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Best Buy, the nation’s popular consumer electronics retailer, is offering latest iPhones with a notable 50 percent discount until this coming Sunday, May 11. The entry-level iPhone 5s model with sixteen gigabytes of storage is now available for $99 after a two-year wireless contract with Verizon or Sprint.

The 16GB iPhone 5c – which normally costs $99 after a two-year contract over at the Online Apple Store (and through many other carriers/retailers) – will now set you back $49.95 in upfront payment. Higher-capacity iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models are half price, too…

Sweetening the deal further, Best Buy has increased trade-in values for used iPhones. The iPhone 5 in good working condition (must power on, no smashed screen) can net you a guaranteed $200 in trade-in value. The iPhone 4/4s are now guaranteed $100/$150.

As Dan DeSilva noted, the trade-in promotion basically means iPhone 4 owners can trade up to a Verizon or Sprint iPhone 5s with absolutely no out of pocket cost. Best Buy previously offered up to $150 in gift card value to customers trading up to an iPhone 5s.

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In order to take advantage of this trade-in promo, you’ll need to take your handset to a nearby Best Buy store as the deal is unavailable online. Before you do this, keep in mind that Apple is said to be hosting a massive iPhone upgrade event this week.

The event is said to take place at company-owned retail stores in a number of states across the United States. Starting today, Apple should be issuing emails to upgrade-eligible iPhone users with older iPhone models, inviting them to come visit their local Apple Store and upgrade to a brand spanking new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c.

  • Martin

    If I was in America…

    • Decio Arruda

      You’d get ripped of. The minimum wage is actually higher in London than it is in here. This price requires a two-year contract which, in the end, costs more than paying upright for a phone. Just pay full price and use Vodafone. I know because I also come from Europe and the carriers in here are a Joke.

      • Martin

        Thanks for the advice 😀

  • Maxim∑

    49.95$+2,400$*

  • Sweetening the ripoff is…still a ripoff.

  • jack

    Carrier-locked phone…
    eww

  • felixtaf

    Small addition to title, (“with 2 year contract”).

  • Rick Hart

    How about no contract price? Grandfathered unlimited data verizon here

  • EpitheusGaming MC

    Does this mean we have to use an upgrade?