Black Friday is upon us, and with it are some opportunities to save big on Apple devices, ranging from iPads and MacBooks to AirPods and even the latest iPhones.
While we’ve already covered some of the key deals you can get on buying Apple devices outright, not surprisingly some of the best iPhone deals this year are coming from the carriers, and in fact if you play your cards right you can actually score one of Apple’s latest iPhone 12 models for free.
Like most carrier deals, there’s a catch of course — to get the biggest discounts you’ll likely have to switch carriers and have an old phone to trade in, but if you’re willing to meet those requirements, there are some incredible offers available right now.
Certainly what you’re going to get from the carriers is way better than what Apple is offering, since none of the current iPhone 12 models are included in Apple’s Black Friday promotion at all, and the best you’ll get for the older models — the iPhone SE, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 — is a $50 Apple Gift card.
Get an iPhone 12 for Free
For Black Friday this year, Verizon has all of the latest iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models available for free when you switch from another carrier AND trade-in an eligible smartphone. Essentially, Verizon is offering up the same $700 trade-in deal on the iPhone 12 series that it first announced after Apple’s October launch event, but this can also now be combined with a $400 switching deal, meaning you can save up to $1,100 — enough to cover the price of a 128GB iPhone 12 Pro Max, or a 256GB iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, or iPhone 12 mini.
To qualify, you’ll need to not only be switching from another carrier, but you will have to sign up for a minimum 24-month Unlimited contract, but at the end of the day you’ll still only be paying the monthly carrier fees, rather than paying off the iPhone 12 as well.
AT&T is also offering up the 64GB iPhone 12 mini for free when you trade in an eligible device, and this deal is available for both new and existing AT&T customers who subscribe to an unlimited plan over 30 months; it’s basically a $700 bill credit spread out over the length of your contract.
Get the iPhone SE for only $50
If prepaid plans are more your thing, you can still score a great deal on Apple’s latest 2020 iPhone SE, which Cricket Wireless is offering for as little as $50 if you’re a new customer porting your number over from another carrier. That’s $200 off Cricket’s normal new customer price for the iPhone SE, and $350 off Apple’s price.
It’s the best price we’ve yet seen for the 2020 iPhone SE, which is already a great deal for what it offers even at its full $399 price tag, and Cricket is offering the same discount for both the 64GB and 128GB versions, with the larger capacity model going for $100. The 256GB iPhone SE is also on offer, but at $400 it’s less of a bargain, with savings of only $100 off the normal price.
The best part of this deal is that you won’t have to sign a long-term contract — unlike Verizon and AT&T’s iPhone 12 deals, this is an up-front price tag that you simply pay to buy the iPhone SE, although presumably Cricket’s “hook” is making you go through the process of porting over your old number, thereby ensuring that you’re more likely to stick around rather than just trying to score a cheaper iPhone SE to use somewhere else.
Other iPhone Deals
The carriers have a few other solid deals on older iPhone models as well, including $300 off the iPhone 11 Pro at Verizon as an exclusive Black Friday online discount that, best of all, isn’t tied to switching or even trading-in — although both of those options are still available to bring the price down even further, including $550 off for a new activation or $350 with an upgrade and trade-in.
You can also pick up the iPhone XR from Verizon with a $380 discount, making it only $5/month on an eligible 24-month plan.
Be sure to check out our full Black Friday Deals roundup for some even more amazing deals.