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Best Memorial Day phone deals and sales for 2021

Memorial Day has arrived, and along with that sweet three-day weekend, people are looking forward to the annual Memorial Day sales that herald the beginning of the summer shopping season. It’s a particularly great time to buy both new and last-gen tech, and if you’re in the market for a fresh mobile device, then Memorial Day phone sales are your chance to save big. Let us make your search easier with this all-in-one roundup of the best Memorial Day phone deals available right now, which includes discounts on Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy devices, and more.

Best Memorial Day phone deals

OnePlus 8T, a 5G-capable mobile, is one of the best values on the Android market today, sporting flagship quality and features for a sub-flagship price. more
Buy the 128GB OnePlus 8 for a decent discount, getting you a flagship-level phone for an awful lot less than you'll pay with other brands. more
Grab the new OnePlus Nord N10 5G smartphone and score a free case or screen protector (your pick) to sweeten the deal. more
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Thanks to its AMOLED+ screen, the A71 has a bigger and brighter display that lets you watch media and take photos and videos clearly. And with a 64MP main camera, you can capture moments in hi-res. more

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Verizon)

Save up to $800 when you trade in your old or damaged phone. Plus $500 when you switch.
With its long-lasting battery and 5G connectivity, the new Galaxy S21 is the ideal Samsung smartphone for those who want the a new flagship -- without paying nearly a grand. more
Samsung currently has one of the best trade-in deals, offering the Galaxy Note 20 for as low as $325 or the Note 20 Ultra for as low as $600. Activate with any major carrier or buy unlocked. more
OnePlus has been blowing up the mid-range flagship alternative scene, and the new OnePlus Nord N100 continues that trend -- and you can grab it for cheap. more
Save $150 on Apple Watch with iPhone purchase. Online only.
You can't beat a classic -- especially when it's free. New or current Verizon customers who sign up for an unlimited plan can score the 2020 iPhone SE for no charge. more
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If you have a device to trade and you aren't interested in carrier BOGO or bill credit rebates, Samsung has a nice trade-in offer when you buy the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra. more
It's a massive blast from the past, but also futuristic. The new Motorola Razr is an incredible piece of tech, and now it can be yours for even less. more
Feel free to choose the carrier you want with this unlocked Motorola Edge. You get an immersive display and a dependable 5G performance all in one smartphone. more
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium flagship, offering a nearly bezel-less 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED touchscreen. It's pricey, but this big deal can reduce the hit to your wallet. more
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is last year's model, but it still gives you a powerful phone with a great camera for a lot less than flagship prices. 128GB of storage is enough for almost anyone too. more
The 2019 Google Pixel 4 is still a fantastic phone and an unbeatable value now that the Pixel 5 is out. New or current Verizon customers can score what might be the best price on one right now. more
The Moto G series has long been a household name among budget-friendly Android phones, and this Moto G7 Plus is unlocked for GSM carriers including AT&T and T-Mobile. more
It may not be the latest OnePlus phone anymore, but you can still grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount. more
Love a stylus, but also love not spending large amounts of money? the Moto G Stylus is the cheapest stylus phone around, and with 128GB of storage it's also a solid performer as well. more
Powered by 2020 Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 48MP triple camera system, and 6.6" Max Vision HD, you can capture all the fun moments without worrying about battery, thanks to a 5,000mAh battery. more

Should you shop the Memorial Day phone sales?

As much as we rely on smartphones for just about everything nowadays, there’s a good chance that if you need a new mobile, you can’t afford to wait very long. Perhaps your old phone finally gave up the ghost, or maybe it’s simply no longer as fast and reliable as it was when you first got it. In this case, we definitely recommend taking advantage of these Memorial Day phone deals on some of the best phones on the shelves while they’re up for grabs.

That said, don’t rush into a purchase during these Memorial Day sales if you don’t necessarily need a new phone this week — remember that Prime Day, Amazon’s big yearly event, is right around the corner (and thankfully back on its normal summer schedule this year after being delayed until October last time around). In fact, those Prime Day deals are coming a little earlier than usual, rolling in around late June rather than their usual July time slot.

If you can afford to wait for the Prime Day smartphone deals to arrive, you might find a better bargain then. Prime Day is really rivaled only by Black Friday in terms of price cuts on expensive name-brand tech (a category for which phones definitely qualify). We don’t imagine that these Memorial Day phone sales are going to be better than what you’ll find during Prime Day.

Just note that you need a Prime membership to take advantage of Amazon’s official offers, which typically drop as Lightning Deals. That means that if you don’t have Prime (and aren’t eligible for a free Prime trial — check your account and see), you might be better off snatching up one of these Memorial Day phone deals instead. However, more retailers are running their own competing sales alongside Prime Day that are open to all, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if you can afford to take the chance in hopes of finding a better discount.

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