Apple's iPhone XR is on sale at Best Buy for up to $390 off with carrier activation

Apple's iPhone XR is on sale at Best Buy for up to $390 off with carrier activation
The single best-selling smartphone model in the US is never discounted at its manufacturer's official stores, but you can count on third-party retailers like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, and Target to occasionally hook you up with a popular iPhone XR at a lower than usual price... if you happen to meet certain special requirements.

A fresh batch of deals is available from today to May 27 at 11:59 pm CT with "qualified activation", which essentially means you need to choose your carrier upon purchasing the 6.1-inch handset at Best Buy. You don't necessarily have to agree to a lengthy device payment plan as well, although that can definitely help maximize your savings.

For instance, you can cough up as little as $15 a month instead of $31.25 for two years with a new Sprint account or a new line of service, equating to a grand total of $360. That's a whopping $390 off the list price of the LCD screen-sporting iPhone XR with a single rear camera in tow, while opting for a one-time Best Buy payment with upfront Sprint activation will only save you $100.

That's still better than the modest $50 discount offered for Verizon subscribers either outright or with monthly installment plans, while AT&T customers get absolutely no savings for one-time payments. On the bright side, they are eligible for a decent $150 markdown with both Next and Next Every Year commitments.

Typically available for $749.99 and up, the iPhone XR is still one of the world's top-reviewed high-end handsets, packing the same state-of-the-art Apple A12 Bionic SoC as the costlier iPhone XS and XS Max. The XR's main downsides are the aforementioned LCD panel and single rear-facing shooter, as well as a slightly lower-quality aluminum frame and thicker bezels.


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1. oldskool50

Posts: 714; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

"The single best-selling smartphone model in the US is never discounted at its manufacturer's official stores, but you can count on third-party retailers like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, and Target to occasionally hook you up with a popular" See how you formatted that sentence? But when Samsung phones are available on the same and on eBay and other 3rd party sites, you pawn it off as if the devices are haibng sluggish sells. If the XR was selling so well at full price, then it would be pointless to sell it at a 60% discount even from 3rd parties. Yes the XR is selling above the other 2 models, because its cheaper, but it isn't selling well enough for Apple ot not be losing sales. facts show in china, apple has already fallen 30% in sells year-over-year, and only in the US have that had a very slight increase. But just remember, outside the US the iPhone's XR and the other new models are all above $1000. Even in N.A, with exception of the US, in Canada the iPhone XR is equal to $1080USD and in Mexico its even more at nearly $1100. But it wouldn't be so bad if at $1000, it has a 4000+MaH battery, or a 1440p display, of IP68 certification, a headphone jack, FPS, USB Type C and other great features other phones at $1000 do have. That's what makes the price insulting and adding insult to injury. Just showing how, when iPhone is heavily discounted, it shown to be something good, but when Samsung phones especially are discounted, by the same types of 3rd parties, you show it as something bad. Any discount, freebie, BOGO or whatever that carriers and 3rd parties use as incentives to get you to buy, should always be viewed as good irregardless of why they ate doing it. They do it to drive traffic to their stores and websites to increase revenue. If it's not selling well then so what. How do you encourage sales in a crowded market of choice? You have to battle on price. OEM's never directly drop prices and that goes for both Apple and Samsung. But 3rd parties are under a different pricing structure. we already know that top phones cost about $400 to make. So any sell above that mark is profit for the seller even if ti is a small profit.

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