The iPhone 7 is to be announced in California on Wednesday this week (September 7th) and the iPhone 7 deals will probably be announced for a one week pre-order phase from September 9th which is the Friday. That’s usually how Apple does it.
The phone will then go on sale at full price before voucher codes and discounts start hitting the web probably in October but certainly November.
So how much can you expect to pay for the first wave of iPhone 7 deals? Clearly it’s impossible to say precisely given the phone isn’t official yet and the deals are not yet announced. But we can make some educated guesses.
Firstly, we know how much the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S cost when they were first launched so we can take learnings from that. And there are also some other considerations, such as the current weakness of the pound. Hold that thought.
iPhone 7 retail deals: what should you expect the new iPhone price to be?
Back in September 2015, the iPhone 6S launch retail price was £539 for the 16GB version, £619 for 64GB and £699 for the massimo 128GB option. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6S Plus cost £619 for 16GB, £699 for 64GB and £789 for 128GB.
It’s not unreasonable to expect that prices will be similar with the iPhone 7 but there are some crucial differences. Firstly, the memory capacities will be different – we’re not expecting to see a 16GB version this year as each SKU likely to get a bump. But that on its own should not change the cost of the phones – memory is cheap!
What’s more likely to change the cost are the current exchange rates and the relative strength of the US dollar against the traditionally mighty but currently weaker GBP. This time last year the trust pound was worth $1.6USD whereas today it will cost you just $1.32. The first major phone to launch since the Brexit-inspired depreciation of the is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which is indeed more expensive than anticipated.
This makes a difference because Apple prices mainly in dollars and is very unlikely to lower its prices just so that UK shoppers can pay the same as last year.
So this could well lead to a slight increase in the differential between the US and UK prices – the UK prices already, of course, being a shade more expensive traditionally. So a price of £599 wouldn’t be hugely surprising for the iPhone 7 in the UK.
iPhone 7 predicted retail price: £599
iPhone 7 contract deals: what to expect
If we’re to predict what the early iPhone 7 deals will be on contract, we can look at the prices that EE, O2 and company were charging for the iPhone 6S in September last year.
Back then, the deals were hard to find with anything less than a £100 upfront cost. Even then, monthly fees of over £40 were the norm. The cheapest deal with 1GB data was on Three – that network was charging £99 upfront and £38 per month for 1GB and unlimited everything else. That’s about what we’d expect to see this time around as well, though if the deals start off a little more expensive than this we wouldn’t be surprised at all. In fact, we’d advise you to plan for that to be the case if an iPhone 7 is what you covet.
iPhone 7 predicted deals:
iPhone 7 | £120 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £40 per month
Obviously don’t count your chickens on this one – we’ll be back when the pre-order deals are actually announced to help you find the absolute best value iPhone 7 deals. We’ll also be working hard to negotiate some exclusive discounts just for TechRadar readers so that you’ll be able to save some money.
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