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Save up to $700 with the best smartphone deals for May 2018

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There are many reasons you might be in dire need of a new phone, though perhaps one of the biggest complaints when it comes to any old cell phone is battery life. With companies like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and Motorola recently rolling out new flagship devices, now is your chance to take advantage of slashed prices on quality smartphones that will blow your old model out of the water.

If your phone needs an update and you’re ready to score a discount on a new wireless device, here are a handful of smartphone deals available right now. The list includesa few sales on unlocked smartphones, as well as some carrier offers that can save you as much as $900. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

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AT&Thas a bundle of nice BOGO deals on name-brand Android and Apple flagships: Buy twoiPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus,iPhone X,Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, or LG V35 ThinQsmartphones on AT&T Next and enjoy up to $900 back in bill credits toward the value of the second phone. Alternatively, you can buy just one LG V35 ThinQ and get as much as $400 in bill credits with an eligible trade-in.

Carrier smartphone deals

Cellular service providers regularly offer enticing incentives to get you to switch to their LTE plans. So if you’re looking for a new carrier, and that 4G LTE, you can save a good chunk of changeand even score a free device by taking advantage of one of the best smartphone deals from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T:

  • T-Mobile:T-Mobile has just rolled back prices on last-gen Samsung Galaxy models, letting you score a new Galaxy S8 for just $199 or a Galaxy Note 8 for $300 when you purchase either one on a 24-month installment plan and activate a new line. You can also score a free LG V30 orLG G7 ThinQwhen you purchase two of these devices (either outright or on an installment plan), receiving bill credits worth up to $750 toward your second phone of equal or lesser value. TheLG G6is on sale as well for $360 after a $96 discount.
  • Verizon:Verizon Wireless is offering buy one, get one deals on a ton of Apple and Android phones right now. With a qualifying trade-in, you can score a second freeGoogle Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL,iPhone 8,iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, LG V30, LG G7 ThinQ, andMotorola Z2 Force(getting up to $800 back in bill credits) when you purchase both devices and add a new line.
  • Sprint:Sprint currently has some big discounts on Android phones, along with buy one, get one deals on Apple devices, letting you score a second iPhone 8 for free (a $700 value) when you buy aniPhone 8,iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone Xon a “rent-to-own” Sprint Flex lease. The iPhone X is also on sale by itself for $360, or 50 percent off. Android deals let you score the Samsung Galaxy S9 for $297, the Galaxy S9 Plus for $387, or the Samsung Galaxy Note8 for $360, taking 50 percent off when you purchase any of these with an 18-month Sprint Flex lease.

Unlocked smartphone deals

Carrier offers typically require you to sign up for a specific service or to trade in an old device to get your discount. These smartphone deals, on the other hand, let you enjoy big savings on these unlocked mobile phones when you buy them outright:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro: This year has been a good one for phones, with lesser-known company Huawei releasing a number of sleeper hits like the great Mate 10 Pro, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $550 ($250 off).
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: We’ve seen no shortage of alleged “flagship killers” that too often fall short of expectations, but the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 actually lives up to this promise. This budget-friendly dual-sim smartphone punches well above its weight at just $390 from Amazon.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9:The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best Android devicesto hit the market in 2018, and you can now score one for $600 from B&Hand enjoy a discount of $120. The dual-slim version is also on sale for $140 off, bringing it down to $640.
  • LG V30S ThinQ: LG’s latest, the V30S ThinQ, is a 2018 refresh of the excellent V30. You don’t need to tie yourself to a carrier to score a deal on this Android flagship, though: B&H has an exclusive deal that lets you buy it for $630, a savings of $270.
  • Nokia 6.1: The Nokia 6.1 is all-new for 2018, and it’s arguably the best budget Android phone to come out this year, with hardware that outshines most other cheap smartphones. B&H has unlocked models in stock now for $269.
  • Essential Phone: The Essential Phone is a relative newcomer to the smartphone scene, and it’s a winner. It’s got a great bezel-less design, a large and vibrant HD display, and excellent hardware under the hood. It’s on sale on Amazon right now for as low as $405, and Best Buy also has the unlocked models for $450, saving you $50 if you activate it today.
  • Sony Xperia XA1:Sony’s Xperia X lineup remains highly underrated in the huge market of Android smartphones, with these devices offeringflagship-like features at midrange prices. The Xperia XA1 is a shining example of the value that Sony’s phones provide and comes in at just $215 from Amazonwith a $84 discount.
  • Moto E4:For one of the cheapest brand-name Android phones you can buy, check out the 4th-generation Moto E. B&H has this smartphone on sale for just $130, while Walmart has it in limited stock for just $100. This phone is fully unlocked and ready to use with any GSM carrier and select CDMA carriers. You can also score one from Best Buy for just $110 if you activate it with Verizon.
  • Moto G5 Plus: The Moto G is still one of the best budget Android smartphones on the market today, and Prime members can score the unlocked fifth-generation G Plus on sale for $205 from Amazon after a $25 discount.
  • Blu Vivo XL3: Blu is also a relatively new player that has challenged Motorola’s dominance in the “budget Android phone” market. The dual-sim Vivo XL3 boasts specs that compare with phones well above this price, and the unlocked 5.5-inch 32GB model rings in at just $150 on Amazon. The six-inch Vivo XL3 Plus is also on sale for $140($60 off).
  • Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe: Even at its original price of $300, the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is one of the better non-flagship Android phones out there. Now, you can pick up an unlocked international version of this device down to an affordable $151 from Amazon.
  • Google Pixel:Another fantastic 2017 flagship (and one of our favorites) is the Google Pixel XL. You can grab an unlocked 32GB model for $312.50 from Amazonor $330 from B&H and save more than $320 off of its retail price. The 128GB model is also on sale from B&H for $380, or $470 off.

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Updated on July 20: Added the new T-Mobile Android offers and unlocked Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Removed expired offers and updated prices.

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