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The best Verizon phone deals

Joe Supan

Jul 21, 2020 — 8 min read

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  • $150 Verizon gift card when you buy a phone over $550 and open a new unlimited data line
  • Free iPhone 7 when you switch to Verizon or open new line
  • Can get up to to $850 trade-in credit when you purchase new iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max
  • Verizon’s phones cost $760 on average, compared to $820 for Sprint, $800 for T-Mobile and $501 for AT&T

Verizon is known for its excellent coverage and wide range of unlimited data plans, but it also has some of the best deals on phones of any carrier. Of course, these deals are almost never as good as they seem at a glance. We combed through the fine print to show you exactly what you need to know to get the cheapest prices on Verizon’s phones. Overall, we found Verizon’s prices to be slightly better than T-Mobile’s, but not as good as AT&T’s.

To take advantage of Verizon phone deals, you almost always have to switch from another carrier or add a new unlimited data line. If you’re in that boat, you can get many of the latest phones heavily discounted, or even entirely free. There are also some opportunities to save when you bring in an older phone to trade in. But again, these deals are generally limited to new customers or those adding a new line.

Finally, almost all of Verizon’s phone deals only apply when you commit to a 24-month, interest-free contract on your phone. You’ll generally have to pay the sticker price if you want to pay for the phone upfront. If you want to switch to another carrier after paying off a phone with Verizon, its phones are fairly simple to unlock.

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Verizon iPhone deals

With the exception of AT&T, Verizon’s iPhone prices are some of the lowest you’ll find anywhere. Right now, you can get the best deals on the iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and SE. For every other model, you’ll pay close to full price. 

iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max deal

Right now, Verizon’s best iPhone deals are on the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. There is a long list of caveats, but it is possible to get these phones for free when you switch to Verizon from another carrier. Even if you don’t get an entirely free phone, you’ll probably be able to save some money no matter what. Here’s how you can save on both phones when you order online: 

  • $350 off when you choose monthly payments: If you commit to paying for the phone over 24 months, Verizon will credit your account $350 over the life of the contract.
  • $150 Verizon gift card: When you switch to a Verizon unlimited data plan from another carrier and purchase a new smartphone over $550, you’ll get a $150 gift card in return. This can be used to pay your monthly bill or on any devices in Verizon’s shop. 
  • Up to $850 off with trade-in: If you open a new line on the Above, Beyond, Do, Play or Get Unlimited plans, you can get up to $850 credited to your account when you trade in an eligible phone. 

iPhone SE deal

Right now, when you open a new unlimited data line through Verizon online, you can get a 64 GB iPhone SE for just $5/mo. on a 24-month contract. That adds up to just $120, compared to a $400 retail price. 

Verizon Google Pixel deals

Unfortunately, there aren’t currently any Verizon deals on Google Pixel phones specifically. You’ll pay full price, but there are other ways to save when you open a new unlimited data line. 

When you buy a new smartphone over $550 with monthly payments and activate a new unlimited data line, Verizon sends you a $150 gift card, which you can then use on your monthly bill. You can also get up to $550 credited to your account when you trade in an eligible phone.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy deals

In most cases, Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy phones cost about the same as retail price. But it does have some notable deals, including a free Samsung Galaxy A51 when you open a new unlimited data line. 

Verizon also has a “buy one, get one free” deal going with Samsung Galaxy phones when you open a new line and purchase two Samsung Galaxy S20 or Note10 series phones with monthly device payments. You’ll get $1000 (for S20 series phones) or $950 (for Note10 series) credited to your account over 24 months when you open a new Above, Beyond, Do, Play or Get unlimited plan. That credit goes down to $500 with other unlimited plans.

Cheap Verizon phones

Verizon has several smartphones around the $100 mark, but you can only get them for this low price when you open a new Unlimited line. If you’re already a Verizon customer, you’ll have a tough time finding phones for much less than the retail price. 

That said, some models are just cheap to begin with — no new lines or contracts required. Here are some of the cheapest phones you can get through Verizon right now:

  • Alcatel AVALON™ V ($100)
  • Samsung Galaxy A01 ($150)
  • Motorola moto e6 ($150)
  • LG K51 ($168)
  • Motorola moto g7 play ($168)
  • Nokia 3 V ($168)
  • Samsung Galaxy A11 ($180)
  • Apple iPhone 8 Certified Pre-Owned ($240)
  • Samsung Galaxy A21 ($250)

These generally aren’t the latest and greatest models. None of them are compatible with 5G, and they’re typically a couple generations removed from each brand’s newest phones. If you want to get a new phone for cheap these days, you’ll almost always have to open a new line or switch to a different carrier to take advantage of their deals. 

Verizon free phones

Right now, you can get a handful of smartphones for free when you switch to Verizon or open a new line on an existing account. You’ll also need to commit to two years of service, as the credit for the phone is applied over the contract length. If you switch service before that term’s up, you’ll have to pay whatever would have been left on your phone. Here are all the Verizon phones you can get for free right now:

  • Alcatel AVALON™ V ($99.99 retail price)
  • Apple iPhone 7 ($349.99 retail price)
  • LG K51™ ($168 retail price)
  • LG Stylo 5 ($240 retail price)
  • Motorola moto g7 play ($168 retail price)
  • Motorola moto g power ($249.99 retail price)
  • Nokia 3 V ($168 retail price)
  • Samsung Galaxy A01 ($149.99 retail price)

Verizon prepaid phones

Verizon currently has 45 prepaid phones available, including the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones. But because you’re paying entirely upfront, these are the opposite of deals — you won’t be able to take advantage of the discounts that come when you commit to a 24-month phone payment plan. 

For instance, an iPhone 11 Pro costs $650 when you pay over two years, and $1000 when you go prepaid. The gap isn’t always that wide, but you’ll always pay the retail price when you go with a prepaid phone. These phones only work with Verizon’s prepaid plans, too. That means you won’t be stuck in a contract you want to get out of, but you’ll pay a little more for that freedom. 

Verizon basic phones

Believe it or not, you don’t have to get a smartphone. Verizon has seven basic flip phones to choose from, ranging in price from $80 to $240. Unlike Verizon’s smartphones, you won’t get any discounts for paying over the course of 24 months or adding a new line — Verizon’s flip phones have one price for everyone. Some of these phones do have the ability to access Verizon’s 4G LTE network, but you’ll still need to pay for a data plan if you want on-the-go internet access. 

Verizon trade-in program

How much value you get from trading in your phone depends on a few factors: how old the phone is, what shape it’s in and whether you’re already a Verizon customer. Like all the deals on this page, you’ll save more money if you’re switching to Verizon from another carrier or opening a new line on an existing account. 

New customers

Verizon splits its trade-ins into two groups for new customers: phones released in the past few years and models older than those. These trade-ins give you credits that can be used on select new phones like the iPhone 11 Pro and Google Pixel 4. The amount of the credit varies based on the unlimited plan you sign up for, the new phone you choose and how old your trade-in phone is. The following models will get you anywhere between $250 and $850 depending on those factors:  

  • Galaxy Note10
  • Galaxy Note10+
  • Galaxy Note10+ 5G
  • Galaxy Note9
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S 20
  • Galaxy S 20+
  • Galaxy S 20+ 5G
  • Galaxy S 20 5G
  • Galaxy S 20 Ultra 5G

  • Galaxy S 20 Ultra LTE
  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S9+
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • LG G8 ThinQ™
  • LG V50 ThinQ™
  • LG V60 ThinQ™
  • moto razr
  • motorola edge+
  • OnePlus 7Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7T Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 8 5G UW
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL

If you’re switching to Verizon or opening a new line with an older phone, you may still be able to get some trade-in value. The following phones will still get you between $150 and $600 in credits on some new phone purchases:

  • DROID Turbo 2
  • Galaxy Note4
  • Galaxy Note5
  • Galaxy Note8
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 active
  • Galaxy S6 edge
  • Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S7 active
  • Galaxy S7 edge
  • Galaxy S8
  • Galaxy S8+

  • Galaxy S8 active
  • Hydrogen One
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • LG G6
  • LG G7
  • LG V30
  • LG V35
  • LG V40
  • moto z2 force
  • moto z2 play
  • moto z3
  • moto z4
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Pixel
  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel XL

Existing customers

If you’re already a Verizon customer and aren’t looking to open a new line, you can still get some trade-in value for your old phone. It just probably won’t be quite as much as the credits that new customers will get. When we checked the value for an iPhone X in good condition, for example, Verizon estimated that it’s worth $216. You could get as much as $850 off an iPhone 11 Pro for trading in the same phone if you’re switching to Verizon or adding a new line.

Verizon phone upgrades

Once upon a time, Verizon offered heavily subsidized phones in exchange for contract extensions, allowing existing customers to get the latest iPhone for just $200. That era officially ended in 2017, but you still have some options for keeping up with the latest phones. 

As part of Verizon’s Annual Upgrade Program, you can upgrade to a new phone after you’ve paid off half of your current phone. Verizon will then pick up the remainder of your old phone’s contract, leaving you free to purchase a newer model. Keep in mind, that new phone won’t be discounted at all — you just won’t have the old phone’s payments to deal with. In addition, the phones eligible for the program are fairly limited:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 – 5G version only
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone® XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, if purchased before 9/12/19
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus (including (PRODUCT)RED™) and iPhone X purchased on or before September 13, 2018
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus purchased on or before September 14, 2017
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ purchased on or before October 21, 2017
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Joe Supan

Senior Writer, Wireless & Streaming Content

Joe oversees all things wireless and streaming for Allconnect. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these complex spaces. These in… Read more