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Black Friday 2018 iPhone Thanksgiving deals: Free iPhone XR, $750 off iPhone XS now; free $400 iPhone X gift card – CNET

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are so close, I can almost taste them. But many of the iPhone deals for the week are already on. Some others start Friday, and another wave will hit on Nov. 26. This huge sales period in the US means deep discounts on the iPhone X, iPhone XR, XS and XS Max all the way to the tiny iPhone SE and older models. It also means that now is one of the best times to buy a new iPhone.

Updated: Deals and availability confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Sales take the form of up to hundreds of dollars off top models, two years of carrier bill credits, and additional gift cards that you can use to buy other gifts for loved ones or yourself. Also see Black Friday sales for the Pixel 3, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S9 phones and deals for the excellent OnePlus 6T and top LG models.

Just so you know:

  • The deals below are current as of Nov. 22, and include Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Metro by T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless and US Cellular. We'll update with more deals as they appear.
  • Some vendors have multiple offers for different days.
  • CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
  • We've put the newest sale items at the top of this list. Note that the retailer's website may not reflect the deal until it's live, and limited-supply offers might sell out before the sale's end date.

Verizon: $100 to $300 off iPhone X, XR, XS, XS Max

If you're upgrading your current phone on Verizon, the carrier will snip $100 off the asking price of any iPhone with an "X" in its name — as long as you hand over your previous phone. However, if you're switching from another carrier, or adding an additional line of service to your account, that discount rises to $300. Once again, you'll need to trade in your old phone to get the sale.

This offer replaces a much better deal to buy one iPhone, get an iPhone XR, or take up to $750 off any "X" iPhone.

The offer is available now.

See at Verizon iPhone XS review

T-Mobile: Free iPhones or up to $750 off select models

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T-Mobile is offering you a free iPhone XR, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, or up to $750 off the iPhone X, XS or XS Max. That's when you trade in your old phone and add an additional line of service to what you already pay. For example, if you already have one phone line, this deal works when you add a second line — but not if you're trying to buy a new phone on your existing line of service.

The savings come in the form of bill credits over a 24-month period. T-Mobile's offer is available now. Read more about T-Mobile's full Black Friday deal here.

See at T-Mobile

US Cellular: Free iPhone XR, or $250 off select phones

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Get a free 64GB iPhone XR when you switch to a US Cellular unlimited plan. Current upgrade-eligible US Cellular customers on a Total Plan can also get $250 off select smartphones, plus up to $200 for successful referrals.

The deal is live now and runs through Nov. 26, while supplies last.

See at US Celluar

Sprint: Free iPhone XR with lease, $100 iPhone 7, $100 iPad 2018 with lease

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Sprint gives you three iPhone-related offers to choose from:

1) Pick up a free iPhone XR when you lease an iPhone X, XR, XS or XS Max. Requires two new lines of service or one new and one upgrade. Savings come in the form of bill credits.

2) Buy a $100 iPhone 7 when you pay in 24 monthly installments. You get the same bill credit arrangement as above.

3) When you lease a new iPhone, you can scoop up an iPad 2018 for $100.

Sprint's offers run now through Dec. 2.

See at Sprint

Cricket Wireless: $100 off any iPhone

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When you switch to Cricket and activate a new line of service, AT&T's prepaid carrier will knock $100 off the price of any iPhone it carries. As with all carrier offers, there are details and exclusions. For example, you have to port your existing phone number over, and you can't switch from parent carrier AT&T. As always, activation and other fees do apply.

The offer is available now and runs through Dec. 2.

See at Cricket Wireless

Metro by T-Mobile: $150 instant rebate off all iPhones, and free AirPods

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Customers who switch to Metro (formerly MetroPCS) and sign on to an unlimited LTE plan will get $150 off any iPhone. Unlike most carriers, which mete out savings over two years of bill credits, Metro's reduction happens on the spot. In addition, the prepaid carrier will throw in a pair of Apple AirPods for free, even if you bring your own iPhone when you make the switch.

The sale is live now and runs through Nov. 26.

See at MetroPCS

Verizon: $400 off iPhone X; $300 off iPhone XR, XS, XS Max

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Verizon has a boatload of iPhone deals this week:

  • Buy an iPhone X for $400 off. You won't need to trade in your current phone, but you will need to buy the device on a payment plan, and bill credits arrive over the course of 24 months. (Live online now, available online, in-store Nov. 23)
  • Buy the iPhone X for $200 off. The same fine print applies here. (Runs from Nov. 24 through Nov. 25)
  • Take $300 off the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max when you add a new line of service on a device payment plan, or get $100 when you upgrade and trade in your phone (Live online now, available online and in-store Nov. 23 through Nov. 25)
  • Get a 9.7-inch iPad 2018 for $99 when you buy it on a two-year contract. (Live online now, available online and in-store Nov. 23)

See at Verizon

iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: $400 gift card at Walmart

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You'll pay full price for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, but a $400 gift card is hard to pass up if you're a frequent Walmart shopper. You'll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

Available now, in-store only, through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: $300 Walmart gift card

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To cash in on the offer for Apple's new iPhones for 2018 — a $300 gift card — you'll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

Available now in-store only through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: Save $150 at Best Buy

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You can't go wrong with one of Apple's new, pricey iPhones for 2018. If you're looking for the best value of the trio, the iPhone XR is our call.

Available now. Requires qualified activation with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon.

See at Best Buy iPhone XR review

iPhone X: Save up to $200 at Best Buy

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Last year's iPhone is still going strong, but discounts on an installment billing plan help sweeten the deal.

Available now. Requires activation on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint.

See at Best Buy iPhone X review

iPhone 7 starting at $10/month: Save $150 at Best Buy

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A two-year-old phone feels long in the tooth, but it's another viable option for a midprice handset. Bonus: it's water-resistant.

Available now. With activation on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon.

See at Best Buy iPhone 7 review

iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max: $250 Target gift card

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The iPhone XS and XS Max pick up where the X began, bringing stellar photography to fans of Apple's phones.

The sale runs Nov. 23 through 25 and applies to in-store purchases only. Qualified activation required on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. (Excludes Sprint Flex and Lease, prepaid and Consumer Cellular.) Limited to two phones per customer.

See at Target iPhone XS review

iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: $150 Target gift card

Picking up last years' iPhones can be a good way to save some cash, and pick up enough extra in a gift card — $150 here — to make a dent on your own gift list. You'll get both with qualified activation on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. (Excludes Sprint Flex and Lease, prepaid and Consumer Cellular.)

Target's sale applies to in-store purchases only, beginning 7 a.m. Nov. 23 through 25. Limited to two phones per customer.

See at Target iPhone X review

iPhone 6S: $100 at Best Buy (Save $200)

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This is one of the better phones you can buy for $100, anywhere. You can choose between Simple Mobile and Total Wireless as your service providers.

Sale starts at 5 p.m. today

See at Best Buy iPhone 6S Review

iPhone 6S Plus: $299 from Walmart (Save $100)

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This prepaid iPhone 6S Plus with Straight Talk's service comes in space gray or rose gold.

Online sales are live now. Available in-store while stocks last through Nov. 23.

See at Walmart iPhone 6S Plus review

iPhone 6: $99 at Walmart (Save $50)

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You can pick up the prepaid iPhone 6 with Straight Talk service in gold or space gray, or the Total Wireless version in gold.

Online sales are available now. Available in-store while stocks last through Nov. 23.

See at Walmart iPhone 6 review

iPhone SE: $80 from Best Buy and Walmart (Save $60)

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This may be your last chance to get Apple's smallest iPhone — and a favorite from 2016 — before they're gone for good. It costs $80 from both Best Buy (on Simple Mobile's service) and Walmart (Family Mobile service).

Best Buy: Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5 p.m.
Walmart: Online: Available now. In stores: Now through Nov. 23.

See at Best Buy iPhone SE review

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