The craze every year tends to lead toward Apple’s newest iPhone, and this year is no different. This year’s new iPhone XR is bigger and better than ever, and also quite pricey. We’ve looked far and wide, though, and have rounded up the best deals on the new iPhone. Thumb through and see if one of these iPhone XR deals work for you!
Consumer Reports tells us that for most consumers, the XR—which starts at $750 for the 64GB model—offers a happy medium between the $450 iPhone 7 of 2016 and the $1,000 iPhone XS released in September.
The XR looks much like the more expensive XS. The Home button is gone, clearing space for a bigger display. At 6.1 inches measured diagonally, the screen is slightly larger than the one on the XS but a bit smaller than that on the XS Max.
The XR has a Face ID camera like those phones, too. You just give it a quick look to unlock the screen.
But there are trade-offs for that lower price. The XR doesn’t have an OLED display like the XS and XS Max. It features the more common high-definition LCD screen instead. And, rather than sporting dual-rear cameras, the XR has just one. That means it’s more dependent on software to zoom in on subjects and create popular Portrait Modephotography effects.
We won’t know for sure just how much those trade-offs impact the phone’s performance until we get retail samples into our labs. In the meantime, here’s a look at the deals the major carriers are offering on the XR.
All come with catches, so make sure you read the fine print before plunking down your money. And keep in mind that lease and financing deals usually require you to have good credit.
Last, don’t wait too long to buy. It’s not clear when many of these deals expire.
If you buy your new XR from AT&T, the carrier will cut $700 from the price of a second smartphone.
Given the starting price of $750, that sounds like a great deal, right? Well, the offer comes with some big caveats.
You have to sign up for at least one new line of service—as well as a DirecTV plan that costs at least $30 per month, if you don’t have the satellite TV service already. And you have to finance the phones by paying them off interest-free over 24 or 30 months.
What’s more, the $700 in savings comes in the form of a monthly credit dispensed over the same period of time. If you cancel AT&T service for either of the phones before that span is up, you’re on the hook for the remaining balance.
On the upside, this deal also applies to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, and XS Max, which means you can mix and match phones.
Sprint is offering to lease you an XR for $0 per month. But as you might expect, there are catches on this deal, too.
You have to have an eligible trade-in. That includes an iPhone dating back to the 7 and 7 Plus or a Samsung Galaxy phone going back to the S8. The LG G7 ThinQ and Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also acceptable.
Once again, you need to add a new line of service—or be an existing Sprint customer eligible for an upgrade.
And because a lease like this would normally cost $31.25 per month, what you’re getting is a $31.25 bill credit that cancels out that charge within two billing cycles. Cancel your Sprint service before the 18 months is up and, yep, you’ll have to pay the remaining balance.
This carrier’s deal gets you a little more than half off the XR’s sticker price, as long as you trade in your old phone.
T-Mobile usually would charge you $20.84 per month for a period of three years, but with an eligible trade-in, the company will give you up to $390 in bill credits, lowering your monthly payment to almost $10.
Trade-in options include the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus; the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8; the original Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; and the LG V30 and G7. Other phones are worth less.
T-Mobile says the iPhone X isn’t eligible for trade in, because it’s currently worth more than $390. If you own one of those, you’re better off selling it yourself.
Want an iPhone XS or XS Max instead? No worries. The $390 discount applies to those phones, too.
But, yes, you guessed it, cancel your T-Mobile service before the new XR, XS, or XS Max is paid off and you’re responsible for the balance due.
This is basically a buy-one-get-one-free offer with the conditions you’d expect.
If you buy an iPhone X, XR, XS, or XS Max from Verizon, the company will give you $750 off another X or XR.
But you need to finance the phones interest-free for two years. And one of the phones has to be connected to a new line of service.
The discount comes in the form of a $31.25 monthly credit. The credits end when the phone is paid off or you cancel your service.