The iPhone XR, which launched three years ago in September 2018, spent a year as the most popular iPhone, with (at the time) premium features, but a more affordable price tag than its siblings.
The iPhone XR is still on sale - for now - at a much reduced price. Apple reduced the price from £749 to £629 in September 2019, and then in October 2020 after introducing the iPhone 12 range the price dropped to £499.
We say "for now" because, with a new iPhone looming, Apple is likely to discontinue the iPhone XR very soon.
So, the question is, if you can get a deal on the iPhone XR should you buy it?
In this article we bring you the very best iPhone XR deals. Our experts are continuously scouring the web for the best prices, both SIM-free and on contract.
There are also various resellers that have refurbished iPhone XR models, including Apple themselves from time to time. In this article we will also look at the best refurbished iPhone XR deals.
It's been a while since we've seen any discounts on a new iPhone XR. In March 2021 Amazon did offer some discounts on the iPhone XR in its Spring Sale. If you were quick you could have picked up an iPhone XR for £466.85. Unfortunately they sold out very quickly!
Right now the best deal we've seen is from Laptops Direct:
- Get the 128GB iPhone XR (usually £549) from LaptopsDirect for £479 (plus postage) here. That's £70 off Apple's price.
If you're looking for discounts on Apple's other iPhones, check out our round-up of the best iPhone 11 deals and our iPhone SE deals, and of course our best deals for the iPhone 12 series. We also have a round up of the best Apple deals we've seen.
Should I buy iPhone XR?
As we mentioned above, Apple will be updating its range of iPhones very soon. This will likely mean that it stops selling the iPhone XR.
Apple is likely to position another iPhone in the price bracket currently occupied by the iPhone XR. This could be the iPhone 11, or Apple could simplify the range by ditching both the XR and the 11 and lowering the price of the iPhone 12 to the level of the iPhone XR.
We can only speculate about this, but, needless to say, there will be price changes and that will impact on whether an iPhone XR deal is a good deal or not. So keep this in mind.
Right now the iPhone XR has competition from six other iPhones: the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as the iPhone 11 and the iPhone SE. It's the most iPhones Apple has ever sold at one time in fact.
The iPhone XR's most natural competition comes from the iPhone 11 and the iPhone SE. So you may well be wondering which one of those will best suit you. In which case we recommend reading iPhone XR vs iPhone 11 or iPhone SE vs iPhone XR. We also have an iPhone buying guide.
How does the iPhone XR match up to these handsets - which all have a better processor than it does? Two years on it's still a good handset, with a great price and a full screen display - which means no Home button. Read our iPhone XR review to find out more. We also have a separate article where we discuss when the best time to buy an iPhone is.
How much should iPhone XR cost?
If you buy the iPhone XR from Apple, it will cost you £499/$499.
We suggest that you keep the price of the iPhone SE at the back of your mind as that newer iPhone SE now costs just £399/$399 (in the UK the SE was previously £419).
If you buy an iPhone XR directly from Apple you can choose between 64GB and 128GB of built-in storage, priced as follows:
- 64GB: Now £499/$499, was £629/$599 (at launch was £749/$749)
- 128GB: Now £549/$549, was £679/$649 (at launch was £799/$799)
- 256GB: Discontinued (at launch it was £899/$899)
With the 128GB iPhone XR just costing a few pounds (or dollars) more than the 64GB model we'd suggest that you choose the model with greater capacity.
Another thing to bear in mind is that Apple will sell you an iPhone XR for up to £170/$210 less than the price given above if you have another iPhone to trade in. If you have an old iPhone have a look on Apple's site to see how big a saving you might be able to get. Other resellers will also allow you to trade in old products. Read: How Apple trade in works and saves you money.
Best iPhone XR SIM-free deals
Apple sells the 64GB iPhone XR for £499/$499, but you don't have to buy your iPhone from Apple. You might be able to save some money if you buy your SIM-free iPhone XR elsewhere. Look out for deals at Argos and John Lewis and Amazon, for example.
Check our widget below for some more great iPhone XR offers, but remember that the iPhone XR costs £499 from Apple.
Buying an iPhone SIM-free is a great way to save money if you already have a contract you are happy with, but what if you want to get a contract with your iPhone? We'll look at the best contracts next.
Best iPhone XR contract deals
While it can be cheaper in the long run to buy an iPhone XR SIM-free, you may prefer signing up for a contract, where you can spread the cost over a year or two. We've got the best contract deals to share with you right here (although we have to say the deals are not as good as they were before Christmas 2019, but hopefully they are about to get a lot better).
Look out for sweetener deals where mobile phone companies offer additional products to make the contract more appealing. For example, Mobile Phones Direct has an offer that includes a free set of AirPods with its iPhone XR contract deals at the moment.
You'll find some of the best deals available right now in our widget below. It's always up-to-date so you won't miss out on the great deals.
Apple had been selling refurbished iPhone XR handsets for £499 in its Certified Refurbished Store here. However there are currently no iPhone XR models available in the refurbished store.
Apple's refurbished prices
Apple hasn't offered the iPhone XR on the refurbished store for a while. Prior to the price drop in October 2020 Apple's refurbished iPhone XR prices were as follows:
- The 64GB iPhone XR is £499 refurbished (which is what that handset sells for new now)
- The 128GB iPhone XR is £539 refurbished (new now fosts £549)
- The 256GB iPhone XR is £629 refurbished (Apple no longer sells this model new but some places do still stock it)
The company also sells refurbished models of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, and XS Max. Read our advice about buying refurbished or second-hand iPhones here.
Other refurbished deals
You may also find refurbished deals on Mobiles.co.uk, Musicmagpie.co.uk, and GiffGaff.
Musicmagpie.co.uk has 'Good' iPhone XR models from £279.99 and 'Very Good' from £309.00 and 'Pristine' refurbished iPhone XR models from £359.99.
eBay has Certified Refurbished iPhone XR handsets that are "Fully tested and graded by our on-site technicians. We run 70 functional tests on each phone to ensure the best quality for your device." These iPhones also come with 12 month warranty & 30 day hassle free returns. The Refurbished iPhone XR costs at £289.95 for the 64GB model on eBay.
GiffGaff says that its refurbished phones are "often practically unused when returned". The company says it puts each handset through "rigorous testing for faults". Each refurbished phone will be unlocked - so you won’t be tied to a particular network - and each has a 12-month warranty. You can get money off refurbished iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max models here. You will pay more for 'very good' or 'excellent' condition handsets. Click here to get one of GiffGaff's refurbished deals.
Don't forget to make sure you've got a SIM-only contract to go with your new iPhone if you are buying off contract.
Where to buy the iPhone XR
You may still be able to buy the iPhone XR from the following retailers and networks, but many no longer sell the handset.
- BT Mobile
- Carphone Warehouse
- John Lewis
- Mobile Phones Direct
- Virgin Mobile
In the US, you'll possibly be able to buy the iPhone XR from: