Best cell phone deals in December 2022

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Cell phone deals are easy to find these days. Whether you're looking for unlocked phones, prepaid phones, or the best cheap phones worth buying, retailers have made it easier than ever to score cheap cell phone deals any time of the year. 

However, when shopping for cell phone deals it's important to first figure out what kind of deal you want. Sales generally fall into three categories: locked phones, prepaid phones, and those tied to a carrier. You'll pay more out of pocket for the former, but the other two options essentially tie you down to one carrier. 

To help you find the best sales, we're rounding up the best cell phone deals for every kind of user. From the latest iPhone 13 to the budget friendly Google Pixel, here are the best cell phone deals right now. (Also, make sure to check out the best AT&T phone deals, Verizon phone deals, and the best iPhone deals available right now.

Cell phone deals and Christmas

The holidays are nearly here. If you're shopping for a last-minute gift, retailers are offering plenty of Christmas deals on select phones. Deals include discounts on iPhones, Galaxy phones, Pixel phones, and more. Make sure to follow our December coverage for the best deals of the month. 

Best cell phone deals right now

Carrier cell phone deals

iPhone 14 Pro Max: up to $800 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)

iPhone 14 Pro Max: up to $800 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T is taking up to $800 off the new iPhone 14 Pro Max after trade-in of your old phone. You'll also need to be signed up to one of AT&T's qualifying unlimited data plans. This cell phone deal is valid for new and existing AT&T customers. 

Google Pixel 6a: free w/ unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6a: free w/ unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Yes, the Pixel 6a will cost $50 more at Verizon. However, Verizon will carry the Pixel 6a with mmWave support, which is why you'll pay slightly more for this model. Currently, Verizon is offering the Pixel 6a for free with select 5G unlimited plans. 

5G smartphone sale: free w/ unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

5G smartphone sale: free w/ unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, Verizon is offering various 5G phones for free when you open a new line or with eligible 5G data plans. (No trade-in is required). Eligible phones include the iPhone 13 mini, Pixel 6a, iPhone 12, and more. 

Google Pixel 7: free $250 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 7: free $250 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)
The Pixel 7 sports a 6.3-inch 90Hz OLED display (2400 x 1080) and Tensor G2 chipset. You also get 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 6.3-inch 90Hz OLED display (2400 x 1080), Tensor G2 chipset, 50MP (f/1.85) main camera lens, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens, and 10.8MP (f/2.2) front lens. Purchase it on Visible and you'll get a $250 gift card.

iPhone 13: $10/month + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)

iPhone 13: $10/month + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
New and existing customers at AT&T can get the iPhone 13 for just $10/month. (No trade-in required). You'll need to purchase your phone via a monthly installment plan and you'll also need to sign up for an eligible AT&T unlimited data plan. These are among the best cell phone deals we've seen from AT&T. 

iPhone SE 2022: free w/ unlimited + new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2022: free w/ unlimited + new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
New and existing Verizon members can get a new iPhone SE 2022 for free when you open a new unlimited line. That's $429 off and one of the best cell phone deals we've seen from Verizon. No trade-in is required for this deal. 

Google Pixel 6: free w/ trade-in and Unlimited plan @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6: free w/ trade-in and Unlimited plan @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time at Verizon, you can get a Google Pixel 6 for free when you open a new line with an unlimited plan. You'll need to make your purchase via monthly installments to get this cell phone deal.

iPhone SE 2022: $150 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2022: $150 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, Verizon-owned Visible is offering a free $150 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone SE 2022. Other iPhones include a $150 or $100 gift card. 

Galaxy S22: free with trade-in @ AT&T (opens in new tab)

Galaxy S22: free with trade-in @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, new and existing AT&T customers can trade in any Samsung Galaxy phone in any condition and get the new Samsung Galaxy S22 for free. That's one of the best cell phone deals of all time. 

Apple iPhone 12: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 12: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
We're huge fans of the iPhone 13, but if you don't have the budget for a flagship, you can save big on the iPhone 12 right now at Verizon. Verizon is offering the phone for free when you open a new line and sign up for any unlimited plan. It's one of the best cell phone deals if you're looking for a powerful phone sans the high price. 

Pixel 6 Pro: up to $800 off w/ Unlimited plan @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

Pixel 6 Pro: up to $800 off w/ Unlimited plan @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time at Verizon, you can get up to $800 off the Google Pixel 6 Pro when you trade in your old phone and open a new unlimited plan. You'll need to make your purchase via monthly installments to get this cell phone deal. 

Google Pixel 6: free w/ trade-in @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6: free w/ trade-in @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time at Verizon, you can get a free Pixel 6 when you trade-in select phones and sign up for an eligible 5G unlimited plan. You'll need to buy your phone via a monthly installment plan to get this deal.

Galaxy Z Fold 3:  up to $800 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

Galaxy Z Fold 3: up to $800 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
One of Samsung's hottest phones is on sale. As part of Verizon's cell phone deals — you can get up to $800 off when you add a new line, trade-in your old phone, and buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on an Unlimited Plan. 

iPhone 13 mini: for $5/month w/ unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

iPhone 13 mini: for $5/month w/ unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Currently at Verizon, you can get an iPhone 13 mini for just $5/month when you sign up for a new unlimited data plan and open a new line of service. That's one of the best cheap cell phone deals we've seen. 

iPhone 12 mini:  free w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T (opens in new tab)

iPhone 12 mini: free w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
New and existing customers can get the iPhone 12 mini purple for free with trade-in of an old phone and the opening of a new Unlimited plan. That's the best offer we've seen for Apple's newest phone from AT&T.

Samsung Galaxy S21: was $799 now $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S21: was $799 now $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy S21 is a great Android phone for the price, and now the Editor's Choice phone is even better, thanks to an epic price cut. The phone features a 6.2-inch FHD screen, IP68 water resistance, and a strong 9-hour battery life. The Phantom Grey 128GB model is available for $499, which is $300 off. If you want the S21 Plus or the S21 Ultra, you can get them for $699 and $899 respectively, which is also a pretty sweet deal. Just note that they’re locked to T-Mobile.

Unlocked cell phone deals

Unlocked Galaxy S22: from $49 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)

Unlocked Galaxy S22: from $49 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Samsung is offering the unlocked Galaxy S22 from $49 after trade-in. The S22 features a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED FHD+ display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. You also get a 40MP (f/2.2) front camera and three rear lenses that include a 50MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, and a 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto lens. 

Galaxy Z Fold 4: from $899 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)

Galaxy Z Fold 4: from $899 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 makes multitasking from your phone easier than ever. It sports a new taskbar and Android 12L, which is made for tablets and foldables. Samsung also delivers better cameras, a wider front display, and a brighter main screen in a sleeker package. In our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review (opens in new tab), we called the Editor's Choice phone the best foldable you can buy right now. 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (128GB): $999 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (128GB): $999 $749 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus launched this year and features a sleek design, large 6.6-inch OLED display, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. In our Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review (opens in new tab), we found it takes excellent low light shots. It also features a telephoto zoom lens, something that the iPhone 14 Plus lacks along with fast 45W charging. This deal brings the price down to one of the lowest we've seen, which makes it a better value than ever. Keep in mind the offer is only on the 128GB storage model. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: was $999 now $299 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: was $999 now $299 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the most affordable foldable phone available and this deal at Best Buy makes it even cheaper. In our Galaxy Z Flip 3 review (opens in new tab), we called it an "affordable" foldable that's built to withstand more punishment than its predecessor. It features a 6.7-inch (2640 x 1080) Super AMOLED inner display (when unfolded) with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, 1.9-inch Super AMOLED outer display (260 x 512), Snapdragon 888 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB storage, and 12MP main/12MP ultrawide camera lenses.

Unlocked Google Pixel 6: was $599 now $549 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Unlocked Google Pixel 6: was $599 now $549 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has the unlocked Pixel 6 on sale for $549. That's one of the cheapest prices we've seen for this unlocked model at Amazon. 

Galaxy S20 FE: was $599 now $476 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Galaxy S20 FE: was $599 now $476 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy S20 FE is an inexpensive version of the Galaxy S20. It sports a 6.5-inch AMOLED (2400 x 1080) 120Hz LCD, Snapdragon 865 CPU, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The CPU and fast-refreshing display are the same you'd get with the regular S20, but the S20 FE costs less.

Google Pixel 6 Pro (5G/128GB): was $899 now $849 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6 Pro (5G/128GB): was $899 now $849 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The flagship Google Pixel 6 Pro packs a Google Tensor processor, 120Hz display, incredible camera array and a beautiful refreshed design. It's one of the best value smartphones on the market and thanks to this Amazon deal it's now an even better bargain. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: was $1,799 now $699 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: was $1,799 now $699 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Purchase the Galaxy Z Fold 3 direct from Samsung and you'll get up to $1,100 off after trade-in, even if the phone you trade-in has a cracked screen. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 888 CPU and features a 7.6-inch internal display and a 6.2-inch external display (both with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz). The base configuration sports 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. In our Galaxy Z Fold 3 review (opens in new tab), we found the phone to be a big improvement over Samsung's previous foldable efforts with stellar cameras and strong overall performance.

Unlocked Moto G Power: was $249 now $219 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Unlocked Moto G Power: was $249 now $219 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Moto G Power has the best battery life we've ever seen in a smartphone, lasting an epic 16 hours in our testing. You also get a 6.4-inch full HD screen, solid Snapdragon 665 performance and a capable triple camera system.

Unlocked OnePlus 8 Pro: was $999 now $799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Unlocked OnePlus 8 Pro: was $999 now $799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the best phones out there. Amazon has the 256GB model (unlocked) on sale. You can expect top performance from the Snapdragon 865 processor, fast charging, and solid photos from the four rear cameras.

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.