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From Apple, and the most exciting is clearly the . While this year’s phone is more of a refinement on last year’s iPhone 12 lineup, those who yearn to stay on the cutting edge could essentially get a doing a trade that includes up to $ 1,290 for the phone.
Let me summarize that this is not for everyone. In fact, it is quite specific. You need to have purchased aand be a phone enthusiast that you already know you want to upgrade to the 13 Pro Max, even if it’s not as significant a leap as, say, .
You must also be interested in switching to T-Mobile or already a current T-Mobile customer, and would like to enroll in (or agree to keep) your Magenta Max plan, which includes benefits such as HD-Netflix level and 4K video streaming. while on a cellular connection.
So, are you a big fan of phones who also wants T-Mobile’s more expensive plan? If so, here is what you can do to get the iPhone 13 Pro Max essentially free.
First, start by buying the iPhone 13 Pro Max directly from Apple’s website. When you do, select T-Mobile for details on the trade-in offer, which details that the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with up to $ 1,290 in credit. If your phone is in good condition (meaning no broken screen or other damage), $ 790 of that will come from Apple. The remaining $ 500 will come from T-Mobile in the form of a bill credit.
Credits are awarded regardless of the storage capacity of your iPhone 12 Pro Max, so if you bought the 128GB version last year at $ 1,099, you may be able to downgrade to the 256GB version of the 13 Pro Max and pay part of the phone tax.
For the first $ 790, Apple will give it to you as an instant credit if you choose to pay for the phone in monthly installments or as a credit after changing the 12 Pro Max. Once the Apple side of the deal is set, you will receive a promo code to enter the T-Mobile website to receive the remaining $ 500 as bill credits distributed over the course of 24 months (a little less than $ 21 per month).
Yes, as it usually happens since the “death” of theIf you want to receive the full $ 500, you will need to stay with T-Mobile for those 24 months. But $ 1,290 should cover the cost of the 256GB iPhone 13 Pro Max, or be just a few hundred more for the 512GB or 1TB option.
This method also leads you to T-Mobile’s “Forever Upgrade” program which guarantees that your new Pro Max will be worth at least $ 800 in two years, should you wish to exchange it for the carrier at that time.
A hidden twist for those who made a deal with last year’s 12 Pro Max
This is where your mileage can vary even more. We asked T-Mobile on Friday if this promotion is in addition to previous offers offered by the carrier over the last year for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. They said yes, and if that holds up, you may be able to pocket whatever promo has been and get the iPhone 13 Pro Max covered by the new credits.
As long as you stay with T-Mobile for the rest of that financing term (which you probably plan to do to get the $ 500 discount we discussed earlier), you should still be able to continue getting those credits even if you switch the phone to Apple.
Note that if you switch before the end of your term, you will lose the T-Mobile credits from the Apple agreement and the remaining balances will be pending. Carrier math!
In my personal experience, when I called T-Mobile customer service, they told me that making the exchange would require me to pay the remaining balance of the iPhone 12 Pro Max I purchased last summer with a $ 500 bill credit that it is dispersing. more than two years. As a result, I strongly suggest that existing T-Mobile customers call their support line to make sure this promotional route works for you, especially if you are currently receiving a concession.
Would you consider this update to stay ahead of the game? Or do you prefer your current iPhone or Android phone? Tell us in the comments.
Eli Blumenthal contributed to this story.