Carphone Warehouse is offering what it describes as the cheapest ever smartphone deal in the UK.

You can get yourself a Huawei Y3 phone on a monthly plan with 150 talktime minutes, 5,000 texts and 250MB of data for just £5 a month and no up-front cost.

The plan is based on a 24 month contract on CPW's own iD network. It's 3G only as the phone itself is a 3G handset, but you can opt for more data if you want to pay a bit extra. For £7.50 a month you get 500MB and 250 minutes of talktime. However, for £12.50 a month you get 1GB of data.

The iD network is actually an always-on 4G service, but the smartphone isn't compatible with the faster speeds. It will though send and receive data at 3G speeds.

Those with existing 4G smartphones can opt for a SIM-only plan from iD from £7.50 a month for 1GB of data.

The Huawei Y3 isn't going to win any awards as a particularly high-end smartphone, with an 800 x 480 4-inch screen, 512MB of RAM and just 4GB of on board storage, but it does have a quad-core processor and should be ample for those looking to get a smartphone for the first time. It's available in black or white. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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