The best cell phone deals for March 2024

You'll find all of this week's best cell phone deals neatly lined up and laid out right here on this page. We've included everything here from the cheapest prices on unlocked devices to all the top big-carrier promotions and it's a great time to check in too. Not only do we have some superb cell phone deals on iPhones but the latest Samsung Galaxy S24 range is up for grabs with massive trade-in rebates of up to $1,000 off. 

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 2024.

Today's best cell phone deals at a glance

Carrier phone deals

Apple iPhone 15: free with an unlimited data plan, plus save $280 on an iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
No trade-in needed:

Apple iPhone 15: free with an unlimited data plan, plus save $280 on an iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
No trade-in needed:
For the first time you can get the iPhone 15 for free over at Verizon without that pesky trade-in rebate. Simply pick up a device alongside a new line on an eligible unlimited data plan and you'll get this brand-new flagship on the house at big red. You can also get a $280 saving on an iPad and bundle in an Apple Watch for $5 per month, although note that additional cellular lines are required and paid separately.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: free with a new unlimited line, plus free 65-inch TV at Verizon
No trade-in needed:

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: free with a new unlimited line, plus free 65-inch TV at Verizon
No trade-in needed:
This iPhone 14 Plus deal at Verizon ticks all the boxes for value - not only can you get the device for free right now alongside a new unlimited data plan but the carrier is also throwing in a free 65-inch TV. Unlike with other 'freebies' at the carrier, no additional cellular lines are needed here which makes it a great value addition. Note that you can also get this deal on the standard iPhone 14 right now if you'd prefer, although we'd recommend the Plus as the more highly valued device. 

Samsung Galaxy S24 series: up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus free tablet and Galaxy Watch at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S24 series: up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus free tablet and Galaxy Watch at Verizon
Verizon's preserved its deals on the Galaxy S24 range from the initial preorders phase - save the free memory upgrade. That's absolutely superb news since you can currently trade-in any Samsung model in any condition to get the full rebate of up to $1,000 in value. In addition, you can also throw in a free Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy tablet worth $900 in value by themselves. Note, however, that you will need to pay for cellular lines separately for any devices that aren't your phone.

Samsung Galaxy S24 series: save up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus free tablet at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S24 series: save up to $1,000 with a trade-in, plus free tablet at AT&T
AT&T is also allowing you to trade-in any Samsung device in any condition to get a full rebate on any of the latest Galaxy S24 series - an exceptional deal. In addition to a maximum saving of up to $1,000 off, you can also throw in a free Galaxy A-Series tablet right now, which is a pretty rare addition at AT&T. Like with other carriers, however, you do need to pay for additional cellular lines separately so don't redeem your freebie unless you're willing to pay extra.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: up to $1,000 off with a trade-in, plus $280 off iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: up to $1,000 off with a trade-in, plus $280 off iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
Verizon's latest cell phone deals offer compelling choices on the latest iPhone 15 series - including a massive trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 on both the Pro and Pro Max. While a new line is required to get the full rebate here, it's technically enough to get the standard Pro model for free. You can also get additional savings on iPads and Apple Watches right now, although they have been given away for free under the same terms previously (and you need to pay for additional cellular lines separately). 

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: device plus unlimited plan for $65/mo at Boost Infinite

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: device plus unlimited plan for $65/mo at Boost Infinite
Boost Infinite has been offering an exceptional all-inclusive deal on the iPhone 15 Pro since the device's launch - offering the device alongside an unlimited data plan for just $65. This one was $5/mo cheaper at launch but we're still recommending it because even at this slightly higher price it's still cheaper than some standalone plans at certain carriers right now. Another added bonus is that Boost will allow you to upgrade to the next device for free once it launches - usually around September time. 

Google Pixel 8: $23.34/monow $10.99/mo with an unlimited plan at AT&T

Google Pixel 8: was $23.34/mo now $10.99/mo with an unlimited plan at AT&T
Prefer to skip the usual trade in? AT&T has some great cell phone deals right now on the latest Google Pixel 8, which is available with an almost-half-price monthly cost alongside an unlimited data plan. Another great option along these lines is the iPhone 14 at AT&T for $10.99 per month, although that device was a low as $5 last year so it could be waiting it out for that one. 

  • 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

OnePlus 12 (unlocked, 512GB): was $899 now $799 at Amazon

OnePlus 12 (unlocked, 512GB): was $899 now $799 at Amazon
Amazon currently has a nice $100 discount on the brand new OnePlus 12 in its 512GB variant - essentially giving you a free storage upgrade. If you're looking for a powerful Android flagship with a class-leading display, excellent cameras, and eye-catching design, then this phone might just be for you. Our OnePlus 12 review gave this one four stars out of five, praising its performance and overall look. 

Google Pixel 8 Pro:$999$799 at Amazon
Google's best Pixel phone is a whopping $200 off at Amazon this week - just $10 more expensive than the record-low that we saw over Black Friday back in November. Overall, this is a great device to snag at this price thanks to its excellent cameras and class-leading AI features. Not only that, but Google has promised to support this phone for seven years so it should have plenty of updates down the line.
Google Pixel 8$699now $549 at Amazon

Google Pixel 8 Pro: was $999 now $799 at Amazon
Google's best Pixel phone is a whopping $200 off at Amazon this week - just $10 more expensive than the record-low that we saw over Black Friday back in November. Overall, this is a great device to snag at this price thanks to its excellent cameras and class-leading AI features. Not only that, but Google has promised to support this phone for seven years so it should have plenty of updates down the line.
Google Pixel 8: was $699 now $549 at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S24 series: up to $750 off with a trade-in at Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S24 series: up to $750 off with a trade-in at Samsung
Samsung itself is offering great trade-in rebates of up to $750 off for its latest Galaxy S24 series - a great option if you like the look of these latest flagships but don't want to go down the usual route with the pricey unlimited data plans. As a side bonus, you'll also get a free case as a freebie, which isn't huge but it is a useful bonus. 

Google Pixel 6: now $349 at Amazon

Google Pixel 6: now $349 at Amazon
The Google Pixel 6 is officially a golden oldie now, being two generations old, but it's still a perfectly good flagship device - especially at this record-low price at Amazon. For $349 it's hard to complain here since you're getting a really modern design that's almost identical to the latest Pixel devices, a fantastic camera, and a Tensor chipset that's super-charged for all those AI assisted features that Pixel devices are known for. 

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.

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 $310 on a refurbished iPhone

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Samsung Galaxy S24 deals
The latest and greatest from Samsung, the Galaxy S24 range brings a number of hardware upgrades (namely a new chipset) and a focus on AI software integration. While outwardly almost-identical to the previous iteration, the Galaxy S24 range are the smartest, most powerful, and easiest to use flagships from Samsung yet.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 deals / Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra deals
Released in February 2023, the Galaxy S23 series is Samsung's slightly older generation of flagship phones. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 8 and Pixel 8 Pro deals

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro deals
The latest and greatest from Google, both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro come with a new Tensor G3 chipset, upgraded cameras, and host of improvements to AI software integration. Outwardly, they look similar to previous iterations from Google but they're fantastic flagships that boast fantastic cameras and software.

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Google Pixel 7 deals / Google Pixel 7 Pro deals
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were the flagship devices from the brand in 2022. Generally speaking, they still hold up great thanks to a powerful chipset and great camera setup. If you can get them for cheap they make a great option right now for Android fans.

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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.

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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.