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Discounts on new iPhones are rare, but wireless giants AT&T and Sprint are trying to get a leg up on Verizon, T-Mobile and other competitors for your holiday dollar.
AT&T and Sprint are both offering the 16 GB iPhone 5s for $100 to customers who sign up for a two-year contract online. Verizon is selling the same model online for $200.
Sprint also has reduced the price of the 32 GB iPhone 5s to $199 online with a two-year contract and the 64 GB iPhone to $299. The normal price is $299 and $399, respectively.
T-Mobile, like Verizon, is yet to reduce the price of the iPhone 5s. The Magenta Network, which did away with contracts and subsidies this year, sells it for about $650 (or $150 up front with 24 monthly installments of $20.83).
The sales should help the carriers retain more customers and encourage more to sign up for new contracts, but their profit margins will undoubtedly take a hit. We’ll see if it’s worth it in the long run.
T-Mobile added twice as many new subscribers as AT&T in the last quarter. Sprint has seen its subscriber numbers fall in recent quarters.