The best cheap AirPods deals for Christmas 2018

The best price on Apple's AirPods today? Odd as it may seem, it's from British Telecom

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If you're after the cheapest AirPods prices, you're in right place. The Apple AirPods were initially quite hard to get hold of, but you can now snap up a pair and have them the next day (or even same day!)

Apple's default RRP for the AirPods is £159/$159, so whatever you do, don't pay any more than that. If stock starts to run out, you'll possibly see some retailers charge more in the comparison chart below, but we'd urge you to hold on for normality to resume. A few retailers knocked £20/$20 off AirPods over the Black Friday period, and while most of them have resumed normal service, BT's webshop is still offering that deal.

If the prices below are still a bit much, check out our picks for the Best Apple AirPods alternatives or maybe take a look at some other iPhone friendly options in our Beats headphone deals article.

The Apple AirPods are a perfect match for the iPhone, and designed to sync instantly and allow easy control of Siri and Apple Music.

However, at the end of the day, they're a pair of Bluetooth true wireless buds, and as such will pair with plenty of other phones and laptops. You could even pair them with an Android phone but note that they won't sync automatically as they would with an iPhone, you'll have to manually pair them, the old fashioned way. And obviously they won't give you access to Siri. Aww.

The Apple AirPods come with the carry case, which also acts as a charger, holding multiple charges for the headphones. In general you'll get 5 hours of use from a fully charged brace of AirPods, and the case has enough power in it to get you through a full 24 hours in total. The case is charged via a Lightning cable and doesn't need the AirPods inside to charge.

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