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The best iPhone 13 deals: huge savings at Apple, AT&T, and Verizon

You'll find all of this week's best iPhone 13 deals neatly lined up just below. We've taken into account both big and small carriers to come up with a list of recommended choices, should you be looking to save some cash on this excellent flagship device from Apple. We've broken down each of the iPhone 13 deals found on this page accordingly - with both price and the various criteria needed to be eligible so you know exactly what you're spending.

iPhone 13 deals: quick links

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iPhone 13:
This week's best deals
2. Mini-review
3. FAQ

The iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) comes in at an introductory price of $799 - exactly the same as last year's iPhone 12 and looks to directly replace it as the new 'standard' flagship device from Apple. On the surface, it's strikingly similar to last year's iteration with the same fetching 'squared-off' edges and somewhat blocky aesthetic. That said, there's a number of high-end internal improvements that look to justify that fairly high introductory asking price.

First up is the inclusion of the latest Apple A15 Bionic chip; a hefty processor that's easily the most powerful yet 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.

That said, the lower $599 asking price of the iPhone 12 is going to offer a very, very compelling alternative for those who want to forgo a few bells and whistles to save some cash. If you already have an iPhone 12 or 11, it's definitely worth the upgrade, however - especially since this week's iPhone 13 deals are especially good if you're willing to trade in one of these slightly older devices. Just below you can see our top picks for the initial launch of this device, alongside a much more detailed breakdown of this device's specs and a handy mini-review.

iPhone 13 deals

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Apple iPhone 13: save up to $700 with a trade-in and new unlimited data line at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's current trade-in rebate of up to $700 off with a new unlimited line isn't quite enough to bag the device for free but it's still a great deal in our books. Not only can you get the device for just $99 here with an eligible trade-in of an old device but new customers will also get an additional $200 if they switch over from another carrier. Combined, this is one of the strongest iPhone 13 deals right now, even if you can't get the device 'for free' like you used to at this carrier (with a trade).
Total cost: $99 (w/ trade) | Monthly cost: $2.75 (36 mo)

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Apple iPhone 13: save up to $700 with trade-in and new unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
Over the past couple of months AT&T has reduced its maximum trade-in rebate of $800 to $700 for its iPhone 13 deals. Value-wise, that's a bit of a bummer but you can still get a significant discount on this device if you're going with this carrier specifically. Note, you will need to be on an unlimited data plan to be eligible though, so bear that in mind.
Total cost: $99 (w/ trade) | Monthly cost: $2.75 (36 mo)

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Apple iPhone 13: 6-month plan free /w device at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Considering going prepaid? Mint Mobile is a great choice and even better still - it's offering its own iPhone 13 deal right now. Buy a device upfront at the carrier and Mint will gift you a 6-month plan on the house, giving you a nice little welcome bonus. Even though you're buying your device upfront here, long-term this will equate to a much cheaper option overall, given the monthly plan cost.
Total cost: $919 (plan incl.)

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Apple iPhone 13: save $100 with activation, plus up to $700 on second device (T-Mobile) at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy has a ton of iPhone 13 deals that closely mirror those at the big carriers. We think that the best of the bunch is on the T-Mobile devices currently. Right now, you can get yourself a small but welcome $100 rebate when you activate a device on the T-Mobile network plus a $700 discount on a second device - basically a buy-one-get-one-free. There is also an alternate deal to get $200 in monthly bill credits when you sign up to a Magenta Max plan, although this isn't stackable with the BOGO offer so bear that in mind. 

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Apple iPhone 13 (unlocked): $829 $159 with eligible trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for unlocked iPhone 13 deals then Apple is going to be your only source. Price cuts are rare at this retailer but it does offer its own trade-in program, which offers a maximum saving of up to $650 currently. We've seen this retailer offer up to $700 off before, so this week's rate is tailored back a little bit. It's still good though and well worth considering if you're going unlocked.
Total cost: $159 (maximum saving)

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Apple iPhone 13: $150 gift card with switch at Visible (opens in new tab)
Visible is a great choice if you want an unlimited 5G data plan but don't want to pay big-carrier rates each month. This prepaid carrier offers plans for as little as $25 per month, which can really help cut those bills down to size. If you're interested in picking up a device, the carrier is also offering a prepaid iPhone 13 deal right now that will score you a free $150 gift card if you switch over from another carrier.
Total cost: $799

iPhone 13 deals: what you need to know

iPhone 13: specs

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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 

So, it's here - the new iPhone 13. At first glance, it looks rather like the iPhone 12 doesn't it? Indeed, all the latest 2021 flagships from Apple rock that same 'squared' off aesthetic as the 12-series devices from 2020. That's not all either, the latest iPhone 13 is also retailing at an introductory price of $799 - exactly the same as last year's model.

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. That said, the new $599 retail price for the iPhone 12 also makes it a very attractive (and still 5G compatible) alternative to this latest flagship if you're on a budget.

iPhone 13 deals: frequently asked questions

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How good are these iPhone 13 deals really?

As of mid-2022 we're seeing plenty of strong iPhone 13 deals on the market. As always, however, the biggest savings tend to be tied to either pricey unlimited data plans or trading in. This is, unfortunately, a fact of life when it comes to deals on Apple devices in particular. Apple is the only vendor for new unlocked Apple devices so your options tend to be limited there.

Big carrier iPhone 13 deals are fantastic though if you're looking for a speedy plan and are willing to commit to a long-term option. Most of these carriers, like AT&T and Verizon, are willing to dish out a free iPhone 13 if you have a fairly decent older phone to trade-in. While you're often paying anywhere from $60 to $80 per month for a plan at these carriers (often over $2,000 in total), getting an $800 phone isn't to be sniffed at. It's also highly likely that you'll be able to trade that device in at some point down the line for even more savings.

If you want to save some cash on your plan, then it's probably better to start checking out the best prepaid plans on the market. Carriers like Visible, Mint Mobile, and Xfinity Mobile all offer very reasonable monthly prices and even some modest deals on iPhones for new customers. Another option is to bite the bullet and trade-in for a new unlocked iPhone at Apple. The official program usually doesn't offer the biggest trade-in rebates (normally the max is $700) but you'll then be able to bring your device to any carrier you like - including the cheaper prepaid options.

Should I upgrade to the iPhone 13?

This year might just be the trickiest one so far in regards to determining whether it's worth the upgrade. The iPhone 13 isn't a big step up from the 12, but this year's upgrade deals are good enough to make even the most jaded of Apple fans sit up and take notice. 

If you already have an iPhone 12 and think you can make do for another year without upgrading, then sitting this one out is definitely a viable option. The basic design is the same, your device is still plenty powerful for 2022, and you'll only forgo a better battery life and screen. That said, if your iPhone 12 is eligible for a lucrative carrier trade-in then it's definitely worth investigating a 'free' upgrade - especially if you're deadset on sticking with a big carrier and don't mind renewing your line. 

Where things get less nuanced, in our opinion, is for Apple fans still using older hardware such as the iPhone 11 or older. For these users, even those with unlocked devices, this year's iPhone 13 deals offer really great trade-in rates on even devices showing their age now. They are far, far better than last year's offerings so it's definitely a great time to consider making the jump to a 5G flagship. 

  • Alternatively, See the best cell phone deals (opens in new tab) available this week for Android devices
Alex Whitelock
Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.