iPhone 12: How to get one at a discounted rate and even for free


Apple stirred up plenty of buzz when it announced its four new iPhones outfitted with 5G wireless networks.

However, the devices are far from affordable with a steep price tag that ranges from $700 all the way to $1,100. And that’s without the additional cost of purchasing a charging adapter, which Apple said will no longer be included and can set you back an additional $20 to $50. Apple cited environmental reasons for the change.

The sticker-value has understandably shocked some consumers.

If you want to get your hands on the iPhone 12 but don’t want to pay the full price, there are a few ways to snag it at a deep discount.

AT&T customers can get the phone for free – yes, free! – with an $800 trade-in. Both new and existing customers who trade in an iPhone 8 or newer model are eligible for the offer. The only condition is that they get an unlimited data plan and make a 30 month commitment to the carrier.

T-Mobile and Verizon are also offering discounts to customers.

New customers with an iPhone 11 Pro or 10 XS can earn an $850 trade-in credit at T-Mobile for the iPhone 12. Customers must add a line of service. Existing customers can snag trade-in deals between $200-$500.

The service provider is also giving customers who had Sprint for at least five years an extra $200 off with trade-in of an active iPhone on an eligible plan, per Yahoo News.

New customers at Verizon are also offering the option to trade-in an iPhone X or newer model. If you set up a new line of service, you can get up to $550 off. Existing customers with eligible data plans can trade in their phones to get the iPhone 12 for just $15 a month for two years.

Apple announced that the iPhone 12 will move from LCD screen to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen. The screen still retains the 6.1-inch display size found on the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR. Featuring an aluminum frame, the iPhone 12 comes in five colors: black, white, blue, red, and green. It’s also “11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than” the iPhone 11.

In addition to the standard iPhone 12, the tech giant also announced three other versions: iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max. While all will feature 5G technology, the 12 Max features a 6.7-inch display that the company said was the largest iPhone screen to date.

The iPhone 12 Mini starts at $699, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 12 Max at $1099.

The phones will officially go on-sale on October 23.

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