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

It was more than a decade ago that the first smartphone was unveiled and the mobile revolution began. That feels like a lifetime in the world of tech, and today, few of us can imagine a world without these handy mobile devices that sit patiently at our beck and call day-in, day-out. That daily use comes with wear and tear, however, so eventually the time will come to buy a new handset — and we know as well as anybody that the best smartphones don’t come cheap.

The latest flagships cost even more than most computers, but if you’re in need of a new mobile device and you’re on the hunt for Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, and other mobile bargains, you’ve found the right place. We’ve scoured the web to round up all the best smartphone deals available this week with deep discounts that can leave you with enough cash to grab one of these smartwatch deals. Act fast, though; with the holiday shopping season underway and delivery times being extended, you’ll need to order soon if you want your new phone before the end of the year.

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 8T with free OnePlus Buds

$749
OnePlus 8T, a 5G-capable mobile, is one of the best values on the Android market today, and it comes with a fre gift -- the excellent OnePlus Buds.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

AT&T has a great offer going right now on the new iPhone 12, letting you score one for barely any money at all, as long as you have a device to trade in.
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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$639 $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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OnePlus 8 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB Storage, Unlocked)

$799 $899
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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LG V50 ThinQ (128GB, 5G), Aurora Black

$314 $1,000
Are you looking for an affordable alternative to the iPhone? The LG V50 has a similar design, a 6.4-inch P-OLED screen for a clear display, and a hi-res camera to capture memories with.
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Blu Vivo XI+ (GSM & CDMA Unlocked)

$200 $250
With a gorgeous 6.2-inch display, 64GB of storage, and 4GB RAM, the Blu Vivo XI+ is an incredible value at this price. GSM and CDMA compatibility let you take it to a carrier of your choice.
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Google Pixel 4a 128GB (Unlocked)

$300 $350
Google's budget-friendly Pixel 4a is here, and it's already cheaper than the Pixel 3a -- but if you activate today, you can get it for even less than that.
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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)

$100 $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 ELIGIBLE TRADE-IN
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB)

$560 off with trade-in

The Galaxy S20 5G has landed, and it's available at a huge discount for anyone who can trade-in an eligible phone.
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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, & S20 Ultra

From $115

Samsung is offering a load off the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra with an eligible trade-in, but if you don't have a device to trade, you can still take a decent amount off immediately.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max 64GB (AT&T)

Up to $700 back

Switch, port-in your current number, and trade in your device to get up to $800 back towards an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max. That's an incredible discount.
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OnePlus 7T (8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Unlocked)

$399 $599
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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Apple iPhones - Various Models (Apple Store Refurbished)

Up to $370 off

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.
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Moto G Fast (Unlocked)

$150 $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.
WITH TRADE-IN
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Apple iPhone 12 Mini (Verizon)

Up to $412 off

With its nearly bezel-less 5.4-inch display, the new iPhone 12 Mini is the perfect pocket-sized companion for those who are tired of the big phone trend.
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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$345 $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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Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray - for AT&T/T-Mobile (Renewed)

$248 $550
The iPhone 8 may be two years old already but it's still a super solid smartphone. Score a renewed 64GB version with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee that promises good-as-new looks and functionality.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (128GB)

$600 $650
Upgrade your Samsung Galaxy with the S10 Lite for better performance and its pro-grade 48MP main and 32MP front cameras. Its UHD screen lets you stream videos and play games in high resolution.
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OnePlus 8 (Unlocked)

$599 $799
OnePlus has been blowing up the mid-range flagship alternative scene lately, and the new OnePlus 8 continues that trend -- and you can grab it for a nice coupon code discount.
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Sony Xperia 1 (Unlocked,128GB)

$698 $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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LG K30 (Unlocked)

$60 $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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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini

Up to $250 back with trade-in

Apple's stunning new iPhone 12 and pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini are available for order, and if you have a device to trade, then you can get one of these new iOS flagships at a discount.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$400
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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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 4a 128GB (Verizon)

FREE WITH NEW LINE

Activate a new line with Verizon and score the Google Pixel 4a for $240 ($10/month) after bill credits, the lowest price we've seen on this new midrange alternative to a flagship.
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Moto G Power (Unlocked)

$125 $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.
FOR NEW CUSTOMERS
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Verizon)

Up to $550 back with trade-in

With its superb overall design, vibrant 120Hz display, excellent camera module, and 5G compatibility, the Galaxy S20 FE is the phone to beat for around $700 -- but you can grab it for even less.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (128GB, 5G), Cosmic Black

$1,100 $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.
WITH ELIGIBLE TRADE-IN
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Galaxy Note 20 5G 128GB

Up to $700 back in bill credits

The stunning new Galaxy Note 20 is up for order, and AT&T is already offering it with a very tidy bill credit rebate for customers with an eligible trade-in.
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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition (T-Mobile)

$699 $899
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.
WITH TRADE-IN
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (Verizon)

$165 $650
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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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (128GB, 5G)

$950 $1,000
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the ideal work phone since you can take notes and convert them into a document. Its hyperfast processor ensures that you won't experience lagging no matter your task.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Unlocked)

$1,250 $1,300
If you don't want to activate just yet or are still between service providers, Amazon already has a nice discount on the premium unlocked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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Google Pixel 5 (Verizon)

Up to $550 back in bill credits/New line

Google's new 5G-ready flagship is here, and Verizon already has a solid deal on one if you've got a device to trade in.
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Apple iPhone XS Max, 64GB, Gold - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$559 $1,000
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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LG Stylo 5 with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32GB

$200 $300
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.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

Free MOGA XP5-X+ controller

Grab an unlocked Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra and score a free game controller when you activate with one of the major carriers through Best Buy.
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Motorola Moto G Stylus (Unlocked)

$250 $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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Motorola Moto G7 Power (Unlocked)

$170 $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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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Unlocked)

$650 $700
Following in the footsteps of other smartphone brands, Samsung has rolled out the Galaxy S20 FE as a cost-effective alternative to expensive flagships -- and you can already grab it at a discount.
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TCL 10 Pro (Unlocked)

$287 $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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Google Pixel 4 - 64GB - Unlocked

$523 $799
For the digital nomad looking for a worthy rival to the iPhone, the Google Pixel 4 is exactly that, offering an HD camera and motion-powered automation in one sleek and stylish package.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB

$750 $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.
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Jitterbug Flip Phone

$83 $100
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.
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OnePlus 8 Pro & OnePlus 7T for $1,148

$1,148 $1,498
Buy a OnePlus 8 Pro for $799 and you can also grab the OnePlus 7T for just $349, getting you two flagship-level phones for just $1,148. Add both to your basket to get the discount.
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Motorola Moto G7 Optimo Maxx (Straight Talk Wireless)

$50 $100
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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Motorola Moto E (Unlocked)

$80 $150
With its 42-hour battery life, you can maximize the Moto E with a single charge. The phone has a neat 13MP dual camera so that you can take stunning close-up photos.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (5G, Unlocked, 128GB)

$950 $1,200
With the power of 5G at your beck and call, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus is one of the best ways to keep in touch, making it an easy-to-use smartphone with excellent network capabilities.
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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

$400 $700
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.
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TCL 10L (Unlocked)

$138 $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.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (Unlocked)

$790 $1,000
If you don't want to activate with a carrier right away, this deal is your best bet for scoring a regular discount on the factory unlocked 5G-capable Galaxy S20.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (Unlocked)

$550 $750
Activate today and score the incredible Samsung Galaxy S10 for a nice discount.

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 (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, 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. 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. 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. Last 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. 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 this year 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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