There are many reasons you might be in dire need of a new phone, though perhaps one of the biggest complaints when it comes to any older cell phone is battery life. With companies like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and Motorola recently rolling out new flagship devices, now is your chance to take advantage of slashed prices on quality smartphones that will blow your old model out of the water.
If your phone needs an update and you’re ready to score a discount on a new wireless device, here are a handful of smartphone deals available right now. The list includes a few sales on unlocked smartphones, as well as some carrier offers that can save you as much as $900. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
The best deal
The beefy Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was just announced (we’re big fans), and carriers are offering some juicy pre-order bonuses to buyers looking to get their mitts on the new device. It’s expensive, with a starting MSRP of $1,000 for the 128GB model – a sticker price to rival the high-end iPhone X. But if Samsung’s oversized flagship caught your eye, check out one of these ways to save some cash when you pre-order:
- Samsung: Order the Galaxy Note 9 directly from Samsung and you can get between $200 and $450 off with a qualifying trade-in, or you can score a free pair of AKG noise-canceling headphones with your purchase.
- Carriers: Verizon and AT&T are offering buy one, get one deals on the Galaxy Note 9 when you pre-order two, with the price of the second device refunded via bill credits over 24 months. T-Mobile and Sprint are also offering a 50 percent rebate ($500) via bill credits with your pre-order, with Sprint throwing in the same free AKG headphone offer as Samsung (note that the T-Mobile rebate requires a trade-in).
- Amazon and B&H: Amazon’s and B&H’s Note 9 offers aren’t as juicy as the others, but you can still score a free Qi wireless charger (a $120 value) when you pre-order from B&H, or you can get both a free Qi charger and Dex desktop dock (a combined $190 value) when you pre-order from Amazon.
Carrier smartphone deals
Cellular service providers regularly offer enticing incentives to get you to switch to their LTE plans. So if you’re looking for a new carrier, and, you can save a good chunk of change and even score a free device by taking advantage of one of the best smartphone deals from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T:
- AT&T: AT&T has a bundle of nice BOGO deals on name-brand Android and Apple flagships: Buy two iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or LG V35 ThinQ smartphones on AT&T Next and enjoy up to $900 back in bill credits toward the value of the second phone. Alternatively, you can buy just one LG V35 ThinQ and get as much as $400 in bill credits with an eligible trade-in. The pocket-friendly iPhone SE can also be yours for free with an eligible wireless service.
- T-Mobile: T-Mobile has just rolled back prices on a few last-gen flagships, letting you score a new iPhone 6s for $99, a Galaxy S8 for just $199, or a Galaxy Note 8 for $399 when you buy one on a 24-month installment plan and activate a new line. You can also score a big rebate on an LG V30, LG G7 ThinQ, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X when you purchase two of these devices (either outright or on an installment plan). You’ll receive bill credits worth up to $750 toward your second phone. Note that the iPhone BOGO offers do require an eligible trade-in.
- Verizon: Verizon Wireless is offering rebate deals on a ton of Apple and Android phones right now. With a qualifying trade-in, you can take $300 off a Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, iPhone 8, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, LG V30, or LG G7 ThinQ when you purchase one of these devices and add a new line.
- Sprint: Sprint currently has some big discounts on Android and Apple devices, letting you score an iPhone X for $360 ($20 per month) with no trade-in required, or for just $90 ($5 per month) if you have an eligible device to trade-in. The compact iPhone SE can also be yours for $50 when you pay upfront — no monthly payment required. Android deals let you score the Samsung Galaxy S9 for $162, the Galaxy S9 Plus for $252, or the Samsung Galaxy Note8 for $360 when you purchase any of these on an 18-month “rent-to-own” Sprint Flex lease.
Unlocked smartphone deals
Carrier offers typically require you to sign up for a specific service or trade in an old device to get your discount. These smartphone deals, on the other hand, let you enjoy big savings on these unlocked mobile phones when you buy them outright:
- Blu R1 HD: Blu is a relatively new player that has challenged Motorola’s dominance in the “budget Android phone” market. If you came here looking for one of the cheapest unlocked Android phones on our list, then check out the R1 HD. The unlocked 5.2-inch model rings in at just $100 ($30 off) on Amazon.
- Moto G6: The Moto G is still one of the best budget Android smartphones on the market today. Prime members can score the unlocked sixth-generation Moto G for $235 from Amazon after a $15 discount, and the G6 Play is also on sale for $190.
- Huawei Honor 7X: Huawei has a number of budget-friendly alternatives to brand-name flagships. Its surprisingly great Honor 7X is a sleeper hit that you may have missed, and it’s an absolute steal at just $200 from Amazon.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro: This year has been a good one for phones, and another surprise hit from Huawei is the great Mate 10 Pro. It is currently on sale on Amazon for $550 ($250 off).
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: We’ve seen no shortage of alleged “flagship killers” that too often fall short of expectations, but the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 actually lives up to this promise. This budget-friendly dual-sim smartphone punches well above its weight at just $399 from Amazon.
- Samsung Galaxy S9: The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best Android devices to hit the market in 2018, and you can now score the dual-sim version for $140 off, bringing it down to $640 from B&H.
- Nokia 6.1: The Nokia 6.1 is all-new for 2018, and it’s arguably the best budget Android phone to come out this year, with hardware that outshines most other cheap smartphones. B&H has unlocked models in stock now for $257.
- Essential Phone: The Essential Phone is another newcomer to the smartphone scene, and it’s a winner. It’s got a great bezel-less design, a large and vibrant HD display, and excellent hardware under the hood. It’s on sale on Amazon right now for as low as $370 ($130 off).
- Sony Xperia XA1: Sony’s Xperia X lineup remains highly underrated in the huge market of Android smartphones, with these devices offering flagship-like features at midrange prices. The Xperia XA1 is a shining example of the value that Sony’s phones provide and comes in at just $215 from Amazon with a $84 discount.
- Moto E4: For one of the cheapest brand-name Android phones you can buy, check out the 4th-generation Moto E. You can score the E4 for $80 from Best Buy (even cheaper than the R1 HD) if you activate it today. If you don’t want to activate right away, then both B&H and Walmart have this smartphone in stock for just $130. This phone is fully unlocked and ready to use with any GSM carrier and select CDMA carriers.
- Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe: Even at its original price of $300, the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is one of the better non-flagship Android phones out there. Now, you can pick up an unlocked international version of this device for an affordable $179 from Amazon.
- Google Pixel: Another fantastic 2017 flagship (and one of our favorites) is the Google Pixel XL. You can grab an unlocked 32GB model for $313 from Amazon or $320 from B&H and save $330 off of its retail price. The 128GB model is also on sale from B&H for $370, or $480 off.
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