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You'll also find deals on last year's iPhone X,
iPhone 8 Plus
. And if you need an iPhone on the cheap, one deal includes the iPhone 6S at an unbelievably low $49.
Carrier sales typically get you on the hook for long-term savings through bill credits, so check the fine print. Oh, and congratulations, savvy shopper. Now is one of the best times to buy a new iPhone.
The 40 best Cyber Monday 2018 deals still available
Right now, if you buy an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max (you get all that?) you can get an iPhone XR for free. As with every carrier offer, "free" comes with a specific set of conditions. In this case, both phones need to be on the AT&T Next or AT&T Every Year installment plan. You'll get up to $750 in bill credits. You'll still need to pay taxes for both phones. Make sure you read the fine print to avoid any surprises.
AT&T is extending its buy-one-get-one-free discount to the iPhone XR and last year's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, both of which are still good phones. You'll need to open a new line of service on AT&T Next's installment plan in order to qualify. You also need a good dose of patience. AT&T will refund the cost of the second phone in the form of bill credits, over 30 months.
When you switch to Cricket and activate a new line of service, AT&T's prepaid carrier will knock $100 off the price of any iPhone it carries. As with all carrier offers, there are details and exclusions. For example, you have to port your existing phone number over, and you can't switch from parent carrier AT&T. As always, activation and other fees do apply.
The offer is available now and runs through Dec. 2.
Customers who switch to Metro (formerly MetroPCS) and sign on to an unlimited LTE plan will get a $49 iPhone 6S. Previously the deal was a bit more generous at $150 off any iPhone and even a pair of free Apple AirPods, but $49 is a very low entry price for an iPhone that can still run iOS 12. It also includes the dearly missed headphone jack. Unlike most carriers, which mete out savings over two years of bill credits, Metro's reduction happens on the spot.
Verizon's Cyber Monday deals that are still live for the iPhone are pretty slim, but you have your choice of two. You can pick up the iPhone 6S for $5 per month, or you can take $10 off the first month's price of an Apple Watch Series 4. If you also buy an iPhone on a monthly installment plan, Verizon will knock an extra $50 off the Apple Watch.
This offer requires activation with Verizon or Sprint. In addition, Sprint is leveraging a buy-one, get-one deal for all three phones (through Best Buy), as well discounted monthly pricing, when you purchase through the Sprint Flex installment plan.
Last year's iPhone X is still going strong, but discounts on an installment billing plan help sweeten the deal. The phone is available for $900 unlocked, paid over the course of 24 months on Sprint or over 30 months on AT&T. If you purchase it on Verizon, it will be $800 paid over the course of 24 months.