Save up to $900 with the best smartphone deals for August 2018

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

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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 PlusiPhone 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 V30LG 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 2XLiPhone 8iPhone 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:

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