Dan Howdle | July 14th, 2023
You can fight all day long about what the best Android phone is (it's the Galaxy S23 Ultra though, isn't it), but there's never any doubt as to what the best Apple phone is – the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It's the flagship for the brand. It's the most expensive and most fully featured. But if you've tried looking for the best deal, we feel your pain. There are literally hundreds of them out there, often with confusing upfront costs and varying monthly payments with a plethora of marginally different SIMs. That's what we're here for, though. We've found you the best deal for July to save you all the work. It's…
There are a few things you should be aware of when it comes to this selection. For one thing we've limited our search to unlimited deals. If you don't need or want unlimited data, you can save an extra quid or two. But make no mistake, unlimited data is where every deal is going in the next few years. Some European countries are already there – they are laughing at us. Jeering. Poking fun at our limited data deals. And what's an extra quid or two for the peace of mind of never hitting your data limit, or having to worry about it, and being able to tether all your other devices to your phone as much or as little as you like? We think it's worth it.
iPhones are ridiculously expensive. There, we said it. With the top 1TB model nearly £1700 on its own. But you don't need that. You'll never need that. The 128GB model is just fine for 99.9% of consumers. Just be wary of certain apps taking up vast amounts of storage when you're not looking. We're looking at you Twitter and WhatsApp. We've opted for the 128GB version here, but if you're certain you need more storage you're going to have to pay at least an extra £7 per month for the 256GB version, so bear that in mind. We don't think you need it, but completely understand if you want it.
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For those paying close attention to the complete range of current mobile deals, you may notice Samsung's flagship S23 Ultra – as good as or perhaps even better than the iPhone 14 Pro Max – is £10 per month cheaper and more than £200 cheaper overall. Well, that's the Apple tax for you – Apple just has a tendency of pricing themselves higher than everyone else either because they perceive themselves to be the best or they simply want us to believe that. It remains that this is the best deal right now.
Yes, but it does get a little blurry here. Don't tell anyone, but you can buy an iPhone 14 Pro Max on its own for around £1060. If you have that sort of cash lying around, you could buy a handset outright then add the cheapest unlimited data SIM (Lycamobile currently offers that at £10 per month), and if you add that all together you'll have paid £1300 total, saving £70.76 on the total cost of this deal. So why don't we recommend doing that then? Well, we sort of are, right here. It's just most folk don't want to stump up over a thousand quid upfront.
Since you're here, you may want to take a quick peek at the tech specs for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and we don't intend to disappoint you, so here they are:
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
|128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB
|Type: LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM). Size: 6.7 inches, 110.2 cm2 (~88.3% screen-to-body ratio). Resolution: 1290 x 2796 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~460 ppi density). Protection: Ceramic Shield glass
|Quad-camera setup: 48MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, and 12MP telephoto
|5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC
|160.7 x 77.6 x 7.9mm
iD Mobile is a mobile phone company founded in 2015 that offers various services to customers. They operate on the Three network and are a subsidiary of Currys plc, meaning you can get an iD Mobile deal in any Carphone Warehouse and most Currys stores. iD Mobile aims to provide affordable and flexible mobile options to meet different budgets and needs. It offers different plans, including SIM-only deals and contracts for phones. iD Mobile focuses on being transparent with customers, allowing them to create personalised plans with adjustable allowances and options to roll over unused data. It strives to make pricing straightforward, offer competitive rates, and provide responsive customer service. iD Mobile aims to deliver a user-friendly mobile experience while offering value and flexibility to their customers.