So the Galaxy Note 10, which was announced a few weeks ago, finally hits shop shelves today. Lots of people will have pre-ordered one already, but if you've been holding back then you might start thinking about it now that the phone is real. Well to help you make up your mind we've dug through all the networks to see what sort of deals are available for you to enjoy.
All deals are 24 months and come with unlimited calls and texts unless otherwise stated. We're also ignoring trade-in deals offered by networks, because they rely on you having a very specific phone that still works.
Obviously Samsung is not a network, but it is the most obviously place to take a look if you plan on buying the phone SIM free. Especially since it offers instalment plans that let you pay off the phone month by month. That way you don't have to pay everything up front, nor do you have to lock yourself into a 24-36 month phone contract in the process.
The regular Note 10 is currently going for £869 in Aura Glow and Black, while the Note 10+ is £999 in the same colours. Both phones have 256GB of storage, and there are no other storage options available to you out of the box. The Note 10+ has a microSD card slot, but that's it. If you want to future-proof yourself for 5G you're going to have to pay at least £1,099 for the 256GB option, or £1,199 for the 512GB model. That model is basically the same as the 4G 10+, though you do get a slighter bigger battery to compensate for 5G's extra power drain.
Naturally Samsung also has a trade-in programme here, and you can get up to £400 off one of the new phones if you trade in an older eligible device. Details are on the store page.
Note 10 on EE
If you're going for the base model then your 'budget' option for the Note 10 on EE is £55 a month, with £100 up front and 1GB of data. That includes no other perks of any kind, which makes it a bit rubbish. Pay an extra £4 a month, and half the upfront cost to £50 and you get 4GB of data a month. That's a bit more expensive over all (£1,466 over £1,420) but it's not a huge amount for quadruple the data.
Your cheapest option with one swappable benefit is £69 a month with £30 upfront and 30GB of data. That said if you can forgo the benefit you can get that same deal for £5 less each month. That doesn't come with an upgrade anytime option, though, so you will be stuck for two years and that's worth bearing in mind.
The most you're going to pay is £74 a month, with £10 upfront, that gets you 100GB of data and two swappable benefits. Again, though, you can scrap the benefits, keep the data, and pay £5 less a month if you'd prefer. Again that doesn't let you upgrade anytime either.
Note 10+ on EE
Ignoring trade-ins, your cheapest EE plan for the Note 10+ is £60 a month, plus £120 upfront. That comes with a piddly amount of perks, like 1GB of data and zero swappable benefits. Not a great deal, but if you're on a budget and need the bigger screen and battery that's your best deal. Add £4 a month and you can get 4GB, and you only pay £70 upfront, which is a much better deal. Though again that has no swappable benefits.
The cheapest to come with a swappable benefit is £74 a month, and £50 upfront, with 30GB of data, though if you ditch the benefit you can get the same amount of data for £5 less. As with the Note 10 that also means no upgrade anytime option, which is worth thinking about.
Your most expensive option is £79 a month, with £30 upfront, and comes with 100GB of data and two swappable benefits. Drop both benefits and the upgrade anytime option, and you can get that same amount of data for £5 less.
Note 10+ 5G on EE
EE is one of the two networks that offers 5G right now, so obviously it's carrying the 5G Note 10+ much like it did the 5G S10 earlier this year. Both storage options are available, and from the looks of things the 512GB plans are a simple £5 a month more than their 256GB equivalent.
EE is being a bit sneaky here, and will happily sell you a Note 10+ 5G on a 4G contract. Don't be fooled by those, simply because they're cheaper. It's totally pointless spending more on a 5G phone if you're not going to get 5G.
Ignoring the trade-in deals and your cheapest option is the £74/£79 a month plan with a £50 upfront fee. That includes 30GB of data and two swappable benefits for you to enjoy, plus the option to upgrade whenever you like. The most expensive is £79/£84 a month, with £30 upfront, and comes with three swappable benefits and 120GB of data, plus the upgrade anytime option.
Perks of EE
The main perk for EE these days are the swappable benefits you can get. They include the likes of BT Sport, Amazon Prime video, better roaming options, and various data passes to stop you using up all your allowances when you're streaming. Naturally being swappable you can change them on a month by month basis, though if you need more you can always pay for an extra perk out of your own pocket.
Many deals that come with those perks rolled in also give you the option of upgrading anytime. There's a two week grace period after you start the contract, but after that you can call up EE whenever you like and swap to a better phone.
Note 10 on giffgaff
Now the simplest thing you can do with the Note 10 on giffgaff is pay for it upfront, and that will cost you £869. That's the same price as Samsung, and they're sold unlocked which is nice. You do have to order a goody bag with it, which is a recurring charge, however.
A bit like O2 giffgaff gives you complete control over how much you pay. You pick how long he contract is for (6,12, 18, or 24 months), how much you pay upfront (£25, £50, £100, and £200), and then what allowances you get in your 'goodybag'.
All of that determines how much you pay for the phone each month, but on the 24 month contract you'll end up paying between £33.29 and £41.90. Obviously the shorter the contract the more you'll have to pay each month before the goodybag allowances come into play.
All goodybags come with unlimited calls and texts, and the cheapest is an extra £10 a month for 6GB of data. £12 gets you 10GB, £15 gets you 15GB, £20 gets you 40GB (up from 20GB) and £25 gets you 'always on data' which is 40GB of full speed after which you'll be cut down to a piddly 384 kbps between 8am and midnight.
Currently the Note 10+ is out of stock, but the same money rules apply - albeit at a slightly higher cost for the phone itself. The Note 10+ 5G isn't available on giffgaff.
Note 10 on O2
The thing about O2 is that everything is customisable, meaning you can change how much you pay, how long your contract is, and how much data you're going get in the process. There are some stock plans to look at, and we'll mention those here.
The cheapest for the Note 10 is £44.20 a month on a 36 month contract, with £30 upfront. That only gets you 1GB of data, which is kind of rubbish. It's £48.20 if you up that to 5GB of data, with the same £30 upfront fee and 36 month contract.
Your most expensive deal is £58.20 a month, with £30 upfront, and 100GB of data. Again that's a 36 month contract.
Note 10+ on O2
Your cheapest stock plan for the Note 10+ is £49.31 a month, with £30 up front on a 36 month contract. But that only gets you 1GB a month again. 5GB costs £53.31 a month with the same £30 upfront cost on a 36 month contract.
Your most expensive is the £63.31 a month deal with £30 upfront, and 100GB of data. That's also a 36 month contract.
Note 10+ 5G on O2
O2's 5G network isn't live yet, and that means buying the Note 10+ 5G now means you'll be automatically put onto a 4G plan. You will be able to move to a 5G tariff once the network is live, but for the time being it's not clear what financial cost that may involve. So buy at your own risk.
Your cheapest option (on a 36 month contract) is £49.31 a month and £30 upfront. That's 1GB a month again, which is pointless, especially with 5G coming, so 5GB is £53.31 with the same £30 upfront fee.
For 5G you might want a lot more data, and 100GB of data is going to cost you £63.31 with a £30 upfront fee. Again that's a 36 month contract.
Perks of O2
The main perk of being on O2 is the fact you can choose to customise your plan however you like. Add data, reduce the length of contract, pay more upfront to reduce your monthly cost, and so on. Of course it also comes with Priority Moments, which gives you exclusive deals and lets you buy tickets for certain events ahead of time. It also gets you special treatment at O2-sponsored events, if you know where to look.
Priority got a bit of a revamp recently too, and that means more special perks for O2 members to enjoy. O2 will also give you £100 off if you trade in an old device.
Note 10 on Sky Mobile
Now Sky separates the cost of the phone from the cost of your allowances. If you just want the phone you can have it, but the allowances are extra. The Note 10 is £34 a month, and the 2GB plan is an extra £6 for the nice low price of £40. No upfront fees here kids. The 5GB plan is your next best bet if you want a bit more data, because it adds £10 a month onto your standard £34 fee. Both those are 36 month contracts, but you can upgrade after 24 months.
The priciest plan is 25GB, and costs an extra £30 a month for a total of £64 each month for 36 months
Note 10+ on Sky Mobile
The Note 10+ is a £40 a month phone, and like the Note 10 it's an extra £6 to add the bare minimum 5GB of data. 5GB of data is £10, like the Note 10, and the max you can get is 25GB for £30. That's a total of £68 a month, and again all those are for 36 months with a 24 month upgrade option.
Note 10+ 5G on Sky Mobile
Sky doesn't have 5G yet, and won't do until O2 launches its own network later this year. That's the best case scenario anyway. No word on how you'll end up upgraded to 5G when it's available, but at least with the Note 10+ you'll be able to get it when it's ready.
The Note 10+ 5G is £43 a month, and that's the absolute minimum you'll pay. The cheapest plan is an extra £6, which gets you 2GB of data for a total cost of £49 a month. 5GB is £10, for a total of £53 a month.
The most data you can get is 25GB, and that costs £30 a month for a total of £73 a month. Once again those are all 36 month contracts with the option to upgrade after 24.
Perks on Sky Mobile
Plenty of perks to be had on Sky, but the main one is data piggybank that lets you store unused data to be redeemed again at a later date. That's all done automatically and you have three years before it expires. Sky Mix will also let you change your data allowances once a month, while Sky TV customers will also get Sky Go Extra at no extra cost.
Tesco Mobile is another one of those customising networks, letting you pick your contract length and upfront cost to alter your monthly payments. The default is 36 months, but you can also pick 30, 24, 18, and 12. Meanwhile you can choose to pay £0, £60, £120, or £180 up front and off set some of the cost.
A 24 month contract on the Note 10 will cost you between £42.74 and £50.24, and that's before we get data allowances involved.
May then you'll be paying more by default, and a 24 month contract will cost you between £49,49 and £57 a month for the phone alone.
Each tariff comes with 5000 minutes and texts, and you can opt for 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, and 50GB for both the Note 10 and Note 10+. 2GB costs £12, 5GB costs £15, 10GB costs £18, and 50GB costs £35.
Perks of Tesco Mobile
Not one for flashy gifts, Tesco simply lets you earn Clubcard points by paying your bill each month. You can also double up your Clubcard vouchers to save yourself even more money on your bill.
Tesco also lets you upgrade whenever you like, and change your tariff up or down depending on what you need
Note 10+5G on Three
Now the Note 10+ 5G is available on Three, which like O2 doesn't have a live mobile 5G network yet. So you'll be put on a 4G tariff for the time being. But Three has confirmed all its 4G tariffs will have a 5G upgrade on offer, and it won't cost anything. All you'll need to do is ask for it when the time is right.
Your cheapest deal is £63 a month with £29 upfront, and comes with 4GB of data. Add an extra £3 a month on and you get 12GB of data to enjoy.
The cheapest Unlimited plan is £78 a month, with £29 up front, and comes with unlimited everything. If you don't want the extra £29 upfront you can pay £97 a month for the same allowances, but that's really not worth it. The £78 month plan works out cheaper after just two months anyway.
There's no sign of the other two on Three, sadly, but the Note 10+ 5G will be bundled with the Watch Active during a pre-order period. There also seem to be Galaxy Buds bundles available too.
Perks on Three
Three offers a lot of perks, and beyond being one of the few UK networks to offer unlimited data. There's Go Binge, which lets you use several different services without using up your data allowance - not that it matters if you have unlimited data anyway. Netflix, Deezer, and Snapchat were all mentioned in the press release I was sent, but they're certainly not the only ones included.
Three is also mentioning Go Roam, which lets you use your regular data allowances in a number of countries outside the EU, but most networks offer services like that. I only mention Go Roam because it's related to Three's partnerships with easyJet, that let passengers get a bunch of extra perks when they're travelling out of the UK. Three also wants you to use the Wuntu discount app, which is like O2's Priority Moments, netting you money off offers and free stuff if you happen to be in the right shop at the right time.
Note 10+ on Virgin Mobile
From the looks of things Virgin only sells the Galaxy Note 10+, and not the regular Note 10. It also doesn't offer unlimited minutes on all plans, which is a bit of a shame, but at least the texts are.
The cheapest plan is £57 a month with zero upfront cost, and that comes with 1,000 minutes and 1GB of data. An extra £3 (£60 a month) gets you 3GB of data if you feel you need a bit more than a measly gigabyte.
Now there are no plans with unlimited data if you're not an existing Virgin TV or broadband customer, but there are two that offer 100GB. The cheapest is currently £61 a month, thanks to a double data offer, though that only comes with 5000 minutes. If you want unlimited minutes you'll need to pay £81 a month.
The unlimited plan is unlimited everything, and that's £83 a month, and as I said you need to be an existing Virgin customer of some kind to qualify.
Note 10 on Vodafone
The regular Note 10 is going to cost you at least £52 a month, with £129 upfront, but that comes with a piddly 1GB of data for you deal with - and that isn't a lot. £56 a month and £49 upfront gets you 5GB, which is much better, even if it costs you an extra £16 over the course of the two years.
The cheapest unlimited deal costs £64 a month with £29 upfront, but that has a 2Mbps speed limit. a 10Mbps speed limit is £67 a month with £29 upfront, and no speed limit costs £71 a month.
Unlimited with the red entertainment subscription if £73 a month with £29 upfront, which has a 10Mbps speed limit. Meanwhile the unlimited speed option is £77 a month with the same upfront cost
Note 10+ on Vodafone
Grabbing the Note 10+ is going to cost you at least £60 a month with £179 upfront. But that only gets you 1GB of data, which is rubbish. The next one up is 5GB, which costs £64 a month and £99 upfront.
If you want to get unlimited data your cheapest option is £72 q month with £29 upfront, but that comes with a 2Mbps speed limit, which is downright evil. £3 more a month is 10Mbps, but if you want the fastest possible speeds you need to pay £79 a month.
If you want the Red subscription and unlimited data, you need to pay £81 a month (with £29 upfront), though that comes with the 10Mbps speed limit. No limit will cost you £85 a month, with the same £29 upfront.
Note 10+ 5G on Vodafone
Vodafone isn't sneaky like EE, and isn't trying to flog 4G contracts for a 5G phone, and from the looks of things all the Note 10+ 5G deals are 5G ready. In other words once 5G is available in your area you should be able to connect to the networks.
Your cheapest deal here is £64 a month with £99 upfront, and comes with 5GB of data. That said upping your monthly bill to £69 and dropping the upfront fee to £49 gets you 20GB of data. You end up paying an extra £70 overall, but it might be worth it for the extra data.
Vodafone also offers unlimited data now, as it should, and the cheapest option there is £72 a month with £29 upfront. *But*, and it's a big but, the network is limiting your speed to 2Mbps, which is fucking shitty and basically defeats the purpose of 5G. It also limits your roaming destinations to 48 locations, but that's less of an issue.
Upping that monthly fee to £75 gets you 10Mbps download speeds, but if you want the fastest available unlimited package for the lowest price (plus an extra 29 roaming destinations) you'll have to pay £79 a month with the same £29 upfront fee.
The most expensive option is £85 a month with £29 upfront, which gets you unlimited data, the fastest speeds, 77 roaming destinations, 100 minutes of EU call time, and a 24 month subscription to Sky Sports mobile, NowTV, Spotify, or Amazon Prime Video.
Perks of Vodafone
Most, if not all of Vodafone's perks are tied up in the deals themselves, but they generally involve the Red Entertainment package that gets you your subscription to Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Spotify, or Sky Sports Mobile. Vodafone also offers various levels of global roaming, though how many countries are included are plan dependent.