Since the new iPhones released in late September, the majority of promotional discounts have been geared towards the ‘low-cost’ iPhone 5c, some offering the phone for free with a new contract. Similar deep discounts are now hitting the flagship iPhone 5s. AT&T today is offering the 16GB iPhone 5s for $99.99, with a new 2-year contract agreement. A quick check of NY and California markets shows a number of stores with stock.
The promotion only applies to the 16GB models, available in Space Gray, Sliver or Gold.
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on the iPhone 5s. Best Buy had a similar promotion, but it required a trade-in of a working smartphone. At the time, Best Buy had limited stock, making it difficult for customers to take advantage of the offer.
If you are a current customer, you must be eligible for a full subsidy (out of contract) to receive this offer. Both new customers and those who are renewing plans are required to pay a $36 activation fee. If you look in our forums, some customers have had success with AT&T reversing the activation fee.
This is a great deal. With Black Friday around the corner, will something better come along? Also, how does this impact the iPhone 5c? AT&T has that model available for $49.99. If you are considering these iPhones, the additional $50 to move to the iPhone 5s would be money well spent. As noted in our iPhone 5s review, there are plenty of upgrades, in addition to the aluminum casing.