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Best smartphone deals for January 2021: iPhone, Samsung, and Google Pixel

The best smartphones don’t come cheap (new flagships can get especially pricey today, retailing for more than most computers), but when you need a new mobile, you probably need it soon. The good news is that there are always Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, and other mobile bargains available year-round, so you don’t have to wait around for the next big sale or for your current contract to expire so you can take advantage of carrier sign-up offers.

To save you both time and cash, we’ve rounded up all the best smartphone deals, bundle offers, and carrier promos that can save you enough money to buy one of these smartwatch deals to pair with that shiny new handset.

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 newer models that were just released. 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:

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OnePlus 8 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB Storage, Unlocked)

$799 $999
The OnePlus 8 Pro is one of our favorite OnePlus phones. It holds its own with the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S20 with its world-class display and buttery smooth performance -- and it's cheaper.
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OnePlus Nord N10 5G + Free True Wireless OnePlus Buds Z

$300
Grab the new OnePlus Nord N10 5G smartphone and score a free pair of true wireless OnePlus Buds Z (a $50 value) to sweeten the deal.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Note 20 Ultra 5G (128GB)

As much as $550 off with trade-in

Samsung currently has one of the best trade-in deals, offering the Galaxy Note 20 for as low as $450 or the Note 20 Ultra for as low as $750. Activate with any major carrier or buy unlocked.
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Motorola Moto G7 Play (Unlocked)

$80 $200
If you don't want to sign up for a plan right away to get a deal, this unlocked smartphone deal lets you grab the budget-friendly (but very impressive) Moto G7 Play for super cheap.
WITH PORT-IN
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Cricket Wireless)

$150 $350
If you're looking to ditch the traditional carriers for a more economical prepaid service provider, then Cricket Wireless has the new iPhone SE on sale for a nice discount if you bring your number.
Extra $50 off with on-page coupon
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TCL 10L (Unlocked)

$200 $250
TCL has been a big name in the market for budget-friendly flagship alternatives, and the new 6.5-inch TCL 10L is a great plus-sized Android device for those who like larger phones.
FREE $100 SAMSUNG CREDIT
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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra (Unlocked)

As low as $75 with trade-in

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 pre-order the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra.
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Google Pixel 3 64GB (Unlocked)

$290 $799
Get the Google Pixel 3 smartphone with a huge discount from Amazon and have the purest Android experience. Add in long-life battery and fantastic photos, and this is deal is a winner.
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Motorola Moto One Action 128GB (Unlocked)

$200 $350
Motorola is the king of budget Android smartphones, and its new Motoe One Action combines a gorgeous screen with great hardware that performs well above what you'd expect for this price.
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Motorola Moto G7 Optimo Maxx (Tracfone)

$60
If you're after a dirt cheap name-brand Android smartphone, it doesn't get much cheaper than the 6.2-inch Motorola Moto G7 Optimo Maxx.
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LG K30 (Unlocked)

$70 $140
Looking for a modest-sized affordable Android smartphone? You're in luck. The LG K30 has everything you need to text, talk, snap, and browse — at home and on the move.
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Motorola Moto G7 Power (Unlocked)

$225 $250
The Moto G series has long been a household name among budget-friendly Android phones, and this Moto G7 Power is unlocked for GSM and CDMA carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and others.
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Nokia 5.3 (64GB, Unlocked)

$185 $200
With a lovely 6.55-inch HD+ display and two-day battery life, the Nokia 5.3 proves that you really can get a great phone for cheap.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 256GB (Unlocked)

$958 $1,380
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.
WITH ON-PAGE COUPON
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TCL 10 Pro (Unlocked)

$360 $450
A few years ago we laughed at the cliched term "flagship killer," but the gorgeous TCL 10 Pro might just change our mind. It's an incredible value that punches well above its middling price tag.
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Samsung Galaxy A21 (32GB, 6.5” Infinity Display, Quad Camera), Black

$220 $250
The Samsung A Series is known for its impressive camera quality and crystal clear edge-to-edge display. If phone photography is your hobby, consider getting this model.
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OnePlus 7T (8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Unlocked)

$350 $600
With superb build quality, a stunning 90Hz touchscreen, and great hardware, the OnePlus 7T smartphone is the closest thing we've ever seen to a true "flagship killer."
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Samsung Galaxy A11 32GB

Free with unlimited plan

The Galaxy A11 is a very budget-friendly offering from Samsung made even cheaper (that is, totally free) when you sign up for a qualifying AT&T unlimited plan.
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Google Pixel 4 64GB (Verizon, Renewed)

$328
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.
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Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 (All Models, T-Mobile)

Up to $1,000 back

T-Mobile has a ton of offers for new and current customers on all models of the iPhone 11 and new iPhone 12, with savings of up to $1,000 (via bill credits) when you trade in or buy two devices.
WITH TRADE-IN
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (Verizon)

$250 $400
Thanks to its AMOLED+ screen, the A71 has a bigger and brighter display that lets you watch media and take photos/videos clearly. And with a 64mp main camera, you can capture moments in hi-res.
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Google Pixel 4a 5G 128GB (Unlocked)

$410 $500
Google released a 5G version of its Pixel 4a, which was already one of the best values in the smartphone market even without this feature. If you want a flagship alternative with 5G, you've found it.
ALL COLORS
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$337 $358
Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone XR to $499, but this renewed deal is a bargain and one of the best ways to get a hold of a powerful iPhone for less.
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Moto G Power (Unlocked)

$170 $250
Capture detailed close-ups and wide panoramas with the Moto G Power's 16MP triple camera. You can also watch your favorite movies and play games with this phone's high definition display.
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Apple iPhone XS Max, 64GB (Unlocked, Renewed)

$478
With its epic plus-sized screen, the Apple iPhone XS Max is a smartphone you can live in. Save hundreds on this unlocked Amazon Renewed model, allowing you to take yours to a carrier of your choosing.
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Motorola Moto G Stylus (Unlocked)

$210 $300
The affordable Moto G series continues to impress, and the G Stylus smartphone brings lots of plus-sized convenience with its 6.4-inch display (complete with stowable stylus) for a paltry sum.
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Moto G Fast (Unlocked)

$100 $200
The Moto G Fast has an outstanding battery life of two days on a single charge, which means you can stay connected longer. It's also unlocked which makes it easier for you to choose your carrier.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (Unlocked)

$700 $750
Activate today and score the incredible Samsung Galaxy S10 for a nice discount.
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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition (T-Mobile)

$479 $558
It may not be the latest OnePlus phone any more, but you can still grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount.
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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$450 $700
Feel free to choose the carrier of your choice with this unlocked Motorola Edge. You get an immersive display and a dependable 5G performance all in one smartphone.
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Sony Xperia 1 (Unlocked,128GB)

$689 $950
The Sony Xperia 1 is your own home theater on-the-go, packed with features to make your life a more convenient and cinematic experience. Ever wanted to maximize your lifestyle? This phone is step 1.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (128GB, 5G), Cosmic Black

$1,350 $1,400
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra lets you take captivating photos and videos while its massive storage capacity lets you keep your growing collection of media.
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Samsung - Galaxy Note 10, 256GB (Sprint)

Save $500

A beautiful display, pro-level cameras, and the clever S-pen make this smartphone a standout. This unlocked version is loaded with Android 10 with a speedy Snapdragon 855 processor.
Trade-in and get $125 instant credit
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Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB (Unlocked)

$500 $650
Activate today and score Samsung's budget-friendly flagship alternative, the awesome Galaxy S10e, at a nice discount.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB

$950 $1,000
Samsung's new Galaxy S20 doesn't re-invent the wheel, and with a nearly bezel-less design this good, that's just fine. Grab an unlocked model, bring it to your favorite carrier, and save some cash.
WITH ACTIVATION
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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

$450 $500
A barely released phone, the LG G8X Dual Screen has flagship specs and a flagship look -- but it's the two screens that really catch your eye. If you're curious, this is the price to get it at.

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 2019 offerings go, there are actually five 10th-generation Galaxy devices for buyers to choose from: The Galaxy S10, the larger S10 Plus, the budget-minded S10e, the Note 10, and the Note 10 Plus. They’re all great, although the Galaxy S10e is the best value of the bunch while the Note 10 Plus could be our favorite overall. 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 S9, Note 9, and similar 2018 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 V40 ThinQ. 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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