AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint Launch New Carrier Deals for iPhone XS and XS Max

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are now up for pre-order on, and with the debut of new smartphones from Apple, all of the major carriers have also kicked off their own special offers for the devices. Below we've taken a look at the major iPhone XS-related deals from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, so read on to see how you can save some money if you haven't yet purchased one of the latest iPhones.


    If you buy the iPhone XS with AT&T, you'll get another XS for $700 off if both are purchased on AT&T Next. The limited time offer requires a new line to be added onto a Next plan, and the $700 promotion will be applied over 30 months.

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    If you would prefer the second device in the BOGO deal to be an iPhone 8, you can also get the 64GB iPhone 8 ($599.99) or the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus ($699.99) for free.

    AT&T notes that you can also receive the $700 as a credit towards a more expensive iPhone, including a 256GB iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max (priced up to $1,450). In these cases the second iPhone will be discounted but not completely free.

    Head to AT&T for more details.


    Verizon essentially has the same offer as AT&T, allowing you to mix-and-match a BOGO deal where you can buy the iPhone XS, XS Max, X, 8, or 8 Plus, add a new line to one of the phones, and save $700 on the second. In Verizon's offer, the credit of $29.16 will be added to your monthly bill for the next 24 months.

    This means that you'll pay full price for the two iPhones over 24 months, but then in one to two billing cycles you'll begin to see a credit of $29.16 added to your account. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in the deal are for the 256GB model, but if you opt for the 64GB option the credit placed on your account will be $24.99 per month.


    Alternatively, Verizon's second offer lets you save $100 with select trade-ins. When purchasing an iPhone XS, XS Max, X, 8, or 8 Plus with a select trade-in (that's in good working and cosmetic condition), you'll receive $100 over 24 months as a monthly credit. Verizon will send a prepaid package to mail the trade-in within 30 days at no cost.

    The carrier notes that if your trade-in is valued at higher than $100 then you'll get the full value as an account credit, or new customers can get the full value as a virtual gift card sent two weeks after it receives your device.

    Devices eligible for trade-in include: iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 plus, 6, 5s and SE. Non-Apple devices include: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel XL; LG V30, V20, V10, G6, G5 and G4; Motorola Z2 Force, Z Force, Z2 Play, Z Play, Z Droid, Z Play and Turbo 2; Samsung GS9, GS9+, GS8, GS8+, GS7, 7 Edge, 7 Active, GS6, 6 Edge, 6 Edge+, 6 Active, GS5, GS4, Note 8, Note 5, Note 4 and Note Edge; HTC 10 and M9/M9+.

    Head to Verizon for more details.


    At T-Mobile, if you buy an iPhone XS, XS Max, X, 8, or 8 Plus, you can save up to $300 through bill credits that expand over 24 months with an eligible iPhone trade-in. The new device must be purchased on one of T-Mobile's monthly payment plans, and the trade-ins are required to be in good condition, with values designated below:
    If you meet all of these criteria, T-Mobile will add a credit of up to $12.50 on your monthly bill for 24 months, after one to two bill cycles following the trade-in shipping.

    Head to T-Mobile for more details.


    Sprint has a few offers as well, with the 64GB iPhone XS available for $0/month or the 64GB XS Max for $4.17/month following an eligible trade-in. These include iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2XL.


    With the value of the trade-in, you'll get $41.67 per month credit for both 64GB models of the iPhone XS and XS Max, applied within two billing cycles. The new devices must be purchased on an 18-month lease, with a new line and approved credit.

    As a more basic offer, if you switch to Sprint you'll get $100 for each new line of service that you add when you lease a new smartphone. The credit will come in the form of a $100 Prepaid Mastercard for each new line that you add. Besides the lease, this deal requires online registration and 60 days of service before you see the card shipped.

    Head to Sprint for more details.

    Pre-orders for the iPhone XS and XS Max went up at 12:01 a.m. PDT earlier this morning, and shipping estimates for the bigger XS Max began slipping under an hour after orders went live. The new Apple Watch Series 4 also went up for pre-order at the same time today, and now almost all stainless steel Apple Watch Series 4 models are listing shipping dates of October 5 to October 12, with the exception of some 40mm models.

    For more information on the iPhone XS, be sure to visit our full roundup.

    Article Link: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint Launch New Carrier Deals for iPhone XS and XS Max
  2. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    I paid $529 + tax on my Xs Max, but received a $550 credit for my X. I basically paid $75 to upgrade. Sweet!
  3. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    still better to sell your old phone on eBay
  4. Pezboy macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2015
    Wow, T-Mobile is really giving their consumers the shaft on this one.
  5. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    How did you get to pay only $530 for an Xs Max?
  6. CmdrPuffin macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2013
    It's frustrating that basically every one of these requires a trade in, adding a new line, or applies the deal as bill credits over a two year period. Pretty useless deals tbh.
  7. srharris22 macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2010
    I wouldn’t say useless. If you keep your phone for 2 years anyway it’s not a big deal. However, because of these deals we are switching from Verizon to AT&T to take advantage. 700 off + selling our two iPhones will make it better than BOGO in the end. And porting numbers isn’t an issue.
    So in 2 years I’ll jump back to Verizon if needed
  8. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    These deals generally only appeal to those that don't upgrade often and are willing to take their deal in the long term, along with often adding additional lines.
  9. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I love T-Mobile's "deal" - trade-in your iPhone 8 for an abysmal $300. That just sounds like every day, I'm pretty sure you can do a trade-in to apple for more than that.

    Just checked, $350 from apple for an iPhone 8.
  10. rtrueman macrumors member


    Jan 5, 2009
    It figures T-Mobile's offers are poor not that I planned to move my family from AT&T to T-Mobile. I'll bet they change the offer quickly as they're so far off from AT&T and Verizon. I think I can hold out until Black Friday... maybe.
  11. WeemanWise macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    Could probably do a "trade-in" with craigslist or eBay for more than that.
  12. CentralOffice macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    I think the under-reported story is that T-Mobile is the only major carrier that requires a hefty down payment for any of the new phones -- as high as $729!!!! That's basically the cost of an Xr. They say it's to keep the EIP installments at $30 level but I should have the option. Plus T-Mo is very vague about "well-qualified" customers not needing this but it appears most people fall under the down payment category. Other carriers are mostly just evenly dividing cost by 24 months.
  13. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
  14. Pezboy macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2015
    I can get the iPhone Xs (64gb) for 0 down on an installment plan and the Max for $99. If I want to do JOD the Xs costs $99 down and the Max is $109. I don’t understand either what their criteria is. I have horrible credit. But have paid them early faithfully for 4 plus years and have bought lots of stuff with them through installation plans. It seems that they take history with them more seriously than credit history. Idk
  15. dmylrea macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
    I truly don't get WHO would fall for the T-Mobile deal (or any trade-in for bill credit offer)? Trade in your relatively current phone now, and not only do they give you about 50% less than what you could sell it for, but they give it to you spread out over 24 months!

    How about I disassemble my phone first, and give it to them a piece at a time, and in 24 months, they'll have an entire phone?
  16. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    You do realize you could have sold your phone on craigslist for $700? So you lost $150 bucks. None of these "deals" from carriers are deals at all.

    Edit: Just saw you have a 256GB. Those are going for $800 now, so $250 lost.
  17. kappaz macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    When I sign in to my-tmobile and view the offers, the iphone xs is 0 down and xs max is 99 down for the base model. I think the $300 offer is weak, but I guess I got spoiled from the iphone 7 trade up deal where it was basically free.
  18. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    So jealous not only are they cheaper in the US in the first place, no your carriers make nice offers on top.

    Here the X Max 64 GB costs 550€ down payment + 30€ activation fee + 78€ a month (with 4 GB data)
  19. dmylrea macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
    That's not entirely true. You mean you paid $529 down? You still have the balance to pay off over time.
  20. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    My "deal" of choice is to wait till after Christmas and pick up an X for $500 on craigslist. Half off for year old device, works like a charm every time I want to upgrade.
  21. C00rDiNaT0r macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    New York, New York
    I guess if you still have an iPhone 5 laying around, you can cash in on the $100 offer to afford yourself a "free" latte every month for 2 years..?
  22. littyboy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2009
    These carriers profit off people stupid in math. This is prime example
  23. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Stupid to do “monthly credits spread over 30 months” ON TOP of adding a new line.

    Just wait for promos like Sams club deal I got last year $300 gift card 6 weeks after the iPhone X/8/8 plus launch Yes. Even the iPhone X which was practically 6 weeks old had that same promo. More flexibility with att next $300 gift card promo like Sams club cause u don’t have to trade anything in and u can pay off anytime and get immediately eligible for another promo instead of waiting 30 months in monthly credits

    Target had similar $250 gift card promos as well last November 2017.

    Carriers in general are very stingy with deals these days. They got hammered when iPhone 7 launched in 2016 when they offered 2 year old iPhone 6 (2014) trade in for “free” iPhone 7 at launch time (September 2016 ipjone 7 launch). So many people took advantage of that deal.
  24. uecker87 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2014
    Madison, WI
    The best "deal" I have found is from US Cellular. $800 off. No trade in required. Not a BOGO either. $800 off each phone, but it has to be a new line with their device payment plan and their Device Protection plan (but that includes Applecare and their own lost and stolen protection) for $11.99 a month.
  25. Pezboy macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2015
    Shoot. That’s crazy. Not to mention the Euro is worth more than the USD. About 17% more if memory serves. So in reality you’re paying over $600 down. What country are you from? I feel for you!

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