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Is this the best Apple iPhone 5 contract in the UK?

The Apple iPhone 5 smartphone has been out for a few weeks now and it is interesting to note that the average price of contracts is gradually coming down, possibly because of the combined effect of a soft economy and resurging competition from the likes of Nokia and its Lumia 920 flagship handset.

Carphone Warehouse, for example, is offering possibly the best UK iPhone 5 contact we've seen to date. The tariff features unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a 1GB data allowance that should prove more than enough for medium usage customers. The contract entails a two year commitment to O2 and will cost users £36 per month plus a negligible upfront free of £28. This is a very decent proposition given that the total cost of ownership is less than £900 and a SIM-free iPhone 5 costs a whopping £529 before you even factor in 24 months worth of usage fees.

The device sports a 4in screen featuring Apple's famed Retina display (a 1,136 x 640 pixel resolution), a new A6 system-on-a-chip which is thought to be twice as powerful as the one it replaces, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a new 8-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics, a slimmer chassis, 4G connectivity and iOS 6.

Is this the best contract in the UK for Apple’s latest smartphone? If you’re after a lot of minutes and texts but are not an overly heavy data user, then this could well be the case.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.