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Best iPhone deals in May 2021

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iPhone deals are currently in season. In fact, we're now seeing some of the best cheap iPhone deals ever. 

One of our favorite iPhone deals comes courtesy of Verizon. The mobile carrier is taking up to $1,000 off all iPhone 12 models when you buy an iPhone 12 with an Unlimited plan. That's one of the best iPhone deals you'll find right now. Even better, Verizon will also pay you for your broken smartphone. 

Not to be outdone, AT&T is taking up to $700 off all iPhone 12 models when you trade-in an eligible phone and sign up for an unlimited plan. AT&T's iPhone deals are valid for new or existing customers, but you'll want to hurry as their offers could end at any given moment. Be sure to check out our best iPhones guide to help you decide. Otherwise, here are the best cheap iPhone deals you can get right now from carriers and retailers.    

iPhone deals and Memorial Day

The first Memorial Day sales of 2021 will be here before you know it. The good news is retailers will likely roll out a new batch of iPhone deals in the lead up to Memorial Day. Expect to see bigger discounts and higher trade-in credits for older phones as we approach the retail holiday. Make sure to follow our Apple Memorial Day sales coverage for deals on everything Apple related. 

Prime Day and iPhone deals

The cat's out of the bag. During its last earnings call, Amazon announced that Prime Day 2021 would occur in Q2 of 2021. That means Amazon's faux retail holiday could happen in May or June. Regardless of the date, Prime Day deals are an excellent time to shop for iPhone deals. While Amazon itself won't offer notable iPhone deals — its competitors like Best Buy, Verizon, and AT&T will offer deals on Apple's iPhone. Make sure to follow our Prime Day coverage for the latest deals. 

Best iPhone deals right now

iPhone 12

iPhone 12: buy one, get one free @ Verizon
At Verizon, when you buy any iPhone 12 (with 24 monthly payments and an Unlimited plan), you'll get a second iPhone 12 for free. (Alternatively, you'll get $1,000 off an iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max). It's one of the hottest iPhone deals we've seen. View Deal

iPhone 12 Purple: up to $700 off w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T
The iPhone 12 Purple is finally here. Even better — AT&T already has iPhone deals available for Apple's latest phone. New and existing customers can get up to $700 off the iPhone 12 Purple when you trade-in an old phone and open an Unlimited plan. View Deal

iPhone 12: up to $800 off w/ Unlimited + trade-in @ Verizon
At Verizon, trade-in an eligible phone, sign up for a Verizon Unlimited plan, open a new line, and you'll get up to $800 off any iPhone 12 model. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen. If you're already a Verizon member, you can trade-in your current phone to get $440 off a new iPhone, which is still a solid iPhone deal for existing members. View Deal

iPhone 12: up to $700 off with Unlimited + trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T is offering major discounts on the iPhone 12 family. Currently, new and existing AT&T subscribers can take up to $700 off iPhone 12 phones with an AT&T Unlimited Plan and trade-in. It's one of the best iPhone deals from AT&T and we especially like it because these iPhone deals apply to new and current members. (For reference, an iPhone 8 or newer will fetch you the full $700 credit). View Deal

iPhone 12 mini w/ unlimited data: $60/month @ Mint
Mint Mobile is offering the iPhone 12 mini bundled with unlimited 5G data for $60/month over a 24-month span. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from Mint, which operates on T-Mobile's network. You'll wind up paying just $30/month for the iPhone 12 mini and $30/month for the unlimited 5G data.  View Deal

iPhone 12 Pro (256GB): 50% off w/ installment plan @ AT&T
AT&T is slashing 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 deals we've seen from AT&T this month.View Deal

iPhone 12: $100 Mastercard + Nimble charger @ Visible
Verizon-owned carrier Visible has some epic iPhone deals. Currently, purchase any iPhone 12 via Visible and you'll get a free $100 prepaid Mastercard and Nimble fast-charging bundle. This deal applies to all models of the iPhone 12.View Deal

iPhone 12 mini Purple: $0/month w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T
iPhone deals are now available for Apple's new iPhone 12 mini purple. New and existing customers can get the iPhone 12 mini purple for free with trade-in of an old phone and the opening of a new Unlimited plan. That's the best offer we've seen for Apple's newest phone. View Deal

iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Pro: $100 Mastercard for T-Mobile/Sprint @ Apple
T-Mobile/Sprint customers who purchase an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro via the Apple Store and trade-in an iPhone 8 or newer will receive a $100 prepaid Mastercard. (You'll receive a promo code for the card, which can be validated at T-Mobile). This is one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from the Apple Store. (You can view the full details of this promo below the 5th footnote on the Apple Store page). View Deal

iPhone 12: up to $500 off w/ trade-in @ Apple Store
The Apple Store is offering credits of up to $500 when you purchase a new iPhone 12 and trade-in your old phone. A Galaxy S10 would get you up to $180 in Apple credits, whereas an iPhone XS would get you up to $300 in Apple credits. The credits can be used for your iPhone 12 purchase. View Deal

iPhone 11

iPhone 11: $10/month w/ Unlimited @ AT&T
Get the iPhone 11 for as little as $10/month when you open a new Unlimited line at AT&T. This deal applies to new or existing members. No trade-in is required. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from AT&T. View Deal

iPhone 11: $5/month w/ Unlimited @ Verizon
The Editor's Choice iPhone 11 packs a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display (1792 x 828), Apple's A13 Bionic CPU, and dual 12MP ultra wide and wide cameras. (Unlike the "Pro" models it lacks the third rear lens). It also features a 11:16-hour battery life. Add an Unlimited line to our account and you'll pay just $5/month for the iPhone. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen for Apple's former flagship. View Deal

iPhone 11 Pro : $8/month w/ new line + Unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon is offering a wide variety of iPhone deals. For instance, you can get the iPhone 11 Pro for just $8/month when you open a new line with Unlimited. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen for Apple's former flagship. (Which is still a very capable smartphone). View Deal

iPhone 11 Pro: up to $700 off w/ trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T is offering up to $700 in bill credits spread out over 30 months when you buy an iPhone 11 Pro and trade in a qualifying phone. You're required to port-in your current phone number and open a new line of data under AT&T's unlimited plan. Alternatively, you can get $400 in bill credits when you add a line without porting in a number. View Deal

iPhone 11: free w/ 2 new lines @ T-Mobile
At T-Mobile, activate two new lines and you'll get a free iPhone 11. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from T-Mobile, albeit on Apple's last-gen smartphone. Nevertheless, the iPhone 11 is still a powerful phone and an excellent option for Apple fans that are strapped for cash. View Deal

iPhone SE

iPhone SE: free w/ new line + Unlimited @ Verizon
Open a new line of service with an unlimited plan at Verizon and you'll get an iPhone SE for free. It's one of the best iPhone deals you can get right now. Plus, make your purchase online and you'll get 50% off your activation fee. View Deal

iPhone SE: free w/ trade-in @ AT&T
The iPhone SE 2020 is one of Apple's most affordable iPhones. For a limited time, AT&T is offering it for free when you purchase an iPhone SE and trade-in an eligible device. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen for Apple fans on a budget. View Deal

iPhone SE: was $399 now $199 @ Walmart
The ultimate iPhone SE deal is here. Walmart is offering preorders of the new iPhone SE 2020 for $199. That's $200 off and the best iPhone SE deal we've seen period. The offer is valid with purchase and activation on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. An installment plan is required with the carrier, although there's no penalty for early pay off. View Deal

iPhone XS

iPhone XS: $5/month @ AT&T
For a limited time, purchase a new iPhone XS on an AT&T Unlimited plan and you'll pay just $5/month for your new phone. No trade-in is required. While it's an older phone, this is one of the best cheap iPhone deals you'll find. (Especially since most retailers only offer refurb iPhone XS models). View Deal

iPhone XS: 50% off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile
Switch to T-Mobile and get 50% off the iPhone XS when you trade in an eligible iPhone. Alternatively, you can lease the device for $29.17 per month for 24-months with no money down. View Deal

iPhone XR

iPhone XR: free w/ new line @ Verizon
The iPhone XR is the perfect iPhone for cash-strapped iOS fans. Currently, when you port a new line into Verizon, you'll get the iPhone XR for free. That's $499 off and one of the best cheap iPhone deals we've seen. View Deal

iPhone XR: was $499 now $399 @ Boost Mobile
Boost has discounts on many iPhone models, knocking $100 off the cost of everything from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 8. But the iPhone XR is a pretty compelling buy at Boost, since this discount lets you get a new 6.1-inch iPhone for just under $400.View Deal

iPhone XR: $16/mo + Unlimited @AT&T
Sign up for any Unlimited plan on AT&T and you can get the iPhone XR for just $16/month. A 30-month installment plan is required for this iPhone deal. View Deal

iPhone Accessories

Spigen Crystal Flex Case for iPhone 12 mini: was $14 now $7 @ Verizon
iPhone deals aren't limited to just phones. Verizon is taking 50% off the Spigen Crystal Flex Case for the iPhone 12 mini. The case features a slight raise that keeps the camera off flat surfaces to protect the lenses. You also get drop protection on all-four corners, which shields your phone from everyday accidents. The case is also wireless charging compatible, so you don't have to remove it to charge your phone.View Deal

Case-Mate iPhone cases: up to 50% off @ Amazon
Amazon has a wide range of iPhone cases on sale at up to 50% off. After discount, prices start as low as $21. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen on these Case-Mate accessories. View Deal

ZAGG iPhone screen protectors: up to 50% off @ Amazon
For a limited time, Amazon is taking up to 50% off select ZAGG InvisibleShield screen protecters. After discount, prices start as low as $19. ZAGG makes screen protectors for all models of the iPhone and guards your screen from nicks and scratches. View Deal

Incipio Duo Case iPhone 12: was $29 now $20 @ Amazon
Incipio makes a range of cases for the iPhone. The Duo Case (for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro) can protect your iPhone from drops as high as 12 feet. Its raised-edge bezel also protects your screen from accidental cracks. The case is compatible with MagSafe and wireless charging, which makes it one of the best iPhone deals available if you're on the prowl for a new case. View Deal

Tips on finding the best iPhone deals

Generally speaking, mobile carriers tend to offer the best iPhone deals. There is one catch — in order to get their best deals, you'll traditionally have to switch to their service. Alternatively, if you have an older phone to trade in, many carriers will give you a generous credit that could range as high as $1,000 off a new phone. The downside is that most of the time, the best iPhone deals are available only for new members. That's why we especially like AT&T's current batch of iPhone deals. They apply to both new and existing customers.