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Looking for a great price on a new phone? Most mobile providers offer heavy discounts when you switch carriers or open a new line. Here are the best deals going right now.

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Compare iPhone prices

It’s no secret the iPhone is popular. Nearly half of all the smartphones in the U.S. are made by Apple, and that share has only grown in recent years. But they’re also some of the most expensive devices, with some iPhones costing north of $1,000. 

While they might be the most expensive brand of phones, they’re also the most frequently discounted. Every major wireless carrier has great deals on iPhones for customers who add a new unlimited data line. Here’s how the prices compare for the top carriers.

In addition to the discounted prices listed here, you can often save even more when you trade in an eligible phone. Many carriers advertise “free iPhone on us” deals with trade-ins, but they typically require a model released in the past couple years.

Compare Samsung Galaxy prices

Samsung Galaxy smartphones are almost as expensive as iPhones, but good deals from wireless carriers are harder to come by. AT&T has by far the best prices on Samsung phones, with the Galaxy A11 even available for free right now when you commit to paying it off over 30 months.

If you’re looking to upgrade more than one phone, Verizon also has a “buy one, get one free deal” going with Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S20 5G UW and S20 Ultra 5G. That adds up to as much as $1,000 in savings in some cases.

Compare LG prices

Along with Apple and Samsung, LG is the third major smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., with about 10% of sales so far in 2020. While its phones aren’t quite as popular as they were a few years ago, LG still makes some best devices out there.

Overall, prices don’t vary as much for LG smartphones as they do for Apple and Samsung. What you see is usually what you’ll pay, but you can find some solid deals for through most carriers. Verizon is currently offering the K51 free with a new line, and you can save as much as $900 on the V60 ThinQ 5G through AT&T.

Compare Motorola prices

Motorola’s phone prices are significantly cheaper than most smartphones, and many carriers discount them even further. The only catch is that Verizon is the only one of the big four wireless carriers that sells them. That said, if you’re considering a switch to Verizon, most Motorola phones are significantly discounted, and some are available entirely for free.

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Cellphone FAQs

What is an unlocked cellphone?

An “unlocked phone” simply means that it’s not tied to one specific wireless network. When you buy a new phone through a carrier, you can only use it with that same carrier. Once you’ve paid off the phone or satisfied certain terms, you’re usually able to unlock it and use it on a different network. That said, each wireless carrier has its own rules and processes for unlocking phones.

Can you keep your phone if you switch carriers?

If your phone is compatible with the network you’re switching to, you will usually be able to bring it over without much of an issue. Some older phones are limited to one network, but if you bought it in the past several years, it should work on any network. If the phone itself is compatible, you’ll then have to get it unlocked by your current provider, which usually requires having the device paid off in full.

Are flip phones still available?

Yes. You can still purchase flip phones through every major wireless carrier, and some of them can even connect to the internet using your data. Averaging around $100, they are usually significantly cheaper than the latest smartphones.

Do you need a 5G phone?

If you want to access a 5G wireless connection, you’ll need a 5G phone. 5G still isn’t very widespread — T-Mobile has the widest coverage, reaching around 20% of its customers — but every carrier is racing to build the fastest 5G network. Most of them don’t charge extra for 5G access, either. If you already have an unlimited plan, you’ll likely be able to connect to 5G with a compatible phone.