Ways to buy iPhones cheaper in the face of certain latest models breaking the £1,000 barrier and the company deleting cheaper older models from its range. 

As Apple’s smartphone breaks four figure price point buyers look for value

With the latest iPhone now featuring a model that breaks the £1,000 barrier with the top of the range XS Max starting at a pound under £1,100, finding value in the world’s best selling smartphone – never exactly easy before – is now considerably more difficult.

The ‘starter’ iPhone model – the XR – will set you back £750, so what options are open to the iPhone devotee trying to save?

Older ‘new’ models

Apple still offers older model iPhones in its store; the 7 from 2016 and the 8 from 2017 are available in standard 4.8 screen format along with their Plus stablemates with their 5.5 inch displays.

A 4.8 inch 7 can be had for £450 and is still a very powerful smartphone with an excellent camera – probably better value than a new 8 costing £150 more.

With the arrival of the new ‘X’ range of iPhones certain older models disappeared from the Apple Store; namely the X only released at the tail end of 2017, the 6S and 6S Plus and the compact SE with its 4 inch screen.

The latter was a popular way to get into iPhone ownership at a reasonable price; it cost well under £400 and practically had the same innards as the 6S so was pretty powerful with a decent camera. Unfortunately there’s no concrete news as to whether Apple may replace this model, so £450 is the lowest price point for a new iPhone.

Selling your old phone to sweeten the pill

If you already have an iPhone and are looking to upgrade, then fortunately you own a smartphone that fares pretty well on the used market so you may be able to make up some of its replacement’s cost by moving it on.

Selling to online companies who specialise in buying smartphones online is a good way to answer the how to sell my iPhone question; it’s quick and easy so it could be worth taking the used route to save money.

Major replacement cycle a good time to buy a new mobile

Some years when the new iPhone comes out it doesn’t perhaps sell in especially larger quantities if it’s no more than an incremental upgrade over its predecessor. The arrival of the new ‘X’ range, however, represents a significant change in that the older body that has been in existence from 2014 has disappeared as all iPhones now feature the slim bezel body that debuted on the X in 2017.

As a result, if more people choose this model to change their phones due to it being a ‘significant change’ iPhone replacement, then a plethora of used – sometimes not very old – iPhones could hit the used market so providing a good value way to upgrade.

Easier to buy smartphones

While on the one hand Apple is committed to providing what the market wants, they also look to lead people into purchase decisions.

For example, while the X from last year was virtually £1,000 to buy, they still shifted an awful lot of them while some commentators thought Apple had overdone it and felt people wouldn’t buy the more expensive smartphone (the cheaper 8 released around the same time was a good £300 cheaper).

Apple offer incentives such as their upgrade programme to enable people to regularly upgrade to the latest iPhone tech if they wish. This helps move pricing away psychologically from focusing on the higher price tags to a lower, monthly amount.

It perhaps influences people to think more about a regular ‘monthly phone cost’ rather than an occasional large outlay; it also means they can always own the latest tech rather than waiting for a monthly contract to finish before upgrading.

So buying new ‘older’ models, buying used or considering monthly upgrade plans are possible ways to keep iPhone ownership costs down.