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The best cheap iPhone deals and prices for January 2022

You'll find all of this week's best iPhone deals all compared and laid out right here on this page on every model currently available. Regardless of whether you're looking for a flagship device or are strictly on a budget, this page right here is full of recommendations and will tell you exactly how much you'll be looking to pay.

We're heading into 2022 now, which means iPhones deals in general should be fairly quiet for a few months at least. That said, there are absolutely stellar options right now if you're looking to save - especially if you're looking to trade-in. Currently, savings of up to $1,000 are available on the iPhone 13 series with free devices being an option, depending on your eligibility.

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If you're here for the very latest and greatest, then the good news is you'll find a ton of great options on the iPhone 13 series here including multiple options to bag a free device with a trade-in. Of course, these iPhone deals aren't quite as cheap as those found on the older models, but since we've got both rounded up here at your fingertips it's easy to determine which series is best for you. If you're really on a budget too, even better news still is there are actually options to pick up a free device right now with the latest iPhone SE promotions at leading carriers.

With such long-lasting popularity and premium features, these phones often come with higher price tags than cell phone deals on their Android rivals. Luckily, there are iPhone deals everywhere if you know where to look, and, if you're willing to do a little bit of legwork in comparing retailers, you'll also find some surprisingly affordable iPhone prices. 

We've gone through the laborious steps of searching all the best retailers to save you all that effort. Below you'll find our top picks this week, as well as breakout sections for each of the current iPhone models. Further down still you'll find a handy comparison chart featuring all the latest plans from the big carriers, as well as our handy tips for scoring the best iPhone deal.

Today's best iPhone deals at a glance

Which is the best iPhone deal for me?

  • Best all-round: iPhone 13
  • Most powerful: iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Best cheap iPhone: iPhone SE
  • Also great value: iPhone 13 Mini
  • Best older iPhone: iPhone 12

iPhone 13 & 13 mini deals

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $800 with a trade-in, plus $1,000 with switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $800 with a trade-in, plus $1,000 with switch at Verizon
Verizon's iPhone deals on the 13 series offer big trade-in rebates this week, with a maximum saving of up to $800 for those who pick up a device on a new unlimited line. Note, upgraders can also get up to $700 right now and new customers will also get an additional gift card of up to $1,000 in value to help pay off those termination fees. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 Mini here.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $800 with a trade-in and new plan at AT&T

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $800 with a trade-in and new plan at AT&T
Another great carrier for iPhone deals on the latest 13-series devices is AT&T, which is offering trade-in rebates of up to $800 right now. As always, you'll need an eligible unlimited data plan to be eligible here, so definitely factor that into your costs, even though you can get the device for free. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 mini here.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $700 with an eligible trade-in at Apple

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $700 with an eligible trade-in at Apple
If you're looking for unlocked iPhone deals on the latest 13 series, you're pretty much going to have to via Apple - sorry folks. The good news, however, is that Apple's own trade-in program is open for business and its maximum saving of up to $700 is great. You will, of course, have to hand over a really recent device to get a significant saving, but it's still a good option.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save $100 with activation, plus up to $700 with trade-in at Walmart

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save $100 with activation, plus up to $700 with trade-in at Walmart
Outside of the major carriers themselves, a good option is Walmart's introductory offer on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini. Of particular note is the retailers $100 saving for AT&T devices with an activation - a great little bonus that applies regardless of whether you're trading in or not. Note, Walmart stocks multiple carrier devices but this particular deal looks to be eligible for AT&T devices only currently.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

The latest flagship from Apple

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OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina XDR (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A15 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 173g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are the two new 'standard' 2021 flagships from Apple, retailing for $799 and $699 respectively. That's actually the same as last year's 12-series devices and at first glance, the new 2021 models look strikingly similar. One look at the specs sheet, however, and you'll see there's a whole host of improvements under the hood to justify that price tag.

Firstly, a new Apple A15 Bionic processor means these are easily the most powerful mobile devices yet from the company. In fact, Apple claims that these latest chips provide a level of power that's a whopping 50% more than the closest rivals from other companies. It's not just that chip that's new either, improvements to the screen (now brighter), battery, and camera lens mean these devices aren't just merely iterative upgrades over last year's models - even if they do look very similar.

Also new is an upgraded storage capacity, which now starts at 128GB on both models - not the 64GB that we've come accustomed to on previous models. If you've already got an iPhone 12 that might not be enough to sway you into an upgrade, but for some, that's going to be a nice bonus indeed and well worth the $100 extra versus the iPhone 12's newly reduced price.

iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max deals

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max: save up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus $1,000 with switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max: save up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus $1,000 with switch at Verizon
Verizon's iPhone deals on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max follow in the same vein as those on the standard 13 but up the maximum trade-in rebate to a whopping $1,000. Even better still, new customers can get an additional $1,000 to help pay off those early termination fees. If you're simply looking to upgrade, then that's also an option with a maximum trade-in saving of up to $700. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save up to $800 with a trade-in and new plan at AT&T

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save up to $800 with a trade-in and new plan at AT&T
AT&T has offered a maximum saving of up to $1,000 off via a trade-in with its deals on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, but right now the biggest saving is $800. That's still pretty good and a decent way to cut the cost of these super-pricey flagship devices right down to size. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here.
Total cost: $199 (w/ trade on 13 Pro)  | Monthly cost: $5.56 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save up to $700 with an eligible trade-in at Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save up to $700 with an eligible trade-in at Apple
You can save a whopping maximum of $700 if you happen to have a fairly recent device to trade-in via Apple's own official program this week. While not quite enough to cover the entire cost of a device here, it's a fantastic option - especially for unlocked devices. This rebate is actually the most generous we've seen from Apple in recent times so it's definitely one you shouldn't miss if you want to do away with those pesky carrier contracts.
Total cost: $999 (iPhone 13 Pro) | $1099 (iPhone 13 Pro Max)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save $100 with activation, plus up to $700 with trade at Walmart

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save $100 with activation, plus up to $700 with trade at Walmart
One of the biggest savings available for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max can actually be found over at Walmart this week thanks to the retailer's $100 activation rebate and trade-in options for AT&T devices. Combined, those actually exceed the maximum savings available from the carrier itself this week, although that activation rebate is also handy in case you were thinking about buying the device outright without a trade.

The 120hz OLED iPhone

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OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A14 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 164g |Storage: 64 / 128 / 256GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are the two new 'premium' options for Apple fanatics in 2021. No surprises here - these are pricey phones for discerning buyers indeed with an eye-watering introductory retail price of $999 and $1,099 respectively. As you'd expect, however, you're getting some wild power and the very latest 

Like the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, Apple has carried over the same design language from the 12-series devices with the Pro models but packed them with new components. A new A15 Bionic processor with a 5-core GPU means you'll be blazing through any number of apps and particularly games with these devices. The 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are also the first Apple device's to feature a variable 120Hz refresh rate display - finally! No more playing catch up to those big Android flagships.

Key improvements have also been made to the battery life and camera system. The latter is of particular note since the iPhone 12 Pro already had one of the best smartphone cameras around. Now you'll be able to enjoy a new 'cinematic mode' for better depth and Dolby Vision in video capture, plus better low light performance and several new filters which Apple is calling 'Photographic Styles'. 

iPhone 12 & 12 mini deals

Apple iPhone 12 mini: free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon

Apple iPhone 12 mini: free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon
Quite possibly the best iPhone deal on the entire Verizon site is on the humble iPhone 12 mini, which is now free with a new unlimited data line. No trade-ins are needed here, which makes this a fairly easy way to get your hands on a 5G-compatible flagship iPhone. The bad news? This one's on backorder until mid-January so there's a significant backlog right now. It is, however, worth waiting for in our opinion.
Total cost: $0 (no trade needed)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 12: $20.28

Apple iPhone 12: $20.28 $15/mo with unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T's latest promotion on the iPhone 12 is a good option if you're looking for a 5G flagship device but don't have a device to hand over as part of a trade-in rebate. Simply pick up this device with a new line on an unlimited data plan and you'll get a nice $5 discount on your device cost per month. It's not a huge discount, but it's much cheaper overall than buying an iPhone 13 upfront at this carrier.
Total cost: $450 (no trade needed) | Monthly cost: $15 (30 mo)

Apple iPhone 12: 3-months of free service with switch at Mint Mobile

Apple iPhone 12: 3-months of free service with switch at Mint Mobile
Mint Mobile's cheap plans already made it a favorite among prepaid plan users, however, it's just released a couple of great cell phone deals on the latest flagships to really entice people over. New customers who buy either an iPhone 12, 12 mini, or iPhone 11 upfront can get an additional 3-months of service on the house. While a bit pricey upfront, this is a good option for saving some cash in the long run.

Apple iPhone 12: $100 gift card with switch at Visible

Apple iPhone 12: $100 gift card with switch at Visible
And, the prepaid carrier freebies don't there with this week's iPhone deals roundup - Visible also has some great options this week. New customers who buy a device outright and port their number in from another carrier will get a free $100 gift card on the house currently. With 5G unlimited data plans for as little as $25 per month, this carrier's definitely one of the better cheap options out there currently.
Total cost: $816 (no trade) 

Apple iPhone 12 (unlocked): $799

Apple iPhone 12 (unlocked): $799 $699, plus up to $700 off with a trade-in at Apple
Price cut -
Apple's recently cut the upfront price on both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini by a whole $100 thanks to the release of the 13-series. That makes both devices a much more compelling option if you're looking to save a bit of cash - plus, there are also very good trade-in options right now that could potentially bag you a significant additional discount.
Total cost: $699 (iPhone 12) | $599 (iPhone 12 Mini)

Now retailing for $699

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OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A14 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 190g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto| Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 12 is still a strong choice for 2021 - especially after the release of the 13-series has yielded a hefty upfront price cut of $100 on both the 12 and 12 mini. These devices now retail for $699 and $599 respectively, great prices for a device that's still fully 5G capable and pretty much virtually identical design-wise to the 13.

2020 was a first for Apple in that it essentially released two 'standard' flagship iPhones to consider. This small but mighty new iPhone 12 Mini essentially still packed in that 5G connectivity and all the new tech under the hood but rocked a smaller 5.4-inch display and comes in at $599 - $100 cheaper than its bigger sibling.

Key upgrades included a brand new Apple A14 chipset, which the company itself claims is 40% faster than the A13 on the previous range. Apple also claims that the new Ceramic Shield glass on the front display and rear panel too is significantly tougher than any glass it's previously used on any iPhone. There's also a new MagSafe charging system that's intended to make wireless charging a lot less finicky - it's essentially an in-built magnet within the phone that'll make your device stick to the pad.

Both the iPhone 12's and iPhone 12 Pro's also have a few camera upgrades, although the most premium stuff is of course reserved for the 12 Pro. If you're interested in these top-of-the-line devices, simply scroll down for more information.

If you'd like to read more, check out our iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Mini reviews.

iPhone 12 Pro & 12 Pro Max deals

Editor's note: Both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are basically discontinued now at both Apple and at the major carriers. We've left the last few deals that were available on these still-great devices down below for comparison's sake but they're getting much, much harder to find now. We'll be rolling these devices into our 'older iPhone deals' section in the next few weeks as we head into 2022.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: $28

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: $28 $20/mo with an unlimited plan at AT&T
Sold out: A nice $8/mo price cut is up for grabs on the iPhone 12 Pro Max this week at AT&T. No trade-ins are needed here to bag a discount on this awesome device, just a line on an unlimited plan. You might have to hurry to bag this one - there's only one color left in stock and this device is discontinued. Once it's gone it's gone!
Total cost: $720 | Monthly cost: $20 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max: save up to $700 with trade-in, plus $500 with switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max: save up to $700 with trade-in, plus $500 with switch at Verizon
Sold out:
Verizon's latest iPhone deals on the 12 Pro include significant savings for trade-ins right now - especially if you're switching over from another carrier. However, since the new iPhone 13 Pro is on the market now (and basically available with the same terms), we'd advocate going for that device right now or waiting it out until Black Friday to see if things get cheaper on these now older devices.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade) | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Serious iPhones for avid photgraphers

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OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A14 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 190g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto| Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max were the latest, greatest, and most powerful devices to come from Apple in 2020. The bad news? You guessed it, these are pretty pricey phones indeed coming in at $999 and $1099 respectively, although thankfully these aren't just iterative improvements over last year's iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

Alongside that new squared-off glass back design and A14 Bionic chip that are shared with the 12 and 12 Mini, the 12 Pro series rock a gorgeous stainless steel chassis and a whole bevy of camera upgrades that prove Apple is gunning for that phone photography enthusiast crowd.

A wider aperture lens' and the addition of a new LiDAR scanner are sure to be to the delight of many avid photographers, as is the Pro's support of Dolby Vision HDR - the very first smartphones in the world to do so. They're also the first Apple devices to support Apple's 'Apple ProRAW' format for stills, which means you'll have plenty of scope for editing those snaps using your photo editing software of choice.

If you'd like to read more, check out our iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max reviews.

iPhone 11 & 11 Pro deals

Apple iPhone 11:  $599

Apple iPhone 11: $599 $499 at Apple with eligible trade-in
Price drop - If you're not too bothered about 5G connectivity with your iPhone deals, then scoring a cheap unlocked iPhone 11 via the official trade-in program is a great shout. Not only has Apple knocked a full $100 off the base price of these devices since the launch of the 12-series, but you can get a really great trade-in rate currently. 

Apple iPhone 11: free with a new unlimited data line at Verizon

Apple iPhone 11: free with a new unlimited data line at Verizon
You can get the venerable iPhone 11 for free right now at Verizon with a new plan. This was the best iPhone deal on the carrier's site until it was superseded somewhat by the iPhone 12 mini, which is also available for free under the same terms right now. Since that newer device is still up for grabs right now we'd go for that, unless you're deadset against the smaller size.
Cost: $0 | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 11: $23.34

Apple iPhone 11: $23.34 $13.89/month with a new unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T was offering the iPhone 11 for as little as $10 per month just a few weeks back - a deal that's unfortunately been discontinued now. We're hoping this price returns for early 2022, although it doesn't seem likely now. In the meantime, you can still get this device for quite cheap with a new plan, just bear in mind it's not the cheapest we've ever seen on this particular phone.
Total cost: $416 | Monthly cost: $13.89 (30 mo)

Now older, but still fantastic

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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 

The iPhone 11 range might not be the latest generation of flagships from Apple, but they're still worthy of consideration - especially if you spot an iPhone deal to your liking.

The standard iPhone 11 launched at a starting price of $699 / £699, surprisingly affordable for a new iPhone and right in that Goldilocks zone for most people. Inside it features some small, albeit worthwhile iterative improvements over the previous iPhone XS - namely a larger battery, beefier processor, and a dual-camera lens.

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are even more powerful still, and are still good choices for power users, even though they're mostly discontinued now. Interestingly, the iPhone 11 Pro is actually the smallest of the trio, while the 11 Pro Max features the traditional phablet sizing you find on the most premium models. Both these iPhones feature three back cameras, as opposed to the two on the standard iPhone 11, and upgraded OLED screens. These upgrades do however come with an eye-wateringly high price - $999 / £1,049 in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro, and $1,099 / £1,149 for the 11 Pro Max.

If you'd like to read more, check out our iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max reviews.

iPhone SE deals

Apple iPhone SE:  $399 at Apple

Apple iPhone SE: $399 at Apple
You can actually score yourself a free, brand-new iPhone SE with the official Apple trade-in scheme this week. A maximum discount of up to $700 is available but you only need a device valued $399 to cover the cost of this great budget device. Even without that maximum saving you're still potentially looking at a very cheap device here indeed.

Apple iPhone SE: device, plus 2-year plan for $33/mo at Mint Mobile

Apple iPhone SE: device, plus 2-year plan for $33/mo at Mint Mobile
You can get a bargain price on your device and your plan with Mint Mobile's latest iPhone SE deal. This excellent prepaid carrier is offering a bundle offer that includes both for just $30 a month over two years. While this might seem pricey, you'd easily pay that amount for the plan alone at the big carriers like Verizon and AT&T, so it's definitely worth considering.
Total cost: $770 (plan incl)

Apple iPhone SE:  $10/mo

Apple iPhone SE: $10/mo free with new unlimited data line at Verizon
Verizon's offerings this week include a free iPhone SE option for all customers who are signing up for a new line on an unlimited data plan. While this one's a great option all around, this device isn't anywhere near as powerful as the iPhone 12 mini - which just so happens to be going for free under the same terms right now at this carrier. We'd strongly advocate going for that model instead.
Total cost: $0 (24 mo, excl plan)

Apple iPhone SE:  $50 giftcard with switch at Visible

Apple iPhone SE: $50 giftcard with switch at Visible
Switch over to Visible wireless and buy an iPhone SE and the carrier will give you a free $50 gift card as a welcome gift. Why switch? Visible has an excellent, completely unlimited data plan that can be had for as little as $25 per month - great value.
Total cost: $384 (excl. plan)

Apple's latest budget phone

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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 

The new iPhone SE is Apple's second generation edition to the hugely popular budget range of iPhones. While Apple hasn't traditionally been known for its value (normally the territory of the best android phones), this new budget iPhone packs in a whole range of up to date components.

A powerful A13 Bionic chip means this fresh new budget iPhone is fully capable of 4k video capture, sports a new portrait mode, supports wireless charging, and even features that good old fashioned Touch ID biometric fingerprint sensor. 

Apple has kept the cost down on this new device by re-using the old iPhone 8 chassis, dropping down to a single camera lens, and slimming down the battery -which are sensible cuts for most users. You're of course still getting that powerful processor, and thanks to those downgrades, these devices launched for just $399 / £419.

Want to know a bit more about this fantastic budget iPhone? We've put this phone through its paces in our iPhone SE (2020) review.

Older iPhone deals

We've included a small selection of today's best deals on older iPhone deals just down below. Before you jump, however, know that a lot of these devices will most likely be refurbished, either by Apple itself or by a third party vendor. Therefore, be cautious before you jump in and snap one up. Read the reviews and be prepared to use the retailer warranty in case the phone isn't up to scratch.

iPhone deals FAQ

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Should I get an iPhone 12 or an iPhone 13?

This one's a toughie. Both essentially feature the same design (at least outwardly) and 5G capability, which makes them both a great pick for pairing up with a speedy data plan from Verizon or AT&T. 

Price-wise, the iPhone 12 now retails at $699 - an absolute bargain and a whole $100 cheaper than the new iPhone 13. That said, you'll get a better CPU, a better screen, more battery life, and double the storage capacity (on the base model) with the iPhone 13 versus the 12. Is that worth the $100 upcharge? The answer is probably yes in our eyes.

Should I upgrade to the iPhone 13?

Where thing's get a little cloudy, however, is If you've already got yourself an iPhone 12 and are wondering if it's worth the upgrade. On paper, the iPhone 13 does look like quite an iterative upgrade all around but we'd say it's worth it - especially if your contract renewal is coming up and you can get a good deal on the latest device. Trade-in rates can range anywhere from $700 to $800 for an iPhone 12 in good working order so it's definitely worth considering that upgrade if you're willing to part with it.

Does Apple have any 5G iPhone deals?

Yes, both the iPhone 13-series and 12-series range support 5G compatibility - great news if you've been eying up one of the above iPhone deals from major carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Both offer the majority of their promotions as tie-ins for their 5G unlimited data plans, so you'll have super-smooth streaming and performance all the way.

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 dollars. Everything from the iPhone 11 Pro to the iPhone XR 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 this week's iPhone SE deals, which, while not an older device (well, relatively speaking), currently offers the best balance of price and features.

But, if you want your cheap iPhone to look, feel, and act like a flagship - things get a little bit harder. You won't, for example, get the latest iPhone 12 handsets for cheap right now, and even the now older iPhone 11 is still carrying a premium. You may, however, get lucky on the now superseded iPhone XS, which was actually offered at AT&T for just $1 a month for Black Friday 2020.

Another option is to keep an eye out for a refurbished iPhone. Generally speaking, discounts range in the $100 - $200 ballpark, depending on the age of the device, with plenty of options for unlocked devices. Despite the common objections, refurbished iPhones aren't broken or dirty, in fact, they are usually just returned within 2 weeks of their purchase.

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 13: The next flagship from Apple. Essentially a refinement of the 12-series, inside it's packing a super powerful new processor, a better battery, and a few cameras upgrades too. This is going to be the #1 iPhone for most people. 

iPhone 13 Mini: A slightly shrunken, more palm-friendly version of the main iPhone 13 flagship for 2021. It's just as powerful, has the same camera, but is a little cheaper. If you prefer smaller phones, this is the one for you.

iPhone 13 Pro: The 2021 iPhone for people who want... more. It's got a stainless steel chassis, a better camera, and a few processor upgrades over the standard iPhone 13, while essentially being the same size. 

iPhone 13 Pro Max: The biggest (and most expensive) of the new 2021 iPhone 13 series. It's essentially just an upscaled version of the iPhone 13 Pro - which isn't a bad thing with its lush 120Hz display. 

iPhone 12: A new squared-off edge design, processor and new 5G compatibility are the main features for 2020's Apple device, the iPhone 12. Is it a refinement or a huge step forward? It's a fantastic phone for sure, but now the iPhone 11 is cheaper, it's not a straightforward purchase decision.

iPhone 12 Mini: A shrunken, more palm-sized friendly version of the latest iPhone 12. It's got the same basic design, processor, and upgrades as the 12, just with a smaller screen. It's also $100 cheaper at launch, so it's a really tempting offer, especially if you prefer the more pocket-sized devices.

iPhone 12 Pro: Apple's 2020 flagship, the now older iPhone 12 Pro has a few key camera upgrades inside that are sure to be of particular interest to keen photographers alongside a stainless steel chassis. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max: The biggest and meanest iPhone from 2020. It's essentially a bigger-screen version of the iPhone 12 Pro but it does have an ever so slightly bigger sensor on its camera, which means it'll get a 5x telephoto zoom as opposed to the 4x on the standard 12 Pro.

iPhone 11: Like the previous iPhone XR the iPhone 11 had one sole goal - bring high-end Apple specs at a more affordable price. For the majority of people wanting a new iPhone this is still a great option, not least now it's much cheaper.

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 much older, but the iPhone XS still 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. Apple generally releases phones in the August to October time window, so that's often a good time to upgrade.

- 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 this year.

- 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're looking for an unlocked or prepaid device.

- 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, our iPhone deals round-up is here, freshly updated and aims to offer all the best from across the web.

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 $30 a month or $380 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.

You might also want to check out the best iPhone 11 Pro deals, or if you want something different, the best Samsung Galaxy S20 FE deals.

Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.