Once upon a time, Black Friday was a single day – a Friday after Thanksgiving in the US, where retailers would have huge sales in stores. Then came “Cyber Monday,” another one-day event for online deals.
Now “Black Friday” is as much a state of mind as anything else, a catch-all for any kind of sale throughout the second half of November, whether online or in stores. Sure, iPhones are very popular this time of year, and there’s no reason to pay full price if you don’t have to. Here’s what you’d expect from Black Friday 2022 iPhone deals.
Current iPhone Deals
Most carriers and several major retailers have had special offers for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro since its launch in September. Some of those deals are good for earlier models too. We break down those offers by carrier and store in our iPhone 14 deals guide.
These are the current deals from the three major US carriers, but they may change (or improve) for a few days around Black Friday.
AT&T (US) – Get up to $1,000 in credits when you buy a new iPhone 14 and trade in your old phone, with a qualifying unlimited plan.
T-Mobile (US) – Get up to $1,000 in bill credit when you buy an iPhone and trade in an eligible device, with the Magenta MAX plan.
Verizon (US) – Get up to $800 in credits for an iPhone 14, or $1,000 in credits for an iPhone 14 Pro, with trade-in and select unlimited plans. Also available at Best Buy.
Apple always has a trade-in deal that will give you up to $720 for your old iPhone when you trade it in for a new one. Granted, those hefty savings are only if you have an iPhone 13 Pro Max to trade in, while most others fetch between $300-500.
In the UK, here’s what we’ve heard so far from the major airlines:
EE offers a digital prepaid card worth up to £300 on select phones, as well as additional data on the £20 subscription package. Browse Seasonal Deals on EE’s Christmas offers page.
Three has the iPhone 14 from £63 per month, plus £30 upfront. But we’re not seeing any references to Black Friday or Christmas yet, so these numbers could very well go down. Browse Three’s deals on its iPhone webpage.
Virgin sells the iPhone 14 with unlimited data for £50 a month with no upfront payment. But there are more attractive seasonal deals on older hardware: the iPhone 13, for example, is £55.80 off for Black Friday.
Vodafone hasn’t announced any Black Friday iPhone deals yet; they appear on a special page. BT currently offers the iPhone 14 from £40 per month (plus £29 upfront), albeit with a 36 month contract rather than the usual 24 month contract.
Apple’s Black Friday iPhone Deals
Last year, Apple offered a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, or iPhone SE as part of its annual four-day shopping event. If Apple follows the same pattern this year, the offering would be for an iPhone 13 line or iPhone SE. But don’t expect a direct deal from Apple on the iPhone 14 or 14 Pro. Apple has never offered Black Friday deals on the very latest models, relying on trade-ins and offers from its carrier partners.
Amazon Black Friday iPhone Deals
Amazon has a iPhone store with the latest models, as well as third-party resellers that sell iPhones. In general, you won’t find many iPhone sales on Amazon, Black Friday, or otherwise. Amazon’s iPhone 14 models are sold to Cricket Wireless (AT&T) and require a $55/month unlimited voice and text plan.
However, sometimes Amazon has deals on slightly older iPhone models, such as the iPhone 13. Some of those deals have similar requirements for carrier plans, so be careful when browsing.
That means, depending on the model and carrier, you can save from $800-1,000 on the purchase of a new iPhone, if you trade in a suitable phone in good condition. Many conditions apply.
Black Friday iPhone deals from carriers
Our iPhone deals guide lists the biggest carrier deals as of the launch of the iPhone 13. Most require a trade-in of an older phone (not necessarily an iPhone), and you’ll need to buy the new iPhone with a payment plan. Some carrier deals require you to activate a new line, often with specific subscriptions.