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The best iPhone deals in December 2019

With Apple just adding a new trio of phones to its already massive range, landing the perfect iPhone deals just became even harder. Whether you’re looking for cheap iPhones or Apple’s most impressive (and expensive) flagship, you’ve got a lot of choice.

The likes of the cheaper iPhone 7 and even the semi-affordable iPhone XR have seen price drops recently. Or if you would rather get something newer, Apple has finally cottoned onto the idea of a ‘affordable flagship’ offering the brand new iPhone 11 at a surprisingly low price tag. Yep, we've started using the words 'affordable' and 'iPhone deals' in the same breath.

Ahead of the game and know which iPhone you want? Use our comparison chart below to find the best iPhone contract for you. Or if you need to know more, scroll down to find out everything you need to know about buying an iPhone.

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Which iPhone is right for you?

As much as we would love to just tell you that there is a simple answer to this question, there really isn't. However, like most manufacturers out there, Apple can more or less be broken into two categories - cheap iPhones and the latest releases.

For those who don't care about fancy specs, there is a strong collection of affordable handsets from Apple - the iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and more. These kinds of devices have seen a major reduction in price since they were released and mean Apple doesn't have to take an axe to your bank account.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Apple's flagships and top devices. These range from Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone X all the way through to Apple's beast of a phone the iPhone 11 Pro Max with its powerful hardware and intimidating price tag. 

Apple iPhone 11

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iPhone 11

Apple's latest at a suprisingly affordable price

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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 

It's finally here - Apple's latest and greatest. The iPhone 11 is a surprisingly affordable addition to the iPhone deals family, offering a dual camera set-up and giant battery at a price lower than the iPhone XR. Prices have already started to fall into affordability despite barely being on the market for long.

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iPhone 11 Pro

Apple's best phone currently on the market

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Cheap iPhones

Okay so while Apple doesn't exactly make budget phones or have any 'affordable ranges', there are still a few devices that have fallen in price. Below we've listed the best cheap iPhones ranging from the iPhone SE to the iPhone 6S so you can find your perfect cheap iPhone deal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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iPhone SE

The new iPhone SE is an iPhone 6S in the shape of an iPhone 5S

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

When it comes to the iPhone SE there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that this phone is slowly disappearing with most retailers no longer stocking it and the costs going up and down. The good news is that its drop has resulted in a number of other top iPhone deals becoming cheaper, giving you more affordable options across the Apple range. 

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iPhone deals FAQ

Can I get any free gifts with iPhone deals?

Currently, if you buy any iPhone deal (including the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro), either SIM-free or on contract, you will also get a year of Apple TV+ for free. This is a brand new service from Apple, only actually launching in early November.

In essence, Apple TV+ is the company's direct competition to both Netflix and Amazon Prime, offering a host of original shows and films. A number of originals have already been announced with a host of big names involved, including Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg.

Find out more about Apple TV Plus

When is the next iPhone coming out?

The most recent batch of iPhones - the 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max - very recently came out, bringing Apple up to date with its competition. That does however mean that we now won't see a new iPhone until late 2020. You can expect Apple to launch its next batch of devices in September 2020, likely including a 5G iPhone.

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.

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.

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 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.

iPhone 7: While all of the phones above are still pretty expensive, the iPhone 7 has seen a considering drop in price. Don't care about fancy specs? This will be the phone to go for.

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.