A closer look at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Offers

23.09.2023 posted by Admin

Decoding iPhone 15 carrier discounts

Introducing the iPhone 15 - What You Need to Know About Carrier Discounts

The newly-released iPhone 15 is causing a stir among major carriers, each vying for your attention with tempting discounts of up to $1,000. But there's a catch – you need to meet specific criteria and commit to financing the new phone through the carrier. This tactic isn't a novel one; carriers have a history of luring customers into long-term commitments, dating back to the era of two-year contracts that predate the early days of the iPhone. Offering varying discounts based on your plan and the phone you're trading in is also nothing groundbreaking.

However, what's unique this time around, at least for T-Mobile and Verizon, is their push to entice customers into adopting their newer, pricier plans introduced over the past few months. If you're gearing up for the new iPhone season, here's a breakdown of the carrier deals from the three major U.S. providers: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

How Can You Score a $1,000 Discount?


AT&T offers the easiest carrier deal. To get the discount, whether you're a new or existing customer, you just need to be on one of their recent or older unlimited plans (except the cheapest Value Plus option, which is for single lines only) and trade in a recent, well-maintained phone.

Eligible phones for the $1,000 discount include models from the previous year and older premium phones like the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as well as any iPhone from the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14 series (excluding the iPhone 13 mini). Other eligible devices include the Google Pixel 7 Pro and various Samsung models, such as the Z Flip 4, Z Fold 4, S22 Ultra 5G, X Cover6 Pro, and the entire S23 lineup.

As before, AT&T requires you to commit to a 36-month installment plan, with the $1,000 discount distributed as monthly bill credits. If you decide to leave the carrier prematurely, you'll need to settle the remaining balance on your phone.


To secure the full $1,000 discount from Verizon, you must add a new line or switch from a rival provider and sign up for their priciest unlimited plan, aptly named "Unlimited Ultimate," introduced just last month. Like AT&T, you also need to trade in a phone and commit to a 36-month installment plan, with the $1,000 discount credited monthly. If you opt to leave Verizon early, you'll be responsible for the outstanding balance.

On the plus side, Verizon accepts any iPhone in any condition for trade-in, so that old, broken iPhone 4 in your drawer can finally come in handy. In this case, you can trade in or sell your more recent phone elsewhere for extra cash.

Verizon has not disclosed why they limit this offer to switchers opting for their priciest plan.


T-Mobile's top deal isn't much different from Verizon's in terms of qualifications. To qualify for their best offer, you need to be on either the Go5G Plus plan introduced in April or the pricier Go5G Next option added in August. Regardless of your choice, you'll need to trade in an "eligible" device, with the $1,000 discount provided as bill credits each month.

Eligible devices include Pro model iPhones dating back to the iPhone 11 Pro, "Ultra" models of Samsung Galaxy S21, S22, S23, or Note 20, plus the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and 4, and Z Fold 3 and 4, all in good condition.

The good news for T-Mobile users is that their financing plans are shorter, running for 24 months compared to AT&T and Verizon's 36-month commitments. Go5G Next users can even upgrade their phones after 12 months of payments. This deal is available to both new and existing customers.

The downside? Only Go5G plan users can upgrade one line to Go5G Plus while keeping others on Go5G regular. If you're on an older plan and one person wants to take advantage of this deal, everyone else will need to switch too.

T-Mobile's spokesperson stated that they introduced Go5G Plus and Go5G Next to provide customers with more data and value and ensure consistent device deals for customers on these plans. If you want the best deals now, you can switch to these plans. The carrier also has alternative offers for those who prefer not to switch plans.

What if You Don't Have the Latest Phone or Don't Want to Switch Your Plan?

All three carriers have lesser deals for those with older devices or who aren't keen on upgrading to pricier plans.


AT&T's offer still requires an unlimited plan but provides an $830 discount for the new iPhone 15 if you're trading in an older device, like an iPhone 11 or 12 series or the iPhone 13 mini. On the Android side, eligible devices include the Galaxy S20 or S21 lines, Note 20 lines, as well as earlier Z Fold and Z Flip models. Other Android devices, such as the Google Pixel 6 Pro and 7, OnePlus 9 Pro 5G, and 10 Pro, also qualify.

The discount drops to $350 for devices dating back to the iPhone X line (including the XS and XR models) and the second- and third-generation iPhone SE. Various older Samsung, Google, OnePlus, LG, Motorola, ZTE, Asus, and Microsoft phones are also eligible.

In summary, the iPhone 15 is sparking a fierce battle among carriers, each offering substantial discounts with different requirements. Choose wisely based on your plan preferences, phone model, and commitment level.
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