The best cell phone deals for September 2023

You'll find all of this week's best cell phone deals on everything from the latest iPhones to humble budget devices right here on this page. We've included what we think, in our opinion, are the top value choices right now - including major carrier cell phone deals, the best unlocked prices, and a few prepaid options too. Regardless of which type of device you're looking for you'll find good deals here on some of our top-rated handsets - including the very latest iPhone 15 range from Apple.

Cell phone deals: quick links

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Jump to the section that's relevant for you:
1. Carrier phone deals
2. Unlocked phone deals
3. Specific pages for more phone deals
4. Phone deal tips

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 seen many carriers throw in freebies alongside their deals recently as an extra incentive to sign up for those plans.

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 find great options at carriers like Verizon and AT&T. 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 weighing up your plan options separately. This isn't a bad idea since there are a number of great prepaid plans on the market right now and there are often bring-your-own-device savings at the major carriers, too.

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 2023.

Today's best cell phone deals at a glance

Carrier phone deals

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at Verizon

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at Verizon
On the surface, Verizon's opening iPhone 15 deals don't offer a huge departure from the usual trade-in rebates at the carrier. However, Verizon has relaxed its trade-in eligibility criteria to be more inclusive, which means you can trade in any iPhone in any condition and get up to $1,000 off a Pro model. Since this promotion is so good, we'd probably advocate going for one of the Pro models here since the iPhone 15 is valued at just $799. Note, this particular promotion is aimed at switchers since it's a "new line" deal but existing customers can still get up to $830 off a device here, which is really competitive.

Apple iPhone 15:  up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at AT&T

Apple iPhone 15: up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at AT&T
The carrier AT&T is offering a good trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 for the Pro models and up to $800 off with the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus. These are essentially the 'standard' trade-in rebates for flagships at the major carrier, but they are a match for the best we've seen, so you're not missing out by getting that preorder in early. Note, however, that you will still need that 36-month unlimited data plan here to be eligible, which is the usual criteria you need to apply for a rebate at AT&T.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: device plus unlimited plan for $60/mo at Boost Infinite

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: device plus unlimited plan for $60/mo at Boost Infinite
Here's a pretty awesome deal on the new iPhone 15 Pro. The company behind Boost Mobile has launched a new service specifically for iPhones over at its Boost Infinite site. This promotion offers you a completely unlimited data plan and an iPhone 15 Pro for just $60 per month. That's pretty damn great value by itself but Boost Infinite is also guaranteeing that you'll be able to upgrade to the next model in a year's time free of charge. Since this one isn't tied to the usual trade-in rebates at the major carriers it's one of the best iPhone 15 deals available in regard to barrier to entry. You could also potentially trade-in your device elsewhere then sign up at Boost Infinite with this promotion for even extra value.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: free memory upgrade, and up to $930 off with a trade-in at Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: free memory upgrade, and up to $930 off with a trade-in at Samsung
Score yourself a fully unlocked Galaxy S23 Ultra with 512GB of storage for as little as $399 with this limited-time-only deal at the Samsung Store thanks to the ongoing Samsung Discover event. This is one of the best savings we've seen yet on this stunning flagship and the official Samsung Store also offers a free 512GB memory upgrade as a handy bonus. With a gorgeous display, powerful chipset, and outstanding cameras, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is a fantastic choice - in fact, we rate it as the best phone money can buy right now.

Apple iPhone 14: free with a new line, plus $280 off an iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 14: free with a new line, plus $280 off an iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
Even though it's not the latest device anymore, you can still get Verizon's best-ever deal on the iPhone 14 this week. Note that you'll still need a new line on an unlimited data plan here but that pesky trade-in criteria has now been waived. Also up for grabs right now is the option to bundle in an Apple Watch for $5 per month and an additional $280 saving on a new iPad. These are great freebies but note that you'll need to pay for those device lines separately. If you're more interested in the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max then you can trade in for a rebate of up to $1,000 on these devices instead.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Series:  up to $800 off with a trade-in at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S23 Series: up to $800 off with a trade-in at AT&T
AT&T's cell phone deals are always competitive with the other big carriers and this week's promotions on the Galaxy S23 series are no exception. Right now, you'll be looking at getting the Galaxy S23 for free with a trade-in and new unlimited line, and up to $800 off the Plus and Ultra. What makes AT&T's deals on these devices so good, in our opinion, is that the trade-in criteria is much more flexible than other carriers. Put simply, AT&T will take a Samsung device from any year and in any condition as part of a trade, which makes it a great option for a wide selection of people. See this same deal on the Galaxy S23 Plus or the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S23: free with a new line at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S23: free with a new line at Verizon
Another extremely strong cell phone deal at Verizon this week is for the Samsung Galaxy S23. Like with the iPhone 14, Verizon has recently waived the trade-in criteria needed to get this device for free. Simply pick one up with a new line on an unlimited data plan and the carrier will reduce your device payments down to zero. Note, if you would prefer to trade, then a good option is either the Galaxy S23 Plus or the Galaxy S23 Ultra, both of which are available with a trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 off.

  • Verizon - has a whole section of their site dedicated to phone deals
  • AT&T - 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

Apple iPhone 15: up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple

Apple iPhone 15: up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple
Apple itself isn't offering the best trade-in rates for the initial batch of iPhone 15 deals, but it is the only option if you want a shiny new unlocked device at launch. Right now, you can get up to $650 off with a trade-in at the official store, which is still pretty good and enough to cut that hefty price tag for a new model right down to size. To get the full amount ($650), you'll have to trade in an iPhone 14 Pro Max or equivalent device, although those handing over an iPhone 14 can still get a decent $430 off a new device.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: was

Google Pixel 7 Pro: was $899 now $649 at Amazon
A full $250 price cut brings the excellent Google Pixel 7 Pro down to its lowest-ever unlocked price at Amazon. With an excellent 120Hz display, Tensor 2 chipset, and superb camera system, the Pixel 7 Pro is a fantastic Android flagship at this price and a great alternative to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S23. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 series: up to $750 off with a trade at Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S23 series: up to $750 off with a trade at Samsung
We always rate the official Samsung store highly for unlocked cell phone deals thanks to its superb trade-in program - a handy feature that applies to both carrier and unlocked devices. Right now, the trade-in rebate of up to $750 in value is actually really close to the big carriers and one of the best values we've seen from the store. Note, however, that we do often see freebies and upfront discounts on occasion at Samsung so it could be worth waiting it out if you're not looking to trade immediately. This deal is also available on the premium Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Google Pixel 7: was

Google Pixel 7: was $599 now $449 at Amazon
A huge $150 price cut at Amazon brings the excellent Google Pixel 7 down to its lowest price yet. If you're on the hunt for a fully-featured Android flagship but don't want to break the bank, this is a great choice. Outwardly, it's still rocking one of the most eye-catching designs in the business, while the Tensor 2 chip inside provides plenty of power and computational wizardry. Top it off with an excellent camera and you've got a fantastic device for well under $500 fully unlocked.

Google Pixel 7a: $50 off with device activation at Best Buy

Google Pixel 7a: $50 off with device activation at Best Buy
If you're going to buy a device outright, then a good option for the new Google Pixel 7a is via Best Buy this week. The retailer is currently offering a $50 discount at checkout if you activate your device immediately, which can be quite handy if you've already decided your carrier.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $630 off with a trade-in at Apple

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $630 off with a trade-in at Apple
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 $630 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 refurb program: save up to $290 on a refurbished iPhone

Apple refurb program: save up to $290 on a refurbished iPhone
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 - offers upfront discounts on unlocked phone deals with trade-ins
  • Samsung -  save up to $500 on select phone deals with trade-ins
  • Amazon - has a vast selection of unlocked phone deals on a range of brands
  • Best Buy - also an excellent place to find unlocked phone deals
  • OnePlus - 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.

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.


Cell phone plans
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.


iPhone deals
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.


iPhone 15 deals
It's that time of the year again folks - the one where we patiently await the arrival of a new flagship iPhone. While nothing has been officially announced, we've put together a handy iPhone 15 deals predictions piece to let you know what to expect about the rumored upcoming releases. Note that nothing has been confirmed - we don't even know what these devices will be called - but we're happy to share our thoughts based on our extensive experience covering iPhone launches.


iPhone 14 deals / iPhone 14 Plus deals
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.


iPhone 14 Pro deals / iPhone 14 Pro Max deals
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.


iPhone SE 2022 deals
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. 


iPhone 13 deals / iPhone 13 mini deals
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.


iPhone 13 Pro deals / iPhone 13 Pro Max deals
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.


Samsung Galaxy S23 deals
Released in February 2023, the Galaxy S23 series is Samsung's latest range of flagship devices. superbly powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, refined design, and camera improvements make these devices collectively the best yet from Samsung - although some may have been hoping for a bigger leap from the previous Galaxy S22 range.


Samsung Galaxy S22 deals / Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus deals / Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra deals
The Galaxy S22 range has now been officially superseded by the latest Galaxy S23 series but these devices still hold up. While they no longer collectively represent the cutting edge, unlocked prices in particular are now starting to really drop on these still-great flagship phones. Note, however, that stocks won't last long now.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 deals
Samsung's latest iteration of its fantastic line of Z foldable devices, both the Fold 5 and Flip 5 offer the best you'll find from the brand. With a slimmed-down design, refined hinge (that now lets them sit flat), and new chipsets, they're superb if somewhat niche devices for those who want to jump on board the foldable bandwagon.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals / Galaxy Z Flip 4 deals
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 may not be the latest devices in the range anymore but they're still up there with the best foldable money can buy right now. With a great chipset, display, and camera, both of these devices still hold up for 2023 - just note that they're a little chunkier and the overall design is a little less refined versus the latest iterations.


Google Pixel Fold
The brand's first-ever foldable, the Google Pixel Fold is a fantastic device that's more than capable of giving the more established Samsung devices a run for their money. With a superb premium design, AI smarts, and a top-notch camera system, the Pixel Fold is a great choice if you're planning on making the most of that tablet-like screen real estate on a daily basis. 


Google Pixel 7 deals / Google Pixel 7 Pro deals
The latest flagship 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.


Google Pixel 7a deals
Android fans on a budget may want to consider the Google Pixel 7a - the brand's latest mid-range device. This phone is essentially a slightly scaled-down version of the standard Pixel 7 but still manages to pack in the same chipset, an outstanding camera, and a 90Hz display, despite being on average $100 cheaper.


Google Pixel 6 deals / Google Pixel 6 Pro deals
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.

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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 TechRadar. With over three years of experience on-site and eight years working in e-commerce, Alex has made it his personal mission to share all his favorite tips, bargains, and deals with our readers here at TechRadar. At work, he specializes in computing, phones, and covering huge sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Outside of work, you'll find him indulging his keen love of photography and PC gaming, or down at the local climbing gym hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities. His editorial bylines also include contributions to T3 and GamesRadar.

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