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Black Friday iPhone deals — what to expect


iPhone 13: Practically every major carrier is currently offering free iPhone 13 deals. The iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, and the iPhone 13 Pro can be had for free when you trade-in an older device and open a new unlimited line. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is being sold for $99 if you meet the same requirements. Expect to see BOGO deals and higher trade-in credits appear in the next few weeks.

iPhone 12: Apple's previous-gen smartphone is a better bargain than ever. We'd expect more iPhone Black Friday deals on the step-up model (128GB), whereas the base model (64GB) will continue being offered for free when you switch carriers. 

iPhone 11: At its new $499 price, the iPhone 11 is now $100 cheaper than it was prior to the iPhone 13's launch. You won't see many discounts on this phone from major carriers, but other prepaid carriers will likely slash an extra $50 off the iPhone 11. 

iPhone SE: Apple's $399 budget phone will sell for $0 on contract this holiday season. In fact, multiple retailers like Verizon are already offering the iPhone SE for free. These models will be the cheapest iPhone Black Friday deals of the year. 

Should I wait until Black Friday to buy an iPhone?

While it's true that wireless carriers and retailers will offer discounts on phones for Black Friday — usually the deals are announced anywhere from a week to a few days before Thanksgiving — you'll find plenty of iPhone Black Friday deals right now. If you see an iPhone you want at a good price, you should jump on that deal right away. That's especially true this year, when demand for the iPhone 13 could outstrip supply.

Will Apple feature Black Friday discounts on iPhones?

Apple typically doesn't lower prices on iPhones for Black Friday. Instead, the company usually offers gift cards when you buy select products such as iPhones between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Look for this year's Apple deal to be announced during Thanksgiving week. In the meantime, Apple continues to offer money off your iPhone purchase when you trade in your current phone.

Tips for finding the best iPhone Black Friday deals

Start with mobile carriers: Mobile carriers tend to offer the best iPhone deals. There is one catch — in order to get their best deals, you'll have to switch to their service. In some instances, you may also have to sign up for an unlimited plan. 

Trade-in your old phone for credit: If you have an older phone to trade in, many carriers will give you a generous credit that could range from $100 to as high as $1,000 off. As a result, it pays to keep your smartphone's cables, box, and accessories in good condition so you can get the most from your trade-in. 

Check out MVNOs: Short for mobile virtual network operator, MVNOs operate on the infrastructure of existing networks. For instance, Verizon-owned Visible works on Verizon's network, whereas Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile's. MVNOs offer less costly plans than their bigger counterparts. In some instances, there are some trade-off such as less readily available customer support or slightly slower data speeds. 

Don't be afraid of refurbs: Apple offers some of the best refurbs in the industry. They refurbish their iPhone to look like new and we especially like the company's refurbs because they're all backed by the same 1-year warranty you'd get with a new Apple device.