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Apple iPhones have taken several of the top sports on our list of the best phones overall for 2024, and for good reason. The tech giant has a reputation for reliability and performance that makes the brand’s phones stand out from the competition. Now that the latest flagship iPhone 15 series is widely available, you’ll find a variety of deals on a number of different models and configurations that you can pick from, so you get exactly what you need from your next iPhone. From the budget-friendly iPhone SE to the new iPhone 15 Pro Max powerhouse, you shouldn’t overpay for quality performance. That’s why we’ve gathered the best iPhone deals available across multiple generations. Check back often, because we’ll keep this post updated with the latest offers.

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Best iPhone deals available now

Below you’ll find the best deals on the iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2022, grouped by generation.

iPhone 15 deals

We first learned about the iPhone 15 at the Wonderlust event in the fall of 2023, with the new flagship from Apple hitting shelves on Sept. 22 of that year. It’s been several months now since its release, and you can find quite a few ways to get your hands on one for less right now. 

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Buying your iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Pro directly from Apple can score you a deal. Various financing options are available, including up to $650 off unlocked models with a qualifying trade-in. Or you can opt for a carrier deal via Apple and save as much as $1,000 when you trade in your old phone.

AT&T is offering up to $700 off the iPhone 15 or 15 Plus, or up to $1,000 off the iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max. To get the discount, you’ll need to have an eligible unlimited plan and purchase the phone on an installment plan. And to get the full discount, your trade-in needs to be valued at just $290 or more. And even old or damaged phones valued at just $35 or more will still net you $350 in savings, so you may be surprised at what that cracked iPhone in your drawer is worth. 

Verizon is offering both new and existing subscribers some serious trade-in savings right now. Those adding a new line on a qualifying unlimited plan can save up to $830 on the basic iPhone 15, $930 on the 15 Plus or $1,000 on the 15 Pro and Pro Max with an eligible trade-in. And existing customers who qualify for an upgrade can still save up to $830 on all four models.

There are also some other bonuses available, including up to $280 off an eligible iPad and up to $120 off an Apple Watch SE (2022) with the purchase, but you’ll need a new line for these devices as well.

T-Mobile is offering quite a few different ways to save on the iPhone 15 series at the moment. If you’ve got an old phone to trade in, you can save up to $1,000 if you’re on a Go5G Next plan or $830 if you’re on a Go5G Plus plan. 

Or you can save up to $830 with both a trade-in and a new line of service. And if you need more than one new phone, you can buy one and get up to $700 off another when adding at least one new line of service.

iPhone 14 deals

The iPhone 14 series is still a popular line of phones and comprises the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and top-spec iPhone 14 Pro Max. Being some of Apple’s latest models, these phones won’t sport the cheapest price tag, but with the iPhone 15 series readily available, the iPhone 14 is seeing some deals that should reduce the sticker shock.

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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are available to buy directly from Apple, with delivery and in-store pickup options. You can trade in your old device for up to $650 off your new one and use an Apple Card to get 3% back on your purchase.

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Best Buy isn’t carrying any unlocked models at the moment, but AT&T customers can save $100 on all four models with same-day activation on a new line or account. And both AT&T and Verizon customers can take advantage of Best Buy’s in-house trade-in program to knock a few hundred off the starting price.

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T-Mobile has a few different offers on the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro. If you’ve got an old phone to trade in, you can save up to $1,000 if you’re on the Go5G Next plan, $830 if you’re on the Go5G Plus plan or up to $200 with most other service plans. And if you need a new line, you can save up to $730 with an eligible plan and trade-in. And if you need more than one new phone, you can buy one and get $700 off another with at least one new line

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Technically, AT&T has an offer for customers who have or switch to an eligible unlimited plan. They can save $334 on the basic iPhone 14, $360 on the 14 Pro and $280 on the 14 Pro Max when purchased on an installment plan. There’s no trade-in required to get this deal, but AT&T does accept old phones, tablets and smartwatches for an additional discount. However, because most colors and configurations are sold out, you may be limited on options to take advantage of this deal. 

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Visible isn’t offering any discounts on the iPhone 14 series, but if you have a phone you want to trade in, you can potentially get some credit.

iPhone 13 deals

The iPhone 13 may not be Apple’s flagship series anymore, but these are still solid phones worth considering. And with the new iPhone 15 out now, there are some great iPhone 13 deals to be found.

You can trade in your current iPhone and get as much as $650 off the iPhone 13. Though if you’re handing over a base iPhone 12, the value is likely to be closer to $300. You can check what an older model will get you on the site. You can also choose to finance your phone and Apple will apply the value as credit, or you can pay the full amount for the phone and Apple will credit your payment method after receiving the old phone. Also, you’ll get 3% back if you pay with an Apple card.

Though AT&T no longer carries the iPhone 13 Pro, the company is offering iPhone 13 devices from just $18 per month on qualifying installment plans without the need to trade in your old phone. AT&T does offer discounts for trade-ins though. 

T-Mobile customers adding a new line of service on a qualifying service plan can snag an iPhone 13 for free with either an eligible trade-in or when porting their existing number over from another carrier. Those only adding a new line can still save 50%, which saves them $315 via bill credits over a 24-month period. And when they buy one iPhone, they can save $700 on a second one when adding a new line of service. As with AT&T, the iPhone 13 Pro is no longer available at T-Mobile.

iPhone SE (2022) deals

The budget option in Apple’s lineup, the iPhone SE was updated in 2022 but was still targeted squarely at people who wanted a no-frills iPhone experience. From $429, it’s the affordable device for anyone who wants to stick with a familiar experience.

If you want an unlocked model of the 2022 iPhone SE, you can pick it up for as much as $175 off the list price with an eligible trade-in at Best Buy. 

If you prefer to buy your iPhone right from the source, you can do that with the iPhone SE. Apple has all the carrier models, along with the unlocked one. And if you’re already an iPhone owner looking to switch to the SE, Apple is offering up to $650 when you trade in an iPhone 7 or newer. With a base price of $429, that means you could theoretically get the SE totally free, though you’re probably going to be trading a phone that gets you $40 to $100 off. If your trade-in doesn’t cover the full cost, you can pay the remaining cost in full, or split it into 24 months of interest-free payments when you use an Apple Card during checkout.

Though Verizon deals on upgrading existing lines are pretty slim right now, there is a great offer available if you’re looking to add a new line of service. When you buy an iPhone SE on a new line with any 5G unlimited plan, you can save $430, which gets you the 64GB model for free. Just note that the discount will be applied in the form of monthly credits over a 36-month period, even if you buy the phone outright. 

Verizon is also offering some other bonuses, including $280 off an eligible iPad and $120 off the Apple Watch SE (2022) with the purchase. Though you’ll need a new line for these new devices as well to get the discount. 

If you’ve got an old phone to trade in, you can pick up the iPhone SE for free if you’re on a Go5G Next or Plus plan. Those on another qualifying plan can save up to $350 with a trade-in. Or you can save $215 when adding a new line of service, with no trade-in required.

Spectrum is another carrier that has the 2022 iPhone SE available for purchase, though the deals are pretty slim. The only offer available is an extra $100 on top of the estimated value of your device with a qualifying trade-in and a new line of service.

Metro has the best prepaid offer of any retailer or carrier out there at the moment. When you purchase an iPhone SE at full retail price and switch your existing number over to Metro’s $60-per-month unlimited data plan, you’ll get an instant $330 rebate. Meaning you’re getting the iPhone SE for a single $100 purchase, rather than discounted via monthly credits. Those who don’t have a number to switch over can still save $100 with the activation of a new line on a qualifying Metro plan. If you’re looking to purchase your phone outright, this is the best offer you’ll find, though you’ll have to actually go to the store in person to claim it.

Note: Because Metro is owned by T-Mobile, this offer is not available to those switching their number from an existing T-Mobile plan.

Visible isn’t offering any discounts on the iPhone SE, but if you have a phone you want to trade in, you can potentially get some value for your old device.

Which iPhone deal is the best?

While it appears a simple question at first, the best iPhone deal for you might be different from the best iPhone deal for someone else. Apple currently sells eight different iPhone models, so choosing the right one for you means assessing your needs and preferences when it comes to things like design, features, cameras and price. 

If you want Apple’s latest and greatest, you’ll want to take advantage of the offers available on the new iPhone 15 series. But for the time being, the iPhone 14 is going to be the best previous-gen iPhone for most people as it balances top-tier features with a relatively affordable price (especially with the above deals). It has a bright and clear OLED display, 5G support and cameras that are more than good enough for day-to-day use, and the A15 Bionic chip powering it is a portable powerhouse. 

Take the step up to the iPhone 14 Pro line and you’ll get an additional camera lens for macro photography, a more powerful A16 Bionic chip, a brighter display with the new Dynamic Island feature plus a heftier feeling stainless steel construction.

iPhone 13 Pro Max compared to other iPhone models

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The older iPhone 13 models are still solid phones, though, and you can pick up the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini from Apple for a while longer. Just because these are previous-gen devices, that doesn’t mean they might not be the best iPhone for you with their great displays, cameras and speedy performance making them great value for money. Plus, Apple is great at supporting its older devices with software updates for many years after they are released. 

If you want the most affordable iPhone, you’re going to be looking at the iPhone SE (at least when it comes to brand new phones, that is). Updated in 2022, the third-generation iPhone SE maintains the overall design of the iPhone 8 which will be familiar to a lot of iPhone buyers. Don’t be fooled by its classic appearance, though, as inside it is powered by the beefy A15 Bionic chip found in the current flagship iPhone models. It also offers 5G connectivity and a 12-megapixel camera. For $429, it’s a lot of iPhone for not a lot of money. 

What is the cheapest iPhone deal?

To buy outright in new condition, the iPhone SE is going to offer the cheapest iPhone deal. It starts at $429 contract-free and you can find carriers offering iPhone SE deals from as little as $18 per month making it a super affordable choice. 

When is the best time to snag an iPhone deal?

There are a few points in the year that make the most sense to buy an iPhone. The first is when a new model launches, usually in September each year. If you’re an early adopter and want the best device as soon as possible, that’s when you’ll get it. It’s also a great time of year to buy if you’re looking for an iPhone deal as prices on older models drop to make room for the new devices. 

Other times of year that make the most sense are during major sale seasons, including annual events like Labor Day sales, Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Apple tends not to participate in these events, at least not directly, but you can bet third-party retailers and carriers will be offering some of their best iPhone deals of the year at these times.

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