Apple iPhone 13 deals offer a fantastic option if you're looking to save a bit of cash and don't mind skipping the latest and greatest. Not only can you find this device for $100 cheaper upfront at Apple these days ($699 in total), but several carriers are offering some absolutely fantastic promotions. We've rounded up all the best iPhone 13 deals just down below, including both major and prepaid carriers, so you can see for yourself how this week's offerings shape up to the latest iPhone 14 deals.
The iPhone 13 originally came at an introductory price of $799 at the time of its release in September 2021, but can now be found at a new price of $699 upfront thanks to the subsequent release of the new iPhone 14.
On the surface, it's strikingly similar to 2020's iPhone 12 with the same fetching 'squared-off' edges and a somewhat blocky aesthetic. That said, there are a number of high-end internal improvements that look to justify that fairly high introductory asking price.
First up is the inclusion of the Apple A15 Bionic chip; a hefty processor that's still one of the most powerful from the Cupertino giant. Screen, battery, and a number of camera improvements also mean you're not simply getting a carbon copy of the iPhone 12 here - it's quite simply a refinement of an already outstanding device with plenty more power under the hood.
With the iPhone 13 now sitting at $699 and the iPhone 12 still hanging around at $599, there are now a decent number of flagship options for Apple fans on a budget. Apple iPhone 13 deals in general are offering a nice sweet spot in regards to value currently, with a nice mix of features for the price. Just below you can see our top picks for this week's promotions, alongside a much more detailed breakdown of this device's specs and a handy mini-review.
If you want the latest model in the range, head on over to our iPhone 15 deals page. Alternatively, see this week's iPhone 13 mini deals for a smaller device or our main iPhone deals page for a direct comparison between all available models.
iPhone 13 deals
Apple iPhone 13 (unlocked):
$799 $599, plus up to $600 off with trade at Apple
Now the iPhone 15 has been released, Apple itself has cut the upfront cost on the venerable iPhone 13 by a further $100. It was already reduced by $100 from the release of the iPhone 14 so it's a really great mid-range option now for those who don't mind skipping out on a few of the latest features. Apple also operates its own trade-in program that can be used to knock a few further bucks off the upfront cost off a new device.
Apple iPhone 13: free with a new line at Verizon
Verizon's current iPhone 13 deal gives the device away alongside a new line on an unlimited data plan - a pretty great promotion if you don't want to go via the usual trade-in route at a major carrier. It's worth saying, however, that several other devices are available for free under the same terms at Verizon right now, including the stunning iPhone 14 Pro Max, so we'd recommend you opt for one of those instead if possible.
Apple iPhone 13: free with a switch at T-Mobile
T-Mobile has one of the strongest iPhone 13 deals going right now with the carrier giving the device away for free when you switch over from a rival. While the iPhone 13 isn't one of the latest devices in the range anymore, this particular promotion beats the current deals on the iPhone 14 and 15 for some simply because it doesn't require the usual trade-in. If you don't have a decent device ready to hand over then definitely consider picking this one up.
Apple iPhone 13 (unlocked): $100 off with a device activation at Best Buy
Another unlocked iPhone 13 deal this week is found over at Best Buy, which is offering a small but welcome discount via activation rebate on unlocked device. This one isn't the best deal overall this week but it makes sense if you're someone looking for a new unlocked device without the associated trade-in and already have a carrier in mind.
iPhone 13 deals: what you need to know
OS: iOS 15 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina XDR (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A15 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 174g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP
At first glance, 2021's Apple flagship the iPhone 13 looks rather similar to its direct predecessor - the iPhone 12. All the iPhone 13 series (and 14 series) rock the same 'squared' off aesthetic as the 12-series from 2022 as well as the introductory price of $799, which is where Apple has generally settled at for its flagships,
That's where the similarities end, though. Key new features include an upgraded OLED display with up to 28% improved peak brightness, plus A15 Bionic processor - a chip that Apple claims has up to 50% faster performance than any competitor. Take that Samsung.
You'll also find a brand new diagonal rear camera system with an upgraded sensor and image stabilization on the iPhone 13. Supporting these improvements is a new 'Cinematic mode' for video capture - a very nifty little piece of software that uses computation for automatic and easy focus shifting.
A slightly less glamorous, but always welcome upgrade is in the iPhone 13's battery life. Not only does it have a bigger capacity now, but improvements via the new 'smart data' mode enable more efficient usage overall.
Overall, the iPhone 13 does have some very beefy upgrades under the hood versus the iPhone 12 and a newly reduced retail price of $699 makes it a very tempting option indeed. Even when paired up against the newer iPhone 14, it essentially features the same chip, screen, and overall design, which makes it a great buy in context. You'll have to do without improvements to the battery, camera, and a new satellite SOS system, however.
iPhone 13 deals: frequently asked questions
Should I go for the iPhone 13 or the iPhone 14?
Tough question, and one that depends solely on your eligibility for the above deals in our opinion. Are you sitting on an iPhone 12 that's due for an upgrade? Depending on the carrier you may be able to get a big trade-in rebate on the iPhone 14, in which case it obviously makes more sense to simply pick up the latest device.
Where things get murkier is with buying the device outright, or if you're going for a non-trade-in promotion at one of the big carriers. Now the iPhone 13 is $100 cheaper across the board and available with a more flexible array of promotions, it's a tempting option for those looking to save a bit of cash.
In this case, we'd recommend comparing the specs and features of each device and deciding whether the upgrade is worth it to you. In regards to power, screen, and overall design both devices are roughly equivalent. Where the iPhone 14 pulls ahead is with an upgraded camera and better battery life. If those are important to you, then it may be worth ponying up the extra $100 to get the later device.
- Alternatively, See the best cell phone deals available this week for Android devices
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Alex is deals editor at TechRadar. With over three years of experience on-site and eight years working in e-commerce, Alex has made it his personal mission to share all his favorite tips, bargains, and deals with our readers here at TechRadar. At work, he specializes in computing, phones, and covering huge sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Outside of work, you'll find him indulging his keen love of photography and PC gaming, or down at the local climbing gym hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities. His editorial bylines also include contributions to T3 and GamesRadar.