Best iPhone XS Max Deals for October 2018

Best iPhone XS Max Deals: While many people gasped at the high price of the iPhone X last year, the new iPhone XS Max pairs a bigger screen with an even bigger price. Fortunately, these deals will at least help you save some money if you want the latest and greatest iPhone.

For many of us here at Trusted Reviews, the iPhone XS Max delivers what we wanted from last year’s iPhone X. It’s very much an ‘S’ variant, which historically have been refinements rather than revolutions in iPhone design.

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Prices for the iPhone XS Max start at £1099, a huge ask for most people and enough to deter them from buying the phone completely. If the iPhone XS Max is a bit too out of your price range then you’ll definitely want to take a look at the more affordable iPhone XS or even the iPhone XR when that’s released.

If you do have the cash to splash on a brand new iPhone XS Max, then you’re in the right place as we’ve collected the best deals ensuring that you can find the best contract for you.

If you want to know more about the iPhone XS Max specs then shimmy on past the deals section and take a look at our handy iPhone XS Max guide.

Best iPhone XS Max Deals – 4-10GB of data

If you don’t need a lot of data, right now you can save some money by not spending more on data you don’t need. This isn’t always the case when it comes to phone contracts, mind you, as sometimes you can get more data for the same or less money. As the iPhone XS Max is so new, you can currently bring the total cost of ownership down if you opt for a low data contract.

Best iPhone XS Max Deals – 4-10GB of data

Apple iPhone XS Max 64GB Gold – 4GB on Vodafone

This requires a sizeable upfront cost but it means you're paying a low monthly cost. It also means the TCO of £1,182 is much more palatable considering the iPhone XS Max's SIM-free price of £1,099 alone.

Best iPhone XS Max Deals – 10GB+ of data

If you stream a lot of content or plan on tethering to your phone, then you’ll want a contract that offers more data each month. These are currently our top picks.

Best iPhone XS Max Deals – 10GB+ of data

Apple iPhone XS Max 64GB Gold – 50GB of data on EE

50GB is more than enough to keep you going through plenty of streaming and gaming. Plus, signing up with EE grants you three free months of BT Sport and six free months of Apple Music.

Apple iPhone XS Max 64GB Gold – 100GB of data on O2

The big daddy contract for anyone who needs an almost ludicrous amount of data. It requires a reasonable upfront cost (still significantly less than the SIM-free price at least), but it does mean bringing the monthly cost down.

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What’s new with the iPhone XS Max

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Of course the 6.5-inch display takes centre stage, eclipsing the other new addition, the iPhone XS. For anyone who likes watching content on their phone, this is a gargantuan phablet. With that said, the XS Max is actually smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a smaller display. Having such thin bezels really helps.

Performance has also seen a boost thanks to the new A12 Bionic processor. It’s the first 7nm chip on the market, packing more power into a smaller space. The new A12 also promises a 50% boost to GPU power, which is great for games.

Round back there’s a pair of cameras with 12-megapixel sensors. The wide-angle lens has a f/1.8 aperture and the telephoto lens has f/2.4, both featuring optical image stabilisation for sharper shots. Smart HDR should also improve the colours in your shots.

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How to pick the right iPhone XS Max deal

How much data do you need?

Here’s a question that with determine which plan you go with more than any other. Higher data contracts will take a toll on the price you pay either upfront or on a monthly basis, but whichever it is, the surplus will be there. Luckily for most of us however, if you’re a casual social media user (like myself), then there’s no need to worry about consuming too much data.

Social media platforms have been optimised to consume very low amounts of data, meaning that you’ll be perfectly content with a monthly allowance of between 4-8GB. If you’re the type of person to go one step beyond (watching Netflix during work meetings totally counts) then you’ll need something in the 20-40GB range.

Fork out upfront or not?

Picking up a new phone on contract can mean picking between deals that have an upfront cost or not. This is the amount you pay at the beginning towards the cost of the phone. Generally, if you pay an upfront cost, this takes the monthly cost down as you don’t have to pay off as much of the phone each month.

Typically, if you pay more upfront, you should end up with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This is the upfront cost + monthly cost x contract length (typically 24 months). At the end of the day, making a choice depends on your financial situation.

Getting a phone on contract, and spreading the cost, can be the only way for some people to get a new phone. You might not mind paying a little more after 24 months, if it means paying less up front, or even nothing at all.

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