IPhone Upgrade Program Guide – How To Get An iPhone 11 And Every New Model Every Year


ALWAYS want the latest iPhone, but can’t afford to spend a lot of money on the new model? Try the iPhone updater.

It’s Apple’s simple solution for people who want to upgrade to a new iPhone every year, but don’t want to be tied to network contracts (or pay directly). Here is a simple guide on how it all works.

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New iPhones are expensive, but the upgrade program lets you spread the costsCredit: AFP or licensors

Apple Upgrade Program Explained – What Is It?

The Apple Upgrade Program was first launched in the UK in 2016.

It is designed as an alternative for people who do not wish to purchase their phone directly or under contract from phone networks.

It’s also ideal for people who want to upgrade to the latest iPhone model every year, as many die-hard Apple fans often do.

You get the phone on a monthly basis and will be able to get the new iPhone model when it’s announced in September of each year.

    You will be able to upgrade to a new model after 12 monthly payments, but you will need to return the old device

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You will be able to upgrade to a new model after 12 monthly payments, but you will need to return the old deviceCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Apple Upgrade Program – what’s the problem?

The Apple Upgrade Program is basically a fundraising program.

You spread the cost of an iPhone through monthly payments, upgrading your model every 12 payments (or a year, assuming you don’t miss any bills).

The deal also includes an AppleCare + subscription, which is added to the upgrade program at full cost.

You’ll pay full price for the iPhone as well, but the finance package is interest-free – so you don’t pay additional interest charges over time.

In fact, you take out a 0% APR loan with Barclays, all behind the scenes.

When you return your iPhone at the end of 12 months, you are effectively paying off the overall debt, allowing you to upgrade.

If you never upgrade, you will have to pay a total of 20 months before you own the phone.

    The iPhone Upgrade Program is a great way to get new models with the latest features, with minimal faff

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The iPhone Upgrade Program is a great way to get new models with the latest features, with minimal faffCredit: AP: Associated press

Apple Upgrade Program Price – How Much Does It Cost?

There is no pricing available for Apple’s 2019 iPhones list as they have yet to be announced.

But here’s how much you’ll pay for current iPhones as part of the upgrade program:

  • iPhone 11 – £ 40.45 per month
  • iPhone 11 Pro – £ 58.95 per month
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – £ 63.95 per month

We will update this article once we get pricing for the Apple Upgrade Program for the rumored iPhone 9 and iPhone XS.

Apple Upgrade Program Agreement – do you get data, call minutes or texts?

The simple answer is no.

Apple does not include call minutes, text messages, or internet data with the upgrade program.

This means that you will need to purchase a SIM card separately and either top it up on a pay-as-you-go basis or find a SIM-only rate.

The good news is that Apple Upgrade Program iPhones are unlocked in the UK, so you can insert a SIM card from any network.

Apple Upgrade Program – AppleCare + Explained

The upgrade program comes with AppleCare + as standard, which will save you a lot of money if you damage your device.

That means you’ll get two years of hardware repairs, software support, and coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage.

There is an additional charge for each incident, which is a fairly reasonable £ 25 for screen replacement.

Any further damage will cost you an additional £ 79.

Apple normally charges a lot of money for AppleCare +, so it pays to make it part of the upgrade program.

Apple Upgrade Program – how to get it and what you need

The only way to sign up for the iPhone Upgrade Program is at an official Apple Store in UK, US, or China.

You will need to be prepared to transmit personal information, including:

  • Date of Birth
  • Job details
  • UK addresses for the past three years (for a credit check)
  • Bank account number
  • Bank sort code

You will also need to bring a valid photo ID (such as a passport or UK driving license), as well as your debit card.

Finally, you will need to bring your current cell phone. If you are upgrading from another iPhone, back up your data to your computer or iCloud first.

It’s also worth writing down your Apple ID.

Apple iPhone 11’s Night Mode lets you “see in the dark” WITHOUT using your camera flash

Check out our hands-on test of the iPhone 11 Pro.

Already have an iPhone? Check out the best iPhone apps here.

And here are 10 simple tips to increase your phone’s battery life.

Are you going to upgrade to a brand new iPhone this year? If so, let us know in the comments!


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