Psst, buddy, want a deal on the Apple iPhone 5?

Psst, buddy, want a deal on the Apple iPhone 5?
It's not terribly often when you see a deal for the Apple iPhone, so when the holidays roll around, the retailers start trimming a little bit off the price tag of Apple's iconic smartphone. We do feel the need to be protective of our loyal readers. If someone comes up to you in a parking lot with a trench coat and opens it to reveal a selection of Apple iPhone 5 models and the Apple iPad, history suggests that you turn around and run. Do not look back. Those who have shelled out their hard earned money in these situations have more often than not, been the victim of a scam. Whether the phoney device turns out to be a mirror, a block of wood or notepads (although that last one took place at a Walmart store), if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Earlier on Friday, we told you that Best Buy is offering a $25 gift card with the purchase of the Apple iPhone 5. To get the card, you need to activate  the device in the store after signing up for a two-year data plan with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Meanwhile, Radio Shack also has a deal for Apple iPhone 5 buyers. The electronics retailer is chopping $20 off the price of the 6th generation iPhone to $179.99 for the 16GB model, with a signed two-year pact. That means the 32GB variant is $279.99 with $379.99 the price of the 64GB unit.

At Target Mobile (pronounced Tar-jay by the upper class), you will find the same exact deal for the Apple iPhone 5 as found at Radio Shack. That would make great sense since Target Mobile is run by Radio Shack. Both the Radio Shack and Target Mobile deals are good through December 15th and are available in-store only.

If you want to get a good deal on the Apple iPhone 5 this holiday season, it is best to stick to to the better known retailers, staying away from the parking lot con-men.

source: RadioShack, Target, BestBuy via MacRumors

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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33 Comments

1. switza93

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Hate iPhone, but easy as hell for me to sell at Radioshack

2. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Too bad I'm not interested

5. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Too bad you're ugly

12. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

too bad, you're gay

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you cannot really hate iPhone due to its simplicity... i like it but just dislike it in a way that its getting borring..the interface is getting boring! while android, people will have choices...but i still prefer nexuses or any other phone that is untouch by the custom UI like touchwhiz and sense!

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

That's the catch; simplicity and boring go hand and hand. It's like driving a race car with a manual transmission vs a automatic. If you've driven a stick you know what I mean. More work but you have more control over the engine and transmisison. You don't have a computer telling the car when to shift. Exactly the reason why you don't see Nascars or F1's with automatics. The driver has more control. Apple just does not want you to have that type of control over the OS.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

there was one shop who tried to sell me a iphone 4s instead of a HOX , they were saying it works just like it lol

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

You know sales are starting to slow when they have to offer a rebate on a iPhone.

7. android78 unregistered

you took the words right out of my mouth fanboy, I cant wait to see the final numbers of how many i phone 5 were sold, that estimated projection of 47-50 million sold aint looking to good right now. I been to like 15 different retailers and i like to ask do you have any i phone 5 in stock and all 15 stores told me the same thing, they have PLENTY i phone 5 in stock.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And how will u celebrate when u get the info? Also what if the projections r spot on, what will u do then? My guess is you'll make an excuse, refute the sales numbers and go on with your miserable little apple hating life... Rite?

10. android78 unregistered

Sounds like we have a i sheep on our hands, for your info my friend it is xmas holiday season, and what do ppl do when it the xmas holiday season? Ding Ding! They shop!!!!! So i wasnt just going door to door seeing how many i phones are in stock. I shop for different things for family and myself. If i was a gambling man i will put my money on them not selling 47-50 million. And by the way i live a wonderful, amazing life that i thank god for everyday, I dont hate apple, I DESPISE those overpriced, cheaply built, and overhyped products they produce.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then take more time for what I'm sure is a nice family dude, and less time going to 15 different stores to see how bad apple is doing, geez 15 stores really? 15 stores, and they happen to b electronic/cell phone/stores that carry iPhones huh? I call that investigating not shopping. 15 stores huh...mmmmm hmmmmm lol. And no I'm not an I sheep, I'm a techie bro I like it all, and won't be going to 15 stores to check on any piece of tech

23. android78 unregistered

Lol, Its all love dude, but i have always enjoyed looking at numbers and stats since i was young. I love android and honestly i like to see all the company's doin well. you sound like a cool dude darkkjjedii.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I am bro, it just seems like u wanted apple to fail. If I'm wrong, then I apologize but I'm shocked at how android users want apple to fail, how apple users want android to fail. It makes no sense how stupid (we) not u have become over phones, and loyalty to companies that only want our money. People disrespect, threaten, and even resort to racism over some ones choosing over a platform that they don't like its not even that serious. My earlier comments were just trash talk nothing more, so no disrespect, but isn't it crazy how far this has gone. Me myself am a android, and apple user with plans to include samsungs windows 8 phone when it comes out.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I gotta ask though, why would you go to 15 different stores just to see how many iPhones they have in stock? Dude u really need a life man.

31. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I doubt people would go for 5. I do suggest not techies to go for apple sometimes. In fact my brother waited for 5 on my suggestion. I told him not to buy it because the hardware isn't good enough. There should have been NFC in it. I know its not useful as of now, but he wanted a phone that wont be lacking in something for next two years. For that price, iPhone 5 doesn't cut it. Most will see it. I have seen Apple evangelist waiting for 5S hoping for NFC (and an updated UI, sadly iOS 6 has disappointed a lot of people) while they want to change their phones right now. Some even switched to Android and are "satisfied", they miss some features, like some they get. Also, like bluetooth, I hope they won't put restriction on NFC too. Would hate to see that.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

99.99 would be the price that the iphone 5 is worth buying at.

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

no, they would have to give me more money than that LOL

16. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

On release day I would have gotten a iPhone 5 for $99 but not today. I would still pay $300 for a Note 2 vs a $99 iPhone. I just loaded up a custom rom on my Verizion Note 2 that does multiview for any app and it's like having 2 phones in one. Watching a video and browsing the internet (without lag) on that big display is just priceless. The multitasking potential along with the S-Pen is reason enough not to buy a iPhone or iPad.

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I would not pay 300 for a 2 yr contract phone. My wife would get the 5, but not I. I bought my droid razr last November for a penny when it was barely released on Verizon for 299.99.

32. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Does that ROM has same level of S-Pen integration as the stock. I am buying note 2. Being a student, note 2 is perfect for me and annotating PDFs easily. Size is also perfect as I read a lot. Without that level of integration, many features will become useless for me which are useful as of now.

13. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

No thank you, it's an iPhone.

18. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I've got an idea, why don't sell the iPhone 5 cheaply in China and India?

33. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Because, Apple is surviving in these markets because its more of a status symbol (huge price tag on Apple's ecosystem) than the best phone. Its a good phone. Thats it. If they started selling it cheaply, people will go for other expensive phones. I have seen MANY indians using iPhone without activating internet on it just because its from Apple.

19. ACRAN127

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

DO NOT BUY FROM THE TARGET BRANCH OF RADIO SHACK... They are going under I used to run one of the Sams Kiosks when they were in there for 8 years and still in very good standings with the company and associates~!!!

26. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Yea, and then sck took it over themselves. You should know your stories before you slander and entire company. Their lease ran out, and you are a fool.

20. ACRAN127

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Exactly whod want a freaking i phone anyway unless your a MAC person of course... As a gold medal olympian gets to look down and say "its ok silver goes with everything" (2nd place). Ill stick to my gold standard ANDROID for me all the way baby~!!!

21. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

wow the fanboyism is strong with you just because you dont want it and took the time to comment on an article about something you have no interest in doesn't mean others aren't interested. im sure the thumbs down will come as its only acceptable on here to slate iphones or apple in the comment section

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's great stick to your gold standard android, by the way your post made no sense at all. You coulda jus said you'll stick with your android. Apple sells millions upon million of iPhones, so obviously some one wants em

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yeah, I do not get the post, either, unless he meant that apple is 2nd best. Still, he went over the top with that post.

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