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How to get the best Samsung phone deals

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Aug 20, 2020 — 6 min read

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Samsung sells and ships millions of phones every quarter to people all over the world. The Android-based mobile devices are incredibly popular and rival iPhones in both popularity and capabilities. Samsung phones can also come with price tags that rival iPhones, though, there are plenty of Samsung devices to suit a budget. 

If you’re ready to bring home a new Samsung phone, check out some of the deals we found for you. 

Looking at the four major mobile carriers, we found that in pretty much all cases, you have to commit to a new line of service or an upgrade to your current service to score a deal. We tried not to put too much stock in trade-ins, because we understand that isn’t always possible and because trade-in value is subjective. 

Keep reading to see seven of the best deals we could find, but always ask your carrier for any additional deals they might offer while you do your shopping.  

Lowest Samsung prices available through each carrier

These prices show what the phones will cost you with a new contract or new line with each mobile carrier. This doesn’t include any trade-in deals, which you might find depending on who you have service with. For the most part, you’ll pay retail value or close to it unless you’re signing a new contract or opening a new line.

Verizon: Buy one Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G, get one free

Maximum savings: $1,320

  • $300 off: Add a Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G smartphone with monthly device payments or at full retail price for a $300 statement credit 
  • $1,000 off second Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G: When you commit to two Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G phones and pay for one at full price for $1,200, Verizon credits $1,000 to your account for the second one
  • Save $20 on activation: Order online and pay only $20 instead of $40 to activate the phones

The best Samsung deal right now is with Verizon. They’re offering $300 off the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G phone, plus if you get two, you’ll get $1,000 off the second one. One of the phones has to be on a new line on your plan, and they have to be on qualified unlimited plans, but considering that two of these phones at full price would cost $2,400 and you’re getting them at $1,100 for both, that’s an incredible deal. As usual, the credits will show up on your monthly statement over 24 months.

While the “free” phone isn’t fully free (it’s about $200 out of pocket), the $300 you’re saving initially from the first phone more than covers the out-of-pocket cost on the second.

Verizon: $1,000 off second Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Maximum savings: $1,020

  • $1,000 off: When you commit to two Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phones and pay for one at full price for $1,400, Verizon credits $1,000 to your account for the second one
  • Save $20 on activation: Order online and pay only $20 instead of $40 to activate the phones

To qualify for this deal, one of the phones has to be on a new line, so don’t try to get a free phone on an existing part of your plan. Both phones must commit to a monthly payment plan or be paid in full at purchase and both must be on an unlimited plan.

The $1,000 toward the second phone will be credited to your account over 24 months when you select Above, Beyond, Do, Play or Get Unlimited Plans. You’ll only get $500 credited to your account over 24 months with select other Unlimited plans. So while this is billed as a “free phone,” it doesn’t actually cover the full retail value and takes two years to actually get the money back.

T-Mobile: Free Galaxy S20 5G

Maximum savings: $1,000

  • $1,000 off qualified Samsung devices: When you commit to two Samsung devices and pay for one at full price, T-Mobile credits up to $1,000 to your account for the second one

If you switch to T-Mobile and are ready to open two new lines of service, you can get two devices for the price of one. The buy one, get one deal applies to several Samsung devices, including Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10e. 

For any of these devices, you can get up to $1,000 off the second one, on an unlimited plan and on a monthly payment plan, but the Galaxy S20 5G is our pick for the best deal. If you get a device that costs less than $1,000, you’ll still get the full price of it free, but you’re not getting the maximum amount you can, and if you get one of the phones that costs more than $1,000, you’re paying out of pocket. We recommend the Galaxy S20 5G, which costs $1,000 so the second one is truly free. 

Take note, though, that you don’t have to get two of the same devices. The deal is for up to $1,000, and T-Mobile will credit your account (over 24 months) for the second device, up to $1,000.

Verizon: Free Samsung Galaxy S10

Maximum savings: $770

  • $750 off: When you commit to two Samsung Galaxy S10 phones online and pay for one at full price for $850, Verizon credits $750 to your account for the second one
  • Save $20 on activation: Order online and pay only $20 instead of $40 to activate the phones

This online-only deal also claims to offer a free phone but doesn’t actually cover the full price of the phone. As with other Verizon deals, you’re also required to put one of the phones on a new line, and both must be on an unlimited plan. The $850 credit goes toward your account over 24 months as well. 

AT&T: $700 off Samsung S20 Ultra 5G

Maximum savings: $700

  • $700 off when you switch to AT&T: Open a new account with AT&T and get up to $700 off the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G
  • $400 off if you don’t port in your number: If you switch to AT&T and don’t port in your phone number, you can save another $400

When you first move over to AT&T, you can save up to $700 on a new Samsung S20 Ultra 5G. The current retail value on that phone with AT&T is $1,400, so you’re getting it for half price, as long as you commit to a payment plan and qualified unlimited service. 

To get the full $700 credit, you have to port in your number from your old service. If you don’t, you’re only eligible for $400 off. Also, with this deal, the only eligible Samsung phone is the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G, so if you were considering a lower-tier Samsung, you won’t get that here.

AT&T: $300 off Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

Maximum savings: $300

  • $300 off with trade-in: Trade in an eligible device and receive a $300 statement credit toward a new phone

Trade in an eligible phone and upgrade your line to get $300 off a new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. You have to meet all the requirements on this one, though, so if you don’t want to upgrade your line, this deal may not work for you. You have to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, trade in the eligible phone and upgrade your service to qualify for the $300. Also the statement credits are applied over 30 statements, so it will take a while to see that $300.

Sprint: $300 off Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

Maximum savings: $300

  • $300 off when you trade in: Bring a qualified trade-in to save $300 on a new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

With a qualified trade-in, you can save $300 on a new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G with AT&T. You must commit to monthly installments on the new phone and get a new line or upgrade the current service. You’ll see the $300 as a monthly statement credit. With this deal, you’re paying $1,100 instead of $1,400 for the phone.

By Hedy Phillips