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

Almost everyone uses a smartphone for everything from entertainment and taking photos to keeping in touch with colleagues, friends, and family. Today, our smartphones are virtual extensions of ourselves, and your phone is probably one of the few things that you never leave home without. Regrettably, these faithful digital servants don’t last forever, and before long it will be time to shell out the cash for a new one.

Shopping for a new smartphone can be fun but it can also be a chore, even before your wallet takes that inevitable hit. We can help with that, though, because there are always Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, and other bargains out there in the wild if you know where to look. To help you out, we’ve gathered up all the best smartphone deals in one place with savings that will leave you with enough cash to grab one of these smartwatch deals to pair with that new phone.

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, but these smartphone deals feature some great unlocked devices that you can bring to a service provider of your choice:

  • Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Verizon)Free with new line on unlimited plan, was $400
  • TCL 10L (Unlocked)$210 with on-page coupon, was $250
  • Google Pixel 4a (Unlocked)$300 with activation, was $350
  • OnePlus 7T (T-Mobile, Unlockable)$399 with code SLICK50T, was $599
  • Google Pixel 4 (Unlocked)$549, was $799
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 (Unlocked)$800, was $1,000
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Unlocked)$800, was $1,000
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20Up to $1,000 back in bill credits with trade-in
  • Apple iPhone 11 ProUp to $1,000 back in bill credits with port-in and trade-in
WITH ELIGIBLE TRADE-IN

Galaxy Note 20 5G 128GB

Up to 1,000 back in bill credits

Expires soon
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 -- up to $1,000 back -- for customers with an eligible trade-in.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB

$800 $1,000
Expires soon
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.

Blu Vivo XI+ (GSM & CDMA Unlocked)

$200 $250
Expires soon
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.

iPhone SE 64GB (2020)

Free with unlimited plan

Expires soon
The pocket-friendly 4.7-inch iPhone SE has the heart of an iPhone 11, the body of an iPhone 8, and the price tag of an iPhone 6. Grab it with a Verizon unlimited plan and score it for free right now.
WITH NEW LINE

Google Pixel 4a 128GB (Verizon)

$240 $380
Expires soon
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.

Google Pixel 3a 64GB (Unlocked)

$339 $399
Expires soon
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.

Google Pixel 4 128GB (Unlocked)

$649 $899
Expires soon
If you're willing to pay a bit more for twice the storage, this is a great deal on a factory unlocked 128GB Pixel 4 and a worthwhile upgrade over the 64GB model.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB, Sprint)

YOU SAVE 50%

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.
WITH CODE 'SLICK50T'

OnePlus 7t

$449 $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."

TCL 10 Pro (Unlocked)

$330 $450
Expires soon
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.

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

$285 $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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Up to $1,000 off with trade-in and activation

Expires soon
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 up to $1,000 back with qualifying activation with one of the major carriers.

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.

TCL 10L (Unlocked)

$210 $250
Expires soon
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.

Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (Unlocked)

$700 $750
Expires soon
Activate with Sprint today and score the 5G-capable Galaxy S10 for a nice discount.

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.
FREE $200 GIFT CARD

Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G Unlocked (128GB)

$1,000
Expires soon
It's not technically on sale, but you can score a free $200 Target gift card when you buy this unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G -- not a bad way to save a couple Benjamins on Samsung's newest phone.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro 64GB

Up to $1,000 off

Expires soon
Switch, port-in your current number, and trade in your current device to get up to $1,000 off the iPhone 11 Pro -- potentially letting you score it totally free (or at least for a very nice discount).

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.

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

$407
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.

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

$550 $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.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra (Unlocked)

As low as $800

Expires soon
If you don't have a device to trade in and you aren't interested in carrier BOGO or bill credit rebates, Microsoft has great standalone discounts on the unlocked Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.

Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB (Unlocked)

$397 $479
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.

Motorola Moto G7 with Alexa (Unlocked)

$200 $300
Expires soon
The Moto G-series has long been a household name among budget-friendly Android phones, and this Moto G7 with Alexa is unlocked for GSM and CDMA carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and others.

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

$230 $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 3 64GB (Unlocked)

$350 $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 A71 5G (Unlocked)

$500 $600
Expires soon
The Samsung Galaxy A series continues to impress, and if you're looking for a 5G flagship alternative, look no further than this highly capable factory-unlocked Galaxy A71.

Google Pixel 4 64GB (Unlocked)

$549 $799
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.

Motorola Moto G7 Play (GSM & CDMA Unlocked)

$80 $200
Expires soon
Motorola turns out some of the best budget phones you can buy and the Moto G7 Play is a shining example of such a value. This one comes universally unlocked for all major carriers, too.

Samsung - Galaxy Note 10, 256GB (Sprint)

$850 $950
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 3 64GB (Verizon)

$390 $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 with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32GB

$200 $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.

Samsung Galaxy S10 (Unlocked)

$733 $750
Expires soon
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 the still-excellent Galaxy S10.

Samsung Galaxy A11 32GB

Free with unlimited plan

Expires soon
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.

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.

LG G8 ThinQ with Amazon Alexa (Unlocked)

$400 $500
Expires soon
With a Quad HD OLED display, 8-core Snapdragon CPU, 16.0MP + 12.0MP dual rear-camera setup, and built-in Amazon Alexa, the LG G8 ThinQ offers flagship features for roughly half a flagship's price.

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 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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