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.
Best cell phone deals right now
Carrier cell phone deals
iPhone 13: up to $800 w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon
New Verizon customers can get up to $800 off the new iPhone 13. You'll get up to $800 off with select trade-in. Plus, new members will be able to get an extra $1,000 to help cover the cost of switching for a total of up to $1,800 off. Existing members can get up to $700 off with trade-in and Verizon's 5G Get More plan or $440 off with other plans.
Galaxy Z Fold 3: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
Samsung's hottest new phone is already on sale. As part of Verizon's cell phone deals — you can get up to $1,000 off when you add a new line, trade-in your old phone, and buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on an Unlimited Plan. New customers who switch to Verizon and order the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will get an extra $1,000 to help cover the cost of switching. Meanwhile, existing customers can get up to $700 off when you buy a Galaxy Z Fold 3 and trade in your old smartphone.
iPhone 12: $1,500 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
At Verizon, trade-in your current phone and sign up for an Unlimited plan to get up to $1,000 off any new iPhone. It's one of the hottest cell phone deals we've seen from Verizon. Or buy one iPhone 12 at normal price, and get up to $1,000 off the cost of another.
Galaxy S21: up to $1,100 off w/ trade-in + Unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon has a few Galaxy S21 deals up its sleeve. Switch to Verizon, trade-in an eligible phone, and sign up for an Unlimited plan to get up to $800 off any Galaxy S21. Alternatively, buy any S21 phone and sign up for Verizon's Do More, Play More, or Get More Unlimited Plans and you'll get a $300 prepaid MasterCard. Combined, you could save up to $1,100 off your new phone.
iPhone 12 mini: free w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T
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.
Pixel 5a: up to $702 off @ Google Store
The Google Store is offering up to $702 off its Pixel 5a when you trade in your old device. Eligible phones include those from Apple, Google, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and OnePlus. Trade in an iPhone SE and you'll get you a $167 credit, whereas a Pixel 4 can score you a $122 credit. The Pixel 5a releases on August 26.
Samsung Galaxy S21: was $799 now $499 @ Best Buy
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
Galaxy S20 FE: was $699 now $549 @ Amazon
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.
Unlocked Galaxy S21: was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
If you're looking for an affordable cell phone deal — the buck stops with the base Galaxy S21 config. It packs a 6.2-inch 120Hz adaptive display, Snapdragon 888 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 10MP front camera. You also get 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 64MP telephoto rear camera lenses. This unlocked model is now $50 off at Amazon.
Unlocked Moto G Power: was $249 now $219 @ Amazon
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 Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
The Galaxy S21 Plus is one of our favorite flagship phones. It packs a 6.7-inch 120Hz adaptive display, Snapdragon 888 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 10MP front camera. You also get 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 64MP telephoto rear camera lenses. Amazon is knocking its price down to $899.99.
Unlocked OnePlus 8 Pro: was $899 now $849 @ Amazon
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.
Unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 2: was $1,799 now $899 w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Samsung's flagship foldable phone is $300 off in this epic cell phone deal from Samsung. Currently, when you buy a new Galaxy Z Fold 2 and trade in an eligible device, you'll get up to $300 off the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a main 7.6-inch 120Hz display, 6.2-inch 60Hz cover display, Snapdragon 865 Plus CPU, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and three 12MP rear camera lenses.
Unlocked Galaxy Z Flip 5G: was was $1,199 now $949 @ Amazon
If the Z Fold 2's foldable tablet display isn't for you, then maybe the foldable flip phone design is instead. The 6.7-inch AMOLED display is powered by a Snapdragon 865+, and comes with 8GB of RAM, a 3,300 mAh battery, and 256GB of storage.
Moto e (PrePaid): was $99 now $55 @ Walmart
If spending hundreds of dollars on a phone, whatever the reason, check the Moto e from Straight Talk. They've made this cheap phone even cheaper, and what you get isn't too bad. It has a 13MP dual camera, 32GB of storage, a 6.2-inch HD display, a 3,550 mAh battery, along with a Snapdragon 632 processor and 2GB of RAM.