You'll find all of this week's best cell phone deals neatly lined up and compared right here, including the top promotions from the big carriers and the cheapest prices for unlocked devices. Regardless of what type of device you're looking for, our best cell phone deals roundup will serve as a handy guide to steer you in the right direction.
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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
- Free iPhone 14 Pro: with eligible trade and plan at AT&T
- Cheap iPhone 14 Plus (no trade): $5/mo with unlimited plan at Verizon
- Free Galaxy S23: with eligible trade-in at AT&T or Verizon
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: was
$1,199now $799.99 at Amazon
- Samsung Galaxy S22: was
$799now $599 at Amazon
- Mint Mobile: 6 months of free data with iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone SE
- Apple trade-in: save up to $600 on a new iPhone with a trade
Carrier phone deals
Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T's best cell phone deals this week can be found on the more premium iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. Both of these devices are available with a record-breaking trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 right now - a saving that's enough to get the 14 Pro specifically on the house. As of writing, these are a match for the best deals yet on these devices at AT&T and the best carrier promotion available right now in terms of maximum saving. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apple iPhone 14: up to $800 off with trade, plus $200 off an iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
If you're eyeing up an Apple flagship, Verizon's current line-up of phone deals are offering a compelling trade-in rebate across most devices in the range. Right now, the maximum saving is $800 off for the standard iPhone 14 and $1,000 off for the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max - enough to get some devices for free. In addition to these trade-in rebates, customers can also get an additional $200 saving on the side and the option to bundle in an Apple Watch for $5 per month. These extras are pretty great but we have seen the carrier offer them for free before and you'll still have to pay for lines, so bear that in mind. We've also seen the carrier offer up to $1,00 off the Pro devices specifically too so you may want to wait it out if you're looking for the best possible value on the pricier models. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apple iPhone 14 Plus: $5/mo with new unlimited line, plus free iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
And, for those who don't meet the trade-in criteria for the above, consider Verizon's current deal on the iPhone 14 Plus. You can currently pick this one up for just $5 per month right now, which is pretty good considering you don't have to trade in and you can get that additional saving on an iPad and Apple Watch if you want. The only thing stopping us from giving this one a glowing recommendation? We've seen the carrier offer the device for free under the same terms before so it's not a terrible idea to wait it out, if you can.
Apple iPhone 14: $99 with eligible trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T
If AT&T is your preferred carrier of choice, you'll also find very similar cell phone deals for the 14 and 14 Plus at this carrier too. Right now, the maximum trade rebate is $700 off - which isn't quite as good as the $800 we often see at AT&T but it is enough to get an iPhone 14 for just $99 over the duration of a 36-month plan. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Plus.
Google Pixel 7: free with unlimited plan, plus $220 off a smartwatch
Probably the best cell phone deal at Verizon this week for those looking for an Android device, the excellent Google Pixel 7 is free right now with an unlimited data plan. Overall, this is a fantastic deal when compared to other carrier offerings on this device, although one caveat is that we've seen the pricier Google Pixel 7 Pro offered for free under the same terms at Verizon recently. If you can wait, it may be a good idea to see if you can get the more premium device on the house.
Google Pixel 7a: $2/mo with an unlimited data plan at AT&T
One of the best phone deals at AT&T this week is on the new Google Pixel 7a, which is available for just $2 per month right now without the need for a trade-in. Generally speaking, this carrier's deals don't tend to be this generous on new devices of this calibre so we definitely recommend checking this one out if you're looking for an Android device on a budget at AT&T.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: up to $800 off with a trade-in, plus $300 off a tablet and smartwatch
The latest Samsung Galaxy S23 series have a set of cell phone deals at Verizon this week that closely mirror those that you'll find on the latest iPhones. Available is a trade-in rebate of up to $800 off across all devices and the option to get $300 off a tablet and bundle in a smartwatch for just $5 per month. You can see this same deal on the Galaxy S23 Plus or the Galaxy S23 Ultra right now too - just know that we've seen trade-in rebates of up to $1,000 on these devices before.
Samsung Galaxy S23: free with a trade-in at AT&T
AT&T is always up there with the most competitive options for big carrier deals and today's promotions are extremely strong for the series Galaxy S23 series. It's trade-in rebates that rule the roost right now but the carrier is offering a particularly generous range of options for eligible devices right now. Put simply, if you have a relatively new Apple, Samsung, or Google device ready to hand over you should be able to get a shiny new Galaxy S23 for free - granted you're willing to go with an unlimited plan too. See this same deal on the Galaxy S23 Plus or the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
- 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
Samsung Galaxy S22: was
$799 now $599 at Amazon
The Galaxy S23 is a little older now but it's still a great choice for 2023. Today's price cut at Amazon brings this device down to its lowest ever price - making it a very competitive unlocked choice alongside the likes of the Google Pixel 7 and Galaxy S23. If you're looking for top-tier device with a great display but want to save some cash, this is a good choice.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: was
$1,199 now $799.99 at Amazon
We briefly saw the stunning Galaxy S22 Ultra offered for as low as $649 over at Woot! just a few weeks ago - a flash sale that's unfortunately been snapped up now. The next best thing is this $799 listing over at Amazon, which is still a fantastic option and a record-breaking deal at the retailer. While a little older now, we still heartily recommend the Galaxy S22 Ultra - especially at this price unlocked.
Samsung Galaxy S23: up to $740 off with a trade at Samsung
We always recommend Samsung itself for unlocked cell phone deals - namely because this retailer offers excellent trade-in rebates all year round that are almost as good as those you'll find at the big carriers. Right now, you can get a really decent rebate of up to $740 off and Samsung will also give you a guaranteed $200 in credit, which is super handy if your old phone isn't that great. See this same deal on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: up to $450 off with a trade-in at Samsung
If the above deals on the Galaxy S23 range are a little out of your price range, you could also consider the new Galaxy A54 5G. This fantastic mid-range device has a ton of features that belie it's relatively modest price - including a great AMOLED display and camera. Right now, you can also get up to $450 off with a trade-in, which is technically enough to get an unlocked device for free.
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.
Google Pixel 6 Pro: was
$899 now $499 at Amazon
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.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $600 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 $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 $600 off with an eligible trade-in at Apple
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 2023. 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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.