The best cell phone deals for December 2022

We've rounded up this week's best cell phone deals in their entirety right here on this page, including carrier, prepaid, and unlocked devices. Simply put, no matter your budget you should be able to find some great value options right here as well as handy alternatives should you be researching your next purchase. There are some great cell phone deals on the market as we head into 2023 right now, so it's definitely a fantastic time to consider upgrading.

Cell phone deals: quick links

Generally speaking, you'll find cell phone deals coming in two forms - first as an outright sale on an unlocked device, and secondly as part of a carrier-plan tie-in. The latter can be a bit tricky, involving new cell phone plans and also trade-ins on old devices, but the savings can be absolutely huge if you're eligible. We've also included a third alternative option - cell phone deals from prepaid carriers. These smaller carriers don't tend to offer huge savings on a device, but you'll generally be scoring a much cheaper cell phone plan so it's worth considering the switch for sure.

Which type of cell phone deal should you go for? Well, that will depend on your personal needs. If you're looking for the latest flagship device and an unlimited plan to pair it up with then you'll be well served by Verizon or AT&T's latest promotions. If you're looking for maximum flexibility or long-term savings, then it's generally better to consider either buying a device unlocked and then going with a prepaid carrier, or buying a prepaid device directly from that carrier.

Note, all of the devices featured on our list have been personally reviewed by the staff here at TechRadar. They're all fantastic picks in their own right and you won't find any sub-par choices included. If you'd like to find out which is best for you we'd recommend checking our updated guide to the best phones for 2022.

Today's best cell phone deals at a glance

Carrier phone deals

Apple iPhone 14 Pro: up to $1,000 off with trade, plus free Apple Watch SE, iPad, and Beats Fit Pro (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14 Pro: up to $1,000 off with trade, plus free Apple Watch SE, iPad, and Beats Fit Pro (opens in new tab)
This is the highlight of this year's Verizon Black Friday deals. The excellent iPhone 14 Pro is up for grabs with the usual trade-in rebate of up to $1,000, but with a free Apple Watch SE, iPad, and pair of Beats Fit Pro being thrown in. That's just over $1,000 in free gifts according to Verizon and an amazing little package to get on top of the usual saving. Also available today is the buy-one-get-one-free promo, but that doesn't stack with the trade-in rebate. 

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: $10/mo with new unlimited line at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: $10/mo with new unlimited line at Verizon (opens in new tab)
No trade-ins
are needed to get the brand new Apple iPhone 14 Plus for just $10 per month this week, thanks to Verizon's early Black Friday deals. This is the first non-trade-in carrier discount we've seen on any device in the new iPhone 14 range and a superb, superb deal overall. The saving here totals a whopping $540 over the duration of a 36-month plan and new customers will also get an additional $200 if they switch over from another carrier.

Verizon Black Friday Android special: get a free smartwatch, pair of earbuds, and tablet (opens in new tab)

Verizon Black Friday Android special: get a free smartwatch, pair of earbuds, and tablet (opens in new tab)
Verizon has launched a Black Friday promotion that's offering a whole bunch of free accessories on select Android smartphones. Free gifts include the Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, and Pixel Buds Pro, along with other excellent options. Note that this promotion is running on the Galaxy S22 (opens in new tab) series, Google Pixel 6 (opens in new tab), and Google Pixel 6a (opens in new tab). With the latter two devices, this Black Friday deal stacks on top of the saving you can get with an unlimited data plan (effectively giving you a discount device and a set of freebies).

Apple iPhone 14: BOGO, or up to $800 off with a trade-in and unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14: BOGO, or up to $800 off with a trade-in and unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's cell phone deals on the standard 14 offer you the choice between a hefty trade-in rebate of up to $800 off a single device or the carrier's unique buy-one-get-one-free promo. Both are eligible with an unlimited data plan and offer two fairly flexible avenues to potentially cover the entire cost of a device. Note, new customers will also get an additional $200 gift card as a welcome bonus, which stacks on top of any of the other deals. 

Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: free with eligible trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: free with eligible trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
And, if AT&T's you're preferred carrier of choice, you'll also find very similar cell phone deals for the 14 and 14 Plus at this carrier too, with an $800 maximum saving available. Again, you'll need to trade in and be on an unlimited data plan to be eligible for a saving but this is a fantastic way to cut down those monthly fees over your new plan's duration. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Plus (opens in new tab).

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: BOGO, or up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in and unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: BOGO, or up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in and unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's cell phone deals on the 14 Pro Max follow in the same vein as those offered on the standard devices, with either a trade-in rebate or BOGO option. Note, however, that the maximum rebate on these devices has been bumped up to $1,000, which is actually enough to cover the entire cost of the Pro model. New customers will also get an additional $200 online gift card if they switch over from another carrier. 

Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T's cell phone deals on the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are matching the other big carriers right now with another huge potential saving of up to $1,000 with a trade in. As with all big carrier promotions, this one is tied to an unlimited data plan so definitely factor that into your budget before you jump in. At around $80 per month for 36 months, you'll definitely want to make sure you can take advantage of a trade-in to get this device on the house. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab).

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro: BOGO, or save up to $700 with a trade-in and unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro: BOGO, or save up to $700 with a trade-in and unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's Google Pixel 7 deals offer the usual choice between a trade-in rebate of up to $700 or the carrier's buy-one-get-one multiple-line saving. Both are eligible only with an unlimited plan and the trade-in is actually enough to cover the entire device over a 36-month plan duration. Even better still, new customers will also get an additional $200 gift card on top of the trade-in rebate. See this same promotion on the Google Pixel 7 Pro (opens in new tab).

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro: save up to $700 with a trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro: save up to $700 with a trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
Like with other carriers, AT&T's opening Google Pixel 7 deals for preorder enable you to get the device for free via a trade-in and unlimited data line. This is the usual type of deal we see from this carrier but it's still a fantastic choice regardless of whether you're looking to switch or simply upgrade your line. See this same promotion on the Google Pixel 7 Pro (opens in new tab).

Apple iPhone 13 mini:  free with a new unlimited data plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 13 mini: free with a new unlimited data plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
If you want to cut out the device payments entirely, then the iPhone 13 mini is available for free with this week's cell phone deals at Verizon. Like with the promotion on the iPhone 13 Pro Max just above, no trade-ins are needed here to get a discount on a device, simply a new line on an unlimited data plan. This is an incredibly strong option overall - especially if you like the idea of a slightly smaller device. 

Apple iPhone 13 series: from $5/mo with new unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 13 series: from $5/mo with new unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
Every single device in the iPhone 13 range is getting huge monthly discounts right now at AT&T, and better yet still, no trade-ins are needed to be eligible. Like with other similar cell phone deals, all you'll need here is a new line on an unlimited data plan to get a discount. Of the bunch, the standard iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) is the best value option right now at $5/mo. The iPhone 13 Pro (opens in new tab) and iPhone 13 Pro Max (opens in new tab) are available for $15/mo and $20/mo respectively, which isn't quite as good value as the rate on the standard device.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: BOGO, or save up to $1,000 with a trade-in at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: BOGO, or save up to $1,000 with a trade-in at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's cell phone deals also extend to the excellent Galaxy S22 this week, with either the choice of a huge trade-in rebate or the carrier's buy-one get-$800-off second promotion. Our favorite device in the range is the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is easily one of the best smartphones money can buy right now... if you can afford it. Note, the usual $200 gift card for switchers is also available on all S22 devices this week and offers a nice little bonus. This deal is also available on S22 the standard Galaxy S22 (opens in new tab), and the Galaxy S22 Plus (opens in new tab).

Google Pixel 6a: free with an unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6a: free with an unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Another great cell phone deal from Verizon this week, you can get the Google Pixel 6a with no device costs if you pick it up on an unlimited data line. While most will prefer to go for the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 13 mini (which are also free under these terms this week), this mid-range device is a fantastic choice if you're an Android users. It's got the same chip as the standard Google Pixel 6 and full 5G capabilities. In short, it's a very capable device indeed for not a lot of cash.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: BOGO, or save up to $1,000 with a trade-in at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: BOGO, or save up to $1,000 with a trade-in at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Big phones need big deals and that's exactly what you're getting with Verizon's latest promotions on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. This beastly foldable is currently available with either your choice of a trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 or a multi-line buy-one get-$800 off second promotion. Naturally, both will need to be on an unlimited data line to be eligible, so bear that in mind.Note, if you're looking for a cheaper foldable, you can also find this deal on the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 (opens in new tab),

  • Verizon (opens in new tab) - has a whole section of their site dedicated to phone deals
  • AT&T (opens in new tab) - also offers a huge range of phone deals
  • Sprint - currently offering free phones and other great phone deals

If you don't mind switching carriers, you can find many of the best smartphone deals from the big four. The major carriers will often let you split the cost of the phone into monthly payments anywhere from 18 to 30 months, and sometimes longer. The deals they offer frequently cut the price of the phone in half, sometimes even offering the phone for free. 

To get these deals, you'll generally need to be adding a new line and signing up for a specific mobile plan. But, as long as you're planning to get an unlimited data plan anyway, they can make it a lot more affordable to pick up a brand new phone.

If you'd like to deep dive into specific carriers, we've got some great content for you in the form of our Verizon deals and AT&T deals pages. There you'll find a full list of what's available, including discounts on plans and even free phones.

Unlocked cell phone deals

Google Pixel 6a: $449 (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6a: $449 $367 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Looking for a real bargain? You get can a tasty $80 off the new mid-range Google Pixel 6a at Amazon this week. With a speedy chip, great camera, and modern design, the Pixel 6a is a great choice if you don't mind skipping a few bells and whistles. This price isn't quite as good as the one featured over Black Friday ($299) but it's still pretty damn good if you're on the hunt for a decent flagship on a budget. 

Google Pixel 6: $599 (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6: $599 $472 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The standard Google Pixel 6 has dropped to $462 on rare occasion over the past few weeks but today's price is still close to the lowest ever. While this device is a little older now and features the same Google Tensor chip as the 6a, a better screen and premium design make it a worthy upgrade in our books. Even with the Google Pixel 7 (opens in new tab) available we'd say the Pixel 6 is still a fantastic buy, especially at this price.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: $1,199 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: $1,199 $868 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon offered the Galaxy S22 Ultra for $850 over Black Friday but it's still got a fantastic price this week if you're interested in an upfront saving on this flagship device. Although it's likely due to be replaced soon by a new series of S23 devices (likely early 2023), we'd still highly recommend this stunning device that currently sits at #1 over on our best phones (opens in new tab) buyer's guide. Note, other devices in the S22 range are also seeing price cuts at Amazon this week, although none are quite as their lowest prices.
Galaxy S22: $799 $699 (opens in new tab)
Galaxy S22 Plus
: $999 $718 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 series: up to $225 off, plus up to $600 off with trade-in at Samsung (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 series: up to $225 off, plus up to $600 off with trade-in at Samsung (opens in new tab)
Samsung's Black Friday deals on the Galaxy S22 series include an awesome lineup of an upfront saving of up to $225 and an enhanced trade-in rebate of up to $600 - both of which can be combined for a truly awesome discount on either a carrier or unlocked device. These are some of the lowest prices we've seen on unlocked devices in particular, so this early access sale is well worth checking out.
Galaxy S22: $799 $99 (opens in new tab)
Galaxy S22 Plus: $1,149 $299 (opens in new tab)
Galaxy S22 Ultra:
$1,349 $379 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: $350 off, plus up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at Samsung (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: $350 off, plus up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at Samsung
(opens in new tab)Going for a foldable? Samsung's offering an incredibly competitive deal on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 right now. Not only can you get a huge trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 on both carrier or unlocked devices, but you'll also get an upfront discount of up to $350, depending on what storage option you go for. While we've seen devices bundled in with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 before, this is easily the best straight discount we've seen since the device was launched.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: $150 off, plus up to $600 off with a trade-in at Samsung (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: $150 off, plus up to $600 off with a trade-in at Samsung (opens in new tab)
Alternatively, those with shallower pockets could consider the smaller (and way cheaper) Galaxy Z Flip 4. This excellent clamshell foldable is also available with a handy upfront discount and an additional trade-in rebate of up to $600 off. Again, outside of the major carriers, this is easily one of the best rebates you'll find out there right now - especially on an unlocked device.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Ahh, the classic. Yes, the Apple trade-in program is, as you would expect, available on the latest budget device from the brand. At launch, you'll need an iPhone 8 or later to be eligible here but a maximum saving of up to $600 will be in effect. While enough to technically cover the entire cost of the device, it's likely you won't get the full amount if you're upgrading from a 2020 SE, so bear that in mind.

Apple iPhone 12: $699.99 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 12: $699.99 $599, plus up to $650 off with an eligible trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
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It's not all about cell phone deals on the newer devices this week. If you're on more of a budget you may want to consider the older (but still great) iPhone 12, which is now a full $200 cheaper upfront versus launch. Surprisingly, Apple hasn't phased out this device yet, which still holds up really well for 2022. It's not quite as powerful as the latest iterations but still features the same basic design, a similar screen, and a camera that can still snap pics with the best of them.

Apple refurb program: save up to $280 on a refurbished iPhone (opens in new tab)

Apple refurb program: save up to $280 on a refurbished iPhone (opens in new tab)
Refurb tech has a bit of a bad rep but hear us out - picking up a refurbished iPhone directly from the Apple store itself has a number of benefits outside of simply being cheap. Being refurbed by Apple itself means you're getting fully official replacement parts, quality assurance testing, and a really generous warranty and return period too. Definitely consider it if you're looking to save some cash.

  • Apple (opens in new tab) - offers upfront discounts on unlocked phone deals with trade-ins
  • Samsung (opens in new tab) -  save up to $500 on select phone deals with trade-ins
  • Amazon (opens in new tab) - has a vast selection of unlocked phone deals on a range of brands
  • Best Buy (opens in new tab) - also an excellent place to find unlocked phone deals
  • OnePlus (opens in new tab) - price cuts, trade-in rebates, and freebies with own-brand devices

Deals on unlocked smartphones aren't always the most eye-popping, as they tend to offer only small cuts to the retail price. Occasionally you'll find a major deal on a new smartphone, usually late into the one-year refresh cycle for that brand. We've seen this kind of price drop commonly for Samsung flagships, but they aren't frequent and rarely match the up-front discounts carriers offer. 

However, the savings you get from unlocked cell phone deals can be hidden. That's because an unlocked phone will let you freely move between carriers, so you can always choose the mobile plan that suits you. This can make your savings add up over time, as you won't be stuck on an expensive data plan for 24 months as you pay off your phone on an installment plan. 

You can also sometimes get deals directly from the phone's manufacturer, as they can offer trade-in discounts that retail stores generally won't.

Cheap phone deals under $500

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G: $399.99 (opens in new tab)

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G: $399.99 $199.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Here's an all-time Amazon price low on a 256GB Moto G Stylus 5G. This unlocked phone is an excellent pick for cell phone photogs as this boasts a 48MP Quad Camera System that'll allow you to capture great shots even in low light. And you can edit photos seamlessly via the 6.8-inch Max Vision Full HD+ display and built-in stylus. We'd be remiss to overlook the zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor, as well. For under $250, it's a great buy.

$449.99 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: $449.99 $349.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $100 -
The top pick over at our best cheap phones (opens in new tab) guide, we heartily recommend the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G if you're on a budget but want a powerful device. Not only is it fully 5G compatible (which you'd expect at this price), but it's got a great display and decent camera. Basically, everything you need from a cheap phone is there on this device and it's a really solid pick, even if it's not the lowest-costed device on the market currently.

Motorola Moto G Fast: $199.99 (opens in new tab)

Motorola Moto G Fast: $199.99 $139 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
It's a little older now but the Moto G Fast is a great low-cost buy if you're looking for a reliable device. It's got a bright 6.4-inch display, enough power to chug through the basics, and a 16MP camera system. As always with Motorola devices, you're getting a really beefy battery in this thing too with enough power to last two days on a single charge.

Samsung Galaxy A13: $189.99 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy A13: $189.99 $164 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Samsung's entry-level A13 device has a small but welcome price cut at Amazon this week, giving us a great sub-$200 choice. This one definitely lacks the pizzaz of the more premium Samsung devices but it's still featuring a decent 6.6-inch FHD+ display, a 50MP camera, and 32GB of expandable storage. It's not the speediest but this device will get you great battery life too.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11: $185 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11: $185 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
You may not know Xiaomi, but it's a Chinese brand that makes some absolutely fantastic budget Android devices. This Note 11 is a particularly good choice with its 50MP quad-camera system, 128GB of storage, and gorgeous AMOLED screen. For the price, these specs are unbeatable but this device comes with two drawbacks. First, it's not 5G compatible. Secondly, this particular variant will only work with GSM carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T). It won't work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon or Sprint.

  • Samsung (opens in new tab) -  certified renewed products and new phones under $200
  • Amazon (opens in new tab) - the best retailer for price cuts on cheap phone deals
  • Best Buy (opens in new tab) - often offers activation rebates and discounts on cheaper devices
  • OnePlus (opens in new tab) - decent prices and loyalty rewards on Nord budget devices
  • Walmart (opens in new tab) - great prices on refurbished Apple iPhones

Strictly on a budget? No worries, we've got you. Super-cheap phone deals on budget devices aren't exactly the most glamorous options out there when compared to the latest Apple or Samsung flagships but they are essential for many. Not everyone wants to (or can afford) to spend over $500 on a cell phone. Luckily, there are some great budget options out there and plenty of price cuts at Amazon especially to take advantage of.

Generally speaking, these devices may forgo some of the latest features and gadgets but you'd be surprised at how decent cheap phones are getting now. Exceptional battery life, expandable storage, and increasingly great screens are a commonplace feature now on even devices in the $200 mark. Cheap phone cameras too have come a long way in recent years.

Prepaid phone deals

Verizon prepaid: $300 off select iPhones (opens in new tab)

Verizon prepaid: $300 off select iPhones (opens in new tab)
Verizon's Black Friday deals include a rare promotion for prepaid users today, with a massive $300 discount available across a range of the latest models. Eligible devices include the iPhone 14 (opens in new tab), 14 Pro (opens in new tab), 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab), and the iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) - the latter being a particularly good buy for those on a budget. It's not every day you see this carrier offer promotions outside of its pricey unlimited data plans so this is definitely not one to miss if you're looking to cut out those pesky long contracts. 

Apple iPhone SE 2022:  free $250 gift card with switch at Visible Wireless (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: free $250 gift card with switch at Visible Wireless (opens in new tab)
Visible was offering a free pair of AirPods 3 with the excellent new iPhone SE 2022 but the prepaid carrier is now offering a $250 gift card instead. Note, as with all iPhone deals at Visible you'll need to be switching over from another carrier to be eligible for the freebie. Unlimited prepaid plans start from $25 per month.

Apple iPhone SE 2022:  6 months of free service with device at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: 6 months of free service with device at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Going prepaid? Mint Mobile is a great choice and it's offering new users a chance to get a whole 6 months of service for free right now. To be eligible, you'll need to purchase a device outright with a 6-month plan. This can be quite pricey upfront but if you do that you'll be set for a full year of speedy 5G data. Going with Mint will mean big savings in the long run - especially if you were also considering going with one of the bigger carriers.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $429 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $429 $379.99 at Boost Mobile (opens in new tab)
Sure, it's not the biggest price cut in the world, but this week's $50 discount at Boost Mobile is its best yet on the new Apple iPhone SE 2022. Valid with any data plan, you'll be saving a decent chunk here - not to mention the savings you'll be making on your monthly payments should you forgo the usual unlimited data plans at one of the bigger carriers. With some great pay-monthly and family options, Boost is one of the better prepaid carriers out there at the moment.

Apple iPhone 13:  $250 gift card with switch at Visible (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 13: $250 gift card with switch at Visible (opens in new tab)
Visible Wireless is a great pairing with the iPhone 13 if you're looking to keep those monthly costs down long-term. While you'll have to buy your device upfront with this deal, you'll get a nice $250 gift card if you port your number over, which is significantly better than the usual gift card amount. Considering you're potentially looking at paying as little as $25 per month with this carrier it's a great choice, even if you're paying quite a bit upfront. Note, this promotion is also available on most flagship devices (opens in new tab) at the Visible store.

Apple iPhone 13:  6 months of free service /w device purchase at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 13: 6 months of free service /w device purchase at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Another iPhone 13 deal that'll set you quite a bit upfront but save you a lot in the long run is this one over at Mint Mobile. This excellent prepaid carrier is currently bundling in free months for those who buy a device outright at its website. While a bit pricey upfront, if you're in it for the long haul this carrier is going to save you heaps of cash versus the big companies.

Apple iPhone SE 2020: $449.99 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2020: $449.99 $0 with switch at Cricket Wireless (opens in new tab)
Price drop -
Get yourself a cheap plan and a cheap device with this Cricket Wireless promotion on the iPhone SE 2020. Even though this device is a bit older now it's still a great budget pick - especially since you can get it for absolutely nothing upfront. Note, to be eligible for this price you'll need to be porting your number over from another carrier and select Cricket's $60/month plan, so bear that in mind.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: $600 off with activation at Google Fi plus up to $500 off with trade-in (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: $600 off with activation at Google Fi plus up to $500 off with trade-in (opens in new tab)
Google has carried on its excellent cell phone deals on the S21 Ultra over to the new Galaxy S22 Ultra - offering a really decent prepaid option if you're going with the Google Fi network. Plus, you can get up to $500 off after trading in an eligible device (either as a refund or Google Fi service credit). Note, as always, this promo is for new customers only who port their number over to Google Fi, so bear that in mind. Note, if you're interested, this deal is also available on the Galaxy S22 (opens in new tab), Galaxy S22 Plus (opens in new tab), Google Pixel 5a (opens in new tab), and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (opens in new tab)

  • Mint Mobile (opens in new tab) - one of our favorite prepaid carriers offers excellent bundles
  • Visible (opens in new tab) - has a great unlimited plan plus great phone deals if you switch
  • Boost Mobile (opens in new tab) - offers upfront savings on a range of phone deals

Pre-paid carriers aren't locking you into a contract, so they don't have the same incentive to offer massive discounts and device installment plans. But even still, there are still some phone deals to be found, even if their sales don't quite match those found on the big carriers.

These deals will generally let you save a little bit of money upfront, while the low cost of prepaid plans can help you save even more money over time. If you want the freedom to switch carriers later on, you'll want to double check what big network these smaller carriers are with and their policy around unlocking phones. If you find them a little too restrictive, we'd recommend checking out the unlocked phone deals above.

If you'd like to see more prepaid phone deals, we recommend checking out our main page on this week's best Mint Mobile deals (opens in new tab) and Visible wireless deals (opens in new tab).

iPhone and Android deals

Looking for something specific? We've got a whole host of dedicated phone deal pages that are super handy if you've got your eye on that new iPhone or Galaxy in particular.

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Cell phone plans (opens in new tab)
Looking to simply save on that bill? Perhaps it's time to switch or upgrade that old plan you've been on for years. Our roundup of the best cell phone plans in the US is one of the best resources on the web for finding the right plan for you. No matter whether you're looking for a cheap plan, unlimited or a plan for your family, our guide will help you out.

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iPhone deals (opens in new tab)
Not sure which Apple device is for you? If you need a guide to the best prices on the whole range, our iPhone deals roundup is the place to start. You'll find the best offers from all the big carriers right here, as well as the cheapest prepaid and unlocked iPhone deals currently available.

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iPhone 14 deals (opens in new tab) / iPhone 14 Plus deals (opens in new tab)
For 2022, Apple's 'standard' flagship offerings have diverged into the fantastic iPhone 14 and new iPhone 14 Plus models - the latter of which is essentially an upscaled version. While many of the internals are similar to the prior iPhone 13, minor adjustments to the camera system, battery life, and new SOS satellite feature make these devices worth considering if you're looking for a reasonably priced flagship for 2022.

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iPhone 14 Pro deals (opens in new tab) / iPhone 14 Pro Max deals (opens in new tab)
Arguably the 'real' flagship Apple devices for 2022, the vast majority of this year's upgrades have been consolidated on the stunning 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. These lavish devices feature a heavily upgraded camera system and novel 'Dynamic Island' - a unique feature that hides that pesky front camera bump with a combination of interesting software integrations.

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iPhone SE 2022 deals (opens in new tab)
Apple's latest budget-focused device is here and 2022's iteration of the iPhone SE brings a number of welcome updates. Above all else, the A15 Bionic chip in this device gives it superb power to cost and enough grunt to easily zip through nearly any task. It is, however, rocking an oldschool design - one that's essentially based on the iPhone 8 from way back in 2017. Is this the right device for you? Check out our standalone piece for a full breakdown of this budget pick. 

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iPhone 13 deals (opens in new tab) / iPhone 13 mini deals (opens in new tab)
Apple's flagship devices for 2021. With a powerful new processor, improved battery life, camera upgrades, and an expanded storage capacity, both the 13 and 13 Mini are great choices for the average user. See our bespoke guides to score yourself a nice little price cut today.

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iPhone 13 Pro deals (opens in new tab) / iPhone 13 Pro Max deals (opens in new tab)
Feeling a bit flush? Why not check out our articles on how to save some cash on the premium flagships of 2021 from Apple, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. These devices are the first to include a 120Hz refresh rate - a welcome improvement that, alongside an upgraded processor and camera system, means they're easily some of the most powerful devices you can get in 2021.

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iPhone 12 deals (opens in new tab) / iPhone 12 Mini deals (opens in new tab)
Apple's 2020 flagship is a fantastic choice - especially since it's now at least $100 cheaper than release across the board. Check out our latest deals roundup for this week's news on this great new device, and, where to pick yourself one up for much less than you would think....

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iPhone 12 Pro Max deals (opens in new tab)
The biggest, baddest, and of course, most expensive Apple device from 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, is still a great choice for 2021 - especially for avid phone photographers. Check out our bespoke deals page to see how you can potentially dodge that eye-wateringly high price tag.

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iPhone 11 deals (opens in new tab)
The cheapest of Apple's latest flagship trio, the iPhone 11 is an excellent phone to go for. It sports a dual camera set-up, an ultra fast CPU, IP68 rating and a 3110mAh battery. This luxury phone has a lot to offer, and better still - it even comes at a lower introductory RRP than the also excellent iPhone XR.

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iPhone XR deals (opens in new tab)
The iPhone XR was the budget flagship until the new iPhone SE superseded it earlier this year. That's not to say it's still not an excellent phone however with its powerful A12 bionic chip and massive battery life. Better still the prices just keep getting lower and lower, so you're really spoilt for choice when it comes to cheap iPhones right now.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 deals (opens in new tab) / Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus deals (opens in new tab) / Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra deals (opens in new tab)
There are three new Android devices from Samsung to check out - each one an awesome choice in its own regard. If you're interested, head on over to our individual pages on the Galaxy S22 series to get a full low down on these excellent 2022 flagship phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 deals (opens in new tab) / Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals (opens in new tab)
Early 2021 has brought a whole fresh range of excellent new flagships from Samsung in the form of the new Galaxy S21 range. Astonishingly, these handsets are coming in at a whole $200 cheaper than the launch prices of the prior generation. That doesn't mean Samsung has cheaped out though, these phones still carry a ton of great specs and a powerful new processor in particular.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra deals (opens in new tab)
We've also got a separate page for the current biggest and baddest phone from Samsung - the Galaxy S21 Ultra. With a quad-camera array, incredibly powerful processor, and stunning 1440p display capable of 144Hz (!), this is currently the phone to buy if you're really, really serious about your Android devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals (opens in new tab) / Galaxy Z Flip 4 deals (opens in new tab)
Want to try something new? Samsung's latest series of foldable phones have just been released with two excellent devices to choose from. While pricey, both the Flip 4 and Fold 4 are on the very bleeding edge of what's possible with smartphones. They're quite simply special devices with incredibly powerful components, stunning designs, and of course those beautiful foldable screens.

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Google Pixel 7 deals (opens in new tab) / Google Pixel 7 Pro deals (opens in new tab)
The latest Google Pixel devices on the market. Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro offer relatively iterative improvements over the previous generation but a powerful Tensor G2 chip and upgraded cameras make them compete against the very best from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

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Google Pixel 6 deals (opens in new tab) / Google Pixel 6 Pro deals (opens in new tab)
Google's range of 2021 flagships are still a fantastic choice if you're on a budget. A completely redesigned aesthetic, powerful in-house Tensor chip, and above all else - a compelling price point has meant these new devices are very worthy choices indeed. Check out our bespoke pages on these two phones for more information.

OnePlus 9 deals (opens in new tab)

OnePlus 9 deals (opens in new tab)
Check out this week's best cell phone deals on the latest devices from the well-known Chinese brand OnePlus - the 9 and the 9 Pro. With co-designed Hasselblad camera systems, powerful Snapdragon 888 processors, and gorgeous 120Hz displays, these are a great alternative to the likes of Google, Apple, and Samsung.

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Phone deal tips

If you want to be sure you're getting a good deal on a phone, there are a lot of factors you need to consider. 

Compare your favorite retailers

For one thing, you should look around for different deals on the same phone. Carriers often offer heavy discounts, but occasionally they can be beat by deals on unlocked phones that will let you avoid getting stuck on an expensive mobile plan. So, if you see what seems like a good deal from a carrier, double check that you can't find a better deal elsewhere. And, be prepared to do some math to consider the price of the phone plus the price of the plan you'll be more or less locked into.

Shop at the right time of year

Shopping around big sales events is also a good time to find a phone deal. While major retailers cut prices on popular products, carriers can also take those opportunities to make their usual discounts even more enticing. Carriers also offer some of these major discounts around the launch of a new phone. Even if the price of the phone doesn't change, there may be some freebies that add extra value.

Switch to get the best phone deals

If you're after the steepest discounts, though, you'll likely need to be ready to switch carriers or at least add new lines to your account. Major carriers strongly incentivize this, and it's one of the few ways you'll get a new phone for more than 50% off. These deals can sometimes be easier if you have a second person you're shopping with, as buy-one-get-one deals are also incredibly common and often only entail one new line of service.

Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.

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