The Best iPhone Deals of 2020

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iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max isometric view

With the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Pro announced and ready for pre-order this month, it's time to find the best deals for them. Because these are new phones, you won't get big price cuts, but if you're willing to do a trade-in, you'll be able to get the various iPhone models for significant discounts or even free, if you buy them from particular carriers.

Most of the iPhone 12 deals on offer are for the standard model of the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 12 Pro, likely because the iPhone 12 mini is one of the more affordable variants. However, if these iPhone deals are still too costly for you, then you'll be pleased to know that various models of the iPhone 11 as well as the iPhone SE (2020) are available for significant discounts due to the release of the new devices. Apple is additionally accepting trade-ins for older models of the iPhone, helping defray the cost by hundreds of dollars if your device is in good condition.

Be sure to take a look at our list of the best smartphones and the best iPhones to help you pick the device that's best for you. Without further ado, read on to see the best iPhone deals to take advantage of.

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Save $800 on iPhone 12 from AT&T with trade-in and a new line

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini smartphones.

If you're willing to sign up to AT&T, you can get an iPhone 12 for $800 off, potentially making it free if you get the right combination of deals. The carrier is offering new and existing customers who trade-in a device and sign up for a new unlimited plan, $800 off, which should cover the full retail price of the device ($800).

That's a pretty excellent deal for the latest and greatest iPhone model. The new iPhone 12 boasts a new squared-off design, attractive Super Retina OLED display, a powerful A14 Bionic chip, and a dual 12MP camera setup.

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Save up to $500 off iPhone 12 from Verizon with a new line and trade-in

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.

Verizon is another carrier offering a significant deal on the iPhone 12. It also requires a new line and trade-in, but you can get up to $550 and an additional $250 when you switch carriers. This should cover the majority of the cost of new iPhone 12. If you place the order online, you can also get $20 off the $40 activiation fee.

For existing Verizon customers, you're not left out in the cold entirely. If you upgrade from your existing phone, you can get $440 with a trade-in. Other deals on offer are buying an iPhone and saving $100 on an Apple Watch or getting an iPhone and saving $150 on an iPad.

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Save $250 off iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini from Apple with trade-in

Apple's MagSafe dual charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch.
Apple's MagSafe dual charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch.

If buying directly from a carrier isn't an ideal option or you want an unlocked phone, the best way to get an iPhone deal is to buy from Apple. If you trade-in your old device, you can get up to $250 off the iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 which normally costs $700 and $800 respectively. That's not as big as some of the discounts carriers are offering, but this deal doesn't require you to sign up for a new plan, switch carriers, to receive bill credits.

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Save $350 on iPhone 11 Pro Max with Verizon Unlimited plan

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
Other than size, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro (foreground) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are identical.e.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the biggest flagship model of the iPhone. At full retail price, it costs $1,100 (for the 64GB model), but if you're a Verizon customer and you purchase online, you can get it for $350 off with an unlimited plan if you purchase online. That's a great deal considering all the features. You also can get $850 if you do a trade-in with an eligible phone, and $250 if you switch carriers.

You get a gorgeous Quad HD OLED display and blazing fast A13 Bionic processor for fast browsing, gaming, and multimedia. That's not to mention the triple camera array (12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, and 12MP ultra-wide) allowing you to take wide-angle and zoomed-in shots.

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$350 off iPhone 11 for new US Cellular customers

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
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If you're a US Cellular customer and you sign up for an Unlimited Everyday or an Even Better plan with a new line, you can get the iPhone 11 for $350. The iPhone 11 is a great phone with a 6.1-inch 1792x828 display, a powerful A13 processor, 4GB RAM, and dual 12MP cameras for wide angle and ultra-wide shooting. It's capable of recording 4K video at 30fpls and boasts dual 12MP selfie camera along with Apple's Face ID. For the grand price of $0, you also get the latest version of iOS, and features like fast charging and wireless charging.

In other regards, it has most of the same specs as the aforementioned iPhone 11 Pro, including the AI enhancements, so you're not missing out on much, aside from screen quality and the triple camera array.

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iPhone SE (2020) for $5 a month with new Verizon Unlimited line

Apple iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
The iPhone SE has a single, 12 MP camera on the back. Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff 

The iPhone SE (2020) is arguably one of the best value phones in the world. It uses the old iPhone 8 shell but packs it with modern specs in an affordable package. With a new Verizon unlimited line, you can get the phone for $5 a month for 24 months, down from the usual price of $16.66 a month. That makes for some great savings, giving you a compact phone that, according to our former EIC Lance Ulanoff, is a "pleasure to hold." The processor is the latest and greatest A13 Bionic, putting it on par with the iPhone 11 Pro.

The camera is a single 12MP rear sensor, however, while the front-facing camera is a 7MP sensor. These are still solid and can take great shots, but you won't get things like the telephoto lens or zoom. Regardless, if you're looking for value for money, the iPhone SE (2020) is hard to beat.

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Significant discounts with Apple with trade-in

iPhone SE 2

If you're not keen on signing up for a new phone plan, let alone an unliimited one, another option is to buy directly from Apple. With a trade-in, you can get significant discounts on a number of devices. If you have an iPhone XS Max in good condition, you can get up to $370. If you have an iPhone X, $250 off. Even older phones like the iPhone 7 can give you up to $100 off. These are all sizable credits to put toward a new device. Trade-in is an option for any carrier, including AT&T, Sprint,. T-Mobile, Verizon, or SIM-free, and entirely unlocked.

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iPhone XS Unlocked (Renewed) $474 on Amazon

iPhone XS and XR
The iPhone XS and XR aren't as similar as they may seem.  Justin Sullivan / Getty Images 

The iPhone XS isn't the newest model available, but just because it's a generation old doesn't mean it's bad. If you're willing to buy a renewed phone, the iPhone XS offers an attractive design and fast performance with its A12 Bionic processor.

You can still play the latest games, multitask with ease, and you'll get the most recent iOS updates. The rear camera also consists of a dual-sensor setup and Portrait Mode for attractive selfies. All of this comes at the modest price of $445, which is approximately half the price it was at launch. Since the phone is fully unlocked you can use it on any carrier and despite being refurbished, it's backed by Amazon's 90-day guarantee, meaning it's been inspected by Amazon-qualified suppliers.

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Save $200 on iPhone SE (2020) from Walmart

Apple iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
The new Apple iPhone SE (2nd Generation).  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

For just $199, you can pick up the iPhone SE (2020) on Walmart ($6.63 a month with an installment plan). The deal is available both online and in certain stores. The offer is valid as long as you purchase and activate on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. The installment plan is required, but there's no plenty for an early payoff. As we've mentioned before, the iPhone SE (2020) is an iPhone 8 shell with upgraded specs, including a powerful A13 Bionic processor and capable 12MP camera.

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$150 off iPhone SE (2020) at Boost Mobile

AppleApple iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
The last of the rectangular iPhone screens.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

The 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2020) certainly does seem to get all the sales. Perhaps that's for good reason because it comes with a powerful and modern A13 Bionic, solid camera capabilities, and is the only iPhone with a compact design. Boost Mobile is offering the device for $150 off, bringing the regular price of $400 down to $250 for the base 64GB model. The 128GB model also gets a more modest $50 price cut, bringing it to $400 down from the usual $450. The 256GB isn't on sale, unfortunately.