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Apple iPhones have been at the top of the smartphone market for a while now. Although they may not be the cheapest mobiles around, there are a few simple steps you can take to find the most cost-effective deal.

With a new updated model coming out each year, it can be tricky to decide which model will work for you best. Read on to find out about some of the differences between the more recent models to help you decide which one to go for.

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How can I get the best deal?

It’s all about the timing. When a new model comes out it is likely to come with a substantial cost. However, if you aren’t so bothered about having the latest model, you could go for an older one. Generally, the longer the iPhone model is on the market, the more the price will go down.

They are likely to be at their lowest price a few months before the next iPhone model is set to come out, so keep an eye on the fluctuating prices. Each time a new model comes out, the older models are likely to drop in price even more.

Mobile providers will often offer you an incentive to switch to them. Lots of providers offer extra perks in their contracts so make sure to research around and find out which provider offers the most competitive contract plus the extras you’re looking for. Such extras include Go Roam by Three which offers you free worldwide roaming, and the O2 Priority Loyal Scheme which gives you hundreds of exclusive deals and discounts.

Which iPhone model will suit me best?

It is important to weigh up the cost of each model against the features it has. Decide what features are essential for you and then compare the differences between each model to make the decision.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR has some serious money-saving benefits. It has the best features of the iPhone X but without the huge price tag. It will still set you back £749, but this is substantially less than the other most recent models.

There are fewer of the premium features that the iPhone X has but the all-screen front gives it a sleek, high-end design. It is available in 6 bold colours so you can find exactly what you were looking for.

It does only have a single-lens camera however, and the screen works slightly less well than the iPhone X. The handset is also quite large, making it difficult to use with one hand, so bear this in mind. This model is ideal if you are looking for something a little cheaper whilst keeping hold of the new and exciting features.

iPhone X

The iPhone X has the same all-screen front and no home button with all the premium features too. This is the top-end iPhone. It uses the new facial recognition software so you can use your Face ID to unlock your phone quicker and more securely than ever before. It also comes with a dual-lens camera so avid photographers can use it to take stunning photos.

The only disadvantage is the price tag, which starts at £999. As with the other more recent models, there is no headphone jack so you’ll have to invest in an adaptor to use your headphones.

If you are looking for the latest model with the most premium features and you don’t mind paying a bit extra, then this is the one for you.

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 has a much more similar design to older models. It’s still got the home button, so the functionality of it will be something you’re familiar with. It has the same processor as the iPhone X, so it works quickly and efficiently and functions well for whatever you need it for.

It’s not hugely different to the previous model, the iPhone 7, so it may be worth looking into how much cheaper you can find an iPhone 7 for. Compare the benefits of the iPhone 8 with the added £150 price point. If you are looking for a fast phone with a familiar design that fits in your pocket, then an iPhone 8 could be ideal for you.