The best iPhone XR deals and UK contracts in March 2019

The iPhone XR now has just over half a year under its belt, which in the rapid world of mobile phone deals means it is slowly becoming an 'old model'. The good news there is that prices are now falling left, right and centre and dare we say this device is now...affordable? We dare indeed, with prices now well under £1000 over the two years this is now officially an 'affordable' flagship device...so to speak. 

And while we would now consider this budget, or at least in Apple's terms we would, it is still currently one of the best and most powerful phones out there. Just a small amount of time into 2019 and prices are already looking very agreeable with contracts on EE, big data and everything in between falling into nice price ranges.

It's safe to say that the Apple hasn't fallen far from the tree as the iPhone XR has taken all of the best features of it's predecessors, the iPhone XS and XS Max and slashed the price tag. With that in mind we really feel like we can shout about this as the best iPhone out right now.

With its array of bright new colours and that stunning Liquid Retina display, the iPhone XR is a absolutely massive leap up from the 8. The bezels have almost completely disappeared except for a small notch at the top, which does mean goodbye to the home button. And that souped up A12 Bionic chipset is bringing a lot of power to the iPhone XR's brains.

Excited by the prospect of a new XR? Well, with TechRadar's helping hand - and, more crucially, our price comparison chart (custom-made of course) - you can be sure that you won't pay be paying more than you need to for your new iPhone deal.

iPhone XR deals: today's top 5 best in the UK

iPhone XR | £389 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 1GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £22pm
So we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that Mobiles.co.uk dropped its 4GB data £23 a month tarrif. The good news is that they replaced it with this. Yes, the data dropped down to 1GB but you do pay less a month so it all balances out. This is one of the cheapest ways to get the XR on a monthly basis. Total cost over 24 months is £917

Click to grab the iPhone XR for less than £25 p/m at Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone XR | £140 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
Our current editor's pick and an iPhone XR deal so good, it has to be snatched up while it's here. Whether its the comforting data cap that pulls you in or the happy balance between upfront and monthly costs - this is the contract that doesn't stop giving. Total cost over 24 months is £966
View this great value deal at Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone XR | FREE upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £43pm
Want your iPhone XR deal on EE - the UK's fastest 4G network? Well this is the way to go. £43 a month may seem like a lot to pay a month but 30GB of data is a great amount to have and the upfront costs really aren't too much either. You can go cheaper on EE but will be dropping the amount of data you get.  Total cost over 24 months is £1,032

See this brilliant EE deal at Affordable Mobiles

iPhone XR | £49 upfront | All-you-can-eat data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £58pm
When it comes to all-you-can-eat data, it's always going to be Three that wins but we assumed it would be unbearably expensive with the XR. Although the cost has slowly crept up it still hasn't become too expensive yet.  The upfront spend is pretty cheap too. So if it's all the data you need, it's all the data you'll get with Three. Total cost over 24 months is £1,441

Get this all-you-can-eat tariff direct from Three

iPhone XR 256GB | FREE upfront | 60GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £58pm
Want to make sure that you have ample room for all your photos, music and podcasts? Then it doesn't cost too much more to crank things up to the 256GB model. You're back to the UK's fastest 4G network here, with £58 bills and nothing upfront. And you don't even have to go short on data. Total cost over 24 months is £1,392

See this big storage deal on EE from Affordable Mobiles

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iPhone XR review in brief

Best value flagship iPhone you can buy

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 6.1-inch | Display: Liquid Retina 828 x 1792 | Rear camera: 12MP | Weight: 194g | OS: iOS 12 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | External storage: No | Battery: 2942mAh

Reasons to Buy
Delicious large display
Camera improvements
Lots of fun colours to choose from
Reasons to Avoid
Chunkier design than some

The home button is dead, long live the notch! It features on what immediately becomes the best value iPhone on the market, with the iPhone XR having all the appearance of more premium models but at a considerably lower cost.

There's no dual lens here, but the main camera does have a 12MP sensor and smart HDR. Excellent photos - in low light or otherwise - are more or less guaranteed. The innards are as finely tuned as ever and call is shallow but we're loving that clutch of new colours. A welcome change from muted Space Grey and Rose Gold.

If you've been an iPhone user for a while and have been waiting for an end to the customary incremental upgrades Apple usually launches, then 2018 may be the time to upgrade your iPhone.

Read TechRadar's full iPhone XR review

Now let's break down the best iPhone XR deals by network...

iPhone XR deals on EE: the best today

iPhone XR | FREE upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £43pm
Want your iPhone XR deal on EE - the UK's fastest 4G network? Well this is the way to go. £43 a month may seem like a lot to pay a month but 30GB of data is a great amount to have and the upfront costs really aren't too much either. You can go cheaper on EE but will be dropping the amount of data you get.  Total cost over 24 months is £1,077

See this brilliant EE deal at Affordable Mobiles

iPhone XR 256GB | FREE upfront | 60GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £58pm
Want to make sure that you have ample room for all your photos, music and podcasts? Then it doesn't cost too much more to crank things up to the 256GB model. You're back to the UK's fastest 4G network here, with £58 bills and no upfront charges. And you don't even have to go short on data. Total cost over 24 months is £1,392

See this big storage deal on EE from Buy Mobiles

iPhone XR deals on O2: the best today

iPhone XR | £59 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £38pm
Our current Editor's Pick and for a limited amount of time, it is even cheaper than usual. Right now you can get this deal for just £59 upfront (with our 10OFF code and £38 a month, that is a whole lot of great value wrapped up into one. Total cost over 24 months is £971
View this great value deal at Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone XR | £240 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £30pm
If you're happy to pay a bit more upfront to gain those beautiful cheap monthly costs this is a great way to go. After paying £240 upfront you will be left with just £30 a month, that is a great price to have on such a new device. And to make it even better, this contract doesn't even scrape on data to get you this price. Total cost over 24 months is £960

View this great value deal at e2save

iPhone XR deals on Vodafone: the best today

iPhone XR | £389 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 1GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £22pm
So we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that Mobiles.co.uk dropped its 4GB data £23 a month tarrif. The good news is that they replaced it with this. Yes, the data dropped down to 1GB but you do pay less a month so it all balances out. This is the cheapest way to get the XR on a monthly basis. Total cost over 24 months is £917

Click to grab the iPhone XR for less than £25 p/m at Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone XR deals on Three: the best today

iPhone XR | £49 upfront | All-you-can-eat data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £58pm
Well this is a lot more affordable than we thought it would be. Three was always going to be the network offering all-you-can-eat data, but we assumed the monthly price would be waaaaaaay over £50. The upfront spend is reasonable too. So if it's all the data you need, it's all the data you'll get with Three. Total cost over 24 months is £1,441

Get this AYCE iPhone deal direct from Three