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


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.


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

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