How to buy the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Christian de Looper
Apple has finally taken the wraps off of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. They boast a slew of new features and start at $699. Here's where you can buy the new devices for yourself.

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The latest and greatest iPhones are finally here, boasting impressive new features and attractive designs. Apple unveiled three new flagship smartphones this year, including the premium iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

If you’re looking to get a new iPhone but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may be up your alley. If you’re wondering how to get your hands on one, read our guide to purchasing the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

How to buy an unlocked iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus

If you don’t want to buy the iPhone through a carrier, there’s another option: You can get it unlocked from Apple. You’ll have to pay full price, but Apple offers financing options to help out.

The iPhone 8 starts at $700 for the 64GB version, and the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs $800. Both phones are now available for purchase at Apple’s retail locations.

You can get either phone through Apple’s iPhone upgrade program, a 24-month installment plan that lets you upgrade to a new iPhone every 12 months. For the 64GB iPhone 8, you’ll pay $34.50 per month, while the 256GB version will set you back $40.75 per month. The 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs $39.50 per month, and the 256GB version runs $45.75 per month.

Buying the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus from wireless carriers

If you want to buy the iPhone through your carrier, you’re in luck. It’s available on every major carrier in the U.S. Here’s a quick rundown.

Verizon

Like T-Mobile, Verizon offers the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for up to $300 off if you sign up for Verizon Unlimited and trade in one of a few select phones.

Here is the pricing info for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from Verizon:

  • iPhone 8: Starts at $700, or $29.17 per month for 24 months.
  • iPhone 8 Plus: Starts at $800, or $33.33 per month for 24 months.

Trade-in credit varies depending on the age of the device. Here’s what you can expect:

Up to $300 off the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus:

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • Google Pixel XL
  • LG G6
  • Moto Z2 Force
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Up to $200 off the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • Google Pixel
  • LG G5
  • LG V30
  • Moto Z Force
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Samsung Note 5

Up to $100 off the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5S
  • HTC 10
  • Moto Z Play
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

T-Mobile

If you trade in an iPhone 6 or newer in good condition at T-Mobile, you’ll get $300 off through monthly bill credits over 24 months.

Here is pricing for the iPhone 8 at T-Mobile:

  • iPhone 8 64GB: $700, or $29.17 per month with no down payment for a limited time.
  • iPhone 8 256GB: $850, or $28 per month with a $178 down payment.
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: $800 or $30 per month with a $80 down payment.
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256 GB: $950 or $30 per month with a $230 down payment.

AT&T

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available for purchase at AT&T.

Here is the pricing info for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from AT&T:

  • iPhone 8 64GB: $700, $23.34 per month with AT&T Next, $29.17 per month with AT&T Every Year
  • iPhone 8 256GB: $850, $28.34 per month with AT&T Next, $35.42 per month with AT&T Every Year
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: $800, $26.67 per month with AT&T Next, $33.34 per month with AT&T Every Year
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256GB: $950, $31.67 per month with AT&T Next, $39.59 per month with AT&T Every Year

Sprint

Sprint guarantees the lowest monthly lease price of any carrier. In fact, it’s offering customers who see a better offer a Visa Card or one-time credit for the price difference.

For a limited time, Sprint is extending discounted 18-month Flex plans to folks who qualify. With an eligible trade-in, new and existing subscribers who add a new line or are eligible for an upgrade can get an iPhone 8 (64GB) for $0 down and $9.72 per month.

Here’s the current pricing:

  • iPhone 8 (64GB): $0 down, $9.72 per month Sprint Flex payment after $19.45 per month bill credit
  • iPhone 8 (256 GB): $150 down, $9.72 per month Sprint Flex payment after $19.45 per month bill credit
  • iPhone 8 Plus (64GB): $0 down, $13.89 per month Sprint Flex payment after $19.45 per month bill credit
  • iPhone 8 Plus (256 GB): $150 down, $13.89 per month Sprint Flex payment after $19.45 per month bill credit

After the 18 months are over, customers can either return the phone and upgrade to a new device or pay the regular $29.17 per month for six more months to own the device.

If you don’t have an eligible trade-in device, you can get the iPhone 8 64GB with Sprint Flex for $29.17 per month.

Here’s a list of devices eligible for trade-in:

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5
  • HTC U11
  • Blackberry KeyOne
  • Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z2 Play
  • LG G5, LG G6, LG V20
  • Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL
  • Moto Z Droid, Z Play, Z Force Droid, Z2 Play, Z2 Force

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular offers retail installment pricing which allows customers to pay off their smartphones — including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — over a 30-month period.

For the iPhone 8, the carrier is offering a specific monthly payment plan. New customers who switch to the carrier can get an iPhone 8 for free with a qualified turn-in, or for $10 per month if they don’t turn in their device. Current U.S. Cellular customers can upgrade to the iPhone 8 for $12 per month with a qualified turn-in.

Qualifying turn-in devices include the iPhone 6 or newer, Samsung Galaxy S6 or newer, Samsung Note 5 or newer, and the LG G6 or newer.

FreedomPop

Prepaid carrier FreedomPop has a new limited-time offer that cuts the iPhones’ prices nearly in half. It’s currently offering up to $400 back for eligible used iPhones toward the purchase of a new one.

Also, FreedomPop is launching a $1-a-month data plan exclusively for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X, and any iPhone newer than the iPhone 6. It includes 500 voice minutes, 500 texts, and up to 500MB of data.

Update: Added news of discounted Sprint Flex plans. 

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