Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were discontinued by Apple after the introduction of the iPhone SE - on sale from Friday 24 April. As a result discounts and deals for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now excedingly rare.
We are finding that many contract deals for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now out-of-stock. We have also seen the total cost of those deals that are still available has risen compared to what they were before April. And many of the deals we are seeing are for refurbished iPhone 8 models.
However, some companies are still offering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, so if that's what you want we are here to help. We've scoured the web to find the best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus deals and contracts to help you decide where to buy.
Should you buy an iPhone 8?
The crucial question is should you buy the iPhone 8? As we discuss here: Should you buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8? It will need to be a really good deal to be worth spending your money.
The answer to that question of whether you should buy depends on what the price is.
You should also be aware that while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus had a high price when introduced in 2017 that price has declined over the years. For example, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus saw a price drop following the unveiling of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max at the September 2019 Apple Event. So, before it was discontinued, the iPhone 8 cost from £479 and the iPhone 8 Plus was £579.
If the iPhone 8 you are considering is being sold SIM-free for more than £400 we'd strongly advise you to look at the iPhone SE - it's a much better iPhone with a low price (although not as low here in the UK).
The new iPhone SE starts at £419 meaning the newer phone (with a better processor) is even cheaper than the iPhone 8 was!
It's not so simple when it comes to the iPhone 8 Plus - if you want a big screen and a Home Button and you can find an iPhone 8 Plus at a good price then it might be worth buying- we say if, because they are hard to find. Read more about how the iPhone 8 compares to the iPhone SE here. If you want to look at some iPhone SE deals visit this article: Best iPhone SE deals.
Read on for the best deals. Also: Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals.
iPhone 8 UK price
The iPhone 8 (reviewed here) was available in two capacities: 64GB and 128GB. There used to be a 256GB model, but this option is now only available at the Apple Refurbished Store (although you might find it available elsewhere - it's available for £749 on Amazon, for example.)
Prior to the introduction of the iPhone SE in April 2020 Apple sold the various configurations of iPhone 8 for:
|iPhone Model||New Price||Original Price||Total Saving|
|iPhone 8 - 64GB||£479||£599||£120 off|
|iPhone 8 - 128GB (New)||£529||-||-|
|iPhone 8 - 256GB||£539 (refurbished)||£749||£210 off|
Clearly you should not be paying anything like these prices for the iPhone 8 now.
iPhone 8 Plus UK price
Like the iPhone 8 model, the iPhone 8 Plus (reviewed here) also saw a discount in September 2019 and was then discontinued in April 2020.
Here's what the iPhone 8 Plus was sold for at launch, and then prior to being discontinued after the introduction of the iPhone SE:
|iPhone Model||New Price||Original Price||Total Saving|
|iPhone 8 Plus - 64GB||£579||£699||£120 off|
|iPhone 8 Plus - 128GB (New)||£629||-||-|
|iPhone 8 Plus - 256GB||£619 (refurbished)||£849||£230 off|
Clearly you should not be paying anything like these prices for the iPhone 8 Plus now.
Best iPhone 8 deals
While it can be cheaper in the long run to buy the iPhone 8 SIM-free, that's a lot of cash to splash in one go so many will prefer signing up for a contract. We've got the best contract and SIM-free deals to share with you right here.
Best iPhone 8 contracts
Here's are some great deals we're seeing on the iPhone 8 right now:
Here's are some of the deals we've found for iPhone 8:
- iPhone 8 64GB, O2 (refurbished)
£0 upfront, £14.50 a month for 24 months, 10GB data, unlimited minutes & texts. Total cost £348. Get the deal here at Affordable Mobiles.
- iPhone 8 128GB, EE (refurbished)
£0 upfront, £22 a month for 24 months, unlimited minutes & texts. Total cost £528. Get the deal here at EE.
- iPhone 8 64GB, VeryMe (refurbished)
£35 upfront, £20 a month for 24 months, 4GB data, unlimited minutes & texts. Total cost £515. Get the deal here at Mobiles.co.uk.
You can also use the price comparison tool below to find other great deals.
iPhone 8 SIM-free deals
There are very few places selling the iPhone 8 now that Apple has discontinued it. Those that are selling the handset are not offering particularly good deals, and many are refurbished models:
- You can buy the 256GB iPhone 8 at Amazon for £507.54 (refurbished).
You can use our live pricing tool below to see the best iPhone 8 SIM-free prices from various retailers in the UK right now.
Best iPhone 8 Plus deals
The iPhone 8 Plus is a good option if you like the price of the iPhone SE but would prefer to get a bigger screen. If you can find a iPhone 8 Plus at a good price then it might be perfect for you. We've got the best contract deals and SIM-free deals to share with you right here.
Best iPhone 8 Plus contracts
- iPhone 8 Plus 64GB, VeryMe (refurbished)
£0 upfront, £24 a month for 24 months, 54GB data, unlimited minutes & texts. Total cost £576. Get the deal here at Mobiles.co.uk.
Alternatively, use our contract comparison widget below to see the best contract deals available for the iPhone 8 Plus right now.
Phone 8 Plus SIM-free deals
Prior to the introduction of the iPhone SE the iPhone 8 Plus was available SIM-free from Apple for £579 (64GB) or £629 (128GB). As with the iPhone 8 very few resellers are still selling the iPhone 8.
- Amazon were selling the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus for £578.99 (a 1p saving on Apple's price) right now that model is listed as out of stock.
As with the iPhone 8 above, you can use our pricing comparison tool to see iPhone 8 Plus SIM-free prices too.
Best refurbished iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus deals
Don't forget that you can also save when you buy a refurbished iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus). The Apple Refurbished Store is the first place to check for refurbished stock, especially if you want to buy the 256GB model. Certified refurbished devices are thoroughly examined by Apple experts and guaranteed to work like new.
Amazon has its own refurbished line called Amazon Renew, where you can find discounted refurbished or open-boxed tech ranging from laptops, computers, tablets to cameras, TVs and of course phones. While iPhone 8 devices (or 8 Plus) are not Apple certified refurbished, they are carefully checked by Amazon's technicians and come with a 1-year supplier's warranty. You can pick up a renewed iPhone 8 from £263.80 from Amazon and iPhone 8 Plus for £325 (although that's now out-of-stock).