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A free iPhone XR, Mate 20 Pro or Galaxy S9 with 100GB data: this Vodafone Black Friday phone deal is insane

Alan Martin
23 Nov 2018
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Forget Black Friday, this could be the deal of the year

Black Friday phone deals have been coming thick and fast, but I think Vodafone and Fonehouse have just beaten everyone by a country mile. If I weren’t six months into a contract, I’d be first in line for this phone deal: a human embodiment of the “shut up and take my money” meme.
 
From today until Monday 26 November, Fonehouse is selling Vodafone contracts with 100GB data for £36 per month. That in itself is pretty incredible value, but it’s the handsets that you get free of charge with the deal which really sweetens things.
 
You have your pick of the iPhone XR, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S9+. There are others (Xperia XZ3, iPhone 8, etc) but these are the ones you should pay attention to. Why? Because getting these free on contract is unheard of, unless you’re willing to pay upwards of £45 per month. And that would be for a measly amount of data.
 
One hundred gigabytes, on the other hand, is as close to “unlimited” as makes no difference to most people. As we explain elsewhere, 1GB of data only gets you around four hours of 480p YouTube or 16 hours of Spotify music. But multiply that by 100 and you’ll see why this is a deal even the most data-hungry of people can get behind.
 
To save you doing the maths in your head, £36 for 24 months comes to a total of £864. Below are the handsets we know are in the deal against their current RRP in descending order so you can make an informed choice.
 
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (review) – £899  
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (review) – £869
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (review) – £869  
Huawei P20 Pro (review) – £799
iPhone XR 64GB (review) – £749
Samsung Galaxy S9 (review) – £739
Sony Xperia XZ3 (review) – £699   
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB (review) – £699
iPhone 8 64GB (review) – £599
 
Our pick is definitely the Mate 20 Pro or iPhone XR then. The latter may not be the priciest, but Apple products maintain their price in a way that makes it a (more) solid long-term investment.
 
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