Save up to $750 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

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There are many reasons you might be in dire need of a new phone, whether for increased battery life or for other reasons. With companies like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and Motorola recently rolling out new flagship devices and holiday sales underway, 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 bundle of smartphone deals available right now. The list includes a handful of sales on unlocked smartphones, exclusive carrier offers, and even a few ongoing holiday deals, and can save you as much as $750. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

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T-Mobile: If you don’t want to buy two devices to get the best smartphone deal, then T-Mobile is currently offering some rebates on Android and Apple phones. These deals let you get up to $390 back in bill credits when you buy a  Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9, Galaxy S8LG V40 ThinQLG G7 ThinQ, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max, or up to $750 back towards a Galaxy S8 Active, when you trade in an eligible device and activate a line for the new phone.

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 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:

  • Blu R1 HD: Blu is a relatively new player that is challenging Motorola 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 8GB model rings in at just $90 from Amazon, or you can get the unlocked 16GB R1 HD for just $10 more.
  • LG V30 Plus: LG’s 2017 flagship phone, the Plus-sized version of the fantastic V30, is on sale ahead of the holidays: Walmart has this solid Android device on sale for $380, saving you about a hundred bucks off of its going street price.
  • Asus Zenfone 4 Pro: Even at its regular price of $600, the Asus Zenfone 4 Pro is one of the better non-flagship Android phones out there. Now, you can pick up an unlocked version of this device for a considerably more affordable $365 from B&H, saving you $232.
  • LG G6: You can save a lot of money on great hardware by opting for last-gen flagships like the excellent LG G6. You don’t need to tie yourself to a carrier to score a deal on this brand-name Android phone, though: B&H has it in stock for $370, a savings of $330, while Prime members can score it from Amazon for an even cheaper $360 ($340 off).
  • Samsung Galaxy S9: The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best Android devices to hit the market in 2018, and if you don’t want to tie yourself to a carrier just yet, then you can score the unlocked version from B&H for just $580 for a $140 discount.
  • Moto X4: Another affordable entry in the Moto series, aimed at the midrange price bracket, is the Moto X4, which boasts an impressive water-resistant all-glass body. Prime members can grab an unlocked X4 for $190 (a nice $60 discount) from Amazon.
  • 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 $200 from Amazon and B&H.
  • 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 $350 from Amazon after a tidy 50-percent price cut.
  • 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. Both Amazon and B&H have unlocked models on sale for $200.
  • Google Pixel: Another fantastic 2017 flagship (and one of our favorites) is the Google Pixel. You can grab an unlocked 32GB model for $345 from Amazon and save $305 off of its retail price.

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