Much as I'd rather buy this outright, it seems there are precisely zero realistically priced calls-plus-broadband PAYG tariffs in existence so I'm going to have to break the habit of a lifetime and sign up to a subsidised phone contact. Anything more that 12 months is out of the question so at £90 + 12 x £40 = £570 this seems a reasonable deal for what would otherwise be a £500 phone. This from Vodafone and includes 300 minutes of calls plus unlimited texts and internet. Similarly from T-Mobile there's a £160 + 12 x £35 = £580 package that includes 300 minutes, 200 texts and unlimited 'web browsing'. There a potential further £40 or £50 to be had back via Topcashback or Quidco so we could be talking £520 for the phone and 12 months of all the telecommunications anyone could conceivably need.
I don't know anything about mobiles.co.uk, so any insight on their reliability gratefully received. I also know nothing about either of these networks so would be interested to hear anyone's opinion on either. On the basis that 200 texts a month might as well be unlimited there's nothing between these two for me, unless T-Mobile's ominous use of the term 'web browsing' rather than 'internet' really means other internet protocols are blocked.