We've rounded up this week's best cell phone deals into one handy resource right here so you can compare all the top options from the nation's best carriers and retailers. Looking to trade in? Perhaps an unlocked device is more to your tastes. In any eventuality, we've included excellent cell phone deals for all types of users here and plenty of options for all kinds of budgets. We've got some fantastic options right now too, so it's a great time to be upgrading your device in the new year.
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 2023.
Today's best cell phone deals at a glance
- iPhone 14 series w/ freebies: free Apple Watch SE at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- Cheap iPhone 14 Plus (no trade): $5/mo with line at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- Free iPhone 13 (no trade): with an unlimited plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in at Verizon (opens in new tab) or AT&T (opens in new tab)
- Cheap Pixel 7: $5/mo with unlimited plan, plus free Pixel Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- Mint Mobile: 6 months of free data with iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone SE (opens in new tab)
- Visible Wireless: up to $300 gift card when you switch and buy a flagship device (opens in new tab)
- Apple trade-in: save up to $600 on a new iPhone with a trade (opens in new tab)
Carrier phone deals
Samsung Galaxy S23: reserve a device and get $50 store credit (opens in new tab)
The next generation of Samsung Galaxy devices, highly likely to be the S23 range, are now available for reservation via the official Samsung Store page. Input your details right now, and you'll not only secure your device for when pre-orders go live, but you'll get $50 of store credit on the house to spend on any number of accessories. Note that this reservation bonus will be eligible for both carrier and unlocked devices.
Apple iPhone 13: free with unlimited plan, plus free Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Quite possibly the strongest phone deal on the entire Verizon site right now, no trade-ins are needed to get the still-excellent iPhone 13 for free right now on an unlimited data plan. This is actually the first time the carrier has offered this flagship device for free under these terms and there's also the option to bundle in a free Apple Watch SE on top if you want a little extra value.
iPhone 14 Series: BOGO, or up to $1,00 off with trade, plus free Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's recently switched up its cell phone deals on the latest iPhone 14 series to offer the choice between the usual trade-in rebate or a buy-one-get-one-free multi-line saving. Both are extremely decent, depending on your requirements, and they're both available with a free Apple Watch SE as a bonus. As always, however, both will need to be taken in conjunction with an unlimited data plan to be eligible. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Pro (opens in new tab) and iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 14 Plus: $5/mo with new unlimited line, plus $200 off an iPad at Verizon (opens in new tab)
The excellent iPhone 14 Plus is available for just $5 per month on an unlimited data plan right now - one of the strongest cell phone deals on the entire Verizon site. If getting your hands on a super-cheap flagship device wasn't enough, then note that you can also get that free Apple Watch SE bundled in on top - an absolutely awesome freebie that's not to be missed.
Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: free with eligible trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
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 & 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: $10/mo with unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T's recently switched up its cell phone deals on the Google Pixel 7 to offer a really nice 50% monthly discount with an unlimited plan. Paying just $10 per month for this device is a steal ($360 in total), and you don't even need to trade in to be eligible for the saving here. If you do have a device to trade, then you could consider the Google Pixel 7 Pro (opens in new tab) at this carrier also, which is available with a rebate of up to $800.
Google Pixel 7: $5/mo with unlimited plan, plus free Pixel Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
This particular promotion on the Google Pixel 7 could be in contention for the best deal at the carrier this week. Not only is this brand-new Android flagship available for just $5 per month with a new unlimited plan (no trade-in needed), but the carrier is also throwing in a free Pixel Watch on top - an outstanding freebie considering how new this smartwatch is. Interested in a more premium device? You can also get the free Pixel Watch with the Google Pixel 7 Pro (opens in new tab), although you'll have to trade in for a discount on that device.
Apple iPhone 13 series: from $5/mo with new unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
The iPhone 13 is one of the best deals on AT&T right now due to a healthy price cut - a discount that's not tied to a trade-in, either. Right now you can get the basic iPhone 13 for just $5 per month on an unlimited data plan, which is pretty damn cheap compared to the latest models. Similar deals on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have already sold out on this carrier's website so don't hesitate to pick this one up before it's gone.
Google Pixel 6a: free with unlimited data plan, plus free Pixel Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
This is quite possibly the best Verizon deal this week for Android fans on a budget. Not only can you get the excellent Google Pixel 6A for free right now on an unlimited data plan, but the carrier will also throw in a free Pixel Watch as a bonus. The promotion here is essentially the same as those on the Pixel 7 above, but this is definitely a strong option if you want to cut out those pesky device payments.
Samsung Galaxy S22: save up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus free Galaxy Watch 5 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
You'll also find great cell phone deals on the Galaxy S22 series at Verizon this week, with a free Galaxy Watch 5 in addition to the usual trade-in rebates. Overall, this is a fantastic promotion that ranks up there with those on the Pixel devices and iPhones but it could be worth holding off for now as a new series of Galaxy devices is tipped to be launching soon.
- 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 6 Pro: was
$899 now $589 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A compelling option, even in early 2023, Amazon is currently offering its lowest-ever price for an unlocked Google Pixel 6 Pro right now. Beating November's Black Friday price, this one is well worth picking up, particularly because it's likely to be discontinued at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: was
$1,799 now $1,399 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)Save $400 - Amazon's currently offering an upfront discount on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 that's just $50 off its record-breaking low from last year's Black Friday. Safe to say, this is a great deal and one that shouldn't be overlooked if you're simply looking to buy a device outright without any of the associated contracts or trade-in rebates found at the major carriers.
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 $599, plus up to $650 off with an eligible trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Price drop - 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)
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 $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.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G:
$449.99 $399.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The top pick over at our best cheap phones 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 $143 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.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11: $173 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's been offering a respectable $300 off a range of its iPhones since Black Friday and we're super happy to say this promo is still available now (prepaid phone deals can be rare at this carrier. 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 $150 gift card and AirPods Pro with switch at Visible Wireless (opens in new tab)
The prepaid carrier Visible Wireless is a great choice for data-hungry users on a budget thanks to completely unlimited data plans for as little as $30 per month. Right now, this carrier is also throwing in a free pair of AirPods Pro and a $150 gift card for new users who switch over and pick up an eligible iPhone. One of the cheapest options is the excellent iPhone SE 2022, which is a great pairing with Visible thanks to its full 5G compatibility.
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: $150 gift card with switch at Visible (opens in new tab)
Another really good pairing with Visible Wireless is the iPhone 13, which is not only cheaper than the iPhone 14 upfront but features a nearly identical design overall. This week's cell phone deals at Visible are offering this device with a free pair of AirPods and a $150 gift card if you switch on over, which isn't a bad idea considering an unlimited plan costs as little as $30 per month at the carrier. 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)
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 $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)
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.
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.
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 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.
iPhone 12 deals / iPhone 12 Mini deals
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....
iPhone 12 Pro Max deals
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.
iPhone 11 deals
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.
iPhone XR deals
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.
Samsung Galaxy S22 deals / Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus deals / Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra deals
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.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals / Galaxy Z Flip 4 deals
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.
Google Pixel 7 deals / Google Pixel 7 Pro deals
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.
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.
OnePlus 9 deals
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.
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.