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 reveal the best iPhone deals, contracts and bundles available in September 2021, 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 currently available models, from the mighty 12 Pro Max down to the humble SE. We even round up the best prices 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 overall.
We'd advise you to move fast if you see a really good deal, as stock is likely to run out quickly.
Top iPhone deals this month
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
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.
Most retailers are sticking fairly close to Apple's RRP at the moment. Leading the pack in the UK right now is Amazon, which has the or £49 off (Pacific Blue finish only).
Our automatically updated price table gathers the best prices from a wide range of retailers in your region:
It's always worth checking the price of the iPhone 12 Pro Max in the following UK shops, which consistently provide solid savings:
And US readers should try these stores:
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:
US readers should try the following providers:
For more specific deals, check out our deep-dive into the best iPhone 12 Pro Max deals of the month.
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. In other respects it's the same, and 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
As ever, is the obvious place to buy. The 12 Pro starts at £999 / $999 / AUD$1,699 but trading in an older handset can get that down significantly.
At time of writing the lowest prices can be had from and Laptops Direct: both are selling the 12 Pro for £949, or £50 off, although we advise checking both as shipping fees may vary.
Check the automated price table below for any bargains that have emerged since we last updated this article:
You can find the iPhone 12 Pro in the following UK stores:
iPhone 12 Pro contracts
Our automated comparison table 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:
Want to see more 12 Pro deals in detail? See our dedicated article covering the best iPhone 12 and 12 Pro deals
Best iPhone 12 deals
In our iPhone 12 review - and again in our best iPhone chart - we name this model as the one we'd recommend to most people. It's significantly cheaper than the Pros 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.
SIM-free iPhone 12 deals
sells the iPhone 12 starting at £799 / US$829 / AUD$1,349.
But there are brilliant savings if you look elsewhere, with retailers waging a veritable price war. Amazon has a (£120 off) which applies, unusually for Amazon, to every colour finish. But has the same deal, separated only by a higher shipping fee. (Check both - depending on your location this may be different for you.)
Check our automated comparison table for the lowest SIM-free prices from across a wide range of retailers:
You should also check prices in the following shops:
iPhone 12 contracts
Check out our comparison table below for the best contract deals available.
If you're feeling thorough, it's also worth checking the following networks:
We cover the best iPhone 12 and 12 Pro deals in exhaustive depth in a separate article.
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 that generation.
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
is the most obvious retailer from whom to buy the 12 mini, but you can make a significant saving if you look elsewhere.
The big retailers are matching each other saving for saving. Amazon has a superb on the green model, or £143 off the RRP, and on most other models. Laptops Direct is matching Amazon's price on the green iPhone 12 mini, but check for a difference in shipping fees.
Check our automated comparison table for the very latest deals:
It's also worth trying the following retailers:
iPhone 12 mini contracts
See our deep-dive into the best iPhone 12 mini deals for more offers.
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
offers the iPhone 11 from £599 / US$599 / AU$999, although trading in a used handset can earn you serious money off.
Most UK retailers are sticking to Apple's RRP on the iPhone 11, but and both have it for £549, or £50 off. That's an excellent offer.
Keep an eye on our automated price comparison table for any tasty deals that may have popped up in the past few days:
You should also check prices in the following UK shops:
US readers should check these stores:
iPhone 11 contracts
Check out our comparison table 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 a respectable choice for those on a budget. It's got an older processor and weaker cameras than on the latest models but if you can deal with those compromises you'll find this excellent value for money.
SIM-free iPhone XR deals
is still selling the iPhone XR, starting at £499 / US$499 / AU$849. Laptops Direct is selling at £479, or £20 off. Stock at other retailers seems to be running low, but keep an eye on our automatic comparison table for any SIM-free offers that pop up:
The following retailers are also worth a look if you have time.
iPhone XR contracts
The comparison table 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 our roundup of the best iPhone SE (2020) deals for more in-depth buying advice.
SIM-free iPhone SE (2020) deals
You can get the iPhone SE , starting at £399 / US$399 / AU$679.
Check our automatically updated chart for the best SIM-free offers from other retailers:
And it's always worth checking the following big-name retailers' own sites:
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 check the widget below for alternative places to buy:
If the widget is drawing a blank - and stock is starting to run low on these older handsets - it's worth trying 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:
Again, don't be downhearted if the widget is empty for this older and increasingly scarce model. You can also try the following UK retailers:
Plus 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:
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.
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).
Assuming you do happen to be in the market for another bit of Apple kit (since the discount applies to Macs, MacBooks and iPads, not iPhones), here's how to get an Apple student discount.
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 XR (128GB)
Now: £479 (£70 off)
These days iPhone XR discounts are few and far between - Apple has already reduced the price of the 128GB model from £799 at launch, to £679 a year later, and now £549/$549. But this deal from LaptopsDirect gives you £70 off the current price, which is a decent saving.
2. Apple iPhone 12 (64GB)
3. Apple iPhone 12 mini
You can get a stunning £143.03 off the iPhone 12 mini right now.
The green model is just £555.97 at and Laptops Direct, and Amazon has most of the other models .
4. Apple iPhone SE (2020, with unlimited data)
Having bumped up the data allocation from 20GB to 50GB back in June (while simultaneously knocking £30 off the total cost), iD has now decided to offer unlimited data without increasing the price. This is the best offer currently available on the iPhone SE (2020).
5. Apple iPhone 12 (with unlimited data)
iD is performing miracles with its contracts right now. Back in June the firm more than doubled the data allocation on this iPhone 12 deal while slashing £76 off the price. Now it's offering unlimited data, and has knocked off another £20. A superb deal.
6. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB)
It's a small saving, but Amazon currently has the lowest price on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
7. Apple iPhone 12 mini, 60GB data & free Nintendo Switch
Get the iPhone 12 mini and a Nintendo Switch console from Mobile Phones Direct, complete with 60GB of data on O2.
8. Apple iPhone XR (with 50GB data)
Vodafone's reign is over; iD has come roaring back with a deal on the XR that comes with nearly twice as much data as the best offer you could find in May, and costs £29 less over the course of the contract.