Some of the best iPhone discounts from Verizon, T-Mobile, Best Buy, Target and Walmart have already begun.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday officially kick off the holiday shopping season, which makes now the perfect time to buy an iPhone. The first iPhones deals are already live, and promotions should ramp up through Nov. 26.
These two huge sales days in the US mean deep discounts for iPhones of every stripe, from iPhone XR, XS and XS Max all the way to the diminutive iPhone SE and older models. There truly is a deal for everyone, with more arriving as we get closer to the big events.
Sales take the form of up to hundreds of dollars off top models, two years of carrier bill credits, and additional gift cards that you can use to buy other gifts for loved ones or yourself (we won't tell). Also see Black Friday sales for the Pixel 3, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S9 phones and deals for the excellent OnePlus 6T and top LG models.
Just so you know:
- The deals below are current as of Nov. 18, and include Verizon, T-Mobile, Target, Amazon, Best Buy and US Cellular. We'll update with more deals as they appear.
- CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
- We link to the current listing at the retailer's website when one is available, but you may not see sale pricing reflected on the page until the sale begins.
Verizon: Buy one iPhone, get an iPhone XR or take up to $750 off any iPhone 'X'
Verizon gives iPhone buyers two options. First, you can buy any new iPhone with an X in the name (on a new line of service) and get a free iPhone XR. Or, you could open a new line of service and get $750 off an iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
You'll see your savings in monthly bill credits spread out over 24 months.
T-Mobile: Free iPhones or up to $750 off select modelsSarah Tew/CNET
T-Mobile is offering you a free iPhone XR, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, or up to $750 off the iPhone X, XS or XS Max. That's when you trade in your old phone and add an additional line of service to what you already pay. For example, if you already have one phone line, this deal works when you add a second line -- but not if you're trying to buy a new phone on your existing line of service.
US Cellular: Free iPhone XR, or $250 off select phonesAngela Lang/CNET
Get a free 64GB iPhone XR when you switch to a US Cellular unlimited plan. Current upgrade-eligible US Cellular customers on a Total Plan can also get $250 off select smartphones, plus up to $200 for successful referrals.
The deal is live now and runs through Nov. 26, while supplies last. See at US Celluar
iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: $400 gift card at WalmartSarah Tew/CNET
You'll pay full price for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, but a $400 gift card is hard to pass up if you're a frequent Walmart shopper. You'll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.
The offer applies to in-store purchases only, starting Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.
iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: $300 Walmart gift cardSarah Tew/CNET
To cash in on the offer for Apple's new iPhones for 2018 -- a $300 gift card -- you'll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The offer applies to in-store purchases only, starting Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.
iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max: $250 Target gift cardSarah Tew/CNET
The iPhone XS and XS Max pick up where the X began, bringing stellar photography to fans of Apple's phones.
The sale runs Nov. 23 through 25 and applies to in-store purchases only. Qualified activation required on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. (Excludes Sprint Flex and Lease, prepaid and Consumer Cellular.) Limited to two phones per customer.See at Target iPhone XS review
iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: Save $150 at Best BuyJosh Miller/CNET
You can't go wrong with one of Apple's new, pricey iPhones for 2018. If you're looking for the best value of the trio, the iPhone XR is our call. The sale begins Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5 p.m. Requires qualified activation with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon.See at Best Buy iPhone XR review
iPhone X: Save up to $200 at Best BuySarah Tew/CNET
Last year's iPhone is still going strong, but discounts on an installment billing plan help sweeten the deal. The sale kicks off Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5 p.m. Requires activation on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint.See at Best Buy iPhone X review
iPhone 7 starting at $10/month: Save $150 at Best BuyJames Martin/CNET
A two-year-old phone feels long in the tooth, but it's another viable option for a midprice handset. Bonus: it's water-resistant. Sales start Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5 p.m. With activation on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon.See at Best Buy iPhone 7 review
iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: $150 Target gift card
Picking up last years' iPhones can be a good way to save some cash, and pick up enough extra in a gift card -- $150 here -- to make a dent on your own gift list. You'll get both with qualified activation on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. (Excludes Sprint Flex and Lease, prepaid and Consumer Cellular.)
iPhone 6S: $100 at Best Buy (Save $200)Sarah Tew/CNET
This is one of the better phones you can buy for $100, anywhere. You can choose between Simple Mobile and Total Wireless as your service providers. Best Buy's sale begins Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5 p.m.See at Best Buy iPhone 6S Review
iPhone 6S Plus: $299 from Walmart (Save $100)Josh Miller/CNET
This prepaid iPhone 6S Plus with Straight Talk's service comes in space gray or rose gold. Online sales begin Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET). In-store sales start Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23.See at Walmart iPhone 6S Plus review
iPhone 6: $99 at Walmart (Save $50)CNET
You can pick up the prepaid iPhone 6 with Straight Talk service in gold or space gray, or the Total Wireless version in gold. Online sales start Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET). In-store sales begin Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23.See at Walmart iPhone 6 review
iPhone SE: $80 from Best Buy and Walmart (Save $60)Sarah Tew/CNET
This may be your last chance to get Apple's smallest iPhone -- and a favorite from 2016 -- before they're gone for good. It costs $80 from both Best Buy (on Simple Mobile's service) and Walmart (Family Mobile service).
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