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10 Places to Score an iPhone 6 Deal

The iPhone 6 is seeing deals faster than any iPhone before. We've rounded up the best ones from both carriers and retailers.
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You've weighed the pros and cons, and decided you want to upgrade to the iPhone 6. Of course you want to get the best price possible, as soon as possible. You're in luck! The iPhone 6 is garnering deals like no iPhone before, and we've rounded them all up for your perusal. Read on, Apple aficionados: your deal awaits!

FYI: Most sites will begin taking preorders at around 3 am ET on September 12, but you may want to head in-store to get the full details on the offers below. Unfortunately, the new iPhones won't actually be available until September 19.

The Best Places to Score an iPhone 6 Deal

  • Walmart: With the purchase of a new 2-year contract, you'll get the iPhone 6 16GB smartphone for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon for $179, or the iPhone 6 Plus 16GB smartphone for $279. Preorder customers will also bag a $15 Walmart gift card (which brings the total savings up to $35), but Walmart's not taking preorders for the iPhone 6 Plus. According to CNET, the prices will get even lower at Walmart subsidiary Sam's Club, where the new iPhones will be $177 and $277, respectively — even without gift card savings, that's still $22 off.

  • AT&T Wireless: Trade in your previous-generation iPhone (in good working condition) and you'll get up to a $300 credit, according to Bloomberg. Because the iPhone 6 starts at $199 and the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 (with a new 2-year contract), the credit makes either of these iPhones free. That's similar to Verizon Wireless' iPhone 6/6 Plus deal, which offers a $200 gift card when you trade in your old iPhone 4, 4s, 5, or 5c, or a $300 gift card when you trade in an iPhone 5s. Either way, it's likely that the only way to get a "free" on-contract iPhone 6 Plus with either carrier is to trade in an iPhone 5s.

  • RadioShack: Through September 27, new iPhone purchasers will receive a $50 iTunes credit, according to 9to5Toys. What's more, you can score up to a $300 credit if you've got a previous-gen iPhone to trade in. Assuming you'll use the iTunes credit, RadioShack's offer handily beats both Best Buy and Target. Best Buy will give you up to a $300 gift card for your old iPhone, but Target's only offering up to $200, according to CNET.

  • T-Mobile: If you've got an older iPhone to trade, then T-Mobile may be the way to go. According to CNN, the self-proclaimed "un-carrier" has said it will match any rival's trade-in offer and stack a $50 credit on top. You'll need that extra 50 bucks, because you can't get a subsidized phone from T-Mo at all: prices will likely start at $649 for the iPhone 6 and $749 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Sprint: This wireless carrier is offering what basically amounts to an iPhone 6 leasing agreement, in the form of its new "iPhone for Life" plan. For an iPhone 6, you'll pay $0 down, and then sign up for a $70 per month Unlimited plan for individuals or a $100 per month Family Share Pack plan. (The iPhone 6 Plus plans will likely cost more, but we couldn't confirm the exact amount.) Furthermore, if you're switching over from a competitor, you'll get up to $350 per line to pay off your contract or existing device. The only caveat here is that you'll never really "own" your iPhone, and have to trade it in for a new one in two years. (Everyone knows Apple fans hate new iPhones.)

  • Apple Store: If you really want to pay full price because ... reasons, you can always go to the Apple Store. If you're a fan of the Apple unboxing experience, retail locations will be open at 8 am local time on September 19 to begin handing out iPhones. However, be aware that folks have been waiting in line since August 31, so you may be in for a long wait. Even if you skip all that and preorder, you'll pay at least $199 on-contract for the iPhone 6 and at least $299 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Unsubsidized prices start at $649 and $749 respectively.

Features Writer

Marcy pens consumer news stories of all sorts, in addition to adding pithy prose to many of the roundups you see every day. Her work for DealNews has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. She is by far the most metal member of the DealNews staff, and you can see why by following her on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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7 comments
daem0n
I'm not following this either. AT&T trade-in value for old iphones or is this something else?
Trade-in Value right now is $100 for my 16GB iphone 4S.
In AT&T Store, they said I can trade in a 4S for $200 in accessories in the store. which is bogus, who wants $200 in accessories from AT&T?
BboJim
Went with T-Mobile, they paid my $240 ETF from Sprint & gave me $352 for my 32GB iPhone 5s.
wlau89
I use to sell my phones on CL/eBay but I think CL has been flooded and eBay is typically crazy with their fees (they have a $100 coupon if you can't sell your phone promo going on).

I'd still rather try CL/eBay since I get back a bit more money. i.e. iPhone 5C 16GB gets $110 at AT&T and I can sell it for $200 easily on CL/eBay.

I would really love to know if there are any stores online that DON'T charge sales tax. Then I can purchase the actual phone and save close to $75 on sales tax! (planning on buying iP6 64GB)
Bummyteddy
LRM215: Yes, it is true you still have to pay to upgrade to iPhone 6. But you have until 9/30/14 to trade in the old iPhones. Each of the iPhone 5/5c will give you $200 credit. So you are essentially getting the iPhone 6 for free if you get the basic 16gb model. If you're 2 year contract is not yet up, you may have to pay more. But trading in the old phones will still give you the same amount of credit.
dealnews-mbonebright
@jxsg -- Some companies will accept an iPhone 4 from a smaller carrier for trade-in, but you'll have to check with your chosen retailer or carrier to see what they're willing to give you for the phone. I'd also check with a trade-in company like Gazelle, to make sure you're getting the best value. Sadly, you're not going to get the full $300 credit some companies are offering (which, as I mentioned, will only go to folks trading in a 5s).

@LRM216 -- Did you check the trade-in value of these phones? The deals from AT&T, etc. are only deals when you factor in a trade-in credit. To get the lowest price, you'll need to start a brand-new contract... are you eligible for that? Also, the prices above don't include data plan prices or additional fees, because those will vary for each customer. Don't forget that you don't have to purchase an AT&T iPhone from AT&T; you might find a better deal from a retailer like Walmart or RadioShack.
LRM216
No, Marcy, you have your facts wrong, very wrong, for AT&T. I have a two year contract right now with At&T for my grandkids. One has the I Phone 5 and the other the 5c. Inquiring about replacing the iPhone 5 - which is entitled to an "upgrade" - the iPhone 6 would cost me:

1. With no new contract it would cost me $199 plus $40 upgrade and cost $31.50 per month for 24 months; or
2. Extend contract another two years and it would cost me $299 plus 25 dollars more on my bill for two more years.

They have to be kidding, as either way At&T is getting at least $700 for the phone - whether you are a long standing customer or not. They stink.
jxsg
How does this deal work? I have a iphone 4 that is not in contract now. Can I trade that phone too? it is working with some other small companies sim card.
Should the existing phone has to be in contract?
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