So what kind of deals can shoppers expect these days? Fortunately, we're seeing very aggressive ones. Best Buy, for instance, is offering 50 percent off discounts on both the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X with select trade-ins. Meanwhile, AT&T is offering the 2018 iPad (32GB) for $99.99 with the purchase of any iPhone on a Next Plan.
So whether you prefer to purchase your phone from a retailer or direct through a carrier, we've got the best iPhone 8 and iPhone X carrier deals all in one spot below.
If you're interested in buying an iPhone X, Best Buy offers consumers multiple options. First, Verizon customers can take from $249.99 to $499.99 off the cost of a new iPhone X (with qualifying trade-in). If you've been eyeing an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, those phones can get between $174.99 to $399.99 off with trade-in. Meanwhile, Sprint customers can get an iPhone X for as little as $20/month. If you need more than one iPhone X, Sprint via Best Buy is also offering a free second iPhone when you purchase your first iPhone X.
Verizon is taking 50 percent off all iPhones — including (PRODUCT) Red editions — when you trade-in your old device. Naturally, you'll need a newer phone to get the trade-in max.
For instance, to get 50 percent off the iPhone 8, you'll need to trade-in an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Note 8, Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G6, LG V30, or a Moto Z Force. To get 35 percent off, you'll need to trade-in an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7, Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, LG G5, LG V20, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z2 Play, or HTC 10.
To get 50 percent off an iPhone 8+, you'll need to trade-in an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Note 8, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, or Moto Z2 Force. To get 35 percent off, you'll need to trade an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7/Edge, Note 5, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G6, LG V20, Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z Force, or HTC 10.
Finally, to get 50 percent off an iPhone X, you'll need to offer up an iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy S8+, or Note 8. To get 35 percent off, trade in an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or LG V30.
If you don't have a device to trade-in, you can expect to pay these prices:
iPhone X: Verizon is offering the iPhone X for $999 or $41.66 per month over 24 months. You can upgrade to a new iPhone after you've paid off half of the iPhone X.
iPhone 8: Verizon offers 24-month installment plans for the iPhone 8 (starting at $29.16 per month) and iPhone 8 Plus (starting at $33.33 per month).
iPhone X: Sprint is currently offering the iPhone X at 50 percent off its full retail price. That means rather than pay $40+ per month for your iPhone, you'll only pay $20 per month (which is even cheaper than the iPhone 8's $29 per month lease). You'll need to be a new customer — or add a new line of service — as well as sign up to Sprint's 18-month Flex lease program. That means you technically don't own the device during those months, but upon completing your 18-month lease, you can buy the phone outright, return it and upgrade to a new phone, or continue making monthly payments for six more months.
iPhone 8: With such a tempting iPhone X deal, it almost doesn't make sense to get the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, which actually cost more. However, the iPhone 8 is available for $29.17 per month over 18 months, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus can be purchased for $33.34 per month over the span of 18 months.
To get that credit, you'll need to trade-in an eligible phone,
Currently, AT&T doesn't have many tempting deals on Apple's flagships. However, if your iPad is beginning to show its age, you can get a 2018 iPad (32GB) for $99.99 with the purchase of any iPhone on a Next Plan.
iPhone X: AT&T's monthly payments for the iPhone X are $33.34 spread out over 30 months.
Should you turn to Apple for one of its new phones, you'll pay $999 for the iPhone X, or $49.91 per month if you buy the phone through the company's iPhone Upgrade Program, which adds two years of AppleCare+ coverage plus the option to upgrade to a new phone in a year's time. Apple promises next day delivery for both the 64GB and 256GB models of the iPhone X; you can also arrange for same-day pickup if you live near an Apple Store.
The iPhone X is available unlocked from Apple, giving you the option of paying the full price upfront and taking it to the wireless provider of your choice.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cost $699 and $799, respectively, at Apple (or in monthly installments of $34.50 and $39.50 through the iPhone Upgrade program). Those phones ship immediately. Like the iPhone X, they're available unlocked, too.
Buy directly from a carrier, and you can get a lower monthly payment, since you're not getting the extended AppleCare protection that comes via Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program. You can stretch the savings even further thanks to rebates available at some of the carriers.
You can also buy an iPhone from Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service—a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that operates on Verizon's network and is only available to Comcast internet customers. If you're not familiar with Xfinity Mobile, it attracts users with pay-per-gigabyte data plans that can enable savings for those who can rely on Wi-Fi for most of the time.
Xfinity is selling the iPhone X for $999.99 or $41.67/month over 24 months. Likewise, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in both full-price up-front pricing, and in 24 monthly payment leases. Lease the 64GB iPhone 8 for $29.17 per month (over 24 months) and the 256GB version $35.42 per month (for 24 months). For the iPhone 8 Plus, you'll spend $33.33 per month over 24 months for the 64GB version and $39.58 per month over 24 months.
Xfinity does offer trade-in rebates, but you'll have to visit one of the company's stores to have your current phone appraised before Xfinity will tell you how much money it will offer you back.
Prepaid carriers Boost, Cricket and MetroPCS offer all three of Apple's new iPhones, though you'll have to buy the device outright, as none of these companies offer monthly payment plans. Expect to reap the biggest savings at Boost, where the carrier is taking $100 off each of Apple's current iPhones. That includes the iPhone X, which costs $899 at Boost.