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

It’s been 13 years since the smartphone revolution changed the way we communicate and connect with each other on a daily basis. Today, many people can’t imagine a world without smartphones, and more than a few of us run these little gadgets hard and put them up wet. No matter how rough or gentle you are with your own phone, however, the stresses of everyday use mean that you’re going to have to buy a new one at some point.

Smartphone shopping can be fun, but paying retail prices isn’t. The best way to soften the blow to your wallet is by finding a good bargain, and we can help you do just that with this up-to-date list of the best Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, and other discounts — many of which can save you enough cash to grab one of these smartwatch deals.

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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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

AT&T has the best pre-order rebate offer going right now on the new iPhone 12, letting you score one for as little as $0 if you have a device to trade in.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

If you're excited about Apple's new iPhones but you've gotta have one of the premium models, here's an early pre-order discount on the iPhone 12 Pro if you have a phone to trade in.
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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$550 $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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LG V50 ThinQ (128GB, 5G), Aurora Black

$314 $334
Are you looking for an affordable alternative to the iPhone? LG V50 has a similar design, a 6.4" P-OLED screen for a clear display, and a hi-res camera to capture memories with.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Verizon)

Save up to $850

Want the plus-sized version of the awesome iPhone 11 Pro? Buy one on unlimited with a trade-in and enjoy a very nice rebate in bill credits.
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Apple iPhone 12 (Xfinity, Pre-Order)

$250 back with pre-order

New customers who switch to Xfinity and port-in their number can take $250 off the new iPhone 12, while existing customers can get a $250 gift card with their pre-order.
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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 finally 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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Apple iPhone SE 256GB (2020)

Free with new line

The new iPhone SE has the heart of an iPhone 11, the body of an iPhone 8, and the price tag of an iPhone 6.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Up to $700 off with trade-in and activation, or $200 with activation

If you're looking to pre-order the new Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra and have a device to trade-in, then you can get serious dollar back with qualifying activation with one of the major carriers.
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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

$450 $950
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.
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 pre-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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Motorola Moto E Unlocked

$130 $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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Motorola Moto G7 Play (Unlocked)

$150 $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.
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Samsung - Galaxy Note 10, 256GB (Sprint)

$650 $950
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.
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Moto G Fast Unlocked, White

$170 $200
The Moto G Fast has an outstanding battery life of two days on a single charge, this means you can stay connected longer. It is also unlocked which makes it easier for you to choose your carrier.
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Motorola Moto G Stylus

$250 $300
Use this phone for a longer period with a single charge to stay connected no matter where you are. Since this Moto G with Stylus is unlocked, you can choose your preferred carrier.
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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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Moto G7 Power Unlocked

$179 $250
With a 5000mAh built-in battery, the Moto G7 Power can have a battery life for up to three days on a single charge. This Motorola smartphone is also unlocked so that you can choose your carrier.
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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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Moto G Power (Unlocked)

$220 $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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Google Pixel 5 (Verizon, Pre-Order)

Up to $550 off with trade-in

Google's new 5G-ready flagship is here for pre-order, and Verizon already has a solid deal on one if you've got a device to trade-in.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max 64GB (AT&T)

Up to $800 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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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

$495 $600
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 S20+ Plus (128GB, 5G), Black

$996 $1,200
Upgrade your phone to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, which is not only a reliable and spacious phone for every task, but can also take beautiful photos with Single Take AI and its hi-res camera zoom.
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Google Pixel 3 64GB (Unlocked)

$312 $338
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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Google Pixel 4 - 64GB - Unlocked

$618 $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 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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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, White - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$385 $600
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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Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB (Unlocked)

$398 $479
The plus-sized version of Google's excellent Pixel 3a (a mid-range alternative to the pricier Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 flagships) is on sale for less than the standard-sized model.
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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini (Pre-Order)

Up to $250 back with trade-in

Apple has its stunning new iPhone 12 and pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini up for pre-order, and if you have a device you'd like to trade, then you can get one of these new iOS flagships at a discount.
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TCL 10 Pro (Unlocked)

$400 $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 A51 (Verizon)

$0 $400
The Samsung Galaxy A51 is a very affordable mid-range phone with a solid camera, fingerprint scanner, vibrant 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a long-lasting battery.
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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition (T-Mobile) + Free True Wireless OnePlus Buds

$699 $899
Grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount and score a free pair of true wireless OnePlus Buds (a $79 value) to sweeten the deal.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB, Sprint)

$550 $1,000
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.
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Apple iPhones - Various Models (Apple Store Refurbished)

Up to $350 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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Motorola Moto G7 Power (Unlocked)

$179 $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, S20 Plus, & S20 Ultra

Up to $450 off

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.
WITH NEW LINE
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Google Pixel 4a 128GB (Verizon)

$120 $380
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 so far on this new flagship alternative.
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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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Sony Xperia 1

$598 $950
Sony isn't the first name you think of when it comes to high-end smartphones, but it has one in its stable: The Xperia 1 — and with a 6.5-inch 4K screen and a triple-lens camera it's worth a look.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (Unlocked)

$600 $650
In the wake of the releases of the Galaxy S20 and Note 20, now's a great time to score discounts on great last-gen smartphones like Galaxy S10 Lite, an excellent flagship alternative.
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LG K30-2019 Factory Unlocked Phone - 5.4" Screen - Black (U.S. Warranty)

$90 $140
Looking for a modest-sized affordable Android smartphone? You're in luck. The LG K30-2019 has everything you need to text, talk, snap, and browse — at home and on the move.
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Google Pixel 3a 64GB (Unlocked)

$319 $399
If you like the price point of the Google Pixel 3a but prefer to go unlocked, then this deal lets you score a discounted Pixel 3a that you can take to any of the major carriers of your choice.
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OnePlus 8 (Unlocked)

$699 $799
OnePlus has been blowing up the mid-range flagship alternative scene lately, and the new OnePlus 8 continues that trend -- and you can already grab it for a nice coupon code discount.
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OnePlus 7T (8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Unlocked)

$400 $430
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 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

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
Google

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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