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 $1,000. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
The best deal
The beefy Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was just released (we’re big fans), and carriers are offering some juicy 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 – that’s 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 order:
- Samsung: Samsung has a couple freebie offers when you order the Galaxy Note 9 directly: Purchase the standard 128GB Note 9 and get a free Gear Fit2 Pro fitness smartwatch or the beefy Gear S3 smartwatch with wireless charger for just $99 more (a $250 savings). If you order the 512GB Note 9 instead, you can get the Gear S3 and charger totally free.
- Sprint: The Galaxy Note 9 is on sale from Sprint for just $15 per month with a rent-to-own Sprint Flex lease, bringing the price down to just $270 — no trade-ins or extra purchases required. If you’re already a Sprint customer or are willing to switch, then this is the best Note 9 deal going at the moment.
- Verizon: With a qualifying trade-in, you can upgrade your current phone to a Note 9 and score a $100 discount or, if you add a new line, you can get a juicier $300 savings, bringing the price of your Note 9 down to $700 (spread across 24 monthly payments if you don’t want to buy it outright).
- T-Mobile: Buy a Galaxy Note 9 from T-Mobile and add a line to your existing plan and you can grab a second Note 9 for $720 off (applied via bill credits)
- AT&T: AT&T is offering a couple Galaxy Note 9 deals: Purchase two and take 75 percent off of the second, or enjoy a $200 discount when you buy one with an eligible trade-in.
More 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, 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 and rebate deals on name-brand Android and Apple flagships: Buy two iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, 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 (rebate amount varies by model). Alternatively, you can get an LG V30 totally free via bill credits when you order one on AT&T Next. The pocket-friendly iPhone SE can also be yours for free with an eligible wireless service.
- T-Mobile: T-Mobile is also offering discounts and rebate deals on a number of flagships. You can score a big rebate on an LG V30, LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S9, or Galaxy Note8 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. Apple deals let you take $300 off the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, all-new iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max with a qualifying iPhone trade-in.
- Verizon: Verizon Wireless is offering BOGO and 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 2XL, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, LG V30, or LG G7 ThinQ when you purchase one of these devices and add a new line. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is also on sale for $200 off with no trade-in necessary. For Apple deals, you can get $700 off of a second iPhone when you buy a iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X.
- Sprint: Sprint currently has some big discounts on Android and Apple devices, letting you get $450 when you buy an iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone 8 when you add two new lines or one new line with one line upgrade — no trade-ins required. If you have an eligible trade in, however, then you can pre-order the iPhone XS (a $1,000 value) for free or the iPhone XS Max for just $4 per month (totaling $75). Android deals let you score the Samsung Galaxy S9 for $162 or the Galaxy S9 Plus for $252 when you purchase either one 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:
- Blu R1 HD: Blu is a relatively new player that has challenged Motorola’s dominance in the “budget Android phone” market. If you came here looking for one of the cheapest unlocked Android phones on our list, then check out the R1 HD. The unlocked 5.2-inch model rings in at just $80 ($50 off) from Amazon.
- Moto G6: The Moto G is still one of the best budget Android smartphones on the market today. Prime members can score the unlocked sixth-generation Moto G for $235 from Amazon after a $15 discount, and the G6 Play is also on sale for $190. No Prime membership? No problem — B&H also has the G6 on sale for just $230 and the G6 Play for $200.
- Huawei Honor 7X: Huawei has a number of budget-friendly alternatives to brand-name flagships. Its surprisingly great Honor 7X is a sleeper hit that you may have missed, and it’s an absolute steal at just $200 from Amazon.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro: This year has been a good one for phones, and another surprise hit from Huawei is the great Mate 10 Pro. It is currently on sale from Amazon for $500 ($300 off).
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: We’ve seen no shortage of alleged “flagship killers” that too often fall short of expectations, but the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 actually lives up to this promise. This budget-friendly dual-sim smartphone punches well above its weight at just $380 from Amazon after a nice $320 price cut.
- Samsung Galaxy S8: The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be one of the best Android devices to hit the market in 2018, but the Galaxy S8 is still awesome and now more affordable than ever: You can score the unlocked version from Amazon for just $474 for a $126 discount.
- Nokia 6.1: The Nokia 6.1 is all-new for 2018, and it’s arguably the best budget Android phone to come out this year, with hardware that outshines most other cheap smartphones. Amazon has it for $227, while B&H has unlocked models in stock now for $230.
- Essential Phone: The Essential Phone is another newcomer to the smartphone scene, and it’s a winner. It’s got a great bezel-less design, a large and vibrant HD display, and excellent hardware under the hood. It’s on sale on Amazon right now for as low as $310 ($190 off), one of the lowest prices we’ve seen yet.
- Sony Xperia XA1: Sony’s Xperia X lineup remains highly underrated in the huge market of Android smartphones, with these devices offering flagship-like features at midrange prices. The Xperia XA1 is a shining example of the value that Sony’s phones provide and comes in at just $215 from Amazon with a $84 discount.
- Moto E4: For one of the cheapest brand-name Android phones you can buy, check out the 4th-generation Moto E. You can score the E4 for $80 from Best Buy if you activate it today. If you don’t want to activate right away, then both B&H and Walmart have this smartphone in stock for a still-affordable $130. This phone is fully unlocked and ready to use with any GSM carrier and select CDMA carriers.
- Google Pixel: Another fantastic 2017 flagship (and one of our favorites) is the Google Pixel XL. You can grab an unlocked 32GB model for $324 from Amazon or $320 from B&H and save $330 off of its retail price.
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