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The best T-Mobile phone deals

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Aug 18, 2020 — 9 min read

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  • Get a free iPhone 11 when you join T-Mobile and trade-in an eligible device
  • Get up to $700 off on other iPhones
  • Get up to $600 off on Samsung Galaxy A71 5G when you trade in an eligible device
  • Buy one, get one free on Samsung Galaxy S20 5G when you meet qualifying terms
  • Other great deals for those looking to save money on a device

T-Mobile is one of the most well-known and popular phone carriers, also currently possessing the strongest 5G network in the U.S. If you’re new to T-Mobile, you can get some great deals on new phones. However, you typically have to meet a number of different qualifiers, like joining T-Mobile with an eligible plan, switching to T-Mobile from an eligible carrier and being able to trade in a device in good condition that meets the criteria for the given deal.

In general, those who have a plan on T-Mobile will pay less compared to Verizon and AT&T. Recently, T-Mobile merged with Sprint, and they now have similar pricing. However, it’s still worth checking Sprint on its own to see if some things would be cheaper compared to T-Mobile. Devices through T-Mobile are also some of the cheapest on average, with only AT&T being cheaper. Verizon, Sprint, Xfinity and Spectrum all cost more on average for devices. 

While you will find some great options when joining T-Mobile, we read through the fine print to let you know what’s required for each deal. But, as companies often make changes, be sure to check the carrier’s website for more information before making a commitment.

T-Mobile iPhone deals

Right now, T-Mobile’s best iPhone deals are on the iPhone 11, iPhone Pro Max/iPhone11 Pro, iPhone XR and iPhone SE. T-Mobile does have other iPhone models available, but if you’re new to this carrier and want to take advantage of their deals to get a free or heavily discounted phone, you can. Though, you’ll have to meet some eligibility requirements and trade in an eligible phone.

iPhone 11 deal

  • Free “ON US” iPhone 11 with eligible trade-in: The iPhone 11 trade-in deal is the best offer. If you join T-Mobile on an eligible plan and bring your number from an eligible carrier, purchase a new iPhone 11 64GB on a monthly payment plan and trade in an eligible device in good condition, then you can get the iPhone 11 free. 
  • Up to $500 off with eligible trade-in: You won’t get the iPhone 11 free, but you’ll get up to $500 off if you trade in a next-tier, eligible device in good condition. The amount you get credited from the trade-in will depend on the fair market value of your device.

iPhone Pro Max/iPhone 11 Pro deal

  • Get up to $700 off: If you join T-Mobile on an eligible plan and bring your number from an eligible carrier, purchase a new iPhone 11 Pro Max or iPhone 11 Pro on a monthly payment plan and trade in an eligible device in good condition, you can get up to $700 off. The trade-in credit is based on the fair market value of your device.
  • Get up to $500 off: If you join T-Mobile on an eligible plan and bring your number from an eligible carrier, purchase a new iPhone 11 Pro Max or iPhone 11 Pro on a monthly payment plan and trade in an eligible device in good condition, you can get up to $500 off. The trade-in credit is based on the fair market value of your device. 

iPhone XR deal

  • Free “ON US” iPhone XR with eligible trade-in: Similar to the iPhone 11 deal, you can get an iPhone XR as part of T-Mobile’s “ON US” plan for free if you trade in an eligible device.
  • Get up to $500 off: Similar to the iPhone 11 and iPhone Pro Max/iPhone 11 Pro deal, you can get up to $500 off the iPhone XR if you trade in an eligible device.

iPhone SE deal

  • $200 off when you switch to/join T-Mobile: T-Mobile offers a deal on the iPhone SE, which gets you 50%, or $200 off, the phone if you join T-Mobile on an eligible plan and purchase the iPhone SE on a monthly payment plan. You can get this deal if you trade-in an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
  • $100 off when you switch to/join T-Mobile: You can get $100 off a new iPhone SE when you join or switch to T-Mobile and trade-in an iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus.

T-Mobile Google Pixel deals

Currently, T-Mobile isn’t offering deals on Google Pixel phones. Keep in mind that while T-Mobile and Sprint have merged, currently Sprint has more options with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. If you want one of the Pixel models, keep checking the T-Mobile site, but as of August 2020, there is not a purchase option for either model.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy deals

In addition to the deals listed below, T-Mobile is also having a “buy one, get one free” deal on qualifying Samsung Galaxy phones, which include the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (below) and Samsung Galaxy Note 10. You’ll be eligible for this offer if you purchase a qualifying phone while joining T-Mobile with two or more lines, which will make you eligible to receive a second phone of equal or lesser value for free. This credit will be given during a 24-month billing credit. 

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

  • $600 off with trade-in: Right now, there’s a limited-time offer on a Samsung Galaxy A71 5G. When you trade-in an eligible device, you get up to $600 off via 24-month billing credits. The 128GB phone is normally $600, or $25/mo. on a 24-month contract, so your trade-in would have to be worth the full amount in order to get this phone for free. You’ll also get access to 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

  • Get $500 off with trade-in: If you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, you can get up to 50% off this phone with the T-Mobile deal when you trade in an eligible device. As the phone normally costs $1,000, this means you can potentially get it for $500, which will be credited to your balance over 24 months. 
  • Get $300 off: There’s another tier of eligible phones for trade-in that can get you up to $300 off on the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. This deal also applies to a new Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G or Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G when you purchase these phones on a monthly payment plan. 
  • Buy one, get one free: You can get the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G when you buy a qualifying Samsung Galaxy phone and join T-Mobile with two or more lines, get a second phone of equal or lesser value free via 24 monthly bill credits.

T-Mobile LG deals

LG Aristo 5 deal

  • Free: If you join T-Mobile on an eligible plan, you can get the LG Aristo 5 for free on a monthly payment plan. This will come as 24 monthly bill credits amounting to $150.

LG K51 deal

  • Free: Just as the LG Aristo 5, if you join T-Mobile on an eligible plan, you can get the LG K51 for free on a monthly payment plan. This will come as 24 monthly bill credits amounting to $186.

T-Mobile OnePlus deals

OnePlus phones are not necessarily easy to come by, as T-Mobile and Verizon are the only two main carriers of the phone in the U.S., although, you can order the phones directly from Amazon and the OnePlus store online, which has the same price as T-Mobile for these models listed above, yet also sells others. The good news is, T-Mobile does have some OnePlus deals!

OnePlus 8 5G deal

  • 50% off: Purchase a OnePlus 8 5G phone through T-Mobile on a monthly payment plan and add a qualifying line of service to get this phone 50% off. The promo credits will be applied to your account over 24 months.

OnePlus 7T deal

  • Save $350: Purchase a OnePlus 7T through T-Mobile on a monthly payment plan and add a qualifying line of service to save $350 on this phone. The promo credits will be applied to your account over 24 months.

Cheap T-Mobile phones

T-Mobile definitely offers some reasonable deals, but they mostly only apply to trade-ins and those who are switching to T-Mobile from another carrier. Aside from this, T-Mobile’s prices for well-known phones are the same as retail prices. In fact, you may actually find cheaper deals on certain phones if you do a little research. For instance, the LG Stylo 6 is advertised as a lower-priced phone on the T-Mobile website at $252. But, this phone can be found at BoostMobile for $179.

If these phones are still above your budget, T-Mobile does have options that are between $100 and $200:

  • Samsung Galaxy A11 ($180)
  • Samsung Galaxy A10e ($180)
  • LG K51 ($186)
  • Go Flip 3 ($100)
  • LG Aristo 5 ($150)

In general, these phones are pretty basic, but if you don’t do a lot on your phone aside from calling, messaging and use some apps here and there, the phones have decent specs that can support your use. 

Finally, there’s also the REVVLRY, which is a phone made by T-Mobile and costs $168 right now, but is around $200 on retail sites. This is one of the only phones you can get that’s cheaper at T-Mobile than elsewhere. 

T-Mobile free phones

T-Mobile, in addition to their trade-in program that may make you eligible for a free phone (such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR), has a free smartphone offer with their Magenta plans. Several other plans qualify as well. In order to get one of these phones for free, you must activate a new voice line on a qualified rate plan to be used with the new device, purchase the device through their 24-month payment plan on your newly activated line, as well as pay the applicable taxes on the pre-credit device price at time of purchase.

  • LG Aristo 4+
  • LG Aristo 5
  • LG K40 
  • LG Stylo 5
  • LG K51 
  • Samsung Galaxy A10e
  • Samsung Galaxy A11
  • T-Mobile REVVLRY
  • Motorola moto g7 power

T-Mobile prepaid phones

If you just need a phone and a plan for a little while, then consider getting a T-Mobile prepaid phone. With a prepaid phone, you load your phone with credits as needed, but you can have a base plan. It is $15/mo. and you get unlimited talk and text, plus up to 2GB of high-speed data. The second tier of the base plan is $25/mo. and you get unlimited talk and text with up to 5GB of high-speed data. Then, for the next five years, you can get another 500MB of data annually with the T-Mobile Connect plan. 

To get one of these plans, you can either bring in your own device and get a SIM card or you can get a phone through T-Mobile. To get a free smartphone, you have to purchase a $150 Simply Prepaid service credit. This is only at participating locations and while supplies last, along with other fine print, so be sure to ask before purchasing. If you are eligible to receive a free smartphone with this plan, you have several options:

  • LG Aristo 5
  • LG Aristo 4+
  • Moto E6
  • REVVLRY

T-Mobile basic phones

Sometimes, a person doesn’t need a smartphone to be connected. They just need a basic phone, sometimes called a “flip” phone. T-Mobile’s basic phones in this category are known as their Alcatel Phones, but there is only one at the moment, the GO FLIP 3.

T-Mobile trade-in program

One of the major incentives of switching to another phone company like T-Mobile from your current carrier is that they offer some free phone deals. While T-Mobile does offer some of these incentives, it’s important to understand that most of them are contingent about an eligible trade-in and/or whether or not you’re switching to T-Mobile from an eligible carrier and/or joining as a new customer (read the fine print). Otherwise, you may get some money off with another type of trade-in, but it won’t cover the full cost of the phone. Different phones have different eligibility requirements for the trade ins. 

Also, in this case, “free” does not necessarily mean that they’ll apply it to each monthly balance you have over the duration of your contract with T-Mobile. This, of course, can make it feel like you’re being sucked into a contract in exchange of possibly getting a free phone, but it’s worth inquiring about.

  • Galaxy A71 5G (free with eligible trade-in) ($600)
  • iPhone 11 (free or save up to $500 with eligible trade-in) ($700)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max (save up to $700 with eligible trade-in) ($1,100)
  • iPhone 11 Pro (save up to $700 with eligible trade-in) ($1,000)
  • iPhone XR (free or save up to $500 with eligible trade-in) ($600)
  • iPhone SE (save up to $200 with eligible trade-in)

T-Mobile phone upgrades

T-Mobile doesn’t have any specific upgrades on devices, but what they do have is the JUMP! program. If you’re a member of the program, you can upgrade to a new, qualifying phone if it’s been 12 months and you’ve already paid off at least half of the device you currently have. 

The JUMP! program is part of T-Mobile’s Protection <360> plan, which also gives you device and content coverage. You may need to put a down payment on your new device, and of course, your current phone needs to be in good, working condition. Also, not all phones are eligible for JUMP!, but any phone purchased with an EIP (Equipment Installation Plan) will work.

By Hana LaRock