While Apple continues to offer big iPhone XR
, XS, and XS Max discounts with eligible trade-ins
(read recent members of the iOS handset family in perfect working condition), finding a good deal with no such strings attached is still pretty hard. But if you know exactly where to go, you can take a whopping 400 bucks off the regular price of a 5.8-inch iPhone XS
There's no trade-in required, although you do need to sign a lengthy device payment plan with AT&T to save all that dough. Activating the handset on a new line of service is also mandatory, with monthly installments dropping from $41.67 to $24.99 on a two-year agreement. Alternatively, you can opt for 30 payments of $19.96, down from $33.34. Either way, you're looking at a grand total of around $600, compared to the $1,000 typical starting price of the iPhone XS
Before breaking into a celebration dance, bargain hunters need to know the most inconvenient thing about this deal is not that you only have 24 hours to pull the trigger or that you need to use the massively discounted smartphone on AT&T. Instead, what most prospective buyers will probably not like is that they have to visit a physical Fry's Electronics store
to take advantage of the limited-time promotion. There are just 34 such locations scattered across nine states right now, but if you happen to live near one, this is certainly a bargain to consider.
Commercially released several months before Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup, the more compact iPhone XS variant still packs an essentially unrivaled Apple A12 Bionic processor
. Meanwhile, its dual 12MP rear-facing cameras are sharp enough
to keep the quad shooter setup on the back of the Huawei P30 Pro
at bay. The Face ID recognition method also continues to tower above the competition's facial and fingerprint-scanning solutions in terms of speed, reliability, and security, while the battery life is... decent enough for a lightweight and razor-thin device.
Bottom line, if you can get this bad boy at 600 bucks, just do it!