att half off promo

It appears that retailers are in full-on inventory clearance mode with the iPhone 5, in anticipation of a new model. Best Buy is currently taking $50 off the handset, Walmart is offering the device at a $70 discount, and it looks like AT&T wants in on the fun too.

This morning, the country’s second largest carrier started a promotion that takes 50% off its entire smartphone lineup. Yes, that even includes the iPhone 5, which means that you can score an entry-level model of the popular handset for just $99 with contract…

According to 9to5Toys, who was first to spot the promo, the offer is valid for both the iPhone 5 and 4S (for those interested, it makes the 4S $50) and includes both free shipping and activation if purchased online. The discounts show up just before checkout.

It’s not unusual to see one outlet offer the iPhone at a slight discount, but when multiple retailers start cutting the price tag by $50+, you know something’s up. These companies are obviously trying to clear out their iPhone inventory ahead of the new model.

That new model is believed to be the iPhone 5S, a familiar-looking handset with substantial internal and camera upgrades. Everything we’ve heard about the smartphone up to this point suggests Apple will unveil it sometime around September, as it did last year.

It looks like AT&T’s half-off promotion is just good through the end of the month, so if you’re interested you’ll want to act fast. Also worth noting is that it appears the deal requires a trade-in device when redeemed in-stores, so order the phone online if you can.

  • Raul Henriquez

    These Great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies

  • seyss

    locked phones. im outta here. cya losers.

    • Jack Wong

      5bucks to get it unlocked, this is not even a news.

      • Jose Gonzalez

        I only paid $1.48 on eBay for an unlock.

      • Jack Wong

        $2, 2.50, 3.15…

        I have unlocked ~5 iPhone so far through the same seller.

        They are doing it randomly, and I wouldn’t care as long as it is less than 5 bucks.

        I even unlocked a iPhone 2G through eBay and doesn’t even bother to contact at&t to get it unlock officially.

      • Gorgonphone

        lol unlocking is now totally illegal but no one cares at all and there is no enforcement hahahahaha

      • Jack Wong

        Right, it is also very interesting that locking the phone is legal in US.

        Before the iPhone, we could request the unlock code after 3months into the contract, but not anymore now.

        Where is the enforcement for that…

      • Gorgonphone

        will apple has $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ most consumers dont so politicians prefer apple over us hahh

  • Jack Wong

    99bucks off is more like $4.12 off in 24months, GREAT discount…

  • Gorgonphone

    great time for no techi types to get and iPhone 5 but hard core users should wait for 5S