The best iPhone XR deals in January 2019

Even though the iPhone XR was only launched a couple of months ago, contract deals have already begun to fall and now entering 2019 they seem to be at their lowest yet. Well it is the key sales period of the year, and the XR hasn't been left out of the cost cutting fun.

Over Black Friday and the Christmas period we saw some of the absolute best iPhone XR deals, but that doesn't mean there isn't any good ones now. We are constantly seeing the price of the device climb and drop so there is always some great deals out there. Over the Christmas period and now entering the January sales we've seen some brilliant deals. Sub-£34 monthly payments, for example, is what we want to become a new normal for iPhone XR deals.

We're not shy in saying that the iPhone XR has got us really excited about Apple smartphones again. With the looks and some of the smarts of the top-of-the-range models in the family but with a much lower cost, we can really shout about the latest and greatest iPhone XR deals without hesitation. 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 iPhone XR deal.

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

iPhone XR | £380 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £23pm
We love that Mobiles.co.uk has these £23 tariffs on pretty much every handset on the market, even those flagship phones only released in late 2018. You probably won't be surprised that the cheap bills get balanced out by a big old upfront spend. But if you have the cash, then it pays off in the long run to put down a weighty deposit. Total cost over 24 months is £932

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

iPhone XR | £175 upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
£175 upfront seems like a lot but then the monthly costs that come with it are just so worth it. Just £34 a month for what is a pretty decent amount of data. This deal used to have huge cashback but it is still a great offer to grab. Total cost over 24 months is £991
View this great value deal at Mobiles.co,uk

iPhone XR | FREE upfront | 50GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £48pm
This has been the tariff that all the big retailers have been trying to undercut each other on. And that can only mean great news for you, because the total two year cost has already sunk below the £1,200-mark and keeps on getting better. Check out all that data, vanished upfront cost, sub-£50 bills and £25 cashback. Rejoice to the God of phone deals! Total cost over 24 months is £1,152

See this EE deal at Affordable Mobiles

iPhone XR | £49 upfront | All-you-can-eat data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £50pm
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 £1,249

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 | 50GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £48pm
This has been the tariff that all the big retailers have been trying to undercut each other on. And that can only mean great news for you, because the total two year cost has already sunk below the £1,200-mark and keeps on getting better. Check out all that data, vanished upfront cost, sub-£50 bills and £25 cashback. Rejoice to the God of phone deals! Total cost over 24 months is £1,152

See this 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 deal | O2 | £175 upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
Paying just £34 a month for an iPhone XR is pretty rare, usually there is a massive upfront cost but here you're only paying £175 upfront which is barely anything in the grand scheme of XR prices. Not to mention there's 15GB of data up for grabs here. Total cost over 24 months is £991

Get this brilliant deal on Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone XR deal | O2 | £49 upfront | 25GB 75 data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £43pm
75GB of data is an absolutely huge amount, good luck getting through all of this each month. And the best bit of this deal? This is still pretty cheap for this much data. £43 a month and just £49 upfront, a deal you shouldn't miss out on. Total cost over 24 months is £1081

Get this big data deal on Mobile Phones Direct

iPhone XR deals on Vodafone: the best today

iPhone XR | £380 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £23pm
We love that Mobiles.co.uk has these £23 tariffs on pretty much every handset on the market, even those flagship phones only released in late 2018. You probably won't be surprised that the cheap bills get balanced out by a big old upfront spend. But if you have the cash, then it pays off in the long run to put down a weighty deposit. Total cost over 24 months is £932

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

iPhone XR | £75.99 upfront | 26GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £50pm
If you're a Vodafone devotee (and we know that there are a bunch of you out there) then this is the best value we've found on the XR,. The upfront spend is quite big but the data allowance is brilliant. But other networks can do better than this at the moment. Total cost over 24 months is £1,275.99

View this iPhone XR offer straight from Fonehouse

iPhone XR deals on Three: the best today

iPhone XR | £99 upfront | 1GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £44pm
Three isn't yet that competitive on the iPhone XR, unless of course your're looking for an unlimited data deal (more on which below). This is the cheapest you can get it in the early running, but there are cheaper low data tariffs available from other networks at the moment. Total cost over 24 months is £1,115

View this deal direct from Three

iPhone XR | £49 upfront | All-you-can-eat data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £50pm
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 £1,249

Get this AYCE iPhone deal direct from Three