Apple's "limited time" trade-in discounts
for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max purchases are still available, but although they're pretty hefty by the company's own standards, you can unsurprisingly get much better deals of a similar nature from third-party retailers and major US carriers.
Costco and T-Mobile, for instance, are joining forces yet again on a limited time promotion with an unspecified expiration date that will let you shave up to a whopping $700 off the list prices of the three aforementioned iOS handsets. There are a number of requirements you need to meet, starting with the obligatory trade-in of an eligible device in fully working condition.
The maximum discount is obviously up for grabs for those willing to part ways with new high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
, LG V40, G7, Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
, and OnePlus 6T
. But you can also discard an older iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, Pixel 2, 2 XL, or a member of Samsung's Galaxy S9 or S8 families and you'll still receive $700 back on your iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR order.
Meanwhile, trading in an even older and/or lower-end handset like the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, LG V20, G6, V30, V30+, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, OnePlus 6
, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 series, or S7 series will get you a cool $550 on a virtual prepaid MasterCard. Yup, that's 550 bucks for an ancient iPhone 6 or an LG G6 you can buy for peanuts right now on eBay.
When it comes to strings, there are quite a few attached to this deal. For starters, you have to activate at least two lines of T-Mobile service if you're a new customer or one new voice line if you're already subscribed to "Magenta." You also need to purchase the iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR at full retail price from a physical Costco Warehouse location, attach your trade-in device to the new device order, submit a rebate claim using the promo code "COSTCOAPPLEJUNE2019" on this special webpage
, and wait 6 to 8 weeks to receive your virtual card you can then use anywhere Mastercard debit cards are accepted.
Of course, all that effort will pay off handsomely in the end, as you can effectively get the iPhone XR
for as little as 50 bucks, the iPhone XS
for $300 and up, and the XS Max
for $400 with the right trade-in.