You'll find all of this week's cell phone deals neatly lined up right here on this page, including some awesome Black Friday specials that are exclusive to this time of the year. Not only do we have the latest iPhones here, but you'll also find great options for the latest Android flagships from Samsung and Google. Our cell phone deals roundup covers all types of carriers too, so there's plenty to check out and consider outside of the usual trade-in methods.
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.
It's that time of the year again folks - the one where we ramp up our Black Friday deals coverage here at TechRadar. This page is up to date and a good representation of what you can get right now but we'd recommend checking out our Black Friday Phone deals page if you're looking for specific advice surrounding the event. We've also got a Black Friday iPhone deals page for those looking for Apple devices specifically.
Today's best cell phone deals at a glance
- Apple iPhone 15 Pro: free with a trade-in at Verizon
- Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: free with an unlimited data plan (no trade) at Verizon
- Google Pixel 8 & Galaxy S23: buy one get one free at Verizon
- Google Pixel 8 Pro: $170 off with a new plan at Mint Mobile
- Google Pixel 8 Pro: $1,000 off with eligible trade at AT&T
- iPhone 15 Pro: device plus plan for $60 at Boost Infinite
- Apple trade-in: save up to $600 on a new iPhone with a trade
Carrier phone deals
Apple iPhone 15 Pro: up to $1,000 off with a trade-in plus $280 off an iPad and Apple Watch
Early Black Friday deal: Here we go folks - here's an early 'Holiday' deal from Verizon on the outstanding iPhone 15 Pro. Essentially, the carrier has brought back the fantastic trade-in rebate from the initial preorders phase that allows you to trade-in any iPhone in any condition to get up to $1,000 off alongside a new line on an unlimited data plan. This deal technically applies to both existing and new customers, although you do need a new line on the Ultimate Unlimited plan to get the full amount here (other plans are eligible for smaller savings) Looking to upgrade? You can still get up to $830 off with a trade-in and get your hands on the various freebies that are also being offered...
Apple iPhone 15 series: get a free Apple TV 4K and 6 months of Apple One with a device at Verizon
Speaking of freebies, Verizon is also throwing in a free Apple TV 4K and 6 months of Apple One with every iPhone purchase right now. This applies to the iPhone 15 Pro, the Pro Max, and all the other devices in the range. Importantly, this promotion can be stacked on top of the various trade-ins and other deals that are currently available - such as the exceptional rebate that's currently outlined on the iPhone 15 Pro above.
Google Pixel 8 & Galaxy S23: buy one get one free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon
Verizon's brought back an old favorite with its latest set of deals ahead of Black Friday. Right now you can either buy a Google Pixel 8 or Samsung Galaxy S23 outright alongside a new line on an unlimited data plan and get a whole second device for free. While you'll still need to pay for those pricey unlimited data lines, you're saving up to $800 on a second device here, making it a great option for couples or families.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: free with an unlimited data plan, plus $280 off an iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
An incredible close-out deal - the iPhone 14 Pro Max is currently available for free with a new line on an unlimited data plan at Verizon. Unlike with the deals on the latest 15-series devices, no trade-ins are needed to get this device - which is still one of the best iPhones money can buy - for free. Simply put, this is an incredibly generous and approachable deal if you're willing to sign up for an unlimited data plan. Adding to the value further this week is the option to bundle in an Apple Watch for $5 per month and an additional $280 saving on an iPad - although you will pay for those device lines separately.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: was
$799 now $299 at Mint Mobile
The Pixel 7 Pro might not be the latest device in the range anymore, but Mint's latest deal ahead of Black Friday makes it a superb value buy. For a limited time only, you can score this flagship device alongside a new plan for just $299 - a huge saving. While this deal is eligible for new customers only, the carrier is also throwing in 6 months of service for free, essentially allowing you to bundle in a cheap plan on top of your already-cheap cell phone.
Google Pixel 8 Pro: $170 off with a plan at Mint Mobile
Interested in the latest Google device but don't want to pay big-time for an unlimited plan? A good option is Mint Mobile's latest deal on the Google Pixel 8 Pro. The carrier is currently offering an exceptional $170 saving on the device for new customers, as well as 50% off a 12-month annual plan. Put together, you're getting a full year of cheap data alongside a fantastic device for a relatively reasonable upfront price.
Google Pixel 8 Pro: free with an eligible trade-in and unlimited data plan at AT&T
Another superb trade-in focused cell phone deal this week on the brand new Google Pixel 8 Pro. You can get this device for free right now at AT&T with a hefty trade-in rebate of up to $1,000. While an unlimited data plan is still needed, of course, this is a great option for both new and existing customers at the carrier. If you'd prefer to not trade in, then you can get the standard Google Pixel 8 for just $15 per month with an unlimited plan right now.
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
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.
- 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 S23 Ultra: was
$1,199 now $999.99 at Amazon
The best unlocked cell phone deal this week might just be the priciest - but it's worth it, trust us. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a fantastic flagship Android device and right now it's just $50 more than its lowest-ever price at Amazon. If you're looking for the lowest possible price ever, you'll want to wait it out but this is definitely a good option regardless if you're buying a device outright.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: up to $800 off with a trade at Samsung
Samsung is always a great choice if you're looking for a decent discount on an unlocked Galaxy device. While upfront savings tend to be a little rare, the official site offers fantastic all-year-round trade-in rebates that can offer a massive saving of up to $800 on a brand new Galaxy S23. If you're interested, you'll also find options for exclusive colors via the Samsung store as well as excellent bundle options for savings on ear buds and smartwatches. See this deal on the premium Galaxy S23 Ultra also.
Google Pixel 8: up to $650 off with a trade-in at Google
As with Samsung, the official Google Store offers a great trade-in program for those interested in picking up the latest Google Pixel 8. Overall, this isn't the biggest saving you'll find on the device right now, but it is the biggest you'll get for unlocked devices specifically. You'll also find additional savings available for the Google Fi network here, which is a good option for those who want a prepaid plan specifically.
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.
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 $310 on a refurbished iPhone
Looking for an iPhone and don't mind getting an older model? The official Apple certified refurbished store is a great choice for upfront discounts. Yep, these devices are 'pre-loved' but Apple itself has serviced them itself and with official parts. Apple has just re-stocked its store pages with the freshly discontinued iPhone 12 series so it's a great time to check out a refurbed iOS device.
- 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 15 deals / iPhone 15 Plus deals
Looking for the latest and greatest from Apple? We've got pages specifically handling this week's best promotions on the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus. These 'standard' models are fantastic buys thanks to their refreshed design, new chipsets, and hand-me-down features from the previous year's flagship Pro models. Put simply, they're excellent options and great if you don't want to splurge on the higher-end options.
iPhone 15 Pro deals / iPhone 15 Pro Max deals
For those who want the best of the best - consider our pages on the stunning iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. These outstanding devices carry the lion's share of upgrades for 2023 and bring a new chipset, 5x camera zoom, and a titanium chassis to the table as the main features. In a nutshell, these are extremely pricey devices but worth every penny - especially if you can line up a great trade-in deal.
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, even if they're not the latest and greatest from Apple.
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.