iPhone 13 pre-order deals - live: Best UK deals from EE, Vodafone, Sky and Three

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Happy launch day – we’re here to help you find the best price  (The Independent)
Happy launch day – we’re here to help you find the best price (The Independent)

Today’s the day – UK pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 13, plus its pro, pro max and mini models, open at 1pm on Friday 17 September, and we’re here following live to help you get the very best deals on your new handset.

Rumours of the iPhone 13 have been on the horizon for a while, and we finally got confirmation at the Apple showcase on 14 September, where the brand unveiled four new versions of its ever-popular device – a classic iPhone 13, a new diminutive iPhone 13 mini (with a 5.4″ display), an iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max. Now we have a fixed date for ordering, the actual release date when your order will ship (24 September), and the price (starting from £679), we can finally get excited about getting our hands on one.

There are pros and cons to each of the new offerings – for instance, the high-end iPhone pro and pro max iphone 13 pro offer power in the form of performance, while the iPhone 13 itself has a wider range of aesthetically pleasing hues (including a new pink shade that’s like to sell out, based on current search trends).

Whether you’re looking for a contract or a handset, if you’re ready to leave your iPhone 12 behind and upgrade to the shiny new iPhone 13 (or one of its variations) as soon as it goes on sale, you’re in the right place.

Keep scrolling to learn more about when the iPhone launches, how much it costs, or the best deals available as they come in.

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As well as Apple, the iPhone 13 will also be available from:

Apple iPhone 13 pre-order launch

  • The best iPhone 13 pro deals

  • Sky has the most affordable iPhone deal we’ve spotted so far

  • O2 reveal their iPhone 13 deals

  • Three offering six months at half price

Good morning Apple lovers 🍎

09:00 , Sophie Gallagher

Today is not only Friday (and almost the weekend) but also the day that pre-order finally opens for the Apple iPhone 13, and we’ll be here to guide you through it all step by step.

Although the pre-order isn’t available until 1pm (GMT) we’ll be looking at everything you need to know to shop, bringing you all the places you can register your interest and collating the best deals for your new phone.

So have your wallets on standby and let’s begin.

What we know so far about the iPhone 13

09:30 , Sophie Gallagher

The iPhone 13 was only unveiled a few days ago on 14 September at Apple’s latest event – although obviously we’ve known a new iPhone was on the horizon for some time.

The iPhone 13 updates the latest iPhone 12 bringing a new camera system and Apple’s latest A15 chip. The brand claims it will be up to 50 per cent faster than other phones on the market.

There will be four new iPhones including a 13 mini, 13 pro and 13 pro max, with all featuring larger batteries to give you more time away from your charger.

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(Apple)

Apple has also decided to have a more eco-conscious approach with this phone, with the antenna bands made from upcycled plastic water bottles, and the rare earth metals used internally made from recycled materials.

You can read more about everything we know here.

How much will the iPhone 13 cost?

10:00 , Sophie Gallagher

One thing we all want to know with Apple products - the cost.

At the launch event on Tuesday, Apple announced that prices will start at £679 for the iPhone 13 mini. This rises to £799 for the standard iPhone 13.

For the iPhone 13 Pro you’re looking at a starting price of £949 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max from £1,049.

When is the iPhone 13 coming out?

10:30 , Sophie Gallagher

So pre-order begins at 1pm (GMT) on Friday and you can register your interest at the following retailers right now to be notified when it happens:

But the iPhone 13 won’t ship straight away. Apple says it will be released to customers from 24 September, which is next Friday.

Going by previous iPhone drops, customers can normally expect to have their new phone one to two weeks after the initial pre-order date.

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 deals

10:45 , Sophie Gallagher

Most of the major UK retailers are going big on iPhone 13 pre-orders today, including EE, Three, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Sky, and of course Apple itself.

Most of them are currently just trying to get customers signed up for the drop, and aren’t offering discounted deals but some are offering comprehensive packages for your new phone – such as the EE ‘Full Works Plan’, which gives you 24 months of Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, all with unlimited data.

Three is also offering a couple of deals, including a “refer a friend” which gives you £80 cash back when you recommend a new phone, tablet, sim or home broadband service. Three Recycle gives you cash to your bank or Paypal when you trade in your old phone.

And O2 still offers its O2 Priority service for customers, giving you unique prize draws and invite-only access to certain gigs and experiences.

iPhone 13 pro max in pink

11:00 , Sophie Gallagher

Previous iPhones have come in a standard range of colours including black, blue, red, and pale green, as well as the rose gold and graphite options.

But the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be available in a pale pink colour, which is already proving popular and set to be in particularly high demand.

The other colours on offer are blue, midnight, starlight, and red. However, according to Apple, it doesn’t seem the iPhone 13 pro max model will be available in pink, only silver, graphite, gold or sierra blue.

You can pre-order the iPhone and the iPhone pro max at a number of retailers from 1pm and specify your model, storage and colour preferences: EE, Three, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Amazon, Currys, Sky, and Apple.

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

How to order the iPhone 13 from EE

11:15 , Sophie Gallagher

EE will open pre-orders for the iPhone 13 on Friday at 1pm (GMT) like many other UK carriers and retailers. Customers already with the EE network can register their interest on its website.

You can specify your interest in both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 pro.

iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 pro?

11:30 , Sophie Gallagher

The Apple tagline for the iPhone 13 pro is “more pro than ever before” and is “pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone”.

Apple says the pro features: “The most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life; A15 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone; an advanced 5G experience; and so much more”.

Read our review of the iPhone 12 versus the iPhone 12 Pro to get an idea of how the models usually compare.

Of course the price tag varies too with the iPhone 13 starting at £679 and the iPhone 13 pro starting at £949.

Register your interest with Carphone Warehouse now

11:45 , Sophie Gallagher

Although the pre-order officially doesn’t launch until 1pm, which is in about 75 minutes time, you can register your details with Carphone Warehouse now.

That includes sharing your name, email, phone number — and then Carphone Warehouse be in touch when the drop happens.

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 at John Lewis

12:00 , Sophie Gallagher

Unlike phone carriers and networks, John Lewis isn’t giving customers the option to pre-register for the launch but has got the iPhone 13 listed on its website now for sale on 24 September.

This is the same release date that the pre-order will be shipped.

John Lewis appears to have all four models of the iPhone 13, including the pro, pro max, the mini and the standard iPhone 13.

These are at the range of price points provided by Apple, ranging from £679 to £1,549 at the highest end.

It also has the pink option available, which already appears to be in high demand.

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(Apple)

When does pre-order drop?

12:15 , Sophie Gallagher

The chance to pre-order your new iPhone 13 will happen at 1pm today, so in 45 minutes.

The following retailers are all open for registering your interest, and of course the Apple website itself.

If you order now you won’t get your iPhone dispatched till this time next week on Friday 24 September when the release happens.

Other websites, like John Lewis are not taking pre-orders but do have the iPhone 13 already listed on site ready to buy next week on the release date.

Vodafone iPhone 13 deals

12:30 , Sophie Gallagher

Vodafone is one of the networks offering the iPhone 13 pre-order at 1pm today.

When you sign up for a pay-monthly phone at Vodafone you get a trade-in guarantee, flexible phone contract length and upgrade options from the 12-month mark.

On sim-only deals currently the cheapest plan, “Unlimited Lite” is £11 for the first six months (was £22 per month), which offers unlimited data and unlimited minutes and texts, and a maximum download speed of 2Mbps.

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 at Mobile Phones Direct

12:45 , Eleanor Jones

Online retailer Mobile Phones Direct – part of the AO family – will also be revealing its iPhone 13 deals shortly.

At present you can only sign up with your email to register your interest, as we’re still just about in the pre pre-order period (try saying that three times quickly). But the page to do so promises exclusive email only discounts on your new contract, so it would appear that it’s worth being on the list...

iPhone 13 pre-order is now live

13:02 , Eleanor Jones

And they’re off! You can now officially pre-order your iPhone 13, or its mini, pro or pro max equivalent from all of the biggest high street names. We’ll be posting the best deals throughout the afternoon as we find them, but here’s where to browse the full selection of options from the following names, if you already know which network or provider you’re after:

Once you’ve placed your pre-order, your new phone should be shipped to you next Friday 24 September, so you won’t have long to wait.

Three offering six months at half price

13:11 , Tal Dekel-Daks

Customers can now pre-order from Three, for the 24 September release.

Three has a full range of deals available and the following prices are based on a 24-month contract with unlimited minutes.

On the unlimited and 1GB plans you can get the first six months at half price.

The iPhone 13 pro with 128 GB memory and unlimited data has a £49 upfront cost, then six months at £35 per month and £70 thereafter.

The iPhone 13 pro with 128 GB memory and 1GB of data is £49 upfront, with £29 for six months then £58 after that.

The iPhone 13 pro max with 128GB memory and unlimited data is £37 for first six months, goes up to £74.

The cheaper options are the iPhone 13 and the 13 mini with a £29 upfront cost for all, and then prices starting at £22 for the first six months and going up to £44 (mini with 1GB data and 128GB memory).

Amazon iPhone 13 deals

13:18 , Tal Dekel-Daks

Want a handset rather than a contract? Amazon has got availability in all four iPhones, in all of those enticing colours. The prices below are for 128GB storage, so if you want more space, they do go up accordingly:

Shop the iPhone 13 from £799

Shop the iPhone pro from £949

Shop the iPhone 13 pro max from £1,049

Shop the iPhone 13 mini from £679

O2 reveal their iPhone 13 deals

13:35 , Tal Dekel-Daks

O2’s deals have dropped, but it looks like a lot of you are in search of the iPhone 13, as the website is crashing intermittently for us. If you know this is the network for you and do manage to break though, here’s some of the best deals we’ve spotted, all of which have pleasingly low upfront costs:

iPhone 13 with 150GB data, unlimited minutes and texts – 36 month contract £30 upfront, £48.98 per month

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iPhone 13 pro with unlimited data, minutes and texts – 36 month contract £30 upfront, £60.50 per month

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iPhone 13 mini with 150GB data, unlimited minutes and texts – 36 month contract £20 upfront, £46.49 per month

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iPhone pro max with unlimited data, unlimited minutes and texts £30 upfront, £63.50 per month

Buy now

Carphone Warehouse deals

13:41 , Tal Dekel-Daks

Carphone Warehouse has got options whether you want a full contract for your new iPhone 13 or are happy with just the handset. The website is easily laid out so you can check prices for a new plan, upgrading your current plan, or just buying the phone itself without a sim card.

Shop the iPhone pro with 100GB of data from £47 per month or a sim-free handset at £949.

The standard iPhone 13 with 20GB of data is available from £39.99 on a monthly contract or sim-free from £779.

The iPhone 13 mini is available from £35.99 per month or just the handset from £679.

Sky has the most affordable iPhone deal we’ve spotted so far

13:44 , Tal Dekel-Daks

Sky has some rather excellent iPhone 13 deals, with the option for the iPhone pro in any colour with 128GB storage on a 24-month contract without any upfront cost, at just £33 per month, or a similar pro max deal for £37 per month.

If it’s the standard iPhone 13 you’re after, you can also get a 24 month contract for a mere £27, no upfront costs required – this might just be the most affordable way to get your hands on an iPhone we’ve spotted so far.

Shop all of Sky’s iPhone 13 offers here

What are EE’s best deals?

13:52 , Tal Dekel-Daks

The EE website does seem to be struggling somewhat with the heavy traffic since 1pm. But if you can get through to register your interest EE is allowing you to log in and upgrade your current plan or just pre-order now.

One of the offers we are able to see is - for those interested in a handset and sim option – a huge 160GB sim for just £20. That comes with six months of Apple music on a 5G-ready plan.

Looking for a contract?

The iPhone pro max with 128GB storage is available for £63 per month, but that is only for 4GB of data and £100 upfront cost. The next step up in terms of data is 40GB from £71 monthly and £50 upfront.

It also looks like you can get a trade-in on the standard iPhone 13 from £34 per month. Trade-in on pro starts at £42 per month and £48 for pro max.

Is this the cheapest sim only iPhone 13 deal?

13:57 , Tal Dekel-Daks

If you’re after a bargain sim-only deal to use with an iPhone 13 handset you’re planning to buy outright, check out Smarty.

The brand is building a bit of a buzz with its purse-friendly sim-only plans, and right now is offering a pretty stonking 50GB data for just £12 per month (a 20 per cent saving on the usual £15 price). You even get money back for unused data each month.

Smarty has a 4/5 star Trustpilot rating, which we always check for prior customer intel

Which iPhone 13 should I buy?

14:07 , Tal Dekel-Daks

If you love Apple products, the news of not one but four iPhone 13s has likely filled your heart with joy – unless you’re the indecisive type, in which case you may not even have picked the phone you want to invest in yet.

To help you out, our tech writer Steve Hogarty has written a handy in-depth comparison breaking down the pros and cons of all of the features, including this useful table comparing factors like screen size and battery life. Give the full article a read and you’ll be much better placed to place your order!

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What to know before you pre-order the new iPhone 13 today

Vodafone’s best iPhone 13 deals

14:12 , Tal Dekel-Daks

The deal Vodafone are leading with is a saving of £360 when you trade in an iPhone 11 pro or pro max for a new iPhone 13 pro (128GB) with a £32 monthly plan and £49 upfront.

The network claims that this trade will save you £360 over the duration of your plan - that is a £15 per month discount over the 24 months.

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If you’ve not got an iPhone 11 pro or pro max to trade in then they have other savings.

The iPhone 13 mini (128 GB) starts from £28 per month with £29 upfront cost, when trading in an old iPhone 11 on a 24-month plan.

Buy now

And the standard iPhone 13 starts from £31 per month with the same £29 upfront cost when trading in an iPhone 11 on a 36-month plan.

Buy now

On sim-only deals currently the cheapest plan, ‘Unlimited Lite’ is £11 for the first six months (was £22 per month), which offers unlimited data and unlimited minutes and texts, and a maximum download speed of 2Mbps.

Buy now

Currys iPhone 13 handset prices

14:30 , Sophie Gallagher

Unlike lots of the other pre-order websites, Currys PC World seems to have avoided crashing so it is quite easy to browse through the handsets for sale.

Currys PC World is offering the iPhone 13 pro starting from £34.95 per month, interest free for 24 months. The upfront cash price starts at £949. Shop here.

And the iPhone 13 starts at £32.45 per month (for 24 months interest free) and the cash price is from £779. Shop here.

If you buy a handset today it will be available for release next Friday on 24 September.

When will I get my new iPhone 13?

14:45 , Sophie Gallagher

If you have registered for a pre-order today then you will have to wait at least a week to actually get your hands on it.

The release date is next Friday (24 September) so expect retailers to start dispatching from that point onwards.

If you haven’t pre-ordered already, then you can do so at the following retailers: Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, EE, Vodafone, Three, O2, Sky, Apple, and more.

iPhone 13 pro best deals

15:19 , Sophie Gallagher

These are some fo the deals we’ve come across for the iPhone 13 pro model so far:

  • Currys PC World - from £34.95 per month, interest free for 24 months (handset only)

  • Vodafone - a £32 monthly plan and £49 upfront when you trade in an iPhone 11 pro

  • Sky -£33 per month and no upfront cost

  • Carphone Warehouse - £47 per month (100GB) or a sim-free handset at £949

  • EE - £57 monthly (4GB data) with £100 upfront

iPhone 13 or the 13 pro?

15:40 , Sophie Gallagher

Still undecided about which to preorder and whether getting the 13 pro is worth the additional cost? Given it is a pretty big difference (around £300), it’s worth knowing what you’re getting.

The Apple tagline for the iPhone 13 pro is “more pro than ever before” and is “pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone”.

Apple says the pro features: “The most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life; A15 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone; an advanced 5G experience; and so much more”

The pro also features new night mode on all cameras, and video has cinematic mode for depth-of-field transitions, macro video, time-lapse and slo-mo.

The iPhone 13 pro also includes 5G with more bands for better coverage and the best ever battery life. As well as 1TB of storage and a ceramic shield front cover, tougher than any smartphone glass out there.

Read our review of the iPhone 12 versus the iPhone 12 Pro to get an idea of how the models usually compare.

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(Apple)

iPhone deals at mobiles.co.uk

16:15 , Sophie Gallagher

We’re now a few hours post-launch of the iPhone 13 pre-order and there are more lots of deals cropping up online for you to compare. Online retailer mobiles.co.uk is currently offering a range of prices although some come with a fairly large upfront payment to secure the lower monthly cost.

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Exclusive deals at Fonehouse

16:39 , Sophie Gallagher

If you’re still on the hunt for a good deal on the iPhone 13 this afternoon, then you’re in luck as Fonehouse has some exclusive offers for The Independent readers and shoppers.

  • Three: Try the iPhone 13 (128GB) with 100GB of data for £45 per month and £59 up front. Shop here.

  • Also on Three: iPhone 13 mini (128GB) with 100GB of data for £40 per month and £49 up front cost. Shop here.

Pick up a deal at Affordable Mobiles

17:05 , Sophie Gallagher

If none of the previous deals are floating your boat why not have a look at the Affordable Mobiles website.

It has compiled deals from a number of networks, including EE, Three, and O2, which is useful for shopping around if you’re already on a plan with one of those providers.

The following are the launch day deals currently being promoted:

Over and out 🍎

17:15 , Sophie Gallagher

Wow what a busy day on the liveblog – if the number of pre-order websites that crashed are anything to go by there is lots of excitement for the arrival of the iPhone 13.

We hope you were able to get yours pre-ordered and find a deal that suits your budget.

Have a good weekend and start counting down the days to the release date next Friday.

Over and out.

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