T-Mobile opens the deal season on the iPhone XR before pre-orders start

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The iPhone XR pre-orders start tomorrow, October 19, and T-Mobile is already out with the first deal on what may turn out to be Apple's most popular handset in the next year or so. The Un-carrier recently detailed a new way to have high-end phones priced as low as $10 per month with its Essentials plan, trade-ins, and 36-month financing, and it follows into that vein now with the iPhone XR offer.

The presser that T-Mobile sent us entices with "get 4 lines of unlimited T-Mobile Essentials and four iPhone XR for just $40 a month per line with autopay." If it sounds too good to be true, that's because the offer requires a trade-in, and the said $40 phone plus plan monthly tag is for the basic unlimited plan of T-Mobile, and for the span of 36 months.

If you are fine with all those caveats, you can trade in your old iPhone 7 to iPhone 8+, the Galaxy S8, Note 8, Google Pixel/XL or Pixel 2/2XL, and an LG V30 or G7 for up to $390 in bill credits. The iPhone XR will then be had for $0 down and $20.84 per month for 36 months leading to a full pre-credit price of $749.99. If you get the maximum trade-in value, that will be applied in the form of $10.83 in bill credits per month towards the iPhone XR payment, essentially netting you the handset for about ten bucks a month. 

Add a basic T-Mobile Essentials plan of $30 a month to the mix, and you reach the "four iPhone XR for just $40 a month per line" promise. Plenty of caveats, but if you like T-Mobile's service, and have been wondering what to do with your old phone before you get the iPhone XR, the first deal on Apple's newest handset will fit the bill.


The iPhone XR is Coming to T-Mobile
iPhone XR is available for pre-order starting Friday, October 19 at T-Mobile

What’s the news: Starting Friday, October 19 you can pre-order iPhone XR at T-Mobile together WITH an unlimited plan, for just $40/line per month with your eligible trade-in.
Why it matters: iPhone XR is the latest iPhone innovation and at T-Mobile your whole family can get 4 lines of T-Mobile Essentials AND the new iPhone XR together for just $40/line per month (with autopay).

Who it’s for: Anyone who is ready to trade up to iPhone AND unlimited at T-Mobile

October 17, 2018 12:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced it will offer iPhone XR, bringing the latest iPhone innovations to more people. Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone XR beginning at 12:01am PT on Friday, October 19 online at T-Mobile.com and in T-Mobile stores later that day. And, only at T-Mobile, when you trade in your eligible device, you can get 4 lines of unlimited AND iPhone XR for just $40/line per month with T-Mobile Essentials.

iPhone XR integrates breakthrough technologies from iPhone XS in all-screen glass and aluminum design featuring a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, the most advanced LCD in a smartphone, with wide color support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience. iPhone XR brings the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone with A12 Bionic, a next-generation Neural Engine built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to augmented reality, the TrueDepth camera system, faster Face ID, an advanced camera system that creates dramatic portraits using a single camera lens, long all-day battery life and six beautiful finishes; white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED. This new design is splash and water resistant with a rating of IP67 and protects against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soda. *

iPhone XR is 600 MHz enabled, meaning T-Mobile customers can get expanded network coverage and capacity in 1,250 cities and towns across the US, including Puerto Rico. iPhone XR also brings Dual SIM to iPhone through the use of digital eSIM. **

T-Mobile Essentials is perfect for those who just want the basics: unlimited talk, text and smartphone data in the U.S. for only $30 per line for a family of four with autopay. Starting Friday, well-qualified customers with trade-in and T-Mobile’s new 36-month Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) can get 4 lines of unlimited T-Mobile Essentials and four iPhone XR for just $40 a month per line with autopay.

For those who want more, T-Mobile ONE is the Un-carrier’s most popular option and just $10 more per line, taxes and fees included, for a family of four with autopay. T-Mobile ONE includes all the extras – the industry’s best travel benefits, a personal Team of Experts for all your customer care needs, Netflix included for families, unlimited mobile hotspot and so much more. Starting Friday, well-qualified customers with trade-in and T-Mobile’s new 36-month Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) can get 4 lines of T-Mobile ONE and four iPhone XR for just $50 a month per line with autopay.

And for members of the military, their families and their small businesses, the offer is even sweeter with T-Mobile ONE Military. T-Mobile ONE Military includes everything in T-Mobile ONE – all at T-Mobile’s biggest discount ever for families with half off family lines. That means with trade-in, it’s just $35/month per line (with autopay) for four lines of unlimited AND four iPhone XR.

For more details on pricing and data plans, please visit https://www.t-mobile.com/.

For more details on iPhone please visit www.apple.com.

During congestion, customers using >50GB/mo may notice reduced speeds; Essentials customers may notice speeds lower than other customers. iPhone XR promo: Via 36 monthly bill credits. For well-qualified buyers. Credit approval, deposit, & $25 SIM starter kit may be req’d. Contact us before cancelling wireless service to continue device payments or credits stop & remaining balance on finance agreement is due. Tax on pre-credit price due at sale. Limited time offer; subject to change. iPhoneXR: $0 down + $20.84/mo. x 36 mos; pre-credit price $749.99. 0% APR. Qual’g service, trade-in (iPhone 7/7+/8/8+, Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, Google Pixel/XL, 2/2XL; LG V30, G7) & finance agmt req’d. Up to $390 in bill credits; must be active and in good standing to receive credits. Military: Submit military verification within 45 days at t-mobile.com/military/verification otherwise your plan will become T-Mobile ONE at an additional cost of up to $20/line per month. Military individual must be account holder & account must maintain valid military line.

*iPhone XR is splash-, water- and dust-resistant, and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

** Dual SIM support will be available via a free software update later this fall. Use of Dual SIM requires two wireless service plans (which may include restrictions on roaming). Certain restrictions apply to use.

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