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The best iPhone deals and contracts in September 2020

When it comes to iPhone deals, Apple has never before been so diverse and full of exceptional choices. Cheap handsets, ultra-powerful flagship phones and mid-range options are available, giving choices to a multitude of Apple fans.

But which device do you go for? That's the million dollar question. For those who need the best Apple has, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is going to be tricky to beat until the iPhone 12. Powerful, full of camera smarts, stylish and pretty much the all-round package, if you don't mind burning a hole in your wallet, it's a great way to go.

Or for those looking for iPhone deals blending costs and specs, the iPhone 11 remains a popular choice thanks to its iPhone 11 Pro Max similarities...without the price.

Even those looking for cheap iPhone deals have a 2020 option now with the new and improved iPhone SE, sporting a low price and powerful processor. Whether its cheap or powerful you're looking for, you're in the right place.

You'll find our comparison of all of the best iPhone deals above or if you still want to know more about Apple's devices, you can read more below.

iPhone deals: which is the best?

  • Best all-round: iPhone 11
  • Most powerful: iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Best cheap iPhone: iPhone SE
  • Low costs, high specs: iPhone XR
  • Best secondhand iPhone: iPhone 7

Which iPhone should I go for?

Below you will find each of Apple's devices with links off to individual buying guides for more detailed examinations of price, specs and more. Know you just want Apple's latest and most powerful phone? Hold off for a little bit longer and the iPhone 12 could be yours. You can sign up for more information on that below:

Apple iPhone SE

iPhone SE (2020)

Round 2 on Apple's cheap iPhone concept

OS:
iOS 13 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | Memory: 3GB Ram | Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 1821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

They finally did it! A second generation edition of the hugely popular iPhone SE. Apple made some improvements - the super-powered A13 Bionic chip, 4K video and more - but also went back to the iPhone 8 design, giving you essentially an over-powered iPhone 8, not bad right?

Read more: iPhone SE deals

Apple iPhone 11

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iPhone 11

Apple's latest at a suprisingly affordable price

OS:
iOS 13 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 3110mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

One of Apple's trio of new phones, the iPhone 11 takes the place of the weakest of the three. So why is it the most popular of Apple's 2019 handsets? It's surprisingly cheap. Coming in at a SIM-free price lower than the iPhone XR, this feels like the obvious choice for most Apple fans right now.

Read more: iPhone 11 deals

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iPhone 11 Pro

Apple's best phone currently on the market

OS:
iOS 13 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm |Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3190mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

The creme de la creme of the iPhone deals world - the iPhone 11 Pro doesn't come cheap. However, it is packing a triple camera setup, a massive 3190mAh battery, its fastest cpu ever and a whole host of other features. And, for an additional cost you can upgrade to Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Read more: iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max deals

Apple iPhone XR

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iPhone XR

Immediately our favourite iPhone to buy

OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | Memory: 3GB Ram | Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 2942mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

It feels like we say this for every iPhone that comes out but here we go - the iPhone XR was easily our favourite Apple device until the iPhone 11 came out. With budget pricing, an impressive array of colours and most importantly, a battery life to match - this is an iPhone worth going for. 

Read more: iPhone XR deals

Apple iPhone XS

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iPhone XS

Iterative improvements on the X

OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm |Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 2658mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

If you consider the iPhone X a giant leap forward to Apple, the iPhone XS was a mere tip-toe. That doesn't mean the phone is bad, in fact its brilliant...it just only makes a few changes on the iPhone X. Super powerful processor, strong camera performance and a big battery - this is everything you could want from iPhone deals at a price lower than the iPhone 11 Pro.

Read more: iPhone XS deals

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iPhone XS Max

The biggest and best iPhone ever made

OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 1242 x 2688 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm |Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3174mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

While this has now been replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this is still a major piece of tech, rocking a price that reflects that. But before you run off in to the night, keep in mind that this phone is rapidly falling in price now. And with a super powered processor, glorious screen and specs to compete with the best, we think these are one of the best iPhone deals to go for if you have no budget.

Read more: iPhone XS Max deals

Apple iPhone X

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iPhone X

The most exciting iPhone in years

OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | Memory: 3GB Ram | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm |Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2716mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

Apple fans can claim the iPhone has been innovative throughout every device but we all know there was a period of slacking. Luckily, that all ended with the iPhone X, a phone that launched the notch-movement and gave launch to a new style of phone. A great screen, premium design and impressive camera, this is a great phone through and through.

Read more: iPhone X deals

Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

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iPhone 8 

The usual iterative update - the 7S by another name

OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | Memory: 2GB Ram | Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm |Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 1821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

When it comes to iPhone deals, we would say the iPhone 8 is one of the best options out there. It finds the perfect balance between cost and high-end features. You're still getting 3D touch, wireless charging and a lot of impressive features when it comes to the camera.

Read more: iPhone 8 deals

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iPhone 8 Plus

Genuine improvement on previous iPhone Plus models

OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 3GB Ram | Weight: 202g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm |Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2691mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

If the sight of iPhone X deals make you feel a little faint, then use the iPhone 8 Plus as your metaphorical smelling salt. The added wireless charging and premium glass casing make it feel like a proper step up from the iPhone 7 Plus. And it's a brilliant - if over-sized - tool for photos.

Read more: iPhone 8 Plus deals

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

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Apple iPhone 7

Waterproofing. Better battery. Improved camera. A fine upgrade.

OS: iOS 10 | Screen size:4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | Memory: 2GB | Weight: 138g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm |Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 1960mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

There's a slightly longer battery life, a better camera, fast innards and protection against water compared to the 6S. However, many of the changes are slight, and the lower priced predecessor, suddenly becomes a very attractive option.

Read more: iPhone 7 deals

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iPhone 7 Plus 

A modest update, but one that does enough to still excite

OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Memory: 3GB | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

It may not be the upgrade we were hoping for, but the iPhone 7 Plus is still an excellent phone with improved cameras, super slick performance and a handy waterproof, yet familiar design. 

Read more: iPhone 7 Plus deals

Cheap iPhones: Apple's older devices

At a certain point in Apple's range, the devices start to drop massively in price. This is  mainly due to their age, all being a good few years old now. Of course, while the iPhone SE listed above will be the best cheap iPhone, if you're really looking for the absolute cheapest bills out there, these will be the best choices.

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iPhone 6S 

The 2015 edition was and is simply stunning

OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1334 x 750 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 1,715mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

It looks very similar to the iPhone 6 below, but it's got a new '3D touch' screen which allows you to do different things depending how hard you press on it, plus a new camera, faster processor and a stronger frame. It's pretty cheap as well, perfect for those wanting cheap iPhone deals.

Read more: iPhone 6S deals

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iPhone 6S Plus

The big brother to the phone above is beautiful and powerful

OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 2,750mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

The iPhone 6S Plus is very similar to the iPhone 6S above but it's bigger and, some would say, better. Some will find the bigger size inconvenient but for iPhone users who have looked on enviously at all those gorgeous Android phablets out there, this is the phone for you. The screen is big enough that you won't be reaching for your iPad as much. There are few reasons to upgrade from an iPhone 6 Plus to this phone, but if you're on an older model and you want some brilliant cheap plus sized iPhone deals, this is definitively it.

Read more: iPhone 6S Plus deals

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iPhone 6

Still a supreme phone and one of our favourite iPhones ever

OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1334 x 750 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB |Battery: 1,810mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP 

The iPhone 6 might now be a bit older but it still offers the premium experience you've come to expect from Apple and lots more. Even with a good number of iPhone deals coming out after this it still feels relatively new. The battery might not be massive or the processor, but the price tag of this cheap device makes it all worth it.

Read more: iPhone 6 deals

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iPhone 6 Plus

The biggest iPhone ever is the most visually stunning to date

OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 2,915mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP |

If you're looking for something a little bigger but without paying the asking price for a 6S Plus, consider the  iPhone 6 Plus. When it comes to plus sized iPhone deals this is one of the cheaper options.  Compared to some of the other cheap iPhones in this list it is a little costly but for a phone this big and powerful, it still makes sense to us.

Read more: iPhone 6 Plus deals

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iPhone SE (original)

It's been replaced by a 2020 version

OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 4-inch | Resolution: 1136 x 640 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16/64GB | Battery: 1,642mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

We'll be honest...there is almost no reason to buy an iPhone SE deal anymore. Apple has now introduced a 2020 version of the handset, removing the value of this one almost entirely. Yes, it is cheaper but not by enough to warrant a purchase.

Read more: iPhone SE (2016) deals

iPhone deals FAQ

When is the next iPhone coming out?

The latest Apple device - the iPhone 12 - is very quickly closing in. Unless we see a major delay to its release, we should have Apple's newest collection of devices in September.

Currently, Apple's latest collection of phones is the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. While Apple is one of the best phone brands at keeping their new devices a secret, we can get a general idea of what the iPhone 12 is likely to be like based on previous launches and leaks - find out more with our iPhone 12 expectations guide.

Does Apple have any 5G iPhone deals?

Not yet. There were a number of rumours suggesting Apple would release one alongside the iPhone 11 range however none came. That means for anyone wanting to break into the future and get a 5G iPhone, you will have to wait until 2020 when reports suggest they will join the 5G game.

How can I sell my old iPhone?

If you're lucky, when it comes to getting a new phone you will have an old one that is still in good nick. This puts you in the perfect position to sell your old phone and save some cash overall. You can use our full how to sell my phone guide or try using sellmymobile:

There are a lot of websites where you can sell your old mobile phones but one of the best options is SellMyMobile. Where it differs to other such sites is the fact that it brings together a host of available websites, giving you some choice.

It ranks your options based on price, how long it takes to get you paid, Trustpilot score and more. This way you can focus on the options that you trust the most and that will pay you the most.

Obviously the major benefit here is the range you are getting supplied. Instead of just getting one price, you can get an idea of how the market is looking in general and understand if the price you choose is a good one.View Deal

Are refurbished iPhone deals any good?

Looking to bag a cheap iPhone? Refurbished could well be the way to go. When you invest in a refurbished iPhone, you're looking to save a good few hundred pounds. Everything from the iPhone XS Max to the iPhone 6S can be found through refurbs. 

There is a certain stigma about refurbished iPhone deals. People expect a phone covered in fingerprints and weird marks you can't quite place. Luckily, most of these issues don't actually occur on refurbished devices.

The large majority of second-hand phones have simply been bought and returned in a few weeks. Also, most iPhone deals coming to you refurbished have a 12 month warranty.

How can I get cheap iPhone deals?

iPhone deals aren't exactly notorious for their affordability, however there are still a few ways to land a smaller price tag with Apple. The most obvious option is to go for an older device. Cheap iPhone 7 deals could land you monthly bills in the £20 area. Or even iPhone 8 contracts don't cost too much now.

But, if you want your cheap iPhone to look, feel and act like a flagship - things get a little bit harder. You won't be able to get cheap iPhone 11 deals yet but prices have started to come down on the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. And if you go refurbished you can get those phones at a surprisingly affordable price.

Getting yourself a refurbished iPhone could save you in the ranges of £100-200 overall. Despite what is the common place thinking, refurbished iPhones aren't broken or dirty, in fact they are usually just returned within 2 weeks of their purchase.

You can even track down phone contracts with no upfront costs and see if that helps dampen your overarching cost.

What is the best iPhone right now?

This really is a completely subjective question and completely depends on what you need from your phone contract. However, there is definitely a few key iPhones, out-performing in certain areas.

iPhone 11 Pro Max: This is now Apple's biggest and most powerful phone. If you have the money to spare this will be the best iPhone. It has the biggest battery and the biggest screen to really enhance your phone experience.

iPhone 11: Like the iPhone XR last year the iPhone 11 has one sole goal - bring high-end Apple specs at a more affordable price. For the majority of people wanting a new iPhone this will be the option to go for, avoiding the Pro Max and its monstrous price tag.

iPhone SE: This will be the handset for anyone who is looking for Apple on a budget. The iPhone SE is a 2020 device taking the iPhone 8's style and design and filling it with some newer and more powerful specs. It includes 4K video, the iPhone 11's A13 Bionic chipset and more.

iPhone XS: It is now a year old but the iPhone XS offers a lot of what Apple's most recent phones can do but without the head-splitting price tag.

iPhone XR: Same premise as the iPhone XS - it is a cheaper option for Apple fans than the iPhone 11 and still offers an excellent phone. And, offering a bigger battery than the iPhone XS, you'll be able to power through the day with ease.

When is the best time to buy iPhone deals?

Like a lot of the other questions here, there isn't an exact answer but there are certain times that can offer better prices on Apple's phones.

- New releases: Like all other phones, when a new iPhone comes out we frequently see the other devices in Apple's arsenal come down in price. With the iPhone 11 now out this is the time to invest. Your next Apple release will be in 2020.

- Black Friday: The yearly mega sale, Black Friday can be the perfect time to get iPhone deals. Every year we see phones come crashing down in price and we'll be shouting out the best offers to grab when the time comes back around.

- Amazon Prime Day: Amazon's impressive sale for Prime Subscribers, we almost always see a load of cheap iPhones appear during this two day sale, as long as you don't mind going SIM-free.

- Absolutely any day: Realistically, there isn't any specific time or place that is best for getting a new iPhone deal. There are price cuts, promotions and major discounts every day and you just have to catch them as they happen. Luckily, we will be catching all of them as they appear and gathering them in our chart at the top of this page.

Should I get iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro deals?

With its far lower price tag, we can't help but feel that the iPhone 11 is a far superior choice for the majority of people. However, if you're the kind of person who likes having the best phone around then the upgrade to either the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max will be pretty necessary.

With an iPhone 11 Pro (or Pro Max) you'll be getting a bigger battery and an additional camera. However, if you're a fan of smaller phones, the iPhone 11 Pro is the smallest of Apple's trio of phones.

What is the cheapest iPhone?

Right now, the cheapest iPhone you can get is the new 2020 iPhone SE. Yes, the iPhone 7 and 6s will see prices go slightly lower but realistically, for all-round value, the iPhone SE is going to be the best choice.

It can be found with bills below £20 a month and not a whole lot upfront while holding some strong specs on the inside. While it does look identical to the iPhone 8, it is a surprisingly powerful phone for the money.

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