Best Phone Deals: Unlock Savings of Up to $1,000 Through Trade-In Offers and Direct Discounts – CNET

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Iphone 15 Pro

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Pixel 8 Pro at Verizon

Get $640 in promo credit and up to $1,000 off with trade-in and new line

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 at AT&T

Up to $340 in trade-in value

The phone market has really boomed in the last couple of years, which makes it even more challenging to pick a good smartphone. There are a ton of features to consider, including things like size, style, storage and whether you want to go with a flagship phone like the iPhone 15 or the Z Fold 5 or a more budget-friendly option like the Apple SE 2 or the Samsung A54. To that end, we’ve done our leg work to find some of the best bargains we can out there, so you can focus on buying the phone that best fits your needs while still getting the best deal possible.

The unique Samsung Z Flip 5 is our favorite foldable phone overall on the market right now. It features a convenient 3.4-inch cover screen and a 6.7-inch main display, a 12MP camera and comes equipped with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for smooth performance. The phone is available in four different color options. 

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If you’re looking for a 5G phone that won’t break the bank, the Samsung A54 5G is one of our favorite budget-friendly options out there at the moment. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a 5,000-mAh battery and 128GB of built-in storage (which you can expand with a microSD card). The phone is available in two colors.

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The new iPhone 15 Pro comes with USB-C and a few other minor upgrades here and there. If you’re just entering the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone 15 Pro is likely the way to go, with an improved A17 chip, the better 3.2 USB protocol, and the new optical zoom, which is better than the competition. With this deal you will only pay taxes and shipping and a $60 activation fee, which gets credited to your account. Then it’s $60 a month for Boost Infinite, which gives you unlimited talk, text and data. Plus, you can upgrade to the latest iPhone every year.

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If you don’t mind being tied to a carrier and service plan, Best Buy is offering even more trade-in savings than Apple right now. The tech retailer has partnered with both AT&T and Verizon to offer some massive trade-in discounts when you activate through the carrier. Both carriers are offering enhanced credit, which can save you up to $700 at AT&T or up to $830 at Verizon, each with an eligible trade-in and qualified activation. Plus, AT&T customers will save $100 when activating a new line or account. 

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The iPhone SE for 2022.

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The iPhone SE for 2022.

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Do you get the best phone deals when you switch carriers?

To attract new customers, carriers often reserve their steepest discounts for switchers. That means you may find a more appealing phone deal if you consider moving carriers. It’s a straightforward process for individuals, but can be a little complicated for those with multiple lines. Ultimately, it’s worth shopping around when it comes time to upgrade your phone in case another offers some kind of switcher bonus or switcher-exclusive phone deal.

Unlocked vs. carrier: Which phone deals are the best for most people?

Whether you want to get your new phone on a carrier deal or unlocked will depend on your preferences and circumstances. For a lot of folks, being able to spread the cost of the phone over two or three years makes it much easier to upgrade to one of the best phones on the market. For others, being locked into a long-term plan is less ideal. While carriers often compete with each other for and offer some steep discounts or added freebies, manufacturers now tend to offer their own trade-in and financing programs to make it more affordable to upgrade without involving a carrier in the process.

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