12 month mobile phone contract comparison – O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Three and Vodafone

12 month contracts are gaining popularity of late, due to a recent change in the European Telecoms Law and their flexibility of not being tied to lengthy price plan, over a large period of time – along with the accompanying range of handsets now on offer. These short-term contract durations are in direct opposition to the 18 or 24 month price plans, which tie up the contract owner and they will miss out on the latest generation of mobile phones. These long-term plans could mean the phone owner will miss out on the latest technology too, such a dual core processors, NFC capabilities and the upcoming HSPA+ web surfing speeds of 21MB/s.

One Mobile Ring has compiled a round-up of these 12 month price plans, with what exactly each mobile phone network has on offer, in minutes, text message bundles, data allowances and the range of handsets that are part and parcel of these deals.

In no particular order, we are starting with Vodafone, who has a number of yearly contracts and a good array of handsets that include the latest Samsung, Apple and BlackBerry devices.

Vodafone

Vodafone has 12, 12 month contracts that start at £36 and reach £51 a month, ranging from 300 to 1200 minutes with a data allowance of 750MB and various possible extras.

The first price plan costs £36 a month, which is accompanied by 300 minutes, with an unlimited text message bundle, a 500MB data allowance with 2GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi access.

There are 10 phones available on this price plan, the Samsung GALAXY S II which costs £199, the HTC Sensation for £199, Sony Ericsson's Xperia arc is priced at £179, the HTC Desire S comes in at £179, Sony Ericsson's Xperia PLAY costs £199. The HTC Desire S Red costs £179, Nokia's E7 comes in at £199, Nexus S in black or white is priced at £199, whilst the Samsung Galaxy S 8GB arrives with a price of £179.

Vodafone's third £36 a month contract mirrors the first's details exactly, but is geared up more for Apple handsets. The following 5 phones are available on this price plan, the Apple iPhone 4 32GB in white or black for £399, the iPhone 4 16GB in black or white costs £299 and the Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB is £199.

The next contract is also priced £36 per month, with the same 300 minutes, an unlimited text message allowance, a 500MB mobile broadband data bundle which includes 2GB of BT Openzone Wi-Fi access and BlackBerry Internet Service. There are 4 phones available on this price plan, the BlackBerry Torch in black or white for £199, along with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in white or black for £179.

There are three £41 a month contracts on offer, all of which are accompanied by 600 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 500MB data allowance. The configurations of these deals mirror the £36 per month price plan, with the same 2GB of BT Openzone Wi-Fi access and BlackBerry Internet Service. The handsets on offer also match the Apple phones, BlackBerrys and other mobiles – only with a £60 price reduction on all handsets.

Vodafone has a trio of £46 a month contracts, with 900 minutes, an unlimited text message allowance and a 500MB mobile broadband data bundle. These also match the first set of extras on offer of those earlier price plans with one exception, they all have a daily 25MB data roaming allowance for travelling within Europe. The mobile phone's accompanying these contracts mirror all those from beforehand, with a price cut of £100 or £110 for the Apple handsets.

Vodafone’s final three contracts all cost £51 a month, which are all accompanied by 1200 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and 750MB data allowance - with the same extra as all the rest and the European roaming offering. The handsets that are part and parcel of this deal mirror all those available on the other price plans, with a further £140 discount from the £36 a month tariffs , or £170 on the Apple mobile phones.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile isn’t offering any 12 month price plans with mobile phones, only their SIM only yearly contracts which arrive with 300 minutes and text message allowance for £10.21 a month, 600 minutes and 500 text messages bundle for £15.32, 900 minutes and a 500 text message allowance for £20.42 or 1200 minutes and a 500 text message bundle for £25.54 a month.

Orange

Orange is also not providing any yearly price plans with handsets, apart from their SIM 12 month only deals. These are the Canary 10 SIM, with 300 minutes and an unlimited text message allowance for £10 a month or the Canary 15 SIM, with 600 minutes and an unlimited text message bundle for £15 per month.

Three

The mobile phone network Three do not offer any 12 month contracts with phones, other than yearly SIM only deals too. These are the One Plan with 2,000 minutes and a 5,000 text message bundle, with 5,000 minutes to any Three numbers and a truly unlimited data allowance. Three also has SIM 300 and 600 price plans, with 300 and 600 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 1GB data allowance for £10 and £15 a month, respectively.

O2

O2 follows suit with the other carriers, by only offering SIM only plans and no phones. These range from £15.50 a month, with 600 minutes, £20.50 with 900 minutes, £26 with 1200 minutes and £41 a month with unlimited minutes. Those tariffs all have an unlimited text message allowance, along with a range of internet allowances that start from £3 for 100MB, £6 for 500MB and £10 for 1GB.

Bottom Line

Vodafone clearly offers the best range of handsets coupled with a 12 month contract and all in a single deal, as they are the only mobile phone network offering this yearly plan at present – outside of independent handset retailers.

There is an alternative, or even a trade off, by paying for a handset on pay as you go from a network and taking out a 12 month SIM only contract – where the total cost of ownership after the year is out could work out better. As an example Vodafone is offering the Samsung Galaxy S II for £199, as a part of their 12 month, £36 a month price plan – which has 300 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 500MB data allowance. Three has the same mobile phone at £499.99, with their SIM 300 plan that matches the terms of the Vodafone deal with an extra 500MB a month – this costs in total £619.99, where the Vodafone TCO comes in at £631.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com