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The best cheap iPhone deals and prices for May 2022

We've rounded together all of this week's best iPhone deals into a comprehensive list right here. Regardless of whether you're on the hunt for the latest flagship or something a little cheaper, you'll be able to see our recommendations here and easily contrast and compare a ton of different options.

Highlights for this week's iPhone deals? First up - check out the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE 2022 at Verizon, both of which are available for free right now with an unlimited data plan with no trade in needed. Mint Mobile and Visible are also offering excellent freebies right now for new customers - both of which are fantastic choices for those looking for a real budget carrier.

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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 some of the older devices - the iPhone 12 mini in particular.

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 12 mini
  • 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 at Verizon
Verizon's switched up its deals on the iPhone 13 heavily this week (and on most other flagships) to re-focus on trade in rebates. While before you could get this device for $10 per month on a new unlimited line, now you'll have to trade-in for a discount. On the plus side, the maximum rebate of up to $800 ($700 on the mini) is actually enough to get this device for free. Upgraders can also trade in for a discount of up to $700, granted they're going for an eligible 5G plan. See this same deal on the iPhone 13 mini here.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $700 with a trade-in and new plan at AT&T
AT&T's iPhone deals have recently been reigned in to a maximum trade-in rebate of up to $700 (it used to be $800). That said, this total saving is actually enough to get the cheaper iPhone 13 mini for free and the standard iPhone 13 for just $99. Spread over a 36 month plan duration that's not too pricey - although you will need to be signed up to an eligible unlimited data plan to be eligible here, so bear that in mind. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 mini here.
Total cost: $99 (w/ trade on 13)  | Monthly cost: $2.75 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $650 with an eligible trade-in at Apple
For unlocked iPhone deals your only destination is going to be via Apple itself, unfortunately. The company holds a near monopoly on non-refurb devices pretty much but it's not all bad news - nope, it has a great trade-in program to check out also. Right now the maximum saving is $650, which isn't as good as the big carriers but it's more than enough to help cut that cost down to size. Trade-in, get an unlocked device via Apple, then pair it up with the prepaid (or major) carrier of your choice.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade)  | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $800 with a trade-in at Best Buy
Outside of the major carriers themselves, one of the better options for iPhone deals is via Best Buy. Right now the retailer is offering trade-in rebates for all major carriers on all devices with savings of up to $800. In general, the rates here are in line with those offered by the carriers themselves but sometimes they actually exceed them. In short, it's worth checking in.

Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: 6-month plan free /w device at Mint Mobile
Considering going prepaid? Mint Mobile is a great choice and even better still - it's offering its own iPhone 13 deal right now. Buy a device upfront at the carrier and Mint will gift you a 6-month plan on the house, giving you a nice little welcome bonus. Even though you're buying your device upfront here, long-term this will equate to a much cheaper option overall, given the monthly plan cost. See this same deal on the iPhone 13 mini here.

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 $800 with a trade-in at Verizon
Verizon's iPhone deals on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have been pared back a bit recently from a maximum trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 down to 'just' $800. That's a bit of a bummer but you'll still be able to chip off a big chunk of your device payments with this particular deal. Note, this deal is open to both new and existing customers, although upgraders will need to be going to a 5G plan to be eligible for a saving. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade on 13 Pro)  | Monthly cost: $0 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save up to $700 with a trade-in and new plan at AT&T
AT&T has previously offered up to $1,000 off these premium devices with its iPhone deals but right now it's maximum trade-in rebate is $700. That's a bit of bummer but this is still very much a decent deal if you're interested in this carrier specifically. Note, as with all major carriers, you can now choose to get a device in the new Alpine Green color if you'd like. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here.
Total cost: $299 (w/ trade on 13 Pro)  | Monthly cost: $8.3 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: save up to $650 with an eligible trade-in at Apple
You can save a whopping maximum of $650 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: $150 gift card with switch at Visible
A top prepaid choice for iPhone deals, new customers at Visible can score themselves a free $150 online gift card at Visible this week. While you'll be paying upfront for your device here, this one's a great long-term choice if you're looking to save on the entirety of your phone bills. Visible has unlimited 5G data plans for as little as $25 per month, a very, very reasonable price indeed. See this deal on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here.
Total cost: $984 (iPhone 13 Pro) | $1080 (iPhone 13 Pro Max)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: 6-months free service for new customers at Mint Mobile
While some may balk at the thought of a prepaid plan with such a pricey device, this week's iPhone deals at Mint Mobile offer a compelling choice, in our opinion. Right now, this superb cheaper carrier is offering new customers who purchase a device via its shop a full 6-months of service for free, which combines with cheap rates for another decent lower-cost choice. See this deal on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here.
Total cost: $1,089 (iPhone 13 Pro) | $1,189 (iPhone 13 Pro Max)

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: free with a new unlimited data plan at Verizon
One of the best iPhone deals all year is back at Verizon this week. No trade in is needed (at all) to score the venerable iPhone 12 with zero device payments right now, only a new line on an unlimited data plan. Considering this device still retails for $699, this is an absolute bargain of a deal if your old device isn't going to fetch a big trade in rebate. This is easily one of Verizon's best iPhone deals right now, alongside the iPhone SE 2022 - which is also free under the same terms.
Total cost: $0 | Monthly cost: $0 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 12: $150 gift card switch at Visible
A lower price tag (and the 13) and full 5G compatibility makes the iPhone 12 a fantastic pairing with Visible Wireless. Not only can you get fully unlimited 5G data plans for as little as $25 per month with this carrier but its offering some great freebies for new customers right now. Up for grabs is a $150 online gift card for those who port their number over and pick up an iPhone 12 at Visible.
Total cost: $816 (no trade) 

Apple iPhone 12: $20.28 $15/mo with unlimited plan at AT&T
Annoyingly AT&T has raised the price of the iPhone 12 on its network from $10 per month to $15 per month recently. While this isn't an amazing iPhone deal in our opinion, it is still one of the better non-trade-in options out there right now if you're looking for a powerful flagship that doesn't break the bank. This carrier also doesn't have many options that don't involve handing over an old device either, which makes it valuable in context.
Total cost: $540 (no trade needed) | Monthly cost: $15 (36 mo)

Apple iPhone 12: 6-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 6-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 (unlocked): $799 $699, plus up to $650 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 SE deals

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $200 gift card and AirPods 3 with switch at Visible Wireless
We love Visible's deal on the iPhone SE 2022 this week as it's easily one of the best on its entire site. Not only will new customers get a $200 gift card (one of the biggest offered by the carrier currently), but they'll also score themselves a free pair of new Apple AirPods 3. That's a lot of added value to those looking to pick up a device on this carrier, which offers excellent unlimited 5G data plans for as little as $25 per month.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon
Verizon's latest deal on the iPhone SE 2022 is offering this new budget device for free with a new line on an unlimited data plan - easily its best promotion yet on the device. While this one gets top marks from us in regards to value, the iPhone 12 is also free right now under the same terms at this carrier, which is also well worth considering. It's technically still a higher valued device than the iPhone SE 2022 so probably the better deal currently.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: 6-months of free service with device at Mint Mobile
Going prepaid? Mint Mobile is a great choice and it's offering new users a chance to get a whole 6-months of service for free right now. To be eligible, you'll need to purchase a device outright with a 6-month plan. This can be quite pricey upfront but if you do that you'll be set for a full year of speedy 5G data. Going with Mint will mean big savings in the long run - especially if you were also considering going with one of the bigger carriers.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: from $7/mo with unlimited plan at Walmart
Walmart has listed carrier iPhone SE 2022 devices for as little as $7 per month today - one of the best prices we've seen so far. Eligible with a new plan at either Verizon or AT&T, it's highly likely you'll have to trade-in a device here to get the best rate - or sign up for a pricey 5G unlimited data plan. Note, we've linked to the Verizon carrier version here but you'll also find an identical listing for AT&T devices here.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: save up to $650 with a trade-in at AT&T
AT&T's offering its standard trade-in rebates with its launch iPhone SE 2022 deals, which means you can get up to $650 in account credit if you trade in for this device. Note, we've listed the maximum saving here - which is only eligible with super high-end devices. A more realistic estimate, for the iPhone 11 for example, would be around $190 off, which is still a nice little price cut on this new budget device. 

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $429 $379.99 at Boost Mobile
Sure, it's not the biggest price cut in the world, but this week's $50 discount at Boost Mobile is its best yet on the new Apple iPhone SE 2022. Valid with any data plan, you'll be saving a decent chunk here - not to mention the savings you'll be making on your monthly payments should you forgo the usual unlimited data plans at one of the bigger carriers. With some great pay-monthly and family options, Boost is one of the better prepaid carriers out there at the moment.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple
Ahh, the classic. Yes, the Apple trade-in program is, as you would expect, available on the latest budget device from the brand. At launch, you'll need an iPhone 8 or later to be eligible here but a maximum saving of up to $650 will be in effect. While enough to technically cover the entire cost of the device, it's likely you won't get the full amount if you're upgrading from a 2020 SE, so bear that in mind.

The updated budget iPhone

Apple iPhone SE 2022 in Midnight, Starlight, and Product Red

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OS: iOS 15 | Screen size: 4.7-inch Liquid Retina| Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A15 Bionic | Memory: 4GB | Weight: 144g |Storage: 64 / 128 / 256| Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide | Front camera: 7MP 

The biggest selling point for the new iPhone SE is undoubtedly the A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor featured in the high-end iPhone 13. Having such a powerful chip in a mid-range device is a real scoop and now means this humble 'budget' iPhone is challenging even the most premium Android devices when it comes to power.

However, for most users, it's going to be the features that this chip unlocks that are the real highlight of this device. Not only will it get you 5G on a budget Apple device (finally), but it'll mean you'll unlock some handy algorithmic features like live text translation and more camera wizardry. Apple also claims that this new chip will enable this iPhone SE 2022 to be more battery efficient, something its predecessor struggled with its tiny battery capacity.

It's not all good news, though, as the iPhone SE 2022 has the same basic design as the old iPhone SE 2020. That means you've got all the latest tech crammed into a basic design that's been around in some form or the other since 2018 with the iPhone 8. It still holds up in a way but bear in mind you're getting big, thick bezels and a relatively small 4.7-inch display - something that lags behind the competition when it comes to screen real estate.

According to the company, the new iPhone SE 2022 will ship with Apple's latest iOS 15 operating system and be guaranteed updates for many years to come. Check out our full Apple iPhone SE 2022 review for our full thoughts on this device.

iPhone 11 & 11 Pro deals

Apple iPhone 11: $599 $499, plus up to $650 off with trade-in at Apple
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
You can get the venerable iPhone 11 for free right now at Verizon with a new plan. This was the best 'cheapo' iPhone deal on the Verizon site until the carrier started offering the 12-series devices and the new 2022 SE for free under the same terms. That puts this one as essentially a back-up deal in our eyes, as we'd highly recommend picking up a one of the newer devices for free instead, if you can.
Cost: $0 | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)

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. This isn't a bad price to pay for a phone that still holds up in 2022 but we'd advocate the iPhone 12 instead (see above). Not only is that device much better all around, but it's actually cheaper right now at AT&T.
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.

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: A good budget choice, the iPhone SE 2022 features an outwardly older design (akin to the iPhone 8), while packing in the same chip as the iPhone 13 - an A15 Bionic. That gives this device a ton of power for the price if you don't mind an older looking phome.

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 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.