Historically when do the carriers discount their stock of previous iPhone model?


macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 4, 2011
Sorry but I can't find the answer to this question so I'm posting here for some opinions. I'm hoping to snag an iPhone 4s for my wife after they announce the next generation phone which appears to be soon. I know that generally Apple will make a cheaper version of the previous model with half the memory but if you act quickly you can get a decent deal on current models from the carriers as they try and clear out their stock. Since we now have a possible date of announcement (I know its not confirmed), in the past when have the carriers began the process of clearing this stock out? Her upgrade is 8/17 so the timing is pretty good I think.



macrumors 68020
Jul 24, 2002
Westchester County, NY
Generally speaking, they don't.

When the next iPhone is announced, Apple will likely say that the current models are now 'on sale' at $50 off until stocks run out, but there won't be any big sales.