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Best smartphone deals for November 2021

Do you need a new phone but you’d rather not have to spend the money? Even when we protect them with display shields and custom phone cases, smartphones succumb to wear and tear during years of use. While the best smartphones aren’t cheap, we can help you save some cash if it’s time for a new mobile. We’ve gathered below all the best smartphone deals available this week that cover all the bases including Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, 5G phone deals, and other bargains. Recently the major wireless carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have been offering subsidized phones for new customers, new lines, and even current users who want to upgrade to newer 5G phones. We’ve not seen as many of this type of subsidized deal for several years. You win.

Today’s best smartphone deals

Carrier offers usually require you to sign up for a specific service (usually an unlimited plan), trade in an old device, or port in your current number to get the best possible discount, and this is often the best way to score a deal on a brand-name smartphone — particularly just released newer models. That’s not always a viable option, however, so these smartphone deals also include some great unlocked devices that you can bring to a service provider of your choice:

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
Or buy two, get $800 back

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Verizon)

Up to $1,000 back with trade-in
If you're the type that has to have the biggest and the best, Apple has you covered with the big, beautiful iPhone 13 Pro Max. Score a whopping discount with an eligible trade-in with Verizon. more
Or buy two, get $800 back

Apple iPhone 13 Pro (Verizon)

Up to $1,000 back with trade-in
Want Apple's latest flagship phone but something better than the standard model? The iPhone 13 Pro is for you, and this is one of the best deals going now if you have a device to trade in. more
Or buy one, get one

Apple iPhone 13 (Verizon)

Up to $800 back with trade-in
It doesn't reinvent the wheel, and you already know it doesn't have to. The iPhone 13 is Apple's latest flagship, and if you're an iOS fan, it won't leave you disappointed. more
Or buy one, get one

Apple iPhone 13 Mini (Verizon)

Up to $700 back with trade in
The iPhone 13 Mini gives you the iOS flagship experience you know and love in a compact, pocket-friendly package. more
WITH ACTIVATION
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
Or buy one, get one

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Verizon)

Up to $700 back with trade in
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
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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
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
Upgrade to 5G service with this Samsung S20 FE. It's unlocked and complete with a Pro-Grade 30X Space Zoom camera and 128GB of storage. 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
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
Flip phones are officially back, and the new Galaxy Z Flip proves that they're more than just a gimmick. Grab an unlocked model at the lowest price we've seen it yet. 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
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
You'll get pre-owned savings with this Galaxy S20 FE that has 128GB of storage. 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
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
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
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

Samsung Galaxy smartphone deals

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More than ten years after their inception, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones still command the lion’s share of the Android smartphone market and could arguably be considered Apple’s main competition worldwide (although Apple currently enjoys a larger market share in the U.S. than all Android phone brands combined). As you probably inferred from the name, the 2019 Galaxy S10 phones represent the tenth generation of Samsung’s main flagship line, but Samsung got in the spirit of 2020 when it rolled out the new S-series flagship — dubbed the Galaxy S20 — at its February Galaxy Unpacked event. The Galaxy family also features the Note smartphones that occupy kind of a weird space as alternative flagships featuring larger displays and included stylus pens, and we were more impressed with the new Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra than with the S-series devices. Samsung also recently revealed the unique Galaxy Z Flip, a new spin on the old flip-phone concept, along with the larger (almost iPad Mini-like when in use) Samsung Galaxy Fold.

As far as the new 2021 offerings go, the release strategy hasn’t changed much from last year with three next-generation Galaxy devices to choose from: The Galaxy S21, the larger Galaxy S21 Plus, and the premium Galaxy S21 Ultra (which is far and away our favorite of the bunch). They’re all solid phones as you’d expect, although the Samsung didn’t exactly re-invent the wheel. Your best bet when looking for a deal on new releases like these is to take advantage of the carrier offers below, but if you don’t mind last-gen stuff, you can also find great deals on carrier-unlocked models like the Galaxy S10, Note 10, and similar 2019 flagships.

Apple iPhone deals

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The Apple iPhone is the device that brought smartphones into the limelight, and more than a decade later, the series is still going strong. We saw the release of not two, but three new models (an industry trend that has become the norm in recent years) in 2019 with the mid-range iPhone 11, the flagship iPhone 11 Pro, and the up-sized iPhone 11 Pro Max. For 2020, Apple actually released four new flagships — the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and Apple also recently brought back the iPhone SE, (with the second-gen SE representing a great mid-range flagship alternative similar to Google’s Pixel 3a). That makes five new Apple phones for 2020, giving you more options than ever if you’re after a new iPhone.

Unfortunately, Apple iPhone deals can be a little hard to find sometimes. Often, the best way to save hundreds is to either take advantage of a carrier sign-up offer or to simply buy refurbished, but savvy bargain-hunters can still find prepaid or unlocked iPhone deals on new and slightly older models if they look around. Now is an especially good time to look for deals on recently discontinued devices such as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which are great flagships from 2018 that are much cheaper now but not too dated for use as your everyday smartphone.

LG smartphone deals

LG Velvet Screen
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Sorting through LG’s flagship offerings can be a little confusing due to some odd naming conventions, but there’s no denying that this brand pumps out some very good Android smartphones. Not unlike Samsung, LG has two different flagship lines: The standard G-series devices and the premium V-series phones, both of which now bear LG’s “ThinQ” branding. In 2019, the company added three new devices to the G series stable, the LG G8 ThinQ (the successor to the 2018 G7 ThinQ), and the truly unique dual-screen ThinQ G8x, while the V series saw a refresh in the newer 5G-capable LG V50 ThinQ that succeeded the 2018 V35 ThinQ and LG V40 ThinQ. Even more recently, we saw the LG Velvet and dual-screen LG V60 ThinQ.

LG’s newest offerings didn’t excite us quite as much as others have, but they’re still solid Android devices and are worth it if you can find a good deal — which, with our help, you can. Carriers frequently offer discounts, rebates, and BOGO offers on these premium LG devices, but you can also find some nice unlocked smartphone deals sometimes, even on the latest models. And of course, if you want the best deal on a flagship you can still find new (and not used or refurbished), don’t turn up your nose on slightly older picks like the LG G7 ThinQ or the LG G6.

Google Pixel smartphone deals

Google Pixel 5
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Google was late to the hardware game, but given that this software titan is the brain behind the Android operating system, it’s no surprise that its Pixel phones deliver what might be the best out-of-the-box Android experience to be found in a mobile device. In contrast to decade-old devices like the iPhone or Galaxy, Google’s Pixel devices are currently only in their fifth generation. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL were released last fall, bringing with them some notable improvements like fully metal-and-glass construction (ditching the partially plastic backside of previous models) along with a new three-lens camera module. These were followed by the shockingly cheap Pixel 4a and the new fifth-gen flagship, the Google Pixel 5.

These flagship smartphones are affordable compared to the competition, too (given that Apple and Samsung are now releasing flagships in the $1,000-plus range). Google’s staggered smartphone release strategy means that we may see a new Pixel 5a next spring, but for now, the sub-$400 Pixel 4a is the one to buy if you want one of these devices on the cheap. Also, while deals on the Pixel 5 might be scarce this early after its launch, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are still worthy buys that can be had for deep discounts now.

Carrier smartphone deals

Cellular service providers regularly offer enticing incentives to get you to switch to their LTE plans. Carrier offers are also often the best way to score deals on new flagships like the iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S20. 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 many smartphone deals that are always available from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T, although note that these promotions are often given in the form of bill credits rather than regular discounts.

These carrier offers change all the time, but you can check out each service provider’s updated deal page right here:

  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Sprint
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