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 14 to the budget friendly Google Pixel 7, 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.
Black Friday and cell phone deals
While gifting a cell phone may seem unconventional, Black Friday is the best time of year to buy a new smartphone. Retailers and carriers tend to offer their best discounts and biggest trade-in credits in November. Cell phone deals on unlocked models also tend to hit record price lows in November. Make sure to follow our Black Friday deals coverage for the bests sales now through the end of the year.
Best cell phone deals of the week
iPhone 15 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon
Free Apple TV 4K + Apple One! New Verizon customers adding a new line can knock up to $1,000 off the iPhone 15 Pro Max when you trade in any old iPhone in any condition. In our iPhone 15 Pro Max review, we said the Editor's Choice phone sports a stronger/lighter titanium design that makes a big difference in everyday use. Add in the powerful A17 Pro chip for next-gen gaming, USB-C port, and super-long battery life (14 hours and 2 minutes) and you have the best iPhone money can buy. It features a 6.7-inch 2796 x 1290 OLED 120Hz display, A17 Pro chip, 48MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera, 12MP telephoto, 12MP front camera, and USB-C connectivity. Plus, you'll get an Apple TV 4K and 6 months of Apple One for free when you open an Unlimited Plus or Unlimited Ultimate plan with your iPhone 15 purchase.
Galaxy A54: $5/month w/ trade-in @ AT&T
Purchase your Galaxy A54 at AT&T and you'll pay just $5 per month after trade-in. (An eligible unlimited data plan is required). The phone features a 6.4-inch FHD AMOLED 120Hz display, Exynos 1380 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Rear camera lenses include a 50MP main (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), and 5MP macro (f/2.4). On the front you'll find a 32MP (f/2.2) lens.
5G smartphone sale: free w/ unlimited @ Verizon
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 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max as well as slightly older models like the Galaxy S22.
Cell phone deals — Quick links
- AT&T: iPhone 14 Pro for $5/month or free Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Mint Mobile: 6 free months of service w/ new phone purchase
- Samsung: Galaxy S23 up to $700 off w/ trade-in
- Verizon: free 5G smartphone sale
- T-Mobile: free iPhone 14 Pro w/ select unlimited plans
Best cell phone deals right now
Carrier cell phone deals
iPhone 15: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon
New and returning customers can score an iPhone 15 for free at Verizon. Additionally, you can trade-in any iPhone for a credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone 15. Note that you'll need to activate a Verizon unlimited plan. You'll get up to $1,000 off on the Unlimited Ultimate plan, up to $830 off on the Unlimited Plus plan, and up to $415 off on the Unlimited Welcome plan.
Google Pixel 8 Pro: was $999 now $829 @ Mint
One of the best Pixel Pro 8 deals we've seen comes courtesy of Mint. The carrier has the Pixel 8 Pro on sale for $829 ($170 off).
Google Pixel Fold: $25/month w/ unlimited @ AT&T
The Pixel Fold is Google's first foldable phone. Normally priced at $1,799, new and existing customers can get it for $25/month with eligible data plan. In our Google Pixel Fold review we said it's comfy to use, features smart multitasking software, and it includes strong cameras. It features a 5.8-inch OLED (2092 x 1080) cover display w/ 120Hz refresh, 7.6-inch OLED (2208 x 1840) main display with 120Hz refresh, Tensor G2 CPU, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. Rear cameras include a 48MP (f/1.7), 10.8MP ultrawide (f/2.2), and 10.8MP telephoto (5x optical zoom). There's also a 9.5MP (f/2.2) front camera and 8MP (f/2.0) inner camera.
iPhone 14 Pro: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon is offering the iPhone 14 Pro for free when you open a new line and sign up for either Verizon's Unlimited Plus or Unlimited Ultimate plan. In our iPhone 14 Pro review, we said it's perfect for people who want raw power, but don't want a giant handset. It features a 6.1-inch OLED 120Hz display, A16 Bionic CPU, 128GB of storage, and IP68 dust/water resistance. It also packs a 48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 12MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom.
iPhone 14 Pro Max: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon
It's no longer a flagship, but the iPhone 14 Pro Max is still an epic phone. In our iPhone 14 Pro Max review we said its clever Dynamic Island, powerful cameras, always-on display, and super long battery life (13 hours and 39 minutes) make it one of the best phones out there. It features a 6.7-inch OLED 120Hz display, A16 Bionic CPU, 128GB of storage, and IP68 dust/water resistance. It also packs a 48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 12MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Verizon is offering it for free with a new line and Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plan. (No trade-in is required).
iPhone 14 Pro Max: $20/month w/ unlimited @ AT&T
AT&T has the iPhone 14 Pro Max on sale for $20/month with no trade-in required. You'll 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.
Pixel 7a: $5/per month w/ unlimited @ AT&T
New and existing AT&T customers can get the new Pixel 7a for just $5 per month. (The phone normally costs $499). No trade-in is required, but you'll need an eligible unlimited data plan to get this deal. It also requires a 36-month payment plan. In our Google Pixel 7a review, we said it can do pretty much everything the Pixel 7 can and for $100 less.
Galaxy Z Flip 5: up to $615 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Samsung is knocking up to $615 off the Galaxy Z Flip 5 when you trade-in an older phone. The phone features a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2640 x 1080) inner display w/ 120Hz refresh, 3.4-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 748) outer display w/ 60Hz refresh, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. You also get 12MP f/1.8 main and 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide rear cameras and a 10MP f2.2 selfie cam. In our Galaxy Z Flip 5 review we said several upgrades like its larger outer display and gapless design make it a more usable phone than predecessors.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: $15/month w/ new line @ AT&T
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a fun foldable designed for content creators that don't want a traditional smartphone. In our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 review, we called it a powerful phone that focuses on incremental improvements over its predecessor. The phone features a 6.7-inch FHD AMOLED (2640 x 1080) 120Hz inner display, 1.9-inch AMOLED (260 x 512) outer display, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Outer cameras include a 2MP main (f/1.8) and 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2) lens, whereas on the inside there's a 10MP selfie (f/2.4) cam. AT&T is offering it for $15/month when you open a new line.
iPhone 13: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon
For a limited time at Verizon, you can get the iPhone 13 for free when you open a new line with any 5G unlimited plan. (This offer excludes the "Welcome" unlimited plan). Plus, you'll get an additional $200 if you switch from a competing carrier. This offer is available online only.
iPhone SE 2022: free w/ unlimited + new line @ Verizon
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.
Unlocked cell phone deals
Pixel 8 Pro: for $999 @ Amazon
Amazon is offering the Pixel 8 Pro for $999. Although that's full price, Amazon will take 50% off the Google Pixel Buds ($99 full price) or Pixel Buds Pro ($199 full price) with the purchase of your phone. The discount will be applied at final checkout.
Pixel 8: up to $415 off w/ trade-in @ Best Buy
Best Buy will knock up to $415 off your Pixel 8 purchase when you trade-in an older phone. You can also get up to an $800 credit when you active your phone with Verizon.
Galaxy S23: up to $615 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Samsung is one of the best sites for Galaxy S23 promos. Purchase your Galaxy S23 at Samsung and you'll get up to $615 off after trade-in. If you're already committed to a specific carrier, Samsung will let you purchase your phone on your carrier of choice direct from the Samsung website.
Galaxy Z Fold 5: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Samsung is knocking up to $1,000 off its Galaxy Z Fold 5 when you trade-in an older phone. The phone features a 7.6-inch QXGA+ (2176 x 1812) Dynamic AMOLED inner display w/ 120Hz refresh, 6.2-inch HD+ (2316 x 904) Dynamic AMOLED 2X outer display w/ 60Hz refresh, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. On the rear you get a 50MP f/1.8 main wide-angle lens, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and 10MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. Selfie cams include a 10MP f/2.2 outer lens and 4MP f/1.8 inner lens. In our Galaxy Z Fold 5 review we said the Editor's Choice features a better hinge, thinner/lighter design, and functions better with multitasking.
Samsung Galaxy S23: was $799 now $699 @ Amazon
The S23 features a 6.1-inch AMOLED 2340 x 1080 display, 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Rear cameras include a 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP telephoto (3x zoom) accompanied by a 12MP front camera.
Unlocked OnePlus 8 Pro: was $999 now $598 @ 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.