iPhones aren't cheap, but you can get a discount on even the latest models if you know where to look. In this article we round up the best iPhone deals, contracts and bundles available in September 2020, to save you the trouble of hunting them down yourself.
We'll help you find a discounted iPhone suitable for any budget, and cover all five of the currently available models, from the mighty 11 Pro Max down to the (relatively) humble SE - plus a few tasty deals on discontinued handsets such as the iPhone 8.
For each phone we offer separate advice for SIM-free and contract deals. Contracts cost less upfront but the total cost of ownership (TCO) will probably end up higher, so think about what's best for your budget.
And since it's September, we need to offer a warning: Apple announces high-specced new iPhones at this time of year, and when it does, the prices of the existing ones tend to drop. The iPhone 12 is going to be slightly delayed, but it should still be with us by mid-October; in other words, we'd recommend holding fire until then if you can.
Best iPhone deals
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max with unlimited data
From: iD Mobile
Now: £99 upfront, £49.99 per month (£1298.76 TCO)
Best iPhone 11 Pro Max deals
The 11 Pro Max is phenomenally powerful and well specced - and extremely expensive, if you don't shop around. Read our guide to the best iPhone 11 deals for specific advice dedicated to the late-2019 generation of Apple handsets.
SIM-free 11 Pro Max deals
First check Apple, where the 11 Pro Max starts at £1,149 / US$1,099 / AU$1,899 (or less if you've got another iPhone to trade in). Here are the best of the SIM-free deals other vendors are offering right now:
Finally, it's worth checking 11 Pro Max prices in the following UK stores:
11 Pro Max contracts
Our handy widget automatically collects the best deals as they become available. Let's take a look at what's on offer:
You can also check out 11 Pro Max contract deals from the following companies:
Best iPhone 11 Pro deals
The 11 Pro differs from the Pro Max only in the size of its screen, the capacity of its battery and the price tag. Read our iPhone 11 Pro review for detailed analysis and testing.
SIM-free 11 Pro deals
Again, try Apple first. The 11 Pro starts at £1,049 / US$999 / AU$1,749 but trading in an older handset can get that down to £759 / US$599 / AU$1,399.
You can find the iPhone 11 Pro in the following UK stores:
iPhone 11 Pro contracts
Our widget below collates the very latest and best offers for the iPhone 11 Pro:
You can also try the following providers:
Best iPhone 11 deals
The iPhone 11 is the current top pick in our Best iPhone guide. It's significantly cheaper than the Pro models but still has the latest super-fast processor, great cameras and a big screen. Read our iPhone 11 review for more information.
SIM-free iPhone 11 deals
Apple offer the iPhone 11 from £729 / US$699 / AU$1,199, although trading in a used handset can get that as low as £529 / US$399 / AU$899. Here are the best SIM-free offers elsewhere:
You should also check prices in the following UK shops:
iPhone 11 contracts
Check out our widget below for the best contract deals available.
If you're feeling thorough it's also worth checking the following networks:
Best iPhone XR deals
The XR is our current pick for those on a budget. It's got a year-old processor and weaker cameras than on the 11 but if you can deal with those (hardly egregious) compromises you'll find this excellent value for money.
SIM-free iPhone XR deals
Apple is still selling the iPhone XR, starting at £629 / US$599 / AU$1,049. Here are the best SIM-free offers from other firms:
The following retailers are also worth a look if you have time.
iPhone XR contracts
The comparison widget below has the latest contract deals for the XR.
Best iPhone SE (2020) deals
The new iPhone SE burst on to the scene in April 2020, and unites a state-of-the-art chipset (the same A13 Bionic you get in the iPhone 11 Pro Max) with an affordable price tag. It's a terrific deal at Apple's RRP, but other retailers may be able to do even better.
Read iPhone SE (2020) deals for more in-depth buying advice.
SIM-free iPhone SE (2020) deals
You can get the iPhone SE direct from Apple, starting at £419 / US$399 / AU$749. Our automatically updated chart has the best SIM-free offers from other retailers:
And it's always worth checking the following big-name retailers.
iPhone SE (2020) contracts
The comparison widget below has the latest contract deals for the new SE.
The best deals will appear in the widget above, but those who are feeling especially thorough should also check the following carriers and comparison sites:
Best iPhone 8 and 8 Plus deals
The 8 Plus came out in autumn 2017 and was officially discontinued when the iPhone SE (2020) made its debut. But while its A11 processor is less future-proofed than the chips in more recent handsets, it does have a twin-lens rear camera, so you get Portrait Mode.
SIM-free iPhone 8 Plus deals
The 8 Plus is no longer available from Apple, but there are plenty of SIM-free alternatives:
You should also try the following retailers in the UK:
iPhone 8 Plus contracts
Check our contract comparison widget below to see the latest and best contract offers.
SIM-free iPhone 8 deals
Apple no longer sells the iPhone 8, but there are plenty of other options:
You can also buy the iPhone 8 from the following UK retailers:
Plus Best Buy in the US.
iPhone 8 contracts
Use our price comparison tool to find the best contract for you:
Best iPhone 7 deals
Apple also no longer sells the iPhone 7, but there are plenty of other options.
We've rounded up the best iPhone 7 deals here including deals from the following networks and stores:
Unfortunately it's very rare to find an iPhone 7 Plus on sale, other than refurbished or second hand.
What to look for in an iPhone deal
Right now there are some very competitive contract offers and bundle deals as retailers try to win your custom.
However, when considering a contract deal it's very important that you work out the total cost of ownership (TCO) over the course of the contract - lower monthly costs may be offset by a longer contract so that you end up spending more in the long run. If using Carphone Warehouse's comparison widget, tick the box to display the TCO, and always check for upfront costs and any additional fees.
If you're not looking for the latest model, you'll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of bargains around for older models such as the iPhone XR and even discontinued models such as the iPhone 8, both on contract and SIM-free.
Where to find iPhone deals
Check the following places and you should find some great deals:
Amazon regularly discounts iPhone models, so it's well worth keeping an eye out there. If you think you'll be doing lots of Amazon shopping, we'd recommend signing up to the 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime for free next-day delivery and access to deals 30 minutes early. You can sign up here.
Another great resource to help you save is Macworld's Student Deals page, particularly the Tech & Mobile section. Simply create an account, log in, and verify your student status, and the discounts are yours.
If you're interested in other Apple products, note that the company is offering up to 10% off Macs to students, as well as up to 50% off Apple Care. You can also save 8% on accessories and 5% on iPads (see more iPad deals here).
Best iPhone deals overall
Below (and in the carousel at the top of the article) we've gathered our pick of the best overall deals you can get right now on any iPhone model - including those that have been officially discontinued by Apple.
1. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Now: £999 (£150 off)
You can save £150 if you buy a iPhone 11 Pro Max right now. The 64GB model, which usually costs £1,149, is currently £999 at Amazon.
2. Apple iPhone 11 Pro
From: John Lewis
Now: £924 (£125 off)
John Lewis has cut £125 off the price of the iPhone 11 Pro, which means that it now costs less than £1,000. That's the 64GB model that usually costs £1,049.
One of the benefits of buying from John Lewis is that you get two years guarantee.
Other resellers are also discounting the iPhone 11 Pro:
You will also find the same discount over on Very.co.uk.
3. Apple iPhone SE (2020, with 2GB data)
Now: £100 upfront, £20 per month (£580 TCO)
An excellent deal on Apple's new 4.7in handset (even if the company has bumped the upfront fee by one measly pound since mid-May). Scroll down to see the details.
4. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max with unlimited data
From: iD Mobile
Now: £99 upfront, £49.99 per month (£1298.76 TCO)
This is a big improvement, both in data allocation and price, from the Vodafone deal we were recommending last month; no doubt iD is influenced by the upcoming iPhone 12 launch.
We'd recommend waiting until Apple reveals the next generation, but if you need to buy now this is the deal to go for.
5. Apple iPhone 11 with 20GB data
From: iD Mobile
Now: £49.99 upfront, £34.99 per month (£889.75 TCO)
This deal offers twenty times as much data as the one we recommended in July, but still costs £119 less over the course of the contract. Great value!
iD is really smashing the deals right now. Some of these are so good that it's almost tempting to buy now despite the looming iPhone 12 launch...
6. Apple iPhone 11 Pro (SIM-free)
Now: £919.72 (£129 or 12% off)
KRCS is normally good for small but reliable savings; this is a far more substantial discount on a terrific flagship phone. Perhaps this reflects the imminent launch of the iPhone 12 in September or October.
7. Apple iPhone SE (2020, SIM-free)
Now: £414.82 (£4.18 or 1% off)
This isn't a big discount, but KRCS is great for reliably knocking a bit of money off new Apple products when everyone else is sticking to the RRP.
8. Best iPhone 11 deals
From: Macworld UK
Now: Contract & SIM-free
Don't pay any more than you need to for Apple's new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max handsets.
9. Apple iPhone X, 7 and more (Refurbished)
From: Envirofone Shop
Now: Up to £100 off
You can now get up to £100 off a refurbished iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 7 from Envirofone. Click the link above to view all deals.