Best iPhone deals: Early Black Friday offers

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 November 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 12 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.

Before we get into the deals, a quick warning. Black Friday is on 27 November 2020, and is sure to see major savings on a range of Apple products; it may be best to wait until then if you can. However, some early Black Friday deals are already starting to appear, as you’ll see below.

Best iPhone deals

Best iPhone 12 Pro Max deals

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is phenomenally powerful and well specced – and extremely expensive, if you don’t shop around. Read our guide to the best iPhone 12 deals for specific advice dedicated to the late-2020 generation of Apple handsets.

The 12 Pro Max starts at £1,099 / $1,099 / AUD$1,699 (or less if you’ve got another iPhone to trade in). It becomes available for pre-order today, 6 November, or 7 November in Australia.

Apple is obviously the first place to pre-order the 12 Pro Max, but you can find it from a variety of third-party retailers and networks too. Here’s our pick of your options:

iPhone 12 Pro Max contracts

SIM-free 12 Pro Max deals

We’ll be adding more networks to this list as we find them.

Best iPhone deals: iPhone 12 Pro

Best iPhone deals: iPhone 12 Pro

Best iPhone 12 Pro deals

The 12 Pro has a smaller screen and battery than the Pro Max (and a less powerful optical camera zoom), but also costs less. For many readers it will be a better option: read our iPhone 12 Pro review for detailed analysis and testing.

SIM-free 12 Pro deals

Again, try Apple first. The 12 Pro starts at £999 / $999 / AUD$1,699 but trading in an older handset can get that down significantly.

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Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

You can find the iPhone 12 Pro in the following UK stores:

Amazon
Argos
BuyMobiles.net
Carphone Warehouse
Currys PC World
E2save
John Lewis
KRCS
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct

Or Walmart, Best Buy and Target in the US.

iPhone 12 Pro contracts

Our widget below collates the latest and best offers for the iPhone 12 Pro:

You can also try the following providers in the UK:

The following retailers offer phones on contract from various networks, and may have different deals:

US readers should try the following:

Best iPhone 12 deals

In our iPhone 12 review we call this model the best iPhone for most people. It’s significantly cheaper than the Pro models but still has the latest super-fast processor, great cameras and a big screen – upgraded this year from LCD to OLED (and given a big resolution bump too).

SIM-free iPhone 12 deals

Apple offer the iPhone 12 from £799 / US$829 / AUD$1349. Here are the best SIM-free offers elsewhere:

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Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

You should also check prices in the following shops:

iPhone 12 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 12 mini deals

The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest and cheapest of the late-2020 handsets. Yet it matches the larger iPhone 12 in most respects, and features the same super-fast A14 Bionic processor and 5G support as the rest of the range.

The iPhone 12 mini starts at £699 / US$729 / AUD$1,199 (or less if you trade in another iPhone). It becomes available for pre-order today.

Apple is the most obvious retailer from whom to pre-order the 12 mini, but you can find it from a variety of third-party retailers and networks too. Here’s our pick of your options:

iPhone 12 mini contracts

SIM-free 12 mini deals

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 offers the iPhone 11 from £599 / US$599 / AU$999, although trading in a used handset can earn you serious money off. Here are the best SIM-free offers elsewhere:

Retailer Price Delivery  

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

You should also check prices in the following UK shops:

Amazon
Argos
BuyMobiles.net
Carphone Warehouse
Currys PC World
E2save
John Lewis
KRCS
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct
Very.co.uk

Plus Walmart, Best Buy and Target in the US.

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:

Affordable Mobiles
BuyMobiles.net
BT
EE
Fonehouse
Giffgaff
iD mobile
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct
O2
Phones.co.uk
Sky
Tesco Mobile
Three
Virgin
Vodafone

Plus Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

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.

Read our iPhone XR review for more analysis, and Best iPhone XR deals for specific buying advice.

SIM-free iPhone XR deals

Apple is still selling the iPhone XR, starting at £499 / US$499 / AU$849. Here are the best SIM-free offers from other firms:

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Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

The following retailers are also worth a look if you have time.

Amazon
Carphone Warehouse
John Lewis
Best Buy
Walmart

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 fast 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 £399 / US$399 / AU$679. Our automatically updated chart has the best SIM-free offers from other retailers:

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Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

And it’s always worth checking the following big-name retailers.

Amazon
Carphone Warehouse
John Lewis
Best Buy
Walmart

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:

Affordable Mobiles
BuyMobiles.net
BT
EE
Fonehouse
Giffgaff
iD mobile
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct
O2
Phones.co.uk
Sky
Three
Vodafone

If you’re in the US, check Verizon, Sprint and AT&T.

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.

Read our iPhone 8 Plus review for more details, and Best iPhone 8 deals for advice on buying this generation of handsets.

SIM-free iPhone 8 Plus deals

The 8 Plus is no longer available from Apple, but there are plenty of SIM-free alternatives:

Retailer Price Delivery  

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

You should also try the following retailers in the UK:

Amazon
Argos
Buymobiles.net
Carphone Warehouse
Currys PC World
E2save
John Lewis
KRCS
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct
Very.co.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 you may still find it on sale elsewhere:

Retailer Price Delivery  

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

You can also buy the iPhone 8 from the following UK retailers:

Amazon
Argos
BuyMobiles.net
Carphone Warehouse
Currys PC World
E2save
John Lewis
KRCS
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct
Very.co.uk

Plus Best Buy in the US.

iPhone 8 contracts

Use our price comparison tool to find the best contract for you:

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
Argos
Carphone Warehouse
EE
John Lewis
KRCS
Mobiles.co.uk
Mobile Phones Direct
O2
Three
Vodafone

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.

Student deals

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 12 Pro Max

From: KRCS

Was: £1,099

Now: £1,088  (£11 or 1% off)

A small but extremely rare discount on Apple’s new flagship, the top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max.

KRCS rarely offers huge discounts, but it’s a great place to make small savings on products that most retailers aren’t discounting at all.

2. Apple iPhone 12 Pro

From: Virgin

Now: From £40 per month  (with free AirPods Pro)

3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro

From: John Lewis

Was: £1,049

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:

Amazon has the iPhone 11 Pro discounted by the same amount. You can buy the various iPhone 11 Pro models with a discount from Amazon. That includes the 256GB model for £1,074.

You will also find the same discount over on Very.co.uk.

4. Apple iPhone SE (2020, with 2GB data)

From: Vodafone

Now: £99 upfront, £20 per month (£579 TCO)

Vodafone’s new contract on the SE soundly beats EE’s offering from October. A nice deal on a nice phone, albeit one with an old-fashioned design: read our iPhone SE (2020) review for more information.

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