Many people are wondering whether the iPhone X price on Best Buy is really worth it when it comes to paying up front.
Apple released three smartphones this year, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X that will arrive on Nov. 3, with pre-orders starting on Friday, Oct. 27. If you decided to skip on Apple’s first two flagships and upgrade straight to the iPhone X, you must have wondered where you could get the best iPhone X deal, given that the upcoming flagship is nowhere near cheap, starting at $999 for its 64GB model. If you want to pay up front, buying on Best Buy could be a bad idea. The retailer is, for some reason, charging an extra $100, not only for the iPhone X, but also the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that came out last month. This is not the first time that the company is asking more money for a particular product, in fact, Best Buy has a history of charging more for smartphones bought up front, which includes even the previous iPhone devices.
We compiled a list of Apple’s smartphones that are being listed on Best Buy’s website. Also, we included the smartphones’ original price, so that you can see the difference between the Apple’s site and Best Buy.
The iPhone 8 64GB model is listed for $799 on Best Buy, as opposed to $699 on Apple, while the iPhone 8 256GB option costs $949 on Best Buy, instead of $849 on Apple.
The iPhone 8 Plus is listed for $899 for the 64GB model, while the 256GB model is listed for $1049, which is, as mentioned above, $100 more than on Apple’s store. On Apple’s store, you can find the iPhone 8 Plus at $799 and $949 respectively.
The upcoming iPhone X 64GB model will cost $1,099 instead of the original $999, while the 256GB model is listed for $1,249, instead of $1,149, which is how much Apple charges for it, as well as the major U.S. carriers. Of course, you can only purchase the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for now. The iPhone X pre-orders will start on Oct. 27 at 12.01 a.m. Pacific / 03.01 a.m. Eastern time, while the smartphone will begin shipping on Nov. 3.
It is worth mentioning that this confusing, higher price for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X applies only if you are purchasing them and paying up front. If you want to get the normal iPhone X price on Best Buy, you will have to sign up for one of the monthly installment plans offered by the major U.S. carriers Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.
In case you don’t want an installment plan and want to purchase the iPhone X outright, perhaps it would be a good idea to pass on the unreasonable iPhone X price on Best Buy, and not spend more cash than you have to. Instead, pre-order and get your iPhone X at their regular price on Apple’s site. Apple is also offering an iPhone Upgrade Program for those who can’t pay upfront by providing the 64GB model at $49.91 per month, and the 256GB model for $56.16 per month. If you are paying up front on Apple’s site, you can opt whether you want AppleCare+ which is priced at $199, while if you are using the iPhone Upgrade Plan, the monthly payment includes AppleCare+.
If you own an iPhone already, instead of purchasing the iPhone X via Apple’s Online Store, download the Apple Store app to access the iPhone X swiftly and pre-order it once the pre-orders go live on Friday. Of course, if Best Buy offers a promotion with your carrier that will allow you to pay on a monthly basis, go for it. However, we think that paying $100 more up front is ridiculous.
If you aren’t springing for the iPhone X, but the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, Best Buy is offering $350 off if you are a Sprint customer. However, you will have to buy on a Flex Lease. Also, if you are an AT&T customer, you can get an additional iPhone 8 model free of charge if you activate one of the iPhone 8 models on a new line.