Save up to $700 with the best smartphone deals for May 2018

There are many different reasons you might be in dire need of a new phone, though perhaps one of the biggest complaints when it comes to any old 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 $700. Getting a new phone shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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T-Mobile has some buy one, get one deals on Apple phones, as well as the LG V30 and LG G6. When you purchase either of these two devices (either outright or on an installment plan), you can receive bill credits worth up to $696 toward a second LG phone of equal or lesser value. Apple heads can also score up to $700 toward a second iPhone (via prepaid card) with the purchase of an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus for new customers who switch to Verizon with an eligible trade-in.

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 that 4G LTE, 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:

  • Verizon: Verizon Wireless is offering some nice bundles and trade-in deals on select flagship phones right now. Buy a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL for 50 percent off with a select trade-in and score two months of YouTube TV and a Google Home Mini smart hub totally free. Other trade-in deals let you take 50 percent off the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, or Motorola Z2 Force.
  • Sprint: Sprint currently has some big discounts on LG phones, along with buy one, get one deals on Apple devices, letting you score a second iPhone 8 for free (a $700 value) when you buy an iPhone 8iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X on a “rent-to-own” Sprint Flex lease. Or, if Android is more your style, you can score the Samsung Galaxy S9 for $297, the Galaxy S9 Plus for $387, or the LG V30 Plus for $342, taking 50 percent off when you purchase any of these with an 18-month Sprint Flex lease.
  • AT&T: AT&T has a few nice deals that let you take up to 50 percent off of a name-brand flagship. The iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, and the unique dual-screen ZTE Axom M can all be yours with a juicy rebate (giving you as much as $400 in bill credits) when you order any of these devices on AT&T Next. The pocket-friendly iPhone SE can also be yours for free when you buy it on AT&T Next and sign up for a new wireless service.

Unlocked smartphone deals

Carrier offers typically require you to sign up for a specific service or to 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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Updated on May 18, 2018: Added the new Verizon trade-in offers, unlocked Essential Phone, unlocked Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, and unlocked Moto Z2 Play smartphone deals. Removed expired offers and updated prices.

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