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With a little bit of legwork you can get an iPhone 12 mini on T-Mobile or Sprint for as little as $329 before taxes. This price hinges on other Slickdeals at multiple retailers so YMMV.

First time posting so I apologize if any of what I've said below was reported in another post.

At a high level here's the process:

1. Purchase an iPhone SE from Cricket Wireless for $49.99. Requires port-in and 1-month service for $60. https://slickdeals.net/f/14577712-cricket-apple-iphone-se-64-gb-49-99-with-port-in-new-customers-or-ex-after-180-days

2. Purchase 5x $100 Apple gift cards from Target. https://slickdeals.net/f/14559797-100-apple-gift-card-email-delivery-20-target-egc-100

3. Trade in iPhone SE at Apple Store and purchase and activate your iPhone 12 mini on T-Mobile to get a $150 trade in bonus. https://slickdeals.net/f/14444132-t-mobile-sprint-buy-an-iphone-12-mini-max-or-12-pro-with-apple-trade-in-and-receive-additional-150-cash-back-card

Below is the cost breakdown:

iPhone SE + 1-month service = $110

5 $100 Apple gift cards from Target = $480 with RedCard 5% savings, $500 without. Comes with $100 in Target gift cards

iPhone 12 mini = $699 - $210 trade in of iPhone SE. After purchase you'll get a $150 prepaid MasterCard.

Total Cost:

iPhone SE - $110
$500 Apple gift cards - $480
iPhone 12 - $0 ($699-$210 trade-$489 Apple GC)
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$590
- $100 Target gift cards
- $150 T-Mobile prepaid MasterCard
- $11 remaining Apple gift card balance
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$329

Note that this price excludes sales tax charged on the purchase of both the iPhone SE and your iPhone 12 mini. It also assumes you have a number to port in to Cricket (can be purchased for around $7) and that you have a Target RedCard. You can also achieve additional savings of $15 if you activate two lines on Cricket (monthly service for 2 lines is $90). Lines can be cancelled immediately.

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Op big shout for the effort. Thanks for the detailed post. I would recommend user to check out the trade that T-Mobile is freeing via bill credits or wait till Black Friday to see what the retailers have
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Agreed with above. Kudos for the effort and sharing. A bit too much with too many opportunities to be left up the creek for me though haha
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TU for the effort, not sure how good a price this will be.
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Does this require to open a new line with T-Mobile?
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Does this require to open a new line with T-Mobile?
No it doesn't, which is why I thought it was a good deal.
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Op big shout for the effort. Thanks for the detailed post. I would recommend user to check out the trade that T-Mobile is freeing via bill credits or wait till Black Friday to see what the retailers have
T-Mobile's Bill credit offers are certainly better, but only if you can add a new line. Credits for existing members are minimal.
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Too much trouble when you can just trade in an iPhone 8 and get the iPhone 12 mini for free. Starting Wednesday. Works on existing line.

If you don't already have an iPhone 8, buy one for $300 used and trade that. Cheaper, fewer hoops, etc.

And you don't have to port a line.
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T-Mobile's Bill credit offers are certainly better, but only if you can add a new line. Credits for existing members are minimal.
T-Mobile is going to offer the Mini for free (No AAL required) with trade-in starting the 25th for existing customers.


This isn't bad, but should note $100 of the price is is in Target gift cards. I would put the price at "$429AR + $100 Target GC".
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Too much trouble when you can just trade in an iPhone 8 and get the iPhone 12 mini for free. Starting Wednesday. Works on existing line.

If you don't already have an iPhone 8, buy one for $300 used and trade that. Cheaper, fewer hoops, etc.

And you don't have to port a line.
Hey I've done some searching but can't find info on that. Do they have any deals trading in an Android (Pixel 4) phone for one of the iphones?
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If you don't mind bill credit, seems like there will $730 credit for an iPhone 8 trade in for a $730 iphone mini starting Wednesday afternoon. Just picked one up locally for 200 cash.
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This is a good deal, and I person really appreciate the detail. Stop thumbs downing a legit post!
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TU! I did something similar and very complicated for an iPhone 12 Pro
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Too much trouble when you can just trade in an iPhone 8 and get the iPhone 12 mini for free. Starting Wednesday. Works on existing line.

If you don't already have an iPhone 8, buy one for $300 used and trade that. Cheaper, fewer hoops, etc.

And you don't have to port a line.
The key dependency there is getting a good condition iPhone 8 for a good price. If you can get one for closer to $200, the T-Mobile trade in would certainly be a comparable or even better, and certainly easier, deal
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No it doesn't, which is why I thought it was a good deal.
So you can just buy the T-Mobile version of the iPhone 12 without opening an account? How do you get the $150 bonus card?
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