If you’re looking to do something similar, just get yourself a refurbished “like new” phone, find a good SIM-only plan and off you go. Job done. The boys at giffgaff have some deals on right now, with up to £50 off on refurbished devices.
You can now get the iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max in “like new” for even less. The deals end on Wednesday July 29th, and anyone can buy. Offers include the iPhone XR 256GB for £579 (a saving of £40) or the iPhone X 64GB for £479 (a saving of £50). The iPhone XS Max 256 GB is £669 (£50 off) or you can get the iPhone XS 64GB at £569 (£30 off).
If you’re buying refurbished, you usually have to check the “grading quality”, however here they’s “like new”, which means that they’re often practically unused when returned. giffgaff put them through rigorous testing for faults and are cleansed of all data before the phones get sold again. The phone will be shipped with a cable and they’re completely unlocked, so switch to whatever network you want. A 12-month warranty is provided on all phones.