Apple updated its iPhone lineup in September 2019, and one of the results of this reshuffle was the discontinuation of the beloved iPhone XS. The company no longer sells this model, having replaced it with the iPhone 11 Pro - and if budget allows, you could do a lot worse than buying the newer model.
However, the iPhone XS is still on sale at other vendors and networks, and the launch of the 11-series handsets means you can find good deals. You could spend a few hours scouring dozens of retailers to find the best price available in the sales, but our experts have done the hard work for you - below we present the best contracts and SIM-free offers to suit you.
The disruption cause by the COVID-19 outbreak means UK and US readers alike will find it difficult to visit most bricks-and-mortars businesses - and indeed should not, since buying an iPhone can scarcely be classified as essential travel. But most online businesses are still operating - and delivering, as far as is possible - as usual. Check for stock levels, since some shortages are being observed.
The iPhone XS has a 5.8in display, water resistance, a still-powerful A12 Bionic chip, a superb camera and good battery life. It's available in gold, silver and Space Grey. If you're looking for deals on the XS's (also officially discontinued) bigger sibling, check out our iPhone XS Max deals roundup.
iPhone XS price
Even 18 months on from launch, the iPhone XS remains a premium handset, and you should expect a price tag to match. Still, it's no longer brand-new, so some sort of discount would be appropriate.
When it came out the XS cost £999/$999 for the 64GB model, £1,149/$1,149 for the 256GB model and £1,349/$1,349 for 512GB when bought SIM-free. If your vendor of choice doesn't knock a hundred or two off that to acknowledge the passage of time, get the new iPhone 11 Pro instead.
iPhone XS contract deals
Looking for a good-value contract deal? Our comparison tool, embedded below, automatically finds the lowest prices in your region.
iPhone XS SIM-free deals
If you want to buy the iPhone XS outright, there are plenty of places you can do that too, across both the UK and US. Don't forget to make sure you've got a SIM-only contract to go with it.
Here are the best prices offered by the major retailers right now:
The following retailers are also worth investigating for SIM-free deals on the XS.
Where to buy the iPhone XS
The iPhone XS is still available from many retailers and networks. You can visit each of them by clicking the links below.
- Best Buy
- BT Mobile
- Carphone Warehouse
- John Lewis
- Mobile Phones Direct
- Sky Mobile
- Tesco Mobile
- Virgin Mobile
In the US, you can try: