AT&T bolsters iPhone and Galaxy upgrade deals ahead of the holidays
If you’re on AT&T and planning on getting a new iPhone or Galaxy this holiday season, you might end up with a better deal even if it’s after Black Friday. As seen on its website, the carrier has increased its promotion for new users and upgrades from $800 off a new Apple or Samsung device to up to $1,000 off as long as you trade in a phone. .
As always, you’ll also need to be on an unlimited plan to qualify for the discount, which will then be distributed as bill credits over a 36-month installment plan.
AT&T has already offered up to $1,000 off iPhones. More recently he hung the discount around the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 14 range before slashing it in recent weeks by up to $800 off. For the Galaxy S22 launch in February, it was offering up to $800 off new models as long as you trade any old Galaxy S, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Z phone, including broken ones.
To get $1,000 off a new iPhone, the device you’re trading in with AT&T would need to be carrier-priced at a minimum of $230. This includes iPhone 11 Pro Max, 12 lines (except 12 Mini) or 13 lines; Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, S22 line, Z Fold 2 or Fold 3; Pixel 6 Pro from Google and 10 Pro from OnePlus.
If you have an iPhone XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, or 12 Mini, you can get up to $800 off. Those who trade in one of the many Android devices from Samsung (Galaxy S20 and S21 series, Note 20 series, original Galaxy Fold or Fold 2 and Z Flip 3 5G), Google (Pixel 5, 5A and 6) or other Android makers like OnePlus and Microsoft can also get up to $800 off a new phone as long as AT&T estimates trade-in devices are worth between $130 and $229.
Other devices including the iPhone 8, SE (2nd or 3rd gen), X, XR and XS range as well as a much wider range of Samsung, LG, Google, Motorola and OnePlus phones can get up to 350 $ off a new phone so as long as AT&T values these trade-ins between $35 and $129.
This deal works for the iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max, though the phone you’re trading in will need to be in “good working order.” Full terms can be found here.
For Galaxy phones like the S22 line, Z Flip 4, and Z Fold 4, the carrier is much more forgiving. Any device the carrier values at $35 or more could qualify you for up to $1,000 off one of Samsung’s latest handsets. The carrier conditions for S22 and the Z Flip / Z Fold deals also don’t specify that the phone you’re trading in must be in “good working order”.
Either way, if you leave AT&T before the 36-month installment is up — or want to unlock your phone for international use — you’ll be required to pay off the balance of what’s owed and forfeit any outstanding credits. .
That said, it’s still a surprising post-Black Friday deal from the carrier, as the wireless industry as a whole looks to attract upgraders and switchers this holiday season.
Verizon pushed its recent holiday deal up to $1,000 on a new trade-in phone, though that offer requires you to switch to the carrier. For existing users, Verizon is offering up to $800 off with a trade-in, though for this offer you also need to be on one of its more expensive Play More, Do More, Get More, or One Unlimited plans.
Verizon also asks you to stay for 36 months, although it even accepts broken or damaged phones as long as they don’t have a damaged battery.
For existing T-Mobile users, the carrier is offering up to $800 off Samsung Galaxy phones with trade-in, but only if you’re on or ready to upgrade to its more expensive Magenta Max plan. Those with other plans could save up to $400 with a trade-in, not as generous as the offers from AT&T or Verizon. In fact, most of T-Mobile’s deals currently seem to require adding a new line, switching to another carrier, or switching to Magenta Max.
On the plus side, T-Mobile’s credits are typically over a 24-month term instead of 36 months like AT&T and Verizon, so you’re not tied to the carrier or device for three years.