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Where to buy an iPhone

Your one-stop guide to the best places to buy an iPhone in the US or UK 2019, SIM-free or on contract.

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Considering buying an iPhone? We’re here to help by pointing you in the right direction for your new iPhone. There are lots of places to buy from, all with different advantages and disadvantages, whether you want to go to Apple itself, a third-party seller, or even refurbished or second-hand.

If you’ve yet to decide on which iPhone to buy, you can visit our complete iPhone buying guide. But if you’re already set on the iPhone you’re after, read on for click links direct to where you can buy your new phone.

Where to buy an iPhone XS or XS Max

The iPhone XS and XS Max are Apple’s newest flagships, and are widely available from a whole host of retailers SIM-free or on contract in both the UK and US, as well as across the rest of the globe. You’re less likely to find second-hand or refurbished iPhone XS models than you would if you were looking for an older iPhone.

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We’d also recommend checking out the best iPhone XS deals and best iPhone XS Max deals.

Where to buy an iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is a slightly cheaper alternative to Apple’s flagships, unveiled alongside them in September of 2018. It comes in a variety of fun colours and is widely available to buy brand-new.

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We’d also recommend checking out the best iPhone XR deals.

Where to buy an iPhone X

When the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR were unveiled, Apple discontinued its iPhone X from the previous year. However, it’s still available to buy on contract, SIM-free, refurbished and second-hand from several retailers as outlined below.

Make sure you check you’re getting a good price here – it’s only worth it if you can save money over buying the newer iPhone XS. You can look at our round-up of the best iPhone X deals for help.

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Where to buy an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus

Apple still sells the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models from 2017. Still great phones but available at a lower price, these iPhones are popular choices both on contract and SIM-free. You may also find good refurbished and second-hand deals.

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Take a look at our iPhone 8 deals for more.

Where to buy an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

In addition to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple also sells the older iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from 2016. That does mean some older tech, smaller capacities and missing features including wireless charging, but you could save a lot of money by opting for these older iPhone models if the newer tech doesn’t bother you.

Keep in mind that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be supported by Apple’s operating system for less time than the newer models, so you may need to look at upgrading earlier if you want the latest version of iOS.

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Where to buy an iPhone SE

Also released in 2016 was the iPhone SE, which is a smaller model with a design like the older iPhone 5S model but with more powerful components. Apple sold the iPhone SE right up until it released the iPhone XR last year, and there have been some rumours to suggest there’ll be an iPhone SE 2 at some point in the future.

It’s a little tricky to get hold of now, though, but there are some options:

Where to buy an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launched in 2015, so we’re looking at pretty old models here. There are still lots of options if you want to buy one, but keep in mind that there are rumours that Apple is about to stop supporting these models when iOS 13 comes out.

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Where to buy an older iPhone

It’s more difficult to get hold of older iPhones, and we’d question why you’d want to unless you really must have one of Apple’s phones rather than a budget phone released more recently by one of Apple’s competitors. Check out our sister title Tech Advisor’s best budget phone round-up for some options.

You’ll struggle to get an older iPhone brand new, but check the likes of Amazon, Ebay and Envirofone for refurbished and second-hand models.

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