So you wanna pick up a free Nintendo Switch with your mobile contract? We don't blame you. The versatile gaming console is one of the most popular systems around. Nintendo reports its sold over 21 million units last year, and nearly 80 million in its lifetime as of December 2020.
The Switch costs £279.99 while the streamlined Switch Lite costs £199.99. While that's no chump change, the good news is you can bundle the system with certain phone contract providers for free. Kind of.
Think of it as a financing solution that lets you split the cost of the Switch across your phone plan. That way you don't have to pay the full amount upfront - in the same way phone contracts let you pay for a new handset over time.
While the bundled Switch shouldn't be the only reason to sign up for a new phone, if you're already in the market for a phone and want the console, it's a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
Below you'll find all the mobile phone retailers and networks bundling the Nintendo Switch console with its phone deals.
Free Nintendo Switch with Mobile Phones Direct
One of the best places for phone bundles is Mobile Phones Direct. There you'll find the Neon Red and Blue Switch tied in with popular handsets like the iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 11, the Galaxy S20 FE and more.
Keep in mind, Mobile Phones Direct mails the console out 14 days after phone so don't panic if you don't receive both at once.
Free Nintendo Switch from Fonehouse
Fonehouse is another great destination for Nintendo Switch bundles. You can pick up the Nintendo Switch with handsets like the iPhone 11, iPhone Xr, iPhone SE (2020) as well as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Many of its deals have no upfront costs, but that typically means a higher monthly rate.
Free Nintendo Switch from Virgin
Virgin also bundles the Nintendo Switch with select handsets. Right now you can pick up the following phones with the Neon Switch without any upfront costs:
- Samsung Galaxy A12 + Nintendo Switch - from £20 per month
- Oppo Find X2 Lite + Nintendo Switch - from £20 per month
- Huawei P smart 2020 + Nintendo Switch - from £20 per month
Virgin's cheapest plans are over a 36-month term, but you can opt for a 24-month term if you don't mind paying slightly more.
Add Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Lite with EE contracts
If you're with EE, you don't even need to buy a new handset to grab the console - simply add the Nintendo Switch as an add-on to your plan.
Unlike the other plans above, this option clearly indicates how much of the cost you're spreading each month. There is a £10 upfront and payments are spread over 11 months.
You can add the Nintendo Switch (Grey) for £30 per month or the Nintendo Switch Lite for £21 per month.
EE also offers Switch accessories and games via the same Add-On program. Pick up the Ultimate Companion Pack with Mario Kart 8 and Joy Con Steering wheel pair for £7 per month or a second pair of Joy-Con for £6 per month and £5 upfront.
We're separately looking at all the best Nintendo Switch deals of the month right here.