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The best iPhone XR deals and contracts in August 2022

Well, the iPhone XR is in a weird place. Since the release of the new iPhone 13, the iPhone XR has been discontinued, no longer available from the Apple store. And yet, you can still buy it from a host of retailers across the UK.

After the recent release of iPhone 13 deals, this older device saw the end of its lifespan - no surprise as it passed 3 years on the market making it one of Apple's longest standing options!

Not only has it seen numerous price drops since its launch, now sitting at some surprisingly cheap price points, but it does also provide a design not too dissimilar to iPhone 11 deals.

Way back when the device launched in 2018, it was just what the market needed. A 2942mAh battery, a powerful camera lens and Apple's usual powerful CPU and high definition display - all far below Apple's other devices in price.

Now, despite being discontinued, the iPhone XR remains a fantastic choice for the meantime. While retailers continue to stock it, you'll be able to get some excellent prices on the iPhone XR.

So it's affordable, has a strong spec sheet...but which plan should you go for? We've listed all of the best iPhone XR deals on this page.

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iPhone XR deals: trade-in your old phone to save money

Yes, its an older iPhone but the XR is still a pricey device. To save money on it, you can always trade in your old device. No matter what phone you have, you can use sites like Sellmymobile (opens in new tab) to get some money back for your old phone.

It compares different recycling sites, listing their TrustPilot scores, how long it will take for you to get paid, how you send your phone and of course, how much you'll get.

In terms of what you can earn, taking the Huawei P20 Pro as an example, you can get up to £116 for a working device or £32 for a completely broken device. Or if you have an iPhone 8, you could earn up to £183.

Want to know more? See our how to sell my phone guide

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iPhone XR review

iPhone XR deals

iPhone XR review in brief

Best value flagship iPhone you can buy


Screen size: 6.1-inch
Display: Liquid Retina 828 x 1792
Rear camera: 12MP
Weight: 194g
OS: iOS 12
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

iPhone XR deals: FAQ

iPhone XR deals or iPhone 11?

The iPhone 11 and XR have recently become much more comparable devices thanks to both handsets getting a price drop. Now, the iPhone 11 is much nearer to the iPhone XR in price than it used to be.

While the iPhone XR is still cheaper, it doesn't quite have the same specs as the iPhone 11 has. Thanks to this, we would argue that the iPhone 11 is the better choice if you don't mind paying slightly more.

iPhone XR deals or iPhone SE?

The iPhone XR has quickly dropped to a price point where it almost matches the iPhone SE. At this point, it now means these two devices are almost matched for the spot of best cheap iPhone.

However, the iPhone SE is still a little bit cheaper and has the benefits of a faster processor. On the other hand, the iPhone XR is a more modern looking phone, offering a larger display and a bigger battery.

The key question to ask yourself really is about size and design. The iPhone XR is larger, uses Face ID and looks more modern. The iPhone SE is smaller, more powerful and uses Touch ID.

Is the iPhone XR still good value?

This hasn't been Apple's top or best value iPhone for a while now but it is still a top choice. The iPhone 11 slid in to take its position a few months ago but they're really not hugely different in specs.

If you don't mind a weaker processor, battery and general down-grade in camera then the iPhone XR will be a far cheaper substitute.

Should I upgrade to the XS or XS Max?

While not as expensive as they once were, both the XS and XS Max do carry much higher price tags than the XR. If you can stomach a bump up in the costs that you'll be paying then go for the jump.

You'll be getting an additional camera lens, a larger display and a more powerful processor.

Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes

Alex is a journalist who has written extensively about all things broadband, SIMs and phone contracts, as well as scouring the internet to land you the best prices on the very latest in gadgets and tech. Whether that be with the latest iPhones and Android handsets, breaking down how broadband works or revealing the cheapest SIM plans, he's in the know, and will help you land a bargain.