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Apple Black Friday 2020: Best iPhone Deals

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Black Friday is halfway done, but there are still a few deals to shop for on iPhones at carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint.

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AT&T

Starting with AT&T, you'll find up to $700 off any iPhone 12 when you add a line or upgrade an existing line. You'll need to purchase any iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max on a qualifying installment agreement and pay a $30 activation fee.


Then, add a new line or upgrade an existing line, activate postpaid unlimited wireless service, and trade in an eligible smartphone in good working condition. After all of this, you'll see up to $700 in bill credits applied over 30 months.



You can also get a 64GB iPhone XS for $1/month for 30 months when purchased on a qualifying installment agreement. This deal will come in the form of $870 in bill credits applied in equal amounts over 30 months.



In other deals, AT&T has a BOGO offer on Apple Watch. If you buy an Apple Watch Series 3 (up to $289.99), Series 4 (up to $699.99), Series 5 (up to $749.99), Series 6 (up to $799.99), or SE (up to $359.99), you can get an SE model at no extra cost.

Both devices need to be on a qualifying installment agreement, at least one new line must be added, and after you'll get up to $330 in bill credits towards the Apple Watch SE.

For iPads, AT&T has the 7th-generation (2019) 128GB iPad for half off when purchased on a qualifying installment agreement. You'll see the deal in the form of up to $265 in bill credits.

Verizon

Verizon is offering an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro at no extra cost when switching to the carrier. This offer comes in the form of up to $700 off the iPhone 12 when trading in a device, and it's available online only.


You can also get up to a $400 Verizon e-gift card when switching to Verizon Unlimited and add any smartphone with a retail value over $699.99. The device will also need to be activated on a new line of Verizon Unlimited.



To get the e-gift card, after checking out head to Verizon's rebate center and enter the code BLACKFRIDAY400 to get the card within 8 weeks. You can also get a $100 e-gift card (code: 100FORYOU) when you add a line on Verizon.

For PlayStation users, Verizon is offering up to a year of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now at no cost. You'll need to buy a new smartphone on a Play More, Do More, or Get More Unlimited plan.

To get 12 months of PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now, you'll need to add a new smartphone line, and to get 3 months you'll need to upgrade an existing line. Instructions on how to get the PlayStation subscriptions will be emailed after your smartphone is activated.

T-Mobile/Sprint

T-Mobile is offering switchers up to $830 off the iPhone 12 when activating a new line, purchasing the iPhone 12 on a monthly payment plan, and trading in a qualifying iPhone in good condition.


To get the $830 credit, you'll need to trade in one of the following iPhones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus.



In terms of bundled offers, you can also get two iPhone 12 models and two Apple Watch SE devices for $120/month. You'll need to activate two new lines on the Essentials rate plan and add two new DIGITS lines.

Two devices will also have to be traded in, and you can get up to $829.99 back on each iPhone $29.99 back on an Apple Watch, and $329.99 back on the second Apple Watch. This will all come in the form of bill credits over 30 months.

Visible

Visible is offering up to $200 in credit to spend on its store when switching to Visible. The company offers a straightforward $40/month cellular plan and more deals.

Currently, when purchasing an iPhone 12 model you can get a pair of AirPods Pro. If you buy a phone or bring your number from a previous carrier and activate service on Visible, you'll receive an email with a code to redeem AirPods Pro.

Retailers

  • Best Buy - Save up to $900 on iPhone 12 with qualified activation and trade-in.
  • Target - Get up to $700 on select Apple devices when you trade-in to a new line or upgrade on an eligible Unlimited plan.
  • Walmart - Save up to $900 with qualified activation and trade-in.

More Deals

To delve even deeper into Black Friday shopping, use the lists above to discover all of our Black Friday coverage in individual posts, spotlight posts, and in our full roundups. Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on the MacRumors homepage and Twitter feeds throughout the day (and of course for Cyber Monday) as more deals emerge.

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neilw

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Walmart seems to have a good deal, if you choose monthly payments and ignore all the trade-in and new line activation stuff. It is however very confusing.

I priced out an iPhone 12 mini w/128 GB on Verizon, which should sell for $749. Walmart lists it for $829 (!) if you pay up front, which is horrid, *but* $26.21 for 24 monthly payments, which comes out to $629, which is excellent, best I've seen. Oh, still on the hook for $40 Verizon upgrade fee. Still a good deal.

None of the pricing really makes any sense to me, but $26.21 for 24 months is very very good.
 
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peneaux

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I pay $15/month with Mint (same infrastructure as T-mobile).

There's no discount if you're paying $50/month for a line.
 
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neilw

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Why can't you just move the SIM from your old phone to your new one? Won't that work? Ergo no fee?
Very possibly you can. That's what I did when I got my iPhone 11.

However, I think if you use your old SIM card you won't get 5G. Also, as part of the purchase you have to log into your Verizon account (I presume it would be the same for ATT), so I'm not sure if the upgrade gets baked into the purchase up front.

I guess when I get it (it's not for me actually) we'll try the SIM swap and see if it works OK without getting hit with the upgrade. If for whatever reason it doesn't work, we can always perform the officially sanctioned upgrade.

Either way, though, it seems to be a good discount even with the upgrade fee (compared to pretty much *no* discounts I've found anywhere else).
 
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Taipan

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This sounds like an advertisement to me, not like an article. 700$ off when trading in a phone is not 700$ off. Why make it sound as if it were?
 
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ZipZilla

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The monthly bill credit is the new Early Termination Fee, handcuffs used by the soviet ministries of wireless in the US to hold you hostage for 24/30/whatever months in order to get a "free" or "cheaper" phone.

No thanks. either reduce the cost of the phone or reduce the cost of the service up front or no sale.
 
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ghanwani

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Or just pay for the phone up front, unlocked, and shop around for the best service for your needs. Sell the phone a year down the road, rinse, repeat.
Simple and uncomplicated especially with Apple's trade in program. Although I probably won't update every year.
 
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