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Best iPhone 12 deals for March 2021

iPhone 12 deals
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Today's best iPhone 12 deals are making it more affordable than ever to purchase Apple's flagship smartphones. Retailers from Best Buy to Verizon are offering iPhone 12 deals for just about every budget. And with the new month upon us, we're expecting a new batch of cheap iPhone 12 deals in the coming days.  

Currently, the best iPhone 12 deals can be found at Verizon. The carrier is taking up to $750 off all iPhone 12 models with trade-in of an eligible phone and the opening of a new line. Don't have a device to trade? Alternatively, you can buy an iPhone 12 and get one free at Verizon. Not to be outdone, AT&T is taking $700 off all iPhone 12 models with an eligible trade-in. We especially like AT&T's iPhone 12 deals because unlike Verizon's promo, they're valid whether you're a new or current AT&T customer. For instance, after discount, you can get the iPhone 12 mini for free or the iPhone 12 for just $99.

Wireless carriers remain your best option if you want an iPhone 12, particularly, if you're ready to switch carriers. Even the iPhone 12 deals at retailers like Best Buy or Walmart typically require that you activate your phone with a carrier instead of buying it unlocked. Additionally, the Apple Store will lower the cost of the iPhone 12 if you have a phone to trade in. You can save up to $370 on the iPhone 12 Pro models depending on your trade-in device.

Below you'll find the best iPhone 12 deals currently available. (And if you're looking for the best iPhone SE deals, we've got you covered there, too.)

Best iPhone 12 deals 

iPhone 12: up to $750 off w/ trade-in + new line @ Verizon
Verizon is taking up to $750 off all iPhone 12 models with trade-in of an eligible phone and the opening of a new line. These iPhone 12 deals cover all models from the base iPhone 12 through the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It's one of the most aggressive iPhone 12 deals we've seen from any carrier. If you're a current Verizon subscriber, you'll get up to $440 off when you upgrade and trade-in your old device. Deals are valid through February 28, so act fast. View Deal

iPhone 12: up to $700 off all models w/ Unlimited + trade-in @ AT&T
New and existing AT&T subscribers can get any iPhone 12 model for $700 off when purchased with an AT&T Unlimited Plan and with trade-in of an iPhone 8 (or newer). It's one of the best iPhone 12 deals we've seen from AT&T.View Deal

New Year Sale: 50% off first month + $150 Mastercard + Beats Solo Pro @ Visible
Verizon-owned carrier Visible is kicking off 2021 with an epic deal. For a limited time, you can use coupon code "SAVE2021" to take 50% off your first month with Visible. After your first month, you'll pay just $40/month for unlimited data, talk, and text. Plus, purchase a phone via Visible and you'll get a free $150 prepaid Mastercard and Beats Solo Pro headphones. This deal applies to all models of the iPhone 12.View Deal

iPhone 12 mini: free with trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T is offering $700 in bill credits when you trade-in an eligible device and sign up for an unlimited data plan. After discount, you can get the iPhone 12 mini for free. (The credits are spread out over 30 months). Best of all, this deal is open to both new and existing AT&T subscribers. Alternatively, you can apply the $700 credit to reduce the cost of other iPhones.View Deal

iPhone 12 Pro (256GB): 50% off w/ installment plan @ AT&T
AT&T is knocking 50% off the iPhone 12 Pro when you purchase it online with a 30-month installment plan. The deal is valid on the 256GB model only, but it requires no trade-in. It's one of the best iPhone 12 deals we've seen from AT&T.View Deal

iPhone 12: up to $800 off @ Best Buy
With qualified activation and trade-in, Best Buy is taking up to $800 off all iPhone 12 models. These are among the best iPhone 12 deals we've seen from Best Buy. To get the max $800 discount, you need to sign up for an unlimited plan with AT&T and have an eligible device to trade-in. If you'd prefer to activate your phone with either Verizon or T-Mobile, Best Buy lets you save between $150 and $600.View Deal

iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max: up to $830 off @ T-Mobile
The iPhone 12 Pro delivers the best cameras on any phone along with a stellar display and unbeatable performance. And T-Mobile offers up to $830 off the latest iPhones, You need to activate a new line on an eligible plan and trade in an eligible iPhone in good condition to get the iPhone 12 for $169.View Deal

iPhone 12: Save up to $900 with AT&T @ Walmart
Best Buy isn't the only retailer offering discounts when you activate an iPhone 12 with AT&T. Walmart is offering a similar deal, where you can get $700 off from AT&T plus another $200 in savings from Walmart. All you have to do is buy your phone on an installment plan, sign up for unlimited data and trade-in a device.View Deal

iPhone 12 mini: was $729 now $529 @ Metro by T-Mobile
Metro by T-Mobile is taking $200 off both the iPhone 12 mini and the regular iPhone 12 when you switch your wireless service to the T-Mobile-owned discount carrier. You'll be able to access T-Mobile's cellular network including its nationwide 5G network via Metro. This is an in-store deal, and availability may vary by location.View Deal

iPhone 12: was $829 now $679 @ Cricket
Cricket takes $150 off any iPhone when you switch to Cricket and bring your own phone number to the discount carrier. You also have to sign up for Cricket's $60/month unlimited data plan. As of this writing, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are the only models in stock, so if you want the Pro versions, check to see if inventory has been restocked.View Deal

iPhone 12: save $250 on all models
Sam's Club extended its offer to take $250 off the cost of the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro when you buy either phone on an installment plan with AT&T and bring over a number from another carrier. You're also eligible for the $30 activation fee to be waived. Stack the Sam's Club discount with AT&T's offers, and you can save up to $980 on your iPhone purchase.View Deal

iPhone 12 deals — Which model should you get?

The iPhone 12 sports a faster A14 Bionic processor, 5G connectivity, and updated cameras. It also has a new Ceramic Shield glass display that Apple claims is the toughest in the industry. There's also a new MagSafe charging system. 

The iPhone 12 features a 12MP wide lens with a f/1.6 aperture and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with a f/2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view. It's the first iPhone to include Apple's new 7-element lens, which delivers low light performance. Apple has also added a new Night Mode Time-lapse feature. 

Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 mini is a compact version of the iPhone 12. It sports a 5.4-inch OLED display and the same A14 Bionic CPU found inside the standard iPhone 12. However, its costs $699, which is $100 less than the 6.1-inch iPhone 12. 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the successors to the iPhone 11 Pro models. They feature larger screens — 6.1 inches for the Pro and 6.7 inches for the Pro Max — plus triple camera arrays aided by a LiDAR sensor. Otherwise, they share the same processor, 5G connectivity, and charging features as the iPhone 12.