Do you need a new phone but stunned by the prices? Even when we protect them with display shields and custom phone cases, smartphones succumb to wear and tear during years of use. While the best smartphones aren’t cheap, we can help you save some cash if it’s time for a new mobile. We’ve gathered below all the best smartphone deals available this week that cover all the bases including Google Pixel deals, Samsung Galaxy deals, iPhone deals, 5G phone deals, and other bargains. Recently the major wireless carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have been offering subsidized phones for new customers, new lines, and even current users who want to upgrade to newer 5G phones. We’ve not seen as many of this type of subsidized deal for several years. You win.
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 just released newer models. 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:
- OnePlus Nord N10 5G — $250, was $300
- OnePlus 8T (Unlocked) — $450, was $600
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Verizon) — Up to $1000 back with trade-in
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro (Verizon) — Up to $1000 back with trade-in
- Apple iPhone 13 (Verizon) — Save $440 with select Unlimited plan.
- Apple iPhone 13 Mini (Verizon) — Save $520 with select Unlimited plan.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 256GB (Verizon) — Up to $800 back with trade-in, was $800
Samsung Galaxy smartphone deals
More than 13 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). Samsung recently rolled out the 2022 Galaxy S22 phones, which represent the thirteen generation of Samsung’s main flagship line. Samsung got in the spirit of 2020 that year, when it rolled out the first S-series flagship — dubbed the Galaxy S20 at its February 2020 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. This year on February 9, Samsung launched the new Galaxy S22 lineup. The newest S-series smartphones have the strongest screens and cases yet, with multiple camera configurations to please the pickiest photogs. Last year Samsung also 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 the latest Samsung offerings go, the 2022 Galaxy S22 release strategy hasn’t changed much from last year with three next-generation Galaxy devices to choose from: the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and top-of-the-line Galaxy S22 Ultra. Samsung is following last year’s S-series playbook when it launch the Galaxy S21, the larger Galaxy S21 Plus, and the premium Galaxy S21 Ultra (which was far and away our favorite of the bunch). They’re all solid phones as you’d expect, and we’ll update with reviews once we’ve had a chance to wring them out. 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 S21, S20, Note 20, and similar previous 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. Unfortunately, Apple iPhone deals can be a little hard to find at times. 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.
We’ve scooped up a heaping helping of all the best cheap iPhone deals available this week, offering tidy discounts on everything from the iPhone X series to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. This month’s introduction of the 4th generation iPhone SE with 5G, improved battery life, and a faster core CPU for $439. The new model could indicate that third gen iPhone SEs will be discounted a bit, but the 2020 version price is $399 and Apple may not cut the prices immediately due to pandemic-related supply chain issues and continued high demand.
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. In 2019, 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 LG V40 ThinQ. Even 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 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 by the shockingly cheap Pixel 4a and the fifth-gen Google Pixel 5, and the latest flagship the Google Pixel 6.
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 6 might be scarce this early after its launch, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 are still worthy buys that can be had for deep discounts now.
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 13 and Samsung Galaxy S22. 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 frequently, but you can check out each service provider’s updated deal page right here:
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