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had a Verizon
rep climbing on stage during its "Hi, Speed" iPhone 12 unveiling event
, touting a great deal on the handset and its smaller iPhone mini sidekick that presumably start from $699, at least that was the only tag mentioned during the keynote. What they failed to mention, however, was the iPhone 12 and 12 mini
carrier prices, unlocked, and without a trade-in deal:
- $699/$749/$849 on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, or $729/$779/$879 unlocked
However, carriers and big retailers offer hefty discounts on the iPhone 12, mainly if you have an eligible phone for trade-in. Here, we have compiled a list of the best offers on the iPhone 12: at Apple, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, alongside iPhone 12 deals on Best Buy and Target.
Buy iPhone 12 from Apple.com: get up to $250 off with trade-in
You can get up to $250 off with eligible device trade-in with Apple. To benefit from a hefty trade-in discount, you have to trade-in an iPhone 7
or newer. You can also trade-in Android phones, such as the Galaxy Note 10
. The newer the phone is, the better the trade-in offer. Keep in mind that the trade-in phone has to be in good working condition to benefit from a trade-in discount.
The Apple iPhone 12 and 12 mini have the most 5G bands of any phone
That little factoid that Apple touts in the press release may be behind the more expensive iPhone 12 and 12 mini prices. After all, if you buy an iPhone on T-Mobile
, Verizon, or AT&T, it only needs to support their peculiar low-, mod- or high-band mmWave 5G network, but the unlocked iPhone 12 has to support most global 5G frequencies.
Those extra 5G antennas all around the phone, as well as the modem interference filters don't come cheap, so what are the US carrier prices for the iPhone 12 and 12 mini then?
AT&T has the best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini trade-in deals
As you may have heard already, the much touted iPhone 12 mini
$699 starting price is actually with a $30 AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon discount, and requires activation with the carriers. AT&T's offer is to pay these in installments:
- iPhone 12 mini at $29.12 a month or $699 before trade-in
- iPhone 12 at $33.29 a month or $799 before trade-in
AT&T iPhone 12 $700 off deal (with trade-in)
Now, new or existing AT&T subs are able to get the latest iPhone 12 with up to $700 off. Here's what you need to do in order to qualify for this great iPhone 12 offer:
- Purchase the device on an AT&T installment plan.
- Subscribe to an AT&T Unlimited plan.
- Trade-in an eligible device (good working condition, valued at $95 or more).
As you can see, you can easily trade in a clunker and get gold, or, in your case, a new blue iPhone 12 that will come with a much improved, well, everything compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 12/mini pricing, deals and availability on Verizon
With its cute mmWave 5G network, Verizon wasn't really a contender in nationwide coverage compared to T-Mobile but it certainly made it up in speed. Now, however, together with the iPhone 12, it announced availability of its 5G Ultra Wideband service in 55 more cities, 43 stadiums and arenas, and seven airports, making its "5G Nationwide service" available to more than 200 million people in 1,800 cities in the US.
Verizon iPhone 12/mini prices are as follows:
- iPhone 12 mini starts at $29.16 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $699.99 retail)
- iPhone 12 starts at $33.33 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $799.99 retail)
- iPhone 12 Pro starts at $41.66 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $999.99 retail)
- iPhone 12 Pro max starts at $45.83 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $1,099.99 retail)
Verizon iPhone 12 deals list:
- Buy One Get One: Buy One, get up to $800 off another. New line required.
- Get up to $550 off this device when you trade in. New line required.
- Get up to $440 off when you trade in. Upgrade required.
- Apple Music, with over 70 million songs, thousands of playlists, daily selections from the world’s best music experts, the groundbreaking Apple Music radio, and innovative features like time-synced lyrics, is currently included, at no additional cost, in Get More Unlimited. And for those choosing Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited or Start Unlimited, you can still get six months of Apple Music free.
- Order online and get $20 off of $40 activation fee.
Apple iPhone 12 T-Mobile promos
T-Mobile is now as generous as AT&T or Verizon, and will sell you the iPhone 12 mini at a $30 discount compared to the full $729 price for the unlocked model, but only if you get it from Apple
. Otherwise, the iPhone 12/mini prices on T-Mobile are as follows:
- iPhone 12 mini from $24.37 a month for 30 months, or $729 before trade-in
- iPhone 12 from $27.67 a month for 30 months, or $829 before trade-in
Still, at T-Mobile
, new and existing customers can benefit from a hefty discount (with trade-in):
- Get up to $850 off any new iPhone 12 series (that’s a free iPhone 12!) with bill credits when adding a line and trading or turning in an eligible device.
- Plus, customers who have been with T-Mobile, including Sprint, for 5+ years can get $200 off any new iPhone when they trade or turn in any active iPhone on an eligible plan.
No more embarrassing retweets like this one for Apple:
iPhone 12 deals at Best Buy
Best Buy often has generous discounts on hot phones, and right now the iPhone 12 deals at Best Buy are quite good. Best Buy offers the iPhone 12 on the three major carriers Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and has hefty discounts on the iPhone 12 with trade-in. Currently, Best Buy is giving the following iPhone 12 offers: you can get up to $600 discount on Verizon, up to $700 on AT&T, and up to $600 on Sprint/T-Mobile. Qualified activation and eligible phone for trade-in are required to use these discounts.
On top of that, Verizon is offering an additional offer on Best Buy for the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro
: you can buy one and then save up to $1000 on the second phone. To benefit from this offer, you need an Unlimited plan from select ones and qualified activation.
Apple iPhone 12 deal at Target
Target is also currently offering a good iPhone 12 deal: you can get up to $700 discount on select Apple devices with trade-in and with a new Unlimited plan or upgrade. Keep in mind that this is a limited time offer and might expire soon.