Save up to $700 with the best smartphone deals for May 2018
There are many reasons why you might be in dire need of a new phone, whether for increased battery life or for other reasons. With companies like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and Motorola recently rolling out new flagship devices, now is your chance to take advantage of slashed prices on quality smartphones that will blow your old model out of the water.
If your phone needs an update and you’re ready to score a discount on a new wireless device, here are a bundle of smartphone deals available right now. The list includes a handful of sales on unlocked smartphones, exclusive carrier offers, and BOGO deals, and can save you as much as $950. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
The best deal
T-Mobile: If you don’t want to buy two devices to get the best smartphone deal, then T-Mobile is currently offering some rebates on Android and Apple phones. These deals let you get between $360 and $390 back in bill credits when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or Galaxy S8 Active when you trade in an eligible device and add a new line. The carrier does have a couple LG BOGO deals, though, giving you a second free LG V40 ThinQ or LG G7 ThinQ when you buy a pair of either of these devices.
More carrier smartphone deals
Cellular service providers regularly offer enticing incentives to get you to switch to their LTE plans. So 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 smartphone deals from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T:
- Verizon: Verizon Wireless is offering BOGO deals on a bunch of Apple and Android phones right now, giving you $750 to $800 back in bill credits toward a second Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, LG G7 ThinQ, or LG V40 ThinQ when you either buy two of these Android devices (within the same brand). The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also on sale by itself for $100 off and the iPhone 6s is on sale for $230 off with no trade-in required.
- AT&T: AT&T has a pile of trade-in rebates on name-brand Android and Apple flagships, giving you $750 to $790 in credits toward a second iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, or Galaxy Note 9 when you buy two on AT&T Next. Or, you can get as much as $425 toward the LG V35 ThinQ or LG V40 ThinQ with an eligible trade-in, or as much as $950 back toward a second one when you buy two.
- Sprint: Sprint currently has some big discounts on Android and Apple devices, letting you get a second free iPhone 8 when you buy an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus with two new lines (or one new line and one upgrade). Other Apple deals let you score the $750 iPhone XR for free with the lease of an iPhone X, iPhone XS, or XS Max, and the iPhone X is on sale all by itself for just $337.50 ($18.75 per month). Android deals knock the Samsung Galaxy S9 down to $162 ($9 per month), the Galaxy S9 Plus down to $252 ($14 per month), or the Galaxy Note 9 down to $360 ($20 per month) when you purchase one on an 18-month rent-to-own Sprint Flex lease and add a new line — no trade-in necessary.
Unlocked smartphone deals
Carrier offers typically require you to sign up for a specific service or trade in an old device to get your discount. These smartphone deals, on the other hand, let you enjoy big savings on these unlocked mobile phones when you buy them outright:
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra: Sony’s Xperia lineup remains highly underrated in the huge market of Android smartphones, with these devices offering flagship-like features at midrange prices. The Xperia XA2 Ultra is a good example of the value that Sony’s phones provide and comes in at just $230 from Amazon and B&H with an $170 discount
- LG Q6: The Q6 is LG’s budget newcomer to the smartphone scene, and looks to be an impressive entry-level Android. It’s got a near bezel-less design, a large and vibrant HD display, and solid hardware under the hood. It’s on sale on NeweggFlash for a super-cheap $160 ($140 off) right now, but act fast this deal expires on Monday, January 21.
- Moto G6: The Moto G is still one of the best budget Android smartphones on the market today. Amazon is offering Prime members the unlocked sixth-generation Moto G for $190 ($50 off) and the G6 Play for $the same price. No Prime membership? No problem — B&H also has the G6 and the G6 Play for $185 each with $15 coupons redeemable on the product page.
- Blu R1 HD: Blu is a relatively new player that is challenging Motorola in the “budget Android phone” market. If you came here looking for one of the cheapest unlocked Android phones on our list, then check out the R1 HD. The unlocked 16GB R1 HD rings in at just $80 from Amazon.
- LG V30 Plus: LG’s 2017 flagship phone, the Plus-sized version of the fantastic V30, is on sale right now: Walmart has this solid Android device on sale for $370, saving you more than a hundred bucks off of its going street price.
- LG G6: You can save a lot of money on great hardware by opting for last-gen flagships like the excellent LG G6. You don’t need to tie yourself to a carrier to score a deal on this brand-name Android phone, though: Prime members can score it from Amazon for $360 ($340 off).
- Samsung Galaxy S9: The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best Android devices to hit the market in 2018, and if you don’t want to tie yourself to a carrier just yet, then you can score the unlocked version from B&H for just $580, for a $140 discount.
- Moto X4: Another affordable entry in the Moto series, aimed at the midrange price bracket, is the Moto X4, which boasts an impressive water-resistant all-glass body. You can grab an unlocked X4 for $165 (a nice $185 discount with a $25 coupon) from B&H.
- Google Pixel: Another fantastic 2017 flagship (and one of our favorites) is the Google Pixel. You can grab an unlocked 32GB model for $330 from Amazon and save $320 off of its retail price.
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