If you’re on AT&T and debating buying a new iPhone or Galaxy this holiday season, you might find yourself with a better deal even though it’s after Black Friday. As seen on its website, the carrier has increased its promotion for new and upgrading users 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 be eligible for the discount, which will then be distributed as bill credits over the course of a 36-month installment plan.
AT&T has dabbled in offering up to $1,000 off iPhones before. Just recently he was hanging outbefore slashing it back in recent weeks to $800 off. For the February launch of the Galaxy S22, the new models as long as you’ve traded in older Galaxy S, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Z phones, including those that have been broken.
To get $1,000 off a new iPhone, the device you’re selling to AT&T must be valued by the carrier at a minimum of $230. This includes iPhone 11 Pro Max, line 12 (excluding 12 Mini) or line 13; Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, S22 line, Z Fold 2 or Fold 3; Google’s Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus’ 10 Pro.
If you have an iPhone XS Max, 11, 11 Pro or 12 Mini, you can get up to $800 off. Those trading in any of the many Android devices from Samsung (Galaxy S20 and S21 lines, Note 20 line, original Galaxy Fold or Fold 2 and Z Flip 3 5G), Google (Pixel 5, 5A and 6) or other Manufacturers of Android like OnePlus and Microsoft can also get up to $800 off a new phone as long as AT&T values trade-in devices between $130 and $229.
Other devices, including the iPhone 8 line, SE (2nd or 3rd generation), X, XR and XS, as well as a much wider range of phones from Samsung, LG, Google, Motorola and OnePlus, can get up to $350 off a new phone, so as long as AT&T prices these trade-ins between $35 and $129.
This deal works for the iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max, although the phone you’re trading in will need to be in “good working order.” Full terms and conditions can be found here.
For Galaxy phones like the S22 line, Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4, the carrier is much more lenient. Any device the carrier values at $35 or more can entitle you to up to $1,000 off one of Samsung’s latest phones. The carrier terms for the S22 and Z Flip/Z Fold deals also don’t specify that the phone you’re trading in must be in “good working order.”
In either scenario, if you leave AT&T before the 36-month installment is up—or want to unlock your phone to use it internationally—you’ll be on the hook for paying off the balance owed and losing any outstanding credits.
All told, this is still a surprising post-Black Friday carrier deal as the wireless industry as a whole looks to entice upgraders and switchers this holiday season.
Verizon is pushing its recent holiday offer up to $1,000 off a new phone with a trade-in, though that deal requires you to switch to a carrier. For existing users, Verizon is offering up to $800 in trade-in rebates, though you’ll also need to be on one of the more expensive Play More, Do More, Get More, or One Unlimited plans for this deal.
Verizon similarly requires you to stay 36 months, though it will accept even broken or damaged phones as long as they don’t have battery damage.
For existing T-Mobile customers, the carrier is offering up to $800 off trade-in Samsung Galaxy phones, but only if you use or want 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 AT&T or Verizon’s offers. In fact, most T-Mobile deals right now seem to require adding a new line, switching from another carrier, or switching to Magenta Max.
On the plus side, T-Mobile credits are usually for a 24-month period instead of 36 months like AT&T and Verizon, so you’re not tied to a carrier or device for three years.