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The Best iPhone 5 Tariff Ever : T-Mobile's £6 SIM Only Plan

Looking to grab a cheap deal when the iPhone 5 is launched (or indeed any data hungry smartphone), then you'd be hard pressed to find anything better than this £6 deal on T-Mobile via online retailer Chitter Chatter.

The £6 deal (opens in new tab) includes 100 minutes, 100 texts and 3GB data allowance (although T-Mobile describes it as the "unlimited internet booster").

You can also swap between so-called boosters as T-Mobile allows you to do so every month; these include unlimited texts, landline calls, T-Mobile to T-Mobile, Euro Talk and Text, Europe & Australia Talk and USA & Canada Talk, the last three being essentially international calling options.

There's also a similar £10 deal that ties you up for 12 months and offers 600 minutes and 500 texts on top of the data allowance.

The iPhone 5 is likely to be available only with a microSIM slot, which means that you will have to cut the T-Mobile SIM in order to make it fit.

It is interesting to note that the contract only ties you to one month rather than one year, which means that T-Mobile could effectively double (or triple) the monthly text and minutes allowance and offer a 12 month (or 24 month) option for the same price or slightly higher, making it an even better deal compared to Talk-Mobile.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.