You'll find all of this week's best iPhone 12 mini deals all neatly laid out just below, including our top picks and recommendations for those looking for that perfect pocket-sized device. Interestingly, unlike the 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 mini is still officially 'supported' by Apple as of early 2023 - even though there are newer iPhone SE 2022 deals (opens in new tab) and iPhone 13 mini (opens in new tab) deals on the market. Apple is set to keep this fantastic device around for a little bit longer which is great news for iPhone 12 mini deals hunters. Not only is this device a great alternative to the SE 2022 with its more modern design, but carriers are seemingly more eager to offer great promotions on it, due to its relative age.
We've added a breakdown to each recommendation, just so you know exactly the terms, and the cost, of each individual offer. As expected, there are a few hoops to jump through to get the very best iPhone 12 mini deals this week, however, a free phone is on the cards at a number of retailers.
Following the initial release of Apple's iPhone 12 deals, the mini was essentially part of a 'second-wave' of devices, alongside the more premium iPhone 12 Pro Max deals (opens in new tab). We've been covering deals across all the devices since launch and so far, we've mostly seen options for trade-ins mostly, although a number of smaller carriers like Mint Mobile have also offered some good options on the 12 mini specifically.
Retailing at an introductory price of $699, the iPhone 12 mini shares all the hallmarks of its larger siblings - namely a new A14 Bionic processor and an upgraded OLED screen and camera system. It's also rocking Apple's new 'Ceramic Shield' technology, which the tech giant claims is four times more shatter-resistant than standard glass designs. That's a good thing too, especially since the 12 mini shares the same squared-off edges and glass-backed design of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
Just below we're rounding up this week's best introductory iPhone 12 mini deals alongside a much more detailed mini-review. You'll also find a quick specs sheet, just in case you were wondering how this new little device measured up against the competition.
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iPhone 12 Mini deals
Apple iPhone 12 mini: free with an unlimited data plan Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's iPhone 12 mini deals are offering the device for free right now with a new unlimited data plan - an absolutely awesome promotion that doesn't even need a trade-in to be eligible. The only thing holding us back from a full recommendation here is that both the iPhone 12 (opens in new tab) and iPhone 13 mini (opens in new tab) are available for free under these same terms. Both of these devices are more highly valued so you may as well opt for one of those over the 12 mini.
Apple iPhone 12 mini:
$17.50 $1 with eligible unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T's slashed the monthly price for its iPhone 12 Mini deals down just $1 per month this week, granted you're willing to get one on a new unlimited line. This is the cheapest price yet on this device at AT&T so it's definitely worth considering this one if you're looking for a budget device without the need for a pesky trade-in rebate. If you are looking to trade, however, then we'd recommend considering the iPhone 14, which is currently free with an eligible trade a new unlimited plan (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 12 Mini: device, plus 6-months of free data plan at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Mint Mobile's a decent option if you're looking for long-term savings with your iPhone 12 mini deals hunt and don't mind going prepaid. While you'll have to pay for the device upfront with this promotion, the carrier will give you a 6-month plan for free if you're a new customer. Considering you can get an unlimited plan for as little as $30 per month with this carrier, it's one of the better cheaper options out there at the moment.
iPhone 12 Mini deals: what you need to know
OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 5.4-inch OLED| Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: A14 Bionic| Memory: 4GB | Weight: 135g |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 2,227mAh | Rear camera: 12MP dual wide/ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP
The iPhone 12 Mini represents a new direction for Apple. Never before have they opted to make a smaller, cheaper version of their main flagship (in this case the iPhone 12) that still retains all that power and new tech under the hood.
With the latest A14 Bionic processor, camera system, iOS, and squared-off edge aesthetic, make no mistake about it - the iPhone 12 Mini is very much a modern flagship device, just in a slightly smaller form factor. With 5G compatibility too, it's simply a choice for those who want a new iPhone that resembles the smaller, classic designs of yesteryear.
All new 12 series iPhones feature a glass-backed design that Apple claim is four times more shatter-resistant than its previous designs thanks to what it's calling its Ceramic Shield technology. Another key upgrade is the new Mag-Safe charging technology too, which Apple introduced to make wireless charging a lot easier. It's essentially a magnet that will stop your phone from slipping on the mat, although Apple has stated wireless charging won't be quite as fast on the Mini, probably due to overheating reasons.
While it's still early days, we at TechRadar think the iPhone 12 Mini has the potential to be a real hit. It's got all those modern appointments and key upgrades over the iPhone 11 - namely 5G, a new processor, and OLED display, but coming in at $100 cheaper right from the bat. It's also got that classic palm-sized form factor that'll easily slip in and out of any pocket.
Read more in our iPhone 12 Mini (opens in new tab) review.
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