AT&T is boosting its iPhone and Galaxy upgrade deals ahead of the holidays

If you’re at AT&T and thinking about getting a new iPhone or Galaxy this holiday season, you might find yourself with a better deal even though it’s after Black Friday. As seen on its website, the wireless carrier has increased its promotion for new and upgrade users from $800 on a new Apple or Samsung device to as much as $1,000 as long as you trade in a phone.

As always, you also need an unlimited plan to be eligible for the rebate, which is then paid out as a billable credit over the course of a 36-month installment plan.

AT&T has previously dabbled in offering iPhones at discounts of up to $1,000. At last it dangled the discount surrounding the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 14 line before being reduced back down to as low as $800 in recent weeks. For the launch of the Galaxy S22 in February it offered up to $800 discount the new models as long as you traded any older Galaxy S, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Z phone, including those that were broken.

To get $1,000 off a new iPhone, the device you’re trading in at AT&T would need to be valued at least $230 by the carrier. These include the iPhone 11 Pro Max, 12-row (except 12 mini) or 13-row; Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, S22 series, Z Fold 2 or Fold 3; Google’s Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus’ 10 Pro.

If you have an iPhone XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, or 12 Mini, you can get up to $800 off. Those using any of a variety of Android devices from Samsung (Galaxy S20 and S21 lines, Note 20 line, original Galaxy Fold or Fold 2 and the Z Flip 3 5G), Google (Pixel 5, 5A and 6 ) or other trading Android manufacturers like OnePlus and Microsoft can also get up to $800 off a new phone as long as AT&T estimates the trade-in devices to be worth between $130 and $229.

Other devices including the iPhone 8 range, SE (2nd or 3rd gen), X, XR and XS, as well as a much wider range of Samsung, LG, Google, Motorola and OnePlus phones can do so up up to $350 off a new phone while AT&T estimates those trade-ins to be between $35 and $129.

This deal works for the iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max, although the phone you’re trading in must be in “good working condition.” The full terms can be found here.

With Galaxy phones like the S22 line, the Z Flip 4 and the Z Fold 4, the carrier is a lot more lenient. Any device valued at $35 or more by the carrier could qualify you for a discount of up to $1,000 on one of Samsung’s latest phones. Also, the carrier’s terms for the S22 and the Z Flip/Z Fold deals do not specify that the phone you’re trading in must be in “good working order.”

In either case, if you leave AT&T before the end of the 36-month contract — or unlock your phone for international use — you must pay the balance owed and forfeit any outstanding credit.

All in all, it’s still a surprise post-Black Friday deal from the carrier as the mobile industry as a whole is looking to attract upgraders and switchers this holiday season.

Verizon has moved its recent vacation deal of up to $1,000 to a new trade-in phone, though that deal requires you to switch carriers. For existing users, Verizon is offering up to $800 off with a trade-in, although you would also need to have one of the more expensive Play More, Do More, Get More, or One Unlimited plans for this offer.

Verizon similarly requires you to stay 36 months, although it even accepts broken or damaged phones as long as they don’t have battery damage.

For existing T-Mobile users, the carrier is offering up to $800 off Samsung Galaxy trade-in phones, but only if you upgrade or are willing to upgrade to the more expensive Magenta Max plan. Those on other plans could save up to $400 with a trade-in, which isn’t as generous as AT&T or Verizon’s offerings. In fact, most of T-Mobile’s offerings right now seem to require adding a new line, switching from another carrier, or switching to Magenta Max.

On the plus side, T-Mobile’s credits are generally over a 24-month period instead of 36 months like AT&T and Verizon, so you’re not locked into a carrier or device for three years.

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