Apple's iPhone 15 is here, and along with the Pro, it brings with it a slew of upgrades to both handsets that mark it out as the best iPhone in recent years. However, a new iPhone always means cheaper alternatives, and this year is no different.
With the iPhone 15 front and center, you can now pick up the iPhone 14 at a reasonably discounted rate. Of course, you can get it cheaper from Apple, but shopping further afield with carriers could save you even more.
Where can I find a discounted iPhone 14?
Apple's iPhone 14 is now just $699 at Apple, down from the standard price of $799. The iPhone 14 Plus, the best iPhone for battery life from last year, is now $799 instead of $899. Apple no longer sells the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max.
The best iPhone 14 deals we've seen right now start at just $20 a month. Here's a snippet:
Verizon will give you up to $800 off a new iPhone 14 if you trade in your old device. It also offers a further $200 credit if you switch. With this deal, you could get your iPhone for free and save a lot of money on your data plan.
The other option you have is to take a look at refurbished models, although these aren't available yet. If you go to the Apple-certified Refurbished site, then you’ll soon find discounted refurbished models that are, for all intents and purposes, brand new.
If you’re looking to go this route this is going to be your most reliable option — Apple refurbished devices use Apple parts and Apple engineers rebuild and recondition every single one that goes on sale. You're getting a pretty much brand-new iPhone when you buy this way. If you look elsewhere, results will likely vary a little more — third-party refurbs being the most potluck of all.
But if you're in doubt, go to the Apple Store. The savings won’t be as big, but you’ll get a better device and an Apple warranty.
Can I trade in my old iPhone to get a cheaper iPhone 15?
Yes, you can. And if you’re looking for the latest iPhone, then it’s a great way of saving money. When there’s a new iPhone launch, there are usually some great savings to be nabbed when you trade in your old device.
When the iPhone 14 came out, for example, loads of carriers offered double trade-in value for your old phone, effectively getting you the new phone for free.
Apple also does trade-ins, letting you trade in your old device for a great price. Those values do drop throughout the year, however, so make sure you’re in there early to make sure you’re getting the best price possible for your old phone.
Apple offers the following trade-in prices on the iPhone 14 line:
Those traded-in devices head off to the Apple reconditioning center to become refurbished, thus building the device circle and making sure that the bits from your old phone don’t end up in a landfill.
The best time to trade in your old iPhone is fairly self-explanatory, although there are some points worth noting. Values of devices stay fairly constant and steady through the one-year life cycle, but once the new device has arrived they drop suddenly and severely.
To make sure you’re getting the most you should trade in early. In some cases, carriers and retailers will let you lock in trade-in prices before the release of a new iPhone, and let you keep using your old iPhone before handing it in when your new device is released.
The subtle art of finding an iPhone deal
To finally answer the question from the top — yes, there are deals on the iPhone 14 now the iPhone 15 is here. Those deals will depend almost entirely on where you’re looking, how much you’re willing to spend, and how much time you spend searching.
Also, don’t completely forget the idea of getting a brand new iPhone instead; with a trade-in, you might be able to save enough that it becomes cheaper than buying an older device.
Whatever happens, you’ll be able to get an iPhone with a discount.
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.