Promotions: December 2017

Posted by Kevin Kruse on Jan 15, 2018 12:18:05 PM
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The holidays were in full swing in December, but did promotions follow with a gift or a lump of coal?


  • December continued with the November promotion for $300 off an iPhone with a “selected” trade-in. A $300 discount was also offered on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, but with no trade-in required, plus 50% off a Google Home. Verizon offered 50% off accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S8, Motorola Moto Z2 Force, and Samsung Note 8. Verizon also offered a free Asus ZenFone V Live, if anyone switched to Verizon and added a new line.

  • By the middle of the month, Verizon dropped the 50% discount for the Google Home and the accessory discount; but the Asus ZenFone V Live was still free.

  • For the end of the year, Verizon continued the $300 off promotions and free ZenFone without adding any new promotions before the new year.


  • The month began with a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) free deal on the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus; LG V30, G6, and X Venture; and Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Active, S8+, and Note8. The Moto Z2 Force Edition was added to the BOGO offer. The LG K20 was offered for free when starting a new line with AT&T Next.

  • In the middle of December, AT&T changed up a few offers and added new ones. The LG K20 was still free with a new Next line of service. The Galaxy Note8 had $300 in credits with the trade-in of an eligible smartphone. The LG V30, G6, and X Venture BOGO promotion had changed to buy a LG V30 and get a V30, G6, or X Venture, which was a little more flexible. The Samsung promotion was updated to a BOGO deal for just the Samsung S8.

  • AT&T stayed the course with these promotions into the new year.


  • Sprint began the month by offering 50% off lease payments for the Samsung Galaxy 8, 8 Plus, and Note8 and continued the $350 off an iPhone 8 and X with a trade-in deal. Sprint had their own BOGO deal for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus based on an 18-month lease. The BOGO lease program also included the LG V30+. The Motorola Moto Z2 Force was offered on lease at 50% off.

  • By the middle of December, the $350 offer on the iPhone and iPhone X had been reduced to $300, but Sprint brought back the offer for free unlimited service for a year when switching from Verizon. The other promotions continued through this time period.

  • By the end of the month, Sprint was offering a BOGO deal on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, or the previous offer of $300 off when trading in. The 50% off a lease payment on a Samsung Galaxy 8, 8 Plus, or Note8 was resurrected from the beginning of the month.


  • T-Mobile continued the BOGO free promotions on the following models: LG G6, V20, V30, and V30+; Samsung S8 and S8 Plus; and the iPhone 8 64GB. The iPhone 7 was offered at $149 off and the Galaxy S7 was $96 off. These offers continued through Christmas and the end of the year.

Best Buy

  • Best Buy provided the carriers’ offers plus some special offers only at Best Buy. The best discounts on an unlocked phone was $200 off the Essential Phone and $100 of the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ, BlackBerry Keyone, and Huawei Mate 9. For Christmas week, they offered a $250 Best Buy gift card on the iPhone X with trade-in for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. For the Samsung S8, S8+, and Note8, Best Buy had the carrier-offered promotion plus, if an unlocked phone was purchased, a $100 Best Buy gift card and a free wireless charging pad. The Moto Z2 Force was $350 off with a free  MotoMod projector through Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were $200 off through the same three carriers.

The Grinch didn’t steal Christmas for smartphone promotions as carriers continued or expanded their offers from November. Sprint once again, if only for a short time, enticed Verizon customers to switch to Sprint with a year of free service. Best Buy had additional promotions beyond the carriers’ promotions the week of Christmas. No lumps of coal in our stockings this year.

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