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The best free phone deals of 2020

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Aug 28, 2020 — 6 min read

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As smartphones evolve into more powerful devices, they are also becoming more expensive. The good news is that although some smartphones are nearing $2,000 price tags, there are deals around that let you get your hands on a top-of-the-line mobile phone for free.

So, how can you get a free phone?

All the leading mobile carriers offer deals on free cell phones on a regular basis. These deals usually come with some strings attached though, like the requirement to trade-in an older phone, switch from a competitor’s service or sign up for a specific unlimited service plan.

And while carriers have pretty much done away with the contracts they used to get you to sign to grab one of their free phone deals, they still have ways to keep you tied to them for the next year or two. In most cases, the free phones aren’t simply given to you. Instead the carriers give you a bill credit that’s spread out over 12 to 24 months. If you cancel service before the end date, you are responsible for paying off the remaining balance.

Below you can find some of the best deals currently out there and learn how to get a free phone. If you need something more specific, we’ve also researched  the best Verizon deals, the best international plans and the best cellphone plans for seniors. Note that we’ve only included the deals for one free phone. Carriers also frequently offer buy one, get one free offers on the newest and most expensive models like the Apple iPhone 11 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S20.

Verizon: Free Nokia 3V

  • Retail price: $168
  • Online only
  • New line required
  • Full retail purchase price required
  • $168 promo credit applied over 24 months ($7/mo.)
  • Taxes due at purchase
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

This Verizon deal is an excellent opportunity to get a new, free phone without a lot of requirements. Verizon only asks that you sign up online for a new line of service. In return they will provide a $168 credit ($7/mo.) on your monthly bill over 24 months.

The Nokia 3V is a good phone for most anyone. It comes with a 6.26-inch HD+ display perfect for streaming video. There’s also a 4,000 mAh battery that will provide 10 hours of active power. Great for photos as well with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

Verizon: Motorola moto g power

  • Retail price: $250
  • Online only
  • New line required
  • Full retail purchase price required
  • $250 promo credit applied over 24 months ($10.41/mo.)
  • Taxes due at purchase
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

Getting a $250 phone for free is a pretty big deal, but you can do it at Verizon with minimal hassle and requirements. Simply sign up for a new line online and order the Motorola moto g power. You can have it delivered to your house or pick it up at a local Verizon store if you prefer. As long as you keep a Verizon plan for 24 months, you won’t pay a single cent for the phone.

The moto g power lives up to the “power” designation with a 5,000 mAh battery that delivers as much power as possible, especially for a budget cell phone. The battery can last for up to three days on a single charge. Plus, the 6.4-inch display is full-HD+ for great visuals. The combination of battery life and screen quality makes this phone ideal for those who use their phone to watch videos on a regular basis.

Verizon: Apple iPhone SE (2020)

  • Retail price: $400
  • Free deal only applies to 64GB model
  • Online only
  • New line required
  • Full retail purchase price required
  • $400 promo credit applied over 24 months ($14.58/mo.)
  • Taxes due at purchase
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

If you’ve always wanted an iPhone here’s a chance to get one for free from Verizon. It’s an easy deal, too. Get a new line and plan, order the iPhone SE (2020) online. Have it delivered to your home or the closest Verizon store. Enjoy and never pay a dime as long as you keep a Verizon plan for 24 months.

The iPhone SE features a crystal clear Retina HD display and 3D Touch that has your phone respond to your touches with its own subtle taps. And let’s not forget the iPhone camera. It’s the favorite camera of cellphone enthusiasts for a reason. Put it all together with a waterproof case, a super-fast processor and a battery with 13 hours of usage time and you’ll wonder why you waited to get your iPhone.

AT&T: Samsung Galaxy A11

  • Retail price: $180
  • New line required
  • Eligible unlimited service plan required
  • Full retail purchase price required
  • $180 promo credit applied over 30 months ($6/mo.)
  • Taxes due at purchase
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

This is a great deal on the Galaxy A11 because it’s free. Just sign up for an eligible AT&T unlimited plan with a new line and enjoy your new free phone. The only thing we can say is that unlike the other three major carriers AT&T requires 30 months to pay off the phone, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker.

The Samsung Galaxy A11 is a pretty phone, with a large 6.4-inch HD+ Infinity display that shows off video and photos to their best advantage. There’s a triple-lens rear camera with a 13- megapixel main lens, as well as a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie camera. The camera also features a 4,000 mAh battery for long-lasting power and an octa-core processor so your apps won’t slow you down.

AT&T: iPhone SE (2020)

  • Retail price: $400
  • Free phone when you switch to AT&T from another carrier
  • New line required
  • Eligible unlimited plan required
  • $400 promo credit applied over 30 months
  • Taxes and $30 activation fee due at purchase
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

If you’ve been wanting a new iPhone, this is the deal for you. A free iPhone SE awaits when you move from another carrier to AT&T and bring your number with you. You’ll also need to sign up for an unlimited data plan.

The iPhone SE is one of the most stylish smartphones available today. Plus, it shoots amazing photos. Even at night. The 4-inch Retina LED display is one of the brightest, clearest iPhone displays yet. Performance has been taken up a notch and there’s all-day battery life, as well as a new level of water resistance.

T-Mobile: Samsung Galaxy A11

  • Retail price: $180
  • New line required
  • Eligible plan required
  • Full retail purchase price required
  • $180 promo credit applied over 24 months ($7.50/mo.)
  • Taxes due at purchase
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

The Samsung Galaxy A11 comes with a bright 6.4-inch HD+ display, which makes it enjoyable to watch your favorite videos. If you prefer taking photos and videos to watching them, then the 13-megapixel rear camera will certainly be to your liking. The phone also comes with a generous 32GB internal memory and a battery that will give you 30 hours of talk time and 10 full days of standby charge.

T-Mobile: LG K51

  • Retail price: $186
  • Eligible plan required
  • New line required
  • Full retail purchase price required
  • $186 promo credit applied over 24 months ($7.75/mo.)
  • Taxes paid upfront
  • Promo ends if eligibility requirements are no longer met

Getting a free phone is always a good deal, and this deal from T-Mobile will get you a new LG K51 cellphone for simply opening a new line and signing up for an eligible unlimited plan. We think that’s a pretty darn good deal.

The LG K51 has an impressive looking 6.5-inch HD+ FullVision display that will make watching all your favorite videos a joy. Adding to that joy will be the crisp, full sounds you’ll get from the DTS:X 3D surround sound and stereo speakers. Photogs will appreciate a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and the matching 13-megapixel front-facing camera. Add in a powerful 4,000 mAh battery for 23 hours of talk time and a whopping 27 days of standby time, and you’ll begin to see why the LG K51 is such an excellent cellphone.

By Steven Walters