No matter which operating system, network carrier, or brand you prefer (if you have one), there will always come a time when you need to shop for a new smartphone. Usually it’s just to replace an old worn-down device, other times it’s because your faithful years-old phone finally gave up the ghost. But whatever the reason, an upgrade is always a good thing, and with the biggest brands in the industry releasing multiple new flagships annually, there is virtually never a bad time to find Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, and other discounts that will save you a wad of cash and blow your old mobile away. And while the big spring and summer blowouts are still a ways off, there are plenty of ongoing deals and carrier offers that give you a chance to score a shiny new smartphone and keep some money in your pocket.
If your current phone is well beyond its “best by” date you’re looking for a newer one at a discount, we’ve gathered up a big handful of Android and iPhone deals that are available online right now. Our roundup contains juicy price cuts on all sorts of unlocked devices as well as a few carrier sign-up offers, buy-one-get-one-free rebates, and more, with potential savings of up to $950. You don’t have to pay out the nose for a new smartphone — although you might if you’re also after a deal on a smartwatch to pair it with.
Today’s best 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 unlocked mobile phones when you buy them outright to bring to a service provider of your choice:
- — $99 (was $299)
- — $150 (was $300)
- — $235 (was $550)
- — Free with new line or account (was $600)
- — $360 with 18-month Sprint Flex Lease (was $880)
- — $450 (was $700)
- — $499 (was $599)
- — $550 (was $750)
- — $598 (was $799)
- — $600 with activation (was $1,300)
- — $700 with activation (was $950)
- — Up to $450 off with activation
Save up to $375 with qualified activation
Samsung Galaxy smartphone deals
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, although we didn’t see a new refresh announced at Galaxy Unpacked. However, Samsung did reveal the unique Galaxy Z Flip, a new spin on the old flip-phone concept, and in late 2019 we saw 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 (the Galaxy Note 10 series are still the newest Notes you can buy at the moment, although we may see new Note models released sometime later this year). 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, Galaxy S8, Note 9, and similar 2017 and 2018 flagships.
Apple iPhone deals
The Apple iPhone is the device that brought smartphones into the limelight, and more than a decade later, the series is still going strong. Last year saw the release of not two, but three new models (an industry trend that has become the norm in recent years) in the mid-range iPhone 11, the flagship iPhone 11 Pro, and the up-sized iPhone 11 Pro Max. This follows Apple’s release strategy from 2018, wherein the company rolled out the more budget-friendly iPhone XR along with the pricier iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships.
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 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and high-end iPhone X, which are great flagships from 2017 that are much cheaper now but not too dated for use as your everyday smartphone.
LG smartphone deals
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. This year, 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.
LG’s newest offerings didn’t excite us quite as much as others have, but they’re still solid Android devices and are definitely 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 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 fourth generation: The new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL were recently released this 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 succeeded the excellent Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships from 2018.
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), and Google also revealed two even more affordable midrange flagship alternatives — the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL — earlier in 2019. Google’s staggered smartphone release strategy means that we may see a new Pixel 4a and 4a XL next spring, but for now, the sub-$400 Pixel 3a is the one to buy if you want one of these devices on the cheap. Also, while deals on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL might be scarce this early after their launch, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 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. 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 these smartphone deals from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T:
- : If you’re looking to switch carriers, T-Mobile has some enticing offers. New customers who join T-Mobile and port-in their number can get up to $700 back in bill credits towards the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max with a qualifying trade-in, potentially scoring the 64GB iPhone 11 free of charge. Alternatively, Android users can get $750 back in bill credits towards a second LG G8 ThinQ when you buy two and add new lines for both. New customers who switch can also get up to $400 back towards their Galaxy S10 or Note 10 with a number port-in (no trade-in required).
- : Verizon has a bundle of rebate offers on Apple and Android flagships, giving you as much as $650 back on devices like the iPhone 11, iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Google Pixel 4, LG G8 ThinQ, and V50 ThinQ when you switch with a qualifying trade-in (adding a new line on the Unlimited plan nets you the biggest rebate). There are also some discounts and even some free offers on cheaper devices like the iPhone 7, Motorola Moto Z4, and LG Stylo 5 when you add a new line — no trade-in necessary.
- : AT&T is offering some nice freebie deals for new customers who switch and port-in their old number. Do this and get up to $700 back in bill credits when you purchase two of any of the iPhones released since 2017, from the iPhone 8 to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, with an eligible wireless plan. Note that the 64GB iPhone 8, XS, and XR are not eligible for this offer (although all models with upgraded storage are, as are the 64GB iPhone XS and iPhone 8). There are also discounts and rebates of up to $950 available on Android flagships like the LG G8X ThinQ, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy S10 and S10e, and Google Pixel 4; some require a port-in of your current number, others only require a new line on an eligible wireless plan.
- : Sprint has some solid deals that can get you an iPhone 11 for free with an eligible trade-in if you purchase it with an 18-month rent-to-own Sprint Flex Lease and add a new line. There is also a myriad of standalone discounts (i.e. you don’t need to buy two phones to get the rebate) of 50% or more on many other name-brand phones like the Samsung Galaxy S-series and Note devices, last-gen iPhones, LG G- and V-series ThinQ devices, One Plus 7 Pro, Google Pixels, and others (including some 5G-capable models) when you add a new line.
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