Just like clockwork, as sure as eggs is eggs, and various other cliches, the tech world has spent the summer holding its collective breath in anticipation of Apple’s latest iPhone release – the iPhone 8. And finally…it’s here!
This year’s preamble has been spiced up by the expectation of an iPhone X at the same time. But it’s the iPhone 8 (together with bigger brother iPhone 8 Plus) that represents the annual incremental upgrade to the flagship 4.7-inch Apple smartphone.
You can read all about the newly announced handset by heading to our iPhone 8 hub. But how much will this incremental upgrade cost you? The iPhone 8 dealsa are set to go live at Apple.com, at the networks and at all of the resellers at 8am this morning. So check back here a bit later and we’ll guide you to the best deals!
iPhone 8 price: how much will it cost?
The iPhone 8 has been announced as costing £699 – that’s pretty much what we were expecting (thanks to the heads up from some industry insiders).
If that sounds expensive (if!) it could be worth waiting until November to see if any retailers slash prices for Black Friday 2017. But we somehow doubt it, as the iPhone 7 RRP has only just dropped since the handset was released last year.
When can I buy the iPhone 8?
Pre-orders are set to kick off on the morning of this Friday September 15 and stock will become available from most retailers and networks the following week, Friday September 22.
Ensure that you’re kept in the loop by signing up for notifications from Carphone Warehouse. The retailer will email you as soon as stocks of the iPhone 8 (and every other major handset) become available, so you can make sure you don’t miss out.
TechRadar predicts the best iPhone 8 deal
Although, as ever, there will be some people who just want to go out and buy a new iPhone 8 outright on release, most people will wait until contract plans start coming through. Mainly based on what the iPhone 7 was going for on launch, we’re confident that the following will represent the best kind of price on the market:
iPhone 8 | £99.99 upfront | 1GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £42 per month
You could get the iPhone 7 on release for less than £1100 over the two year contract, but we reckon the 8 will start over that threshold. If you want to spend less or more at the outset to adjust your monthly bill, that should be possible. But this tariff would have a nice balance of both. This is definitely a best case scenario however – the reality could be a tad more expensive. Total cost over 24 months is £1107.99
We know that buying a new phone with only 1GB data allowance in 2017 isn’t going to suit everyone. You’ll probably be looking at more like £45pm for 5GB and in excess of £50 for 15GB and 16GB tariffs that the likes of EE and Vodafone will likely be offering.
If you can scrape the £699 together, then combining the iPhone 8 with a SIM only deal could be the smartest move you can make. For example, if you signed up for Three’s 4GB data SIM for £9 per month, then the total you’d pay over the two years would be less than £900. A bargain in the circumstances.