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 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.
You can find the iPhone 12 Pro in the following UK stores:
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:
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:
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 £499 / US$499 / AU$849. 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 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:
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 you may still find it on sale elsewhere:
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:
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 12 Pro Max
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
Now: From £40 per month (with free AirPods Pro)
3. 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.
4. Apple iPhone SE (2020, with 2GB data)
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.