The best phones for under £300

There are plenty of high-quality, affordable phones on offer for under £300 – and these mid-range budget smartphones will have several similarities to their more expensive counterparts. You can expect more advanced cameras and better-quality video recording than on cheaper phones under £200 and under £100, as well as high-definition displays for crystal-clear entertainment, stunning design, a long battery life and powerful processors.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

With its large 6.6-inch Infinity-V display and smooth 90Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy A22 5G makes streaming, gaming and scrolling a pleasure every time. Experience 5G speed◊ combined with Octa-core processing power for fast, lag-free interactions and almost-immediate responses. The triple rear camera array guarantees great photos no matter what you snap. Capture super-wide group photos with the 5-megapixel Ultra-Wide Camera, create professional-style portraits with the 48-megapixel Main Camera, and capture easily missed definition and detail with the 2-megapixel Depth Lens. The 5,000mAh battery with 15W Fast Charging will keep you going all day, and Galaxy A22 5G’s One UI lets you focus on what matters most in an intuitive way.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
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OPPO A72

Immersive entertainment just went up a gear, thanks to the OPPO A72. Watch, game, browse and scroll on the 6.5-inch ultra-high-resolution display with Neo-design, a 90.5% screen-to-body ratio and ultra-narrow bezels. The 48-megapixel AI Quad Camera boasts an 8-megapixel Ultra-Wide Angle camera for capturing expansive views, and two 2-megapixel unique portrait-style lenses for well-balanced snaps - neatly complemented by the 16-megapixel front camera. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage keeps everything running smoothly, with no lagging or buffering, and the 5,000mAh battery with 18W Fast Charge will keep you going all day.

OPPO A72

Keeping the cost down of owning a phone

We sell nearly new phones on Pay monthly contracts and Pay as you go, so you can find an affordable phone for less. You can also browse our latest deals and offers on phones, tablets and SIM only plans.

Even though you can buy a high-quality phone for under £300 outright, you’ll find that over time you will pay more than the initial cost to use it. There are several ways to keep your costs down once you’ve splashed out on a new mobile – for example, using a Pay as you go SIM and using WiFi to send messages and make calls.

If you’re looking to spend a little less on your mobile, we also have a range of phones under £100 and phones under £200.

However, if you're happy to spend a bit more than £300, you can browse our full range of Pay as you go phones. Please bear in mind that any Big Value Bundles you buy along with your phone will increase how much you pay, as these plans come with a monthly cost.

Keeping the cost of owning a phone down

Terms and Conditions

Representative Examples:

Example Phone Plan Breakdown

Total Cost of Phone 

£1,000 

Upfront Cost 

£100 

APR 

0% 

Total Credit Amount 

£900 

Length of Contract 

36 months 

Monthly Phone Plan Cost 

£25 

 

Example Watch Plan Breakdown

Total Cost of Watch 

£360 

Upfront Cost 

£0

APR 

0% 

Total Credit Amount 

£360

Length of Contract 

36 months 

Monthly Phone Plan Cost 

£10

 

Figures used in the above representative examples (other than the Representative APR) are for illustrative purposes only.

Saving claims verification: see details on the relevant product page.

VAT: All pricing inclusive unless stated otherwise. For prices stated exclusive of VAT, the VAT rate payable is 20%.

5G: You must have a 5G enabled device on the Vodafone 5G network, a Vodafone 5G plan and 5G coverage in the area that you are in. Coverage may be affected by a number of factors. See for details - www.vodafone.co.uk/network/5G

Roaming in more destinations than any other UK network: for verification, please see vodafone.co.uk/mobile/global-roaming

Gift with Purchase: see details on product page including any additional terms.

Ultimate Flexibility: For verification, see the Ultimate Flexibility details
 

Pay Monthly

*Monthly price shown plus all out of bundle charges will increase by the Consumer Price Index rate published in January of that year + an additional 3.9%. If you have a Device Plan, this will not affect your monthly Device Plan payments: vodafone.co.uk/pricechanges.

Minimum term agreement, credit check and terms apply

Device plan: means a credit agreement for the duration of the plan. A Monthly Airtime Plan (i.e. Xtra Plan) is required with your Device Plan. Device Plans up to 12 months require either a 12 or 24 month Monthly Airtime Plan. Device Plans over 12  months require a 24 month Monthly Airtime Plan. You can pay off your Device Plan early, and if you do, you can then keep your Airtime Plan on a 30-day contract or leave. If your Airtime Plan ends for any reason, you will need to keep on paying your monthly Device Plan (either in full or monthly).

Minutes & text: to standard mobiles & landlines (UK: 01, 02, 03) & standard SMS in the UK & our inclusive roaming destination. A 1-minute minimum call charge applies.

Data: a 25GB fair roam policy on all Pay monthly plans, per 30-day period applies in our inclusive roaming destinations.

Unlimited data: available on Unlimited Lite Plan (max download/upload speed of 2Mbps), Unlimited Plan (max download/upload speeds of 10Mbps) & Unlimited Max Plan. Speed may vary by a number of factors.

Roaming: using your home plan to roam in the Republic of Ireland and Isle of Man (Zone A) are included in all of our Pay Monthly plans. For roaming in other destinations, charges will apply depending on which plan you are on. A 25GB roam fair use policy applies per billing month.

Trade-in: to trade in your device, please visit: https://tradein.vodafone.co.uk

Upgrade from month 12: means a) buying new Device Plan (which is a credit agreement) and Xtra Plan (which is an Airtime Plan) and b) paying off the remaining amount on your current Device Plan prior to upgrading. Subject to credit check, eligibility & terms.

Benefits for selected Xtra Plans:

  1. Unlimited Picture Messaging (MMS): within the UK & our inclusive roaming destinations.
  2. Device Care: for the duration of the plan only. Applicable for IOS & Android phone devices. Includes a) health check giving you an indicator of the battery health & b) a valuation service giving you an estimated resell value of the phone. 
  3. 50% off Smartwatch Connectivity : for compatible cellular (not WiFi only) smartwatches. Smartwatch Connectivity Plan (via Vodafone OneNumber) lasts for 30 days & will automatically renew every 30 days unless cancelled. The plan is £7pm reduced to £3.50pm. Discount not applicable to customers on a £5 OneNumber Connectivity or to customers on an existing 24 month watch plan.
  4. Unlimited Data Booster + Inclusive Roaming in 51 European Destinations: 24/12 month Xtra Plans come with 6/3 boosts. Each boost provides unlimited data for 30 days. Inclusive Roaming in 51 European destinations allows you to use your monthly allowance of minutes, text and data to roam at no extra cost in our Zone A and B destinations. A 25GB roam fair use policy applies each billing month. Information and destinations: vodafone.co.uk/mobile/global-roaming
  5. Inclusive Roaming in 83 Worldwide Destinations: Roam at no extra cost in 83 destinations worldwide (Zone A, B and C destinations) on selected Xtra Plans. A 25GB roam fair use policy applies each billing month. Information and destinations: vodafone.co.uk/mobile/global-roaming

Total Care Warranty: 24 month warranty starts from the date of purchase of a handset from Vodafone either on a Device Plan or outright. Warranty only applies to manufacturer faults. Not applicable with Refurbished Phones. Terms:  Vodafone Total Care Warranty

Battery Refresh: applicable for phone devices purchased either on a Device Plan or purchased outright from Vodafone, with a Vodafone Pay Monthly Plan. Is available for the length of the plan (minimum of 2 years and maximum of 3 years). Battery Refresh is not available for phones that have been cracked, smashed or have water damage (i.e. damage that would not be covered under a manufacturer warranty) and chargeable repairs can be offered. Download the My Vodafone app to access the Battery Refresh Tool. Not applicable for Watch Plans or Refurbished Phones.

Vodafone Together discount: If you have signed up to an eligible Airtime and an eligible Pro Broadband plan, you are eligible for a discount on your Broadband plan. Both services must remain connected to continue to receive the discount. The discount amount will vary depending on what Airtime plan you have. Only selected Airtime plans include unlimited data, texts & minutes. Please see your Home Broadband Charges Guide for more information on discounts.

Home Broadband: For details and terms see vodafone.co.uk/broadband

Insurance terms are available here

If you’re a consumer go to Consumer/Insurance/Insurance – Current

  • If you’re a Sole Trader go to Business/Insurance/ Insurance – Current

Smartwatch :  requires a) Vodafone pay monthly airtime plan and b) Connectivity Plan (via Vodafone OneNumber). Lasts for 30 days & will automatically renew every 30 days unless cancelled. Terms apply

For full Pay Monthly terms and conditions, visit our terms and conditions page and select Consumer, then Mobile, followed by Pay Monthly.


Pay As You Go

Unlimited Bundle: An Unlimited Pay as you go Bundle lasts for 30 days. Your bundle will automatically renew every 30 days if you have enough credit. To opt out call 2345. Unlimited minutes and texts: minutes to standard mobiles and landlines (UK: 01, 02, 03) and standard texts (excluding MMS) in the UK and our inclusive roaming destinations. Roaming data is capped at 25GB per 30-day period in our inclusive roaming destinations. 

Pay as you go Bundles (Big Value Bundle): Minutes to standard mobiles and landlines (UK: 01, 02, 03), standard texts and data (excluding entertainment packs and Extras) to use in the UK and our Europe Zone. Last 30 days. Automatically renews every 30 days if you have enough credit. Opt out by calling 2345. For more information on Pay as you go Bundles (also known as Big Value Bundles).

Total Rollover: Any unused allowance from your current Pay as you go Bundle will only rollover from one bundle to the next, for use in the next 30-day period, if your Pay as you go Bundle renews automatically.

For full Pay as you go terms and conditions, visit our terms and conditions page and select Consumer, then Mobile, followed by Pay as you go.

 

Awards

Very Me Awards – (1) VeryMe won A Silver in the Brand Partnership Activation of the Year category and a Gold in the Loyalty Activation of the Year category at the 2020 IPM Awards. For verification: click here. (2) VeryMe helped Vodafone win Best Network for Loyalty and Retention at the Mobile Industry Awards 2020. For verification: click here. (3) Vodafone VeryMe, TMW Unlimited and Mando-Connect won Best Use of CRM at the Loyalty Magazine Awards 2020. For verification: click here.

Unbeatable Reliability: rankings based on the RootMetrics® UK RootScore® Report: H1 2021. Tested with best commercially available smartphones on 4 national mobile networks across all available network types. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Vodafone. Visit vodafone.co.uk/network for the full report and www.rootmetrics.co.uk for more details.

 

For full terms and conditions, please visit vodafone.co.uk/terms-and-conditions

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