If you're hoping to get a new iPhone the holiday shopping season has kicked into high gear. WIth the end of Cyber Monday comes the end of some of the best deals out there. Whether you're on the hunt for the iPhone 15, last year's iPhone 14 Pro Max or the 2022 iPhone SE, take advantage of Cyber Monday discounts and secure your phone.
But be sure to read the fine print closely. Buying a new iPhone on Cyber Monday isn't as straightforward as making some other big-ticket purchases, like TVs or laptops. Many deals usually require you to meet certain conditions, such as trading in an older device, opening a new line or paying through a monthly installment plan. These deals can be worthwhile if you meet the criteria, with some carriers offering iPhones essentially for free under the right conditions.
To help you make the most of these savings, we've rounded up the best deals out there on both current and previous-gen iPhones below.
While there aren't too many straightforward discounts on the latest generation of iPhones, if you're looking to get your hands on an unlocked model for less, you can save up to $650 with an eligible trade-in at Apple. That includes devices from Apple, Samsung, Google and OnePlus, with the iPhone 14 series netting you the biggest discounts. Cyber Monday is your last chance to take advantage of Apple's holiday offer which gets you an Apple gift card for $75, redeemable on a future purchase.
If you don't need an unlocked model, Best Buy has some incredible carrier deals available right now. Both Verizon and AT&T customers can save up to $830 on the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, or up to $1000 on the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max with a trade-in and activation on a qualifying service plan. And customers who switch their existing number over from T-Mobile will get $250 in bill credits at AT&T or a $200 Verizon gift card.
Apple is also offering up to $650 off the budget-friendly iPhone SE with an eligible trade-in. With a $429 starting price, that means you could get your hands on this model for free. If your trade-in value exceeds the cost, you'll get the remaining balance back in the form of an Apple gift card.
Apple is also giving gift cards away as part of its annual holiday offers, and you'll be able to get a $25 Apple gift card redeemable on a future purchase but act fast. The gift card bonus offer is only available until the end of the day on Cyber Monday.
Pair the iPhone SE with one of Walmart's prepaid unlimited Family Mobile plans and you can knock $230 off the starting price, dropping it down to just $149. And unlike most carrier offers, this deal doesn't lock you into a contract or installment plan.
$230 off with unlimited Walmart Family Mobile plan
If you don't need the absolute latest and greatest model, the iPhone 14 is still a great option. And you can get your hands on one for less right now at Best Buy. Unlocked models are $50 off, or you can save $100 with same-day activation through Verizon, Google Fi or AT&T. Plus, AT&T customers will get an extra $100 off if it's a new line or account.
Best Buy also has its own trade-in program where you can save up to $415 in exchange for older iPhones or phones from other brands.
We named the 2021 iPhone 13 the best value iPhone on the market because Apple has dropped the starting price by $100. You can snag one for $599 right now, or save up to $650 with an eligible trade-in (though if you're opting for this older model, you'll most likely be trading in a device that nets you around $200 in credit).
Last minute Cyber Monday savings will grant you a $50 Apple gift card with purchase, but the deal ends at the end of the day.
There are quite a few different iPhones on the shelf right now, which can make choosing the right one a little overwhelming. The iPhone 15 is one of the latest models, and our top pick for most people. Though if you need something with some serious hardware, you'll probably want to upgrade to the iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max.
Those on a budget will probably want to grab the third-gen iPhone SE, which normally starts at just $429. Though if you have specific priorities like a big screen or advanced camera system, you may want to opt for a high-end model from an older generation, like the iPhone 14 Pro Max which will help you save some cash over going for the latest model without sacrificing too much by way of performance.
Where is the best place to buy an iPhone on Cyber Monday?
Deciding whether you should purchase your new Apple phone through a retailer or directly from your carrier will depend on your situation. If you're creating a new line or account, you'll probably want to purchase your iPhone through a major carrier like AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile, where you can score hundreds in savings -- though you'll be locked in to a multi-year contract.
If you'd rather not get locked into a service plan, you'll probably want to opt for a prepaid deal from a retailer like Walmart. You'll have to pay for everything upfront, but will also be free to cancel service at any time. And if you'd rather skip the headache of choosing a service plan altogether, you can pick up an unlocked model from Apple or places like Best Buy, which are both offering some solid Apple Cyber Monday deals right now.