Best iPhone deals: Cyber Monday offers
iPhones aren’t cheap, but you can save money on even the latest models if you know where to look for discounts. In this article we round up the best iPhone deals, contracts and bundles available for Cyber Monday 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.
We’d advise you to move fast if you see a really good deal as stock is likely to run out quickly across the deals season.
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).
SIM-free iPhone 12 Pro Max deals
Apple is an obvious place to buy the 12 Pro Max, but you can find it from a variety of third-party retailers and networks too. Our automatically updated widget gathers the best prices from a wide range of retailers in your region:
You can also find the iPhone 12 Pro Max in the following UK shops:
And these stores in the US:
iPhone 12 Pro Max contracts
Most of the major networks now offer the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Here are links to browse the latest deals:
And in the US, try the following providers:
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 rounds up 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 sells 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).
SIM-free iPhone 12 mini deals
Apple is the most obvious retailer to buy the 12 mini from, but you can find it from a variety of third-party retailers and networks too. Our widget has the best prices:
It’s also worth trying the following retailers:
iPhone 12 mini contracts
Best iPhone 11 deals
The iPhone 11 is significantly cheaper than the Pro models but still has a very 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:
Plus, 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:
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
Now: From £40 per month (with free AirPods)
2. Apple iPhone SE (2020, with 5GB data)
From: iD Mobile
Now: £19.99 upfront, £22.99 per month (£571.75 TCO)
A nice deal on a nice phone, albeit one with an old-fashioned design: read our iPhone SE (2020) review for more information.
3. Apple iPhone 12 mini
From: Currys PC World
Was: From £699
Now: From £679 (£20 off with code MINI20)
4. Virgin Media Ultimate Apple Bundle
From: Virgin Media
Now: £75 per month
This is a frankly wild deal that gets you a lot of great gadgets without having to fork out the cash right away.
For £75 per month (across 36 months) and no upfront cost, you can get your hands on four of Apple’s newest products – iPhone 12 Pro, iPad Air 4th gen, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 6 – as part of Virgin Media’s Ultimate Bundle. Plus, that figure includes your 100GB data plan.
Note that, as with all long-term contract deals, you’ll end up paying considerably more than the total RRP of the products – and the data is 4G only.
5. Apple iPhone 12 (with 20GB data)
From: iD Mobile
Now: £99.99 upfront, £36.99 per month (£987.75 TCO)
We’ve been scouring the comparison sites for iPhone 12 deals and this is the best out there right now, combining a manageable upfront payment with a low monthly fee.
It’s the deal we’d go for, but there are two ways you could get the total cost of ownership (TCO) slightly lower: go for Three’s cashback offer (scroll down to the additional deals, limit upfront cost to £200 and sort by Total Cost of Contract), or pay iD a huge upfront fee.
6. Apple iPhone 12 mini (with 20GB data)
Was: £149 upfront
Now: £37 per month (No upfront cost with OFF150)
Pick up the iPhone 12 mini with no upfront cost at all with code OFF150 at check-out. You also get free BT Sports for 3 months and six months of Brit Box bundled in. We’re separately gathering up the best iPhone 12 deals here.
7. Apple iPhone XR (with 5GB data)
From: iD Mobile
Now: £49.99 upfront, £24.99 per month (£649.75 TCO)
8. Apple iPhone 11 Pro
From: John Lewis
Now: £899 (£150 off)
John Lewis has cut £150 off the price of the iPhone 11 Pro, which usually costs £1,049. One of the benefits of buying from John Lewis is that you get two years guarantee.
9. Apple iPhone 11 (64GB)
Now: £579 (£20 off)
Very claims this offer gives you £150 off, but thanks to the new iPhone 12 the iPhone 11 has had a price drop at Apple itself to £599. That does still mean you’ll save a neat £20 if you buy from Very, though.