhone 5 woo. I've been looking around and according to HUKD, you can get an iPhone 5 on Vodafone for £37 16GB and only pay £19 upfront (rather than the usual £100). Seems like a good deal to me. HOWEVER, I have never had a contract with them before. I could always go into Vodafone and get the normal price and not have to worry about it...Does any one recommend Carphone Warehouse? Or discourage getting a contract with them? Thoughts please!

    Here is the deal:

  2. macgrl, Dec 3, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012

    macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    Is the monthly price different i.e. more for the tariff you want when the phone is £19?

    I have seen similar prices on o2 at carphonewarehouse and also phones for you. With the phone being around £20 but I have seen that the contract price is more for the same tariff than if you got one paying more for the phone...

    over the 2 years there was no difference

    sorry..to answer you direct question carphonewarehouse are no better or worse than the network in my experience although I tend to just go to o2 store as in the past the prices were the same. You are afterall going to be contracted to vodaphone as your provider just as you would if you bought it from a voda shop

    I have had a quick look at the voda and cwh sites and it does work out a better deal to go for the one you suggested. Its the unlimited calls and texts with 1gb data right? for £37
  3. Nye thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2007
    Yeah, I was going to upgrade to the £33 pm contract instore with Vodafone where I would have to pay £150 for the iPhone...but I thought that if I got this contract for £37 and paying less for the phone (£80 less!) then it would be worth switching to that contract and just have to pay more per month as such (I normally go over on minutes so unlimited minutes will be a good idea :) ) but it would be cheaper in the long run... Just wondering about the reliability of Carphone Warehouse as such! Thanks for doing that, yeah it would be the unlimited texts, calls and 1GB data for £37 pm for 24 months. AND quidco are currently doing a deal of £120 cashback with iPhone 5 upgrades..shame mines not due until two week Wednesday... :( Hopefully that will come back!
  4. Grayburn macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2010
    London, England
    I've used CPW in the past and at present have a contract running with them now.

    I usually prefer going to the network but on this occasion CPW were offering a better deal then 3 was with regards to handset price, tariff was the same, so i went with CPW.

    Never had any problems with them.
  5. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    I have just quickly done the math and if you go for cwh phone being £20 plus 24 x 37 that is £908 over 2 years..the vodaphone one at 33 x 24 plus 150 for the phone is £942 a difference of around £1.40 a month.

    If you are worried about cwh (I haven't every had any issues with them but I have only had one contract from them a few years ago) then go for voda and pay the extra....

    you could sell you phone on one of those phone recycling sites? o2 have one and I sold my 3g to them about 2 years ago. It was simple and I got over £100 near £150 (i think)

    I guess it depends on if you want to take the hit on paying more upfront....I am on o2 and will probably get an 5 with them..their tariffs are based on the less you pay for the phone the more you pay in tariffs..and its isn't balanced..the total 2 year overall cost is more if you pay less for phone and more for tariff.
  6. yui4 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2011
    I know if you take an O2 contract out with CPW, you deal with O2 themselves directly if you have any issues on your contract. It used to be that you had to go through CPW but not anymore. Bills come from O2 directly. Maybe the same for other carriers now
  7. iEs macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2010
    I got my iphone 5 30% friends & family discount with O2 (=
  8. naisdes macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    If you know a friend who works for CPW, you can get 30% off your line rental as part of the Friends and Family scheme. The employee themselves is entitled to one, and then a further two for anyone else. It makes such a massive difference because it gives you flexibility to go for an even higher than normal tariff before discount, thus meaning you can pay less upfront for the phone, or drop to an 18-month contract.

    Anyways, back to the original subject, dealing with CPW is no different to dealing with the network because at the end of the day, both supply you with the phone instore, but your bills are always managed by the network. So any issues with the reception, cost, allowances, changes in tariff, change of direct debit payments and address, are all deal with the network. The handset will also become locked as unlike the rest of their phones, iPhones are the only locked handsets CPW sells.

    If you do go with CPW, you do have two credit checks run, one internally with CPW and then immediately with the network, but providing your credit history isn't terrible, then you will be fine.

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