Save up to $1,000 with the best smartphone deals for October 2018

Lucas Coll

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 $1,000. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

The best deal

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Apple just unveiled the new iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max during its recent event at its Cupertino, California headquarters. On the surface, they don’t look much different than last year’s iPhone X, but they still boast Apple’s excellent displays, build quality, and aesthetics, paired with snappy updated hardware under the hood. If you skipped out on the iPhone X and are looking for an upgrade, the new XS and XS Max are excellent choices.

Being Apple products  — and new ones at that — they are expensive, with the same steep sticker prices that the iPhone X had at launch, with the upgrade models being even more expensive than the 2018 flagships. Straight discounts are scarce for new releases, but the following rebate and BOGO offers can save you some serious cash (up to $1,000, in fact) if you’re in the mood to score the latest Cupertino tech:

  • Sprint: Sprint might be offering the best iPhone XS deal of all the carriers right now, letting you score an iPhone XS totally free or an XS Max for just $75 ($4.17 per month) with the trade-in of an eligible last-gen Apple or Android flagship.
  • Verizon: Verizon is offering a $700 rebate on a second iPhone (XS, XS Max, X, 8, or 8 Plus) when you purchase one iPhone XS or XS Max at its regular price. Alternatively, you can get $100 back toward your iPhone XS with a trade-in.
  • T-Mobile: T-Mobile’s rebate deal gives you $300 back in bill credits toward your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max with a qualifying trade-in device — a bit better than Verizon’s trade-in offer if you’re not looking to purchase two devices to get your rebate.
  • AT&T: AT&T has a rebate deal similar to Verizon’s, giving you $700 toward another iPhone with the purchase of a new iPhone XS or XS Max.

More 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, 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:

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:

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