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Best smartphone deals for May 2020: iPhone, Samsung, and Google Pixel

Maybe you’ve got a strong preference for a particular smartphone, or maybe you couldn’t care less what sort of phone you’re using as long as it works. There’s at least one thing most of us can agree on, though, and that’s that nobody wants to pay full price for a new smartphone (especially those expensive flagships). A discount is always a good thing when that inevitable time comes to upgrade your old handset, and whether you’re on the hunt for Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, or something else, there’s almost never a bad time to find price cuts and carrier offers that can help you save big.

That’s good news for you because if you need a new phone, you likely need it soon — which is to say that you may not have the luxury of waiting around for the next big seasonal sale. So to save you some time and cash, we’ve dug through big online retailers and major service providers to put together this roundup of the best smartphone deals from household names like Apple, Samsung, Google, LG, Motorola, and others. And since these discounts can save you hundreds, you’ll have plenty of money left over to splurge on a good smartwatch deal to pair with that new device.

Today’s best smartphone deals

Carrier offers usually require you to sign up for a specific service, 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). These smartphone deals, however, also include some nice unlocked devices that you can bring to a service provider of your choice:

  • Motorola Moto E5 16GB (Unlocked)$90, was $250
  • iPhone SE 64GB (Sprint)$90 ($5/month) with 18-month Flex Lease + free $50 gift card, was $400
  • Samsung Galaxy A10e + 1,500 minutes, 1,500 texts, and 365 service days (Tracfone)$110, was $348
  • Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB (Sprint)$180 ($10/month) with 18-month Flex Lease, was $430
  • LG Stylo 5 32GB with Alexa Push-to-Talk (Unlocked)$200, was $300
  • Google Pixel 4 XL (Sprint)$216 ($12/month) with 18-month Flex Lease, was $830
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB (Sprint)$270 ($15/month) with 18-month Flex lease + free $50 gift card, was $1,000
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (Sprint)$360 ($20/month) with 18-month Flex Lease + free $50 gift card, was $850
  • OnePlus 7T$499, was $599
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro MaxUp to $700 off with qualified activation

Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (Unlocked)

$550 $750
Expires soon
Activate with Sprint today and score the 5G-capable Galaxy S10 for a nice discount.

Samsung - Galaxy Note 10, 256GB (Sprint) - Aura Black

$360 $850
Expires soon
A beautiful display, pro-level cameras, and the clever S-pen make this smartphone a standout. This unlocked version is loaded with Android 9.0 Pie with a speedy Snapdragon 855 processor.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Save up to $950 with qualified activation

Expires soon
Best Buy is offering $100 to $950 off the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with activation, a fine chance to save big on Google's latest flagship. If you buy unlocked, you can also get a $200 e-gift card.

Nokia 9 PureView - 128GB (Unlocked) - Midnight Blue

$330 $500
Expires soon
One of the most innovative phones of the year, the Nokia 9 PureView can use all five lenses on the back to take a single photo, delivering unbelievable quality.

Motorola Moto G7 with 64GB Memory, Unlocked Smartphone

$160 $190
Expires soon
Motorola turns out some of the best budget phones you can buy and the Moto G7 is a shining example with a large, 6.2-inch screen, dual-lens camera, and plenty of storage.

Google Pixel 4 XL 64GB (Sprint)

$216 $830
Expires soon
If you're OK with Sprint, then this carrier offer is hard to beat. You can score the Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) for less when you sign up and activate with an 18-month Sprint Flex Lease.

OnePlus 7t

$499 $599
Expires soon
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."

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB, Sprint)

$640 back in bill credits with new line or account

Expires soon
The Galaxy S20 5G has landed at AT&T, and it's available at a huge discount for customers who add a new line and sign up for an unlimited plan.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, & S20 Ultra

Up to $500 off with trade-in

Expires soon
Samsung is offering up to $510 off the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra with an eligible trade-in, but if you don't have a device to trade, you can still take $200 off.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play 32GB

$300 $350
Expires soon
Motorola is the king of budget Android smartphones, and its newer Moto Z3 Play combines a gorgeous screen with great hardware that performs well above what you'd expect for this price.

LG Stylo 5 with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32GB

$150 $300
Expires soon
The plus-sized LG Stylo 5 takes the "smartphone" concept to the next level with built-in Amazon Alexa functionality. Its gorgeous 6.2-inch display (complete with stylus) is pretty nice, too.

Apple iPhone X - 64GB - Space Gray (Renewed & Unlocked)

$462
Expires soon
The Apple iPhone X is still a fantastic phone if you're planning to switch to the iOS ecosystem. You can score an Amazon-renewed unlocked version today to save big.

Google Pixel 3 64GB (Verizon)

$440 $800
Expires soon
Given that Google is behind the Android operating system, it’s no surprise that the Pixel 3 offers what might be the best out-of-the-box Android experience on the market.

LG - Stylo 5 - Aurora Black (Unlocked)

$150 $300
Expires soon
If you want a phone with a built-in stylus but don’t want to spend too much cash, the LG Stylo 5 is a good place to start.

Samsung Galaxy A50 - 64GB storage - Unlocked (Black)

$250 $350
Expires soon
The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a mid-range phone with a solid camera, fingerprint scanner, headphone jack, and a long-lasting battery.

LG V35 ThinQ V35 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Aurora Black

$264 $900
Expires soon
You can now score a carrier-unlocked LG ThinQ V35 for less than $300, a far cry from its steep launch price of $900. For use on AT&T or T-Mobile networks.

Jitterbug Flip Phone

$50 $100
Expires soon
With a large, easy-to-use display and touchpad, the Jitterbug is a classic flip phone that's perfect for seniors, kids, and anyone else looking to wean themselves off attention-devouring smartphones.

Apple iPhone 8, 64GB - for AT&T/T-Mobile (Renewed)

$278 $550
Expires soon
The Apple iPhone 8 may be two years old already, but it remains a solid iPhone up to this day. This renewed version comes with a 90-day guarantee. Compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile

Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB (Unlocked)

$270 $480
Expires soon
The plus-sized version of Google's excellent Pixel 3a (a mid-range alternative to the pricier Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 flagships), on sale for less than the standard-sized model.

LG V40 ThinQ (64GB, Unlocked)

$300 $950
Expires soon
Buying last-gen flagships at a discount is a great way to score a top-notch phone without paying out the nose, and this deal the LG V40 ThinQ is hard to pass up if you're after an unlocked device.

Google Pixel 3 64GB (Unlocked)

$399 $799
Expires soon
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.

Samsung Galaxy S10e Factory Unlocked Phone with 128GB

$500 $600
Expires soon
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a more pocket- and wallet-friendly alternative to the S10 and S10 Plus. Use this fully unlocked phone on the network of your choice.

Motorola Moto G7 Power (32 GB, unlocked for GSM/CDMA carriers)

$180 $250
Expires soon
The Moto G-series has long been a household name among budget-friendly Android phones, and this G7 Power is unlocked for GSM and CDMA carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others.

Samsung Galaxy A70 (Factory Unlocked)

$330 $450
Expires soon
The Samsung Galaxy A70 has an impressive triple camera array, a bold and beautiful display, and an epic battery life.

Xiaomi Mi 9 64GB (Unlocked)

$400
Expires soon
We haven't seen a true "flagship killer" yet, but the Xiaomi Mi 9 comes close. Its Snapdragon 855 chip and display are fantastic, and so is its price.

Straight Talk LG Rebel 4 Prepaid Smartphone

$40 $70
Expires soon
If you're a light user or you're looking for a basic first smartphone for a younger person, going the prepaid route with this LG Rebel 4 is a very economical alternative to a standard plan.

Apple iPhones - Various Models (Apple Store Refurbished)

Up to $300 off

Expires soon
Buying refurbished is a great way to save money if you're doing it from a trusted retailer, and it doesn't get much better than the Apple Store. These Apple-refurbished iPhones look and work like new.

Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Factory Unlocked Smartphone - US Version (Midnight Black)

$450 $500
Expires soon
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is 2017's flagship model and still a solid choice with excellent battery life. This factory unlocked version can be used on any U.S. carrier.

Google Pixel 4 64GB (Unlocked)

$750 $800
Expires soon
Deals on unlocked Pixel 4 phones have been somewhat scarce, but this is a nice discount on Google's latest flagship that you can take to the carrier of your choice.

LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

$700 $950
Expires soon
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.
FREE $50 GIFT CARD

iPhone SE 64GB (Sprint)

$90 $300
Expires soon
The pocket-friendly 4.7-inch iPhone SE is finally back by popular demand. Activate today to score it for a huge discount before it even ships (set for release on April 24).

Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB (Unlocked)

$500 $600
Expires soon
Activate today and score Samsung's budget-friendly flagship alternative, the awesome Galaxy S10e, at a nice discount.

Google Pixel 3a 64GB (Unlocked)

$230 $400
Expires soon
This is a great chance to score the awesome Google Pixel 3a, Google's flagship alternative at a very nice discount when you buy unlock and then activate.

Motorola Moto E5 16GB (Unlocked)

$90 $250
Expires soon
If you're after a dirt cheap name-brand Android smartphone, it doesn't get much cheaper than this unlocked Motorola Moto E5.

Samsung Galaxy smartphone deals

front view of Samsung Galaxy S20 line
John Velasco / Digital Trends

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

Apple iPhone 8 review keyboard front
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

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. Apple most recently brought back the iPhone SE, with the second-gen SE representing a great mid-range flagship alternative similar to Google’s Pixel 3a.

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 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 3 review
Simon Hill/Digital Trends

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. Carrier offers are also often the best way to score deals on new flagships like the iPhone 11 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 these smartphone deals from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T:

  • T-MobileSave up to $700 via bill credits on the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone Pro, and 11 Pro Max when you switch with a trade-in (allowing you to potentially score the SE or iPhone 11 for free). Or, you can enjoy a 50% rebate (also via bill credits) on the new Samsung Galaxy S20 when you switch, or 50% off the new OnePlus 8 when you trade-in an eligible device or add a new line.
  • VerizonSwitch with a select-trade in and sign up for an Unlimited plan to get up to $850 off one of the latest iPhones, the OnePlus 8 5G, or the Samsung Galaxy S20 (via bill credits and a gift card) plus a free Verizon Stream TV device, or choose from a variety of BOGO offers and standalone discounts of $300 to $600 on flagships like the iPhone XS, Google Pixel 4, and Galaxy S10 when you switch and add a line (some offers require a trade-in to get the best discount).
  • AT&T: AT&T has great offers if you don’t want to buy two phones: Get the iPhone 8 for free or the iPhone 11 64GB for 50% off when you switch and/or add a line on an unlimited plan, or you can get massive discounts on current-gen devices like the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone X series, LG V series, Galaxy S series, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Note devices with no trade-ins required.
  • SprintAdd a new line and score the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for free via bill credits, or trade in an eligible device to get a free iPhone 11. You can also take 50% or more off of the latest iPhones, Galaxy S series and Note devices, Google Pixel phones, LG V- and G-series ThinQ phones, and more, including 5G-capable models, with no trade-in necessary. Port-in your number and you can get a $100 prepaid Mastercard.
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