Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on iPhones

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Black Friday is upon us and that means many deals on iPhones, from straight-up discounts to trade-in and financing incentives. Below, we've rounded up some of the best offers available for iPhones in the United States.

Unfortunately, iPhone deals rarely come without strings attached, so be prepared to purchase a device on a carrier installment plan in most cases and make sure to read all of the fine print when signing up.

iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Walmart is offering some of the best Black Friday deals on the latest iPhones this year, including a $300 Walmart eGift card towards future purchases with the activation of a new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max on a qualifying AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint device payment plan.

You can get up to an additional $250 on another Walmart eGift card with an in-store trade-in of a qualifying older iPhone in good condition, for a total of up to $550 in Walmart eGift cards for the latest iPhones.


Walmart's offer is available in store only through December 1. The new iPhone must be activated by 11:59 p.m. on December 1. See page 11 of Walmart's flyer for more details.

Target will offer a free $200 Target gift card with qualified activation of an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max on Verizon or AT&T. This deal is valid through Sunday, December 1.


Best Buy is offering savings of up to $500 on an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro with qualified activation on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint and in-store trade-in of an older iPhone. Depending on the value of the iPhone traded in, this deal lowers the total price of an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max to $199, $499, or $599, respectively, with the cost divided into 24 monthly payments.

T-Mobile is offering up to $700 off the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, or the iPhone 11 for free, with the trade-in of an iPhone 7 or newer in good condition. The credit will be applied over a 24-month installment plan.

Verizon and Sprint are offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the iPhone 11, with $700 in bill credits applied over a 24-month installment plan with the purchase of two new iPhone 11 devices, each with an unlimited data plan. Verizon has a similar deal for the purchase of two iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max devices.

Older iPhones: XS, XS Max, XR, 8, and 8 Plus

Walmart is offering up to a $450 Walmart eGift card towards future purchases with the activation of a new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR on a qualifying AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint device payment plan.

You can get up to an additional $250 on another Walmart eGift card with an in-store trade-in of a qualifying older iPhone in good condition, for a total of up to $700 in Walmart eGift cards.

Target will offer a free $200 Target gift card with qualified activation of an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max on Verizon or AT&T. This deal will be valid starting at 7 a.m. on Black Friday through Sunday, December 1.

AT&T is offering the iPhone XR for free on a qualifying installment agreement, with the $600 price of the device divided into 30 monthly bill credits. You must add a line to a new or existing account, pay taxes on the $600 amount up front, activate an unlimited data plan for $75 per month or higher, and pay a $30 activation fee.

T-Mobile is offering up to $450 off the iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone 8 for free with the trade-in of an iPhone 5 or newer in good condition. The credit will be applied over a 24-month installment plan.

Verizon is offering the iPhone 8 for $5 per month on a 24-month instalment plan. Activation of a new line is required. No trade-in required.

Apple's Black Friday Shopping Event

Apple is offering a $50 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of a SIM-free iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone XR from Black Friday until Cyber Monday. The deal does not apply to the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, purchases via the iPhone Upgrade Program, refurbished iPhones, or carrier-locked iPhones.

The offer is available via Apple.com, by phone at 1-800-APPLE, and at Apple Stores in the United States. Gift card values vary in other participating countries.

More Black Friday Deals

Make sure to check out our full Black Friday roundup to find great deals on Macs, iPads, other Apple products, accessories, and more.

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psac

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Does anyone know -- for the Target deal, if I'm replacing an old phone on AT&T on an existing account, should that still count as a qualified activation? Thanks!
 

McG2k1

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So you walk to Apple store and pay full price each time you need a new iPhone?
Unless you are going to bounce between providers every two years then yeah, that’s the best way to do it. Pay cash or find 0% financing and then go with a prepaid carrier like Cricket.
 

cire1244

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Is it just me or is Target marking up at least some of their iPhones? Apple sells the iPhone 11 Pro 256GB for $1149 where Target is charging $1199, granted with a $200 gift card but that's still pretty misleading.
 
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Stevie jobz 2.0

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Also required is a credit check.
Obviously, Der!!!! , if you take any fixed term monthly payment plan out, its effectively a credit agreement, arrangement. They give you a 1000 dollar phone, you pay over 24 months . Do you think they give phone contracts out to anyone, the homeless man on the street? Really...?
 

GuruZac

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These aren’t deals at all. The only deal is 0% financing with no contract or pay in full, which is painful initially but always the best route for me.
 

whyamihere

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So you walk to Apple store and pay full price each time you need a new iPhone?
I pre-order online, but yes. Full price purchase of a SIM-free so there's no activation fee from my carrier, and no further payments for a year or two (depending on how long I decide to keep it). At which point I'll sell it for a pretty good chunk of change (iPhones retain their value quite well) and use that money to help pay for the next one.
 

mlody

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So you sign up for a new line each time you need a new iPhone?
No, but I plan my purchases around times with potential discounts and promotions.
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I pre-order online, but yes. Full price purchase of a SIM-free so there's no activation fee from my carrier, and no further payments for a year or two (depending on how long I decide to keep it). At which point I'll sell it for a pretty good chunk of change (iPhones retain their value quite well) and use that money to help pay for the next one.
I do something similar, but I try to squeeze some extra money from carriers, cause why not. If I can quality for a promo or straight up cash (gift cards), then why not take the advantage.

I used to jump from carrier to carrier, but with six lines, that is no longer feasible. Paying double for service alone, just to move 1-2 lines wouldn't make sense and I wouldn't recoup cost via the BOGO deals, plus dealing with subpar service for 2 years is also no fun.
 
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bhigh8

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I went in and got 2 new iPhone 11’s at Walmart on the monthly plan and came out with 2 $300 Walmart gift cards. Nothing else needed to be done.
 
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MacClueless

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Fine print: only with unlimited data plan + new activation or credit toward future purchase. I call it a scam.
No, it would be a "scam" if it didn't say that.
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Any time I see claims of an iPhone "deal" involving a carrier, I save my time and move on. Way too many restrictions and hassles.
Agree, if you can't afford to pay cash you don't need it anyway.
 

MCmac03

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I read the fine print for the Walmart promo with ATT. Says it requires ATT Next payment plan which I believe is an additional $5/month. Did you have to sign up for ATT Next?